Policy Passed by IUPUI Faculty Council on February 4, 1999

DISRUPTIVE STUDENT CONDUCT PROCEDURES

Campus Resources:

IUPUI Police, 274-7911 or 274-1387

Fire Department, 274-2311

Ombudsperson, 274-3931

Affirmative Action Office, 274-2306

Campus Escort Service, 274-SAFE (7233)

Adaptive Educational Services, 274-3241

Counseling & Psychological Services, 274-2548

Dean of Students Office, 274-4431

Health Services, 274-8214

Campus Switchboard, 274-5555

TDD Operator, 274-4644

Introduction

IUPUI is an intellectual community dedicated to creating an environment in which individuals can succeed. Each person is important. When one of our members is prevented from doing his or her best, the entire community is diminished. As an insti tution of higher learning, we must foster the best possible environment for doing our work as educators, learners, and supporters of the educational process. Therefore we are committed to the following: a) providing appropriate protection for freedom of s peech and freedom of assembly, b) enhancing the opportunities for students to attain their educational objectives, c) creating and maintaining an intellectual and educational atmosphere throughout the University, and d) protecting the health, safety, welf are, property, and human rights of all members of the University and the property of the University itself.

University Conduct Policies

All students are expected to be in compliance with the IUPUI Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct. These procedures serve only as clarification of that portion defining disruptive conduct. (A copy of the Code of Stude nt Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct may be obtained through the IUPUI Office of the Dean of Students (317-274-4431) or on the Web at "http://www.hoosiers.iupui.edu/studcode/stucode.htm".

Expectations

IUPUI strives to maintain a spirit of civility in a community in which diversity is welcomed. Every student, staff, and faculty member plays a significant role in promoting an environment that is conducive to academic excellence by fostering a climate of civility and mutual respect. In all circumstances it is expected that everyone will act with respect for one another. Difference of opinion and dissent are ordinarily thought of as disagreement or debate. They are not "disruptive conduct" as lo ng as they do not impinge upon the rights of others or interfere with the teaching/learning process in an academic setting. As a community which values the uniqueness of people, behavior which is thought of as "different" or "unusual," is not "disruptive behavior" unless it infringes upon the rights of others or seriously interferes with the teaching/learning process in an academic setting.

The IUPUI instructional program is based on the premise that students enrolled at IUPUI are entitled to receive instruction free from interference by other students. When students are admitted to IUPUI, they accept the responsibility to conform to all IUPUI rules and regulations. Students are expected to comply by conducting themselves in an orderly and cooperative manner. The following procedures will assist faculty and staff in the event they face misconduct problems in any university setting.

Guidelines

These procedures are intended to promote academic excellence in an atmosphere of freedom and to protect the collective commitment to mutual respect in the university community. In applying these procedures, a common sense approach is recommende d and, above all, the safety of everyone involved should be of the utmost concern. When disruptive conduct occurs, the primary objective is to address the immediate problem and restore order to the classroom, office, or other academic setting. Faculty, st aff, and other university officials have latitude to take appropriate action as they deem necessary to maintain a positive learning environment, including asking the disruptive student to leave the classroom.

Definitions

Academic Setting -- A classroom, office, laboratory, library, or field experience site where instruction, advising, or service occurs.

Disruptive conduct is defined as:

a. posing a significant threat of danger and/or harm to oneself or to other members of the university community.

b. Unreasonably interfering with the rights of other students, staff, and/or faculty of the University, or with the exercise of any activity or function of the University.

I. Examples of Disruptive Conduct

The following behaviors are among those considered to be personal misconduct as defined in the IUPUI Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct. This list is not intended to be all inclusive.

A. Behavior which is disorderly, lewd or indecent, or a breach of the peace, or the aiding, abetting, or procuring another person to breach the peace on University premises, at functions sponsored by the University, or in which the University pa rticipates.

B. Behavior which results in the destruction of property, the intentional or reckless damaging, destroying, defacing of, or tampering with university property or the property of any person or business on campus.

C. Behavior that unreasonably infringes upon, or impedes the teaching or learning process, intentionally and unreasonably interferes with normal classroom procedure or presentations of the instructor or student(s), and/or interferes with researc h, administration or other university or university-authorized activity.

D. Failure to comply with directions of authorized University officials, students serving in a staff capacity, police or any other law enforcement officers in the performance of their duties.

E. Failure to identify oneself when requested to do so by authorized University officials, students serving in a staff capacity, police or any other law enforcement officers in the performance of their duties.

F. Intentionally inflicting harm upon any person by any reckless, but not accidental action from which harm could reasonably be expected to result to any person or by causing a person to fear that the offender may cause harm.

G. Obstruction of the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on University premises or at University-supervised or sponsored functions.

H. Physical abuse, threats of harm, coercion and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person or causes a person to believe that the offender may cause harm.

I. Possession of dangerous weapons: "Possession of firearms or other weapons on university property contrary to law; possession or display of any firearm on university property frequented by the public, except in the course of an authorized acti vity; possession of weapons in residence halls on university property in violation of residence hall rules; and intentional possession on university property of a dangerous- article or substance as a potential weapon" (excerpted from the Code of Studen t Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, p. 30, #13) .

II. Procedures for Responding to Disruptive Conduct

(See also the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, pages 46-56)

A. What should university personnel do in the event they encounter disruptive conduct?

1. Remain calm. Determine whether to speak with the student immediately or wait until after class or the conclusion of the activity. If you do speak to the student immediately, ask the student to refrain from the conduct in concrete terms (e.g., "pleas e lower your voice" or "please sit in your chair").

2. In the event of repetitive disruptive conduct, talk with the student in a more private setting; ask the student to explain the reasons for his/her conduct. Do not engage the student in a debate. If the conduct is serious, or you feel uncomfortable m eeting alone, it is recommended that you have an observer (e.g., the Student Ombudsperson) with you when this meeting occurs.

3. Talk with the student in a professional and courteous manner about the situation that is creating the disruption. Attempt to reach resolution in concrete terms that will restore a positive learning environment.

4. Indicate that if there is recurrence of the conduct, you will enlist the aid of others to stop the conduct and that the conduct may be subject to disciplinary proceedings of the university.

5. If the student does not comply or if the student is violent or threatening, ask the student to leave the classroom or academic setting. If the student refuses, tell someone in the immediate vicinity to call for assistance from the Campus Police. Ask if someone has a cellular phone to use or direct them to use the emergency telephone located in all elevators. You may also consider removing yourself and others from the situation. [Campus Police, 274-7911]

B. Documentation of the incident

It is extremely important, early in the process, to document the incident and discuss the situation with your unit head or your school's dean of students. If this is a repeated or serious incident, report it to the unit head and to the IUPUI Dean of St udents. (The reporting form should contain the following items.)

 

Disruptive Conduct Reporting Form

Date of Report:

Name of student:

Social Security # (optional):

Date of incident:

Time of incident:

Class in which incident occurred: (Title, Number, and Section):

Describe the incident: What was said or occurred? Did the student threaten you or others?

Witnesses to the disturbance (Names, telephone numbers, etc.):

Describe what occurred:

Attach a detailed description of the incident; be sure to include both the student's behavior and your action.

Send copies of this report to (retain a copy of everything you send):

1) Dean of Students (LY 002)*

2) Student(s) involved

(*The Campus Dean of Students will forward a copy of this report to the Dean of the student(s)'s School and the faculty member's School.)

Reported by (Print your name):

(Signature):

Your Department:

Your campus address:

Your campus phone:

Your home phone (optional):

The Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, August 15, 1997 edition, may be obtained by contacting the IUPUI Office of the Dean of Students, LY 002, 274-4431.