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Civility means courtesy and politeness, and there are many ways that Moraine Valley students can demonstrate civility inside and outside of the classroom. The following tips are meant to guide students and faculty on expectations for appropriate college student behaviors. When in doubt, students should ask instructors or staff about college policies to be informed properly.


  • Read the syllabus
    Your instructor’s syllabus defines everything from course assignments to expected classroom behavior. Consult your syllabus regularly throughout the semester, and remember that your instructor’s syllabus is a college policy that you must follow. The following tips about classroom etiquette are generally accepted tips, but your instructor may define more specific expectations in his/her syllabus.
  • Be prepared
    Getting the most out of your educational experience requires that you come to class prepared, including bringing required class materials and doing homework and readings before class time. Frequent unpreparedness can be viewed as disruptive.
  • Attend class on time
    Satisfactory class attendance is always expected, and you should consult your syllabus for attendance and grading policies. Missing class usually means losing points. Similarly, coming to class late and leaving early is disruptive behavior that may also cause your grade to drop. Always notify instructors if you will be missing class via email.
  • Addressing the instructor
    On day one, listen carefully to how your instructor introduces him/herself (note the differences: Prof. Doe, Dr. Doe, Mr. Doe, John). This is how he/she should be addressed for the remainder of the semester. Instructors should not be called by their first names unless they introduce themselves to you that way. Similarly, address instructors appropriately in email communications.
  • Respect facilities
    Keep classrooms clean by throwing away trash, pushing in chairs, arranging tables appropriately, and erasing white boards. Use the appropriate waste and  recycling receptacles when discarding trash. Don’t write on desks or walls, stand on furniture, or do anything to damage college property. If you witness vandalism or damaged property, please report it to your instructor or campus police.


  • Cell phones and laptops
    Cell phones should be silenced and be put away (in pockets, purses or backpacks) for the entire class period. Cell phones that ring or that are out during quizzes or exams constitute cheating in many cases. Laptops should be used in class to take notes only, not to surf the internet, play games, or perform other tasks.
  • Chatting in class
    Talking to others in class is distracting to other students and to the instructor, including passing notes, signals across the classroom, and texting. Frequent talkers  will be asked to stop and/or to leave the classroom, which could affect your attendance and participation points.
  • Food & drinks
    Eating and drinking in class is generally discouraged because it is distracting. Food can be smelly (think spicy foods or garlic), noisy (think chip bags or crunchy foods), and messy (imagine eating wings or spilling your drink). As always, check your syllabus for specific instructions on eating and drinking, but avoid it as much as possible.
  • Sleeping
    Sleeping in class defeats the purpose of attending and may result in the loss of attendance and participation points. Sleeping is also distracting to other students and the instructor (imagine snoring, drooling or leaning your head on your neighbor’s shoulder). If you are having trouble staying awake in class, caffeine isn’t the answer; consider speaking with a counselor to discuss healthy sleeping habits.
  • Dominating or interrupting discussions
    Your instructor has planned every minute of your class time, including the amount needed for discussion. Dominating a discussion means talking too much  or answering too many questions. Other students need equal opportunity to participate in discussions, to answer questions, and to ask questions. Interrupting a discussion means talking out of turn or talking over the instructor or another student. Follow instructions for how to answer questions; many instructors still prefer students to raise hands to be called on before speaking. Frequent domination or interruptions could result in removal from the classroom.
  • Cheating and plagiarism
    Cheating can include many types of dishonesty related to your academic work, including using cheat-sheets or cell phone on tests, looking at someone else’s test answers, stealing a copy of a test or answer key, working with others on assignments without permission and reusing work from a previous class. Plagiarism includes intentional or unintentional use of another’s work without proper citation, using paper mill services, or using another’s work as your own. More information about cheating and plagiarism and consequences can be found in the Code of Academic Integrity.
  • Children
    You may not bring children into classrooms, and you may not leave children unattended on campus. If you are in need of childcare services, consider using the on-campus child care center, The Children’s Learning Center.
  • Clothing and hygiene
    The college environment is a comfortable yet professional environment for students and college employees, so dress should be appropriate. Certain clothing, accessories, perfumes or colognes, and hairstyles can become distracting in the classroom, so reasonableness is expected. Personal hygiene is a community concern, and you should be aware of your own personal hygiene, including appearance, cleanliness, and body odor.


  • Profanity and free speech
    While some speech is illegal (i.e., libel, obscenity, threats, and fighting words), other types of speech are protected. In the classroom, however, speech is limited by the instructor due to the unique and sensitive academic environment. Sharing ideas is encouraged, but vulgar, profane, or otherwise off-topic speech is not acceptable in any classroom environment. Speech outside of the classroom is also limited per the Guidelines for Leafleting, Free Speech and Demonstrations.
  • Video- and audio-recording
    In Illinois, it is illegal to record someone without his/her consent, so you cannot record class lectures without your instructor’s consent. Even with consent, there may be times when your instructor does not allow you to record a class discussion, such as a discussion where students are sharing personal stories or opinions. Students with disabilities who need to use recording devices should consult the Center for Disability Services.
  • Drug or alcohol intoxication
    Attending class under the influence of any substance will result in your immediate removal from the classroom and possible arrest by campus police. Intoxication puts you and others in danger and limits your ability to participate and to learn in the classroom. If you are struggling with drug or alcohol use, please see a counselor for help and see our policies for additional resources.
  • Fighting and harassment
    Whether verbal or physical, arguments and fighting should not take place on campus. Students who engage in fights will be removed from the classroom or campus and may be arrested by campus police depending on the severity. Similarly, verbal or written harassment is not tolerated, including sexual harassment and harassment via social media, texting or email. Consequences are listed in the Code of Student Conduct.


  • Bookstore
    The bookstore serves students by selling textbooks, supplies and Moraine Valley gear. Stealing from the bookstore causes prices to increase, and if you are caught stealing from the bookstore, you will be arrested by campus police. Additional consequences may include being banned from the bookstore or college suspension, per the Code of Student Conduct.
  • The Centers
    Whether you take classes online, at main campus, at the Education Center at Blue Island, or at the Southwest Education Center in Tinley Park, Moraine Valley policies and expectations apply.
  • Library
    The library has many purposes for students and community members, and patrons should be aware of the special rules in the library, The Code of Library Conduct.
  • Health, Fitness & Recreation Center
    Safety is especially important when you use the Health, Fitness & Recreation Center. To protect the safety of yourself, others, and the facilities, please read the rules before using the facilities and equipment.
  • The U-Building
    The U is home of Student Life, the Glacier, the cafeteria, the game room, the movie room, and student lounges. Even in the U, you are expected to act reasonably, including using appropriate language at an appropriate volume, cleaning up after yourself, following the rules of the game room, computer lab and quiet lounges, and respecting the facilities and furniture.
  • Computer labs
    You can find several open computer labs around campus that are available for use. You are expected to treat the computer equipment respectfully and to use it for legal, appropriate uses. See the Internet/Email Guidelines.
  • Hallways
    The hallways of campus buildings are lined with offices and classrooms. To avoid disturbing college business and classes, please speak quietly when moving through hallways. Avoid gathering outside of offices or main areas, such as the library or the gym.
  • Parking lots
    With enough parking spots for everyone, you are reminded to drive safely and patiently through Moraine Valley parking lots and roadways. Please observe speed limits and parking lot signage. Traffic accidents, reckless driving, thefts or break-ins, and lock-outs should be reported to the Moraine Valley Police Department.
  • Smoking
    Smoking is prohibited in all campus buildings, and smoking cannot occur within 15 feet of entrances. Smokers are reminded to use the designated smoking areas throughout the campus, which are marked with red lines and signs, and to use designated trash receptacles for extinguishing and discarding butts.