Dealing with intimidating students

Civility/Incivility in the College Classroom The Office of Faculty and Organizational Development at Michigan State University provides a number of resources for exploring issues around classroom conflict and strategies for dealing with incivility in the classroom.

Faculty Members' Social Identities and Classroom Authority This article by U-M faculty members Mark Chesler and Alford A.

If a student behaves inappropriately with you or makes you feel uneasy, it may be helpful to discuss your concerns with someone else.

Your department chair or dean may be a resource, along with other college resources.

Underneath, they may feel inadequate and even worthless.

Violence in the workplace can take many forms — from a colleague or student who exhibits dangerous or threatening behavior to abusive relationships between partners or family members to random acts of violence by members of the public with no connection to the campus.

Also, various campus offices can support faculty and staff in dealing with disruptive and/or threatening students.

Feel free to consult with the campus resources listed below.

Often they are preoccupied with fairness and being treated equally.

Disavowing responsibility for their own behavior, they often blame others for their difficulties.

Below are a few tips that may help in dealing with difficult students: Usually these students perceive that they are being mistreated and are apt to lodge complaints.

They tend to be tense, cautious, and mistrustful and may have few friends.

College faculty and staff sometimes face student behavior that challenges their ability to maintain an effective and safe learning or work environment.

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