Each faculty member must be aware of and read the complete text of the student code of conduct as found in the Catalog and Student Handbook. Each faculty member is his or her own disciplinarian in class and is authorized to correct inappropriate conduct anywhere on college property at any time. The instructor is responsible for classroom management. There should be room for a clear expression of the ideas of students within the college classroom; however, this expression of ideas does not extend to disruptive behavior that denies other enrolled students the opportunity to receive the maximum benefit from the course. If such disruptive behavior occurs, confrontation with the student in front of the class should be avoided; if possible, the instructor should talk privately with the student.
If the disruptive behavior is of a serious nature, such as the student's refusing to leave or the student's causing or threatening bodily harm to another individual, the instructor should call the campus police. A faculty member has the right to suspend a student temporarily from his or her classroom whenever the student is disrupting the class to the extent that learning is hindered.
In all such cases, at the end of the class period, the instructor should inform the department or dean about the incident. The instructor should also immediately document the details of the incident in a memo to the department chairman and/or the dean, with copies going immediately to the vice president of instruction. If the disruptive incident occurs during the weekend or at night, the instructor should notify the weekend director or the evening dean.
If the instructor deems the incident to be serious enough to warrant suspension beyond the remainder of one class period, he or she should make this recommendation to the dean of student development and notify the student of such action if that student returns to the class. The processes which would then be initiated, and further statements regarding student conduct, are included in the Policy Manual and the Student Handbook.