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The best education results from the collaboration of teachers with students, and students with other students. In the pursuit of the best education, the faculty and students of Atlantic Union College are expected to be academically responsible.
In order to encourage the best education, maximize academic success for each student and support a classroom learning environment free from distractions, the following points should be noted:


Class attendance is required. The maximum number of absences (excused or unexcused) allowed at any given class is equal to twice the number of times the class meets per week. When a student has exceeded the number of absences allowed, the instructor will have the right to drop the student from the class and to assign a grade of “W”.


Class appointments must be met on time. A student is liable for specific penalties that may include course failure if tardiness exceeds a limit specified in the syllabus.


Walking in and out of class distracts from class activities and should be avoided except in emergencies. Refreshment and restroom needs should be satisfied between classes. Other activities that cause distraction, such as texting, sending and/or receiving cellular phone calls, should be avoided.


Food should not be brought into the classroom. Neither food nor beverages should be brought to laboratory sessions.


Talking, using cellular phones, and loud noises are distracting to other students and to the teacher. Out of respect to fellow students and the teacher, avoid all unnecessary talking and noise. Questions or comments directed to the instructor or class as part of the class discussion are quite appropriate.


Courtesy should characterize classroom behavior. Appropriate classroom decorum is primarily a matter of exercising courtesy to fellow students and to the instructor.

Recording of Class Lectures{expander}

The audio recording of class lectures may be assigned as an accommodation. Recordings are for the student’s academic use only and are not to be shared with other students. Students sign an agreement with the office of Counseling and Disability services and are instructed to erase the recordings after the end of the semester. Students must obtain a written permission from the instructor if he or she wishes to keep the recordings for future review. Instructors are encouraged to contact the office of Counseling and Disability services if there are concerns about recording of specific class content.

Each instructor will detail in a printed course syllabus specific requirements regarding attendance, tests, written and oral work, and classroom behavior. Penalties for violation of class policies will be explicitly stated in the syllabus. Class policies and any associated penalties detailed in the printed course syllabus will constitute official college policy for the class and will be supported as such by the College administration.

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