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DRAKE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND HEALTH SCIENCES

HONOR CODE

In accordance with the mission of professional practice and research, the Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences aims to inculcate professionalism in its students so they may provide quality care to society. Students, faculty and staff (collectively known as "members of the College community") in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences represent themselves, the College and the health care professions in all of their actions. As future practitioners and researchers, students will be expected to adhere to a high level of professionalism. The concept of professionalism includes an implication that members of the college commit themselves to the pursuit of truth. Therefore, one purpose of the Honor Code is to foster and promote an atmosphere of trust and ethical and professional behavior, not to create an uncomfortable academic environment.

The Honor Code asks that students and faculty act honorably in their interactions with other members of the College community and hold themselves to the same standards and expectations as their peers. If a student or faculty member commits an act of academic dishonesty or unprofessional behavior, he or she violates the Honor Code, breaches the trust of the College community and defames the name of the College. The consequences of a student violating the Honor Code may include being dropped or suspended from the College, or other appropriate sanctions. By having the option of removing students who willfully violate the trust placed in them by the College community, the College can help secure a community of trust free from suspicion of unprofessional behavior. Failure to self-report an Honor Code violation, or having knowledge of an Honor Code violation and failing to report it are acts that are themselves Honor Code violations.

This document was approved and becomes effective for all members of the College community May 2005.

PRINCIPLES

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

UNPROFESSIONAL BEHAVIOR

SELF-REPORTING

HONOR CODE COMMITTEE

MEMBERSHIP AND SELECTION

REPORTING OF VIOLATIONS

AMENDMENTS

PLEDGE OF HONOR


I. PRINCIPLES

A. Philosophy

1. The individual worth and professional dignity of each member of the College community shall be recognized and respected.

2. Anyone accused of an Honor Code violation is presumed innocent until deemed in violation of the Honor Code by a preponderance of evidence using the Honor Code criteria.

3. All members of the College community have a duty to report violations of the Honor Code in the stated time frame.

B. Scope - The following individuals are subject to the Honor Code:

1. All persons who are registered as students in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences regardless of enrollment status (full-time, part-time, pre-pharmacy, health sciences, Pharm.D., etc.). Following admission into the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, all students shall be given a copy of the Honor Code in its entirety and shall sign the Pledge of Honor indicating his or her understanding. A document containing the Pledge and the student's signature shall be kept in each student's permanent file. Should a student not sign the Pledge, he/she will not be allowed to enter the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences or maintain standing.

2. Students registered in other colleges and enrolled in pharmacy and health sciences courses. The Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will report the alleged violation, any disciplinary action and the outcome of any Honor Code Committee proceedings to the Dean of the student's college for possible further action.

3. Faculty, staff, and administrators employed by the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

C. Conscientious Retraction and Self-Reporting of Violations

- An individual may retract work (including examinations) he or she has submitted that violates this Honor Code and/or self-report his/her own conduct that violates this Honor Code. Should such a conscientious retraction or self-report occur, it will be governed by the following:

1. A member of the College community who has the courage and integrity to voluntarily come forth with a good faith retraction or self-report before gaining any knowledge that someone else may suspect him or her of a violation. This action has reaffirmed his or her personal commitment to the Honor Code and this person will be allowed to remain in the University community within the stated time frame. However, a student will be subject to other disciplinary action at the discretion of the faculty member or Dean/Student Affairs Officer, with appeal rights there from, as set forth below. Faculty and staff who self-report Honor Code violations will be subject to action at the discretion of that person's supervisor, department chair or Dean.

2. Once a member of the College Community is approached or questioned about an alleged Honor Code violation, time is expired for that person to make a retraction or self-report.

3. A student who wishes to make a conscientious retraction or self-report must contact the faculty member responsible for the course, the Dean, or the Student Affairs Officer. The student must submit a written statement attesting to the violation and include an affirmation that he or she has not previously been accused of or questioned regarding the Honor Code violation. The statement must be signed and dated by the student, the faculty member, and the Student Affairs Officer and then placed in the student's file.

II ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

A. Definitions

- An act of academic dishonesty is a violation of the Honor Code. Academic dishonesty is an all-encompassing term involving any activity that seeks to gain credit for work one has not done or to deliberately damage or destroy the work of others. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following:

1. Cheating - The act, or attempted act, of giving or obtaining aid and/or information by illicit means in meeting any academic requirements, including examinations.

2. Fabrication - Intentional and unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic sense in connection with any academic exercise or requirement.

3. Plagiarism - Representing another's ideas, phrases, discourse, or works as one's own.

4. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty - Intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another to commit an act of academic dishonesty (cheating, fabrication, or plagiarism). Facilitating academic dishonesty also includes the knowledgeable withholding Honor Code violations.

B.  Examples of Academic Dishonesty

Examples of academic dishonesty may include, but are not limited to:

1. Copying from the Internet and representing it as one's own thoughts or work.

2. Copying from another student's paper, laboratory report, other report, or computer files and representing it as one's own thoughts or work. This applies to current or previous students' work

3. Using or possessing, during a test or laboratory activity, any material and/or devices (papers, notes, assignments, PDAs, calculators, etc.) not authorized by the person in charge of the test or activity.

4. Without the faculty member's permission, collaborating with another, knowingly assisting another or knowingly receiving the assistance of another in completing an examination or in satisfying any other course requirements.

5. Incorporating into written assignments materials written by others without giving them credit, or otherwise improperly using information written by others or submitting commercially prepared papers as one's own.

6. Submission of multiple copies of the same or similar papers without prior approval of the several faculty members involved.

7. Claiming as one's own work that which was done by tutors or others with no mention of credit to or the assistance of those persons.

8. Deliberately damaging or destroying another's laboratory experiments, computer work, studio work, or other written or documented works.

9. Knowingly obtaining access to, using, buying, possessing, photocopying, photographing (or otherwise copying), selling, stealing, sharing, transporting, or soliciting in its entirety or in part, the contents of a test or other assignment unauthorized for release. This includes copying a previously displayed test for compilation into a mutual test bank.

10. Falsifying information concerning the presence of another student, substituting for another student, or permitting another student to substitute for oneself to take a test, complete an assignment or lab, or to make a presentation.

11. Intentional and unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in connection with any academic exercise or requirement, including altering assignments submitted for grading.

12. Forgery, alterations, attempts to alter, or misuse of College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences or Drake University documents.

13. Citing as a reference any source which the student has not, in fact, actually reviewed or consulted, unless that source is clearly indicated as contained in another source the student did consult or use.

14. Entering areas without permission (buildings, offices, laboratories, etc.) to obtain an unfair advantage prior to completion of an academic exercise.

- Each College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences faculty member reserves the right to further clarify and define their expectations of academic integrity through the course syllabus document.

III UNPROFESSIONAL BEHAVIOR

A.  General Statement

- While the University must create an environment in which professional attributes may be cultivated, each member of the College community has the duty to uphold the honor of the profession at its highest standards and accept its ethical and moral principles in pharmacies, experiential sites, workplaces, and other areas of health care practice involvement. Whether an act of unprofessional behavior requires a formal proceeding of the Honor Code Committee is dependent on the severity of the offense and whether the person in question has a pattern of behavior that demonstrates consistent unprofessional conduct. It is incumbent upon students to recognize that professional behavior must be displayed and upheld outside, as well as inside, the classroom and the experiential learning environment.



B.  Definitions

- All unprofessional behavior is a violation of the Honor Code. Unprofessional behavior includes any act or omission that is unethical, improper or ill-advised in light of accepted patient care practice and procedure and/or in violation of any regulations or laws governing the pharmacy and health sciences professions. Although not an exhaustive list, failure to follow any of the requirements set forth below constitutes unprofessional behavior.

1. Respect and Concern for the Welfare of Patients
Each member of the College will:

a. Treat patients and their families with respect and dignity both in their presence and in discussions with others.

b. Recognize when one's ability to function effectively is compromised and ask for relief or help.

c. Students should recognize the limits of their competence in the care of a patient and seek supervision or advice before acting.

d. Not use alcohol or other drugs in a manner that could compromise themselves or patient care (as outlined further in the Chemical Dependency Policy).

2. Respect for the Rights of Others
Each member of the College community will:

a. Refrain from contributing to or engaging in any activity which disrupts or obstructs the teaching or research activities of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, either on the campus or at affiliated training sites, including rotation sites

b. Deal with other professionals, staff and peer members in a considerate manner and with a spirit of cooperation.

c. Act with an egalitarian spirit toward all persons encountered in a professional capacity regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual preference or socioeconomic status.

d. Respect the patient's modesty and privacy of all information.

3. Trustworthiness

Each member of the College community will:

a. Be truthful in communication to others.

b. Maintain confidentiality of patient information according to HIPAA regulations.

c. Admit errors and not knowingly mislead others to promote one's self at the expense of the patient.

d. Not represent himself/herself as a pharmacist, physician, physician's assistant, or other health professional (other than a pharmacy student/intern or health sciences student).

4. Responsibility and Sense of Duty

Each member of the College community will:

a. Participate responsibly in patient care or research to the best of his or her ability and with the appropriate supervision.

b. Undertake clinical duties and persevere until they are complete.

c. Notify the responsible person if something interferes with his or her ability to perform clinical or academic tasks effectively.

5. Ethical and Legal Consciousness


Each member of the College community will:

a. Abide by all regulations, rules, and laws related to healthcare and the pharmacy and health sciences professions.

b. Accept disciplinary action taken against him or her.

c. Adhere to all rules and policies of individual institutions as they apply to themselves. (This includes matters related to misconduct; appropriate use of funds, materials, medications, and space within an institution; and acts of theft, forgery, falsification, or fraudulent use of university or work-site property.)

d. Comply with laws and regulations concerning the use of chemical agents and illegal substances, including alcohol.

e. Desist from deliberately misrepresenting or concealing information or material concerning an investigation of an alleged violation of this Honor Code.

f. Hold in the strictest of confidentiality all information pertinent to the proceedings of an Honor Code investigation or hearing.

g. Submit truthful information and reveal relevant information on all University applications or forms and in all Honor Code proceedings.

h. Submit truthful information and reveal all requested and relevant information in all communications with any official board or regulatory body from whom certification or clearance must be received before the student may satisfy an academic requirement.

6. Professional Demeanor

Each member of the College community will:

a. Maintain a neat and clean appearance and dress in attire that is accepted as professional to the population served.

b. Be thoughtful and professional when interacting with patients and families.

c. Strive to maintain composure during times of fatigue, professional stress, or personal problems.

d. Avoid offensive language, gestures, inappropriate remarks, and all forms of violence and threats.

e. Respect others when using electronic devices and cell phones.

f. Be punctual when attending classes, meetings, appointments, patient care settings, rotations sites, or other pertinent gatherings.

g. Desist from purposely submitting false or misleading information on a resume or curriculum vitae concerning academic details/information (including class rank, grades, academic honors Dean's List, President's List, etc.) work experience, or any other matter relevant to past, current, or future employment.

IV.  Self-reporting of ALLEGED AND ACTUAL LAW VIOLATIONS

- With the exception of speeding and parking tickets, students shall report to the Dean or the Student Affairs Officer all arrests, charges, guilty pleas and convictions within (seven) 7 days of their occurrence. This includes, but is not limited to, any charge or plea of guilty in connection with any felony or misdemeanor. Failure to so report constitutes an Honor Code violation. Upon receipt of a report, the Dean and/or Student Affairs Officer will investigate the matter and determine if action under the Honor Code is appropriate. If he or she decides no further action is necessary at that time, the information reported will be placed in the student's file.

V.  HONOR CODE COMMITTEE

A. Membership and Selection

1. The Honor Code Committee (the "Committee") shall consist of seven (7) members: five (5) students, two of whom will be in the last two years of their enrolled program, and two (2) faculty members.

2. The faculty representatives will be selected by the College Administrative Committee (Dean, Associate/Assistant Deans, Student Affairs Officer, and Department Chairs) on an individual case basis. Faculty members selected shall have no direct involvement in the events in question

3. Applications for student positions on the Committee may be submitted to the Dean's Office at any time during the academic year prior to April 1.

4. By May 1 of each academic year, the Dean's Office will notify the Dean's Student Advisory Council of the applications. Confirmation requires a majority approval of the Dean's Student Advisory Council. Upon confirmation, Committee members begin serving the first day of the following fall term.

5. Five (5) of the student members will serve two year terms, being nominated in staggered years (e.g. two in odd numbered years and three in even numbered years). Each of these five (5) student members will be elected during his or her second year in the Pharm.D. program or junior year in the Health Sciences program. During the second year on the Committee, one of the students elected the prior year will serve as Chair of the Committee.

6. A student may be considered for membership on the Committee provided that he/she:

a. Is admitted into the Pharm.D. program or upper level of the Health Sciences program when the term on the Honor Code Committee begins.

b. Is not on academic or disciplinary probation.

c. Has never been sanctioned by the University or College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

d. Is willing to submit written answers to designated questions and an possible interview by the Dean's Student Advisory Council and the Student Affairs Officer.

7. No student may serve concurrent terms as a Dean's Student Advisory Council member and an Honor Code Committee member.

8. If a student is nominated for the Honor Code Committee while serving on the Dean's Student Advisory Council he or she must abstain from voting on his/her own nomination or selection.

9. The student body will be informed of the Honor Code Committee membership via the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences webpage (/cphs).

10. The Student Affairs Officer shall retain a list of all the students who have been nominated or who have expressed a desire to serve on the Committee for the selection of temporary and future appointees.

11. If a member of the Committee is charged with violating the Honor Code, he/she shall be removed from the Committee until the charges are resolved and a temporary replacement shall be nominated and confirmed as described above. If the Committee member admits guilt or is found guilty of an Honor Code violation, then he/she shall no longer serve on the Committee unless he/she is specifically allowed to continue by the Dean. In that case, the temporary replacement shall serve out the remainder of the removed student's term.

12. All other Committee openings shall be filled via the nomination/confirmation procedure described above, with replacements serving out the remainder of the exiting student's term.

B. Reporting of Violations

- All violations of the Honor Code must be reported within 30 days after the reporting person has knowledge of the violation. Failure to do so is in itself a violation of the Honor Code. However, the fact that a violation was not reported within 30 days shall not be a defense to any charge under the Honor Code.

- Violations of the Honor Code may be reported directly to the faculty member responsible for the course in which the act was committed, the Student Affairs Officer or the Dean (either in person or via e-mail).

- Reporting of information indicating that an Honor Code violation has occurred, where the reporting person has no good faith basis for believing an Honor Code violation has occurred, is an Honor Code violation.

C. Procedures upon Receipt of Reports of Violations

- A report of an Honor Code violation does not immediately trigger Honor Code proceedings:

1. If the alleged violation pertains to a student's activity in a course, the faculty member responsible for the course is notified and the initial handling of the report is left to his/her professional discretion, as discussed in the next section.

2 .If the alleged violation does not pertain to a course, the Dean and the Student Affairs Officer will exercise their professional discretion in handling the matter, as discussed in the next section.

D. Action by Faculty Member or Dean/Student Affairs Officer

- A faculty member or Dean/Student Affairs Officer who receives information indicating an Honor Code violation may have occurred shall exercise professional judgment in selecting his or her course of action. Among the possible courses of action are the following:

1. Discuss the matter with the member of the College community and conclude that no violation occurred. The matter is then discarded and maintained as a confidential transaction between the faculty member or Dean/Student Affairs Officer and the student.

2. Discuss the matter with the member of the College community and conclude that a violation occurred, but refer the matter to the Honor Code Committee [2] (Note: If a matter is referred to the Honor Code Committee in this manner, the Committee must decide on its own (1) whether a violation occurred and (2) the appropriate penalty)

3. In an attempt to reach an informal resolution of the matter, arrange a consultation among the faculty member, the member of the College community, the Dean, the Student Affairs Officer and/or any other appropriate persons. Following this consultation, if a resolution has not been reached, the faculty member or Dean/Student Affairs Officer retains the option to follow another course of action, including No. 4 below.

4. For students who have allegedly violated the Honor Code, discuss the matter with the student and conclude that a violation occurred, and assign the appropriate penalty or penalties, including reprimand, grade reduction, or other course of action. If the faculty member or Dean/Student Affairs Officer feels that the student's actions jeopardize the welfare of other students or individuals, he/she may suspend or drop the student from a course. (Note: Only the Honor Code Committee can suspend or drop a student from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for a violation of the Code.)

- Any time a faculty member or Dean/Student Affairs Officer has determined a student Honor Code violation has occurred, that violation and any penalty assigned shall be reported to the Student Affairs Officer to be noted in the student's file. Past violations may be used to determine penalties, but not guilt, in future cases.

E. Initiation of Honor Code Committee Proceedings

- Honor Code Committee proceedings will commence in one of the following situations:

1. A faculty member or Dean/Student Affairs Officer refers an alleged violation to the Committee.

2. A student appeals a faculty member or Dean/Student Affairs Officer's decision regarding a violation of the Honor Code and/or the penalty imposed by notifying the Student Affairs Officer or one of the members of the Honor Code Committee within seven (7) calendar days following notification of the decision that is being appealed. (Note: Where a student does not contest the fact that an Honor Code violation occurred, but only the penalty imposed, the Committee shall conduct proceedings only with regard to the appropriate penalty.)

F. Notification of Hearing

- The Chair of the Honor Code Committee shall notify the accused in writing at least fourteen (14) calendar days prior to the hearing date. The accused student may request in writing a waiver of the fourteen (14) day notice period. The request will be accommodated if possible. The notification shall include the alleged Honor Code violation giving rise to the hearing; hearing procedures; date, time, and location of the hearing; copies of the documents the Committee intends to use at the hearing; and the name of the Chair.

In responding to the hearing notification, the accused may do any of the following:

1. Do nothing and await the hearing.

2. Enter a plea of guilty; or notify the Committee or the Student Affairs Officer that he or she is voluntarily withdrawing from the University and subsequently withdraw, which shall be considered an admission of guilt in the matter. In either case, the Committee shall then meet to consider the appropriate penalty (e.g. notation of student's transcript, etc.)

3. Waive the notice period or request a postponement of the hearing.

4. Request a separate hearing from other students being charged for Honor Code violations surrounding the same incident.
- Requests will be granted or denied in the reasonable discretion of the Chair of the Honor Code Committee.

G. Student Rights in Connection with Honor Code Hearings

- Each student is guaranteed the following rights in connection with Honor Code Hearings:

1. To be sent notice of the charge and the alleged act(s) or omission(s) upon which the charge is based at least fourteen (14) calendar days before the hearing date;

2. To produce witnesses, hear all the evidence upon which the charge is based and answer the evidence through rebuttal (unless the accused fails to attend the hearing after being sent timely notice to his/her last known address);

3. To the extent not otherwise inconsistent with this Code, to remain silent about any incident in which the accused is a suspect on the basis of self-incrimination;

4. To be considered innocent until proven guilty by a preponderance of the evidence; and,

5. To have the results of the disciplinary matter presented in writing and to have the opportunity to appeal an adverse decision as outlined below.

H. Records

- Prior to each hearing, one of the Committee members will be designated as recording secretary by the Chair. A handwritten summary of the proceedings shall be housed in confidentiality with the Student Affairs Officer following the conclusion of the hearing. At the request of either party or the Committee, the proceedings shall additionally be tape-recorded and held with the other records. These records may be re-opened in the event of an appeal from the Committee decision or other future proceedings involving the student or the incident(s) at issue.

I. Attendance

- Attendance at the hearing is restricted to the members of the Honor Code Committee, the faculty member involved, members of the Administrative team (i.e., the Dean or the Student Affairs Officer), the accused, and witnesses. Five of the seven members of the Committee must be present. Witnesses, other than the accused, may be excluded from portions of the hearing at the discretion of the Chair. The accused may invite an advisor, who may attend the hearing, but the advisor may not represent the accused, offer testimony, or question witnesses. Upon approval of the Chair, other invitees of the accused or the faculty member who are not witnesses may be allowed to attend.

- No decision will be made based solely on the failure of the accused to attend. However, if the accused was sent a timely notice of the hearing at his/her last known address and fails to attend, the hearing will continue with all available information being presented and the Committee will deliberate and decide on the alleged Honor Code violation and penalty as discussed below.

- If a witness has reasonable cause as to why he or she will be unable to attend the hearing, the Chair must make reasonable accommodations to hear the witness's testimony or obtain a signed written statement.

J. Proceedings

- The Chair of the Honor Code Committee shall inform the accused as to the procedures to be followed throughout the course of the hearing. With the exception of the Committee members, the accused, the faculty member, the Dean/Student Affairs Officer, and witnesses, those present will not participate in the proceedings. The Chair shall take reasonable measures to insure an orderly hearing, including the removal of individuals who impede or disrupt the proceedings.

The hearing shall progress in the following manner:

1. The hearing shall begin with the presentation of an opening statement by the faculty member or Student Affairs Officer summarizing concisely the conduct at issue, the Code provisions allegedly violated and the sanction(s) being sought. The accused shall then present an opening statement stating any facts relevant to the proceedings, including facts indicating lack of guilt or extenuating circumstances.

2. The faculty member or Dean/Student Affairs Officer may then support his/her presentation by the testimony of witnesses and/or by other evidence. The accused and the Committee may question the faculty member or Dean/Student Affairs Officer and the witnesses.

3. The accused may support his/her presentation by the testimony of witnesses and/or by other evidence. The faculty member or Dean/Student Affairs Officer and the Committee may question the accused and the witnesses.

4. At the close of the evidence presented by the accused, the faculty member or Dean/Student Affairs Officer shall be given the opportunity to introduce rebuttal evidence which must be limited to any matters that have been raised in the evidence presented by or on behalf of the accused. The accused shall then have a right to present corresponding rebuttal evidence.

5. After all evidence has been presented, the faculty member or Dean/Student Affairs Officer may make a final argument, after which the accused may make a final argument.

- At the conclusion of the hearing, the parties are excused, and the Committee will deliberate in closed session on the alleged Honor Code violation.

K.Deliberation

- The Honor Code Committee considers any and all evidence offered at the hearing and deliberates until a verdict is reached. An Honor Code violation can be found only if the preponderance of the evidence establishes the following:

1. The alleged Honor Code violation actually occurred; and

2. The act or omission constituting the violation was performed by the accused.

- At the end of the deliberation, a secret ballot is taken, and a majority vote is required to judge the accused to have violated the Honor Code. The only record of this portion of the proceedings shall be the verdict.

1. If the verdict is "not guilty", the faculty member and Dean/Student Affairs Officer are bound by that finding.

2. If the verdict is "guilty", the Committee will then impose the appropriate penalty or penalties, again by majority vote.

L. Penalties

- A variety of penalties may be imposed once a "guilty" verdict has been reached, including, but not limited to one or more of the following:

1. Reprimand;

2. Community or professional service activities;

3. Loss of privileges granted to College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences students (i.e. representing the College during activities, provision of funds for professional activities, holding elected offices within College committees or organizations)

4. Grade reduction (including assignment of a failing grade);

5. Dropped from the course for the current semester;

6. Suspension from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for a stated period of time;

7. Suspension from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in which case re-admittance, if any, is governed by the procedures set forth in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Student Handbook;

8. Being dropped from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

-Additional policies and procedures regarding probation, suspension, and dropped students may be found in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Student Handbook and the Drake Student Handbook.

- The penalty will vary from incident to incident, depending upon all of the following:

a. Scope and magnitude of the offense;

b. Circumstances in which it occurred;

c. Prior record of the person being penalized; and

d. Evidence suggesting the existence or absence of a pattern of Code violations.

M. Hearing Report

- A concise report of the Committee's decision and its reasons therefore shall be submitted in writing to the accused, the faculty member and/or the Dean/Student Affairs Officer within seventy-two (72) hours of the Committee's decision.

N. Appeals of Hearing Committee Decisions

- The student may appeal the decision of the Committee to the Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. A written notice of appeal must be delivered to the office of the Dean within seven (7) calendar days from the receipt of the hearing report from the Committee. The notice must state the grounds for appeal, the reasons why the Committee decision should be changed and the requested outcome. If there is no timely appeal, the Committee decision is final. The following guidelines apply to appeals:

1. The Dean shall decide all appeals. If the Dean is not available or if the Dean was intimately involved in the case such that his/her involvement in the appeal would be inappropriate, then the Dean will appoint another administrator to decide the appeal.

2. The grounds for appeal are as follows:

a. Procedural error that prevented a fair decision by the Committee

b. Misstatement or misapplication of the Honor Code;

c. Decision of the Committee not supported by the facts or evidence;

d. Material evidence or facts, newly discovered, which could not with reasonable diligence have been discovered and introduced at the hearing; or

e. Unfair penalty imposed.

3. If none of the above-referenced grounds for appeal is present, the Dean/Designee shall dismiss the appeal, and the decision of the Committee is final.

4. If the appeal is not dismissed, the Dean/Designee may affirm or reverse the previous decision with regard to the student's guilt or innocence and may modify the penalty previously imposed.

5. Barring newly discovered material evidence or facts, an appeal is limited to a review of the record of the hearing, the written evidence introduced at the hearing, and the Committee's hearing report.

6. The Dean/Designee may not impose a more severe penalty than was previously imposed.

7. The Dean/Designee's decision on appeal is final.

8. A concise report of the Dean/Designee's decision and his/her reasons therefore shall be submitted in writing to the accused, the faculty member, and the Student Affairs Officer within seventy-two (72) hours of the Dean/Designee's decision.

O. Student Records

- Notations will be made in the student's permanent file of any convictions in accordance with the Code. Suspensions, and drops for violation of the Code may be noted on the student's transcript by the phrase "Honor Code Suspension" or "Honor Code Dismissal." If a verdict of "not guilty" was reached or the student was found "not guilty" on appeal, there will be no record whatsoever in the student's permanent file of the alleged violation.

P. Reporting of Alleged Unprofessional Behavior by Faculty or Staff

- A member of the College community observing allegedly unprofessional behavior by faculty or staff may discuss the situation with the member of the College community in question, or may report the alleged unprofessional behavior to that person's supervisor, a faculty member's department chair or to the Dean of the College. Those parties will take any further action they deem necessary to resolve the situation

VI.  AMENDMENTS

- Amendments to the Honor Code must be approved by a two-thirds vote of the Honor Code Committee or a two-thirds vote of the Dean's Student Advisory Council and must additionally be approved by the Faculty of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

- The Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Honor Code, upon approval by the Dean's Student Advisory Council and Faculty, shall take effect beginning on the first official day of classes in May of 2005. The Code shall remain continuously in effect, regardless of whether or not the University is in session.

VII.  THE PLEDGE OF HONOR

- "I do hereby certify that I understand and pledge to abide and be bound by the Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Honor Code. I agree to conduct myself in a honorable manner at all times and to uphold the highest degree of academic honesty, professional and ethical behavior, and integrity. I understand that if I am ever found to be in violation of the Honor Code, I may be subject to a range of disciplinary sanctions, from academic exercise failure to being dropped from the College, all of which will be documented in my permanent file."

 

Student's Signature                                                                                                   Date

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[1] Adapted from Campbell University School of Pharmacy Honor Code, Buies Creek, NC (2003).

[2] The faculty member or Dean/Student Affairs Officer may select this option where he/she feels the violation is serious enough to warrant consideration of the penalties of suspension, or being dropped from the College.

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