Any behavior that interferes with students, faculty, or staff and their access to an appropriate and/or safe educational or work environment is considered disruptive. It is important to note that “disruptive behavior” as defined in this section may differ from classroom disruptions
Disruptive behavior should not be ignored. It is important to remain calm. Remind yourself that the person is upset about the situation—not with you. Tell the person that such behavior is inappropriate and that there are consequences for failing to alter or improve the disruptive behavior. Many disruptive situations involve anger. Recognize that the period of peak anger usually lasts 20-30 seconds. Often it is best to wait out the initial outburst before addressing the individual. If you feel threatened, seek to remove yourself from the situation or secure appropriate assistance.
Examples of Disruptive Behavior
- Behavior that draws inappropriate attention to oneself
- Verbal outbursts (e.g., arguing, yelling, screaming)
- Words or actions that intimidate or harass others
- Words or actions that cause others to fear for their personal safety
- Threats of physical assault or violence