Expectations in an Online Environment

The University of Maryland is committed to promoting and upholding the health and safety of our community. We are all newly engaged in an online environment and understandably, are managing this transition in our own ways.  Although you are not here in person, your engagement in online learning impacts you, your classmates, faculty members, and the greater UMD community. You are expected to conduct yourself in the same manner as you would if you were taking the class in-person. The following expectations for participation in online learning (via Zoom, ELMS, Webex, Google, email, group chats, etc.) apply to all students:

  • Students have the right to express themselves and participate freely in an online class.
  • Students are expected to treat each other and the instructor(s) with courtesy and respect.
  • Only individuals registered and enrolled in a particular course may access the course materials, lectures, group discussions, etc. in the online environment, unless otherwise approved by the instructor. 
  • Offensive or inappropriate language or images should not be used in any form of communication e.g., emails, discussion postings, group projects, submitted assignments. 
  • The discussion area of the course is reserved for postings related to course work only. Postings of a personal or non-academic nature are not permitted and may be removed by the instructor should they appear.
  • Grades and personal issues should be handled by private email or chat to the instructor.
  • Emails or chats to the instructor that are considered offensive or inappropriate will be sent back to the writer with a request to rewrite and resubmit.
  • If students receive inappropriate emails or chats from others in the class they should notify the instructor immediately.

Students who violate these expectations, or others as outlined by University policies, are in violation of the Code of Student Conduct and will be referred to the Office of Student for disciplinary action. Egregious violations may result in suspension or expulsion from the University.   

If you are experiencing any challenges or difficulties in the online environment, we encourage you to reach out to your faculty instructors, or our office for assistance.

Stay Healthy! 

The OSC Staff