Disruptive Student Behavior

Disruptive behavior is behavior that interferes with the learning and teaching environment or the administrative and student services functions of the College. Effective classroom management is the first tool when dealing with disruptive student behavior.

Examples of Disruptive Behavior

Verbally intimidating, threatening or abusing a person or persons
Physically intimidating, threatening, abusing or assaulting others
Theft or damage to College property
Use, possession, distribution of illegal or controlled substances on College grounds
Interfering with learning or the environment by disruptive behavior, lewd or indecent expressions, or conduct as defined by law
Making inappropriate demands for time and attention from faculty, staff or students

Strategies to Discourage Disruptive Behavior

Provide a syllabus with clear class requirements and schedule.
Develop clear expectations for classroom behavior.
Develop clear consequences for disruptive behavior.
Communicate the academic and behavior expectations on the first day of class.
Provide clear assignment due dates and exam dates and communicate any changes to those dates.

Classroom Tips

  1. Use humor carefully (perceptions and understanding may vary)
  2. Learn student names and engage them as individuals
  3. Listen to views respectfully and show commitment to learning
  4. Role model the behavior you require (show up on time, respect, etc.)
  5. Share your background and passion for the course subject
  6. Enforce guidelines for acceptable conduct consistently
  7. Use active learning techniques to avoid inattentiveness
  8. Seek student feedback
  9. Help students see the value of the course
  10. Clearly communicate the grading system