Catalog 2013-2014

Academic and Disciplinary Actions

The Institute reserves the right to initiate disciplinary action for any student whose conduct, academic or clinical performance, or academic integrity does not meet the standards deemed acceptable by the Institute. Action may include any or all of the following:

Warning: Institute faculty or administrators may issue a warning to a student for the purpose of specifying problematic behavior or performance, defining corrective action, and delineating the time frame for corrective action.

  • Oral Warning: A note documenting the oral warning will be placed in the student's permanent academic file in the Registrar's Office. Notification to review the statement will be sent to the student's advisor. In the case of oral warnings, no permanent record is retained after the student leaves the Institute. If expectations related to corrective action are not met in the delineated time, a written warning will be issued.
  • Written Warning: A letter stating "this is a written warning" will be issued to the student and a copy placed in the student's permanent academic file in the Registrar's Office. Notification to review the warning will be sent to the Program Director and the student's advisor. In the case of a written warning, a record is retained in the permanent file with documentation regarding the outcome. If expectations related to corrective action are not met in the delineated time, suspension may commence.

If a dispute with regard to an oral or written warning cannot be resolved, the student may initiate the student grievance procedure. The procedure must be initiated within 10 business days of the notification.

Suspension: Suspension is a disciplinary action in which the student is temporarily and immediately removed from the academic or clinical setting. Written notification of the plan for corrective action(s) that are required of the student prior to his or her return to responsibilities or initiation of the dismissal procedure must occur within 5 business days of the suspension. This written notification will also include the reasons for and the duration of the suspension or dismissal. A copy of the written notification will be retained in the student's official Institute file. Notification of the suspension with a copy of the plan for corrective action will be sent to the Program Director and the student's advisor.

Dismissal: Dismissal is expulsion from the Institute when, in the judgment of the Program Committee, a student's conduct, academic or clinical performance, or academic integrity is unacceptable. To initiate a dismissal, the Institute faculty member to the student's Program Committee must submit a copy of the documentation of the problems and procedures involved to date. Each program will identify a committee for making recommendations for dismissal and the student appeal process at the program level. This process must preserve the student's right to receive adequate notice of the problematic conduct, to submit documents for review, and to appear before the programs' designated committee. Based on the findings of this process, the program is responsible for the decision. The student will be informed in writing of the decision. A copy of the written decision will be placed in the student's official Institute file. Once the dismissal procedure has been initiated, the process should be completed within ten business days. The only method to reverse a dismissal decision is through the grievance procedure.

Students who are subject to any of the above actions will be notified in writing. The student grievance procedure is available to students who wish to appeal such actions.