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    Chattanooga State Technical Community College
  Dec 12, 2017

02:01:00 Academic and Classroom Misconduct

  1. The instructor has the primary responsibility for control over classroom behavior and maintenance of academic integrity and can order the temporary removal or exclusion from the classroom of any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct in violation of the general rules and regulations of Chattanooga State. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom or further disciplinary action can be effected only through appropriate procedures of Chattanooga State.
  2. Classroom disruption should be seen as a disciplinary offense, as defined by the College's Code of Conduct (see the Student Handbook) Section of the College Catalog). The term classroom disruption means behavior a reasonable person would view as substantially or repeatedly interfering with the conduct of a class. Faculty members are responsible for management of the classroom environment. Teachers are expected to exercise authority with a sense of fairness. Strategies for preventing and responding to disruptive behavior area as follows:
  3. Clarify standards for the conduct of your class. For example, if you want students to raise their hands for permission to speak, inform them of that standard.
  4. Serve as a role model for the conduct you expect from your students.
  5. If you believe inappropriate behavior is occurring, consider a general word of caution, rather than warning a particular student (e.g. "We have too many contemporaneous conversations at the moment; let's all focus on the same topic.").
  6. If the behavior is irritating, but not disruptive, try speaking with the student after class. Most students are unaware of distracting habits or mannerisms, and have no intent to be offensive or disruptive.
  7. There may be rare circumstances when it is necessary to speak to a student during class about his or her behavior. Do so in a firm and friendly manner, indicating that further discussion can occur after class. A student who persists in disrupting a class may be directed by the faculty member to leave the classroom for the remainder of the class period. The student should be told the reason(s) for such action, and given an opportunity to discuss the matter with the faculty member as soon as practicable. Prompt consultation should be undertaken with the Divisional Dean and the College Judicial Officer. Suspension for more than one class period requires disciplinary action, in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
  8. If a disruption is serious, and other reasonable measures have failed, the class may be adjourned, and the campus police summoned (Security Ext. 4467).
  9. Plagiarism, cheating and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed through the regular Chattanooga State procedures as a result of academic misconduct, the instructor has the authority to assign an F or a zero for the exercise or examination or to assign an F in the course.
  10. If the student believes that he/she has been erroneously accused of academic misconduct and if his/her final grade has been lowered as a result, the student may appeal the case through the appropriate Chattanooga State procedures. The student must begin the process with the Dean of Student Life.

Source: Approved Executive Staff, President's Cabinet, and President, August 21, 2000.

Source: TBR Policy 3:02:00:01

Approved: Executive Staff, 05/20/09
Approved: President's Cabinet, 05/20/09
Approved: President, 05/20/09
Reviewed and Revised by: Academic Affairs, 03/20/09