Academic and Faculty Affairs
Disruptive Behavior in an Instructional Setting
Membership in Northern Arizona University’s academic community entails a special obligation to maintain class environments that are conductive to learning, whether instruction is taking place in the classroom, a laboratory or clinical setting, during course-related fieldwork, or online. Students have the obligation to engage in the educational process in a manner that does not breach the peace, interfere with normal class activities, or violate the rights of others. Instructors have the authority and responsibility to address Disruptive Behavior that interferes with student learning. Students who exhibit Disruptive Behavior in any Instructional Setting are subject to involuntary withdrawal from the course with a grade of “W”.
Policy Code: TBD
Responsible Executive: Provost
Responsible Office: Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Effective Date: May 5, 2010
Last Revised: December 4, 2018
Contact: Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
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Instructors should note that involuntarily withdrawing a student from a course is a significant act. When seeking to apply this policy, instructors and department chairs should first seek procedural guidance from the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.
Office of the Dean of Students guidelines for dealing with disruptive behavior in the instructional setting
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