Student Responsibility Guide

Please complete the Student Responsibility Guide form below prior to admission to a Southeast Tech Online program.

Southeast Tech’s Online Programs provide you with a flexible and convenient way to learn. Online courses provide the same competencies as traditional courses within a different framework. Some of the online courses at Southeast are offered in an accelerated format, while others are offered the full semester. Online courses are without face-to-face contact between the faculty and the student. As an online student you will need computer skills, specific personal skills, and available resources to be successful.

Computer Skills

  • As you progress in the online program, your computer skills will improve. At the start, you will need to have a working knowledge of the following computer skills:
  • Knowledge of Internet use including browsing, searching, and web page navigation.
  • Knowledge of email, attaching files to communications, uploading and downloading files.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office including Access, Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, and Word.
  • Knowledge of Adobe Flash and Windows Media Player.
  • File management skills including saving, opening, and placing files inside folders.
  • General computer skills such as copying, pasting and naming folders.
  • The ability to work with multiple applications at one time.
  • Netiquette guidelines including proper grammar, punctuation, spelling, and tone in electronic communications.
  • Understand how to protect your computer from viruses and malware.

Personal Skills

An online program shifts the majority of the responsibility in the student-teacher relationship to the student. As an online student, you are more responsible for your success, and we recommend that you do a self-evaluation of the following skills:

Self-Motivation and Self-Discipline

  • Students must be mentally prepared to learn.
  • Students must balance personal obligations such as family and work with their coursework to succeed.

Organizational Skills

  • Students who take multiple courses at the same time must work efficiently to manage the coursework.

Time Management Skills

  • Online classes are not self-paced, and students must meet weekly due dates and deadlines.
  • Budget your time, and expect to spend 6 – 9 hours per week to work on a 3 credit class, and 9 – 12 hours per week for a 4 credit class. Courses of 8 weeks or shorter will require up to twice as many hours per week.

Communication Skills

  • Students must ask questions when needed and not allow themselves to fall behind.
  • Students must participate weekly in communications with faculty and classmates in an online environment.
  • Students must be able to read directions and follow them.

Available Resources

  • Online students need additional resources to succeed. These resources include identifying your study environment and technological resources.

Study Environment

  • Students should have a study environment that is comfortable. One student may choose a private office while another student may choose a local coffee shop with free Internet access.

Technology Resources

  • A student must have computer access with consistent broadband Internet access. Recommended minimum speed should be 5 Mbps. You can check your speed by going to
  • Southeast Tech recommends a minimum of a 1.6 GHz CPU, 4GB of RAM and 10 GB of free hard drive space. The complete hardware requirements can be found here.
  • Certain courses require Microsoft Office. This is provided free of charge from the school. Once you are enrolled, you can go to to find instructions on how to install Office 365.
  • Virtual PC (vPC) is available for devices that don’t have Microsoft Office installed. The vPC can be used for other campus related schoolwork as well.
  • Southeast Tech’s Learning Management System (LMS) requires an Internet browser. Recommend browser is Google Chrome.
  • Some courses may require additional software or hardware requirements and will be explained in the syllabi.
  • To view all of the software requirements, visit the Technology Requirements page.

I understand the Student Responsibilities for Southeast Tech’s Online Programs and verify with my signature below that I meet these requirements. (Typing your name is the same as signing your name.)

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