Code of Conduct in the Classroom/Virtual Classroom

In the classroom, whether a physical or virtual one, it is expected that all participants maintain the highest standards of personal conduct by acting in a professional, courteous and respectful manner.  Please refer to the Member and Volunteer Conduct Policy for a more detailed description of our Code of Conduct.

  • Students shall act in a way that is conducive to a learning environment.
  • Attendance is required whether you are present in the classroom or attending via remote learning capabilities.  Students who are not present when attendance is taken will not be issued credit for the course.
  • Respect your instructor, association staff and your peers.

The following behaviors will not be tolerated, and the offender will be asked to leave with no refund or credit for the course.  In a virtual environment, association staff may end your session.

  • Demonstration of disrespect for issues related to diversity, discrimination against protected classes including inappropriate or intolerant attitudes towards individuals or groups of people.
  • Sexual or any other form of harassment towards the instructor, staff or any other participant.
    • Sexual Harassment constitutes discrimination and is illegal under federal, state and local laws. For the purposes of this policy, “sexual harassment” is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment may include a range of subtle and not-so-subtle behaviors and may involve individuals of the same or different gender. Depending on the circumstances, these behaviors may include unwanted sexual advances or requests for sexual favors; sexual jokes and innuendo; verbal abuse of a sexual nature; commentary about an individual’s body, sexual prowess or sexual deficiencies; leering, whistling or touching; insulting or obscene comments or gestures; display in the workplace of sexually suggestive objects or pictures; and other physical, verbal or visual conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment does not include voluntary relationships between members.
    • Harassment on the basis of any other protected characteristic is also strictly prohibited. Under this policy, harassment is verbal, written or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of his or her race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law or that of his or her relatives, friends or associates. Harassing conduct includes epithets, slurs or negative stereotyping; threatening, intimidating or hostile acts; denigrating jokes; and written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group.
  • Abusive conduct (verbal or non-verbal including actions such as inappropriate use of chat features in a virtual classroom)
    • Abusive conduct includes any verbal or physical conduct including threatening or obscene language, unwelcome actions like strikes, shoves, kicks, or other similar physical contact, or threats to do the same or any other conduct with the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance by creating a hostile, intimidating, or offensive work environment.
  • Exhibiting impaired behavior

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