Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities

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It is important to differentiate between disruptive classroom behavior (that which directly interferes with the ability of the instructor to teach or the ability of other students to benefit from the classroom experience) from behavior that is merely rude or uncivil. While the latter may become disruptive when it is repetitive or persistent, it usually is best addressed by example and influence.


Disruptive student behavior is detrimental to the academic community because it interferes with the learning process for other students, inhibits the ability of instructors to teach most effectively, diverts university energy and resources away from the educational mission, and may indicate a significant level of personal problems or distress on the part of the disrupter.


Disruptive behavior is that which UNCG regards as speech or action which 1) is threatening, or 2) substantially impedes the delivery of university services.


Disruptive behavior includes harassing, threatening, or acting abusively toward an instructor, staff member, or toward other students in any activity authorized by the University. Disruptive behavior also includes any other behavior covered by the Student Code of Conduct.


Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom Policy


Disruptive Student Letter Template  (Notify student of intent to meet per the Policy – student is not immediately removed from the course)


Disruptive Student Suspension Letter Template  (Letter to be sent to student if you decide to immediately remove them from the course per the Policy)


Disruptive Behavior Faculty Resources

Please see the links below from University Teaching & Learning Commons regarding Disruptive Behavior:

Dealing with Classroom Behavioral Issues


Teaching Innovations Office Online Resources