Disruptive Classroom Behavior
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Individual instructors have the right to determine whether specific student classroom behavior is disruptive. In extenuating circumstances, instructors may require a student to leave an individual class meeting for disruptive behavior; however, instructors are not authorized to remove a student from the course without process. Should such removal be deemed necessary, instructors must follow the procedure outlined below as soon as possible.
To begin the process, all faculty members must file a Pioneers Care Report: https://publicdocs.maxient.com/reportingform.php?UnivofDenver&layout_id=99
All concerns regarding community safety will be evaluated by Campus Safety. All other concerns will be directed through the Disruptive Classroom Behavior procedure. Upon receiving the Pioneers Care report, a representative from both Campus Life and the Office of the Provost will determine whether to proceed through the student conduct process, through the disruptive classroom behavior process, or jointly through both. If appropriate, the Office of Equal Opportunity/Title IX may be involved.
Additionally, student members of a class may approach the instructor to discuss behavior of other classmates that they consider disruptive. The instructor may file a Pioneers Care Report on the behalf of the student, or the student may file a report independently.
Disruptive Classroom Behavior
If the student’s presence in the class represents a significant impediment to the educational process, that student may be officially withdrawn from the class. The withdrawal procedure will be followed if attempts at informal resolution between the instructor and the student have failed or are not possible.
- The instructor, student, and the appropriate dean or dean’s designee will meet to attempt to resolve the concern. Every effort should be made to ensure that this meeting takes place as soon as possible after the faculty member files the report, and ideally before the next class session. Another faculty or staff member (including Student Conduct, dean’s office staff, or Campus Safety staff) may be asked to attend this meeting. The student may bring a support person to this meeting. The support person may not speak on behalf of or actively participate in this meeting. This meeting will not be rescheduled to accommodate a support person. Unless there are extenuating circumstances warranted by a concern for safety, this step is preferred. The instructor need not lead the meeting but should be present at this initial meeting with the student.
- If the student fails to attend the meeting, the instructor may proceed with a request to the relevant dean’s office for an involuntary removal of the student from the class.
- As soon as possible, and no later than 5 business days of the initial meeting, the dean or dean’s designee will determine whether or not to move forward with removing the student from the class. The student is not permitted to return to class during this review. The decision shall be communicated to the student by the dean or dean’s designee.
- If the dean or dean’s designee determines that the request to remove the student from the class is warranted, the student will be provided the opportunity to drop the class voluntarily. If the student does not drop the class voluntarily, the student will be dropped from the class by the Office of the Registrar.
- If it is determed that removal is not warranted, the student shall be allowed to return to the class immediately. Both the student and faculty may be required to sign a Student Life Behavioral Contract which will be kept on file with Student Conduct. This contract will outline the appropriate and inappropriate conduct and expectations for behavior for the remainder of the class as well as the consequences for violating the contract.
- The student may appeal the decision to the Office of the Provost. This appeal must be submitted in writing no later than 5 business days from the dean’s (or designee’s) decision. Appeals will only be considered by the Provost or Provost’s designee in the following circumstances:
- The existence of procedural errors so substantial that it greatly impacted the decision,
- the original decision is clearly not supported by the information presented,
- the presentation of new and significant evidence which was not reasonably available at the time of the initial review and would likely alter the hearing decision, and/or
- the imposition of an arbitrary outcome.
The appeal will be considered, and a decision rendered to the student, no later than 5 business days from its receipt by the Office of the Provost. This decision is final.
During the appeal process, the student is not permitted to attend class sessions or activities. The instructor shall provide the student with materials, assignments, and other course information the instructor deems essential to assist the student with remaining current in the course.
Copies of all withdrawal requests will be reviewed under the Student Conduct Process. Student Conduct will generally defer to the recommendation of the course instructor: however, if the student has a previous student conduct record, Student Conduct may take additional appropriate action regardless of the instructor’s recommendation.
The course withdrawal will be effective from the date of the original decision, and for all administrative purposes (e.g., transcripts, tuition refunds, etc.) will be considered the same as if the withdrawal had been voluntary.