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Student Classroom Expectations

Online Classroom Policies and Expectations

The Office of Student Conduct and CARE Team are dedicated to ensuring productive, safe virtual classrooms for all students and instructors. As a reminder, the WVU Student Code of Conduct still applies to all students regardless of their physical location.

 Behavioral Expectations

  1.  Awareness of intended audience (e.g., classes are meant for students currently enrolled in the  course, and you must not enter or share a class meeting with someone unauthorized).
  2. General etiquette (e.g., mute microphones when not speaking, raise hand virtually to ask a question, turn off camera if you’re stepping away).
  3. Discussions (e.g., you can disagree with others but should do so respectfully and constructively)
  4. Privacy (e.g., students should consult with the instructor to receive permission to record the class).
  5. Communicate instances of disruptive behaviors to the proper instructor, faculty member, or escalate the complaint when necessary.

Examples of Unacceptable Behavior

  1. Offensive/inappropriate discussion posts or submissions
  2. Harassment of others, either inside or outside of the course space
  3. Inappropriate or concerning behavior in a synchronous session
  4. Inappropriate or confrontational email, classroom, group or telephone communications
Possible Consequences for Disruptive/Unacceptable Behavior
  1. Class removal (individual class periods) • Grade reductions (under syllabus guidelines)
  2. Disciplinary action taken by the Office of Student Conduct
  3. Disruptions and misconduct may violate local, state, or federal laws

For More Information

  • Expected and acceptable behavior—refer to your syllabus or contact your instructors directly

  • Student conduct process—visit or contact the Office of Student                  Conduct at

  • CARE Team—visit or contact the CARE Team at



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