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Professional Fitness

Students in any of the School Leadership programs at UTC are expected to uphold the highest standards of professional, academic and personal conduct.  A student may be dismissed should the program faculty find that the student’s behavior directly violates the ethical code of conduct governing members of the professional organization for that program’s discipline, or whose personal conduct leads the faculty to conclude that the student is unfit to assume a role as a professional in the discipline. A majority vote of the program faculty will serve as basis for dismissal if the student violates the guidelines for professional conduct.

 

School Leadership Professional Fitness Standards

Standard 1: Personal and Academic Integrity

A student in the School Leadership program is expected to:

  • provide complete and accurate information in the application process.
  • refrain from acts involving dishonesty, cheating, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.
  • refrain from any act of plagiarism, which includes any misrepresentation of academic ownership, including (but not limited to) falsifying citations, presenting another’s work as one’s own, or using data without permission.
  • represent all data accurately and without misrepresentation.

 

Standard 2: Professionalism

A student in the School Leadership program is expected to:

  • uphold the legal standards of his/her profession.
  • demonstrate appropriate self-control (such as anger control, impulse control, response to feedback) in interpersonal relationships with faculty, peers, and other associates.
  • respect the fundamental rights, dignity, and worth of all people.

 

Standard 3: Confidentiality

A student in the School Leadership program is expected to:

  • respect the rights of other students with respect to privacy and confidentiality.
  • maintain confidentiality regarding class discussion topics.
  • maintain the anonymity of subjects and schools.
  • follow all stipulations of the IRB process regarding research with human subjects.

 

  • Students who demonstrate behaviors that can reasonably be  predictive of poor future professional functioning, such as extensive lateness, excessive absenteeism, or poor compliance with supervisory requirements may be evaluated by the faculty for possible action as listed below.
  • Students who experience employment termination due to alleged misconduct may be evaluated by the faculty for possible action as listed below.
  • Students who are in violation of the code of professional conduct/ethics for their stated profession may be evaluated by the faculty for possible action as listed below.

A student’s failure to uphold these standards of professional, academic and personal conduct may result in a faculty recommendation for one or more of the following actions:

  • a formal reprimand
  • practicum and/or clinical work
  • personal counseling
  • temporary leave of absence from the program
  • additional course work
  • additional supervision
  • formal probation
  • encouragement to withdraw from the program
  • formal dismissal from the program

 

A majority vote of the program faculty will serve as a basis for a recommendation for dismissal. Such recommendation shall be made in writing, to the Department Head/Program Director.  The head/director shall provide written notification of dismissal to the learner within five working days. Such notice shall inform the student of his/her right to appeal and the specific procedures to be followed as defined in the UTC Graduate Catalog.

 

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