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Academic Policies & Culture

International exchange students must abide by the same rules and regulations that govern all ASU students. All students are expected to adhere to the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) Student Code of Conduct. The Student Code of Conduct sets forth the standards of conduct expected of students who choose to join the university community. Students who violate these standards will be subject to disciplinary sanctions in order to promote their own personal development, to protect the university community, and to maintain order and stability on campus.

The Code of Conduct and disciplinary procedures can be found on the Dean of Students website.

ASU International Exchange Program Policies

In addition, international exchange students must abide by the regulations agreed to in the electronic Signature Documents which were digitally signed during the application process. These policies can be found here.

U.S. University Class Culture

This section provides Information about how to succeed in the American college environment. The following are helpful tips and information to help you navigate and understand the U.S. university class culture.

  • As an international exchange student, you should introduce yourself to your instructors at the beginning of the semester. This helps the professor remember to give you more specific instructions on items that may be unclear to non-local or degree-seeking students.
  • You will be provided with a course syllabus for each course during the first week of classes. The syllabus will include professor contact information, expectations and rules, assignment and course calendar, course topic descriptions, and assignment instructions. Students are responsible for following the information in the syllabus.
  • In addition, most ASU classes include some online component. Most courses now provide the course syllabus, information, and materials online through the online course management system, Blackboard. You may be required to participate in online discussions, submit homework online, etc.
  • ASU instructors are required to hold weekly office hours. This is a time when the professor is available to meet with students to discuss concerns, or offer assistance and additional explanation about course topics. The instructor's office hours will be provided on the syllabus.
  • Classes are usually very structured, with frequent or weekly assignments, active supervision and verification. You are likely to be told every week which chapters to read and what assignments to complete, and may also be tested on the required reading.
  • You will be expected to participate in group work in and outside of class, and in class discussions. Participation is often factored into the final course grade. Group work is a major component of the ASU class experience since graduates will work in organizations/positions requiring a lot of teamwork.
  • Be prepared to discuss various topics, including ones that are taboo or are contrary to what the professor or other students believe. This is okay as long as the communication is respectful of everyone’s opinions and beliefs. It is not considered improper to discuss ideas with a professor or a student with different beliefs than you, as long as it is done politely. However, do not take up too much classroom time to discuss one single issue.
  • American professors enjoy a curious and dynamic student who can present a hypothesis and support it. They should not judge the student on a personal level, but only consider the student's ideas.
  • It is considered very rude to be late to an appointment with an instructor, staff, or other student. It is important to notify the person in advance if you cannot meet them at the scheduled time.