Student Conduct in the Classroom: What Faculty Need to Know
What is considered disruptive behavior?
- Being late, reading the paper, sleeping in class
- Making noises, repeatedly interrupting
- Passing notes, answering cell phone
- Harassing behavior, personal insults, inappropriate language
- Refusal to comply with faculty or staff direction
- Persistent and unreasonable demands for time and attention both in and out of the classroom
- Demands for services unrelated to the unit
- Unwillingness to cooperate when a solution is being sought
What is NOT considered disruptive behavior?
- Cultural differences
- Most disagreements or differences of opinion
- Situational frustration
- Needing extra time or attention for a special reason
Can I remove a student from my class because of disruptive behavior?
- Yes, but only for that class period. The student has the right to return to the next class period as long as the student exhibits appropriate behavior.
- You need to fill out an incident report online so it can be addressed by SCCS.
When should I call the police?
- Physical threats or actions
- When the student refuses to leave the classroom as instructed
- Fill out an incident report online. SCCS will receive information from UPD, but only information they determine after arriving on scene
When can I administratively withdraw a student?
- WSU’s policy for administrative withdraw is outlined in the Course Catalog
- It does not allow for withdraw by faculty, only Dean of college
- Very specific situations must apply in order to administratively withdraw a student
In any situation, it is important to document everything. Incident reports can be found on our website.
- When did it happen?
- Where did it happen?
- Who was present?
- What specifically happened?
- What did you do?
- Any information you can recall, will be helpful in working through the disciplinary process
Some information adapted from: http://oregonstate.edu/studentconduct/faculty/disruptivebehavior.php
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