Tools for faculty

Syllabus

Create a concise, detailed expectations list and include it within your course syllabus/outline. We also suggest you create a separate stand-alone document to be handed out independently of the course syllabus. Though it may seem overly repetitive, provide explicit instructions for every assignment, paper, quiz, and exam. Include whether collaboration is permitted or not and if so, to what degree and when. Reviewing your academic and non-academic expectations with your class and consistently reiterating these expectations through the semester, has shown to decrease the likelihood of misconduct considerably. 

Technology

Ensure you are comfortable and have a good understanding of the technology you and your students will be using well ahead of classes commencing. If there are any technical glitches needing to be sorted out, it should be done prior to the time you are actually connecting with your entire class. The Academic Development Centre (ADC) is an excellent resource to help faculty with ideas for alternate delivery strategies, as well as to assist you with any technical questions or concerns you may have.

Virtual Classroom Etiquette

Should be exactly the same as an in-person classroom environment. Interruptions or argumentative comments can be very disruptive in any learning environment. If more than one person attempts to speak, there ceases to be an understanding of anything being said. 

Conduct

Maintaining a respectful learning environment is a valued and unchanging expectation for all members of the MRU community. Differences of opinion, faith, language, appearance, traditions, orientations etc., create the rich diversity we enjoy at MRU. The University’s expectation is that all who learn, teach, work, or visit MRU, will consistently be treated respectfully, and likewise will treat all others respectfully.

Contact Student Community Standards

You are encouraged to contact Student Community Standards (SCS) if you have a problem with a students' personal conduct, or if you think you may have an academic integrity concern. SCS is a supportive resource for students and faculty, an extension of the education process, supporting and referring students who may have made poor academic decisions, while also supporting faculty and staff through any associated administrative practices.

When transgressions do occur, SCS is well equipped to facilitate and administer the necessary processes.