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Classroom Etiquette

Etiquette helps keep interactions between individuals reasonably pleasant and harmonious. Because etiquette is "situation dependent", behavior that is perfectly acceptable among close friends may not be acceptable in different company. Listed below are a few key expectations concerning classroom etiquette:

  1. Take responsibility for your own education. Instructors create a learning environment. Students will learn depending on their willingness to listen, ask appropriate questions, and do the work necessary to pass the course.
  2. Attend and participate in class each week. Students enrolled in a class are expected to attend and participate with the instructor and other students. Students who attend class weekly, participate in discussions, and communicate with instructors are more likely to pass with a higher grade. If an emergency or illness arises, the student should contact his/her instructor as soon as possible to let the instructor know that the student will be absent. Note: if a student is unable to participate in a class, it is his/her responsibility to make arrangements with the instructor to determine a plan to make up the missed work.
  3. Ask appropriate questions. It’s good to ask questions and make comments, but keep them related to the discussion at hand.
  4. Respect instructors. Openly challenging the instructor’s knowledge or authority in the classroom is not proper. If a student takes issue with the instructor’s information or instructional methods, his/her comments should be made without confrontation or antagonism. Students may want to discuss their issues with their instructor privately.
  5. Instructors’ classroom policies, procedures and teaching styles vary. Each instructor has the freedom and authority to set the guidelines and policies for their classroom within the overall policies of the university.
  6. Turn in work on time. It is important to plan ahead. Students who wait until the last minute to do their work usually receive lower grades and are more likely to miss deadlines.
  7. Seek assistance. If a student is struggling with coursework, he/she should seek immediate assistance. Instructors are willing to assist all students; however, there are other ways to get help. Tutors provide academic coaching assistance available for many courses. This assistance is offered without cost to NAU students. If a student has questions or needs assistance, the student should speak with his/her academic advisor. Academic advisors are willing to assist all students to ensure success.