Policies Pertaining to Students
General Administrative Policies
This catalog contains official academic and administrative regulations. General policies that apply to all programs are in this section of the catalog; specific policies for each program are in the respective sections of this catalog. Academic policies and scholastic regulations also are presented in other official Health Science Center documents and specific program publications. Each student enrolled at UNT Health Science Center is responsible for knowing current academic policies and scholastic regulations, general and specific requirements, and operational policies that apply to registration and instruction.
The Health Science Center reserves the right to amend or add to the academic policies and scholastic regulations at any time, provided that such changes or additions are intended to improve the quality of education and are introduced in a fair and deliberate manner with appropriate notice provided to all students affected by the changes.
Identification cards are issued after new student orientation. These must be worn at all times while the student is on campus or, if applicable, on preceptorships, internships, and clinical rotations or any other practical experience performed as a member of the UNTHSC community. The ID card is void upon termination or interruption of enrollment and when not properly encoded. Fraudulent use of an ID card subjects the user to a fine of $2,000 and up to one year in jail (Class A Misdemeanor). Anyone who uses the ID card to give false information to a police officer is subject to a fine of $2,000 (Class C Misdemeanor). Replacement ID cards may be purchased. Please contact Biomedical Communications at 817-735-2470 for more information. A lost or stolen card should be reported to Police immediately. To report a lost or stolen ID card, call the Police Department at 817-738-2210.
Course and Instructor Evaluations
University of North Texas Health Science Center faculty and administrators rely on student input to maintain and enhance the quality of the curricula in each of the schools on campus. Students are responsible for providing constructive evaluations of each course in which they are enrolled, as well as the course instructor(s).
Daily curriculum comments entered while a course is in session (formative evaluations) are immediately available to faculty and administrators. Numerical summaries of end-of-course evaluations (summative evaluations) are published and available to faculty, administrators and students one week after the completion of the course.
Curriculum comments and course evaluations are regularly viewed by faculty and administrators. Students may also view course summative evaluations.
During each course, students may choose to provide written comments about the organization, presentation, interaction, pace and workload, tests, and support available. At the end of the course, students may be asked to complete a course evaluation. When a course has multiple instructors, students are encouraged to evaluate only instructors whose presentations they clearly remember.
Evaluations for all clinical rotations and practical experiences must be completed within 30 calendar days following the end of the experience.
The Texas Department of Health requires all students in higher education institutions to show proof of immunizations before registration. Any validated document of immunization presented by a student is acceptable provided that it shows the day, month and year when each immunization was received. Proof of required immunizations must be submitted prior to matriculation. Proof of immunization is not required for individuals who submit an affidavit or certificate signed by a physician licensed to practice in the United States stating that, in the physician's opinion, the required immunization would be injurious to the health and well-being of the student or any member of his or her family or household. Unless a lifelong condition is specified, the affidavit or certificate is valid for one year from the date signed by the physician and must be renewed every year for the exclusion to remain in effect. The Texas Department of Health requires that certain immunization conditions be met. All students born after January 1, 1957, who are enrolled in health-related courses in medical care facilities, must show proof of two doses of measles vaccine, one dose of mumps vaccine, or proof of immunity to these diseases; and two doses of chicken pox vaccine. Students who have had chicken pox may provide a written statement from their physician or a parent. (This is the only disease where a written statement from a parent can be considered proof of immunity.) All students enrolled in health-related courses must show proof of one dose of tetanus/diphtheria vaccine within the past 10 years. All students enrolled in health-related courses must show proof of either one dose of rubella vaccine administered on or after the first birthday or serologic proof of rubella immunity. All students, residents and interns will receive a complete series of hepatitis B vaccine or show proof of serologic immunity. All students will be skin tested for tuberculosis using the two-step testing procedure in accordance with Section X of the Tuberculosis Control Plan Policy 96.001.26 of the Health Science Center. This test will be done during the first month of classes. Prospective students may be given provisional enrollment of up to one semester to attend classes while getting the required immunizations or documentation as long as no direct patient care is involved. Student health care providers cannot be provisionally enrolled without the receipt of at least one dose of the MMR vaccine if direct patient contact will occur during the provisional enrollment period.
Student Health Insurance
It is compulsory for all students to carry medical and hospitalization insurance while enrolled at the Health Science Center. Proof of insurance in the form of insurance documents showing minimum coverage amounts must be provided by the census date of each term of enrollment. Insurance coverage must remain in effect throughout the duration of enrollment. Although insurance may be purchased from any insurance carrier, a group student health insurance plan is offered by a non-university-affiliated carrier for enrolled students. Application forms are available in the Office of Student Affairs.
Liability: Personal Property on Campus
The Health Science Center is not responsible for and does not assume any liability for loss or damage of personal property. Students may want to purchase personal insurance coverage for their possessions on campus.
Student Rights and Consumer Rights
The institution will consider the impact of a caregiver's personal cultural values, ethics and religious beliefs as related to all services provided. However, in no instance will the mission of the institution be compromised. In accordance with applicable laws, treatment and care of our consumers will be provided to persons in need without regard to disability, race, creed, color, age, gender, religion or national origin. For the complete policy as it pertains to students of the Health Science Center, please see Human Resource Policy 5.13 under Policies and Procedures on the institution's home page at www.hsc.unt.edu or in the Human Resources Services' policy manual.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. 1232G, grants students in institutions of higher education the right of access to their educational records with the exception of confidential letters and statements of recommendation that the student has waived the right to inspect. Before disclosing any personally identifiable information, except directory information, the Health Science Center must obtain written consent from the student unless the disclosure is allowed by law. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act consider certain information to be "directory information," which is subject to disclosure without prior consent from the student. Directory information relating to students includes the following: the student's name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, hometown, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, classification, degrees and awards received, the most recent educational agency or institution attended by the student, dates of attendance, thesis and dissertation titles, advisors, major professors, and postgraduate training site for D.O. graduates and degree candidates. Students who do not want all or part of their directory information to be released must submit a written request to the Office of the Registrar during the first 12 days of the semester. Forms for submitting the written request to withhold directory information are available in the Office of the Registrar. Students have a right to request amendments to their educational records to ensure their accuracy. Students also have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the Health Science Center to comply with the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
The Health Science Center's primary concern is the student. It attempts to provide an environment that is conducive to academic endeavor, social growth, and individual self-discipline for all students. Enrollment at the Health Science Center is considered implicit acceptance of the rules, regulations, and guidelines governing student behavior promulgated by the institution, and the student is responsible for being aware of these requirements. In addition, all students are expected to know and obey the requirements of all federal, state, and local laws. Any student who violates a provision of those laws is subject to disciplinary action, including expulsion, notwithstanding any action taken by civil authorities because of the violation. The Health Science Center reaffirms to each student the privilege of exercising the student's rights of citizenship under the Constitution of the United States. Special care is taken to ensure due process and to identify the defined routes of appeal when students feel their rights have been violated. For complete policy information, consult the Student Code of Conduct in the Student Policy Handbook.
Respect for Diversity
The Nondiscrimination/Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action policy affirms the requirement for every member of the UNTHSC community to comply with existing federal and state equal opportunity laws and regulations. The Health Science Center is committed to the philosophy of a multicultural environment. The institution prohibits harassment based on race, gender, disability, age, national origin, religion, veteran status or lifestyle. The Health Science Center has long been an open, tolerant, and democratic institution, proud of its commitment to personal and academic excellence, but unpretentious in the atmosphere of its campus in its willingness to accept all members of the UNTHSC community on their value as human beings. The increasing diversity of the UNTHSC community is one of the institution's greatest strengths. Differences of race, religion, age, gender, culture, physical ability, language, nationality, and lifestyle make it a microcosm of the nation as a whole, reflecting the values of our pluralistic society. As an educational institution, the Health Science Center is committed to advancing the ideas of the human worth and dignity by teaching respect for human beliefs and values and encouraging open discussions. Hatred, prejudice or harassment of any kind is inconsistent with the center's educational purpose. The Health Science Center is strongly committed to the ethical principle that every member of the community enjoys certain human and constitutional rights, including the right to free speech. As a community of scholars, the health science center also is dedicated to maintaining a learning environment that is nurturing, fosters respect, and encourages growth among cultures and individuals represented here. Individuals who work, study, live, and teach within this community are expected to refrain from behaviors that threaten the freedom and respect every individual deserves.
A primary objective of the Health Science Center is to provide an environment in which faculty, staff, and students may pursue their careers and studies with a maximum of productivity and enjoyment. Harassment of students on the basis of gender is a violation of Section 106.31 of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Harassment of UNTHSC employees on the basis of gender is a violation of Section 703 of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act. Sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and/or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment. It is the policy of the Health Science Center to maintain a workplace and a learning environment free of sexual harassment and intimidation. Behavior or conduct that interferes with this goal is not condoned or tolerated.
Americans with Disabilities Act
The Health Science Center does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's disability and complies with Section 504 and Public Law 101-336 (Americans with Disabilities Act) in its admissions, accessibility, treatment and employment of individuals in its programs and activities. The Health Science Center provides academic adjustments and auxiliary aids to individuals with disabilities, as defined under the law, who are otherwise qualified to meet the institution's academic and employment requirements. For assistance contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Office at the Health Science Center at 817-735-2357.
Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (formerly the Campus Security Act) is a federal law that requires institutions of higher education in the United States to disclose campus security information including crime statistics for the campus and surrounding areas. It was first enacted by Congress in 1990 and amended in 1992, 1998, and 2000.
In 1986, Jeanne Clery, a freshman at Pennsylvania's Lehigh University, was murdered and sexually assaulted in her campus residence hall room by another student she did not know. Lehigh University had not informed students about 38 violent crimes on campus in the three years preceding her murder. Clery's parents led the crusade to enact the original Campus Security Act. Congress formally named the law in memory of Clery in 1998.
The law was amended in 2000 to require schools to notify the campus community where public "Megan's Law" information about registered sex offenders on campus could be obtained. The information for the Health Science Center is available on the Campus Police website: http://www.hsc.unt.edu/departments/police/crime_stats.htm
Substance Abuse & Self Reporting
The Health Science Center does not condone the abuse of alcohol or illegal drugs. Its administrative policies, in accordance with Texas state law, provide the penalty of suspension or dismissal for any student who abuses alcohol or uses illegal drugs on property owned or affiliated with the Health Science Center.
However, the Health Science Center recognizes that students may develop substance abuse problems that can be treated successfully before critical incidents occur (e.g., arrests, usage on campus property, or intoxication in the classroom or health professions setting). Therefore, the Health Science Center encourages students who have developed substance abuse problems to voluntarily identify themselves and to seek immediate treatment. Complete listings of all UNTHSC policies related to substance use or abuse can be found on the institution's web page www.hsc.unt.edu on the Human Resource Services Policy page and in the Student Policy Handbook.
This page last modified May 5, 2010