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The B-School here has instituted a student dress code for some courses, as well as internships etc., and of course the Law School has long had one for courtroom classes. I haven't heard if that has had an effect on professionalism in the classroom or not, but it should, by itself, raise the atmosphere a little.

Frankly, though, a little more professionalism from the faculty would probably go farther than a student dress code. Meetings now are routinely interrupted by faculty answering cell phones, wandering in and out of the room, etc.

Good luck--I'll be interested to hear your results!

Dr. Delaney Kirk

I agree, Richard. We are role models for our students. Yesterday I attended a graduation ceremony for my university and while all the business faculty looked very professional, I was a little surprised to see what some of the Arts & Sciences profs were wearing (maybe they had to do a little gardening on their way??)

C Jongeward

A grade for professional behavior in the classroom? I think this is a timely and terrific idea. There are a few college instructors in some poorly performing community colleges who have vague classroom rules printed in their course summaries. I am taking a class at a local community college where the instructor is not in control of her classroom. Students talk among themselves while the lecture is in progress, students come in late, leave early, and are regularly stepping out into the hall to make phone calls. It is a distracting atmosphere that is not mutually respectful. It burns me up when a student will sit right behind me in class and carry on a personal conversation with the student seated next to them. It's distracting, unprofessional, disrespectful of my student rights, and it's disrespectful to the instructor. My teacher needs to lay down the law instead of being so non-confrontational. It you don't post and enforce classroom rules, the students will assume that there really aren't any rules. Then the class becomes total bedlam. Thank you for sharing your terrific ideas with us on this forum.

Dr. Delaney Kirk

Many professors have policies on their syllabi but don't enforce these because they are uncomfortable with conflict. I agree with you that this is disrespectful, both to the professor AND to those students who want to learn. Thanks for commenting.

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