Online Student Responsibilities
Distance Education

Each week begins Monday (12:00 AM) morning and ends on Sunday (11:59 PM) night.  It is the responsibility of all online students or residential students taking online courses to access a functional computer on a weekly basis.  If home computer issues occur, you must find time to access a functional computer on campus or in another location.  Late policies will not be waived due to home computer issues.

You must be prepared for class.  It is your responsibility to have your course materials prior to the start of class.  This also extends to computer requirements; software and hardware related.  These would typically be:

·         Class-related Textbooks

·         Microsoft Office Suite (2003, 2007, 2010)

·         Working Internet Connection

eCollege System and Browser Specifications:

Windows Users

·Mac OS User

Mac OS User

Screen Resolution

We recommend setting your screen resolution to 1024 x 768 pixels. If you currently see a horizontal scroll bar at the bottom of your screen and would like to eliminate this, you can do so by resizing your screen.  To adjust your resolution:

For Windows:

For Macintosh:

If a browser is not listed below it has not been tested on the online platform. A user risks running into problems with the course software if they choose to use a non-supported browser. Browsers listed below have been validated with the course platform.

Windows Users

·Mac OS Users

Mac OS Users

It is the responsibility of all students to read the announcements and syllabus prior to completing or submitting any assignments.  It is vital to your success in the online environment to know your instructor’s expectations prior to turning in any coursework. 

Initial discussion posts are always due by Wednesday at 11:59 PM.  All other assignments are due Sunday at 11:59 PM.  These guidelines are strictly enforced.  You are responsible for managing your own time.

Students are expected to turn in assignments on time and in the format stipulated by instructors, to participate in class discussions, and to prepare for quizzes and exams.


Typically, discussions will be worth 30% of your overall grade in the online environment.  There may be a few exceptions to this rule, but otherwise, it is universal in all courses.  They are considered class participation and must be completed during the week they are assigned.  It is your responsibility to meet these deadlines.


Plagiarism is taken very seriously in the online environment.  A first occurrence of academic dishonesty will result in a zero for that assignment.  A second offense will be brought to the Director of Education for further disciplinary action that may result in failing the course.  It is your responsibility to cite your sources and complete your coursework in a professional and academically honest manner.