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Classroom Learning Expectations

Cell Phones

Cell phone use on campus is allowed but should never be disruptive to others.  Please silence your cell phone whenever possible. Refer to your course syllabus with regard to your instructor’s rules on cell phone use in class.

Class Attendance & Participation

Regular attendance, as specified by the instructor, is expected of all students. Attendance in online courses is demonstrated through contributing to course discussions and/or assignments. Extended absence/non-participation (due to illness or injury) should be reported to your instructor (and/or to the Vice President for Student Services) immediately. Students who register for a class but fail to commence attendance will be administratively withdrawn following the census for that particular term. The student remains liable for tuition and charges incurred upon registration.

Classroom Behavior & Civility

Being a Genesee student requires appropriate adult behavior and respect for others. Instructors can set classroom rules of conduct, require adherence to standards of civility appropriate to learning, and have the right to remove anyone for disruption or obstruction of those standards, or for violation of any law or College policy. Please refer to the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook.

Course Withdrawal

Faculty do not withdraw students for non-attendance. It is the student's responsibility to officially withdraw, in writing, from a course prior to the withdrawal deadlines.

Plagiarism & Cheating

Cheating is obtaining or intentionally giving unauthorized information to create an unfair advantage in an examination, assignment, or classroom situation. Plagiarism is the act of presenting and claiming words, ideas, data, programming code or creations of others as one's own. Plagiarism may be intentional - as in a false claim of authorship - or unintentional - as in a failure to document information sources using MLA (Modern Language Association), APA (American Psychological Association) or other style sheets or manuals adopted by instructors at the College. Presenting ideas in the exact or near exact wording as found in source material constitutes plagiarism, as does patching together paraphrased statements without in-text citation. Disciplinary action may include a failing grade on an assignment or test, a failing grade for the course, suspension or expulsion from the college, as described in the Code of Conduct.


All Genesee Community College buildings are designated smoke-free.

Time Expectations

For every hour in class, successful college-level work requires about two hours for out-of-class work:  reading, writing, research, labs, discussion, field work, etc. In time demands, a 15-credit load would be about equivalent to working a full-time job—for Summer and Winter semesters, this is doubled due to the shortened academic term.