The effectiveness of the student conduct process rests partially upon the participation of all members of the University community. Active participation in the process by students, faculty, and staff reflects a willingness to address the difficult issues brought before them for the betterment of individual students and the University community. This involvement is vital to the establishment of true community standards.
If faculty and staff members observe situations with students that violate the Student Code of Conduct, they are encouraged to submit an incident report to SCCS. Common classroom situations include: Academic Dishonesty and Disruptive Behavior. Please use the resources in this area to determine the best course of action.
Addressing Face Covering Noncompliance
The current guidance on the use of face coverings includes the following key points:
- Due to the increasing spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant, campus will begin the semester with a limited mask requirement. Masks are now required in all indoor public spaces, except in private offices and residence hall rooms and while individuals are actively eating, drinking, or engaging in fitness activities.
- Mask requirements were expanded on August 23, 2021, for two weeks and were extended on September 7. System and campus leadership will continue to monitor cases and will re-evaluate the mask policy in the next few weeks.
- The expectation is needed because classes and mandatory events require long durations of time in spaces with limited social distancing options and no way to opt out of attending.
- The university will continually re-evaluate the need for masks based on COVID-19 case counts in our community.
Should instructors need to address student compliance, consider the following steps:
Model the behavior. Students will follow your lead.
Remind students that face coverings are meant to protect themselves and others, are required only in limited situations such as in classrooms, laboratories, and are needed during this period because of the level of community transmission is high at the moment. Offer the student a mask or let them know it’s OK to go get one and return to class.
To discuss accommodations to the face covering requirement due to a medical condition, students should contact Student Disability Services.
Faculty and staff members have control over their spaces. In a classroom or laboratory, instructors can dismiss noncompliant students and mark them absent for the day as they would in other behavioral situations.
A referral to Student Conduct and Community Standards is made only if the student behavior is disruptive to the classroom and there have been multiple documented attempts to correct behavior. If multiple attempts to change behavior are unsuccessful, you can report noncompliance to Student Conduct and Community Standards through the student conduct incident report form. Document attempts to correct the behavior in writing.
The Honor Statement of the Student Code of Conduct encourages each student to make a personal commitment to academic integrity. In addition, faculty members also have the responsibility to define and set guidelines for academic integrity in their courses as well as act on any violation of the Honor Statement.
Please visit our page on the Academic Dishonesty Process for detailed instructions on how to report alleged academic dishonesty.
Students disrupting teaching, learning, studying, research, and/or any other University-affiliated activity, should be referred to SCCS. Please use the Incident Report form.
In no event should this rule be construed to discipline a student for speech protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Classroom Behavior Flow Chart
Please use this flowchart to help determine the best referral source for your classroom behaviors.
If you are concerned about a student, but they have not violated the Code of Conduct please consider reaching out to 974-HELP/Dean of Students or the Academic Success Center. You can also refer to the Distressed Student Resources for Faculty/Staff for additional information regarding this area.