Student & Faculty Expectations

Student Expectations


Online Behavior

  • Distribution or selling of any student or faculty email address is prohibited
  • No flaming (rash, vulgar, aggressive put-downs) is tolerated
  • When chatting in student areas or chat rooms casual use of language is appropriate
  • When debating and contributing to course discussions formal grammar, correct spelling, and sentence structure is expected
  • Keep caps lock off. The effect looks like shouting to the reader
  • Any violation of the University's anti-harassment policy through the use of student email. University electronic classrooms, and student instant messaging is strictly prohibited and should be reported to an instructor and/or academic advisor

Respect for Others

In the collegial environment, debate and discussion are a part of our learning. Make sure that your comments are focused on the content, not the individual who contributed them. Treat others with the respect you would want from them.

Text Book Policies

Textbook Access

All students must have textbooks by Week 1 Day 7. No exceptions and no accommodations will be made by faculty after this date. In extreme situations, where there is delay in the shipping or procurement of materials, faculty will make reasonable accommodations during the first week of class only. The only exception to this policy is the backorder of texts from the University online bookstore.

Due to copyright laws, sections of the text, other than materials authorized by the publisher such as Power Points, problem solutions, etc., cannot be scanned and posted to the classroom or emailed by either the faculty or students.

Online Textbooks

For students enrolled in online sections that utilize embedded eBooks, your eBook also includes access to online interactive learning labs that have been customized for your class. All of these materials are completely online so that you can access them from home, school, work, etc.

In courses using eBooks the fee for the eBooks will be charged with the course fee and included on your tuition balling statement. This ensures access to critical materials from the first day of class.

Online Bookstore

Student Technology Policy

Davenport does not accept individual technology issues or internet access as a reason for late work in online classes. Be sure to have a backup plan in case of unexpected glitches, viruses, or inaccessibility. Libraries, campuses, any wireless access point, friends, and family are frequently used alternatives.

Additionally, work must be submitted on time and as directed in the course instructions using Microsoft software version 2010 or newer. Please note that work submitted in other formats such as Word Perfect or Open Office will not be accepted.

Academic Integrity

All members of an academic community shall be confident that each person's work has been responsibly and honorably acquired, developed, and presented. The work that a student submits shall be a fair representation of his or her ability, knowledge, and skill. The University expects students to respect and exhibit these principles as they from the basis of the quality of the institution and the quality of Davenport's graduates. As stated in the Student Code of Conduct, the University may discipline a student for academic dishonestly.

Academic dishonestly is defined as any activity that tends to undermine the academic integrity of the institution and includes but is not limited to the following: Cheating, Fabrication, Facilitating Academic Dishonestly, Interference, Plagiarism, Violation of Course Rules.

Definitions of these violations can be found in the Student Code of Conduct

Blackboard Course Access Policy

Students will receive access to their courses in Blackboard three days before the course starts. Access to Global Campus courses is only available for one semester after the course has ended. There are several reasons for this; however, the main one is the reduce the amount of data stored on the server to allow for better maneuverability within active courses for students and faculty. Davenport is not able to open access to previous courses. Please plan accordingly.

What To Expect From Your Faculty


A personal note welcoming each student to the class. A supportive learning environment where students are encouraged to participate and progress throughout the course. Encouraged feedback on the course's direction and methods of instruction.


Actively engage by guiding discussions, providing instruction, and clarifying concepts. Respond to questions and concerns in a timely and professional manner within 24-48 hours.


Grades will be returned with quality feedback no later than 7 days after the due date. Consistent, substantive, and professional feedback and interaction within the course to maximize learning and engagement.