Due process/appeal mechanism
The due process procedure ensures students are given the opportunity to correct behaviors considered to be unacceptable, before dismissal from the program. It also provides an Appeal Process mechanism for any student who may have a complaint or is being dismissed from the program due to didactic or clinical grade issues, behavioral issues, etc.
I. The following steps will be followed before any student is dismissed for any unacceptable behavior, excluding any behavior considered serious enough to warrant immediate dismissal. (NOTE: Any student whose behavior results in immediate dismissal is also eligible to use the school's "Appeal Process" mechanism).
A. Counseling with Written Warning
- The program director or clinical instructor will meet with the student to discuss the concern or the incident involved. The student will receive a written warning which will state the consequences of non-compliance.
- If the non-compliance behavior still continues, the student may be placed on probation or may be dismissed at this time. The decision to dismiss the student is determined by the severity of the concern or incident involved.
- The student may be dismissed if he/she continues the behavior in question after receiving a written warning that indicates the consequences of another non-compliance event/incident will result in dismissal.
D. Appeal Process
- Students are encouraged to discuss any concerns or questions regarding policies and/or decisions rendered directly with the party with which the student has a concern. If a student feels that he/she did not receive fair treatment in regards to any unfavorable evaluations, disciplinary actions, suspensions or dismissals, the student may appeal in writing, within five school days, to the Program Director and the appeal process will continue through the following channels:
- Program Director will respond within five school days.
- Director of Medical Imaging for Community Health Network will respond within five school days.
- Grievance Committee created by Human Resources.
E. The process for resolving grievances will follow the same guidelines of the Community Hospitals Human Resources Grievance Policy 10B.
- The student will appeal in writing, to Human Resources, within five school days after meeting with the Director of Medical Imaging.
F. The decision rendered by the Human Resources Grievance Committee will be the final and binding decision of the hospital/school.
II. Complaints or allegations relating to non-compliance of JRCERT Standards
A. Concerned individuals with questions regarding possible non-compliance with JRCERT standards are encouraged to address concerns with the program faculty.
B. If the concern is not resolved, the faculty will facilitate connecting the individual with the JRCERT to clarify standards and/or the non-compliance issue, within five school days. Contact info: JRCERT, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60606-2901 or (312) 704-5300 or www.jrcert.org.
C. The school will comply with the decision/recommendation rendered by the JRCERT.
III. Academic Dismissal
A. Academic progress is reviewed with students at mid-semester and end of semester.
- Mid-semester grades are issued to inform students of their academic standing and to encourage students to raise their grades by end of semester if necessary.
B. Students may appeal their grades and/or dismissal using the appeal process outlined above.