Student Conduct: Disruptive Classroom Behavior


  1. Most incidents can be managed with an oral warning to the student or a general reminder to the class about expectations. Document the disruptive behavior and your attempts to ask the student to stop.
  2. Talk to the student privately if the behavior continues. You might consider alternative instructional methods (i.e. assigning student to different groups). Do not meet alone with the student if you have personal safety concerns. Consult with University Security. Document your conversation.
  3. If needed, follow up with a written warning to the student that further incidents may result in dismissing a student for the remainder of the class period and a referral to the Office of Student Conduct. An option might be to provide the student wit ha list of expectations for the rest of the course (i.e. what acceptable behavior looks like, what is required by the syllabus, etc).
  4. If the behavior persists after an oral and written warning, submit a report to the Office of Student Conduct. If disciplinary action is taken, the student has a right to a hearing on the allegations. You may be called as a witness.
  5. For more serious incidents such as a classroom outburst or an assault on a field trip, the matter should be immediately reported to University Security and the Office of Student Conduct.

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