Horseshoe

Faculty and Staff

Each of us interacts with students on a regular basis, and most of these interactions are positive. However, we know there will be times when interactions between students and faculty or staff may be negative, disruptive, or even threatening. Our office is here to consult on the following:

  • How to prevent classroom disruptions from occurring
  • How to acutely respond to disruptions
  • Which resources are available when disruptions reach the next level

What is disruptive activity?

Any behaviors that disrupt the instructor’s ability to teach or students’ ability to learn.

The following policies from the Carolina Community cover classroom disruptions:

  1. Disorderly Conduct - classroom behavior that disrupts the instructor’s ability to teach or students’ ability to learn.
  2. Disruptive Activity - disruption of the normal activity and operations of faculty, staff, and students .
  3. Failure to Comply - Students are expected to comply with and respond appropriately to the reasonable and lawful requests of University officials in the performance of their duties.
  4. Harassment - Conduct that creates or attempts to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for another person. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to action(s) or statement(s) that threaten harm or intimidate a person, or any other form of unwanted contact.

Examples:

  • Reading the newspaper
  • Interrupting faculty and other students
  • Threats or overt acts of violence
When to Report

Reports should be made when the instructor has made an individual attempt to rectify the behavior, but has been unsuccessful, OR for the following occurrences:

  • Interrupting faculty and other students
  • Threats or overt acts of violence

Tip: Document any and all incidents, even those you do not intend to report. Providing more information will aid in the adjudication process and expedite resolution.

If you feel safety is jeopardized, contact USC PD immediately at 777-4215