WSOB Expectations of Excellence
In the WSOB, we strive to create high quality, career-ready business professionals. Strengthening your professional behavior while you are a student is a key component to this mission. Your professional development will impact your ability to effectively engage with the business and civic community. Being a WSOB student means meeting college-level expectations to excel in all your classes. This includes the following expectations:
PREPARING FOR THE SEMESTER
- Purchase the textbook(s), course access code(s), and all supplies before class begins.
- We prefer you buy a hard copy (vs. online) text to facilitate your review and build your professional business library.
- Carefully, read over the syllabus for all your courses to familiarize yourself with the course and requirements. Also, read the syllabus before you ask questions that this critical document can answer.
- Use a calendar (preferably an electronic calendar) to note all your assignment due dates and block sufficient time to study and complete assignments.
IN THE CLASSROOM
- If you miss the first day of class (or any class) for any reason, contact the instructor.
- When class begins, put away all other work and end your conversations.
- Unless it is appropriate for the class activity, turn off all electronic devices when you enter the classroom and focus on the lecture and class activities.
- If you need to have a device turned on due to pending personal or business emergencies, then tell your instructor ahead of time.
- Take notes. Writing helps you learn. Review your notes as you study for exams.
- Your tablet or laptop may be appropriate for taking notes, but it is not appropriate for any other non-class activity.
- Pay attention at all times.
- Respect those around you; do not talk to others when your attention should be directed elsewhere.
- When you are giving a presentation, whether individually or as a team, appropriate professional dress is expected.
- Wait until the class is ended before packing up your books and belongings.
- Do not leave a room while activities are ongoing, except in the event of an emergency.
- At the WSOB, your class is your professional space. Respect it by not leaving trash or paper behind when you leave.
- Complete all the assigned chapter readings and assignments before class.
- Do your homework with distractions.
- Plan to study three hours outside of class for each class meeting.
- Study with classmates.
- Search for and watch YouTube and Khan Academy videos related to course topics.
- See your professor during their office hours (or by email) for additional assistance.
- Notify your professor at the beginning of the semester of any conflicts with required attendance dates for events that are part of the class curriculum. This allows for substitutions to avoid lower than expected grades in the class.
- Join business clubs and organizations on campus.
- Ask for help and attend tutoring labs as necessary.
THROUGHOUT THE SEMESTER
1. Attend every class.
2. Arrive on time to class and be ready for class to begin.
3. If you know that you are going to be late or absent, always let the instructor know.
4. Take notes as you read, and use ancillaries (PowerPoint slides, for example) to help you
5. If you are struggling in a course, check for on-campus tutoring available from the Dean
of Students office and meet with your professor.
6. Complete assignments and take exams on time.
7. Do not plagiarize or cheat. This is strictly against DSC policy.
https://www.daltonstate.edu/campus_life/student-code-of-conduct.cms or watch the video
at https://tinyurl.com/DSCVirtualPlagiarismRecording (The presentation begins around
8. Address your instructors in person and in emails in a professional tone and format. If you
know your instructor has a Ph.D. or DBA degree, they expect to be addressed as
“Doctor”, otherwise call them Professor (Last Name) and not Mr. or Ms.
9. Allow your instructors time to reply to e-mails; however, e-mails often get buried, so
after 24 hours, a polite follow-up is appropriate.
10. Do not improperly copy, store, or disclose privileged information. You should never
reveal private or proprietary information for which you have access or gain knowledge.
11. Regularly meet with your academic advisor to ensure you are on the right track for
graduation. It is your responsibility to review the course progression chart for your major
along with course prerequisites as well as the two-year course offerings calendar.
12. Note advising and registration dates. You will want to register for classes as soon as
Banner opens for the best schedule.
THROUGHOUT YOUR LIFE
- “Do the Right Thing, Always!” - Lamar Wright
- Do not complain on social media about Dalton State College, Wright School of Business, or criticize any professors. Companies look at your social media and so do your professors and administration.
- If you have an issue, follow the chain of command – not just at work but at school as well. It shows you understand business. Start with your instructor or boss. Typically almost all problems can be resolved at this point if handled correctly and usually sooner rather than later.