ACADEMIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

This section summarizes the policies and procedures that apply to all students at the American School of Ňedicine (ASN). Students are responsible for upholding the utmost professional and ethical academic conduct. Students are expected to abide by all rules regarding the honesty and integrity of their academic work. Presenting another’s work as one’s own is unacceptable and considered academically dishonest. Cheating, plagiarism, forgery, alteration or misuse of ASN’s documents, records or identification, knowingly furnishing false information to the School, and misrepresenting oneself as an agent of the School are considered forms of academic dishonesty, and students found responsible for such acts are subject to disciplinary action, including dismissal.

Academic Probation and Dismissal Policy

Academic Probation is a formal action by the Board that changes a student’s status in the School from “good standing” to “academic probation.” Academic Probation is noted permanently in the student’s official American School of Ňedicine record. Probation places a student on notice that his or her academic performance or behavior has created considerable cause for concern and is subject to critical evaluation.  Students are eligible to be taken off Academic Probation when they have completed all conditions specified by the Review Board. Any probation period will be a minimum of one year, to allow sufficient time for correction and close monitoring of student performance. The Dean of the School makes decisions based on the student’s academic progress per the School’s published policy. Should the GPA fall below what is required for graduation, a student may be placed on academic probation.

A formal advisory will be sent to the student with the reason for the probation. Failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress may result in dismissal from the program.

Recommendations for dismissal from the School are based on the following criteria: 1) Failure to satisfactorily adhere to the terms established by the School’s policy. 2) Failure of the same term twice, 3) Failure of two preceptorships. 4) A history of poor academic performance. 5) Removal from a course or preceptorship in the case of a student’s failure to adhere to instructions, procedures and/or professional expectations that may lead to the compromised safety of a patient, student, or faculty member. 6) Failure to abide by the School’s rules of professional and ethical academic conduct. The Review Board will make the final decision on student dismissals.

Academic Appeal of a Dismissal

An appeal of an academic dismissal is submitted to the Dean and can only be made in the event of factual error. The written appeal must be made to the Dean within five working days of the date on the dismissal letter or e-mail. The appeal must specify and include the alleged documented inaccuracy and the relevance of the fact(s). The Dean will confer with the Review Board to review all evidence. The Dean will respond within 10 working days to an appeal of academic dismissal and can only consider an appeal based on an error of fact. The decision made by the Dean is final and cannot be appealed.

Attendance Policy

A minimum of 90% attendance is required. Excessive unexcused absences may affect the student’s final grade.

Discussion and Lecture Attendance

Students pursuing the doctorate degree in Nedicine at American School of Ňedicine are required to comply with the School’s discussion board and lecture attendance policy.  As a professional school, ASN expects active participation in all discussion boards and lectures. Participation in the School’s discussion board and lectures demonstrates the student’s understanding and mastery of professional responsibilities. The granting of the doctorate degree in Nedicine attests to the fact that the student has demonstrated a commitment to his/her professional responsibilities through participation in all aspects of the curriculum as defined by the faculty.

Preceptorship Attendance Policy

All students are required to complete a preceptorship by the end of each semester. If the full preceptorship hours are not completed during the semester, provisions must be made to complete it during the break in order to receive a grade. Any circumstances that do not permit a student to complete all hours of the previous semester before the beginning of the next semester must be completed to satisfy degree requirements.

Criminal Background Checks

American School of Ňedicine requires national background checks for all students enrolling in courses. Background checks must be completed prior to any student contact with patients at a preceptorship site.

Grading policy

American School of Ňedicine provides a competency-based learning format in all courses. A competency-based evaluation of student work and performance is structured on the premise of demonstrating competence of a well-defined set of information and/or skills. With a competency system of grading, a student is aware of the learning objectives and core competencies for the courses and preceptorship and knows how knowledge and understanding of these objectives and competencies are measured, and has the opportunity to demonstrate mastery by means of exams, papers and/or practical application.

Academic Grading System 

A+ 100-97 Exceptional 4.0
A 96-93 Excellent 3.7
A- 92-90 Above average 3.5
B+ 89-87 Average 3.3
B 86-83 Below Average 3.0
B- 82-80 Unacceptable 2.7
C+ 79-77 Unacceptable 2.3
C 76-73 Unacceptable 2.0
C- 72-70 Unacceptable 1.7
D+ 69-67 Unacceptable 1.3
D 66-63 Unacceptable 1.0
D- 62-60  Unacceptable 0.7
F Below 59 Failure 0

*Any grade below a B represents failure (or no credit) and signifies that the work was either (1) completed but at a level of achievement that was not worthy of credit, or (2) was not completed and there was no agreement between the instructor and the student that the student would be awarded an “I” or Incomplete. Grades of B- and C+ are not acceptable in a graduate program. A graduate student must achieve a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 to earn a degree. A cumulative GPA below 3.0 will place a student on academic probation.

Student Conduct Policy

The profession of Nedicine is founded on the highest standards of conduct. In admitting a student to ASN, we believe the student has demonstrated behavior that reflects the maturity and civility that are the foundations of the profession. After a student is admitted, enrollment remains contingent on a continuation of this high standard of conduct. The teacher-student relationship confers rights and responsibilities on both parties. Behaving in a way that embodies the ideal teacher-student relationship creates a culture of mutual respect, minimizes the likelihood of mistreatment, and optimizes the educational experience. If an issue arises, the student should not address the faculty but will address all issues to the Student Grievance Committee when there are conflicts with administration or faculty.

Student Rights – Grievance & Complaint Procedures

A Student Grievance Committee enables students to pursue grievances against the administration or faculty. The Committee is composed of the Department Chair, who will serve as Chair of the Grievance Committee, the President, and a faculty member appointed by the Academic Dean. The Grievance Committee will:

A. Hear the grievance.
B. Hear the School’s response, including any charges against the student.
C. Review any actions taken either by the student or by the School or its members.
D. Gather relevant information by such means as are appropriate.
E. Prepare a recommendation to the Academic Dean/President.
F. If the circumstances include the Academic Dean/President, and the Academic Dean/President does not accept the recommendations of the committee, the chair will refer the matter to the Secretary of the Board of Directors, for the Board of Directors’ decision. In all other circumstances, the decision of the President shall be the final decision.
G. If the circumstances include the faculty and the charges are against a faculty member found guilty, disciplinary actions will be taken within a reasonable time frame.
H. A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this School with the American Ňedicine Accreditation Board.

ASN Educational Computing

Computer technology plays a critical role in the medical education program. Students must have access to a computer, laptop, or tablet, and an internet connection in order to successfully complete their studies. The device should have a minimum of 2 gigabytes of RAM and an Intel Core processor is preferred. A Windows 7 Operating System is preferred but other operating systems such as Windows 8, Mac or Chrome OS, would be appropriate. Software programs that are necessary are Word-based applications such as Microsoft Office or Apple Pages, Adobe Acrobat Reader, and Anti-Virus Software. A printer is optional. Through the ASN web portal, students are provided with a rich array of educational materials and course information. Browsers needed to access the ASN educational web portal are Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox Mozilla, or Safari. ASN educational web portal, which uses a Learning Management System (LMS) to provide a single access point to all educational materials used in the ASN curriculum, including class schedules, handouts, syllabi, discussion forums, exams, lecture videos, slide images, communication and other resources that support the learning of informational medicine. In addition, many of the resources available through the web portal are also available in a format accessible by portable, hand-held devices.

Privacy of Information

Information stored on a computer system or sent electronically over a network is the property of the person who created it. Examination, collection, or dissemination of that information without authorization from the owner is a violation of the owner’s rights to control his or her own property.

Computer systems and networks provide mechanisms for the protection of private information from examination by unauthorized persons. These mechanisms are necessarily imperfect, and any attempt to circumvent them or to gain unauthorized access to private information (including both stored computer files and messages transmitted over a network) will be treated as a violation of privacy and will be cause for disciplinary action.