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STATEMENT OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

Saint Michael College of Allied Health is an equal opportunity institution that is committed to the principle that access to its educational program and activities be afforded each person, whether student or member of faculty or staff, solely on the basis of his or her merit. SMCAH does not discriminate against students on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, age, ethnic background, political affiliation, or disability. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), SMCAH makes every effort to provide reasonable accommodations for all individuals with disabilities.  SMCAH shall comply with all applicable laws and regulations of the State of Virginia.

Saint Michael College of Allied Health respects and protects the dignity and integrity of its students, faculty and staff. All members of the SMCAH community must comply with the school’s policies and regulations that are necessary to maintain order, protect individuals and property, and fulfill its purposes. The SMCAH governing board is responsible for disciplinary matters involving faculty and staff.

Saint Michael College of Allied Health is dedicated to upholding the rights, liberties and freedoms of students and others. It is therefore necessary to establish an atmosphere that is conducive to the pursuit of educational goals and development. To that end, it is therefore necessary to institute regulations and procedures. Generally, college disciplinary action will be limited to addressing conduct which adversely affects the pursuit of institutional objectives. Short of that, and where possible, every effort will be made by faculty in consultation with the president to dispose of misconduct cases.

 

 

1.PURPOSE:
The purpose of this policy is to provide a procedure that the instructor may follow in dealing with disruptive student behavior in instructional areas.

2.DEFINITIONS:

•    Disruptive behavior refers to any behavior that willfully disturbs the orderly conduct of the learning environment. There are two levels of disruptive behavior. Level I of such behavior includes, but is not limited to, unwarranted talking or noisemaking, or any discussion or demonstration concerning matters not relevant to the subject matter of the class or activity; interrupting the instructor or other students; unnecessary physical activity or movement in an instructional area, or persistent tardiness that disrupts instructional activity. Level II disruptive behavior is that which, in addition to disrupting an instructional area, presents a threat to the safety of others present, and may include, but is not limited to, being under the influence and/or in possession of alcohol or illicit drugs, fighting, assault, battery, threatening others with assault or physical harm, carrying a gun or other deadly or dangerous weapon, or engaging in other verbal or physical conduct that creates an intimidating, hostile, or threatening educational environment. Any student whose behavior falls into the Level II category will automatically be subject to a charge of violating of the Code of Conduct.
•    Instructional area refers to any area of SMCAH where instructional activities take place. Places thus designated include, but are not limited to, classrooms, laboratories, library facilities, faculty offices, clinical practice facilities, or field trip sites.
•    Instructor refers to any person performing an instructional function for the school. Such persons include, but are not limited to, instructors, tutors, counselors, advisors, librarians, co-op coordinators, and mentors.
•    Interim suspension refers to exclusion from all classes, for a limited period of time, pending investigation of charges.

 
3.  NONDISCRIMINATION

The procedure outlined below is to be applied in a nondiscriminatory manner, without regard to a person’s gender, race, age, color, religion, veteran’s status, disability, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, or national origin.

 
4.    ELECTION

If a disruption occurs in an instructional area, the instructor may elect to take either or both of the following actions:
•    Proceed under this rule as described in the following procedures, and/or
•    File a charge with the President, in which event the handling of the matter will proceed under the SMCHA student misconduct policy.

 

5.    PROCEDURE FOR DEALING WITH DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR:

Level II: If a student’s behavior, in addition to disrupting the instructional area, presents a threat to the safety of those present, in any way, including, but not limited to, being under the influence and/or in possession of alcohol or illicit drugs, fighting, assault, battery, threatening others with assault or physical harm, carrying a dangerous weapon, or engaging in verbal or physical conduct that creates an intimidating, hostile, or threatening educational environment, the instructor should:
•    Order the student to stop the disruptive behavior and leave the area;
•    Notify the Program Director and file a charge under the SMCAH Student Misconduct Policy.

Infractions include but are not limited to the following:
•    Vandalizing school property and premises.
•    Stealing or conspiring to steal property belonging to the school, students, faculty, or staff
•    Physical abuse or threat of physical abuse or harm to property or person
•    Disruption or obstruction of classes, assembly, or other school activities
•    Failure to obey instructions of school officials, in the discharging of their normal responsibilities 
•    Presenting false documentation or filing a false accusation against another person

 

 Cases regarding infractions and misconduct by students are handled by faculty members in consultation with the Program Director.
•    Unresolved cases may be referred to the academic committee for further investigation and review. 
•    Students dissatisfied with the determination of a case by a faculty member may appeal the matter to the academic committee.
•    Cases regarding infractions and misconduct referred to the academic committee are handled in the same way as grade appeal cases, outlined above.

 

Saint Michael College of Allied Health promotes an environment that is safe for its students, faculty, staff and the general public. Student whose conduct violates and threatens the school’s policies and regulation that are necessary to maintain order protect individuals and property may be dismissed.

 PROCEDURE FOR DISMISSAL

When the conduct of a student is considered by a faculty member to warrant dismissal, the faculty member will consult with the faculty student coordinator and thereafter notify the student in writing to cease attendance of classes and clinical rotations. The faculty member will then send a copy of the letter to the program director to activate the academic committee with regard to a hearing process.

 HEARING PROCESS

•    The President will notify the student and the faculty member involved in the dismissal process of the time and place for a hearing to determine whether the student’s conduct has warranted dismissal. The academic committee will follow the same process as set forth for the grade appeal hearing, outlined above.
•    The President will communicate the decision of the committee in writing to the student making the appeal and the faculty member. 
•    The student may appeal the decision of the academic committee to the SMCAH governing board. The decision of the board of governors will be final. If the student complaint cannot be resolved after exhausting the school’s grievance procedure, the student may file a complaint with the state Council of Higher Education for Virginia.
•    The student should submit written complaints to:

State Council of Higher Education
Private and Out-of-State Postsecondary Education
101 N. 14TH Street, 9th