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Alhambra Medical University expects its students to maintain themselves at all times in a professional manner. Unprofessional conduct will not be tolerated.

A student may be dismissed for unsatisfactory or improper conduct, scholarship or attendance, or for any other cause that is considered to be prejudicial to the interest of the University or the healthcare profession. Personal conduct and appearance are outward expressions of character. Students are expected to abide by the standards of professional conduct, including dress and appearance appropriate to the University and the profession. A student may be dismissed or suspended from a class or the University following appropriate hearing and appeals procedures.

Student Code of Conduct

The Alhambra Medical University student body is as diverse in interest as it is in culture, ethnicity, professional background and age. Those who make up the student body are passionate about alternative medicine, focused on their academic responsibilities and committed to becoming successful health care practitioners. AMU provides a professional environment where the training, experience and maturity of students from other health care professions are respected and appreciated. Prospective students need to demonstrate strong motivation, desire and commitment to serve as a health care professionals.

The Student Code of Conduct governs the behavior of our student body. The purpose of a published Code of Conduct is to state the specific authority and responsibility of the University in maintaining social discipline, to outline the process for a legitimate grievance, and to establish the procedures to be followed to ensure “due process,” which protects accused students from unfair imposition of penalties and sanctions. All members of the University community are expected to use reasonable judgment in their daily campus life and to show due concern for the welfare and rights of others.

The following misconduct would constitute violations of our community values and standards:

  • Violations of published University policies, rules or regulations.
  • Violations of federal, state or local law, including but not limited to, conduct on University premises or at University sponsored or supervised activities.
  • Use, possession, sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages, drugs, drug paraphernalia, narcotics or other controlled substances on campus.
  • Smoking in any interior area of the University, including classrooms, labs, restrooms, hallways, or lounge areas is prohibited.
  • Endangering, threatening or causing physical harm to any person.
  • Attempted or actual theft of University property.
  • Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, or other University activities.
  • Harassment, whether it be physical, verbal, graphic, or written, based on race, sex, color, ethnic or national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, or disability. Also, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other forms of such verbal or physical conduct may constitute harassment.
  • Cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty, including aiding another student in an act of academic dishonesty.

Student Disciplinary Procedures

If any individual in the has reason to believe a student has engaged in prohibited behavior, that individual may present a written notice to the Academic Dean. The student will be notified of the charges as soon as possible by mail or hand-delivered message. The University will begin an investigation of the facts, and the student will have the opportunity to present, in writing or verbally, all pertinent evidence pertaining to the alleged misconduct.

If the Academic Dean feels a breach of the Student Code of Conduct has not occurred, the charge will be dismissed, and the student will be notified of the dismissal in writing. A written notice of the dismissal shall be placed in a file pertaining to the incident, and the matter will be considered closed.

If the Academic Dean believes there has been a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, an investigation will be conducted. If the violation is deemed to be minor, the Academic Dean will arrange an in-person meeting with the student to discuss the charges and propose a suitable sanction or solution, which may include counseling, guidance, or a written reprimand. The Academic Dean will deliver the findings in writing to the student. The student will then have ten days in which to appeal the decision in writing to an Academic Committee consisting of the Academic Dean, the Clinic Director, and a faculty member who was not involved in the original matter. The appeal will be limited to the following: a) the presentation of new pertinent evidence previously unavailable, b) sanction that is not supported by the evidence, or c) unfair prejudice or bias in the decision.

The Academic Committee will hold a meeting within ten days of the student’s written notice of appeal. At this meeting, the student may be, but is not obligated to be present, and may be accompanied by an advisor who is part of the university community and not legal counsel. The Academic Committee will come to a decision and this decision will be final.

If the alleged misconduct is deemed to be of a more serious nature, a formal hearing may be held by an Academic Committee consisting of the Academic Dean, one administrator and a faculty member not involved in the original incident. The following procedures will be followed:

All pertinent documents and evidence will be submitted to the Academic Committee, and the student will be notified in writing of the charges, the hearing date, time, and location. The student will have the right and the opportunity to view the evidence prior to the hearing, and will have ten days in which to respond in writing. At the hearing, the Academic Committee will review all materials submitted by the student and the evidence so far gathered.

The Academic Committee will deliberate and come to a decision as to the sanction or action to be taken against the student, and will notify the student of such decision in writing within ten days.

The student will have an additional ten days following receipt of the Academic Committee’s decision in which to present a written appeal via certified mail to the University President. The appeal will be limited to the following: a) the presentation of new pertinent evidence previously unavailable to the Academic Committee, b) sanction that is not supported by the evidence, or c) unfair prejudice or bias in the decision.

Student Grievances

Alhambra Medical University has created a Grievance Committee for processing and addressing student grievances. The following implementation procedures are delineated for students to observe:

All students are encouraged to resolve difficulties by direct discussion with the parties involved. If resolution is not achieved by direct communication, contact the administration. If resolution is still not forthcoming then grievance(s) can be handled through the following steps:

  • An appointment may be scheduled with the Academic Dean of the University and the grievance can be discussed. Any necessary parties may be called into this meeting. A written report will be kept in the student file.
  • If the Academic Dean’s decision is not satisfactory to the parties involved, a meeting of the Grievance Committee can be requested. The Grievance Committee consists of one faculty member, one member of the administration and one student representative. A request must be made in writing and filed with the Academic Dean or Vice President.  The Academic Dean will schedule a meeting of the Grievance Committee within two weeks after the written request has been received. The person(s) filing the grievance may be requested to appear before the Grievance Committee. A decision will be rendered within seven days of the Grievance Committee meeting.
  • When no satisfactory resolution is achieved, a complaint can be filed with the University President.

Please note that a student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution at any time with the following regulatory agencies:

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400Sacramento, CA 95833www.bppe. ca.govtoll-free (888) 370-7589 or by fax (916) 263- 1897 Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55347Phone: (952) 212-2434, Fax: (301) 313-0912 email: coordinator@acaom.org