Student Conduct and Plagiarism
Appropriate behavior in class varies from one class and instructor to another. Please set your expectations for students early in the term. Discuss concerns and recommendations in private with the student when inappropriate behavior first occurs. Classroom disruptions by students are most common when students have not understood instructor expectations. After setting expectations and reminding a student, you do have the authority to ask a student to leave the classroom if their behavior begins to interfere with teaching and/or learning. Faculty may temporarily exclude a student for up to two class meetings and then require the student to meet with the Dean of Student Development. Faculty must send a report of the incident immediately to the Dean of Student Development. Please refer the student to that office for a priority appointment. If the student refuses to leave class or follow any other faculty direction, assistance is available from campus Public Safety, ext. 411. A Public Safety Officer will remove the student or, if necessary, seek other appropriate support. (At LBCC Centers, contact the center director or immediate supervisor.) Report the incident to your dean/director and to the Associate Dean, Student Development. Other behavioral discipline should follow the procedures set out in “Students’ Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct Policy.”
If you are concerned about a student’s behavior that has not reached a “crisis point,” you might want to discuss the situation with your division dean or the Dean of Student Development.
Additional resources for faculty consults are the Center for Accessibility Resources and the Career & Counseling Center faculty.
If a student is disrupting your class
- If a student is dangerous or in immediate danger, call 911 and campus safety (x411). Err on the side of calling campus safety when in doubt.
- Our “Students in Distress” guide discusses how to handle non-crisis-level student disruptions, such as persistent talking, interrupting, etc. You may ask a disruptive student to leave your class, but you then need to document the incident (see the guide). Students are discouraged from bringing their children to class, and you have the right to ask students who do so to leave the class.
Students at LBCC are expected to behave honestly. Acts of academic dishonesty, including plagiarism or cheating, are serious offenses. An instructor has the right to issue an “F” grade for the course when a student has cheated or plagiarized. Faculty are required to speak with the student, giving notice of the reason for the grade, and allow the student to be heard prior to a final decision on a grade. Faculty are also responsible for reporting all acts of dishonesty to the Dean of Student Development.
If a student wishes to appeal your decision, they can write to the dean of the division. The dean might then arrange a meeting to review the allegation and evidence, and will issue a decision about the grade within 30 days. The process is detailed in the Student’s Rights and Responsibilities Handbook.
Per ORS 165.540 (6)(b), students have the right to record lectures, via whatever method a student chooses(including cell phones, laptops, tablets, and digital recording pens), as long as the recording device isn’t concealed. Students may be asked to turn off the device while other students are speaking, and if so, the faculty should paraphrase back what was said during those comments.
Each student is assigned a Gmail account to use for their college business. You may find many students do not use this email account; encourage use of this account so the college can communicate with students reliably. Use this email account to send class information throughout the term, and warn students you will be doing so.