Revised September 2016 - 3 -
KLAMATH COMMUNITY COLLEGE
DISCUSSION BOARD PARTICIPATION
Students are expected to actively participate in the discussion board each week. Students are required to post an initial
response to the discussion board prompt(s) no later than [provide specific day of the week and time] of the current
week’s discussion board. Then each student must respond to the initial postings of at least two classmates.
If a student fails to participate appropriately, the following actions may be taken:
1. The student will be dropped from the course,
2. If the date for dropping a course without penalty has passed, the student will receive a failing grade, unless prior
arrangements have been made between the instructor and student.
A student who seeks an exception to this policy must do so in advance of the absence and/or provide documentation of
the emergency that caused it, as determined by the instructor.
Effective written communication is an important part of online learning. In a face-to-face classroom, body language,
verbal responses, and questions help the facilitator and participants communicate with each other. In an online
environment, however, misunderstandings can easily occur when participants do not follow basic rules of netiquette
(online etiquette). Therefore, please use the following guidelines when communicating in this course:
• Use a descriptive subject line in forum posts.
• Include your name in all e-mails because recipients cannot always tell who you are based on your e-mail address.
• Derogatory comments, ranting, and vulgar language are not acceptable in any form of communication in this course.
• Keep in mind that something you consider offensive may be unintentional.
• Any student who engages in inappropriate and disruptive communication may be dropped from the course, assigned
a grade of “F,” and be ineligible for a tuition refund.
• If you are concerned about something that appears unacceptable, please inform your instructor.
• Do not use ALL CAPITAL LETTERS in online communication, as doing so indicates you are yelling. Limited use of
capitalized words is acceptable when you need to emphasize a point.
• You may use appropriate emoticons/emojis in the forums, chats, and messages.