STUDENT CONDUCT AND ACADEMIC INTEGRITY (OSCAI)

Responding to Disruptive Conduct in the Classroom

Students have the right to a productive and stimulating learning environment In turn, instructors have a responsibility to nurture and maintain such an environment. Student behavior that is an obstacle to teaching and learning should be addressed.

Steps to Take

  • Check with your department to see if they have specific expectations for students enrolled in their programs or certain practices for responding to disruptions
  • Meet with the student to discuss their behavior. Explain to them why you believe their behavior is disruptive
  • Give the student an opportunity to discuss concerns that may be contributing to their behavior
  • Clearly state that behavior that disrupts the class cannot continue. If, in the meeting, they appear unwilling to modify their behavior, let them know that Disruption of the Academic Environment is part of the Student Conduct Code and continued disruptions may be referred to OSCAI

Need to Consult?

If you have questions or would like to consult about a specific issue, please contact the Office for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity at 612-624-6073.

Managing Classroom Conflict

The Center for Educational Innovation has developed some helpful tutorials on responding to issues in the classroom.

Disciplinary Action


If the student is still causing disruption after they have been explicitly asked to stop, contact OSCAI to discuss what kind of disciplinary action can be taken. Click here for more information about the disciplinary process.