Student Conduct

Instructors should review Webster University's academic policies governing student conduct. These policies can be found in the catalogs.

The graduate policy on Conduct is at: http://www.webster.edu/catalog/2014-2015/graduate-catalog/academic-policies.html#conduct (Link opens in a new window)

The undergraduate policy on Student Conduct (including the Statement of Ethics, Misconduct, and Classroom Disruption) is at: http://www.webster.edu/catalog/2014-2015/undergraduate-catalog/academic-policies.html#conduct (Link opens in a new window)

Prevention of Classroom Disruption

  • Make expectations for classroom discussion and conduct clear in the first class.
  • Consider a statement in your syllabus.
  • Example: "Since every student is entitled to full participation in class without interruption, all students are expected to be in class and prepared to begin on time. All pagers, wireless phones, or other electronic devices must be turned off, or switched to vibrate, when you enter the classroom. Students are expected to treat the instructor and other students with dignity and respect, especially in cases where a diversity of opinion arises. Students who engage in disruptive behavior are subject to disciplinary action, including removal from the course."

Responding to Disruptive Behavior

As noted in the policies found in the catalog, faculty members have authority to address disruptive behavior, including removal of the student from the class session. In addition:

  • Instructors should refer persistent offenders to the Academic Dean (or dept. head) for possible permanent removal from the course.
  • In cases of threats of violence or other extreme behavior, instructors should, as noted in the policies, contact Public Safety, and/or the military or local police. (For those teaching at extended metropolitan or military sites, your director will provide specific information.)
  • Instructors can consult with the Student Affairs Judicial Officer, Maureen Stroer. She can be reached at (314) 968-6980. Her email address is mstroer@webster.edu.
  • Electronic disruption (e.g., harassing or threatening e-mail) should be handled in the same way. Should this occur, keep copies of messages.