I've looked all over the chat module and searched these forums, but it appears that the "beep" function in the chat module is always enabled. Is this so? Can the function be disabled?
If not, this seems like a pretty obvious addition to me. Having the option for a beep is a great idea, but forcing it strikes me as a reason for instructors not to use the chat module at all in situations where students may be inclined to use it irresponsibly.