Professional Decorum

The College of Arts and Sciences and School of Leadership and Education Sciences take seriously the mission to educate teachers who are, in the words of USD's mission, "committed to advancing academic excellence, expanding liberal and professional knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community, and preparing leaders dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service."

Following is the professional decorum that we expect of all the future educators that graduate from USD.

Professional Behaviors

As teachers, graduates will comport themselves in a professional, ethical and compassionate manner befitting the teaching profession:

  • Careful and thoughtful preparation of coursework
  • Academic honesty
  • Curiosity about ideas (including those of others)
  • Habits of analysis and reflection
  • Timeliness and punctuality
  • Willingness to accept responsibility for choices
  • Willingness to work within major, University and state guidelines
  • Professional deportment in class: respect for diverse learners, instructors and learning environments
  • Professional deportment outside class: determination to strengthen peers, instructors, the major and USD
  • Use of appropriate channels to share concerns about peers, courses, instructors, the major and USD: instructor, coordinator, Dean's Office

Nonprofessional Behaviors

Any behavior that undermines the learning process or learning environment for anyone involved in the Liberal Studies major or USD, including (but not limited to) peers, instructors, advisors, administrators, tutees and community contacts, constitutes unprofessional behavior is prohibited. These might include:
  • Academic dishonesty
  • Disproportionate focus on grade rather than on learning
  • Disrespectful or disruptive interaction in class
  • Generating discontent about coursework, instructors, peers, the major, etc. through inappropriate channels
  • Disregard for deadlines
  • Unwillingness to participate in learning environments
  • Lack of intellectual curiosity
  • Disinclination to consider diverse points of view
  • Unwillingness to seek support when in need of assistance

Liberal Studies staff and faculty take student concerns very seriously. We are committed to ensuring that all prospective teachers receive outstanding instruction and advising. To enable us to improve the program for all, share suggestions and concerns through professional channels, such as meeting with your liberal studies advisor.