Conduct and Discipline
SDMC students are fine young people; they are well-motivated, hard-working, and high-achieving young men and young women. We set high expectations for our students and they respond impressively.
It is in the best interests of all involved, however, to be explicit in stating some of the expectations underlying math circle success:
Code of Conduct
Treat others with respect
Treat facilities and property with respect
Comply promptly with directions from instructors and adult volunteers
Maintain attention on the objective of the class or activity
Cooperate with peers
Exercise good citizenship as a guest on the UCSD campus
Good Conduct Tips
Avoid buddy groupings
Avoid the back of the room
During class, put away homework, novels, iPods, laptops, Rubik's cubes, chess sets, calculators, etc. - except as needed for directed class activity.
Curtail distracting behavior during class; e.g., conversation
Respond to the instructor
Instructors are respected professionals, here to teach mathematics, not police behavior.
SDMC is not a school, with incremental disciplinary measures and layers of procedure.
SDMC does not have staff to supervise wayward students.
If a polite reminder is insufficient correct a student's behavior, we have little alternative but to dismiss a misbehaving student from class, perhaps permanently.
Adult volunteers in SDMC classrooms are agents of the Director; students are advised, and parents are advised to make clear to their students, that compliance with the direction adult volunteers is essential.
In the event that any disciplinary action needs to be taken, the judgement of the Director is final.