Admission Disclosures

HCISBH faculty and staff are committed to actively pursuing equality for Health Care Integrated School Based Health students of all ages, diverse cultures, disabilities, and lifestyles through the implementation of HCISBH’s mission and objectives.  HCISBH incorporates the ethnic and academic pluralism which is represented within our community into its educational process.

Health Care Integrated School Based Health is dedicated to respecting, integrating, and celebrating students’ diverse cultures into all aspects of campus life.  HCISBH maintains a professional and safe environment where students are free to express and share their unique backgrounds and experiences.

Health Care Integrated School Based Health does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or status, marital, parental, familial, veteran, or military service status, age, or disability. HCISBH complies with all local, state, and federal laws barring discrimination. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment and admission shall be extended to all persons.  All inquiries or complaints regarding these laws and regulations should be directed to the appropriate HCISBH official who will provide students with procedures available in resolving complaints relating to alleged unlawful discriminatory actions.

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Health Care Integrated School Based Health abides by the policy that “no student with a disability” shall be excluded from participation in programs and services offered by HCISBH “when reasonable accommodations may be provided.” A student is eligible for reasonable accommodations and/or auxiliary aids and services if the student has a documented disability and the Disability Services Coordinator has met with the student, consulted with HCISBH Director of Student and Alumni Affairs, and determined that the functional limitations of the disability can be reasonably accommodated.

Health Care Integrated School Based Health is committed to providing reasonable accommodations including auxiliary aids and or services to qualified individuals with a disability, unless providing such accommodations would result in undue burden or fundamentally alter the nature of the relevant program, benefit or service provided by HCISBH.  To request auxiliary aids or service, Students should contact the Student Services Office at the respective campus.  Students should submit requests with supporting documentation at least six weeks prior to the beginning of the first day of classes or as soon as practical.  See also the “Disability Services” in the Student Services section of this catalog.

Health Care Integrated School Based Health has the right, at its discretion, to make reasonable changes in program content, class schedules, materials and equipment, as it deems necessary in the interest of improving the students’ educational experience. Health Care Integrated School Based Health reserves the right to make changes in organizational structure, policy and procedures as circumstances dictate. When size and curriculum permit, classes may be combined to provide meaningful instruction and training or team teaching may be facilitated to contribute to the level of interaction among students.  When ongoing federal, state, or professional changes occur that affect students currently in attendance, Health Care Integrated School Based Health will make the appropriate changes and notify the students accordingly.

All applicants to programs at Health Care Integrated School Based Health which lead to licensure must submit to HCISBH defined background check as part of the admissions process to their programs and again prior to any clinical coursework required for the completion of the programs.  The background check results must be such that they do not interfere with a student’s ability to be placed in clinical settings for their various clinical practica, and eligibility for licensure. Additional requirements may be made by the clinical site to which a student is assigned.

When a background check discloses a conviction on a felony or misdemeanor, an outstanding arrest for a felony or misdemeanor, or other concern that would lead to denial of admission or drop from the program, the affected student or applicant may appeal the decision to the program chair/dean of the program to which the student has applied. Should a student or applicant be dissatisfied with the decision of the program chair/dean, the student or applicant may appeal in writing to HCISBH Administration Appeals Committee, specifying why the original decision should be reconsidered.  HCISBH Appeals Committee’s decision is final.

Health Care Integrated School Based Health emphasizes the need for all students to attend classes on a regular and consistent basis.  In addition to the research that demonstrates that regular class attendance enhances student success, consistent attendance and punctuality helps students develop good habits and behaviors necessary to compete in a highly challenging job market.

To maintain satisfactory attendance in all courses students may not be absent for more than 30% of a theory/lab course.  These percentages are calculated on the basis of the clock hours identified previously in the catalog.  For example, 30% of a three credit lecture course is 13.5 hours.  Absences in excess of 30% of any theory/lab course will result in a grade of “F” and the student will be required to repeat the course.

Students who are required to participate in military duties and are therefore required to be absent from their scheduled classes will not be penalized. The student must provide the appropriate academic administrator with written documentation verifying the required military leave and length of time requested; however, depending on the length of required military leave, a student may need to request a leave of absence.

Students who arrive for class after the scheduled start time are considered tardy; students who depart from class before the scheduled completion time are considered to have “departed early.”  Faculty members are asked to track student tardiness and early departures.  Upon the second instance of tardiness/early departure, faculty members are advised to discuss the issue with the student.  On the event of the third tardy and/or early departure, the student will receive one absence.  Excessive tardiness and/or early departures can lead to sanctions, including dismissal from HCISBH.

The possession or use of drugs or alcohol is strictly forbidden on HCISBH premises or during any HCISBH-sponsored activities conducted off-campus.  Faculty and student peers have an obligation to act on concerns regarding alcohol or drug abuse or dependency when encountered within the Health Care Integrated academic community.  Students who need counseling assistance for drug or alcohol dependency should contact the Executive Director, Academic Dean or Student Services Manager for referrals.  All referrals will be kept confidential.  Information on drug abuse prevention is available from the Student Services Department for students or Human Resources for employees.

Health Care Integrated School Based Health adheres to the following prohibitions regarding drugs and alcohol: 1. Students may not possess or be under the influence of alcohol while in clinical or classroom settings.  2. Students may not be under the influence of drugs, i.e. controlled substances, or prescription drugs, when there is the possibility that such use may impair the student’s ability to safely perform patient care or impair the learning process in a classroom setting.  3. Students may not be involved in the illegal possession, distribution, sale, use or purchase of a controlled substance.  4. Faculty are obligated to take immediate action if a student involved in a HCISBH program is suspected, based on inappropriate conduct, physical symptoms, or other indicators, of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The following guidelines describe the actions that may be taken when students are suspected of violating drug or alcohol policies:

  1. Faculty or peers who suspect a student of alcohol or drug use/dependency (based on a pattern of behavior consistent with impairment) will document specific behaviors or confirmed evidence of such impairment. This will be submitted in writing to the Academic Dean who will determine the action to be taken.  If the Academic Dean and involved faculty believe the evidence is compelling and indicates violation of drug and alcohol policies, the student will be requested to attend a conference whereby the concerns and related evidence will be addressed.  The Academic Dean and involved faculty will decide what type of follow-up is indicated, based on the outcome of this conference.
  2. If reasonable suspicion of alcohol or drug use occurs in the classroom or clinical setting, the student will be immediately removed from that setting. The faculty member will discuss the concerns with the student. If reasonable suspicion still exists, the Academic Dean of HCISBH program (or Executive Director in his/her absence) will be informed and will determine what actions need to be taken.  Screening for drugs or alcohol will be required.  The student will have to give consent for such testing, and authorization for results to be made available to HCISBH.  All testing costs will be the responsibility of the student.

Students with complaints/grievances relating to classroom or other matters are encouraged to do the following:

  1. Discuss the issue with their instructor. Every attempt should be made by both the student and faculty member to resolve the matter at this level.
  2. If it is not resolved at the instructor level, unresolved complaints/grievances should be submitted in writing to the Academic Dean or appropriate academic administrator for the program of enrollment. Investigations of complaints or grievances will be directed by the campus Executive Director or his/her designee. A thorough review of the grievance and faculty response, as well as any additional information will be conducted.  A written response will be provided to the student within 10 days of receiving the grievance.

If dissatisfied with the response or solution, a student should follow the steps below:

  • Level 1:   Contact the Executive Director of his/her respective campus.  If dissatisfied with the response or solution, go to the next level.
  • Level 2:   Contact the Vice President of Operations.  If dissatisfied with the response or solution, go to the next level.
  • Level 3:   Contact the President of Health Care Integrated School Based Health. Decisions made by the President are considered final.

If a student does not feel that HCISBH has adequately addressed a complaint or concern, the student may consider contacting:

U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training
Apprentice C-5311
200 Constitution Ave.
NW Washington, DC  20210

and/or

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
750 First Street, NE  Suite 980
Washington, DC 20002

(202) 336-6780
www.acics.org

Students enrolling at Health Care Integrated School Based Health assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with HCISBH’s function as an educational institution of higher learning. HCISBH expects its students to conduct themselves as responsible individuals, considerate and respectful of the rights and interests of others.  HCISBH’s mission reflects an intention to partner with students in their preparation for a professional career, and part of the education experience for students pertains to the kind of behavior that is acceptable in professional settings.  Honesty, integrity, and respect for others is an integral expectation of student conduct.  If in the judgment of the administrative officers of HCISBH, a student’s conduct does not conform to the above-level stated standards,  HCISBH will follow a course of action deemed appropriate up to and including dismissal from a course and potentially suspension or dismissal from HCISBH.

Specific behaviors that are unacceptable within the classroom setting include the use of cell phones or any technology that is not intended for the express benefit of the learning experience and approved by the faculty.  Disruptive behavior, including conversations unsanctioned by the faculty, or other methods of communication or distracting from the primary mission of the faculty member is unacceptable.