Disciplinary Dismissal from a Class or Course

The sole acceptable cause for dismissal of a properly registered student from a class or course in which that student is enrolled is that her/his behavior is disruptive to the point that it interferes with the right of the teacher to teach or the right of other students to learn.

When a student’s behavior is disruptive to the class the instructor should verbally warn the student about the behavior. If the disruptive behavior continues in the same class session, the instructor may order the student to leave the classroom for the remainder of the class session and should warn the student of the possibility of being dismissed from the course if the disruptive behavior continues. The instructor is under no obligation to allow the dismissed student to make up work or tests missed as a result of the dismissal. The instructor should send a written report of the dismissal to the Dean of Students and to the appropriate academic Dean.

If the disruptive behavior continues to be a problem in future class sessions and the instructor wishes to dismiss the student from the course, the instructor must send written documentation to the Dean of Students and to the appropriate academic Dean. The Dean of Students will discuss the instructor’s request with the appropriate academic Dean and the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services. These three individuals reach a determination on dismissal. The student may continue to attend class sessions while the instructor’s request for dismissal from the course is being reviewed. However, if the student repeats the disruptive behavior while the case is under review, the instructor may again dismiss the student from the class session, and the student is barred from attending subsequent class sessions until the case has been resolved.

Dismissal from a course will be entered on the student’s permanent record as a “W” grade.