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Classroom Civility

Utah State University supports the principle of freedom of expression for both faculty and students and respects the rights of faculty to teach and students to learn. Maintenance of these rights requires classroom conditions that do not impede the learning process. Faculty members of Utah State University have the responsibility and authority to determine, maintain, and enforce an atmosphere in their classrooms that is conducive to teaching and learning, in accordance with University policy and practice. Therefore, disruptive classroom behavior will not be tolerated. An individual engaging in such behavior will be subject to disciplinary action. The process for dealing with disruptive behavior by students in the classroom can be found in Section V-3, C of the USU Student Code. Faculty should consult that section of the student code for details of recommended actions to deal with disruptive students, but the basic steps are:

  1. The faculty member will inform the student that their behavior is inappropriate and described the incident in writing.
  2. If the student's inappropriate or disruptive behavior continues, the faculty member will report this to the department and/or dean, either of whom may refer the matter to the Vice President of Student Services.
  3. Faculty have the right to remove a student from that specific class, but permanent removal from the class requires a formal review by the Vice President of Student Services.
  4. Faculty have the right to terminate a disrupted classroom meeting, if in their judgment, the student poses a threat of imminent physical danger.
  5. In any case of classroom disruption by a student, the faculty member should file an online "Student of Concern" report to alert the Vice President of Student Services and other university authorities to the inappropriate behavior of the student.