CODE OF CONDUCT & ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY
UMI students are expected to be above reproach in all educational and professional activities and behavior.
During their participation in UMI’s DMS program, the students shall:
Be truthful and promote appropriate communications with peers, faculty, staff, colleagues, and patients.
Respect the rights of peers, colleagues, faculty, staff, patients, and yourself.
Collaborate with professional colleagues, peers, faculty, and staff to create an environment that promotes communication and respect.
Communicate and collaborate with others to promote ethical practice and behavior.
Adopted from the Code of Ethics for the Profession of Diagnostic Medical Sonography by the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
Students who engage in scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including a failing grade in the course and expulsion from the school. Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give an unfair advantage to the student or the attempt to commit such acts. The following is only a sample of the policy’s application:
All submitted assignments should represent the student’s own work. Plagiarism is prohibited. This includes violation of copyright regulations, failure to appropriately cite and reference sources used in the student’s work.
A student who submits someone else’s work or classroom and/or lab assignment as his/her own or cheats on a test will be in violation of UMI’s academic integrity policy and will be subject to penalties ranging from course failure to dismissal from the program.
A student who enables and/or facilitates another student’s violation of scholastic integrity will be subject to penalties ranging from course failure to dismissal from the program.
The use of personal mobile digital technology and web applications may be permitted in some class sessions per faculty and course policy. The use of such technology is prohibited during the tests, unless explicitly authorized by faculty based on modality and format of examination.
Administration of Examination
Students are required to have their live camera video on during all tests and examinations taken in live conference format. Students who are not in compliance with this policy will receive a failing grade on the test.
Clinical / Lab / Class Participation and Attendance Records
UMI Students bear full responsibility for recording their clinical and lab participation hours and activities accurately. Inaccurate reporting of clinical hours or class attendance is considered falsification of academic records and a gross violation of UMI’s academic integrity policy. Such violations are subject to the strictest penalties, including dismissal from the program. Erroneous approval from the clinical supervisor of inaccurately recorded hours or activities does not release the student from his/her responsibility. Unintentional errors must be reported to the clinical supervisor or UMI’s faculty / administrator immediately. Students must provide evidence of their efforts to timely correct the mistake in order to avoid dismissal from the program.
SCHOOL RULES & CODE OF CONDUCT
It is the responsibility of each student, faculty member, administrator, and staff member to become familiar with UMI’s policies. Violation of the school policies and/or code of conduct may result in disciplinary actions, including dismissal from the program.
Any behavior unbecoming of a healthcare and medical professional may result in program dismissal. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, swearing, gambling, vulgarity, disrespect, lying, afflicting mental or physical injury to others, cheating, stealing, or any actions that threaten physical safety of a human being, or excessive misbehavior or defiance.
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention
United Medical Institute is committed to maintaining an alcohol and drug-free environment for students and employees. Our campuses prohibit the following:
Reporting to campus under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs or substances, including illegally obtained prescription drugs.
Reporting to campus under the influence of legal prescription or non- prescription drugs, if doing so could impair judgment or motor functions or place persons or property in jeopardy.
The illegal use, sale, manufacture, possession, distribution, transfer, purchase, or storage of alcoholic beverages or drugs on campus premises, or in automobiles or any other vehicle parked on campus premises.
Any violation of these policies will result in appropriate disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. Violations of the law will also be referred to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.
United Medical Institute makes available a referral service for drug abuse rehabilitation programs. Students may refer themselves to the counseling service or may be referred by the school. Faculty and student peers have an obligation to act on concerns regarding alcohol or drug abuse or dependency when encountered in another student. Any student who needs counseling or help with substance or alcohol abuse should consult the campus or program administrator.
During class time, breaks are scheduled for 10 minutes for every clock hour of class. Students are expected to leave and come back from breaks on time.
United Medical Institute prohibits all persons who enter school property from carrying weapons of any kind regardless of whether the person is licensed to carry the weapon or not. Failure to abide by this policy will lead to dismissal from UMI.
School Property Damage
Students are responsible for damage incurred to school property or equipment, whether willful or accidental, including abuse or loss of library books, classroom and other school devices and material.
Visitors and Guests
Family members, friends, or other unauthorized visitors are not allowed in the classrooms at any time without special permission from school administration.
Cell Phones and Other Personal Communication and Digital Technologies
Per instructor’s discretion, use of cellphones and other smart devices during class and laboratory sessions may be permitted for specific educational purposes or projects only. Cell phones must be silenced in class and clinical settings at all times. Students who are not in compliance with this policy are subject to disciplinary actions.
United Medical Institute prohibits video recording of any kind on campus or at a clinical site by students and/or by any other individuals without explicit permission by UMI’s administration to do so. Voice recording is permitted only during lecture with the instructor’s permission and when being used for educational purposes. Any student found in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary actions at the discretion of the school administration.