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Clarification of Classroom Rules

Written clarification of classroom rules allows the instructor and student to have a shared reference about the social and behavioral expectations in a classroom environment.

Clarification of classroom rules involves detailing for students appropriate and inappropriate behaviors in the classroom. Written guidelines should be provided initially through a syllabus or handout. When students continue to be disruptive to the class, however, it may be necessary for faculty to arrange a private discussion with the student about conduct expectations and how to monitor and control disruptive behavior that might occur as a result of a disability.



It is the responsibility of the student to inform the services for students with disabilities office about their disability, and to alert the services office if there are any problems in the classroom.


Faculty are responsible for providing the student with clear, detailed guidelines in a manner that maintains the confidentiality of the student. Faculty should alert the services for students with disabilities office if there are concerns about disruptions in the classroom by a student with a disability.


It is the responsibility of the services for students with disabilities office to notify faculty of a student's need for written clarification of classroom rules, and to facilitate communication between the student and faculty.


Related Functional Characteristics

Impulsivity : Clarification of classroom rules gives students a written guideline of the instructor's expectations, and may reduce impulsive behavior in class.

Inability to Comprehend Social Cues : Students who have difficulty with self-reflection need clarification of classroom rules and expectations and to plan strategies for avoiding inappropriate interactions.

Distracting Behavior : Clear guidelines for discussion and for question asking helps in providing guidelines for students who have difficulty with behavior monitoring and regulation, and give an instructor a reference point when addressing inappropriate behavior.

Obsessive Behavior : Providing a written reference clarifying classroom rules may help reduce obsession about class expectations for students who demonstrate obsessive behavior, and reduce classroom disruptions caused by obsessive behavior.

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