To help clarify the difference between disruptive and threatening behavior and the course of action to be taken with either behavior, the Dean of Students Office has created the following guidelines.
Please Note: WHENEVER THERE IS AN IMMEDIATE THREAT TO THE SAFETY OF ANY PERSON, YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CONTACT THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY!
It is conduct that materially and substantially interferes with or obstructs the teaching or learning process in the context of a classroom or educational setting.
Disruptive Behavior IS:
Disruptive Behavior IS NOT:
The student in your class who is persistently tardy or leaves early
The student who talks incessantly while you are delivering a lecture
Appropriate demonstrations of disagreements or differences of opinion
The student who loudly and frequently interrupts the flow of class with questions or interjections
A clash of values or beliefs
The student who becomes belligerent when you confront his or her inappropriate behavior in class
Needing extra time or attention based on reasonable accommodation
Cell phones ringing in a classroom, text messaging, chatting online
Persistent and unreasonable demands for time and attention both in and out of the classroom
It is any statement, communication, conduct or gesture, including those in written form, directed toward any member of the University community that causes a reasonable apprehension of physical harm to a person or property.
Each of us responds differently to the behaviors of others. Encounters with students that leave you frightened and in fear for your personal safety should be taken very seriously.
Examples of Threatening Behavior
Direct or implied threats of violence
Challenges to fight
Threatening phone calls, emails or other correspondence
Acts of harassment
If the threat is immediate
Dial 911 for immediate police response.
It is strongly suggested that you notify the Dean of Students Office at 621-7057, whenever the police have been requested to intervene. In instances where the reported conduct constitutes a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, the Dean of Students Office can also assist you in filing a code of conduct complaint form and/or providing a support plan and team.