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Virtual Learning Etiquette Policy

Instruction may take place virtually, when necessary, through platforms such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams, etc. Students are held to the same Attendance and Absence Policy as they would be if the learning event occurred in person. MSU PA Medicine has adopted the following virtual learning etiquette and behavior expectations as the minimum requirements for students during these virtual sessions:

Students must:

  1. Display professionalism at all times, including being prepared to engage in scholarly discussions.
  2. Avoid sharing Zoom/classroom information, links, or passwords to anyone outside of their cohort or PA Program unless directed to do so by PA Medicine faculty/staff.
  3. Recordings of Zoom sessions are to be used only for personal academic use. They are not to be shared, distributed, or published.
  4. Have a computer with video and audio capabilities and know how to operate the features on their device before class begins.
  5. Upon entering the Zoom/online classroom, mute their microphones (if not already muted by the Host). In addition, students should rename their display name as “First Name” “Last Name.” This will assist us in maintaining the safety and security of our Zoom/online sessions.
  6. When possible, use a headphone device when engaged in the virtual session in order to reduce ambient noise and distractions.
  7. Choose an appropriate physical environment or virtual background prior to entering the Zoom/online classroom and avoid those that are distracting to other participants.
  8. Use the chat window for questions and comments relevant to the class. This is not for socializing or posting comments that distract from the discussion, which will be considered disruptive.
  9. Understand that these virtual rules of engagement also serve as an initial warning to all students and any violation of this “Virtual Learning Etiquette Policy” can result in the student receiving a professionalism warning/infraction as outlined in the Professionalism Policy.

The Department PA Medicine faculty approved this student handbook and policies on March 16, 2020.
Revised and approved by the Faculty of the Department of PA Medicine on 3/19/2021, 3/15/2022, 4/18/2023.