Code of Conduct
You were accepted by a professional college to be educated for a future in this highly respected profession. This requires maturity, self-discipline, and seriousness of purpose. It is the responsibility of the students to conduct themselves in a manner that permits the College to maintain an environment of friendship, equality, and educational value. All students are to conform to classroom rules as set forth by the faculty and the College.
The rules of conduct are also applicable while traveling to or from the College, traveling to or from the Medical Examiner’s Office, at College functions, and during off-campus College activities.
Violations of these rules of conduct or of any College policy may result in disciplinary action that could include immediate termination from the program, suspension, or any other disciplinary action as deemed appropriate by the College administration. Immediate termination from the program may also require forfeiture of fees paid for that quarter, and additionally, the student will remain responsible to pay to the College any fees owed that were not yet paid (see College refund policy).
The College, its officers, staff, or Board of Directors, shall not be liable for accident, injury, damages, costs, claims or even disciplinary action which results from violation of the rules and policies as set forth by the College, its officers, directors, faculty, and staff.
Academic Integrity Policy
Academic Integrity is required and expected of all students at Worsham College. It is recognized that there are opportunities to cheat in both traditional and online learning formats. Bear in mind that at the end of the Program, you will be required to take a proctored Capstone Exam. If you fail to meet that requirement, you will have to repeat the Professional Review course, which will delay your completion of the Program and cost you money. You should refresh your knowledge by periodically reviewing all of your course materials throughout the program to ensure that you will be prepared for the Capstone at the end of your coursework. Being a college student takes self-discipline. Skipping course content, doing the bare minimum to complete a course, or engaging in any type of cheating or other activity to gain an artificial advantage will not set you up for success on the Capstone or the National Board Exam.
The purpose of scheduling examinations is to determine for the instructor and student the percentage of material learned by the student. Unless complete honesty and integrity is applied, the true value of academic accomplishment is not measured. If a proctor suspects, or has evidence that a student is displaying dishonesty during an assignment, quiz, or examination, the student must forfeit the assignment, quiz, or examination to the proctor. The instructor also has the authority to adjust the offender’s grades as deemed appropriate, including assigning a zero or failing grade of ‘F’ to the assignment, exercise, or exam, or in more serious cases, a failing grade, ‘F’, to the student for the entire course.
If the student in fact was dishonest, suspension or dismissal from the College may result. Immediate termination from the program may also require forfeiture of fees paid for that quarter, and additionally, the student will remain responsible to pay to the College any fees owed that were not yet paid (see College refund policy).
Academic dishonesty is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Cheating, forgery, plagiarism, and collusion in dishonest acts undermine the college’s educational mission and the students’ personal and intellectual growth. Students are expected to bear individual responsibility for their work and to uphold the ideal of academic integrity. Any student who attempts to compromise or devalue the academic process will be sanctioned (possibly by failing an assignment or the entire course).
Gambling, Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Policies
Gambling, the use of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances, conduct which may pose a risk to the health and safety of any person, vulgar language, academic dishonesty on any exam or assignment, uncooperative, disruptive, hostile, or abusive behavior, assault and battery, theft of any College property or another student’s personal property, or any violation of any law and general conduct unbecoming a professional student will not be tolerated or permitted on school premises or at any activity related to the College, and may be subject to immediate disciplinary action that could include dismissal from the program, suspension, criminal charges, or any other actions as deemed appropriate by the College. The possession or use of any contraband or controlled substance before, during, or in between any classes on campus or and/or during any College activity is strictly prohibited, and local law enforcement may be contacted by the administration in the event that said contraband is seen and/or confiscated or student conduct is deemed to be threatening to him(her)self or others (see also College’s Security Policy). Contraband includes any illegal substance, alcohol, drugs, weapons, etc.
Entering Worsham College or any College activity while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or illegal substances is strictly prohibited. See the Worsham College Drug-Free Campus Policy for more information.
The College maintains a strict policy prohibiting the use of screen capture, recording software, digital recorders, laptops, or any other recording devices to record lectures, class discussions, examination reviews and/or any other activity relating to class work. Violation of this policy may result in disciplinary action that could include immediate termination from the program, suspension, or any other disciplinary action as seen appropriate by the College administration. Cell phones and pagers must be used only during break times, and therefore, should be turned off at all times during class. In the event of an emergency, telephone calls may be made to the administration office during class at (847) 808-8444, and subject to administrative approval, the student will be notified immediately.
No Camera Phones or Other Recording Devices
The use of cameras, video and audio recording devices, or digital devices (such as cell phones, MP3 players, or PDAs) that have recording capability can cause violations of privacy, breaches of confidentiality, and disruptions in class. For these reasons, we do not allow cameras, video or audio recording equipment, or cell phones or other digital devices that have these capabilities, in the classroom. This rule also applies to the Medical Examiner’s Office and other school sponsored event. If you would like to record or take pictures of the campus, you must first obtain permission from Leili McMurrough, Program Director of the College. Failure to comply with this policy may result in disciplinary action (see Code of Conduct).
Right to Appeal
While each member of the faculty or staff has the obligation and responsibility to enforce the policies and rules as set forth, a student accused of violation of any policies and rules has the right to appeal if (s)he feels wrongly accused. The appeal procedures are as follows:
- Discuss the problem with the instructor/staff member involved. In many instances, the problem may be resolved with open communication.
- If the student remains dissatisfied, the student may present the evidence, in person or by telephone, to Leili McMurrough, in the office of the Program Director, within 7 days of the alleged infraction.
- A student shall submit a final written appeal to the Board of Directors of the College before pursuing any other action or claim, within 30 days of alleged infraction, and only after discussions have taken place with the Program Director. The Board of Directors shall review the appeal within 30 days after the receipt of the student’s written appeal. The student shall submit written statements of witnesses’ sworn to before a notary public and any other evidence as part of the written appeal to the Board of Directors. It is the College’s intent to treat each grievance in a fair and just manner. The College does not guarantee that a decision will be satisfactory to the student, and the decision reached by the Board of Directors is final. The written appeal shall be given to the Program Director in a sealed envelope to be forwarded to the Board of Directors.
Updated April 2022