RBS Student Code of Professional Conduct

Rutgers Business School is recognized for its high-quality education. To that end, maintaining the caliber of classroom excellence, whether in person or online, requires students to adhere to the same behaviors expected in professional career environments. These include the following principles:

Discussion and Correspondence

  • Each student is encouraged to participate actively in class discussions and exercises. Substantive dialogue requires a degree of mutual respect, willingness to listen, and tolerance of opposing points of view. Disagreement and the challenging of ideas must happen in a supportive and sensitive manner. Hostility and disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated.

  • In correspondence and in the classroom, students should demonstrate respect in how they address instructors. Students should use proper titles unless there is an explicit understanding that the instructor accepts less formal alternatives. Similarly, appropriate formatting in electronic communication and timely responsiveness are all expectations in every professional interaction, including with instructors. Everything said and written should demonstrate respect and goodwill.

Punctuality and Disruption

  • Class starts and ends promptly at the assigned periods. Students are expected to be in their seats or present online and ready to begin class on time.
    • Take your responsibility to attend class seriously. Your attendance is a critical element of the learning experience for in-person classes. Failure to show up disrupts your learning and signals disrespect to your peers and instructors. (Of course, illness is a legitimate exception requiring advanced reporting to the University and your instructors.)
    • Barring emergencies and within reason, students are expected to remain in their seats for the class duration. In-person, packing belongings before the end of class disturbs both other students and the instructor. Online, attending to other tasks is distracting. In addition, even if webcams are not required in your course, your attention is fundamentally lacking if you are engaged in multiple tasks simultaneously. 


  • The use of technology is sanctioned only as permitted by the course instructor. As research on learning shows, peripheral use of technology in class negatively impacts the learning environment in three ways:
    1. Individual learning and performance directly suffer, resulting in the systemic lowering of grades earned.
    2. In the classroom, one student’s use of unauthorized technology automatically diverts and captures other people’s attention (students and instructors alike), thus impeding learning and performance. Moreover, even minor infractions have a spillover effect and result in others doing the same.
    3. Subverting this policy (using a phone, using a laptop, using AI-powered tools, etc., in methods not specifically authorized by the course instructor) is evident and offensive to the principles of decorum in a learning environment.
  • Networking, computing, and associated resources in the trading rooms, advanced technology rooms, and general classrooms are to be used as intended.
  • Sharing links to private online classes, attempting to join an online class you are not enrolled in or posting disruptive content during these sessions are strictly prohibited and may lead to disciplinary action.
  • For more instructions on information technology resources at Rutgers University, please refer to the Acceptable Use Policy for Information Technology Resources.

Misappropriating Intellectual Property

  • Almost all original work is the intellectual property of its authors. These works may include syllabi, lecture slides, recorded lectures, homework problems, exams, and other materials, in either printed or electronic form. The authors may hold copyrights in these works, which U.S. statutes protect. Copying or posting this work online (on sites such as Chegg or Course Hero) without permission may violate the author’s rights. More importantly, these works are the product of the author’s efforts; respect for these efforts and the author’s intellectual property rights are important values that university members take seriously.
  • For more instructions on copyright protections at Rutgers University, please refer to the Rutgers Libraries.

Rutgers Business School is committed to the highest standards of integrity. We value mutual respect and responsibility, as these are fundamental to our educational excellence inside and outside the classroom.


Rutgers Business School is committed to the highest standards of integrity. We value mutual respect and responsibility, as these are fundamental to our educational excellence both inside and outside the classroom.


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