Recommendations for the Prevention of Classroom Disruption

  • Include behavioral norms and expectations from your students in the course syllabus.  These include:
    • Rules regarding attendance, punctuality, make up exams, etc.
    • Issues of Academic integrity ( e.g. cheating, plagiarism, etc)
    • Guidelines for civil classroom discussion, even if there are passionate disagreements.
  • On the first day of class, ask your students what they think the behavioral norms and expectations should be.  You may find that often students are the strongest supporters of classroom decorum and that when they help establish these rules a sense of ownership will occur. 
  • Serve as a role model and exhibit the type of behavior you expect from your students.   
  • Be aware of campus resources and be prepared to make appropriate referrals (Counseling Center, Office for Students with Disabilities, Dean of Students)
  • Draw up a "contract" and include classroom behavior as well as other course expectations, including academic integrity policies, in that contract.  Ask the students to read and sign the contract the first week in class.
  • Document incidents “for the record” even if minor. This may be important at a later date to show a pattern of behavior.
  • Discuss issues with you department chair and/or more seasoned colleagues.

For more information contact the Dean of Students Affairs or Academic Department Head.

Key Resources

  • University Police: (561) 297-3500
  • Dean of Students: (561) 297-3542

 Last Modified 1/23/15