Summary: Miss Manners Do and Don't List
This is the (previously) unwritten code of manners I consider necessary for appropriate university interaction.
Hopefully, most of these are obvious to you.
1. Don't get up and walk out during class. This disturbs the instructor and other students. If there is an
unavoidable circumstance that makes it necessary for you to leave class early, sit near an exit. It is also
considerate to inform the instructor at the beginning of class that you will be leaving early. No reasons
(The "it's not over until it's over" rule also holds for church, Jazz games, and good night kisses.)
2. Do NOT come to class late. You disrupt others. If your previous class is way across campus, speak to
me about the situation.
3. Miss class only when absolutely necessary - and then only very rarely. When you do miss class, it is
your responsibility to learn the material on your own. Your instructor cannot be expected to give a
private lecture to anyone who missed class.
4. If this class is not full; there will be a number of empty seats. Do NOT take seats in the back of the
room; it makes it very difficult to teach. Fill in seats from the front of the room instead of immediately
taking seats in the back of the class. It makes discussion easier... and helps save the instructor's vocal
chords! And studies have shown that those who sit near the front generally get better grades!
5. Sleeping or reading the newspaper in class is inappropriate. Your instructor may not notice if you are
absent, but it is very likely that he/she knows everyone who sleeps or reads the newspaper in class even