Code of Online Professional Conduct

Code of Online Professional Conduct
  • Commitment to ethical and professional conduct when communicating with facilitators and Professional Development Standards and Support staff is expected of every participant in a BVU online course. Behavior expectations for the online environment are outlined below. These guidelines should be adhered to while participating in the course.


    • Participants will act in a professional, responsible, ethical and legal manner, in accordance with the school, district and state policies, and in compliance with state and national laws.
    • Participants will conduct themselves in a manner that facilitates learning in the online environment.
    • Participants will use standard English including proper punctuation, spelling and grammar in emails, threaded discussion postings and assignments.
    • Participants will check and respond to emails in a timely manner.

    Acceptable Use Policy

    • Participants may not write, use, send, download or display deliberately hostile and insulting (inflammatory), obscene, threatening, harassing or otherwise offensive messages, postings, pictures, or other forms of communication. This includes written communications, emails and telephone calls with facilitators and BVU staff before, during or after a course.
    • Participants may not discuss private issues about the training via the threaded discussions and other communication tools. If participants have issues and/or concerns about the course content, amount of work, grades given, etc. they shall contact the online facilitator directly and privately.
    • Participants may not post negative comments such as the amount of time spent on assignments on threaded discussions. This invites others to join in and complain which is not a professional use of class discussions. Feedback is welcome and should be submitted to the facilitator.
    • Academic honesty is defined broadly and simply as the production of academic work without misrepresentation as original work created by the submitter. This includes using a source of information not appropriately authorized or attributed.

    Participant Expectations

    • Participants are responsible for their own learning. If a participant is unable to login, receive emails, access lessons and/or complete assignments, contact the facilitator.
    • Participants will actively participate and complete all assigned work according to the course timeline and facilitator instructions.
    • Participants will access the course weekly in order to respond and participate in the discussion threads and complete assignments.
    • A week in a course runs from Monday 6:00 am to Sunday 8:00 pm. Each week’s work must be submitted by Sunday 8:00 pm.
    • Participants who are inactive in the course or fall one week behind in completing assignments will be administratively withdrawn.
    • Participants who wish to withdraw from a course must do so by notifying the facilitator in a timely manner.
    • Participants will respect the role of the facilitator who provides guidance on the course instruction, adheres to the goals and objectives of the course, and maintains academic integrity of the material. Requests for revision of submitted material is at the discretion of the instructor.

    Academic Misconduct

    Participants may not engage in plagiarism, knowingly representing the words, data or ideas of another as one’s own, in any exercise. Submitting all or part of another’s work as one’s own in an academic exercise including unauthorized collaboration with other participants is not allowed. Sharing any submitted work with another participant at any time before, during or after a course is not acceptable and could result in the loss of inservice points if points have already been awarded to the participant.

    In an effort to maintain system integrity and to ensure responsible use, files and communications through Canvas are monitored and recorded. Under no circumstances should online participants expect that messages or discussion postings that are created, modified, transmitted, received or stored on Broward Virtual University servers are private. Online participants who violate any of the above conditions will be denied access.

    → If you do not submit your weekly assignment(s) and discussion posts by the end of each week, you will be removed from the course. Each week’s work must be submitted by Sunday at 8:00 pm.

    Please Note: All violators of the Code of Online Professional Conduct will be removed from the course (at their expense) and may be reported to their school/district administrator.

    A week in a course runs from Monday to Sunday. Each week’s work needs to be completed before the end of the following week. Each week’s work must be submitted by Sunday at 8:00 pm. Timelines posted by the facilitator in the announcement area must be followed.

Contact Information

  • Professional Learning Standards & Support

    3531 Davie Road

    Davie, Florida 33314

    Phone: 754-321-5055

    Fax: --

    TTL: --

    Phone: --

    Michael Walker