Guidelines for Classroom Behavior and Procedures for Expulsion From Class
1. Guidelines for Classroom Behavior
To maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning and the free exchange of ideas, it is important that students and faculty treat one another with courtesy and mutual respect. Behaviors that interfere with the classroom academic atmosphere will not be tolerated. Such behaviors include, but are not limited to, the following: talking or otherwise making excessive noise or showing disrespect when a teacher or another student is speaking, repeatedly interrupting other students or the professor, calling out answers when the professor has asked students to raise their hands, refusing to interact with the members of the class when group work is required, coming to class under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
2. Removal from Class
A faculty member may require a student to leave a class for the remainder of the class period if his or her behavior is disruptive or if it interferes with the learning of other students in the class. Ordinarily, the faculty member should provide a warning to students before removing them from the class.
If a student's behavior is severely disruptive and/or poses a threat to the safety or well-being of others in the classroom, the student may be required to leave for the remainder of that class period even though no warning was given by the faculty member. These procedures (removal from class) may be repeated if necessary. If the student refuses to leave the classroom, the faculty member may call security.
3. Procedure for Suspension/Expulsion from a Course
If the faculty member believes that a student's behavior has been repeatedly or severely disruptive and that it is, therefore, necessary for the student to be permanently removed from the course, the faculty member may temporarily suspend the student from the class, effective immediately. Within 24 hours, the faculty member shall provide a letter to the provost, with a copy to the student, explaining the circumstances and justification for suspension and/or expulsion from the course. The provost will meet with the student within two days of receiving the letter and will provide the student with an opportunity to be heard. If the provost is unavailable, the associate dean for undergraduate studies or the associate dean for graduate and professional studies shall have the responsibility to meet with the student and determine any sanctions. After meeting with the student and consulting with the faculty member, the provost will determine any appropriate sanctions, which may include expulsion from the course with a "W" on the student's transcript, and the dean will notify SAS.
The student or the faculty member may appeal the provost's decision by notifying the Committee on Academic Policies in writing within five days after receiving the decision of the provost. The appeal shall be decided based upon the written submissions of the concerned parties; the parties shall not appear before the committee.