Online Classroom Policies
Students are expected to log into their course(s) daily in order to keep up with the course materials. Faculty, staff and administration are able to track the students’ activities online. If an unexpected situation such as illness should arise and there is an extended leave from the course, it is the student's responsibility to contact the teacher and report the problem.
ONLINE CLASS SESSIONS:
The online class sessions are an important component of virtual learning. In large measure, they provide the needed interaction of a live traditional class. Given the constraints of the medium, all participants in the online class sessions are expected to adhere to the following rules and best practices in order to ensure the best possible learning environment.
- Never enter, or attempt to enter, an online session fraudulently using the name of another student, faculty or staff member.
- Never enter an online session for a class that is not part of your regular schedule, and more so, never enter an online session for a class at another school.
- Class meeting IDs are never to be shared with others outside of the class.
- Students should only use the meeting IDs that pertain to the classes on their schedule.
- The background for an online session must be the student’s setting and not a virtual image. This setting must be appropriate to the other participants and offer enough light for the student’s face to be visible.
- Arrive on time for the class session. The student will be admitted to the “waiting room” before being admitted to the class.
- STUDENTS’ LIVE IMAGE MUST BE DISPLAYED ON THE SCREEN DURING THE CLASS SESSION. NO BLANK SCREENS.
- Report to an online session properly groomed and dressed for class. School dress code applies - please use common sense.
- Online is a virtual classroom; therefore, all classroom rules apply.
- The device being used should be identified by the student’s full name, which is the name the teacher will see in the “waiting room.” Changing your name to something inappropriate is unacceptable behavior and will be addressed immediately.
- Posture before the camera must be conducive to active learning and participation (e.g., no reclining, laying down). The student’s full face must be visible in the camera frame.
- As expected of any class interaction, participants are to treat each other with courtesy and respect.
- Offensive or inappropriate language is not to be used in any form of communication. This extends to emails, discussion postings, group projects, and submitted assignments which may be part of or an extension of the online interaction.
- Use of any profanity - written, drawn, displayed or spoken - during a meeting is unacceptable.
- Taking screenshots or screen recordings of virtual classrooms without the explicit permission from the teacher and class members is unacceptable.
Disciplinary Action for Unacceptable Behavior
- Disruptions to an online session may lead to the removal of the student from a remote learning session for part or the entire session.
- Students with an unexcused absence or who are removed from online sessions for disruptive behavior may not receive any credit for the activity, class work, assessment, or participation that took place during his absence.
- Repeated disruption will be reported to the Administration and may lead to suspension from online class sessions altogether.
Students may face immediate serious disciplinary action for any of the following major infractions:
- Entering a meeting fraudulently.
- Creating negative images of meetings using screenshots or screen recordings of any member of the faculty, staff or administration.
- Using profanity or obscenities in any form.
- Verbal or physical abuse in the form of intimidation, harassment, or threatening behavior directed toward the teacher, fellow students or administrative staff.
- Any student who is found plagiarizing or cheating will receive a zero and may face further disciplinary action.