Although our classroom environment is virtual (online), the standards of behavior are as important as they are in brick-and-mortar schools. In other words, our virtual classrooms are real classrooms with real teachers; therefore, appropriate student behavior is expected.
To ensure that students understand how to best engage in our community and within an online environment, we have developed a code of conduct and best practices guideline that all students are required to follow. This document is to detail how you can participate in healthy communication to receive the most value within community engagement.
This code of conduct and best practices addresses student interaction with school staff, and other students, as well as their actions. The following applies to the classroom and live session environments. Behaviors not in alignment with best practices or supportive of the code of conduct will result in disciplinary action.
1. Respect Space and Boundaries
The focus of the content is not to be placed on the teachers but the teachings themselves. We would like our students to focus on the work at hand rather than giving praise to others. By focusing on another person, we take our own power away. If you appreciate the words or energy of a teacher, you are simply identifying those same traits you already carry. Teachers are mirrors of our wisdom. Please respect the space and boundaries of the teachers.
2. Try it On
As a member of the community, we encourage you to try on new concepts and ideas. It is acceptable if you do not agree with the concepts or ideas offered. It is okay if you do not resonate with everything.
3. Practice Deep Listening
When others are sharing, practice listening with an open heart and mind. Seek to understand not to advise.
4. Practice “Both/And”
When speaking, we ask that you acknowledge and honor multiple realities by substituting “and” for “but”.
5. Step Forward/Step Back
We encourage full participation. Please note that if you are used to speaking frequently and taking up space, please take a step back when engaging. If you are not used to frequently speaking and taking up space, we invite you to take a step forward when engaging.
Take away what you have learned, however, refrain from identifying anyone but yourself. Prior to following up with anyone after class regarding what they’ve shared, please ask for their permission first.
7. External Authority
Understand that we each have our own information and that the role of the NEMS teachers is not to give us answers but to light us up in a way that guides us to our own unique truth. At NEMS, we do not give our power away to outside authority. Instead, we are given the tools from our teachers to access guidance and discernment in what works for ourselves.
8. Mental Health Acknowledgment
Students must be of sound mind and body before engaging with our work. A solid foundation, in reality, should be held before joining the community as we do not have the capacity to support individuals who are in unstable areas of their mental health journey. It is the student’s responsibility to maintain and care for their mental health as our content is not a replacement for therapy, diagnosis, or medical attention. Use self-awareness and seek individualized professional care when needed.
Student Code of Conduct
1. Cyber Bullying and/or Harassment During Live Courses
a. Sending or posting discriminatory, harassing, or threatening messages or images.
b. Sending or posting messages that defame or slander other individuals.
c. Engaging in harassment based on a student’s membership in a protected class (race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or disability).
d. Filming live or pre recorded classes is now prohibited and qualifies for an instant ban from our community spaces.
e. Posting live or pre recorded classes is now prohibited and qualifies for an instant ban from our community spaces
2. Disruptive and/or Disrespectful Virtual Classroom Behavior
a. Conduct or behavior which interferes with or disrupts the teaching and learning process.
b. Refusing to follow the rules of the specific virtual classroom.
c. Unmuting yourself when your teacher has placed you on mute.
d. Conduct or behavior which embarrasses a person or group of persons.
e. Inappropriate use of discussion forums or synchronous chat rooms.
3. Over Engagement and/or Over Sharing
a. Although we love student participation, it is important to be self-aware when it comes to over engagement. An example of over engagement is spamming the live meeting/webinar chat with excessive emoji usage or unacceptable comments. Please note that your actions should be intentional, thoughtful, and with purpose.
b. Students must refrain from oversharing personal information to maintain supportive, sustainable and healthy communication within our community. Trauma dumping/emotional dumping is not welcomed in community communication to prevent energetic depletion out of respect to the highly sensitive individuals within our community.
c. We kindly ask you to be conscious about how much you share with the community. If you are someone who tends to share quite often, we ask that you take a step back to allow others a chance to feel welcome to take up space in the container.
We desire our community to have supportive, sustainable, and healthy communication. To uphold this desire and to ensure the safety and comfort of our students, staff, and instructors, any violation of the Student Code of Conduct and Best Practices will result in membership probation or immediate membership cancellation. Please note that memberships created under false names and emails are a violation of our community guidelines and will be immediately removed
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