SHP Appeals Procedure For Academic
and Non-academic Misconduct
Procedure for filing an appeal
SHP Appeals Committee
SHP Appeals Committee Process and Hearing Procedures
Welcome to the School of Health Professions! Continuing students, we're glad to have you back with us!
Did you know that allied health professions have been offered at the University of Kansas for well over half a century? More than thirty years ago the faculty of the University of Kansas Medical Center voted to reorganize and form three schools: Allied Health, Nursing, and Medicine.
The KU School of Health Professions is one of the largest schools of allied health education in the Midwest, both in number of programs and in number of students. Approximately 80 full time faculty share the responsibility of educating nearly 600 students with numerous part-time and voluntary faculty. The number of programs under the school has grown to more than 20 health profession disciplines organized under eight academic departments. The school now offers degrees ranging from the four-year undergraduate level to advanced graduate study, including several doctorate programs; in addition, several certificate and post-professional programs are available to students wishing to advance their careers.
As you begin or continue your studies in the School of Health Professions, you are joining a large number of people who have, upon completion of their programs, become highly respected practitioners, teachers, researchers and leaders in their respective fields. Programs in the School of Health Professions at the University of Kansas Medical Center are held in high esteem nationally. Faculty are actively involved in research, are leaders in their professional organizations, and are dedicated to your education. The time you spend here in your chosen profession will be challenging. We hope you will also find it stimulating and exciting.
We are delighted that you are here and wish you every success in
your academic endeavors.
Karen L. Miller, PhD
Dean, KU School of Health Professions
The School of Health Professions encourages and supports ethnic and cultural diversity and promotes a campus where there is understanding and respect for the unique differences of all of the stakeholders. The School promotes and accomplishes this by:
Special scholarship opportunities are available for current students in the School of Health Professions on the KU Medical Center campus.
Undergraduate students who are enrolled full-time and have maintained for the semester (Fall, Spring) a minimum 3.5 grade point average are included on the Dean's List. A notation of the honor is recorded on the student's transcript.
Phi Kappa Phi
Undergraduate seniors who rank in the top 10% of the School of Health Professions and graduate students nearing completion of their degree who rank in the top 10% of their class are nominated for membership in the University of Kansas Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. This Honor Society recognizes academically outstanding students and initiates new members each year in a formal ceremony in the spring semester.
The Stata Norton Distinguished Teaching Award
Current students and faculty in the School of Health Professions are invited to submit nominations for "The Stata Norton Distinguished Teaching Award." Letters of nomination are requested in early spring. Students who will not be on campus during the spring semester may submit their nominations early to the Dean's Office. Call Moffett Ferguson (extension 8-5275) for details.
The Allied Health Alumni Association was established in 1982 to promote and maintain the high quality of professional expertise of its members, to provide opportunities for the exchange of ideas, new theories and techniques affecting the members and to promote the education and fellowship among the graduates and former students of the School of Health Professions at the University of Kansas.
Each year AHAA membership dues provide much-needed support for Allied Health student scholarships. In 1991 the AHAA established the James P. Cooney Leadership Award to recognize a graduate who has served as a leader in his/her program, profession, community and school. Meritorious students are nominated by Allied Health faculty members. The AHAA Board members review submission and select an honoree annually.
See also: KUMC Office of Alumni Relations
The University of Kansas Medical Center has established general guidelines regarding matters of Academic Policy. Each program in the School of Health Professions may have policies and procedures specific to their program. Students are directed to their program areas for more specific information.
In the School of Health Professions, admission procedures for baccalaureate programs are handled through the office of the chairperson of the sponsoring department. Admission procedures for Allied Health graduate programs are accomplished through the sponsoring department and coordinated by Graduate Studies.
Every student (except employees involved in in-service training programs) involved in any education or training program at the Medical Center must be registered either in the Registrar's Office or in the Office of the Division of Continuing Education according to the following guidelines:
Personal Counseling Services
Counseling (individual, group, pre-marital, couple, family, crisis intervention, psychological testing) is available through the Counseling Center, 1st floor Student Center Building at no cost to the student; three psychologists are on staff.
Learning Resources and Performance
The Counseling and Educational Support Services Office offers free assistance with reading comprehension, written expression, identification of learning style differences, note-taking skills, test-taking skills, test anxiety, memory improvement, study strategies, time management and presentation skills. Contact the KUMC Counseling and Educational Support Services Office to make an appointment with a Learning Specialist.
The University of Kansas has no policy on class attendance, however, students are responsible for material presented in class and for any announcements made in class regarding changes in schedule, class content, location or similar information. The various departments in the School of Health Professions are allowed to establish their own regulations regarding class attendance and attendance at clinical and community sites. Please see your department's handbook for this information.
Each department in the School of Health Professions has responsibilities for informing students in writing about:
The University of Kansas Medical Center/University of Kansas Hospital is at once both a campus for education and a hospital complex devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of the sick. Thus, it is imperative that health sciences students conduct themselves in such a manner as to maintain both the professionalism which typifies those who dedicate themselves to maintenance of health through education, service and research, and the hygienic conditions most conducive to that maintenance of health. Since the student has chosen to become a health professional, it is the administration's view that such professionalism reflected by appropriate behavior, appearance, and personal hygiene should begin on the first day of school and continue throughout the career.
Notification and Scheduling Performance Activities
The Department Chairperson in collaboration with faculty has the responsibility and discretion to schedule all tests, examinations, other performance requirements and activities and final examinations with due regard for any procedures of the School of Health Professions, the Graduate School and/or any school offering a particular course. At the beginning of a course, students should receive a schedule of all evaluation activities, including performance requirements, observations, papers, major examinations, any final examination or other required activity, as well as a statement of the policies governing the use of individual performance results in computing and assigning grades.
Students are responsible for keeping track of their grades each semester and for recognizing when their anticipated course grade is below course and Departmental standards, or places them in academic jeopardy in any way. Students are expected to seek assistance from the course instructor at such times, or sooner if they feel they need support from faculty to be successful. Course instructors provide students with information about performance standards in the course syllabus; they are not expected to provide additional warnings concerning a particular student's prospects for an unacceptable course grade.
Academic and Nonacademic Misconduct
Each department has rules regarding academic and nonacademic misconduct. Students have the responsibility to know these rules. In addition to departmental rules, the School of Health Professions has it own rules regarding academic and nonacademic misconduct:
Nonacademic Misconduct, Definition
Students and allied health student organizations are expected to conduct themselves as responsible and professional members of the University community. Nonacademic misconduct includes any violation of the University policy on prevention of alcohol abuse and drug use on campus and in the workplace as well as any other published University policies applicable to allied health students. While on University premises or at University sponsored or supervised events, students and organizations are subject to disciplinary action for violations of published policies, rules, and regulations of the University and Regents, and for the following offenses:
A. Offenses Against Persons include, but are not limited to:
B. Offenses Against Property include, but are not limited to:
C. Offenses Against the Orderly Process of The University may be committed, but are not limited to:
D. Offenses by a Student Organization or Campus Organization.
Organizations may be held responsible for conduct in accordance with guidelines applicable to individual students. Organizations may be held responsible for their conduct determined to be a recognized group activity regardless of location (on or off University premises) or University supervision or sponsorship. Organizations may be sanctioned in a manner suitable to circumstances, similar to those outlined for individual students.
E. Other offenses include, but are not limited to:
If, following the Department's policies and procedures regarding due process, a student is found to have violated regulations or to have engaged in academic or nonacademic misconduct, the student may receive admonition, warning or censure and/or be subject to reduction of grade, academic or disciplinary probation, suspension, or dismissal.
Sanctions for Academic or Non- Academic Misconduct
Sanctions for academic misconduct or non-academic misconduct should be determined and imposed to maintain the integrity of the academic program and the rights of all individuals; maintain the mission of the University and its intellectual environment and to assist in the education of the student responsible for the academic or non-academic misconduct.
During orientation each student will sign and date a statement indicating receipt of the department's policies and the regulations and conditions related to academic misconduct and nonacademic misconduct.
At the beginning of each course, every instructor shall make clear the rules for the preparation of classroom assignments, collateral reading, notebooks, or other outside work so that students may not, through ignorance, subject themselves to the charge of academic misconduct.
Faculty are expected to deal directly with students when an action that occurs in their courses causes concern. Course materials (i.e., syllabus) should outline expectations and consequences.
The department chairperson will implement the department's policies and resources to address alleged situations of academic or nonacademic misconduct and to provide for due process when the situation is not resolved with the faculty.
Appeals procedures apply to situations in which the student wishes to appeal a proposed suspension or dismissal due to alleged misconduct. Grades are the purview of the instructor and department, and will not be considered in the SHP Appeals process. Each department in the School of Health Professions has policies that are pertinent to that department. Students are responsible for following the procedures within the department before they may file an appeal with the School.
Proposals to suspend or dismiss a student for misconduct shall be sent from the Department Chair, in writing, to the Dean of the School of Health Professions and to the student. The proposal shall specifically recite those facts and circumstances relied upon by the Department for recommending the proposed discipline. To access the SHP Appeals Procedure, the student must file, in writing, a Notice of Appeal to the Dean of the School of Health Professions within one month of the date of the Chair’s recommendation of discipline.
The chair of the department will decide if the student will be allowed to continue in the program until the appeals procedure is complete, providing such continuance in the School or in a clinical experience will not seriously disrupt the University or clinical site or constitute a danger to the health, safety, or welfare of patients, staff, faculty or other persons.
Should any final appeals decision occur after the first day of classes in a subsequent semester, and the final appeals decision is grounds for the student's discontinuance in the program, the policies of the University of Kansas Medical Center Registrar's Office will determine whether or not a tuition refund will be allowed.No part of this procedure is meant to preempt University policy.
SHP Appeals Committee Responsibilities
The Committee is responsible for determining whether the student’s proposed suspension or dismissal was for proper cause and was reasonable. The committee will make this determination by conducting a fair and impartial hearing, including a review of materials and information related to the student appeal. Since each department has policies and rules governing its particular program, it is not the purview of the SHP Appeals Committee to evaluate the department's policies.
1. Committee Process
2. Conduct of the Hearing.
The designated Chair shall preside at the hearing; call the hearing to order; introduce the student(s), department representative and the Committee members; review with the student that he/she has waived their FERPA rights to confidentiality based on the Appeal request; and review with the Committee any extraordinary procedures to be employed during the hearing. The Chair of the Committee shall be responsible for assuring the hearing proceeds in an orderly and fair manner.
3. Rights of the Committee.
The Committee shall have the right to:
4. Rights of the Student(s).
The student(s) shall have the right to:
5. Determination by the Committee.
The Committee shall make its factual findings and recommendations in executive session out of the presence of the Department representative and the student(s) charged. The Committee will deliberate on the merits of the case based on fair and impartial review of the information presented: A vote will be taken to determine the recommendation that will be put forward to the Dean of the SHP.
6. Official Report of Findings and Determinations.
The Committee will provide the Dean with the results of their vote, along with a written report of their findings within three working days of completing their deliberations. The Dean has the responsibility to consider all of the underlying information and the recommendation of the committee and to make a final decision regarding the matter. The Dean will notify the student and the Department in writing about the decision within one week of receiving the committee’s summary and recommendations. The decision of the Dean is not appealable.
7. Record of the Hearing.
The notice, exhibits, audio record, and the findings and determination of the Committee and the Dean’s letter to the student shall become the “Record of Case” and shall be filed in the Office of the Dean of the School of Health Professions for five (5) years.
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