Classroom Civility

JCC's civility statement

Jamestown Community College is committed to the highest standards of academic and ethical integrity, acknowledging that respect for self and others is the foundation of educational excellence. As such, we will cultivate an environment of mutual respect and responsibility. Whether we are students, faculty, or staff, we have a right to be in a safe environment, free of disturbance and civil in all aspects of human relations.

Expectations of students in the classroom

Your academic attitude is a major factor in your success at Jamestown Community College. You share responsibility, along with your professor and other students, for creating a productive learning environment. This responsibility includes behaving courteously and respectfully toward your professors and your classmates and becoming self-disciplined in your learning. To create a productive college experience for you and all students, you should: 

  • Attend class and pay attention. Do not ask the instructor to go over material you missed by skipping class or not concentrating. If you have difficulty understanding the presented material, ask the instructor to assist you.
  • Not come to class late or leave early. If you must enter late, do so quietly and do not disrupt the class by walking between the class and the instructor. Do not leave class early unless it is an absolute necessity. If you know in advance you will need to leave class early, sit near an exit and inform the instructor prior to class.
  • Not talk with other classmates while the instructor or another student is speaking. If you have a question or comment, please raise your hand, rather than start a conversation with your neighbor. Others in the class may have the same question.
  • Show respect and concern for others by not monopolizing class discussion. Allow others time to give their input and ask questions. Do not stray from the topic of class discussion.
  • Turn off all electronic devices, including but not limited to cell phones, pagers, beeping watches. If, due to work or family obligations, you need to remain in contact, inform your instructor ahead of time and set these devices to be as unobtrusive as possible.
  • Avoid audible and visible signs of restlessness. These are both rude and disruptive to the rest of the class.
  • Focus on class material during class time. Sleeping, talking to others, doing work for another class, reading the newspaper, checking email, exploring the internet, etc., are unacceptable and can be disruptive.
  • Not pack bookbags or backpacks to leave until the instructor has dismissed the class.
  • Clear any visitors you would like to bring to class with your instructor ahead of time.

Your rights as a student

As a student, you have the right to a learning environment free from distractions. If others in your classroom are engaging in behavior that interferes with your learning, bring the situation to the attention of your instructor. They are responsible for managing the classroom environment and determining the action that should be taken.

Consequences of inappropriate classroom behavior

The instructor has the right and the responsibility to take appropriate action when they observe an instance of inappropriate classroom behavior. The form of intervention taken by the instructor will depend on the nature of the misconduct observed. The Constitution of the Student Body outlines the process to be followed and sanctions that may be placed on students who engage in various forms of misconduct.

A final note

The college is committed to creating and maintaining an effective community of learners in which all can grow and develop. We look forward to interacting with you in a civil and respectful classroom environment that encourages dialogue, supports the acquisition of knowledge, and assists all students in meeting their academic and personal goals.

Some statements above are adapted from civility statements of other SUNY institutions.

Available services

College can be very rewarding, but may also be challenging and stressful at times. JCC is dedicated to providing services which will reduce unnecessary stress in the college environment and provide you with positive learning experiences.

The college’s Counseling and Career Centers offer services to help you be successful. Our counseling staff can help you:

  • Learn effective communication skills
  • Improve your listening ability
  • Deal with conflict more effectively
  • Improve your self-esteem
  • Learn how to work effectively in teams and groups
  • Manage your emotions
  • Understand and deal with differences
  • Develop time-management skills
  • Be prepared and well-organized for class
  • Balance academic, work, and family responsibilities

Your personal growth and development will form a strong foundation for your academic success.

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