STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
American University of Complementary Medicine encourages the utmost professional and ethical behavior in each student's academic conduct. The Dean will review all cases of academic dishonesty or behavior which disrupts the orderly activity of the University. Activities such as those listed below may result in probation or immediate suspension:
A. Cheating or plagiarism in connection with an academic program.
B. Forgery, alteration or misuse of University documents, records or identification, or knowingly furnishing false information to the University.
C. Misrepresentation of oneself or of an organization to be an agent of the University.
D. Obstruction of disruption on or off campus property, of the campus educational process, administrative process, or other campus function.
E. Abusive behavior including physical abuse, on or off campus property, of the person or property of any member of the campus community, or member of the University community.
F. Unauthorized entry into, unauthorized use, or misuse of University property.
G. Sale or knowing possession of dangerous drugs, restricted dangerous drugs, or narcotics, as those terms are used in California statutes, except when lawfully permitted for the purpose of research, instruction or analysis.
H. Lewd, indecent or obscene behavior on University property or at a University function.
I. Violation of any order of the University President, notice of which has been given prior to such violation and during the academic term in which the violation occurs, either by publication or by posting on an official bulletin board designed for this purpose, and which order is not inconsistent with any of the other provisions of this section.
J. Soliciting or assisting another to do any act which would subject a student to dismissal, suspension, or probation pursuant to this section.
K. Failure to pay off tuition owed may result in Academic Suspension. No student may enroll for classes in a term if there is outstanding debt owed from a previous term.
The President and/or Dean of the University, at her discretion, may place on probation, suspend or dismiss a student for one or more of the causes enumerated above. Any adjustment of fees or tuition shall be those required by law.
The President may immediately impose an interim suspension in all cases in which there is reasonable cause to believe that such an immediate suspension is required in order to protect lives or property and to ensure the maintenance of order. A student so placed on interim suspension shall be given prompt notice of charges and the opportunity for a hearing within ten (10) days of the imposition of interim suspension. During the period of interim suspension, the student shall not, without prior written permission of the President or designated representative, enter the campus, other than to attend the hearing. Violation of any condition of interim suspension shall be grounds for dismissal.
Individual instructors, in cases of academic dishonesty in their class, may fail a student for that examination, activity or course. The instructor may refer the circumstance to the Dean for review and further action.
The President may fail a student in a test, fail a student in a course, or expel a student for cheating or plagiarism, Cheating includes, but is not limited to, looking at another person's examination paper, using unauthorized notes in an examination, going to a restroom during an examination and consulting notes or references. Cheating includes plagiarism. Plagiarism is the presentation or representation of another person's work as one's own, such as presenting ideas or works of a course without documenting the source. Cheating is inconsistent with the academic
standards which American University of Complementary Medicine honors.
Conduct by Applicants for Admission
Notwithstanding any provision in this statement to the contrary, admission or readmission may be qualified or denied to any person who, while not enrolled as a student, would be the basis for disciplinary proceedings pursuant to the above. Admission or readmission may be qualified or denied to any person who, while a student, commits acts which are subject to disciplinary action pursuant to the above.
Academic Honesty and Classroom Ethics
It is reported that some degree of student cheating takes place at most colleges. While there are rules against cheating and other unethical conducts at all colleges, and while it is true that some enforce these more diligently than others, it is most important that these be enforced to the limit at schools where graduate students are educated.
The healer-patient relationship is, and must be based on absolute trust. That trust must be fostered in the school environment.
While the level of cheating at our university appears to be better than average, this university will not tolerate cheating at all! All students are expected to abide by the following rules of academic conduct, and all other rules and policies published by the University:
A. A student never gives or receives assistance during an exam. To assist faculty, the administration may provide proctors during exams. If a student is found to be cheating, the instructor or proctor may confiscate the exam papers and any materials suspected of being used (such as notes, books, etc.). These will be given to the Dean. The student, along with the instructor and/or proctor, will be scheduled for a hearing before the Dean.
B. A student never represents the work of others as his/her own.
C. When work is jointly carried out, the other members of the group must be acknowledged.
D. A student never takes that which does not belong to him/her. The taking of office supplies, library books,
etc., without proper payment or authorization is dealt with in the same manner as cheating, but may also be dealt with as a criminal offense.
E. A student never answers to role calls or signs in or out of class for another. Nor do they sign in for credit to a class
in which they did not attend.
F. In all ways, students will conduct themselves as professionals, following the highest standards of professional ethics. The Dean will investigate and resolve all reported cases of cheating, dishonesty, stealing or other unethical or unprofessional conduct. If the Committee finds that a violation did take place, it may take one or more of the following actions:
1. Assign a failing grade to the exam.
2. Assign a failing grade to the course.
3. Require financial restitution for university losses.
4. Refer the incident to proper legal authorities, assisting in the prosecution of the offender.
5. Place the student on probation.
6. Suspend the student from attending classes for not less than one trimester.
7. Dismiss the student from the University.
8. Recommend that an appropriate notation be made on the student's permanent academic record and transcripts.
For additional information, students are advised to read the Student Code of Conduct in the University's Catalog.
Any student who disagrees with these basic standards is advised to withdraw from the University.
Any student who witnesses a possible academic/professional violation should report the incident to the classroom a instructor or other responsible person. Instructors must report all incidents of
academic dishonesty to the Dean. The simple truth is that effective learning depends on honesty, respect, fairness,
and hard work. If we at A.U.C.M. are to aspire to provide the best educational
opportunity for training students in natural healing modalities and complementary and alternative
medicine, we cannot tolerate academic dishonesty, nor can we neglect the importance of moral development. Complete confidence in the honor and integrity of the practitioner is essential.
Such confidence depends entirely on the exemplary behavior of each and every one of us as professional.