For Faculty

Managing Classroom Disruption

Student behavior that disrupts the classroom does not always rise to the level of student conduct. There are times when it is a classroom management issue and we encourage faculty to speak with their department chair and/or Dean to determine the best way to resolve the issue. If you believe that the issue rises to the level of student conduct, please fill out our reporting form and our office will respond accordingly. Please be advised that you may not be aware of the outcome, but that doesn’t mean our office has not responded.

Get a "Red Folder"

Our office has printed resource materials on managing classroom disruption and disruptive students for any University faculty/staff member who is interested. Please contact our office to request copies of the “red folders.” We strongly recommend this as the folder expands on the questions and answers below:

  • How should disruptive behavior in the classroom be defined?

    Classroom disruption is defined as behavior a reasonable person would view as being likely to substantially or repeatedly interfere with the conduct of a class.

  • How should I respond when classroom disruption occurs?

    Consider a general word of caution, rather than warning or embarrassing a particular student. For example, address the entire class with, “We have too many side conversations going on in the moment. Let’s bring it back to the topic at hand.” You could also speak to the student after class. It’s possible the student is unaware of the impact of his/her behavior. If it’s absolutely necessary to address the student in front of the entire class, do so briefly in a courteous manner, indicating that further discussion can take place after class. Utilize this as a last resort.

    If the disruption is persistent, you may direct the student to leave for the remainder of the class period. You should tell the student the reason for your action and provide an opportunity to discuss the matter as soon as reasonable.

  • When should I call the police?

    You should call FIU Police or 911 if you believe there is an immediate threat of violence or unlawful behavior. If the safety of you or someone in your class is at risk, you should immediately call the police or ask one of your students to do so. There is an emergency telephone located in every classroom. We suggest you familiarize yourself with its location in each of your classrooms.

A great resource for faculty on this area is: A Faculty Guide to Addressing Disruptive and Dangerous Behavior (Van Brunt and Lewis, Routledge Taylor & Francis, 2014.)

Include Civility in Your Syllabus

Highlight Civility in your class syllabus by using these references:

For more Civility information, go to Civility

Request a Presentation

The Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution (SCCR) can come to a class or meeting to do a presentation on conduct-related topics such as a SCCR Overview, Ethics, or Conflict Resolution. Please use the button below to submit a request.

Topics:

Student Conduct Overview: This presentation is meant to be a general overview of the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution and the services provided by our office. Student will learn about the Student Code of Standards, common violations of the code conduct, how to file a report, and the conduct process. (30-minute and 50-minute versions available)

 Ethics: This presentation is meant to engage students on ethics and how to engage in ethical decision making. The presentation will cover the definition of ethics, values, and community standards. Explore ethical principles and discuss ethical dilemmas. Students will learn tips on incorporating their values into their decision making and engage in conversation on ethical dilemma scenarios. (50 minutes)

 Conflict Resolution: This presentation is meant to give students basic knowledge on how to deal with conflict. Students will learn how to understand Conflict, explore differing points of view, learn new ways to approach conflict, and how to access appropriate resources. (50 minutes)

Other topics include: Civility, Student Rights, and Working with Disruptive Students; other presentations can be created upon request

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