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Administrative policy and procedures regarding class disruptions

  1. Policy statement. In the event of classroom disruption, under no circumstance is a member of the faculty expected to take physical action to control a disturbance. Faculty should also make every effort to discourage students from taking physical action against disrupters.
  2. Disruption of classes by students. Class order and discipline are the responsibility of the class instructor insofar as possible. In the event of a disruption, the following procedure should be followed:
    1. The instructor should ask the student(s) causing the disruption to cease and desist. Identification of the student(s) involved should be attempted.
    2. The instructor should notify the disrupter(s) of possible suspension and/or dismissal from the class and of further possible action under rule 3342-4-02 of the Administrative Code (the student conduct code), or the Revised Code, or both.
    3. If disruption does not cease, the instructor should order the disrupter(s) out of the classroom and inform those involved that failure to do so will subject the disrupter(s) to student conduct sanction and/or criminal arrest.
    4. If the disruption continues, the university police should be immediately notified to resolve the problem.
    5. The instructor should not dismiss the class unless there is reason to believe that physical harm to person(s) or property is possible, or unless by allowing the students to remain, the disruption would increase.
    6. The instructor should subsequently notify the chairperson and/or academic dean of the incident to coordinate and facilitate the student conduct referral process.
Policy Effective Date:
Aug 27, 2018
Policy Prior Effective Dates: 
11/4/1977, 9/11/1979, 10/22/1986, 9/26/2005, 6/1/2007, 3/1/2015