Zoom Etiquette for Students

To ensure a successful zoom classroom meeting, and engage in a productive learning environment, please keep the following “do’s and don’ts” in mind:


  • Find a clean, quiet space and dress appropriately.
  • Let all household members know when and where you will be in class, and ask them not to disturb you.
  • Make sure your full name shows up appropriately.
  • Be aware of your background, lighting, and noise.
  • Mute until you are required to talk. Use the Zoom functions to communicate if needed (chat, raise your hand, answer yes/no, etc.).
  • Use an appropriate zoom background if you wish.
  • Turn off/silence cell phone and close other windows on your computer.
  • Be on time to class. Communicate with your instructor (via their preferred communication method listed on the syllabus) if you will be late or if you lose your connection during class.
  • Pay attention! Maintain eye contact with the speaker on the screen.
  • Be prepared to take notes (on your computer or in a designated notebook) or to access course material (have textbook, D2L course page, or readings available).


  • Enter a zoom that you weren't invited to, share the zoom access information for your class with others, or enter under a different name.
  • Take screenshots, cell phone pictures, or otherwise record the meeting, your classmates, or your instructor without express permission to do so.
  • Change your name or change your zoom background during the meeting.
  • Walk around during the class meeting.
  • Use the chat for side conversations with classmates.
  • Sit in front of a window or bright light, this will make your face too dark to see.
  • Have conversations with household members off camera.
  • Allow household members to walk around behind you during the meeting.
  • Engage in texting, social media, work from other classes, or other distractions while in class.

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