Online Student Expectations

As many classes are being held online or remote, we want to provide you information to maintain academic integrity and a positive classroom environment in an online platform.  This information supports Board Policy 5500 Standards of Student Conduct and, the Academic Honesty-Dishonesty statement, which all students have the responsibility to maintain.   

Academic Integrity 

The first step in maintaining academic integrity, is understanding behaviors to avoid, as they can lead to policy violations and disciplinary action. This applies to submitted work, exams, discussion posts, group assignments, etc. Some examples to maintain integrity are: 

  • Cheating & Plagiarism:  Remember that you cannot copy another’s work, use unauthorized materials and/or alter graded work and then submit it to be re-graded. You need to keep in mind that you are cheating your own education and harming your future. The discussion questions, essays, videos, and exams are added for your benefit academically, let’s make the best of it!   

  • Unauthorized Collaboration: You should never allow another to do your work and/or assist you in doing your work. For instance, you working collaboratively on an assignment with another and then submit the document  individually as your own work, without the instructors approval. Do your own work.  

  • Peer Assistance: Helping another commit academic dishonesty by providing material with the knowledge it will be used deceitfully. For example, permitting one’s own work to be submitted by another as his/her own and/or take another’s place in an exam, zoom conference and/or other academic activity.  

Video Platform Guidelines 

  •  “Zoom Bombing” is an unfortunate new trend in which people log into classes, meetings, or events with ill intent and significantly disrupt the activity.  Students found to have engaged in disruptive, discriminatory, harassing, lewd, or otherwise inappropriate conduct will face severe disciplinary action.  

  • Present yourself online as you would face-to-face in class, when meeting with College faculty and staff, and utilizing online services. Examples include setting your first & last name on your profile, coming to class appropriately dressed, speaking to instructors, staff, and peers in a professional and respectful way, and being aware of backgrounds you use in videos and what is behind you when videoconferencing.   

  • If a student’s background, screen share, or other aspect of videoconferencing is disruptive to the educational environment or service functions of the college, the student will be removed from the environment and may face disciplinary sanctions.  It is important every student is aware of what is around them! 

  • Before attending your online class through video make sure you find a quiet and appropriate place in the home without any environmental distractions (ie., family, friends, animals, etc).  

Recommendations for Written Communication in an Online Environment: 

  •  Many of us are adjusting to online courses and services for the first time, and may become frustrated at some point.  That is completely normal!  It does, however, mean we should be aware of how we communicate our frustrations to others, whether it is peers, faculty, or staff.  We all must challenge ourselves to treat others with respect, especially when we are frustrated or angry.  Focus on open, respectful communication in order to work with others in finding a solution.  

  • Remember the font and color of your statement may misrepresent the intent behind a message, or not present yourself in a professional manner. For example, it is not recommended to use all capital letters, which results in ‘yelling’ at another. In addition, it is never appropriate to use profanity in the academic and professional environment.   


During this stressful time, we encourage you to reflect on your accomplishments, and that staying in school is helping you progress in your academic and professional career. 

We are wishing you a successful semester!