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Selected Program Policies

Knoxville PA Program Policies

Program policies and procedures apply to all students, faculty, and staff, whether on campus or off campus at a Clinical Site. Where Program policies and procedures exceed LMU student policies and procedures and create enhanced or additional obligations for the PA Student, Program policies and procedures shall apply. The policies and procedures of Clinical Affiliates who provide Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences (SCPEs) may supersede the Program’s policies and procedures. Policies and procedures published in this handbook are reviewed each year prior to the start of a new student cohort. More information regarding the Program’s student policies and procedures may be found in the Student Handbook and Student Catalog located on the Current and Prospective Student page.

  •   IMMUNIZATIONS AND HEALTH SCREENING

    Prior to matriculation and prior to beginning supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs), students must have a licensed health care provider verify the student's immunization, tuberculosis screening, and urine drug screening status relative to Program requirements. Students must also submit a Medical Clearance Form, completed by a licensed health care provider, confirming whether they meet the Minimum Technical Standards for Enrollment and Progression and are medically cleared to participate fully in the Program's curriculum prior to matriculation and prior to beginning SCPEs. Matriculating students receive the forms for the health care provider to complete with the matriculation packet.

    Student health records are confidential and are not accessible to or reviewed by Program Principal or Instructional Faculty or staff except for immunization and tuberculosis screening results. Except in an emergency situation, the Program Director, Medical Director, and Principal Faculty may not participate as health care providers for students in the Program.

  •   SHADOWING AND EMPLOYMENT POLICY

    SHADOWING HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS AND VOLUNTEERING POLICY

    Shadowing of any health care professional not arranged and/or authorized by the Program while enrolled in the Program is not permitted and is not covered under LMU’s malpractice coverage for PA Students. This policy is to prevent students from violating health care facility credentialing procedures (e.g. HIPAA, immunizations, etc.) and from providing patient care for which they do not have appropriate training. Students will be permitted to volunteer at free medical clinics and medical missions during semester breaks while enrolled in the Program provided they do not provide services as LMU-SMS Knoxville PA Student. LMU’s malpractice coverage for PA Students will not cover any volunteer activities not arranged and/or authorized by the Program.

    EMPLOYMENT POLICY 

    Outside employment is strongly discouraged while enrolled in the Program as it may interfere with the academic and professional conduct requirements of the Program. Absences from any component of the Program curriculum (e.g. class, assessments, SCPEs, meetings) due to employment commitments are not allowed. Students are not required to work for the Program. Students will not substitute for or function as faculty, regardless of prior knowledge, experience, or skills.  Students will not substitute for clinical or administrative staff during SCPEs, regardless of prior knowledge, experience, or skills. The Director of Clinical Education advises Clinical Affiliates of this policy. 

  •   STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE

    Students enrolled in the Program must maintain and provide evidence of health insurance coverage prior to matriculation and prior to beginning supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs). Students are responsible for all costs associated with health insurance coverage. LMU does not provide health insurance coverage for students.

  •   IDENTIFICATION AS A PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PA-S

    All students must identify themselves as a Physician Assistant Student (PA-S) while on campus, during SCPEs, and in any other setting where they are representing the Program. Students must never present themselves as a physician, resident, medical student, graduate PA, or as a current colleague of Clinical Preceptors. Use of titles earned prior to matriculation into the Program is not permitted (e.g., EMT, RN, Ph.D., etc.) when representing the Program. 

    During orientation the first week of the first semester, students are issued a name badge that identifies them as an LMU-Knoxville PA Student. Students must wear this name badge while on campus, during SCPEs, and in any other setting where they are representing the Program.

  •   STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

    LMU-Knoxville PA Students must maintain high standards of private and public conduct on campus, off campus, and at LMU-sponsored events. Violation of these and other generally accepted rules of behavior, whether covered by specific policies or not, may subject a student to disciplinary action. Claims of ignorance of acceptable behavior or enumerated policies and standards is not accepted as an excuse for violation.

    The LMU-Knoxville PA Program’s Student Code of Conduct includes policies for the following areas:
    * Academic Conduct
    * Professional Conduct
    * Attendance
    * Confidentiality
    * Social Media
    * Audio and Video Recording
    * Learning Environment
    * Dress Code
    * Identification as a Physician Assistant Student (PA-S)
    * Arrest/Criminal Background Check
    * Drug/Alcohol Screening and Driving while Under the Influence (DUI)

    Students are formally evaluated on their professional conduct at least once each semester during the Didactic Phase. Students are evaluated on their professional conduct for each SCPE by Clinical Affiliates and Program faculty and staff. Students suspected of violating the Student Code of Conduct may be referred to the Student Progress Committee (SPC) for a progression and/or disciplinary action decision(s) which may include dismissal from the Program.

    •   Academic Conduct Policy

      Academic misconduct undermines the purpose of education and violates the trust among Program faculty and students necessary for intellectual growth and development. Examples of academic misconduct include, but are not limited to, the following:
      * Abetting: encouraging or assisting another student to do something wrong
      * Cheating: acting dishonestly to gain an advantage, such as using unauthorized study materials
      * Plagiarism: claiming someone else’s ideas, words, data, etc. as your own
      * Fabrication: presenting falsified work as genuine
      * Misrepresentation: any act or omission with the intent to deceive

      Dishonesty of any kind on examinations, unauthorized possession of examination questions, duplication of examination questions, the use of unauthorized notes during an examination, obtaining information during an examination from another student, assisting others to cheat, altering grade records, or illegally entering an office are instances of cheating and are violations of appropriate academic and professional conduct. 

    •   Professional Conduct Policy

      Students are expected to have achieved a level of maturity and professional conduct of a health care professions student prior to matriculation. Throughout the curriculum, Program faculty mentor students in the development of professional conduct necessary to achieve Graduate Competencies related to professionalism. Students meet with their assigned Faculty Mentor early in the first semester in the Didactic Phase to develop their plan to achieve academic success and professional development in the Program. Students continue to meet with their assigned Faculty Mentor at least once every semester to review and revise their plans as necessary. Prior to graduation, students meet with their assigned Faculty Mentor to determine a plan for ongoing self-assessment, self-directed learning, scholarship, service, and leadership. The Program’s Professional Conduct domains are as follows:
      Altruism
      1. Prioritizing the needs and interests of others before self
      Empathy and Compassion
      1. Being aware of and acknowledging the suffering of others and a desire to relieve it
      Respect for Others
      1. Consideration of the autonomy and values of others
      2. Being reliable and punctual
      3. Facilitating a collegial atmosphere
      4. Maintaining confidentiality
      Service
      1. Sharing knowledge, talent, and resources
      Integrity
      1. Being honest and straightforward in all activities
      2. Accepting personal responsibility for actions
      3. Recognizing the limits of current training and seeking help appropriately
      4. Accepting personal responsibility for learning
      Excellence
      1. A commitment to exceeding minimum expectations
      2. Regularly seeking feedback for performance improvement
      3. Receiving feedback with a positive attitude and making corrections as appropriate
      4.  A commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities and adhering to ethical principles
      5.  Assuming increasing degrees of responsibility under proper supervision
      Emotional Resiliency
      1. Adapting, being flexible, and tolerating ambiguity
       

    •   Attendance Policy

      Attendance for all learning activities and assessments scheduled by the Program (including classroom and laboratory sessions and SCPEs) is mandatory. Students are responsible for all material presented in missed learning activities, announcements, and assignments.

    •   Confidentiality Policy

      Students are exposed to private health information during training. A patient’s health information is private and is protected by law. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal law that sets rules about who can look at and receive patient health information. Students must always follow HIPAA regulations. Students receive HIPAA training during orientation in the first semester and again prior to beginning SCPEs. 

      Students must respect the confidentiality of their classmates, patients (standardized patients, patient models, and patients and their families encountered during service activities and SCPEs), Program faculty and staff, Clinical Preceptors, and members of the Program’s Clinical Affiliates. Students are not permitted to discuss or post on social media any protected health information about their classmates, patients (standardized patients, patient models, and patients and their families encountered during service activities and SCPEs), Program faculty and staff, Clinical Preceptors, and members of the Program’s Clinical Affiliates. Students are not permitted to obtain or post any pictures of patients (standardized patients, patient models, and patients and their families encountered during service activities and SCPEs). Students may use a patient’s initials for patient case presentations and other assignments required by the Program. 

      Students do not have access to the academic records or other confidential information of other students or Program faculty or staff. Students are only informed of their own performance in the Program. The results of assessments (including minimum, maximum, or mean grades) and SPC decisions are not posted and are only accessible to Program faculty and staff with a legitimate need to know.

    •   Social Media Policy

      Students are expected to exhibit professional and ethical behaviors on campus, during SCPEs, and in any setting where they are representing the Program. This includes the “persona” put forth by students when engaged in social media platforms (e.g., Facebook®, Snapchat®, blogs, etc.) in which they are identified as part of the LMU-Knoxville PA Program in any form. PAs are held to a higher standard of personal and professional conduct than many other professions due to the trust placed in health care professionals by patients. State licensing boards have the authority to discipline licensed PAs or deny state licensure to PAs for social media posts that do not meet the professional standards of the state licensing board. Employers, including hospital credentialing boards, may dismiss an employed PA or decline to hire a PA for social media posts that do not meet the professional standards of the health system/practice.

    •   Audio and Video Recording

      It is expressly prohibited to make audio or video recordings of any learning or assessment activities without prior written permission from the Program Director. Likewise, it is expressly prohibited to copy and distribute any recorded, electronic, or printed learning and assessment materials without prior written permission from the Program Director.

    •   Learning Environment Policy

      To maintain an environment conducive to learning in the classroom and laboratories, the Program has established guidelines for appropriate behavior in all locations where learning takes place. Activities that interfere with the presentation of material, facilitation of safe laboratory sessions, and learning opportunities for any student are prohibited.

    •   Dress Code Policy

      Unless directed otherwise, students must wear business casual attire for all activities, including SCPE’s. Students are required to purchase standardized color/style scrub attire to be used during laboratory activities. Students must change out of scrubs worn during anatomy laboratory sessions prior to attending other learning and assessment activities. Near the end of the Didactic Phase, students participate in a White Coat Ceremony where a short, white laboratory coat with the Program patch and embroidered student name is provided by the Program. This laboratory coat must be worn during SCPE’s and other activities as directed. 

      Clothing should allow for adequate movement during patient care (this includes bending/leaning forward, kneeling, and reaching) and must not be tight, short, low cut, or expose the shoulders, anterior chest, back, abdomen, buttocks, or thighs (whether standing, bending/leaning forward, kneeling, or reaching). Athletic shoes may be worn during laboratory sessions. Shoes that expose the toes or heel are not acceptable during laboratory activities and simulated patient encounters (human and manikin). Piercings of body areas other than the ears or nose must be covered. Small, non-dangling earrings may be worn. Large grommets or colored plugs are not acceptable. Hair must be clean and arranged so as not to interfere with laboratory activities and patient care. Fingernails should be kept trimmed and without nail polish for SCPEs. Head covers traditionally worn for religious purposes or to honor cultural tradition may be worn.

  •   STUDENT PROGRESS COMMITTEE (SPC)

    The purpose of the SPC is to ensure that each LMU-Knoxville PA Program graduate has demonstrated the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and clinical and professional judgment to assume the responsibilities of a PA. The SPC monitors student progress in all phases of the curriculum and makes decisions on student progression in the Program and, when appropriate, decisions on disciplinary action(s). Any student referred to the SPC is encouraged to meet with the SPC Chair for guidance in the SPC process prior to the SPC meeting. Students are referred to the SPC for the following reasons:

    * Academic (e.g., course failure, remediation failure)
    * Professional (e.g., violation of the Student Code of Conduct)
    * Progression decision (e.g., continue to the Clinical Phase, dismissal from the Program)
    * Follow-up on prior SPC decisions (e.g., removal from academic probation)

    •   SPC Procedures

      The SPC is comprised of the Associate Medical Director, who serves as the SPC Chair, and three (3) members of the Program Faculty. The SPC convenes at least once each semester to review each student’s academic performance and professional conduct, as reported by Program faculty, and make decisions on student progression in the Program. The SPC also convenes whenever necessary to decide on disciplinary action and student progression in the Program for violations of the Student Code of Conduct. 

      The SPC Chair informs any student required to meet with the SPC at least three (3) business days prior to the meeting via the student’s LMU-issued student email account and provides the date, time, location, and reason(s) for the meeting. Students required to meet with the SPC must appear in person to answer questions and submit any information felt to be relevant to their case. If a student who is required to meet with the SPC fails to appear before the SPC, a decision(s) is made in their absence. 

      All SPC meeting proceedings are confidential and closed to anyone not part of the SPC proceedings. Students and SPC members are not allowed to bring personal items to the SPC meeting, including audio/video recording devices, cell phones, and smart watches. Meeting minutes are recorded by a Program staff member and maintained by the SPC Chair. The SPC members review all documents relevant to the student’s meeting. When the student enters the meeting room, the SPC Chair verifies that the student knows all SPC members present and can explain the reason for the SPC meeting. The student is offered an opportunity to provide testimony relevant to the meeting. SPC members may ask the student questions relevant to the meeting. The student is then asked to leave the meeting room while the SPC members discuss progression and disciplinary action options. A decision(s) is submitted to a vote with a simple majority ruling. The SPC Chair is a non-voting member except in the case of a tie vote. Because this is not a criminal court, the level of proof for a decision shall be “more likely than not” and not the strict criminal law standard of “proof beyond a reasonable doubt”. Once the SPC has reached a decision(s), the student is asked to return to the meeting room and the SPC Chair explains the decision(s) and relevant instructions/expectations to the student. 

      The SPC Chair notifies the Program Director of all SPC decisions. Campus Security, the Registrar, the Executive Director of Student Financial Services, and the Program’s Admissions and Community Relations Coordinator are notified if a decision(s) results in student dismissal or a delay in graduation. Within three (3) business days following the meeting, the student receives notification of the SPC’s decision(s) and relevant instructions/expectations via the student’s LMU-issued student email account. When the SPC makes a decision to delay progression in the Program or dismissal in the absence of the student, the student is informed of the SPC’s decision in person or via telephone communication by the SPC Chair in addition to receiving email notification as stated above.

    •   SPC Decisions

      The SPC has the authority to make decisions regarding student progression in the Program and disciplinary action(s) based on each student’s academic performance, professional conduct development, and adherence to the Student Code of Conduct policies. 

      For Professional Conduct Deficits
      Any student who is suspected of violating the Student Code of Conduct may be referred to the SPC for a decision(s) on disciplinary action and progression, including dismissal from the Program.

      In cases where the SPC does not dismiss the student, the student is placed on Professional Probation and is required to successfully complete remediation of the professional conduct deficit(s) in the following time frame:

      Didactic Phase

      Prior to beginning the Clinical Phase (this may result in a delay in beginning SCPEs, a delay in graduation, and failure to complete the Program curriculum within 54 months of initial matriculation)

      Clinical Phase

      Prior to beginning the next scheduled SCPE or beginning the Summative Evaluation (this may result in a delay in graduation and failure to complete the Program curriculum within 54 months of initial matriculation)

      In addition, the SPC may require any of the following for professional conduct deficits:
      * Mentoring by faculty
      * Use of other Program/LMU resources
      * Other (e.g., use of resources external to LMU)

      If the student does not successfully complete remediation of professional conduct deficit(s), the student will be dismissed from the Program. In addition, students referred to the SPC two (2) or more times for professional conduct deficits may be dismissed from the Program.

       
       

    •   Violations of the Arrest/Criminal Background Check and Drug/Alcohol Screening Policies

      Students arrested for an alcohol, illicit drug(s), or illegally obtained prescription drug(s) charge are referred to the SPC for immediate This may result in the student being removed from the current SCPE. The SPC may make the decisions listed in the “For Professional Conduct Deficits” section above. This may result in a delay in beginning SCPEs, a delay in graduation, failure to complete the Program curriculum within 54 months of initial matriculation, or dismissal from the Program.

      Clinical Affiliates reserve the right to refuse and remove any student arrested for an alcohol, illicit drug(s), or illegally obtained prescription drug(s) charge from their Clinical Site(s). This may result in a delay in beginning SCPEs, a delay in graduation, failure to complete the Program curriculum within 54 months of initial matriculation, or dismissal from the Program.

      Students found guilty of an alcohol, illicit drug(s), or illegally obtained prescription drug(s) charge are immediately dismissed from the Program.

      In addition, students arrested for an alcohol, illicit drug(s), or illegally obtained prescription drug(s) charge are expected to seek appropriate medical/behavioral treatment/counselling to determine if future patient safety may be compromised by the student’s actions. The Program may require the student to obtain medical/behavioral treatment/counselling to ensure the Program and the pubic that patient safety will not be compromised by the student’s actions.

      Academic and professional standing within the Program for students arrested for other charges is at the discretion of the Program Director and/or the Administration of the School of Medical Sciences (SMS) and LMU and is based on current policies or precedence. Students found to falsify information about past or current criminal history will be dismissed from the Program.

    •   For Academic Deficits

      Didactic Phase – Academic Probation
      Any student required to complete remediation is automatically placed on Academic Probation at the time of identification and documentation of the academic deficit. The course grade for the related course may be initially recorded as “IP” (in-progress) until the remediation assessment(s) is completed. The SPC reviews documentation for every student required to complete remediation at the end of each semester. At that time the SPC may recommend any of the following actions/requirements for students who have successfully completed remediation:

      * Removal from Academic Probation
      * Mentoring by Program faculty
      * Use of other Program/LMU resources
      * Other (e.g., use of resources external to LMU)
      * Progression in the Program

      Students who do not successfully complete remediation assessment(s) will be dismissed from the Program.

      Didactic Phase – Course Failure
      Course grades are calculated after remediation assessments are completed. Failure of any remediation assessment for a course results in failure of that course regardless of the final calculated course score. Any student who fails a Didactic Phase course will be dismissed from the Program.

      Clinical Phase – Academic Probation
      Any student required to complete remediation is automatically placed on Academic Probation at the time of identification and documentation of the academic deficit. The course grade for the related course may be initially recorded as “IP” (in-progress) until the remediation assessment(s) is completed. The SPC reviews documentation for every student required to complete remediation at the end of each semester. At that time the SPC may recommend any of the following actions/requirements for students who have successfully completed remediation:

      * Removal from Academic Probation
      * Mentoring by Program faculty
      * Use of other Program/LMU resources
      * Other (e.g., use of resources external to LMU)
      * Progression in the Program

      Students who do not successfully complete remediation assessment(s) will be dismissed from the Program. 

      Clinical Phase – Course Failure
      Course grades are calculated after remediation assessments are completed. Failure of any remediation assessment for a course results in failure of that course regardless of the final calculated course score. Any student who fails a Clinical Phase course will be dismissed from the Program.

      Didactic Phase Cumulative Examination, Clinical Phase Cumulative Examination, and Summative Evaluation – Remediation
      The SPC reviews documentation for every student required to complete a remediation assessment(s) for any component of the Didactic Phase Cumulative Examination, Clinical Phase Cumulative Examination, and Summative Evaluation following completion. At that time the SPC may recommend any of the following actions/requirements for students who have successfully completed the remediation assessment(s):·        

      * Removal from Academic Probation
      * Mentoring by Program faculty
      * Use of other Program/LMU resources
      * Other (e.g., use of resources external to LMU)
      * Progression in the Program
      * Completion of a PANCE review course prior to taking the PANCE
      * Independent review of specific content on the PANCE Content Blueprint prior to taking the PANCE
      * Progression to graduation

      Students who do not successfully complete Summative Evaluation remediation assessment(s) may be dismissed from the Program.

    •   Follow-up on SPC Decision(s)/Recommendation(s)

      The SPC monitors student progress and compliance with all SPC decisions and may meet with students to determine if the student has met all the SPC requirements for removal from academic/professional probation and progression in the Program. The SPC can remove the student from academic/professional probation and allow the student to progress in the Program. Failure to meet SPC requirement(s), in whole or in part, may result in the following:     
      * Continued Academic/Professional Probation
      * Continued mentoring by Program faculty
      * Use of other Program/LMU resources
      * Other (e.g., use of resources external to LMU)
      * Dismissal from the Program

      Definitions of SPC Decisions/Recommendations:
      Academic/Professional Probation is defined as demonstration of academic/professional deficits of such a magnitude as to warrant more frequent monitoring by the SPC and/or disciplinary action(s). Academic/Professional Probation may result in a delay in graduation and failure to complete the Program curriculum within 54 months of initial matriculation. State licensing and hospital credentialing boards may decline to grant licensure and credentialing to graduates with a history of academic/professional probation while enrolled in a professional training program.

      Remediation is defined as the Program’s applied process for addressing deficits in a student’s knowledge, skills, and professional conduct such that correction of deficits is measurable and can be documented. Remediation may result in a delay in beginning SCPEs, a delay in graduation, and failure to complete the Program curriculum within 54 months of initial matriculation.

      Dismissal is defined as an SPC-initiated immediate discontinuation of the student’s enrollment in the Program where the student is not eligible to re-enroll without re-application to the Program. Students dismissed for professional deficits are not eligible to reapply to the Program.

      Deceleration is defined as the loss of a student from the entering cohort who remains matriculated in the Program. Deceleration is not offered to students dismissed from the Program by the SPC for academic and/or professional deficits. If a student appeals the SPC’s decision for dismissal and the Appeals Committee determines the SPC should make an alternate recommendation, deceleration may be offered to the student at that time. Deceleration may be offered to students who take a leave of absence (Leave of Absence [LOA]/Withdrawal Policy).


      Graduation from the Program does not guarantee successful state licensure or hospital credentialing. State licensing and hospital credentialing boards may require documentation to support the applicant’s written explanation for a delay in graduation and may decline to grant licensure/credentialing to graduates with a history of disciplinary action, including academic/professional probation, while enrolled in a professional training program.

  •   LEAVE OF ABSENCE (LOA)/WITHDRAWAL POLICY

    LOA is defined as a student-initiated discontinuation of the student’s enrollment in the Program where the student is eligible to re-enroll in the Program. Matriculated students may request a LOA when circumstances arise that may adversely impact their performance in the Program. Students requesting a LOA must complete the submit their request in writing, via the student’s LMU-issued student email account, to the Program Director. The Program Director meets with the student to discuss the LOA request. The Program Director forwards the request to the SMS Dean who has the authority to approve or decline a LOA request. The maximum term of a LOA is twelve (12) months. If approved, the official date of the start of the LOA is the date the LOA form is received by the Registrar. The official date is used to determine any tuition refunds or outstanding balances. Students who are absent from the Program for a total of twelve (12) months or longer (all periods of absence are included in this total) may be required to reapply to the Program. 

    A LOA may be granted to a student for one or more of the following reasons:

    * Medical emergency/condition
    * Financial emergency
    * MaternityCall to active military service
    * Other circumstances at the discretion of the Program Director

    All students granted a LOA must inform the Program Director, in writing via the student’s LMU-issued student email account, of their intent to return to the Program no less than three (3) months before their anticipated return. All students granted a LOA must meet with the SPC prior to reenrollment to determine if reenrollment is appropriate. The SPC does not require students to retake courses in which the student earned a grade of 70% (C) or higher upon reenrollment. The SPC may require students to demonstrate achievement and retention of learning outcomes associated with all previously completed semesters and the semester in which the student took a LOA. Program faculty determine the most appropriate assessment methods to demonstrate achievement and retention of Program learning outcomes.
     
    Course grades for students who chose to take a LOA may be designated by LMU’s registrar as “NC” for no credit on the student’s transcript for that course/semester. A LOA from the Program does not waive the student’s financial responsibility to LMU. 

    Students returning from a LOA for medical reasons must have a licensed health care provider certify in writing that the student meets the Program’s Minimum Technical Standards for Enrollment and Progression to be eligible to return. This letter must be submitted to the Program Director. 

    Students may choose to withdraw from the program. Students must submit a letter of resignation to the Program Director and submit a withdrawal form to the Registrar. Course grades for students who chose to withdraw may be designated by LMU’s registrar as “WD” for withdraw” on the student’s transcript for that course/semester. Withdraw from the Program does not waive the student’s financial responsibility to LMU. Students who withdraw from the Program may be eligible to reapply. 

    Enrolled students who are granted an LOA and do not return to the Program, or students who chose to withdraw from the Program must complete an exit interview with Student Financial Services and return their LMU-Knoxville PA Student name badge and parking tag to the Campus Security. Failure to do so will result in the Program withholding all records pertaining to the student’s attendance. 

  •   STUDENT GRIEVANCE POLICIES

    A grievance is defined as dissatisfaction with an action or inaction that is non-academic in nature and perceived as unjust, inequitable, or creates undue hardship. Students should contact the Office of Institutional Compliance/Title IX Coordinator ([email protected]; 423-869-6618) as soon as possible for any grievance stemming from sexual harassment, racial discrimination, or any other act discriminatory in nature. Each student has the opportunity to advise the Program of grievances with the assurance of fair treatment. The student, faculty, or staff member alleged to have caused the grievance must be fully informed of the allegations and provided the opportunity to respond in a fair and reasonable manner. 

    EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, AND NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY

    The Office of Institutional Compliance handles all complaints of discrimination. Students may contact the Institutional Compliance Officer to report allegations of discrimination by LMU faculty, staff, and members of Clinical Affiliates. (www.LMUnet.edu)

    SEXUAL HARRASSMENT AND SEXUAL MISCONDUCT/TITLE IX

    Freedom and liberty from unwanted, unwelcomed, or coerced sexual contact is the right of every member of the LMU community. Individual responsibility and recognition of the intrinsic value of high moral and ethical standards are guiding principles for every member of the LMU community to foster an atmosphere that does not tolerate unwanted sexual contact or sexual violence. LMU does not tolerate sexual misconduct or other sexual violence committed on or off campus by or against any sector of the LMU community, faculty, staff, students, or third parties. The Title IX Coordinator provides consultation, investigation, and disposition of all inquiries and complaints of alleged discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment, non-consensual sexual contact, non-consensual sexual intercourse, intimate partner violence, domestic violence, stalking, and any other forms of discrimination on the basis of sex. Students may contact the Title IX Coordinator (www.LMUnet.edu) to report allegations of discrimination.

  •   SHADOWING AND EMPLOYMENT POLICY

    Shadowing of any health care professional not arranged and/or authorized by the Program while enrolled in the Program is not permitted and is not covered under LMU’s malpractice coverage for PA Students. This policy is to prevent students from violating health care facility credentialing procedures and from providing patient care for which they do not have appropriate training. LMU’s malpractice coverage for PA Students does not cover any volunteer activities not arranged and/or authorized by the Program. 

    Outside employment is strongly discouraged while enrolled in the Program as it may interfere with the academic and professional conduct requirements of the Program. LMU’s malpractice coverage for PA Students does not cover any employment activities. Absences from any component of the Program curriculum due to employment commitments are not allowed (except for military service requirements). Students are not required to work for the Program. Students do not substitute for or function as faculty, regardless of prior knowledge, experience, or skills. Students do not substitute for clinical or administrative staff during SCPEs, regardless of prior knowledge, experience, or skills. The Clinical Team advises Clinical Affiliates of this policy.

  •   ESTABLISHMENT OF CLINICAL SITES/CLINICAL PRECEPTORS FOR SCPES POLICY

    Students are not required to provide or solicit Clinical Sites or Clinical Preceptors (Clinical Affiliates). The Program employs sufficient faculty and staff to coordinate Clinical Sites and Clinical Preceptors for the Program’s required SCPEs. However, students may provide the Clinical Team with contact information for Clinical Sites or Clinical Preceptors with whom the student has an established professional relationship or in cases where the Clinical Preceptor (who is not the student’s spouse/partner, parent/in-law, or other familial relationship) has indicated they would like to precept the student. The Clinical Team determines if the Clinical Affiliate(s) can meet Program requirements and provide students with educational experiences to achieve Program Learning Outcomes and Graduate Competencies.

  •   Exposure to Infectious and Environmental Hazards