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Student Conduct and Community Standards at EMU
- Faculty members are responsible for management of the classroom environment.
- Classroom disruption should be seen as a violation of the University's Student Conduct Code.
- Both students and faculty members have some measure of academic freedom.
- Rudeness, incivility, and disruption are often distinguishable, even though they may intersect.
COMMON DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIORS:
- Sleeping in class
- Prolonged chattering
- Excessive lateness
- Poor personal hygiene
- Overt inattentiveness
- Eating, drinking and gum chewing
- Pagers, beepers and cellular phones
- Unexcused exits from class
- Verbal/physical threats
- Disputing the instructor's authority and expertise
- Clarify standards for the conduct of your class.
- Serve as a role model for the conduct you expect from the students.
- If you believe inappropriate behavior is occurring, consider a general word of caution to the class, rather than warning a particular student.
- If the behavior is irritating, but not disruptive, try speaking with the student after class.
- If you must confront a student during class about a behavior, try to do so in a firm but friendly matter. Indicate you'd like to discuss it further after class. Avoid public arguments and harsh language.
- If the student persists in disrupting the class, direct him/her to either stop the behavior or leave the classroom for the rest of that class period. Inform the student you will call DPS, if necessary.
- For serious disruptive behavior, where the above steps have failed to work, adjourn the class and call the campus police. Do not use force or threaten EXCEPT for immediate self-defense. Have a list of witnesses ready to pass along to the police.
- For disruptions that do not reach the extreme level discussed in Item 7, contact the Student Conduct and Community Standards office for a consultation.
FACULTY LIABILITY CHECKLIST
These questions represent twelve major areas of potential liability to faculty. It is a good idea to learn more and/or improve upon your current practices in area in which you answer 'no' to a question.
- Are you familiar with the college's requirements for receiving a degree, as set forth in all pertinent documents?
- Do you treat alleged plagiarism and cheating as a serious disciplinary matter and take action on it?
- Are you clear about when due process regarding academic and student conduct issues is required at your institution, and what that process is?
- Do you know the penalties students may suffer for violations of academic and behavior standards?
- Do you know what review procedures are available regarding adverse decisions about violations of academic or behavioral standards?
- Do you make special efforts to stay current in your field of expertise?
- Do you have an up-to-date syllabus for each of the courses you are teaching that includes an outline of the course, requirements for attendance, required reading, grading criteria, and office hours?
- Are you careful about conducting your classes in a nondiscriminatory manner?
- Are you careful about avoiding contact with students that could be interpreted as sexual harassment?
- Do you exercise reasonable care regarding the safety of your students in class, labs and shops?
- Are you familiar with your college's policies and procedures regarding trips away from campus?
- If students become disruptive in your class, do you know what to do?