Academic Leadership: The Online Journal


Will Carpenter


Violence and aggression in the community college classroom is something overlooked by many. “In a given month, 11 percent of all students reported having something stolen, 1.3 percent of all students reported being physically assaulted, and 12 percent of all teachers reported having something stolen, 5 percent of these thefts occurring by way of force, weapons, or threats” (Barton, 1998). At this level of education, it is typically assumed that students will act professionally and know how to control anger and situations of conflict. On the contrary, at this level, students may be under more stress than elementary and/or secondary students. One in four professors witness conflict and/or violence in the college classroom (“One in four,” 2009). Conflicts arise from many different reasons in the community college classroom. Academic egos, social class, high school locale, and other factors give reason to many conflicts in the college classroom.