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Dealing With Disruptive Classroom Behavior
With Disruptive Classroom Behavior
classroom behavior by students has become an issue of concern to faculty
throughout higher education. Unfortunately, more students believe it is
appropriate to engage in behavior which is disruptive and/or
threatening, or come to the College without necessary coping skills
which allow them to deal with conflict in more constructive ways.
Dean of Students Office offers several options for dealing with these
issues, including disciplinary referrals, mediation, and informal
discussions. In order to assist faculty, the following guidelines have
been developed to help faculty respond to these situations.
order to foster a campus culture that promotes respect and civility,
it is important that faculty recognize their responsibility for
management of the classroom environment. Faculty members encounter
fewer problems with student behavior when they clearly state their
expectations about the importance of demonstrating respect in the
College of the Canyons Student Conduct Code supports faculty in this
endeavor by acknowledging that the nature of the educational process
must be protected through the implementation and enforcement of
appropriate policy. Faculty are encouraged to refer to the Code in
their course syllabus. Examples of disruptive behavior which could
be interpreted as violations of the Code include, but are not
limited to: repeatedly leaving and entering the classroom without
faculty authorization, making loud or distracting noises, persisting
in speaking without being recognized, or resorting to insults or
threats of violence.
students and faculty members have some measure of academic freedom.
As you know College policies on classroom disruption can not be
utilized to punish appropriate classroom dissent. A simple
expression of disagreement with a faculty member is not in itself
considered disruptive behavior.
incivility, and disruption are often difficult to distinguish from
one another. Faculty members are encouraged to deal with instances
of rudeness by classroom example and through private discussion
rather than open confrontation in the classroom. Rudeness can become
disruption when it is repetitive, especially after a warning has
to prevent and respond to disruptive behavior include the following:
standards for the conduct of your class. For example, if you
want students to raise their hands for permission to speak, say
so, using reminders as needed.
as a role model for the conduct you expect from your students.
you believe that inappropriate behavior is occurring, consider a
general word of caution rather than warning a particular student
(e.g. "We have too many conversations in the room right
now. Can we please all concentrate on the same subject?")
a student's behavior is irritating, but not disruptive, try
speaking with the student after class. It is possible that the
student is unaware of distracting habits or mannerisms, and does
not have the intent to be offensive or disruptive.
may be rare circumstances when it is necessary to speak to the
student during class about his or her behavior. Try to do so in
a friendly but firm manner, indicating that further discussion
can occur after class. Public arguments and harsh language must
be avoided at all times. Try to separate the person from the
behavior, using appropriate "I" statements rather than
accusatory "you" statements (e.g. "I am finding
it difficult to continue presenting the subject material when
you continually engage in side conversations. Could you please
discontinue those conversations until after class?")
student who persists in disrupting a class may be directed by
the faculty to leave the classroom. College of the Canyons
policy (531.1A(5)) allows for the removal of disruptive
students for the remainder of the class period and the
following class period. Whenever possible, prior consultation
should be undertaken with both the department/division
chairperson and the Dean of Students (X3498).
a disruption is serious, and other reasonable measures have
failed, the class may be adjourned and a College security
officer summoned. Faculty must not use force or threats of force
except in immediate self-defense. Once concluded, it is
important that the faculty member write a detailed account of
the incident. Identify witnesses for the police, as needed.
Dean of Students can assist by reviewing College policy with you,
and meeting with students formally or informally. It's better to
report disruptive incidents promptly, even if they seem minor. A
preferred strategy of the Dean’s Office is to meet with a student
in a non-disciplinary situation to develop a behavioral agreement,
so that the student has clear guidelines about what behavior is
expected of her or him. In most serious cases, the Dean will
consider suspending students immediately, pending disciplinary
of Guidelines: Dealing With Disruptive Behavior
clear behavioral expectations in the beginning of the semester, and
establish control over the classroom environment.
the Student Conduct Code as a means of interpretation and
the difference between disruption and academic freedom.
with rudeness privately and calmly.
as a role model for your students.
informal, non-public resolutions whenever possible.
you must confront behavior publicly, separate the person from the
behavior and confront the situation firmly but calmly.
removing a student from the class for inappropriate behavior, do so
only for the remainder of that class period and the following class
period. Report the matter to the Dean of Students. The Dean will engage
the student in the campus discipline process. If the behavior
warrants an immediate suspension, the Dean will impose an Interim
Suspension pending the outcome of due process.
with your department chairperson/division chair and the Dean of
Students whenever disruptions occur, even if they seem minor. No
action need be taken immediately, but it is helpful to have all
the event of serious disruptions, contact Campus Security and
provide a full written account of the incident.
that the Dean’s Office has several different methods of dealing
with disruptive behavior, depending on the seriousness of the
situation and your own preferences. You may contact the Dean at any
time at X3498.
Dean is willing to provide informational sessions on this and other
subject areas to departments/units by request.
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