Student Conduct Code
Guidelines for Addressing Disruptive Student Behavior
What is Disruptive Behavior?
Disruptive behavior includes behavior that interferes with the legitimate instructional, administrative, or service functions of the college. However, should any behavior threaten the personal safety of any student, faculty member, staff, or administrator, or be displayed with such emotional intensity that it causes fear or concern in others, at that point such behavior is classified as a CRISIS and will necessitate a call to Campus Safety (925) 424-1699.
Preventing Disruptive Behavior in the Educational Setting
Identify and address the disruptive behavior. Do not be confused with the student’s right to express his/her differing opinions.
It is recommended that the faculty member define the standards of conduct in the course syllabus and thoroughly review with students the behavioral expectations for the class. Examples of unacceptable occurrences in educational settings may include the following:
- Cheating, plagiarism
- Conduct that jeopardizes health and safety
- Children or pets in class
- Private conversations or inappropriate displays of affection
- Continually leaving one’s seat
- Eating and drinking
- Reading unrelated materials
- Use of all unauthorized electronic devices, such as walkmans, phones, beepers, pagers, ipods, and music players.
- Soliciting of funds and/or signatures
For the complete range of disruptive behavior covered by college standards of conduct, review Board Policy 5500, Standards of Student Conduct.
Recommended Faculty Procedure to Handle Student Misconduct
***Faculty Member/onsite staff asks the student to stop the disruptive behavior.
Faculty member/staff/administrator issues verbal AND written warning (Form A) to student, and consults with their Division Dean.
Faculty member/staff/administrator removes student from educational setting (class, lab, library) for the remainder of the session and at the individual’s discretion, the following session.
It is highly recommended that after the student is removed, faculty member/staff/administrator submits Notice of Student Removal (Form B) to Dean of Student Services, with written description of incidents and reasons for student removal. A copy should also be sent to the faculty member’s Division Dean.
***Depending on the severity of the misconduct, you may remove a student at any point.