Faculty 911 Guide to Disruptive Behavior

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Disruptive behaviors can be broadly defined as strategies that a student employs that result in the interference or interruption of the day-to-day functioning of a classroom.

LEVEL 1: Disruptive Behaviors/Classroom Management

Level 1 disruptive behaviors are best handled at the instructor level with support of colleagues, program managers, associate deans or the associate vice president in your academic area. Students displaying Level 1 behaviors typically are not referred to the student conduct officer.

Examples of Level 1 behaviors include:

  • Cell phone use
  • Cheating
  • Multiple exits from class
  • Outbursts in class
  • Talking/holding side conversations
  • Sleeping in class
  • Surfing the Internet
  • Texting

Whom to contact

  • Consult with colleagues
  • Consult with associate dean or dean of your area
  • Contact the adjunct mentoring program

LEVEL 2: Disruptive Behaviors/Referral to Student Conduct Officer

Level 2 disruptive behaviors are those behaviors that may require referral to the student conduct officer and/or to Security. They represent an escalation of Level 1 disruptive behaviors, as well as more serious violations of the Student Code of Conduct.

Examples of Level 2 behaviors include:

  • Computer abuse
  • Escalation/repeat of Level 1 disruptive behaviors
  • Fraudulent documentation
  • Harassment
  • Plagiarism/cheating (repeat offense)
  • Stalking
  • Verbal abuse

Whom to contact

  • Mercedes Bermejo, ext. 6014, ALT-112 (Altamonte Springs Campus)
  • Terri Daniels, ext. 2126, B-208C (Sanford/Lake Mary Campus)
  • Sandra Bulger, ext. 4405, HEA-121 (Heathrow Campus)
  • Geoffrey Fortunato, ext. 2866, A-100 (Sanford/Lake Mary Campus)
  • Randy Pawlowski, ext. 5010, OVF-102 (Oviedo Campus)

LEVEL 3: Distressed Students/Referral to Dean of Students

Students with distressed behaviors cause us concern for their own wellbeing or for the safety of others. They appear to be struggling academically, physically, socially and/or emotionally. These students may communicate their distress directly or indirectly through their writings and/or through nonverbal behaviors.

Distressed students should be referred to the campus dean of students, to the dean of Academic Foundations or to his/her designee, who will subsequently refer the student appropriately.

Examples of Level 3 behaviors include:

  • Diminished ability to cope, attend to daily tasks and/or attend to personal care
  • Disclosure of personal or family crisis
  • Exhibition of Irrational, erratic, or paranoid thinking
  • Revelations of self-injurious tendencies
  • Exhibition of severe anxiety, stress or sadness
  • Disclosure of intentions of, or jokes about, killing self

Whom to contact

  • Mercedes Bermejo, ext. 6014, ALT-112 (Altamonte Springs Campus)
  • Terri Daniels, ext. 2126, B-208C (Sanford/Lake Mary Campus)
  • Sandra Bulger, ext. 4405, HEA-121 (Heathrow Campus)
  • Geoffrey Fortunato, ext. 2866, A-100 (Sanford/Lake Mary Campus)
  • Randy Pawlowski, ext. 5010, OVF-102 (Oviedo Campus)

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