Students have the right to express themselves and participate freely in an online class. However, they are expected to treat each other and the instructor with courtesy and respect. Offensive or inappropriate language is not to be used in any form of communication, e.g., emails, discussion postings, group projects, submitted assignments. Students are allowed to disagree with each other or the instructor, but must do so in a civil manner.

The discussion area of the course is reserved for postings related to course work only. Postings of an inappropriate or nonacademic nature are not permitted and may be removed by the instructor should they appear. Grades and personal issues should be handled by private email to the instructor.

Emails to the instructor that are considered offensive or inappropriate will be sent back to the writer with a request to rewrite and resubmit. If the emails continue to be unacceptable, the student will be referred to the Office of the Program Director and denied access to the course until the Program Director contacts the student. If students receive inappropriate emails from others in the class, they should notify the instructor and appropriate action will be taken.

Students are expected to submit work which is their own. Plagiarism or cheating will not be tolerated. If either is the case the student may have his/her grade for the assignment/quiz lowered or may fail the course. Students may review Worsham College’s Academic Integrity Policy.

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