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Indiana University Bloomington

Civility/Incivility in the Classroom

Newspaper reading during lecture, late arrivals, inappropriate attire, coarse language, disrespectful attitude - these and all sorts of other uncivil behaviors seem to pervade the college classroom of today. Indeed, faculty complaints of classroom incivilities are on the rise and many instructors find themselves struggling to find effective ways of handling difficult classroom situations. The following links and pages will help you to develop a civil classroom atmosphere and manage uncivil behavior.

Passive vs Agressive Student Incivilities

Quick guide to handling academic misconduct at I.U.


IU Resources

Section 3 of IU's Teaching Handbook explains various approaches on how to create a positive environment in the classroom, ensuring diversity, civility, and ethical behavior.