Stan Barrett, Nadia Rubaii-Barrett, & John Pelowski NASPAA Annual Conference Charleston , S.C. O ctober 16-18, 2008. Entitlement, Incivilities and Excessive Informality: Meeting the Instructional & Administrative Challenges of Student Misconduct. The Problem.
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Entitlement, Incivilities and Excessive Informality:
Meeting the Instructional & Administrative Challenges of Student Misconduct
Behavior or action that “interferes with a harmonious and cooperative learning atmosphere in the classroom” (Feldmann, 2001)
This is on the horizon as an increasing problem for graduate programs
Professional public affairs programs have a special responsibility to promote civility.
We cannot and should not wait for minor incivilities to escalate to explicit threats or acts of violence.
Threats of Harm or Violence
Trickling up from K-16
Psychological need to control
Poor role models
Racism and misogyny
Vulnerabilities of untenured faculty
Lack of meaningful consequences
Paying tuition and showing up for class is sufficient for degree
Disdain for authority & rules
Sense of self as the center of the universe
Not receptive to feedback that would require change
Expectation of immediate response and accommodation
Clearly stated and consistently applied policies regarding civil conduct
Training for all faculty, staff, administrators and students
Swift response by all instructors to minor incivilities
Support network for instructors
Serious consequences for students who do not improve conduct
More thorough admissions screening
Articulate civility as a core competency
Use of civility contracts
Monitoring of professional conduct
Earned inclusion in the program
Active promotion of “civility efficiency”