Academic Affairs

Disruptive Student Policy

Exclusion of Disruptive Students From a Course

The successful conduct of courses depends upon a basic spirit of mutual respect and cooperation among the participants. If a student disrupts a class, in such a way that it seriously compromises the educational experience of the course for other students and/or prevents the instructor from accomplishing the goals of course as outlined in the syllabus, the instructor may require the student to leave the class meeting. The student’s Academic Dean will be notified of this action. Subsequent to this action, as necessary and appropriate, the following process will be implemented.

  1. It is expected that the instructor and the student will meet to discuss and agree in writing the conditions under which the student may return to the course. The student may not return to the course until the matter has been resolved. The student’s Academic Dean will receive a copy of this written agreement. If, in fact, the instructor and the student fail to reach an agreement, then the matter is referred to the student’s Academic Dean who will begin the process of removing the student from the course. If the student is permanently excluded from the course, the instructor will assign a grade of W.
  2. If an agreement is reached but the disruptive behavior continues, the instructor may again require the student to leave the class meeting and refer the matter to the student’s Academic Dean who will begin the process of removing the student from the course. If the student is permanently excluded from the course, the instructor will assign a grade of W.
  3. If the student wishes to appeal the decision of the permanent removal, an appeal is to be directed to the Senior Associate Dean of Trinity College or the Pratt School of Engineering, the academic appellate officer. The decision of the Senior Associate Dean in such a case is final.
  4. In addition the Academic Dean may determine that the matter should also be referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs for consideration of formal charges in violation of university policies including “Classroom Disruption,” “Disorderly Conduct,” and/or “Failure to Comply.