Disruptive Classroom Behavior
- Individual instructors have the right to determine whether specific student behavior is disruptive. Instructors may require a student to leave an individual class meeting for disruptive behavior; however, instructors are not authorized to summarily remove a student from the course. Should such removal be deemed necessary, instructors must follow the procedure outlined below. In exceptional cases where a student’s presence is deemed an immediate threat to the instructor or other members of the class, instructors should immediately call the Department of Campus Safety. If a student has repeatedly disrupted the class, or if a student’s presence represents a significant impediment to the educational process, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs may remove the student via an involuntary drop.
- 1. The instructor should first meet with the student in an attempt to resolve the issue. Another faculty or staff member (including CCS or Campus Safety staff) may be asked to attend this meeting.
- 2. If this meeting fails to resolve the situation, the instructor shall inform the student of his/her intention to seek an involuntary drop, and provide the student an opportunity to drop the course voluntarily
- 3. The instructor shall bring the matter to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs prior to the class meeting following the instructor’s meeting with the student. In consultation with the instructor, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs shall determine whether to grant the request for an involuntary drop. The decision should be communicated to the student before the next scheduled class meeting, and shall be communicated no later than one week from the instructor’s initial meeting with the student.
- 4. The student may appeal the decision to the Office of the Provost. This appeal must be submitted in writing no later than one week from the decision. Appeals shall only be considered in the following circumstances:
- The existence of procedural errors so substantial that the student was denied due process;
- A decision clearly not supported by the facts presented;
- Presentation of new and significant evidence that was not reasonably available at the time of the decision; and/or
- The decision is demonstrably arbitrary and capricious.
While an appeal is being considered, the student shall be restricted from attending the class from which he/she has been dropped.
- 5. The appeal shall be considered, and a decision rendered to the student, no later than one week from its receipt by the Office of the Provost. This decision shall be final.
- 6. Copies of all involuntary drop requests shall be provided to CCS, who shall determine whether disciplinary charges should also be filed. CCS shall generally defer to the recommendation of the course instructor: however, if the student has a previous disciplinary record, CCS may take appropriate action regardless of the instructor’s recommendation.
- 7. The course drop shall be effective from the date of the original decision, and for all administrative purposes (e.g., transcripts, tuition refunds, etc.) shall be considered the same as if the drop had been voluntary.