General Misconduct

Student Codes of Conduct Violation - What do I do about a Disruptive student in the classroom?

A faculty member is responsible for the management of the classroom atmosphere so that all students in that class have an opportunity to participate in the learning process. Free exchange of ideas through appropriate dialogue is a necessary and important part of the learning process. Outside the classroom, other areas of the campus provide support services, which are also important to the total learning process. Sometimes a faculty or staff member may be in a situation where the conduct and behavior of a particular student(s) impedes the natural and necessary learning process, and needs to address such behavior.

All incidents of alleged violations of the KSU Student Codes of Conduct shall be reported to the Department of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity (SCAI). Faculty, staff, or students who are witnesses to or victims of incidents of alleged violation of the KSU Student Codes of Conduct can submit this report electronically.

1.  Severely Disruptive/Dangerous Conduct

In situations where a student's conduct poses imminent danger to the health and safety of themselves or others, immediately contact the KSU Police at 470.578.6666 to remedy the situation.

Upon resolution of the immediate threat, submit a “Red Flag Report” to the Behavioral Response Team. Please be aware that submitting this report is not a notification to the police department, and the report may not be able to be reviewed until the next available business day. Again, if there is an immediate cause for concern please contact Campus Police.

BRT and/or SCAI staff will evaluate the report and advise as to the appropriate course of action in each situation.

 

2.  General Disruptive Behavior/No Immediate Threat of Danger is Present

If the situation is not imminently dangerous to the safety and well-being of those present, the faculty or staff member is to manage the immediate situation by addressing the misconduct and asking for it to stop. If the disruptive behavior does not stop, then require the student(s) to meet specific criteria (i.e. not speaking during the remainder of the class period, leaving the classroom or office area immediately, etc.). It is recommended the faculty or staff member follow up with the student(s) to discuss their behavior in the classroom, and expectations for future behavior, after the cause of concern is resolved.

The faculty or staff member should submit “Red Flag Report” to the Behavioral Response Team regarding the concerning behavior and remedy taken place in the moment. BRT and/or SCAI staff will evaluate the report and determine if SCAI Misconduct Procedures are warranted.

Please be aware that submitting this report is not a notification to the police department, and the report may not be able to be reviewed until the next available business day. Again, if there is an immediate cause for concern please contact Campus Police.


3.  Concerns about Student Health, Welfare, Unusual Behavior, or Well-Being

Concerns about a student’s health, welfare, unusual behavior, or well-being should be reported to the Behavioral Response Team using the Red Flag Report.

After a red flag report is submitted a member of the BRT may follow up with you to address any additional questions or concerns. The BRT will review the report and determine the most appropriate response on a case by case basis given the totality of information available to the BRT at the time. Responses can vary from supportive outreach to the individual to make the person aware of resources, making a referral to an appropriate university office for further action, or continued monitoring. Any action taken by the BRT is done collaboratively and under the auspices of the appropriate office or professionals with the underlying intention of creating a culture of safety, support, and care.

The classroom disruption flow chart provides a visual illustration to what a faculty member/instructor can do if a student’s behavior obstructs the teaching, research, administration, or learning environment of a classroom.

Faculty/Staff Classroom Disruption flow chart

The General Misconduct flowcharts provide a visual illustration of the opportunities of resolution for alleged violations of the Codes of Conduct (non-academic integrity). The flow chart is intended to provide a brief overview of the Department of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity's (SCAI) misconduct resolution procedures.

See SCAI Misconduct Procedures

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