All opinions and experiences, no matter how different or controversial they may be perceived, must be respected in the tolerant spirit of academic discourse. Students are encouraged to comment, question, or critique an idea but are not to attack an individual or disrupt the instructional framework of the learning event. The following guidelines describe appropriate behaviors to establish a positive, collaborative and effective learning environment:

  • Do not disrupt the instructor during instruction with off-topic questions or comments.
  • Do not dominate any discussion.
  • Give other students the opportunity to join in the discussion.
  • Do not use offensive language.
  • Present ideas appropriately and without judgement.
  • Keep an open mind and be willing to express even your minority opinion. Minority opinions have to be respected.
  • Do not hesitate to ask for positive and constructive feedback when it is appropriate.
  • Give assistance to other students when it is allowed by the instructor.