Information for Students
While a student at SUNY Broome, you are expected to accord yourself in a manner that enhances the opportunity for you and your classmates to get the most out of your classes. While in class, students are expected to fulfill the following expectations:
- Attend class regularly and on time
- Be active and engaged in all courses, which includes participating in classroom conversations and being respectful and attentive to those instructing
- Offer original thoughts and responses to others in class discussions and writing
- Maintain academic integrity
- Appropriately challenge one another, encouraging respectful and constructive dialogue
- Have an open mind to new ways of thinking, working, studying, teaching, reading, and writing
- Contribute to your own educational experience
In concert with the SUNY Broome Rules of Student Conduct, SUNY Broome will not tolerate rude, unsafe, disruptive, or threatening conduct and will deal with infractions appropriately. Students who engage in disruptive or threatening classroom behaviors that interfere with the rights of fellow students who wish to learn, and/or impede their faculty’s ability to provide instruction will be expected to remedy such behavior immediately. Each instructor has the latitude to determine what is acceptable behavior within their class. Specific questions about their expectations can be found either in the course syllabus or by speaking with the instructor directly.
A comprehensive list of disruptive behaviors cannot possibly be created, but behaviors that run contrary to our Civility Statement (pdf) tend to fall within this scope. A sampling is given below so that you can understand the essence of what is meant by disruptive. Again, this list is not all inclusive.
- Refusal to comply with reasonable instructor directions, including expectations posted within the course syllabus
- Repeatedly arriving after class has begun or leaving class early
- Distractive talking, including speaking out of turn or monopolizing discussion
- Use of any electronic device not related to class during the class period
- Disruptions in online conversations as part of a distance education or web-based class
- Activities not relevant to the content and work of the class in session
- Use of alcohol, tobacco products, drugs, or controlled substances
- Threat of harm or violence including verbal, physical, or psychological threats, harassment, and physical violence
Any student removed from class will be required to meet with the appropriate College officials, as instructed by their faculty member. During this meeting they will discuss the behavior’s negative effect on the learning environment, explore the causes of the behavior, discuss appropriate corrective measures, and review the possible consequences of any further classroom disruptions.
This process does not override program specific guidelines and procedures.
These guidelines for addressing disruptive behavior are available for faculty and staff as a supporting mechanism as needed. Students who engage in disruptive or threatening classroom behaviors that interfere with the rights of fellow students who wish to learn and impede their faculty’s ability to provide instruction will be expected to remedy such behavior immediately. Each faculty member has the latitude to determine what is acceptable behavior within their classroom.