Faculty & Staff 911 Guide: Classroom Disruption

This page provides information and tips on how to deal with a disruptive situation in the classroom. This is particularly useful for people who are the first to come in contact with the disruptive situation. Typically, this includes front line staff members, professors, and teaching assistants.


How to Handle Disruptive Situations In The Classroom

  • Aggression: If you see or are dealing with aggressive behavior or other unusual situations
    • Contact the UWF Police Department - A UWF Police Officer will respond, assess, and assist.
    • Phone:
      • Emergency - 911
      • Non-Emergency - (850) 474-2415
    • Location: Building 94
  • Illness: If you see or are dealing with a person who is injured or sick
    • Contact UWF Student Health Services - SHS staff will see, assess and treat as needed.
    • If the condition seems serious or occurs after hours, call UWF Police at (850) 474-2415
    • Phone: (850) 474-2172
    • Location: Building 960, Suite 106
  • Emotional Behavior: If you see or are dealing with a student who "needs to talk to someone" about a personal concern or is experiencing a psychological or emotional crisis
  • Disability: If you are dealing with a person with a disability who is in difficulty, ask them if you may contact the Student Disability Resource Center.
    • Phone: (850) 474-2387
    • Location: Building 19, Suite 100D

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Class Absence Notices*

Class Absence Notices are sent as a courtesy to a student's professors to alert them to the student's absence from class due to an injury, illness, family emergency, etc. The notices do not excuse the student from completing the missed work or taking the missed exam/quiz. Students must contact their professors to make arrangements for any makeup work.


Case Management Services*

Case Management is a solution-focused approach to assisting students with a wide variety of needs. It is a coordinated and collaborative effort to resolve student concerns and complaints and provides a centralized point of contact for resolution of student concerns. The case manager facilitates discussions with professors and students, identifies campus and community resources, and develops a plan to assist the university community to work together toward a shared goal. The case management model fosters collective ownership, interdependence and flexibility, and builds linkages with all stakeholders.


Deceased Student Services*

When a university student dies (whether during a term or not), appropriate campus departments are notified. A courtesy email is also sent to the college of the student's major.

* Class Absence Notices, Case Management Services, and Deceased Student Services are handled by the Dean of Student's Office in Building 21, (850) 474-2384.


Helping Students In Difficulty


Students In Distress

The Dean of Students Office has developed this informational guide as a means to assist faculty, staff, and the university community when dealing with troubled students.

UWF Police Department (850) 474-2415
Dean of Students Office (850) 474-2384
Counseling & Psychological Services (850) 474-2420
Student Health Services (850) 474-2172
Student Disability Resource Center (850) 474-2387
UWF Ombudsman (850) 474-2384
Alcohol and Other Drug Programming (850) 474-2420
Housing and Residence Life (850) 474-2463
EEO (850) 474-2694
Title IX Coordinator (850) 474-2384

Dealing with Students In Difficulty

  • Be aware of the location of the nearest telephone, whether it is within the building or a personal cell phone.
  • If a student is a threat to others, dial 911 or UWF Police at (850) 474-2415 immediately and complete an incident report with the Dean of Students Office.
  • If the student is causing classroom disruption but is not a threat to others, discuss the situation with the student individually and complete an incident report with the Dean of Students Office.
  • You may always ask the disruptive student to leave the classroom.
  • When in doubt, you can always call the UWF Police Department at (850) 474-2415.

Students With Disruptive Behavior

The Student Code of Conduct outlines the Rules of Conduct regarding students with disruptive behavior.

Disruptive Behavior Includes, But Is Not Limited To:

  • Conduct that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive campus, educational or working environment for another person.
  • Conduct that substantially disrupts or in any way interferes with University activities or that reasonably leads University authorities to forecast such disruption or interference.
  • Failure to follow directives of University officials.
  • Actions which are committed without regard for the possible harm to self, other individuals, a group, or which may result in injury or damage to an individual or group.
  • Interference with the rights of others to carry out their activities or duties, or activities that endanger the health, safety, or welfare of members or guests of the university.

Personal Abuse:

  • Physical and/or psychological abuse or threat of such abuse.
  • Performing sexual acts on or with another individual without the consent of the individual, when the individual is unable to give consent, or after the individual has withdrawn consent.
  • Stalking, following, or otherwise contacting another person repeatedly, so as to put that person in fear for his/her safety.
  • Use of computing facilities and resources to interfere with the work or another student, faculty member, staff member, or University official.

Follow this link to download the Faculty & Staff 911 Classroom Disruption Guide in PDF format.

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