RESPONSIBILITIES & EXPECTATIONS
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I treat all my students as mature, responsible adults,
capable of making intelligent choices and aware of the
consequences of those choices. As such, I am willing to
meet you halfway when you encounter difficulties and
problems in the performance of assigned tasks. But I
will not make accommodations for inattentiveness or
neglect. It's up to you to seek me out if you are having
difficulties, and this should occur quickly. Waiting
until the end of the semester, the day an assignment is
due, or just before an exam is to be given to seek
assistance is NOT considered "halfway". I DO care about
your success in my classes. I hope that you will show me
that you do too. Below you will find a list of what I
perceive our responsibilities to be.
As your Instructor, you can expect these
things from me...
1. Organized class sessions covering material
appropriate to the course.
2. Assignments designed to illustrate and reinforce
concepts presented in the lecture and/or the text.
3. Exams covering the material presented that require
mastery of the concepts taught and the ability to apply
these concepts to solve problems relevant to the topic.
4. Timely feedback in the form of graded assignments and
5. Availability via email, during office hours and at
other mutually agreed meeting times, and other venues as
indicated, to answer questions about and provide
assistance with the material covered and/or assigned.
6. Fairness, consistency, and flexibility in grading.
7. Maintenance of minimum learning standards.
8. Privacy and accuracy in grade record maintenance.
9. Access to assignment and exam keys as indicated.
10. Respect and consideration for the instructor and
As my student, I can expect these things
1. Attendance and participation in class, with an
emphasis on asking questions when comprehension is not
2. Dedication of sufficient amount of time to read,
analyze, and complete assignments by the specified date.
3. Seeking help when needed - well before assigned
work is due or the exam is to be taken. A month's
or semester's worth of content cannot be condensed into
a single, wait-till-the-last-minute request for help!
4. Respect for and consideration of others (no cellular
phones, pagers, private conversations in class, etc.).
5. Constructive and honest feedback on course
6. Acquisition of information on class activities and
assignments when absent.
7. Monitoring of email and the class web page regularly
8. Focus on mastery of the material presented instead of
the grade to be earned.
9. Acceptance of responsibility for learning.
10. Academic honesty in all course work.
Also, you should be considerate of your instructors and
fellow students by observing these rules of
- Don't sleep in class! (If you are too tired to stay
awake, then go to bed!)
- Don't carry on a conversation in class with anyone
other than the instructor (unless of course you have
directed otherwise by the instructor). This includes
conversations via texting, email, phone, and orally
with your immediate neighbors.
- Don't browse on the computer!
- Avoid coming late or leaving early. If you must
do this, then let the instructor know in advance.
- When sending emails, be sure to address the
recipient respectfully and also be sure to identify
yourself in your message, especially when using a
non-SEU email account.
- I'd also suggest not asking your instructor if s/he
did anything important in class today should you
happen to miss it!