Use of Cameras for Remote Synchronous Courses

In-person students earn class participation credit by arriving on time and joining in discussions and activities. The equivalent in a remote synchronous class is to join Zoom on time and be attentive and engaged. Having your camera turned on contributes to this class community and engagement, and it may be used to compute student participation scores in some courses.

Students are encouraged to turn their cameras on as much as possible. Students who are concerned about showing their living space are welcome to use the blur background feature in Zoom or another, non-offensive virtual background. Students without a working laptop camera should purchase an external webcam. In cases of hardship, students can contact LeBow Instructional Tech ( to ask about the availability of a loaner camera.