A guide for CSUEB faculty and staff
California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe and courteous environment for the teaching and learning process. Civility, courtesy, and mutual respect among all persons are intrinsic to such an environment.
Occasionally, that environment is disturbed by the actions or behaviors of a disruptive student or students. The Student Code of Conduct, set forth in the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 41301, prohibits disruptive student behavior. Any student who violates the Code is subject to disciplinary and/or civil or criminal prosecution. For more detailed information, go to the Standards for Student Conduct page.
Behavior that impairs, interferes with or obstructs the mission, purpose, order, academic atmosphere, operation, process and functions of the University is considered disruptive behavior. In other words, a disruptive student is one who disturbs the teaching and learning process in the classroom or the day-to-day functions of the university.
Here are some examples of disruptive classroom/campus behavior:
As a faculty member, you are the first line of defense when it comes to preventing and/or curtailing disruptive behavior. There are steps you can take:
It is important to deal with disruptive student behavior in a calm, courteous and direct fashion before it escalates or becomes an ongoing pattern. Ask the disruptive student to meet with you after class or during office hours so that you may address the issue in private. If you are more comfortable with a third party present, ask a colleague to sit in on your meeting with the student. Warn the student that further disruptions can result in disciplinary action. Do document this verbal warning for your own records. Keep supervising faculty members informed of problematic interactions with students.
If a student continues to exhibit disruptive behavior despite your warning, you may wish to take the following steps:
Please note that all information and discussion regarding the disruptive student shall be handled in a confidential manner. The privacy of the student’s educational records, including misconduct cases, is protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), and the California Information Practices Act (Civil Codie Section 1798). For information on FERPA, go to: http://www.ed.gov
A student with a disability is not exempt from the University's behavioral expectations, rules, and regulations. Disruptive behavior by such students must be responded to as any other disruptive activity.
If, at any time, a student is exhibiting unlawful behavior or posing a threat of violence to him/herself or others by being verbally or physically abusive; or refusing to leave the classroom or location upon your request, you should call University Police. Any threat of violence should be taken seriously. Err on the side of caution. Dial 9-1-1 from any campus telephone or dial (510) 885-3333 from any other phone. Police are available 24 hours a day.