Classroom Conduct

All students have the right to learn without interference from others.  Faculty members have the authority to protect this right by creating and maintaining an environment that is conducive to learning. Toward this end GRCC has developed the following Code of Classroom Conduct.

Classroom misconduct is any behavior which disrupts or interferes with the learning experience. Students are required and expected to conduct themselves in a mature and considerate manner. Students should conduct and express themselves in a way that is respectful to all individuals. This includes respecting the rights of others to comment and participate fully in class.

Examples of Classroom Misconduct

Includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. Engaging in behavior that disrupts or interferes with the learning experience. Behavior such as, but not limited to, talking in class while the faculty member or other students are speaking, using offensive language, creating distractions or disturbances, sleeping, reading unrelated materials, and moving about the classroom is, in many situations, considered disruptive behavior to the learning process.
  2. Using cell phones or other electronic devices that disrupt the learning process or teaching environment is not allowed under most circumstances.  The use of personal laptop computers, phones, etc. may be acceptable in some classes; however they must be used only for note-taking or activities in direct support of the course objectives. Faculty members have the right to ask students to shut down any electronic devices.
  3. Entering the classroom late or leaving the classroom prior to the end of class is considered a disruption to the learning process and should be avoided unless exceptional circumstances arise.

Consequences of Classroom Misconduct at GRCC

Students who commit acts of classroom misconduct are subject to classroom and College sanctions. In all cases, students will have a right to use the student appeal procedure (as described below.)  Withdrawal from a course does not exempt a student from any pending charges of classroom misconduct.

Any of the following sanctions may be imposed by the faculty member for any violation of classroom misconduct:

  1. Giving a warning – an oral explanation by a College official of violation and possible consequences if misconduct continues;
  2. Dismissal from the remaining class time during which the infraction occurs;
  3. Dismissal from the remaining class time during which the infraction occurs, with required meeting with designated college employee (faculty member, Department Head, Associate Dean or Conduct officer) prior to returning to class;
  4. Assignment of a reduced or failing grade on an assignment, paper, project or exam;
  5. Reduction in the final grade for the course;
  6. Assignment of a failing grade for the course;
  7. Required meeting with the faculty member and/or a college official if necessary;
  8. Referral to the conduct office.

If removed from class for a second offense, or if the first offense is egregious and/or involves threatening behavior, the student will be on temporary suspension from that class pending investigation by the conduct office.