610 Student Conduct, Discipline, and Due Process

P-610.0

Students and student organizations will observe the College policies and procedures; comply with local, state and federal laws; and will conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the College's mission. Students are subject to disciplinary sanctions for misconduct.

Students are expected to exhibit academic integrity by being honest and forthright in their academic endeavors. To falsify the results of one's research, to steal the words or ideas of another, or to cheat on an examination corrupts the essential learning process.

S-610.0

For definition of “student”, see Board Policy 402.4.

Pr-610.0.1

Faculty Guide for Disruptive Student Behavior

Introduction

Inappropriate student behavior in the classroom has the potential to disrupt the teaching and learning process. In such a situation, the faculty member is the first person available to regain order and prevent further disruption.

This guide is designed to assure that the rights and safety of the faculty, students, and institution are protected, and that any actions taken to address the situation comply with federal, state, and local law. The institutional expectation is that no student will behave in a manner unacceptable in a learning environment, or that endangers or infringes on the rights and safety of the student or any others.

Resolution should take place at the lowest level possible and as soon as possible following the incident. Inclusion of the involved faculty and student, appropriate department chair or program coordinator, and [if necessary] Academic and Student Affairs administrators will assist in ensuring that the interests and needs of all parties are considered.

Procedures

  1. Strategies are outlined in this guide based upon the level of disruption, from low to high. Based upon assessment of the situation, these strategies should help minimize disruption and maximize safety in the classroom.
  2. If classroom misconduct warrants an immediate suspension for the remainder of the class period, the faculty member may do so to address the immediacy of a given situation. If the student does not leave voluntarily, campus public safety personnel may intervene upon verbal request by the faculty member. Within one workday, the faculty member will provide written notice of the suspension to the respective division dean and to the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.
  3. If further action is warranted, the faculty member will consult with the respective division dean who may elect to: 

    • Request that the faculty member and student meet with the department chair and/or program coordinator to seek resolution.
    • Meet with the student, faculty member, department chair and/or program coordinator, and/or Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs to explore and adopt non-disciplinary solutions, including guidelines for retaining the student in the course. If the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs is unavailable, the Dean of Students may be contacted.
    • Meet with the student, faculty member, department chair and/or program coordinator, and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs to make a written determination of the facts and take further disciplinary action.
    • Take no further action.
  4. If resolution cannot be reached through this process, Board Policy 410.0 – Student Conduct, Discipline, and Due Process may be initiated.

The following strategies are suggested to minimize disruption and maximize safety for all concerned:

Mild Disruption

  1. As politely and privately as possible, request that the student refrain from the disruptive behavior. The goal is to eliminate inappropriate behavior without embarrassing or demeaning the student.
  2. Should the inappropriate behavior continue, invite the student to speak with you for a moment outside of the classroom.
  3. Privately and briefly convey to the student that the behavior is disruptive and unacceptable. Share your desire to see the student succeed in class and your intention that the matter be resolved. If follow-up discussion is needed, establish a time and place to meet, and either dismiss the student for the remainder of the class or allow them to return for the remainder of the class.

Emotional Distress

  1. If the student is visibly upset during class and disturbing others, discreetly take them to the hallway or a private place. Discuss whether the student feels a need to leave or return to class. If the behavior did not disturb the class but was obvious, speak with the student after class noting your concern.
  2. Recommend that the student consider talking with someone, either through the Student Services counseling staff or outside the College.
  3. Forward your concerns about the student to the Student Services counseling office along with any relevant information while striving to maintain the appropriate balance between confidentiality and student safety.

Potentially Dangerous or Violent Behavior

  1. Dismiss the class immediately. Do not wait for the student to regain control.
  2. If you sense a threat to your own personal safety, leave the classroom immediately.
  3. Notify the Department of Public Safety at extension 8545. The Department of Public Safety will dispatch help and notify 911 as applicable.
  4. If the student leaves the classroom before the arrival of campus public safety personnel, try to observe the student's destination [parking lot, another building, etc.].
  5. Report the incident as soon as possible to the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and the appropriate division dean.

General Considerations

  1. If any disruptive incident occurs in the classroom, write down as soon as possible all the elements you can recall for future reference. Notify the appropriate division dean.
  2. If you anticipate potential student-to-student confrontations [such as in a course that may involve sharing and discussing strong personal beliefs], provide your expectations early in the course and on the syllabus [no arguing, use of respectful language, etc.]
  3. Early intervention for inappropriate behavior usually sets the standard and helps prevent further problems.
  4. Students may be helped by a referral to the Mental Health Counselor at 636-288-6533.
Pr-610.0.2

Faculty Guide for Violation of Academic Integrity

Instances of academic dishonesty are resolved within the Division of Academic and Student Affairs. Examples of academic dishonesty are outlined in Board Policy 410.0 – Student Conduct, Discipline, and Due Process Code. It is intended that resolution take place at the lowest possible level preserving both the integrity of the College and the dignity of the student.

  1. When academic dishonesty is suspected, the faculty member should review the evidence to ensure that it is sufficient to warrant a charge.
  2. The faculty member should talk privately with the student to make the student aware of the suspicion and to solicit the student's explanation. If the student is unable to explain the behavior satisfactorily, the faculty member should collect evidence of the alleged violation and prepare a written narrative of the incident. The faculty member should keep the original copy of the assignment or examination involved in the incident.
  3. The faculty member should assess the evidence and the student's explanation. If assigning a grade of "F" for the course, the faculty member must consult with the department chair and dean prior to any disciplinary action.
  4. The following disciplinary actions are available if a student is determined to be guilty of academic dishonesty: 

    • Repeating the assignment or completing an alternative one.
    • Issuing a warning or providing counseling.
    • Assigning of a grade of "I" until the alleged violation is adjudicated.
    • Giving a failing grade for the assignment.
    • Assigning a grade of "F" for the course.
    • NOTE: In order to monitor multiple violations, the faculty member will document and submit to the office of the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs all situations deemed of a serious nature. Multiple or extremely serious violations may result in disenrollment from the College.
  5. The following issues should be considered when deciding upon appropriate discipline: 

    • Nature of the alleged dishonesty.
    • Prior warnings/violations.
    • Impact on the student's grade/progress in the course.
    • Permanent impact on the student's record.
    • Student acknowledgment and recognition of the seriousness of the alleged behavior.
  6. The student may appeal the discipline assessed by the faculty member to the department chair and the decision of the department chair to the academic dean.
  7. Either party may appeal the dean's decision, by submission in writing, by the last day of the following semester (i.e. fall or spring), to the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, whose decision is final.
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Content Owner: Donna Davis — ddavis@stchas.edu
Page Updated by: Jessica Trimborn
Date Issued: 08/18/2008
Date Revised: 11/04/10, 03/08/2011, 11/2011, 1/15/2013