Faculty and OSSJA - Class Disruption

Handling Class Disruption

Student Support and Judicial Affairs provides non-emergency advice and assistance to faculty regarding disruptive students. University Standards of Conduct for Students prohibit obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, or other University activities (Section 102.13). Student Support and Judicial Affairs administers the student disciplinary process for disruptive behavior and other conduct violations.

Call Student Support and Judicial Affairs if a student disrupts or obstructs class, office hours, or other teaching or research functions. Disruption or obstruction means conduct that disturbs, interferes with, or prevents normal campus functions and activities. Examples include creating a disturbance or disrupting class by excessive talking, making inappropriate noises, repeatedly interrupting others, monopolizing class discussion, or verbally abusing others.

Contact the UC Davis Police if an individual makes implicit or explicit threats of violence, or you believe there is a significant risk of physical harm, to you, to others, or to the student him/herself; if the student has a weapon; or if the student behaves in an intimidating or bizarre manner. The police will respond to investigate the threats or other circumstances, warn any intended victim, and determine whether the individual is dangerous, has committed a crime, or needs medical/psychological help.

Responding to Disruption in Class:

  • For minor disruption, remind students of their responsibilities.
  • If students repeatedly disrupt class or office hours, talk to them individually and warn that they may be subject to possible discipline.
  • Do intervene, but avoid disturbing others or making a scene. Quietly ask the student to stop the disruptive behavior.

Always treat students with the respect you want them to show you.

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