Disciplinary Policies and Procedures

It is not possible to enumerate all forms of behavior both within and outside the College premises and property that would raise serious questions concerning an individual student’s continuing in study at the College and/or in such student’s ability to practice as a professional after graduation, and which would constitute a violation of professional behavior.

The following, however, are some examples of behavior that would be unacceptable: violation of any law of the land; dishonesty, such as cheating, or knowingly furnishing false information to the College; breaches of confidentiality in the course of patient care; drug or alcohol abuse; forgery, alteration or misuse of College or training site documents, records or identification; abuse, malicious misuse, damage or destruction of College or training site property; assault or battery, threat of force or violence or any other action or omission that would jeopardize the health or welfare of any member of the College or personnel at a training site, including, without limitation, members of the faculty, administrative or professional staff, students, employees, patients or visitors; abusive or disrespectful conduct toward members of the faculty, administration or professional staff, employees, students, patients or visitors to PCOM; theft of or damage to any property temporarily or permanently located on the College or training premises; obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, patient care or any other College or training activities; unauthorized entry into, occupation of or obstruction of any building or part thereof on the College premises; violation of any other duly established rules and regulations of the College, affiliated hospitals or any affiliated institution. As used in the above examples, the College premises and College property shall include the premises and property of any affiliated institutions or training sites where PCOM students pursue activities for academic credit. Also included is conduct related to participation in any activities under the auspices of the College or its student organizations.

Forms of Discipline
Breaches of appropriate professional behavior and violations of College policy will be subject to discipline. Discipline includes, but is not limited to, warning, probation, suspension and dismissal.

Warning:
A warning is written admonition to a student for inappropriate behavior that is found to have constituted a relatively minor offense. It may be issued by an administrator or by any member of the faculty of the College. Warnings are reported to the Provost, Dean and the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs for informational purposes.

Probation:
A student may be placed on disciplinary probation for not longer than one academic year. The provisions of this probation will be decided by the Committee on Professional Conduct. Such provisions may include a requirement that the student obtain medical and/or psychiatric consultation and treatment or other terms designed to remedy the behavior being reviewed and to prevent its recurrence.

Suspension:
Suspension represents temporary separation from the College. The duration of a suspension shall be determined by the Faculty Committee on Discipline, but shall not exceed one academic year. The Committee may also place conditions on the student’s return to the College. Such conditions may include the student’s need to obtain medical and/or psychiatric consultation and treatment, or other appropriate conditions.

Dismissal:
Dismissal represents permanent separation from the College. Dismissal may be invoked by the Student Professional Conduct Committee and may be imposed with or without the right to reapply for admission to the College at a later date. Where medical or psychiatric consultation and treatment are recommended or required, the confidentiality of the physician/patient relationship shall be preserved and no report shall be made by the consulting physician to the Student Professional Conduct Committee without the consent of the affected student. However, the Committee on Professional Conduct may condition a student’s ability to continue as a PCOM student upon a satisfactory evaluation by a physician, psychiatrist or psychologist appointed by the committee.

The process and proceedings are described in the General Student Handbook.