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How to Respond to Disruptive or Threatening Behavior

General Tips (applies to all levels)

  1. Recognize your authority to address the situation
  2. Remain calm and respond in a calm manner
  3. Reiterate classroom and/or discussion ground rules
  4. Be consistent with addressing ground rules to all students regardless of viewpoint
  5. Address unknown or uninvited individuals or groups who come to the classroom
  6. Address inappropriate comments, attacks, or other disruptive behavior while it is occurring
  7. Recognize the difference between “difficult dialogue, passionate debate” and behavior intended to disrupt the classroom ground rules
  8. Ask disruptive individuals to leave the classroom
  9. Document the issue

RESOURCES (applies to all levels)



ResourcesDownload the PDF brochure created by the Office of the Dean of Students.

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