Quick Tips for Faculty

What is considered disruptive behavior?

  • Being late, reading the paper, sleeping in class
  • Making noises, repeatedly interrupting
  • Passing notes, answering cell phone
  • Harassing behavior, personal insults, inappropriate language
  • Refusal to comply with faculty or staff direction
  • Persistent and unreasonable demands for time and attention both in and out of the classroom
  • Demands for services unrelated to the unit
  • Unwillingness to cooperate when a solution is being sought

What is NOT considered disruptive behavior?

  • Cultural differences
  • Most disagreements or differences of opinion
  • Situational frustration
  • Needing extra time or attention for a special reason

Can I remove a student from my class because of disruptive behavior?

  • Yes, but only for that class period. The student has the right to return to the next class period as long as the student exhibits appropriate behavior.
  • You need to fill out an incident report online so it can be addressed by SCCS.

When should I call the police?

  • Physical threats or actions
  • When the student refuses to leave the classroom as instructed
  • Fill out an incident report online. SCCS will receive information from UPD, but only information they determine after arriving on scene

When can I administratively withdraw a student?

  • WSU’s policy for administrative withdraw is outlined in the Course Catalog
  • It does not allow for withdraw by faculty, only Dean of college
  • Very specific situations must apply in order to administratively withdraw a student

In any situation, it is important to document everything. Incident reports can be found on our website.

  • When did it happen?
  • Where did it happen?
  • Who was present?
  • What specifically happened?
  • What did you do?
  • Any information you can recall, will be helpful in working through the disciplinary process