Information for Faculty


“Faculty have a unique opportunity and responsibility to educate students when it comes to the content of their academic discipline and the College’s expectations for behavior. The following resources were designed to help you positively influence student behavior with the hope that it is addressed before it rises to a level of a student conduct violation.”


Classroom Management Tips

  • Classroom management is a crucial but not always enjoyable aspect of the responsibilities of college faculty members. There are a variety of proactive steps that can be taken to minimize the risk of disruption to the learning environment, including:
    • Getting to know your students and developing positive relationships with them.
    • Providing and explaining your expectations for behavior and academic performance.
    • Being reasonable with your expectations and treating students like adults.
    • Applying standards consistently - for both academics and behavior.
    • Respecting college procedures and balancing each student’s individual rights with the goals and mission of the college.

Understanding Students' Rights

  • Once students are admitted to Santa Fe College, they are entitled to pursue all available educational opportunities , including your class! They are also entitled to the procedural protections that Santa Fe College provides to students. Some of those protections include:
    • Students that meet the pre-requirements and enrolling in a course pursuant to college procedures, may attend the course until they act in a way that might cause them to forfeit that right.
    • When charged with violating the Student Conduct Code, students have the right to know about the alleged violation and have the opportunity to respond to the allegation.
    • Students are entitled to due process as outlined in the Student Conduct Code for all allegations of misconduct.
    • Students may review information contained in their education and conduct record, as described in the campus FERPA policy.
  • It is important that you educate yourself on the procedures of the College so that, you do not act outside of them. Your department chair/director, your AVP for Academic Affairs, SF Fe College Police Department, the Student Conduct Officer, and the Vice President of Student Affairs may assist you if you have questions about college procedures pertaining to student behavior. Some key points include:
    • If you need to ask a student to leave class due to disruptive behavior, it should only be for that specific class period and there shouldn't be an academic penalty imposed. If there is work or a quiz missed, you should consult with your department chair/director as to whether or not you should allow the student to make it up.
    • If you have filed an academic misconduct referral, it is important to remember that the student has the right to contest the charge and/or classroom sanction you select.
    • Students may not be removed from class permanently without completing the student conduct process
    • Students may be place on interim suspension pending the conclusion of the student conduct process, when such actions are necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of the college community. The Student Conduct Officer and the SF Police Department can offer you suggestions for managing the situation if it does not appear to rise to the level of needing to remove the student from class.

Having the Tough Conversations with Students About their Behavior

  • As long as there is no threat to physical safety, we encourage you to speak to students about behaviors that may be concerning or disruptive. This allows you to maximize the opportunity for the student to learn. If you decide not to confront a student about his/her behavior, one of the following situations may occur:
    • You will continue to be frustrated and the student may never know why; therefore, the student will not likely to stop the behavior
    • The student will engage in more egregious behaviors if he/she thinks your boundaries can continue to be pushed
    • Other students may withdraw from your course if they perceive you aren't addressing the behavior
    • You determine later that you wish you had done something about it, but then feel like it is too late to do anything.
    • The student drops the course but then enrolls in a future course of yours and presumes the previous disruptive behavior is acceptable
  • The following outline can be helpful as you determine how to discuss behaviors of concern with students:
    • Build rapport and explain why you want to talk to the student. Remember that you both have the same goal - for him/her to pass your class and be successful at Santa Fe College.
    • Describe, in specific detail, the behavior that occurred.
    • Describe the effects of the behavior, how it affected other students in the class, and how it could negatively impact the student’s outcome in the course.
    • Ask the student for reasons this behavior may have occurred, and then listen to the student's perspective. Do not interrupt them, and do not get defensive.
    • Inform the student what your expectations are for the future. Ideally, this will just be reiterating what is already on your syllabus or in the Student Conduct Code.
    • Offer ways you can help the student to be successful in changing the behavior. An example might include that if the student attempts to interrupt, you will motion discretely with your hand for the student to stop talking. It is also helpful to ask if the student is connected to any campus resources (such as the Counseling Center, the Disability Resource Center, My Brother’s Keeper, Pathways to Persistence, etc.). If not, offer to provide the student with contact information for these offices.
    • Describe what will happen if the student continues with the same behavior. Examples might include meeting with the department chair/director or being asked to step outside until he/she can control the behavior.
    • Inform the student how you plan to follow up on the situation. Please communicate this clearly, so you and the student are both on the same page. An Email summary of the conversation is convenient because you can summarize the conversation and offer the student information about campus resources, such as the writing or math lab. This also ensures that you have documented the situation in case it happens again.
  • While these steps may seem simple, they do work when it comes to approaching a tough or frustrating situation with students. These conversations allow you to focus on your teaching and other students as well as provide feedback to students so they can fulfill all expectations.

Tips to Help Prevent Academic Misconduct

  • Get to know your students. Use first names. When students feel like you acknowledge them as individuals, they will want to succeed in your course and are less likely to violate your expectations.
  • Provide clear definitions and expectations in your syllabus, along with clear examples of behaviors that violate classroom and conduct standards.
  • Spend time discussing citation and plagiarism; this may help students understand paraphrasing and properly using quotes.
  • Remind students to cite all their sources, even in rough drafts, to avoid any allegation of plagiarism.
  • Remind students to put away cell phones and other technology.
  • During tests try to switch up seating in the classroom. Walk around the classroom, be visible, and be sure to pay attention to what students are doing.
  • Create a new test each term and use multiple varieties of tests so students will less likely sit next to someone who has the same test as them.
  • Obtain a writing sample at the start of the semester to use as a baseline for each student's writing ability.
  • Give assignments with a personalized topic, or select different topics each semester so students can not purchase old papers.

How to Submit an Academic Misconduct Report

  • Per the Student Conduct Code, faculty must report suspected Academic Misconduct within seven instructional days of determining the misconduct occurred
  • If you believe a student committed academic misconduct, please do not hesitate to file an Academic Misconduct Report. Please contact the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs with any questions or concerns.
  • You are encouraged to speak with the student about the misconduct and the classroom sanctions you have selected, but this is not required.

How to Submit a General Misconduct Report

  • If you believe a student violated the student conduct code, please file a general Student Conduct Report Form. Please contact the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs with any questions or concerns.
  • Many situations can be managed through classroom management techniques, which is preferable since it enables you to give the student timely feedback about their behavior, and reinforces the standards you have already provided. If you address a low-level incident and you just want it documented somewhere in case the behavior continues, you can always report that as an informational incident so that the Student Conduct Officer is aware of it. This report should be submitted using the general Student Conduct Report form – be sure to indicate in the narrative that the submission is intended to be "Information Only."
  • If the situation involves a threat to physical safety or significant disruption that cannot be managed, consider one of the following:
    • If the incident requires an immediate response, contact the Santa Fe College Police Department at 352-395-5555.
    • Use the online "Say Something" form to submit a general concern. It will be reviewed be the SF Behavioral Intervention Team and the appropriate member will respond.
  • If the complaint pertains to sexual or gender-based harassment or misconduct, you are encouraged to review the College's Title IX/Sexual Misconduct information and contact the Title IX Coordinator, Lela Frye at 352-395-5420 or lela.frye@sfcollege.edu.

Understanding Plagiarism


FAQs for Faculty

  • How can I learn about the campus conduct process and what is expected of students?
    • The Student Code of Conduct outlines what is expected of students, as well as the process that the campus follows if it appears a student may have violated those standards of behavior. While you as a faculty member can develop specific guidelines for your classroom, there are general behavioral guidelines that apply across disciplines and activities at Santa Fe College. Please read over the Student Code of Conduct to become more familiar with the College’s policies. You may also contact the Chief Student Conduct Officer with any questions.
    • By applying to Santa Fe College, all students agree to uphold these standards; however, it is helpful if you can include a discussion about the Student Code of Conduct in your first class period so that students are reminded of what is expected of them.
  • How does the campus conduct process relate to the criminal process?
    • The campus conduct process may occur before, during, or after a criminal process for the same behavior. For example, a student may face campus conduct charges for assaulting another student on campus, and he/she may also face charges in court.
    • The campus conduct process has the goals of providing education to individual students while maintaining the campus standards for behavior, so the process and the outcomes are often very different than those of the criminal process, whose goal is justice.
  • When and how do I report a concern to the College?
    • You can submit an academic misconduct report online any time of day. Reports are reviewed during regular College business hours and it will be reviewed by a Student Conduct Officer. If it pertains to an immediate concern, please contact the Santa Fe Police Department.
    • When you submit the information, please be detailed and objective. Describe the incident with as many relevant details as you can. Avoid making judgments or assumptions about the student. Please include witness information and your on-campus contact information.
  • What happens after I report a concern?
    • Please make an attempt to speak with the student before submitting an academic misconduct report. If you want to pursue further action, outside of classroom sanctions, or just let the Student Conduct Officer know about the incident, please submit an academic misconduct report form.
    • If it appears that a student may have violated a College policy, and further sanctions are warranted, the student conduct process and/or a campus investigation will be initiated by a Student Conduct Officer.
    • If so, the student is notified of the receipt of the complaint and is asked to meet with the Student Conduct Officer to discuss the incident. Most cases are resolved informally through this meeting, if the Student Conduct Officer and the accused student can reach agreement about what happened, and if the student is willing to accept responsibility and any appropriate sanctions.
    • In cases where the student chooses not to participate, or where agreement is not reached, the case will proceed to a campus hearing. You will be able to present your information in the hearing and the panel will decide if there was a violation and if the student should receive any sanctions because of it. The student will be able to participate in this process, as he/she has a right to respond to the information in the conduct case.
    • Please be aware that the College does not tolerate retaliation of any form, and if you have any concerns for your physical safety you are encouraged to communicate those to the Student Conduct officer.
  • How can I learn about the campus conduct process and what is expected of students?
    • The Student Code of Conduct outlines what is expected of students, as well as the process that the campus follows if it appears a student may have violated those standards of behavior. While you as a faculty member can develop specific guidelines for your classroom, there are general behavioral guidelines that apply across disciplines and activities at Santa Fe College. Please read over the Student Code of Conduct to become more familiar with the College’s policies. You may also contact the Chief Student Conduct Officer with any questions.
    • By applying to Santa Fe College, all students agree to uphold these standards; however, it is helpful if you can include a discussion about the Student Code of Conduct in your first class period so that students are reminded of what is expected of them.
  • How does the campus conduct process relate to the criminal process?
    • The campus conduct process may occur before, during, or after a criminal process for the same behavior. For example, a student may face campus conduct charges for assaulting another student on campus, and he/she may also face charges in court.
    • The campus conduct process has the goals of providing education to individual students while maintaining the campus standards for behavior, so the process and the outcomes are often very different than those of the criminal process, whose goal is justice.
  • When and how do I report a concern to the College?
    • You can submit an academic misconduct report online any time of day. Reports are reviewed during regular College business hours and it will be reviewed by a Student Conduct Officer. If it pertains to an immediate concern, please contact the Santa Fe Police Department.
    • When you submit the information, please be detailed and objective. Describe the incident with as many relevant details as you can. Avoid making judgments or assumptions about the student. Please include witness information and your on-campus contact information.
  • What happens after I report a concern?
    • Please make an attempt to speak with the student before submitting an academic misconduct report. If you want to pursue further action, outside of classroom sanctions, or just let the Student Conduct Officer know about the incident, please submit an academic misconduct report form.
    • If it appears that a student may have violated a College policy, and further sanctions are warranted, the student conduct process and/or a campus investigation will be initiated by a Student Conduct Officer.
    • If so, the student is notified of the receipt of the complaint and is asked to meet with the Student Conduct Officer to discuss the incident. Most cases are resolved informally through this meeting, if the Student Conduct Officer and the accused student can reach agreement about what happened, and if the student is willing to accept responsibility and any appropriate sanctions.
    • In cases where the student chooses not to participate, or where agreement is not reached, the case will proceed to a campus hearing. You will be able to present your information in the hearing and the panel will decide if there was a violation and if the student should receive any sanctions because of it. The student will be able to participate in this process, as he/she has a right to respond to the information in the conduct case.
    • Please be aware that the College does not tolerate retaliation of any form, and if you have any concerns for your physical safety you are encouraged to communicate those to the Student Conduct officer.
  • Can I remove a student from my class?
    • If a student exhibits behavior beyond your scope of influence (brings a weapon, is incapacitated due to alcohol, attempts physical violence, etc), call the Santa Fe Police Department and they may remove a student from class. If a student causes a significant disruption (i.e. yelling, throwing things) and does not respond to your requests to behave in accordance with the communicated standards, the common practice is to tell the student to leave for that specific class period, without academic penalty. You should plan to address the behavior prior to the next class, and you should consult with your department chair/director. A student cannot be removed permanently from your course unless through the process outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.
  • What are common sanctions for academic misconduct?
    • The most common sanctions are typically classroom sanctions decided by the faculty member: a zero on an assignment, an assignment of an F in the course, a retest, or a reduction of a grade. Sanctions outside of the classroom start with a warning and educational conversations, where the student and the Student Conduct Officer discuss the incident and the student explores better ways to act in the future. Other sanctions include: visiting another campus office to learn about resources, probationary status, and suspension from the campus for a designated period of time. The goals of sanctions are to help the student learn and succeed, and also to uphold the standards of the Santa Fe College campus community.
  • What can I know about a student’s conduct record?
    • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of student education records. It does allow for sharing of information within Santa Fe College if there is a "legitimate educational interest." This means that if you need the information in order to complete part of your job responsibilities, you can have access to it.
    • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of student education records. It does allow for sharing of information within Santa Fe College if there is a "legitimate educational interest." This means that if you need the information in order to complete part of your job responsibilities, you can have access to it.
  • How does the academic misconduct process work?
    • Faculty members have the responsibility for the academic experience in the classroom. This means that it is up to the faculty member to communicate the academic standards - including violations of those standards, such as cheating, plagiarism, and fabrication. The faculty member is also the one who determines if violations of the academic standards occurred. It is important to remember that the standard of proof used in determining whether a student engaged in misconduct is a "preponderance of the evidence" or "more likely than not". This means that if you are more than 50% sure that a student engaged in academic dishonesty, that can be your finding.
    • As you review the information, you are encouraged to consult with your academic department chair or director. You are also welcome to contact the Student Conduct Officer with questions about the process.