Academic Life

The Student/Instructor Relationship

The student/instructor relationship in the U.S. is generally more informal than in other countries. It is acceptable and expected for students to ask questions and discuss topics with the instructor. Some instructors do not mind being called by their fist name, they may even sit on the desk and walk around the room as they speak. In class, students may speak without raising their hand and being recognized. Depending on the rules of the classroom or building, some people eat and drink in class. Also, remember that you can't use cell phones during class time.

Tips for Academic Adjustment and Success

1. Professors prefer it if students discuss ideas rather than just sit and listen. The manner in which you express your viewpoint is important, however. Show respect by acknowledging the professor or classmates' point of view and then offer your opinion. Say, "In my opinion..." or "I think..." or "I feel..." or "I believe..."
2. If you do not understand, ask. If you are not yet used to asking questions in class, make an appointment with your professor.
3. At the start of each semester you will be handed a syllabus for each course. This is an outline of the course objectives, due dates for assignments and more. Keep the syllabus for the duration of the course and refer to it if you are not sure about assignment requirements. Pay close attention when the professor discusses the syllabus as they will often explain during this time how grades will be determined. This is your guide for each class!
4. Do not try to write down everything in class. Practice taking notes.
5. You are expected to talk in class. A good rule to follow is to raise your hand to ask a question or make a comment at least once every week. If a professor calls on you to answer a question, you should say something. If you don't know the answer, it's OK to take a guess. Participation may be included in your grade. A good tip is to take note of a few questions/discussion points to ask while you are doing your homework and then look back at these notes and speak up in class.
6. Professors will provide you information regarding their office hours. This is time they take out of their day to be available to you for help. If you ever have a question or concern, utilize their office hours to go and speak with them.

Academic Honesty

What constitutes academic honesty varies from culture to culture, and it is important to understand rules of academic conduct at the University of St. Aromas. All students are expected to do their own work. If you are caught cheating in any way, you will be severely penalized. Do not take the risk of copying anyone else's work. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, the following:
1. Violating course rules contained in syllabus
2. Getting or providing unauthorized assistance from another student on a paper or project
3. Providing or receiving information during quizzes and exams
4. Falsifying, fabricating, or dishonest reporting of research results
5. Taking the place of another student or enlisting another student to take your place in exam
6. Altering grades
7. Plagiarizing

Plagiarism is the deliberate adoption or reproduction of ideas or words or statements of another person as one's own without acknowledgment. You commit plagiarism whenever you use a source in any way without indicating that you have used it. If you quote anything at all, even a phrase, you must put quotation marks around it, or set it off from your text; if you summarize or paraphrase an author's words, you must clearly indicate where the summary or paraphrase begins and ends; if you use an author's idea, you must say that you are doing so. In every instance, you also must formally acknowledge the written source from which you took the material. This includes material taken from the World Wide Web and other Internet sources.

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