Policies of the Board of Regents stipulate that any student, faculty member, administrator or employee, acting individually or in concert with others, who clearly obstructs or disrupts, or attempts to obstruct or disrupt any teaching, research, administrative, disciplinary or public service activity authorized to be discharged or held on any campus of Southwestern Christian University in Bethany or in Tulsa is considered by the Board to have committed an act of gross irresponsibility and shall be subject to disciplinary procedures, possibly resulting in dismissal as a student or termination of employment.
A. Classroom Behavior
Ordinarily, disruptive behavior is not a problem in a college setting. However, should a student’s classroom be disruptive, the following policy applies:
If a student’s conduct interferes with or disrupts the orderly class process, the instructor should promptly advise the student to cease the misbehavior. If the disruptive behavior continues, the instructor may ask the student to leave the class and to schedule a private conference with the instructor prior to returning to the class. The instructor may also refer the matter to the Vice President for Student Life for appropriate disciplinary action.
If the student refuses to leave the classroom and continues the disruptive behavior, the instructor may discontinue the class session, inform the student not to return to class without the instructor’s permission, and report the incident in writing to the Vice President for Student Life. Such a report should include dates, times, action, names of persons involved, and names of witnesses. The Vice President for Student Life then pursues the matter with the Vice President for Academic Affairs and through the student disciplinary procedure if necessary.
If, when the class next convenes, the student attempts to return to class without the prior permission of the instructor, the instructor may deny the student access to the class. If the student interferes with or
disrupts the orderly class process and/or refuses to leave the classroom when requested by the instructor, the instructor may obtain the assistance of the campus security officers to remove the student from the class and prevent return to that class. The instructor will inform the Vice President for Student Life of the incident without delay.
B. Emergency Disruptions
Campus disruptions pending or caused by acts of God (tornado) or of undetermined origin (fires or bomb threats) and other disruptions (accidents or traumatic illnesses) are to be dealt with by existing emergency plans that will if possible preserve life, property, and the normal operations of the University.
C. Public Demonstrations
Demonstrators, however, do not have the right to deprive others of the opportunity to speak or be heard, physically obstruct the movement of others, or otherwise disrupt the educational or institutional processes in a way the interferes with the safety or freedom of others.
Students should be free, and no special permission should be required, to collect names for petitions concerned with campus or off campus issues.
Demonstrators may be subject to disciplinary action if they:
o Disrupt or obstruct curricular, co-curricular, or administrative/operational activities of the University
o Deny the rights of students, faculty, staff, or guests of the University
o Inhibit others from moving freely on any part of the University campus
o Disrupt the proper use of University offices or facilities
o Endanger the safety of any person on University property
o Destroy or damage property
o Violate statutory health or safety regulations
Submitted for approval July 17, 2014
Policy Revised: Fall 2014