Recent items in The Torch presented an inaccurate view of the tentative classroom safety agreement between the Lane Community College Education Association and the administration.
The LCCEA openly brought the issue to the table because a pre-bargaining survey identified classroom safety as the number one non-economic concern of faculty.
Although most faculty don’t have to contend with egregious or threatening student behavior, such problems do occur, and they can be devastating to learning conditions and the well-being of faculty and students. In too many cases in recent years the current response from the administration proved to be inadequate, and not because faculty lack an understanding of how behavior problems are handled. The agreement addresses these issues and meets the concerns of both parties while balancing the rights of students.
Contrary to some opinions, the agreement does not allow faculty to permanently remove
a student from class indiscriminately. Faculty members, by college policy, currently have
the right to remove a disruptive or inappropriate student for only one day, but under the
new agreement, they may, in extreme cases, request that the Academic and Student Affairs
office permanently remove the student. The ASA will cite the student in a timely manner,
prohibiting the individual from returning to the classroom until the administration completes an investigation.
If the administration and the faculty member disagree on whether the student may return to class, the Classroom Conduct Review Committee, comprised equally of students appointed by the ASLCC, administrators and faculty, shall make a determination.
The student retains the right to appeal the committee’s decision as defined in the student conduct code.
The agreement developed by the LCCEA and the administration protects the learning environments of students, faculty and staff by establishing a responsive system of due process that includes accountability for all parties involved.
Provided the administration responds quickly and effectively to classroom safety problems, students who adhere to the student conduct code are better protected under the new agreement.
LCCEA Action Team
Lee Imonen, chairman