Student Conduct / Disturbances
Students are responsible for their behavior especially when their behavior affects the learning environment of other students. Any behavior that impairs the civil learning environment in a course offered by the University is considered disruptive. Faculty and Students have a right to expect a civil learning environment. This environment should be free from harassment and discrimination and free from any other unreasonable interference with their educational experiences.
Examples of Classroom Disruptions:
- Frequently arriving late to class
- Continually leaving and re-entering class without permission
- Loud and distracting noises (talking with others or talking aloud to no one in particular, cell phones, etc.) NOTE: Use of cell phones in the classroom is prohibited!
- Continually interrupting instructor or other students
- Sleeping in class or poor personal hygiene
- Comments that are: antagonistic or inappropriately argumentative, openly rude or inappropriately critical, threatening or abusive
Prevention of Classroom Disruption
So with all the possibilities of class disruptions, what is an instructor supposed to do? The first step is to try to prevent disruptions in the first place by letting students know what you expect of them while they are in your class. Make expectations very clear in the first class. Asking students to describe behavior they find disruptive, as well as asking what kind of behavior makes for good class discussion will generate a list that students themselves support.
Here is a suggested statement for your course syllabus:
“Since every student is entitled to full participation in class without interruption, all students are expected to be in class and prepared to begin on time. All pagers, wireless phones, or other electronic devices must be turned off, or switched to vibrate, when you enter the classroom. Disruption of class, whether by latecomers, noisy devices, or inconsiderate behavior is not acceptable. Students are expected to treat the instructor and other students with dignity and respect, especially in cases where a diversity of opinion arises. Students who engage in disruptive behavior are subject to disciplinary action, including removal from the course.”
Responding to Disruptive Behavior
The Student Code of Conduct supports the instructor’s efforts to maintain a civil learning environment in the classroom.
Instructors have jurisdiction and authority to do what is necessary to preserve the integrity of the classroom at the time incidents occur – including removing the student from the class.
Instructors should refer persistent offenders to the Head of Academic Office for possible permanent removal from the course.
Since every student is entitled to full participation in class or exams without interruption, disruption of class by inconsiderate behaviour is not acceptable. Students are expected to treat the instructor and other students with dignity and respect, especially in cases where a diversity of opinion arises. Students who engage in disruptive behaviour are subject to disciplinary action, including removal from the course.
All and any use of a cell phone is strictly prohibited during class. Students using a cell phone may be sent out of the classroom, which may result in an unexcused absence. If a calculator is needed in any class, the student must bring a calculator and not a cell phone. Using cell phone applications is not permitted. No exceptions!
It is up to the individual instructor to rule on the use of laptops or I-pads. Instructors have the right to prohibit students’ use of such electronic devices.