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EIU Office of Student Accountability & Support

FAQ's for Faculty


-How do I handle a student that is disrupting the classroom?

If the student poses a threat to the safety of himself/herself or others, contact the University Police Department and submit a report to the Office of Student Accountability & Support.

In other instances of disruption, address the student in a calm, courteous manner before it escalates. If it does not subside, ask to speak with the student after class. If the disruptive behavior continues, you may ask the student to leave your class.


-What are some examples of classroom disruption? *

"Classroom disruption" is defined as behavior that a reasonable person would view as substantially or repeatedly interferes with the overall academic learning and teaching environment. Examples may include persistent talking in class, verbal and/or physical threats, repeated cell phone use, etc.


-What should I do if a student has plagiarized or cheated on an assignment?

Notify the student of your suspicions and inform them that the matter has been submitted to the Office of Student Accountability & Support. Complete the Notification of Academic Misconduct Form and submit to the Office of Student Accountability & Support. Be sure to include any supporting documentation. For more information concerning Academic Misconduct please to go the left column of our website and click on Academic Dishonesty which is under the Faculty Resources heading.


-Should I wait for a pattern of misbehavior to occur before contacting someone in the Office of Student Accountability & Support? **

Not necessarily. We often believe that problematic behavior will cease on its own, but sometimes it may not. As you address smaller behavioral problems, keep notes, in case the problem becomes larger. This documented pattern allows our staff to respond more thoroughly to your concerns.


-How is confidentiality handled in cases of classroom disruption?**

Our office will pursue disciplinary action in cases of proven classroom misconduct or disruption. You should only discuss allegations against students with those people who have a role in the disciplinary process. When talking with others, including colleagues, refrain from sharing any personally identifiable information from the student's record (for example, grades or reports of misconduct.)


-What do I do when a disruptive student claims their behavior is the result of a disability?**

The fact that a student may have a disability should not inhibit you from notifying appropriate authorities about disruptive behavior. All students need to know they are expected to adhere to reasonable behavioral standards.

Federal agencies and the courts have made it clear that an institution of higher education does not have to tolerate or excuse violent, dangerous, or disruptive behavior, especially when that behavior interferes with the educational opportunities of other students. Colleges and universities may discipline a student with a disability for engaging in misconduct if it would impose the same discipline on a student without a disability.


*Adapted from

**Adapted from Nancy S. Footer, General Counsel, and Jill A. Carr, Associate Dean of Students, Bowling Green State University, from a list published in the Synfax Weekly Report (july 9, 2001, pp. 2024-2025), a weekly commentary on critical issues in higher education. ruption.pdf

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Office of Student Accountability and Support

Martin Luther King University Union
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
Fax: 217-581-6489

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