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Disruptive Behavior

Disruptive behavior is behavior that interferes with the educational process and/or work environment. Examples of disruptive behavior include:

  • A staff member who consistently arrives late or leaves early, noticeably disrupting the work flow
  • A student who asks inappropriate questions or interjects inappropriately, without regard for those around them
  • A person (friend, acquaintance, romantic partner, etc.) who contacts you excessively and does not respond to requests to stop behavior

Interventions for disruptive behavior:

  • Respond immediately and consistently
  • Verbal redirection:
  • Ask the individual to leave the class, work environment, or area if unresponsive to verbal redirection
  • Talk privately (if you are comfortable doing so) with the individual in a safe place
  • Focus on behavior that needs to change
  • Provide timeline during which behavior is expected to change
  • Document interaction
  • Consult with CARE Team

Examples of a verbal redirection:

  • “I’m noticing some different behaviors from you Jose, and I’m concerned. Right now I need you to participate in class by listening to the lecture and class discussion and not talking.
  • “Mary, I’m noticing a pattern of coming into our departmental meetings late.  In addition, you seem unaware of how loud and disruptive you are to the meeting that has already been going on.  Is there something going on that I should know about?  Would it be helpful to talk to a counselor at the EAP?”
  • “Sean, your very frequent text messages are making me uncomfortable.  I don’t like them and I need you to stop communicating with me immediately.”