Classroom Behavior Expectations Classroom Behavior as Communication • A student’s behavior in the classroom communicates information about the student to other people • Universities set behavioral standards for the classroom to communicate their expectations to students • As with other forms of communication, ensuring everyone is on the same page is important to a smooth transition Setting High Standards • Colleges and universities set high standards – Assumption is that students are there to learn – Students are paying for this experience – Attending is a privilege, not a right • Basic guidelines reflect the university culture • Variation may exist within the university – Individual instructors – More rigorous in upper-level courses – Variations between majors/departments General College Classroom Expectations • Take initiative to learn and adhere to written guidelines as well as unspoken/unwritten “rules” of university culture • Demonstrate maturity in actions and words • Demonstrate respect for professors and other university personnel • Demonstrate respect for peers • Contribute to the academic environment in a positive way by listening and participating • Do not demonstrate any behaviors that may disrupt the academic environment Disruptive Behavior • Classroom disruptions are taken seriously – Colleges enforce policies on disruptive behavior – Policies exist to protect students who are investing time and money in their education • Definitions of disruptive behavior / classroom disruption – “…any behavior likely to substantially or repeatedly interfere with the normal conduct of instructional activities…” (East Carolina University) – “…behavior a reasonable person would view as substantially or repeatedly interfering with the conduct of a class…” (Butler University) – “…behaviors that hamper the ability of instructors to teach and students to learn…” (UNC-Wilmington) – “…acting in a manner so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it materially or substantially interferes with normal classroom procedures…” (Fayetteville State University) Specific Examples of Disruptive Behaviors • Repeatedly arriving late or leaving early • Making loud or distracting noises • Repeatedly entering and exiting the room during class • Exaggerated or distracting movements of oneself or one’s belongings • Cell phone or electronic device going off • Disrespectful, insulting, profane, or otherwise inappropriate language • Answering cell phone • Texting • Unauthorized use of any technology or electronics • Disrespecting or ridiculing others’ viewpoints • Passing notes Specific Examples of Disruptive Behaviors • Loud or prolonged side conversations • Sleeping • Speaking without being recognized • Reading material unrelated to the course during class (e.g., newspaper, websites) • Interrupting • Monopolizing class discussions • Unnecessary or repetitive questions/comments intended to delay instruction • Eating • Ignoring instructions • Persistent and unreasonable demands for time and attention • Intoxication Threatening or Dangerous Behavior • Behavior judged to be physically threatening, violent, harassing, intimidating, or otherwise dangerous supersedes these policies • Students believed to be dangerous can be immediately removed from class by law enforcement officers Consequences for Disruptive Behavior • Consequences vary according to the college and the severity/frequency of the disruption • Colleges have specific procedures instructors must follow to deal with these situations • Consequences may include: – – – – – – – – Being asked to cease the behavior in class Meeting with the instructor and/or department head Being asked to leave class and being counted absent Reduction in course grade Verbal warning; written warning Formal charge of violation of code of conduct; referral to disciplinary board Permanent removal from class with a grade of “Withdrawn” or “Dropped” Probation; suspension; expulsion Tips on Avoiding Disruptive Behavior • Pay attention to your school’s policies and culture, as well as individual instructors’ preferences • Practice self-control and develop good habits • Meet with the instructor to address any concerns you have; if that doesn’t bring resolution, meet with the department chair • Avoid any behaviors not directly related to classroom activity Disruptive Behavior Video Clip Watch the video clip to see an example of a disruptive high school classroom. Appropriate Classroom Behavior • In your own words, define academic disruptive behavior. • List three classroom expectations. • List three disruptive behaviors that are not tolerated in college classroom settings. • What are the consequences of not adhering to the classroom expectations? • Write three tips for maintaining appropriate classroom behavior. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.