School of Medicine

Conduct: Academic & Non-Academic

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Baylor College of Medicine recognizes honesty and integrity as necessary to the academic functions of the College. The following rules are promulgated in the interest of protecting the validity of the College's grades and degrees, and to assist students in developing standards and attitudes appropriate to academic life and the practice of medicine. Violation of academic rules can result in dismissal from the College.

No student shall receive assistance not authorized by an instructor in the preparation of any assignment, laboratory exercise, report, or examination submitted as a requirement for an academic course or rotation.

No student shall knowingly give unauthorized assistance to another student in such preparation.

No person shall sell, give, lend, or otherwise furnish to any unauthorized person material which can be shown to contain the questions or answers to any examination scheduled to be given at any subsequent date, in any course of study offered by the College, excluding questions and answers from tests previously administered when supplied by the department.

Any persons taking, or attempting to take, steal, or otherwise procure in any unauthorized manner any material pertaining to the conduct of a class, including examinations, laboratory equipment, etc. shall be in violation of this regulation

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Non-Academic Rules

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The rules of conduct listed below are intended for students; however, it is hoped that all persons within the BCM complex, faculty and students alike will adhere to these rules. Any student who feels that any person's conduct, behavior, etc., is not in keeping with appropriate and acceptable behavior the areas listed below, either in an academic or non-academic setting should notify a dean in the Office of Student Affairs or appropriate college official depending on the nature of the offense. Failure to meet these standards may result in probation, suspension or dismissal from the College and should be reported to a dean in the Office of Student Affairs.

Any student may be dismissed from enrollment in the College if, in the opinion of the faculty, his/her knowledge, character or mental or physical fitness cast grave doubts upon his/her potential capabilities as a physician. Any student who exhibits personal characteristics which seem inappropriate to one seeking to become a physician will be considered for dismissal regardless of academic performance.

Malicious damage or destruction of property belonging to the College or to the affiliated institutions is prohibited.

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Disorderly Assembly

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No person shall assemble on campus for the purpose of causing a riot or destruction or disorderly diversion which interferes with the normal educational process and operation of the College. This does not deny any student(s) the right of peaceful assembly in accordance with College policy.

No person or group of persons shall obstruct the free movement of other persons about the campus, interfere with the use of College facilities, or prevent the normal operation of the College.

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Professional Conduct

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Behavior which disrupts the academic pursuits, or infringes upon the privacy, rights, or privileges of other persons is prohibited.

No student shall push, strike, physically assault, haze or threaten any member of the faculty, staff, or student body or any visitor to the College community.

Drunken misbehavior on College property, at functions sponsored by the College or any recognized College organization is prohibited.

No student shall enter or attempt to enter any College sponsored event without required credentials for admission.

Conduct which is lewd, indecent, or obscene, or which is patently offensive to the prevailing standards of an academic community is prohibited.

No student shall interfere with, or fail to cooperate with, any properly identified College faculty or staff personnel while these persons are in the performance of their duties.

Dress shall be primarily a matter of individual judgment, but within acceptable standards of good taste. Students are expected to be neat and clean. Students not meeting clinical department standards of dress may be denied access to patients and may thereby jeopardize their grade and satisfactory completion of the rotation or elective. In the clinical setting, students should dress in a fashion such that their patients accept them as physicians.

The use, possession, or distribution of narcotics, amphetamines, barbiturates, marijuana, hallucinogens, and any other dangerous or controlled drugs, not prescribed by a properly licensed physician, is prohibited.

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Falsification of College Records

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Students must complete all College records honestly.

No student shall alter, counterfeit, forge, falsify or cause to be altered, counterfeit, forge, falsify any record, form, or document used by the College.

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Violation of Federal, State or Local Law

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When violation of any federal, state or local law by a student indicates that the student's continued presence on campus creates a substantial likelihood of danger to the educational process of the College community, the College may institute disciplinary action.

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Fire and Explosion Safety

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No student shall tamper with fire safety equipment.

No student shall set or cause to be set any unauthorized fire in or on College property.

The possession or use of fire arms, fire works, or explosives on College property is strictly forbidden.

No student shall make or cause to be made a false fire alarm.

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Gambling

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Gambling is prohibited on College property.

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Alcohol Consumption

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Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on College property. Information regarding substance and alcohol abuse is available in the Student Health and Wellness section of this Handbook.

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Property

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No person shall take, attempt to take, or keep in his or her possession, items of College property or items belonging to students, faculty, staff or student groups without proper authorization.

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Unauthorized Entry or Use of College Facilities

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No student shall make unauthorized entry into any College building, office or other facility, nor shall any person remain without authorization in any building after normal closing hours.

No person shall make unauthorized use of any College facility. Upon appropriate notice by College officials, authorization for the use of College facilities may be withdrawn or otherwise restricted.

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Unauthorized Entry or Use of College Facilities

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No student shall make unauthorized entry into any College building, office or other facility, nor shall any person remain without authorization in any building after normal closing hours.

No person shall make unauthorized use of any College facility. Upon appropriate notice by College officials, authorization for the use of College facilities may be withdrawn or otherwise restricted.

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Contact Information

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