Policies and Procedures

1. VCU Policies and Procedures (the complete policies and procedures can be found on the University website (www.vcu.edu) and/or under Graduate Student Policies.  It is each student’s responsibility to review and follow university policies.  A short description of each of these key policies is provided, but detailed information can be found by following the specific links provided.

  1. Honor code. VCU’s honor code lists the following as violations of academic integrity: plagiarism, lying, cheating, stealing, and facilitation.  Violations of the honor code are prohibited and if proven can be punishable by academic probation and/or dismissal. See the VCU honor code for more information about this important university policy, including definitions of plagiarism and procedures that are followed when students are accused of violating the honor code: http://www.students.vcu.edu/judicialaffairs/honorsystem
  2. Students with disabilities.  Students who have specific disabilities that impact their learning need to advocate for the supports, services, and/or accommodations they need through the Monroe Park campus office for students with disabilities.   Specific information about these services and procedures for asking for accommodations can be found at: http://www.students.vcu.edu/dss
  3. Religious holidays.  It is the policy of VCU to accord candidates, on an individual basis, the opportunity to observe their traditional religious holidays. Students desiring to observe a religious holiday of special importance must provide advance written notification to each instructor by the end of the second week of classes.
  4. Student conduct.  The instructional program at VCU is based upon the premise that students enrolled in a class are entitled to receive instruction free from interference by other students. Accordingly, in classrooms, laboratories, studios and other learning areas, students are expected to conduct themselves in an orderly and cooperative manner so that the faculty member can proceed with customary instruction. If a faculty member believes that a student’s behavior is disrupting the class and interfering with normal instruction, the faculty member may direct the student to leave the class for the remainder of the class period. In such circumstances, the faculty member is the sole judge that the student’s behavior is sufficiently disruptive to warrant a temporary dismissal from the classroom. Disruptive behavior on the part of the student may result in the filing of formal charges under the University’s Rules and Procedures document: http://www.students.vcu.edu/docs/policy_student_conduct.pdf
  5. Threat assessment. VCU is committed to using its best efforts to provide faculty, staff, and students with an environment that is safe, secure and free from threats, intimidation and violence.  For more information about the kinds of behavior that is not tolerated as well as procedures to follow if you witness or are victimized by such behavior, see the following VCU document:  http://www.provost.vcu.edu/pdfs/ThreatAssess2008.pdf
  6. Alcohol- and Drug-free environment.  The use of alcohol or drugs are prohibited in this course.  For more information about this policy, see the following document: http://www.provost.vcu.edu/pdfs/alcoholdrugpolicy.pdf
  7. Emergency procedures. What to know and do to be prepared for an Emergency at VCU

                     i.  Sign up to receive VCU text messaging alerts www.vcu.edu/alert/notify. Keep your information up to date.

 
ii. Know the safe evacuation route from each of your classrooms. Emergency evacuation routes are posted in on-campus
     classrooms.
iii. Listen for and follow instructions from VCU or other designated authorities.

iv. Know where to go for additional emergency information (www.vcu.edu/alert).

v.  Know the emergency phone number for the VCU police (827-1234). Report suspicious activities and objects.

8. Other VCU policies. See the Provost’s website for a complete listing of VCU academic policies and procedures:

  1. School of Education/M.Ed. Program Policies and Procedures
    1. The majority of courses will have information posted to a course Blackboard site.  Students access Blackboard once they have a VCU email account, using their V-number.  Check the website for information about getting a VCU ID card which is the first step in setting up your email account: http://vcucard.vcu.edu
    2. Students are expected to demonstrate their technology skills throughout coursework completed I this program.  At a minimum this means using Microsoft Office 2003 programs such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and/or Internet Explorer.  Other technology requirements will be outlined in course assignments.
    3. Attendance: Attendance is crucial for participants to make the most of their classroom experience. Candidates absent from class should make every effort to contact the instructor prior to class. Candidates having attendance problems should contact the instructor to explain the reasons for non-attendance and to discuss the feasibility of continuing in the course. Grading for attendance is at the instructor’s discretion.
    4. Person-first language/APA style: Candidates will follow the APA manual (6th edition) for the format of their written papers, including the use of person-first language.  Each course lists the APA manual (6th edition) as a required text, but candidates only need to purchase that one time.  Person-first language is recommended for all written and oral communication about individuals with disabilities.  Please refer to the following website for a clear explanation of the use of person-first language  http://disabilityisnatural.com/explore/language-communication (as well as the APA manual)
  1. Professional Code of Ethics:

The Virginia Department of Education’s Guidelines for Uniform Performance Standards and Evaluation Criteria for Teachers, Administrators, and Superintendents require, under the performance standard “Professionalism,” that individuals “model professional, moral, and ethical standards as well as personal integrity in all interactions.”  A Virginia license can be revoked for “conduct with direct and detrimental effect on the health, welfare, discipline, or morale of students (Licensure Regulations for School Personnel, 2007).”  The CGPS Education Program rigorously upholds an ethical standard that insures the safety and learning of K-12 students.  All students in this program must establish appropriate professional relationships with students, colleagues, families, and community groups.  They must demonstrate self-control at all times.  They must show respect for self and others and always project an image of professionalism and maintain professional boundaries. 

During a field placement or a course, if a student’s conduct fails to uphold this standard, the program faculty reserve the right of immediate removal of that student from the field placement or course and dismissal from the program.  Due process will be afforded the student, including the opportunity to appeal for reinstatement.

For further information, refer to CEC’s Code for Professional Behavior:

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