Insubordination and Intimidation Signal the End of Decorum in Many Classrooms

Professors see rise in uncivil behavior by students -- from talking during lectures to physical assaults

It's every professor's nightmare: losing control of the class. And if anecdotal evidence counts for anything, it's happening more and more.

Professors are complaining that their courses are being hijacked by "classroom terrorists." Among the milder affronts: Students are arriving late and leaving early, napping in the back of the room, carrying on running conversations, reading the newspaper, even bringing portable televisions into class.

The hard-core infractions range from