In the distance learning environment, some responsibilities shift from the instructor to the student, given the independent nature of the learning experience. In addition to setting and sticking to your own schedule, reading all the assigned chapters and keeping up with due dates, you must do a few things to make the distance learning process work:


  • Do not procrastinate!
  • Make sure you keep a copy of every assignment you submit.
  • Check with your instructor for the file format for assignments and how to submit them.


Identify yourself in all e-mail messages using your actual name, as your e-mail address may not identify who you are.


  • Evaluate the course delivery method as well as the course. Ask for help when you need it.



As a general policy, grades for all assignments and exams will be available one week after the due date or the exam date. If the time frame within which the instructor gives feedback and grades for exams or assignments varies, the instructor specify in the course syllabus the expected response time for all submissions.



Given the lack of face-to-face contact in the distance learning environment, instructors invest a great deal of trust in distance learning students. High expectations are held for the level of maturity and integrity in the distance student.


The following is taken from the PCC Plagiarism Policy:

Whether intentional or unintentional, plagiarism is “the wrongful act of taking the product of another person’s mind and presenting it as one’s own” (Alexander Lindey, Plagiarism and Originality, 1952).

To view the entire Plagiarism Policy, including definitions of academic dishonesty, refer to your instructor’s syllabus.