[eDebate] Prevention at Vermont
Sat Aug 16 10:35:35 CDT 2008
When my administration asks me about the events in the news, I will say
that we have an excellent record of behaving ourselves. I will also
indicate that I have circulated the statement below to all of our
debaters and staff.
Members and staff of the Lawrence Debate Union represent the
University of Vermont at academic events all over the nation and the
world. As such, they are expected to act in a professional and
polite manner. Disagreement should always be respectful.
Professional and polite conduct is expected of all participating in
any events, at UVM and on the road.
We have a wonderful record of representing UVM, but our policies
should be clear. If you have questions about what is professional
and polite behavior please feel to ask the director, Alfred Snider.
Because of events at other schools I want to remind you of some of
the regulations found in the UVM student handbook about the behavior
of those in the university community.
2) Threatening or causing non-physical abuse of or abusive
behavior toward another person, including, but not limited to,
verbal or written statements that constitute a form of
expression unprotected by law, such as obscenity, fighting
words, or defamation. Non- physical abuse means psychological
abuse or abusive behavior through oral or written statements
that are intended or could reasonably be foreseen to cause
disruption, embarrassment, humiliation, shame, fright, grief, or
12) Elimination of bodily fluids or waste, such as urine, feces,
vomit, or blood, in places or receptacles not designed for
receipt of such substances.
13) Indecent exposure, including ?flashing? and all exposure
prohibited by Vermont law.
3) Classroom Disruption Offenses. Students who engage in
behavior that disrupts a classroom, laboratory, or other
environment in which educational or research activity takes
place may be subject to disciplinary action under this Code.
Disruptive classroom conduct means engaging in behavior that
substantially or repeatedly interrupts either the instructor?s
ability to teach or student learning. For purposes of this
provision, the classroom extends to any setting where a student
is involved in work toward academic credit or satisfaction of
program-based requirements or related activities.
Alfred C. Snider aka Tuna
Edwin Lawrence Professor of Forensics
University of Vermont
Huber House, 475 Main Street, UVM, Burlington, VT 05405 USA
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