Passionate disagreement can become disrespectful. That’s when discussion can impair the ability to make arguments based on fact or to listen beyond individual preconceptions. When disruptive behavior takes place, addressing it immediately is recommended. Remain calm, assess the situation, and listen to student concerns. It is especially recommended that you provide a clear, firm response that is consistent with responses you’ve given to other students. CU Boulder's Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance (OIEC) has more information on strategies and resources for managing disruptive behaviors

Instructors have the right to enforce appropriate student behavior in the remote classroom (e.g., Zoom). Instructors may require students to comport themselves on Zoom as they would in an in-person classroom—e.g., not appear on Zoom shirtless. An instructor may require students to keep their video and audio on during the class, including if a class is also recorded, and may make video and audio participation a condition of class participation. You should make your general expectations regarding Zoom participation clear at the beginning of the course and in your syllabus. We recommend that at the start of each class you teach, you remind your students of your expectations for the use of Zoom.

– Fifth edition (Aug. 6, 2020) of the Academic Instruction Guidance

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