WSOB Expectations of Excellence

In the Wright School of Business (WSOB), we strive to create a high quality, career-ready business professional. Strengthening your professional behavior while you are a student is a key component to this mission. Your professional development will impact your ability to have effective engagement with the business and civic community. Being a WSOB student means meeting college-level expectations to excel in your classes. This includes the following expectations:


  1. Purchase the textbook(s), course access code(s) and all supplies before class.
  2. We prefer you buy a hard copy (vs. online) text to facilitate your review and build your professional business library.
  3. Carefully, read over the syllabus for all your courses to familiarize yourself with the course and requirements. Also read the syllabus before you ask questions that this critical document can answer.
  4. Use a calendar (preferably an electronic calendar) to note all your assignment due dates and block sufficient time to study and complete assignments.


  1. If you miss the first day of class for any reason, contact the instructor.
  2. When the session begins, put away all other work and end your conversations.
  3. Unless it is appropriate for the class activity, turn off all electronic devices when you enter the classroom and focus on the lecture and class activities.
  4. If you need to have a device turned on due to pending personal or business emergencies, then tell your instructor ahead of time.
  5. Your tablet or laptop may be appropriate for taking notes, but it is not appropriate for any other non-class activity.
  6. Pay attention at all times.
  7. Respect those around you; do not talk to others when your attention should be directed elsewhere.
  8. When you are giving a presentation, whether individually or as a team, appropriate professional dress is expected.
  9. Wait until the class is ended before packing up your books and belongings.
  10. Do not leave a room while activities are ongoing, except in the event of an emergency.
  11. At the WSOB, your class is your professional space. Respect it by not leaving trash or paper behind when you leave.


  1. Complete all the assigned chapter readings and assignments before class.
  2. Plan to study three hours outside of class for each class meeting.
  3. Study with classmates.
  4. See your professor during their office hours (or by email) for additional assistance.
  5. Join business clubs and organizations on campus.


  1. Attend class regularly.
  2. Arrive on time to class and be ready for class to begin.
  3. If you know that you are going to be late or absent, let the instructor know.
  4. Take notes as you read, and use ancillaries (PowerPoint slides, for example) to help you review.
  5. If you are struggling in a course, check for on-campus tutoring available from the Dean of Students office. 
  6. Complete assignments and take exams on time.
  7. Do not plagiarize or cheat. This is strictly against college policy.
  8. Address your instructors in person and in emails in a professional tone and format. If you know your instructor is a Dr., they expect to be addressed as Dr.
  9. Give your instructors time to reply to e-mails; however, e-mails often get buried, so after 24 hours, a polite follow-up would be appropriate.
  10. Do not improperly copy, store or disclose privileged information. You should never reveal private or proprietary information for which you have access or gain knowledge.
  11. Regularly meet with your academic advisor to ensure you are on the right track for graduation. It is your responsibility to review the course progression chart for your major along with course prerequisites as well as the 2-year course offerings calendar.