OLLI Learning Environment

Student Code of Conduct  

Above all else, our ultimate goal is to provide you with a stimulating and thoughtful learning experience. 

We are committed to creating an intellectually nurturing environment that encourages a collegial exchange of ideas and concepts and enables us to broaden our perspectives and hone our opinions. 

Sometimes we agree with these viewpoints, and sometimes we question them and feel the need to present an alternative view. This honest “give and take” of scholastic discourse, tempered with mutual respect and an open mind, make for a rare and memorable learning experience. 

We all play a role in maintaining this balance of civility and academic freedom.

Here’s how you can do your part

  • Allow others to have their say.
  • Respect the rights of others to express their views.
  • Listen quietly while the instructor or other students are speaking.
  • Refrain from quarrelsome interruptions to an instructor’s presentation.
  • Ensure cell phones are switched off or muted during the class.
  • Comply with OLLI staff and instructor requests.

Instructor Responsibility

If a student disrupts a class, the instructor has a responsibility to ask the student to refrain from class disruptions. If the disruptive behavior persists, the instructor has a responsibility to ask the student to leave class.

The definition of disruptive behavior includes not complying with the Student Code of Conduct. It may also include any behaviors or actions considered threatening, abusive, or inconsiderate of other students.

A student may return to class only if they refrain from disruptive behavior. If the student refuses to comply, security will be called and the student will be escorted from the classroom.

The director and the assistant director of OLLI at Ringling College must be notified if an incident occurs where a student is asked to leave the classroom.

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