Academic Policy & Classroom Management

Academic Policy Manual

The Academic Policy Manual is a searchable table of all Academic Policy Statements and pertinent or related forms.

Classroom Management

Standard Practices for Classroom Management (Non-emergency, Non-safety related)

Action: Follow below process for standard classroom management:

  1. Set expectations in writing, preferably in the course syllabus.
  2. After the first violation, send a written warning to the student’s SHSU email account, and include a delivery and read receipt.
  3. Upon any subsequent violation, submit an incident report form to the Dean of Students’ Office. Include all documented communication (e.g. classroom expectations, written warning, emails, etc.)
  4. If there is a classroom disruption, you may ask the student to leave the classroom and contact the University Police Department for removal. Immediately following, submit an incident report form to the Dean of Students’ Office.

Behavioral Intervention

A Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is a cross-divisional group that helps detect early indicators of potential disruptive conduct, self-harm, and violence to others. The team uses an established protocol to support students, employees, and the SHSU community. When BIT receives a report of problematic or concerning behavior, the team determines the best way to support, intervene, and respond. The team then connects students to the appropriate resources and if necessary, assists with reintegration to the campus community.

    BIT Campus Partners:
    • Academic Affairs
    • Counseling Center
    • Dean of Students’ Office
    • Residence Life
    • Strategic Enrollment & Innovation
    • Student Health Center
    • University Police Department
If a student presents an immediate threat to themselves or others, contact the University Police Department (UPD). (Emergency, Safety-Related)

Definition: What is considered “an immediate threat to themselves or others”?

  • Serious risk of suicide or life-threatening self-harm.
  • Individual has a clear target for threats and/or a plan to violate the law for perceived wrongs and without immediate intervention violence is likely to occur.
  • Displaying racing thoughts or intense anger.
  • High risk of substance dependence.

Action: Contact UPD. (Dispatch is available 24/7.)

If a student suffers from serious emotional disturbances and/or mental health concerns, submit a Behavioral Intervention Form. (Non-Emergency, Non-Safety Related)

Definition: What is considered “serious emotional disturbances and/or mental health concerns”?

  • Individual engages in suicidal talk or self-harm.
  • Individual makes vague threats to harm others that might be for a direct or indirect target.
  • Behavior is increasingly disruptive and involves multiple office such as student conduct, law enforcement, and counseling.
  • Moderate risk of substance dependence.
  • Student self admits for mental health care.

Action: Submit a Behavioral Intervention Form.

This form is for non-emergency and non-safety related concerns and will only be received during normal business hours (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CT) and may take up to 72 hours for review. 

The Behavioral Intervention Tean (BIT) team will provide guidance, referrals, counseling, and other types of support necessary for a student in crisis while paying special attention to the safety and security needs of community members. This referral program is for current students and a report can be submitted by a student, faculty, staff, or parent.

If you have any questions related to completing a Behavioral Intervention Form, please call (936) 294-1785 or email

If a student struggles with mild emotional, behavioral, or family challenges, submit a Behavioral/Medical/Family Alert in Campus Connect. (Non-Emergency, Non-Safety Related)

Definition: What is considered “mild emotional emotional, behavioral, or family challenges”?

  • Individual is mildly stressed or anxious.
  • Poor class attendance or increased social isolation.
  • Trouble adjusting to college or minor behavioral concerns.
  • Needs assistance with campus resources.

Action: Submit an alert in Campus Connect.

This alert is for non-emergency and non-safety related concerns and will only be received during normal business hours (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CT). Submit an alert using your SHSU login for Campus Connect. Once in Campus Connect, go to “Actions.” Under “Actions,” click on “Issue an Alert.” This alert program is available for SHSU students and faculty only.


For questions, visit the Dean of Students' Office webpage.