Disruptive Behavior

Disruptive behavior is typically difficult to define as each situation has to be evaluated in context of the occurrence. In an effort to educate our campus community about what constitutes disruptive behavior, we have provided examples below. This list is not all-inclusive and is designed to serve as a tool in helping students and faculty identify unacceptable behavior. Many of the classroom behaviors described below are expected to be handled/addressed through effective classroom management practices not through the university disciplinary process. For example, tardiness may be disruptive, but it is typically not an issue addressed through the disciplinary process. An instructor should have a set of consequences in place for this behavior that is outlined in the syllabus. For a full list of prohibited behaviors please refer to the Student Code of Conduct handbook.

Classroom Behavior

  • Use of electronic devices such as cell phones, MP3 players, PDA's while class is in session
  • Inappropriate communication while class is in session - speaking while the instructor is speaking; mimicking or mocking the instructor or another student; constantly repeating an instructor's words, etc.
  • Personal attacks against another student or instructor - yelling at another person, abusive criticism of another person, challenging an instructor's authority in front of the class, using profanity aimed at another person in the class
  • Overt inattentiveness - sleeping in class, snoring in class, reading a newspaper or doing other homework in class, sitting with your back to the classroom, etc.
  • Threatening behavior - using gestures or language in an attempt to intimidate another person
  • Disrespectful behavior - persistent tardiness, persistent late arrivals or early departures without permission, etc.


Residence Hall Behavior

  • Disregard of university policies and procedures
  • Disregard of other residents - excessive noise levels, vandalism and/or damage to facilities, visitation violations, writing inappropriate messages on bulletin boards; etc.
  • Disregard of housing staff - ignoring requests to meet, harassing RAs and RDs, etc.


University Event Behavior

  • Disregard of university policies and procedures
  • Distracting behavior - unauthorized access to the area of play such as climbing the goal post or accosting a university mascot, streaking, fighting, etc.
  • Severe intoxication - demonstrating behavior that requires medical and/or police intervention during the event
Traffic Citation Appeals

Student traffic citation appeals are heard by the Court of Traffic Appeals. Please visit the Student Government Association web site for full information.

Appeals may be made by visiting the SGA website.