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Removal of Students from Class Sessions

Section:300
Section Title:Academic Affairs
Policy Number:300-II
Policy Name:Removal of Students from Class Sessions
Approval Authority:Academic Affairs
College Policy Executive:Chief Planning Officer
Responsible Executive:Provost/VPAA
Responsible Unit:Office of the Provost/VPAA
Date Adopted:January 31, 2013

Policy

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Course instructors have responsibility for managing their classrooms. In exercising this responsibility, they may remove disruptive students from class sessions. (Note: Removing a student from one or more class sessions is not the same as removing a student from a course or “deregistering” a student from a course. Students are defined as per Policy 300-YY Definition of a Ramapo Student.)

Reason for Policy

To establish the circumstances under which course instructors may remove students from one or more class sessions and to outline the process that course instructors must follow.

To Whom Does The Policy Apply

Ramapo College students, faculty, adjuncts, managers, and unclassified staff who teach

 

Related Documents

Procedure

 

Contacts

Office of the Provost: 201-684-7515

 

 

Procedure

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REMOVAL OF STUDENTS¹ FROM CLASS PROCEDURE

 

A course instructor has responsibility for managing their his/her classroom and, to that end, should use all appropriate means available (e.g., asking the student to discontinue a particular behavior or deducting points from the student’s participation grade) before availing themselves himself/herself of the option afforded by this policy.

If a course instructor determines that a student’s behavior is substantially disruptive to others or substantially interferes with their his/her ability to teach the class and/or with students’ ability to learn, and if the course instructor has exhausted all other options, the course instructor may remove a student from the his/her classroom while the class is in that is in session or may inform the student in advance that they he/she is are prohibited from attending the next class session. The course instructor should then follow the procedure below.

If the student refuses to leave or if the student exhibits behavior that is dangerous or threatening, the course instructor may should call the Department of Public Safety. Officers will remove the student and follow the procedure outlined in number 2 below.  Public Safety will assess the incident and take appropriate action.

 

Once the student has been removed from the classroom session, this the procedure below will be followed.

  1. The course instructor will inform the student in writing, copied to the Dean of the School (Academic Dean), about which behaviors led to the student’s removal from the class session. The course instructor will also indicate that a mediation conference must take place before the next class session. The course instructor reserves the right to have another course instructor or the Dean of the School that sponsors offers the course present for the mediation conference. The student has the right to bring an advisor (see definition of “advisor” under the Code of Conduct) to the mediation conference. If the student or course instructor is not agreeable to, or available for, a mediation conference, the course instructor may refer the matter to the Academic Dean for a mediation conference. The student may not return to class sessions until the mediation conference has been held she/he has met with the course instructor or the Academic Dean, as applicable, for the mediation conference.

If the matter is resolved during the mediation conference, the student will return to the next class session. The student will also be advised of this decision in writing. In all instances here and below in which a student is permitted to return to class, the student is responsible for making up the work missed while they s/he was were removed from the class session(s). The student will be advised of the date when they may return to class sessions, as well as whether any missed work may be submitted, in writing.

If the mediation conference does not result in a mutuallyacceptable resolution, the course instructor or the Academic Dean, as applicable, will consult with the Director of Student Conduct Judicial Affairs to determine if the case could lead to a charge under the Code of Conduct.

    • If it is determined that the case is not a chargeable offense, the course instructor will refer the case to the  Academic Dean, who will schedule a mediation conference with the student. Or, if If the Academic Dean has already attempted a resolution, as outlined above, the Dean will make a final determination. In either case, the Academic Dean will communicate in writing the decision, including whether any missed work may be submitted, in writing to both the course instructor and the student. The decision of the Academic Dean is final.
    • If it is determined that the case is a chargeable offense, the course instructor or the Academic Dean, as applicable, will file a complaint against the student with the Department of Public Safety, which will follow the procedure outlined in number 2 below Public Safety will investigate the matter and forward all reports to the appropriate Departments/Divisions.

2. If the Department of Public Safety originally removed the student from the classroom, or if the course instructor or the Academic Dean, as applicable, files a complaint against the student after a mediation conference fails to result in a resolution, the Department of Public Safety staff will investigate the matter and forward all reports any relevant case file material to the Office of Judicial Affairs appropriate Department/Division. The reports are most likely to be forwarded to Student Conduct of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Compliance (EDIC). Specific information about case investigations and jidical hearings the student conduct process can be found in the “Code of Conduct” in the Student Handbook: https://www.ramapo.edu/student-conduct/. Information regarding EDIC can be found at https://www.ramapo.edu/affirmaction/.

http://www.ramapao.edu/students/judicial/docs/STUDENT-HANDBOOK-12-13.pdf.

 

  • If no charges are filed by the Office of Judicial Affairs, the student will return to class.
  • If charges are filed by the Office of Judicial Affairs, the student will not return to class until the case has reached an outcome via the regular disciplinary process.

 

  • If the student is found to be not responsible for the charge, he/she may return to class.

 

  • If the student has been found responsible for a violation of the Code of Conduct, sanctions will be imposed in accordance with the Student Handbook. One sanction may be barring the student from returning to the class. If this outcome occurs, the Office of Judicial Affairs will process a course withdrawal for the student.

 

Disciplinary sanctions do not result in a refund of tuition funds or fees once the standard refund periods have expired.


¹Students are defined as per Policy 300-YY Definition of a Ramapo Student, which is found at: https://www.ramapo.edu/provost/policy/definition-ramapo-student/.