CARE
Disruptive Student Behaviors

In life threatening emergencies, call 9-1-1. On how to handle behaviors or situations of concern, click Report Concerns What To Do and When for guidance.

Disruptive Student Behaviors

If you are an instructor and a student enrolled in your class is disruptive:

1. Provide your student with the classroom management policy.

2. Provide the student a warning for first offense and keep documentation of the event (should it escalate). Consult with your supervisor, Campus Safety and Security, Vice President of Student Development Services.

3. If the behavior continues, you may suspend the student for one day and should file a Student Conduct Behavioral Intervention Form with the Vice President of Student Development Services. Make sure to include your documentation of the conduct issue(s) and prior action(s) taken. 

4. In an emergency, call 9-1-1. CARE does NOT respond directly to emergencies.

Warning Signs of Disruptive Student Behavior

Highly unsettling or disruptive behaviors may signal significant crisis and/or may necessitate emergency care.

Examples include: 

1. Highly disruptive behavior (e.g. hostility, aggression, violence, etc.)

2. Inability to communicate clearly (garbled, slurred speech; unconnected, disjointed or rambling thoughts)

3. Loss of contact with reality (seeing or hearing things which others cannot see or hear; beliefs or actions greatly at odds with reality or probability)

4. Stalking behaviors

5. Inappropriate communications (including threatening letters, e–mail messages, harassment)

6. Threats to harm others