Classroom Behavior Guide

Here is a guide to help you address classroom behavior issues and know when the issue should be turned over to the Dean of Students.

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Submit a Student Conduct Incident

As a faculty member, you will find that students behave in a manner that is potentially or blatantly disruptive to the learning environment.

First Steps

  • Contact Security if the situation poses an immediate threat to you or to other students.
  • Faculty members may not withdraw a student from class for behavioral reasons, but they can ask a student to leave class or lab for the remainder of a class period if the behavior is disrupting the normal operations of the classroom or lab environment.


If a student is asked to leave class for that day, this should be immediately reported to the Dean of Students for appropriate follow-up with the student.

  • Behavioral misconduct that may constitute a violation of the Student Code of Conduct should be documented (for future use by the Dean of Students if referral results) and should be addressed (preferably in private before or after class) with the student to ensure the student understands your expectations.
  • If a student's behavior escalates or continues to be pervasive even after it is addressed, the Dean of Students should be notified and an incident report detailing the specific behavioral concerns should be provided.

The Student Conduct Incident Report Form is an optional form designed to provide clear instruction on reporting possible Student Code of Conduct violations.