Prevent Violence Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom
If a student's disruptive behavior interferes with instruction or creates an environment that is disturbing to classmates, a faculty member has the responsibility to address the issue. Faculty members should follow these tips when handling disruptive behavior:
Be proactive. It is imperative to provide clear behavioral expectations to students in the syllabus and thoughout the semester.
Be courteous and firm when responding to classroom disruption.
Address the entire class, asking the group to refocus on the topic at hand. An announcement can be made to stop side conversations and focus on the coursework.
If the behavior persists, direct the disrupting student to stop the behavior. Follow up with the student after class to explain why the behavior was inappropriate for the classroom setting.
If the situation escalates or becomes threatening or intimidating, direct the student to leave the classroom. If the student refuses, use your judgment to adjourn class early and/or call Campus Security for assistance at 713-525-3888.
Violent Acts or Threats on Campus
If you see or are alerted to a person with violent, dangerously, disruptive or threatening behavior, call 9-1-1 or Campus Security. You should request a UST Campus Security officer to address the situation and give as much information as you can, including your specific location.
While waiting for the officer, barricade yourself and others in the nearest safe location away from the aggressor.
Students in Distress
College can be stressful for students. The work load, the pressure of making new friends and being away from home can be a lot to handle. Some students become distressed and need a healthy way to express the anxiety they may be feeling. Whether a student is openly distraught or privately grieving, take a look at the distress indicators to help accordingly. Counseling and Disability Services are always available for those that need help in any capacity.
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About Emergency Preparedness
The University of St. Thomas is committed to the safety and security of all community members and visitors. The University received a $245,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to create a comprehensive plan to develop, review, improve and fully integrate campus-based all-hazards emergency management and business continuity plans. The campus community should “Be Aware, Be Prepared and Take Action!”