Teaching Policies & Resources — Class Disruptions

Disruptive Behavior

Students who are physically or verbally disruptive in class may be dealt with summarily by the instructor or referred to the Dean of Students, 135 IMU (335-1162). The instructor reports in writing to the Dean of Students any disciplinary action undertaken against a student. (see the Code of Student Life, "Interference with University Operations")

If a student's behavior is violently disruptive, an instructor may wish to call the Department of Public Safety for assistance (335-5022).

Sickness in Class

If a student becomes ill in class and requires emergency attention, the instructor should call the Department of Public Safety (335-5022) for assistance in transporting the student to the Student Health Service or call 911 for an ambulance.

Activities on the Pentacrest

Authorized activities on the Pentacrest may disrupt classes occasionally. Sound amplification, music, and other uses that might disturb classes in adjacent buildings are permitted on the Pentacrest only between 12:20 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. and after 4:20 p.m. daily. For a complete description of the policies on the use of the Pentacrest and other campus outdoor areas, see the Operations Manual, V-37.


The policy of the University's Operations and Maintenance office is to stop construction immediately when the work disturbs an examination in progress. The instructor in charge of an examination should promptly report such problems to Operations and Maintenance (335-5071) or to the construction workers, asking them to contact their supervisor.

If construction noise is disturbing class activities during a semester, or if on-going construction projects are disrupting class activity in any way, please contact the Classroom Scheduling at 335-1243.