Disruptive Classroom Behavior and Lack of Academic Progress Policy

Disruptive behavior is prohibited. Disruptive be­havior includes but is not limited to conduct that interferes with or obstructs the teaching or learning process. Civil ex­pression of disagreement with the course instructor, during times when the instructor permits discussion, is not itself disruptive behavior and is not prohibited.

When any student, acting individually or in concert with others, obstructs or disrupts, or attempts to obstruct or disrupt any teaching, research, administrative, disciplinary, or public service activity, or any other activity authorized to be discharged on behalf of the University or held on the University’s premises, the student may be asked to stop the disruptive behavior by an instructor or staff of the Univer­sity. If the student continues, an instructor/staff member is authorized to tell the student to leave the area or classroom and, if the student will not leave, to call TCU Police.
The instructor/staff must immediately call TCU Police (817-257-7777), without prior request to the student, if presented with an unsafe situation, threatening behavior, violence, knowledge of a crime, or in other appropriate circumstances.

1. Withdrawal of Student From Class or Other Educational Experience

When a student disrupts a class or other education­al experience, acts in a threatening manner, is not making acceptable academic progress, or if the student’s behavior or lack of preparation is detrimental to the educational ex­perience of others or could create an unsafe condition, or if the student is compromising the learning environment, the instructor may take action to withdraw the student from the class or educational experience.

To do this, the instructor shall provide the student written notice of intent to withdraw the student from the class or educational experience, with an explanation of the instructor’s reason(s), and with a copy to the instructor’s department chair (or, when there is no department chair, to the associate dean or dean of the instructor’s college or school). The notice should schedule a meeting with the student and the department chair (or, when there is no department chair, with the associate dean or dean of the instructor’s college or school) to occur within 7 days of the notice. The instructor may bar the student from the class or educational experience pending the result of the meet­ing, and the written notice should advise the student if there is such a bar. At the meeting, the student may have one advisor. Following the meeting, the instructor shall decide whether to withdraw the student from the class or edu­cational experience. If a student is withdrawn, his or her grade will be recommended by the instructor to the dean of the instructor’s college or school as either a “Q” or an “F.” The student may appeal this decision within 7 days in writ­ing to the academic dean or designee. During the student’s appeal, the student remains withdrawn from and is barred from attending the class. The academic dean or his/or her designee’s decision on this appeal is final.

2. Denying Enrollment, Suspension, Expulsion, and Other Appropriate Action

When a student disrupts a class or other education­al experience, acts in a threatening manner, is not making acceptable academic progress, or if the student’s behavior or lack of preparation is detrimental to the educational experience of others or could create an unsafe condition, or if the student is compromising the learning environment, or if the student has acted contrary to the professional or ethical standards of the University, a department thereof, or a particular field, an academic dean, or the dean’s designee, may additionally:

  1. deny class enrollment to the student; or
  2. suspend or expel the student from the University or from one or more of its programs
  3. take other appropriate action.

The student affected by such a decision by an aca­demic dean, or the dean’s designee, may appeal in writing within 7 days to the Academic Appeals Committee. The decision of the academic dean (or designee) remains in place during the pendency of the appeal. The Academic Appeals Committee’s decision on the matter is final.
A student so suspended or expelled shall have a grade of “Q” or “F” recorded for each course in progress as determined appropriate by the academic dean. The tran­script will not record suspension or expulsion.

3. Non-students and Non-enrolled Students

Non-students and students not enrolled in class may be permanently removed by an instructor of the class, without formal review. Non-students who disrupt Univer­sity activities may be removed from campus and based from returning.

4. Other

Although some disruptive behavior may be due to a mental or physical disorder, as it relates to violence, disrup­tive or threatening behavior, students with such disorders will be held to the same standards as others.

Nothing in this policy limits a person including but not limited to an instructor, academic dean, associate dean, or department chair from referring a matter to Campus Life – Dean’s Office or pursuing disciplinary action against a student or person through a complaint filed in Campus Life – Dean’s Office.

This policy is not intended to limit any authorized University employee, staff member, official, vice chancel­lor, chancellor, members of the Board of Trustees, or a member of Campus Life – Dean’s Office, from appropri­ately addressing behaviors covered by the policy.