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Behavioral Misconduct

Students and faculty share responsibility for maintaining an appropriate learning environment

Faculty have the professional responsibility to treat students with understanding, dignity and respect. Students are also expected to demonstrate appropriate, respectful behavior toward other members of the university community, both faculty and peers. Disruptive students in the academic setting hinder the educational process. Disruptive student conduct is prohibited by the Student Conduct Code (Oregon Administrative Rule 577-31-125), which also enumerates formal actions and remedies for resolving student misconduct issues.

What constitutes Disruption?

"Disruption," as applied to the academic setting, means behavior that a reasonable faculty member would view as interfering with normal academic functions.

Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Persistently speaking without being recognized
  • Interrupting other speakers
  • Behavior that distracts the class from the subject matter or discussion
  • In extreme cases, physical threats, harassing behavior or personal insults
  • Refusal to comply with faculty direction
If a faculty member requests that you cease behavior that could be seen as disruptive in the classroom, we strongly recommend that you follow their instructions. If you have questions or concerns, schedule a time to meet with the faculty member after class to further discuss the matter.

Resources

Campus Public Safety
1939 SW Broadway
Emergency: 503-725-4404
Non-emergency: 503-725-4407

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)
Suite 200 Univeristy Center Building
1880 SW 6th Ave.
503-725-2800

Disability Resource Center
435 Smith Memorial Center
503-725-4150

Office of the Dean of Student Life
433 Smith Memorial Center
503-725-4422

References

PSU Student Code of Conduct