FACULTY SENATE


Senate Document Number     5606S


Date of Senate Approval      04/27/06  

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Statement of Faculty Senate Action:


APC Document  33:                  Policy on Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom

(Faculty Handbook 5.2.11 and 8.3.5)



Effective Date:  Fall, 2006


Add:     On pg 31 of the Catalog, before Dropping, Adding and Withdrawing from Courses:

            AND under Faculty Handbook section 5.2.11: 


Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom

Part of the role of a faculty member is to ensure that each student has a learning environment free from disruption. With the concurrence of the department chair or program director, the instructor may administratively withdraw a student from a course for behavior that is deemed to be disruptive to the class. A grade of W will be assigned if the behavior occurs before the deadline for withdrawing from a course without academic penalty. For behavior occurring after the withdrawal deadline, a grade of F will be assigned, although the instructor has the option of recommending a grade of W. See the addendum at the end of this catalog for specific procedures relating to instructor and student responsibilities.


Delete:             The first paragraph under Faculty Handbook Section 8.3.5 Student Referrals.

Replace with:              In the case of disruptive behavior by students in the learning environment see Section 5.2.11 Classroom Policies.  Other disruptive behavior may be referred as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.



Impact Statement:  

No impact on resources or departments.



This proposal grows out of conversations between the Faculty Conciliator, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, and the Faculty Welfare and Development Committee about the need for a faculty member to be able to remove a disruptive student from class. Currently, UNCA has no procedure for removing disruptive students. 


The proposal closely follows one at UNC-G. 


The proposal is also a small part of a broader initiative launched by the Office of the President to enhance safety of students, faculty and staff on all 16 campuses.  One part of that larger initiative is to identify students with disruptive tendencies before more serious situations arise.