Student Guidelines for Virtual Meeting Spaces

IMPORTANT: Any violation of the VMS Guidelines will be cross referenced with the JTED Code of Conduct for applicable consequences.  This policy agreement must be signed and returned for continuation in VMS class sessions.

Attendance:

Students are expected to log into their course(s) daily in order to keep up with the course materials. Faculty, staff and administration are able to track the students’ activities online. If an unexpected situation such as illness should arise and there is an extended leave from the course, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the teacher and report the problem to JTED’s attendance hotline at 209-2675 or JTED’s attendance clerk at 520 209-2675 x7424 who will determine alternatives and course of action (if any) for meeting class requirements.

VMS Class Sessions:

The VMS class sessions are an important component of Remote Learning. In large measure, they provide the needed interaction of a live traditional class. Given the constraints of the medium, all participants in the VMS class sessions are expected to adhere to the following rules and best practices in order to ensure the best possible learning environment.

Preparation

  • Never enter, or attempt to enter, a VMS session fraudulently using the name of another student, faculty or staff member. 
  • Never enter a VMS session for a class that is not part of the regular schedule, and more so, never enter a VMS session for a class at another school. 
  • Class meeting IDs are never to be shared with others outside of the class. 
  • Students should only use the meeting IDs that pertain to the classes on their schedule.
  • Virtual (greenscreen) backgrounds that are available on certain computers are not recommended for VMS sessions. Students must ask their teacher for permission before using a personal virtual background, or use one of the stock backgrounds that are provided by the VMS service. All backgrounds, real and virtual, must be appropriate for general audiences (Rated G) and offer enough light for the student’s face to be visible.

Participation

  • Arrive on time for the class session. The student will be admitted to the “waiting room” before being admitted to the class. 
  • Log into the VMS account using your Pima JTED email (e.g., adelgado@pimajted.net) and the specific instructions sent out by the IT Department, via JTED  administration. 
  • Report to sessions properly groomed and dressed for class in your uniform or school appropriate clothing. 
  • VMS is a virtual classroom; therefore, all classroom rules apply. Hoodies may not be worn during class. 
  • The device being used should be identified by the student’s full name, which is the name the teacher will see on the VMS “waiting room.” Changing your name to something inappropriate is unacceptable behavior and will be addressed immediately. 
  • Student’s camera should be on so the teacher can see the student. Posture before the camera must be conducive to active learning and participation (e.g., no reclining). The student’s full face must be visible in the camera frame. 
  • As expected of any class interaction, participants are to treat each other with courtesy and respect. 
  • Offensive or inappropriate language is not to be used in any form of communication. This extends to emails, discussion postings, group projects, and submitted assignments which may be part of or an extension of the VMS interaction. 
  • Use of any profanity – written, drawn, displayed or spoken – during a meeting is unacceptable. 
  • Taking screenshots or screen recordings of virtual classrooms without the explicit permission from the teacher and class members is unacceptable.

Disciplinary Action for Unacceptable Behavior

  • Disruptions to a VMS session may lead to the removal of the student from a remote learning session for part or the entire session. 
  • Students with an unexcused absence or who are removed from a VMS session for disruptive behavior may not receive any credit for the activity, class work, assessment, or participation that took place during his or her absence. 
  • Repeated disruption will be reported to the Principal and may lead to suspension from VMS class sessions altogether.

Students May Face Immediate Suspension or Expulsion From Pima JTED for Any of the Following Major Infractions:

  • Entering a meeting fraudulently. 
  • Creating negative images of meetings using screenshots or screen recordings of any member of the faculty, staff or administration. 
  • Using profanity or obscenities in any form. 
  • Verbal or physical abuse in the form of intimidation, harassment, or threatening behavior directed toward the teacher, fellow students or administrative staff. 
  • Any student who is found plagiarizing or cheating may have his grade for the assignment/assessment lowered or may fail the course.
  • Filming or allowing others to film any portion of the online class without consent from the teacher. Permission may only be granted for specific academic purposes.