Disruptive Classroom Behavior

In order to ensure an optimal learning environment, Goodwin College does not permit disruptive behavior in the classroom.

Disruptive classroom behavior is any behavior that seriously interferes with other students’ ability to engage in learning and/or the faculty or staff member’s ability to provide instruction or service.

Following are some examples of behavior that may be defined as disruptive if they are persistent and/or pervasive:

  • Eating and/or drinking in class (if not permitted)
  • Performing a distracting repetitive act such as tapping fingers, chewing gum, or talking
  • Disrespectful engagement of course content and/or unsolicited conversation
  • Monopolizing classroom discussions
  • Failing to respect the rights of other students to express their viewpoints
  • Carrying on distracting side conversations
  • Constant questions or interruptions which interfere with the instructor’s presentation
  • Overt inattentiveness (e.g., sleeping, reading the paper, using laptops for non-class-related activities)
  • Creating excessive noise with papers, book bags, etc.
  • Entering class late or leaving early
  • Use of cell phones in the classroom
  • Inordinate or inappropriate demands for time and attention
  • Poor personal hygiene (e.g., noticeably offensive body odor)

Faculty and staff are expected to address disruptive behavior as it occurs. Ignoring the disruption will only allow the behavior to flourish. Keeping quiet sends as powerful a message as does addressing the behavior directly.

For behavior that may be threatening or violent, remove oneself and students from the situation and contact either Campus Security at 555 or dial 911.