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200.15 - Class Room Disruption Policy

University Group Policy #200.15

I.    Executive Summary

Occasionally, student misconduct may disrupt a class. In such cases, the faculty member may request the disruptive student to leave the classroom immediately so that the class may continue. If the student refuses to leave the class immediately, the instructor may contact Campus Police to have the student physically removed from the classroom.

II.  Policy Statement

At the close of class, the instructor should notify the department head of the incident and discuss any further measures to be taken. The Department head shall immediately prepare a written notice to the student not to attend that class until a hearing or mediation has occurred. The notice shall be provided the faculty member, the student and the judicial officer.

Such situations may be resolved, at the discretion of the faculty member, through mediation and/or the student judicial system outlined in the Student Handbook. The mediator may be the Department Head or a third party mediator. Mediation shall occur prior to the next scheduled class session that the disruptive student would attend. A Department Head serving as a mediator shall be subject to the same guidelines as a third party mediator including the requirement of confidentiality. Mediation would be arranged through the judicial officer. That Office would be responsible for notifying the student of a request for mediation. If mediation is successful, no further action shall be taken. A report of mediation, indicating only that mediation was or was not successful, would be filed with the judicial officer. If mediation is successful, a copy of the resulting mediation agreement will be provided only to the faculty member and the student.

If mediation is not attempted, or if mediation is unsuccessful, the faculty member shall within 24 hours, file a disruptive behavior referral form* with the Division of Student Affairs. The Division of Student Affairs shall initiate proceedings under the Student Judicial Code.

Pending outcome of the mediation or student judicial process, a determination will be made about graded assignments.

III.     Applicability

This policy is applicable to faculty of Winston-Salem State University.

Responsible Division: Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Authority: Board of Trustees


  • Approved by Cabinet: June 3, 2002
  • Adopted: June 21, 2002

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