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Problem Student Behaviors

As a faculty or staff member, you are more than likely to see some of the following behaviors. While some people are comfortable dealing with some of these behaviors, not everyone feels equipped. And while you may or may not be able to understand what these behaviors mean, they could have different meanings depending on the student exhibiting them. All of these behaviors may indicate some type of problem. State your behavioral expectations clearly on your syllabus to openly acknowledge what you will and will not accept in terms of proper behavior.

  • Sleeping in class
  • Reading the newspaper
  • Routine tardiness
  • Leaving early without notice
  • Personal hygiene problems
  • Interrupting the faculty or staff member or other students
  • Speaking without being recognized
  • Arguing with the faculty member or other students during class
  • Dominating class discussion
  • Threatening faculty members or fellow classmates in (or out of) class verbally
  • Harassing faculty members or classmates through notes, e-mails, etc.
  • Overt physical disruptions (throwing chairs, books, papers, etc.)
  • Acts of violence