2013-2014 Student Handbook

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62 Auburn University at Montgomery consideration of appeals. Violation: A breach, infringement, disobedience or disrespect of a university policy, rule or regulation. Withdrawal: When a student, either voluntarily or involuntarily, is no longer enrolled in the university, therefore is no longer a student. Witness: A person who is called to give evidence Working Day: Each day that the university is open for business.  Policy On Classroom Behavior The goal of Auburn University at Montgomery and its faculty and students is to foster a dynamic environment of higher learning where all students develop analytical skills, learn to think critically and communicate effectively, promote inquiry, pursue knowledge and prepare for productive careers. Behavior in the classroom that impedes teaching and learning and creates obstacles to this goal is considered disruptive and therefore, subject to sanctions. The purpose of this policy is to create and protect an optimum learning experience; it should not be considered punitive by students or by instructors. At the classroom level, clear guidelines for behavior and early intervention are the foundation for an intellectually stimulating experience for students and instructors alike. Instructors are encouraged to include in their syllabi guidelines for classroom behavior. Instructors who state these guidelines early and enforce them at the first appearance of disruptive behavior prevent minor episodes of classroom misconduct from escalating into serious confrontations and help transgressors to avoid the more serious consequences of such actions. Disagreements expressed in a civil fashion, eccentricity, idiosyncrasy, and unconventional behavior are not, per se, disruptive to the classroom experience. Faculty members have a professional responsibility to set reasonable limits on the expression of opinions while treating students with dignity, respect and understanding and guiding classroom activities. Examples of inappropriate behavior in the classroom (including the virtual classroom of e-mail, chat rooms, telephony, electronic meida and web activities associated with courses) may include, but are not limited to, the following: • Arriving after a class has begun; • Use of tobacco products; • Monopolizing discussion; • Persistent speaking out of turn; • Distractive talking, including cell phone usage; • Engaging in activities during class time that are unrelated to the class (i.e., text

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