UMKC Policy to Deal with Disruptive Behavior in the Instructional Environments
A disruptive student is a student who engages in distracting, disturbing, and/or disrupting behavior that interferes with the process of teaching and learning in any instructional environment, including but not limited to classrooms, laboratories, studios, and online courses.
Procedures for dealing with incidents of disruptive behavior
- Any student whose behavior interferes with the instructional environment should be informed by the instructor that his/her actions are disruptive. The instructor should explain how the behavior disrupts the teaching/learning process, inform the student that if the behavior continues it will be reported to the designated administrator in the Dean’s Office and to the Assistant Dean of Students in the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, and request that the student cease the behavior. This explanation and request may take place in the instructional environment at the time of the behavior or at another time and place deemed appropriate by the instructor (e.g. during office hours).
- If a student’s disruptive behavior continues following the request that it cease, the instructor should refer the case to the designated administrator in the Dean’s Office. The Dean’s Office will contact the Assistant Dean of Students in the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. The Dean’s Office in correspondence with Student Affairs will deal with the case according to established student discipline procedures.
- A student may be dismissed by the instructor from any class period in which disruptive behavior persists following the instructor’s request that it cease. If the student refuses a request by the instructor to leave the instructional environment following persistent disruptive behavior, the UMKC Police should be contacted at (816) 235-1515. Attendance at subsequent class period is allowed unless the disruptive behavior continues.
- If at any time the instructor believes the student poses a physical threat to him/her or to other students, the UMKC Police should be contacted at (816) 235-1515.
- A student involved in an incident of disruptive behavior who believes he/she has been improperly treated may seek assistance though established department, school, and University Student Grievance Procedures.
- If a course instructor is unsatisfied at any point in the handling of an incident of disruptive behavior prior to its final resolution, he/she should contact the Dean’s Office and the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management to discuss the matter.