Faculty Checklist: Steps to Respond to Classroom Incivility

by Lisa Cook and Daniel Fusch, Academic Impressions

Finding a balance between protecting free speech and keeping classroom discussions professional is often easier said than done in an election season when anything from climate change to history lessons might quickly become a hot topic.

For practical, useful advice on classroom civility, we talked with Barbara Lee, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Rutgers University, and Kathleen Rinehart, General Counsel and Secretary of the Corporation at Saint Xavier University. With their help, we’ve developed the following quick sheet for faculty.

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Checklist: Steps to Respond to Classroom Incivility

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We hope you will forward or print this checklist and share it with your colleagues!

If you found the checklist helpful, we also recommend our popular recorded webcast "Faculty Civility and Academic Freedom: Protecting the Workplace while Preserving Academic Culture."

In this 90-minute training, learn how to address faculty incivility without violating academic freedom. You can view an excerpt from this recorded online training and purchase the training for your department.