Jan 30, 2023  
School of Allied Health Handbook 2022-2023 
    
School of Allied Health Handbook 2022-2023

Student Complaints & Conduct


Student Conduct

Student Conduct, Dismissals, and Appeals
Student Alcohol and Drug Policy
Standards of Professional Dress 
Social Media Policy

Student Complaint/Grievance Policy

Effective: January 6, 2020

School of Allied Health Professions Student Complaint Form: https://lsuhealthshreveport.formstack.com/forms/ahp_complaint_form

All students in the School of Allied Health Professions (SAHP) at LSU Health Shreveport have the right to express a complaint/grievance on academic or non-academic issues. Students must provide evidence of error, miscalculation, omission, or other action negatively impacting the student. The purpose of the complaint/grievance process is to provide students with an opportunity for fair and objective consideration and review of their issue. Students are expected to follow established procedural guidelines for academic and/or non-academic complaints or issues.

Anonymity. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous can file a complaint in any manner, including by telephone or written communication however, electing to remain anonymous may limit the Institutions ability to correct the issue, collect evidence, or take effective action against individuals accused of violating policies.

Confidentiality. The SAHP has an obligation to maintain an environment free of Title IX offenses (include sex discrimination, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and retaliation, etc.), thus SAHP faculty/staff have mandatory reporting and response obligations and may not be able to honor a complainant’s request for confidentiality.

A. Scope

This regulation shall apply to:

School of Allied Health Professions student complaints relative to:

  1. Academic Grievances: An academic grievance is defined as any situation affecting the status of a student in which the student believes his/her rights have been compromised or denied because of one of the following: a) an arbitrary and/or capricious action on the part of a faculty member/ program director or other administrator, b) application of standards different from those that were applied to other students in the same course or program c) other issues that are not concerning a grade. **For grade concerns please adhere to the Grade Appeal policy in the LSU Health SAHP Student Handbook.
  2. Non- Academic Grievances: Examples include complaints by students that they have been treated unfairly in violation of students’ rights including but not limited to discrimination on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or other conditions or preferences.
  3. Title IX:  Examples include sex discrimination, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and retaliation by another student or LSU Health SAHP faculty member, staff or employee.

B. Grievance/Complaint Procedure: Please see the following link to view flow charts for the appropriate protocol for filing an academic, non-academic, or Title IX complaint: https://resources.finalsite.net/images/v1576875648/lsuhscshreveportedu/llefhha6ryi71gtajald/LSUHSSAHPStudentComplaintPolicy.pdf. These flow charts follow the recommended chain of command for filing grievances. If a basis exists for an academic or non-academic complaint beyond the Program Director, it is recommended that a student submit a complaint to the Dean’s Office via the online student complaint form: https://lsuhealthshreveport.formstack.com/forms/ahp_complaint_form.

C. Appointment of Grievance Committee - If a resolution cannot be reached, the Dean will review the appeal from all levels, and may take one of the following actions:

  1. Render a decision based on the written appeal and review of all documentation and investigation.
  2. Meet with all parties concerned, who may be accompanied by advisors if desired, and then reach a decision.
  3. Refer the appeal to an ad hoc grievance committee for its recommendation.
  1. If the Dean, chooses to convene an ad hoc grievance committee, the Dean will appoint a faculty chairperson and 5 members (2 faculty/3 students).
  2. The panel will conduct a hearing to review facts from the concerned parties. After deliberation, the committee will make its recommendation in writing to the Dean within 5 working days of the hearing.
  3. The Dean’s decision will be in writing. It will list the reasons supporting the decision.

D. Master of Public Health Student Complaints

The Master of Public Health is a joint degree program offered by LSU Shreveport and LSU Health Shreveport. MPH student complaints filed at LSU Health Shreveport will be shared, when applicable, with the appropriate parties at LSU Shreveport in compliance with the LSU Shreveport Complaint Procedure: https://www.lsus.edu/offices-and-services/policies-and-manuals/student-handbook/student-rights-and-responsibilities/appeal-or-complaint-procedure-(how-to-file-an-appeal-or-complaint). Any complaints received that are relevant to LSU Health Shreveport faculty or processes will be handled according to LSU Health Shreveport policies. 

Student Conduct

Students are responsible for complying with all policies/procedures, rules, regulations and other information outlined in LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport Chancellor’s Memoranda (CM21 - Student Responsibilities and Rights).

Student Conduct, Dismissal, & Appeals

Introduction

Universities have a responsibility to protect: their educational purposes, the academic environment of the campus, and all members of the University community. To meet these responsibilities, a University must establish and enforce standards of conduct for its students. A University has the legal right to establish reasonable standards for student conduct, for membership and continued membership in the University community, to deny membership to those applicants who do not meet these standards, and to impose reasonable disciplinary sanctions on students found guilty of violating these standards or misconduct. Students have a right to appeal any imposed sanctions.

Policy

It is the prerogative of the School of Allied Health Professions, through the faculty, administrators, and staff, to apply the policy statements and procedures regarding specific students under specific sets of circumstances.  The rights of the student and the needs of the School in accomplishing its mission and educational goals must be considered. To this end, acts of academic or other misconduct will subject the offending student to disciplinary action. To insure the consistent observance of due process, the following policy and procedures apply.

Definitions

1. “University” refers to the Louisiana State University (LSU) system.

2. “Health Sciences Center” refers to the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA

3. “School” refers to the School of Allied Health Professions, Shreveport, LA

4. “Department” refers to the specific department within the School of Allied Health Professions in which a given student is enrolled.

5. “Program” refers to a specific program within departments in the School of Allied Health Professions.

6. “Days” refers to official LSU Health Sciences Center working days.

7. “Dean” refers to the Dean of the School of Allied Health Professions.

8. “Assistant Dean for Academic & Student Affairs” refers to this position within the School of Allied Health Professions.

9. “Program Director” refers to this position within the School of Allied Health Professions.

10. “Assessment” refers to any graded coursework. 

General Provisions

1. Equal treatment guaranteed to students by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States requires that the same policies, procedures, and practices be used to consider all allegations of misconduct and also requires the imposing of “like sanctions for like violations” on all students found guilty of misconduct. This obligation of the School can be fulfilled only if each instructor reports suspected misconduct to the designated office in accordance with the provisions of this document. Consistent with this obligation, no disciplinary sanction shall be imposed upon a student except in accordance with the provisions of this document. Thus, it is contrary to School policy for an instructor to assign a disciplinary grade, such as an “F” or zero on an assignment, test, examination, or course as a sanction for admitted or suspected academic dishonesty, in lieu of formally charging the student with academic misconduct under the provisions described herein.

2. Any time limit set forth in this document may be extended by mutual written agreement between the Dean and/or Assistant Dean for Academic & Student Affairs and the student.

3. If a student seeks resolution of the matter through any agency outside of the University, such as retaining legal counsel, the School shall have no obligation to continue the appeals process procedures as outlined in this policy.

4. The Assistant Dean for Academic & Student Affairs shall chair the Committee on Student Conduct, Dismissal, and Appeals. The Dean may appoint someone other than the Assistant Dean for Academic & Student Affairs to serve in his/her place.

Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

1. Copying from another student’s work;

2. Using, possessing, viewing, or having access to unauthorized materials before a test, during a test or testing period. Having such forbidden material open or in sight of the student will be considered evidence of use;

3. Copying, photographing, recording, or reproducing course material unauthorized by faculty/university;

4. Attempting to commit or serving as an accessory to the commission of an offense listed in this policy;

5. Collaborating during any individual assessment with any other person by giving or receiving information without authority;

6. Using unauthorized, specially prepared materials and/or electronic devices, including but not limited to: notes, formula lists, smart phones, cell phones, PDAs during any assessment. Having such forbidden material open or in sight of the student during any assessment will be considered evidence of use or attempted use. Sending or receiving such forbidden material by text, email, message or other electronic means will be considered evidence of use or attempted use.

7. Receiving, stealing, buying, or otherwise obtaining, all or part of an unadministered assessment.

8. Selling or giving away all or part of an unadministered assessment;

9. Bribing or coercing any other person to obtain an unadministered assessment or information about an assessment;

10. Substituting for another student or permitting any other person to substitute for oneself, to take an assessment;

11. Submitting as one’s own work any oral or written assignment prepared totally or in part by another (plagiarism - the unacknowledged inclusion of some else’s words, ideas or data in work submitted for credit);

12. In the completion of any coursework, failure to identify a source, published or unpublished, copyrighted or non-copyrighted, from which information, terms, phrases or concepts have been taken, constitutes plagiarism;

13. Selling, giving or otherwise supplying to another student for use in fulfilling academic requirements any theme, report, term paper, or other work;

14. Changing, altering or being an accessory to the changing and/or altering a grade in a grade book, on a test paper, on other work for which a grade is given, on any academic records;

15. Proposing and/or entering into an arrangement with an instructor to receive a grade of “F” or any other reduced grade in a course, on a test or any other assigned work in lieu of being charged with academic misconduct under the provisions of this policy;

16. Falsifying documents including evaluations, medical records, clinical practicum records, attendance records or other materials that count toward course credit.

17. Violation of the school’s social media polices

Professional Misconduct

Professional misconduct including actions occurring while on or off of University property:

To protect the University’s educational purposes and the University community, a student may be formally charged with a violation of this policy and be subject to the sanctions herein when:

A. Strong and convincing evidence that the student has committed a felony of such nature that continued presence at the University is potentially dangerous to the health and safety of the University community even if civil authorities have not brought charges or imposed penalties.

B. The student is convicted of a felony.

C. The student is formally charged by civil authorities with the commission of a felony of such nature that the student’s continued presence at the University is potentially dangerous to the health and safety of the University community.

1. Assault or battery; Sexual assault or sexual battery;

2. Any act of arson;

3. Intentional disruption of, obstruction of, or interference with teaching, research or other University academic activities or other University - sponsored and University co-sponsored activities, programs, or campus events;

4. Tampering with, or removing from its proper designated location, fire extinguishers, hoses, or other fire or emergency equipment, except when done with a reasonable justification of need for such equipment;

5. Falsely reporting a fire or other emergency; falsely setting off a fire alarm;

6. Intentionally delaying, disobeying, obstructing, or resisting a person who identified himself or herself as a member of the faculty, University administrator, campus police person or other law enforcement officer, fire person, or other University employee in the performance of his or her duty;

7. Rioting/Raiding, inciting to riot/raid, assembling to riot/raid University units;

8. Falsely reporting the presence of an unlawful explosive or incendiary device;

9. Possession or use of firearms, ammunition, explosives, fireworks, or dangerous weapons in violation of the law or anywhere on University property regardless of any concealed carry permit;

10. Vandalism, malicious destruction, damage, or misuse of public or private property;

11. Illegal manufacture, sale, possession, or use of narcotics, barbiturates, central nervous system stimulants, marijuana, sedatives, tranquilizers, hallucinogens and/or other similarly known drugs and/or chemicals;

12. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of University documents, records, or identification cards;

13. Furnishing false oral or written information to the University with intent to deceive;

14. Disruption of any University property, through vandalism, excessive noise, practical jokes, and/or the flagrant violation of other rules and regulations;

15. Theft, larceny, shoplifting, embezzlement, or the temporary taking of the property of another;

16. Trespassing;

17. Sexual harassment, lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct;

18. Stalking;

19. Gambling in violation of local, state, or federal law;

20. Disorderly conduct;

21. Violation of the University regulations governing substance abuse or alcoholic beverages;

22. Attempting to commit or being an accessory to the commission of any of the offenses listed in this policy;

23. Committing an act or attempting to commit an act on campus or off campus while performing activities for course credit that would be in violation of the Criminal Code of the State of Louisiana or of any federal law;

24. Violation of individual program or school policies and/or guidelines.

25. Representing oneself as a medical professional beyond the scope of education, license, or status.

26. Violation of the school’s social media policies


Procedure for Reporting Student Misconduct

1. An instructor, program director, department head, employee or student who has evidence to justify a charge of misconduct, shall present the evidence to the Office of the Assistant Dean for Academic & Student Affairs within five working days of the alleged misconduct.

A. This allegation of misconduct must be in writing and signed by the individual making the allegation and contain a full summary of what was witnessed and other related details.


Charging a Student with Misconduct

1. The Assistant Dean for Academic & Student Affairs or his/her designee will discuss the circumstances and evidence surrounding the alleged violation with the person bringing the charge.

2. After reviewing the evidence and supporting documentation pertaining to the alleged violation, the Assistant Dean for Academic & Student Affairs or his/her designee will then discuss the charge with the student involved.

A. The individual making the charge may be present at the discretion of the Assistant Dean for Academic & Student Affairs.

B.If the evidence is sufficient to justify such action, the student will be informed that the School will bring formal charges against him or her.

1. If the evidence is sufficient to justify such action, the Assistant Dean for Academic & Student Affairs or his/her designee, will provide the student with a written statement of the formal charge(s) within 5 working days of the meeting discussing the charges.

2. The student may choose 1 of the following options within 5 working days of receiving the charge(s):

A. Request that the Dean accept administrative jurisdiction (decision without use of a committee)

B. Refer the charge(s) to the Committee on Student Conduct, Dismissal, and Appeals


Committee on Student Conduct, Dismissal, and Appeals

1. The Dean will assemble the Committee on Student Conduct, Dismissal, and Appeals within 10 working days of the student’s decision

2. The Committee on Student Conduct, Dismissal, and Appeals is an Ad Hoc Committee, which shall be advisory to the Dean and consist of up to three faculty members and if desired by the Dean and approved by the accused, up to two students. No more than one faculty member of the Committee may be a member of the accused student’s program.

3. Members of the Committee on Student Conduct, Dismissal, and Appeals shall be selected by the Dean. Student members may be selected by the Dean. Students serving on the hearing panel may not be from the accused student’s program but must be from a program of equal academic level (graduate or undergraduate).

4. The Assistant Dean for Academic & Student Affairs shall serve as chairperson of the Committee and be responsible for setting up the hearing, informing concerned parties and the Committee members of the time and place of the hearing. In exceptional circumstances, the Dean may appoint someone other than the Assistant Dean for Academic & Student Affairs to serve in his/her place.

5. The accused student may be accompanied by a non-legal advisor at the hearing. The advisor may speak only to his/her advisee during the hearing.

6. At the hearing, evidence and supporting documentation of alleged misconduct will be presented. The accused student may present evidence in his/her defense, question those who present evidence against him/her, and refute evidence against himself/herself. The Committee may question all those who offer evidence. The Chairperson will insure that the scope of the hearing and evidence presented relate to the charge of misconduct.

7. After all evidence has been presented, the Committee will meet in executive session to deliberate and formulate its recommendation to the Dean. The Committee may choose one or more sanctions listed in this document as its recommendation.

8. The Committee Chairperson shall submit a written report to the Dean including: the Committee’s finding(s), recommendation(s), summary of the evidence presented, and dissenting opinions within 5 working days of the hearing.


The Administrative Hearing

1. As noted in the section titled “Charging a Student with Misconduct,” after the student is formally charged with academic misconduct, the accused student may request an administrative hearing before the Dean. This request must be made within 5 working days of receipt of the formal charge.

2. The following specific conditions must be met before the Dean can accept jurisdiction. The student must:

A. Request in writing that the Dean take jurisdiction, and the Dean must be willing to accept the case as being appropriate for administrative resolution. 

B. Officially plead guilty in writing to the specific charge as prepared by the Assistant Dean for Academic & Student Affairs. 

C. Waive his or her right in writing to have the charge considered by the Committee on Student Conduct, Dismissal, and Appeals.


Action by the Dean

1. The Dean will render a final decision consistent with the following schedule: 1) within 5 working days of receipt of the Committee on Student Conduct, Dismissal, and Appeals report, or 2) within 10 working days of accepting administrative jurisdiction.

2. The Dean has the authority to impose sanctions other than those recommended by the Committee on Student Conduct, Dismissal, and Appeals and determine the date when sanctions will be imposed.

3. The Dean’s final decision, plus a copy of the Committee’s findings and recommendations, shall be distributed to the student involved, the Assistant Dean for Academic & Student Affairs, and other appropriate administrators.


Appeal

As a matter of right, a student may appeal the decision of the Dean. An appeal must be made to the Chief Academic Officer of the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport within 10 working days of the decision of the Dean. The written appeal must include:

1. Justification for the appeal that includes evidence of abuse of process, evidence of procedural error, or evidence of a grievous miscarriage of justice.

2. Copies of all documents produced by the Committee on Student Conduct, Dismissal, and Appeals and the Dean’s final decision.

The Assistant Dean for Academic & Student Affairsof the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, or his/her designee, shall decide within 10 working days after receipt of appeal whether further action should be taken. In reaching this decision, this official may ask other parties to the appeal to make written reply to the request for a review.  If the decision is reached that a review is not justified, the student and all other parties will be so notified. If the Assistant Dean for Academic & Student Affairs, or his/her designee, decides to support review of the Dean’s final decision, this official will hold a formal meeting with all parties and their advisors, if desired, and reach a decision based on discussions at this meeting and all written materials furnished. Once a decision is made, the Assistant Dean for Academic & Student Affairs, or his/her designee, will notify all parties of the decision. The decision of the Assistant Dean for Academic & Student Affairs, or his/her designee, shall conclude the matter.


Interim Grade

A grade of “I” (incomplete) will be assigned, if necessary, until the Dean has rendered his/her final decision. Until the matter is resolved, the “I” will remain on the student’s official transcript. If the matter is not concluded prior to the date for registration for the following semester, the student may be allowed to continue with his or her curriculum. Once the Dean renders a decision, the student must abide by that decision.

Interim Attendance

During the course of the appeal, student attendance may be permitted or prevented on a course by course basis by the Program Director depending on the nature of the offense.


Sanctions for Academic Misconduct

Sanctions imposed on the student may include one or more of the following:

1. Receive counseling;

2. Receive a grade of “0%” on the work in question;

3. Retake test, or repeat work in question;

4. Lower letter grade by one letter, e.g. A to B;

5. Lower letter grade by two letters, e.g. A to C;

6. Complete given activities/assignments consistent with the Dean’s decision which may include:

A. Writing a statement of apology

B. Explanation of the offense and/or penalty to the student’s classmates

C. Educating other students regarding avoidance of academic misconduct

1. Receive a failing grade (F) for the course in which the infraction occurred. If this sanction is imposed and the policy of the Department stipulates that when “a student receives a less than satisfactory grade in a course he or she may not continue in the program sequence,” then the Department policy shall also apply;

2. Suspension from the School. Period of suspension to be determined by the Dean

3. Dismissal from the School.

Sanctions for Professional Misconduct

Sanctions imposed on the student may include one or more of the following:

1. Receive counseling;

2. Disciplinary Warning:

A. Verbal or written warning to the student

B. A repeat offense will likely result in more serious disciplinary action

C. First offenses do NOT automatically receive a warning; warnings are reserved for cases with unusual mitigating circumstances;

3. Written Reprimand: a written statement censuring a student for violating School regulations

A. Another offense will likely result in more serious action

B. This is normally considered a lenient response, even for first offenses

4. Restitution: requirement that the student compensate the School or other persons for damages, injuries, or losses. Failure to comply results in canceled registration and a hold on future registration or dismissal from the School;

5. Remediation: one or multiple requirements outlined by the Dean or Program Director intended to remediate the student’s professionalism deficiency. Examples of such requirements include but are not limited to written or verbal apologies to those effected, remedial assignments or courses, public, community, school, or professional service project.

6. Disciplinary Probation: an action that places conditions on the student’s continued attendance at the School, including the statement that further violation of School policies will likely result in dismissal. The Committee determines the term and conditions of academic probation. First offenses often result in probation;

7. Suspension from the School. Period of time to be determined by the Dean. 

8. Dismissal from the School.

Student Alcohol and Drug Policy

The physical and mental well-being of LSU Health Sciences Center- Shreveport students is essential to its educational research, and service missions. Substance abuse causes serious adverse consequences to the individual as well as to the university community and the public.

LSU Health Sciences Center -Shreveport is committed to creating and maintaining an environment that is free of alcohol and other drug abuse. The University complies with Louisiana Law and other applicable regulations governing alcoholic beverages and the use of illicit substances for those on the University’s premises or participating in its activities. 

Routine alcohol and drug testing

A critical part of medical education involves learning experiences in hospitals and other health care facilities. Use of these facilities in training is essential, and students must be able to complete their assigned rotations. Many hospitals and health care facilities have policies requiring drug testing and/or criminal background checks for employees, students and volunteers. Facilities that provide instruction to LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport students may have, or may adopt in the future, drug testing and/or criminal background check policies. Some facilities mandate that students who test positive for drugs, or who have certain types of information in their criminal background checks, are ineligible to work in their facility.

Students who test positive on a routine drug test will be referred to the Assistant Dean of Academic & Student Affairs who will review their test results. If a student refuses evaluation or consent to share the results of this evaluation, he/she may be subject to disciplinary procedures per the Student Conduct, Dismissal, & Appeals policy including eligibility of recommendation for dismissal.

For cause testing

To ensure compliance with institutional policies and to promote a safe and healthy work environment LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport may require students to submit to drug and/or alcohol testing “for cause” based upon reasonable suspicion of substance abuse, b) the unauthorized use or possession of alcohol on campus or at a health care setting or c) the use of or possession of illicit drugs at any time. Reasonable suspicion of substance abuse may be based upon, but is not limited to, the following criteria:

  • Direct observation of drugs or alcohol use or possession and /or demonstration of physical symptoms of the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • A pattern of abnormal or erratic behavior, consistent with alcohol or drug abuse
  • Arrest or conviction for a drug or alcohol related offense; identification as the focus of a criminal investigation into illicit drug use, possession or trafficking
  • Evidence that a student has tampered with a previous drug or alcohol test
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
Searches/Inspections

Under appropriate circumstances and in accordance with the law, LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport, in conjunction with law enforcement authorities, reserves the right to conduct unannounced searches and inspection of LSUHSC-S facilities and properties, including vehicles.

Reporting

Reporting persons must contact the Assistant Dean of Academic & Student Affairs and should document the exact reason why they suspect a violation. Every effort should be made to document the behavior and how the behavior is affecting the student’s performance. The reporting person should make every effort to document the specific facts that would lead a reasonable person to the conclusion that the student was using or was in possession of illicit drugs or unauthorized alcohol. Whenever possible, corroborating statements from other administrators, faculty, employees, or students as well as patients should be obtained.

Procedure

When determination to test for cause has been made, the student will be escorted to the Student/Occupational Health Clinic to obtain his/her drug screening for collection of urine sample to test for drugs and/or alcohol. Testing cost will be borne by LSUHSC-S. Testing will be done according to standard procedure for these settings.

The School will direct the Drug Screening Report to be sent to the Assistant Dean of Academic & Student Affairs. Prior to making a final decision to confirm a positive test, the student will have the opportunity to discuss the test results and provide any documentation for a legitimate medical explanation for the positive test result.

Disciplinary/Actions

Any student who fails an alcohol or drug test will be subject to disciplinary sanctions and a disciplinary hearing per the Student Conduct, Dismissal, & Appeals policy. These sanctions could result in dismissal. An individual’s participation in, and successful completion of, an approved drug or alcohol counseling program coupled with his/her consent to random testing may be considered in the disciplinary process but does not ensure that dismissal will not occur.

Any student who is given the option to participate in a rehabilitation program will comply with the treatment and rehab requirements set forth below:

  • Satisfactorily participate in a substance abuse assistance program or rehabilitation program.
  • The student must provide permission for the treatment center to provide continuing communication and regular reports to the Assistant Dean of Academic & Student Affairs. 
  • After successful completion of the treatment/rehabilitation program, the student must provide evidence of continued outpatient therapy in an approved program appropriate to the treatment recommendation.
  • Remain substance free after completing a rehabilitation program for chemical dependency and participate in random drug screening during rehabilitation and for the duration of their education at LSUHSC-S.
  • Failure to comply with these requirements may result in recommendation for dismissal.
Refusal to Consent to Testing

Any student who refuses to consent to an alcohol or drug test for cause or fails to provide an adequate specimen will be subject to discipline per the Student Conduct, Dismissal, & Appeals policy  up to and including recommendation for dismissal.

Confidentiality

LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport respects the individual rights of its students. Every effort will be made to keep the results of alcohol and drug testing confidential. Students should be aware that test results may be used for administrative hearings and court cases and may be sent to state and /or federal agencies as required by applicable law.

Any student involvement in a rehabilitative program for substance abuse will be handled with confidentiality. Students seeking such assistance shall be protected from abuse, ridicule, retribution, and retaliatory action. All medical information obtained will be protected as confidential unless otherwise required by law or overriding public health and safety concerns.

Substance Abuse Self-Identification

The LSUHSC-S administration and faculty wish to assist students before they develop academic or legal problems related to alcohol and drugs. When a student is self-referred for treatment or counseling, no official report is made unless specific permission is granted by the student. Patient-physician confidentiality is carefully guarded.

LSUHSC-S encourages students who have developed substance abuse problems to voluntarily identify themselves and to seek immediate treatment.

A student who voluntarily self-identifies as an abuser may be permitted to continue his/her current course of study without suspension, provided:

  • This self-identification occurs PRIOR to any incident that is grounds for suspension or dismissal under institutional policy.
  • The student immediately enters an approved treatment program for the drug or alcohol abuse.
  • The student’s conduct and academic performance remain consistent with the demands of the curriculum and profession.

A student who voluntarily self-identifies as an abuser and who, by his /her own admission, by the testimony of approved abuse counselors, or by the determination of institutional authority is no longer capable of acceptable academic and professional conduct will be required to take a medical leave of absence from LSUHSC-S. Nothing in this paragraph will preclude LSUHSC-S from suspending, dismissing or taking other appropriate action against the student for unacceptable academic performance or lack of professional conduct.

Notification of Arrests/Convictions

Students must notify the Assistant Dean of Academic & Student Affairs of any drug or alcohol related arrests or convictions within ten (10) working days after charge of an offense. Failure to do so and subsequent notification during a required background check may result in disciplinary action per the Student Conduct, Dismissal, & Appeals policy including dismissal. Drug-Free Workplace Act, Government Code Section 8350-8357.

Standards of Professional Dress

Being a student or employee in a health care environment carries many responsibilities, including professional dress and behavior. In recognition of the fact that we are in contact with patients, health professionals, students, faculty, and staff on a daily basis, it is necessary that students and employees maintain a neat, clean personal appearance at all times. The following guidelines apply to all students and employees during any on-campus and off-campus activities sponsored by the School of Allied Health Professions. Please note that these are minimum standards and individual programs and departments may have requirements that are more specific.

  1. LSU Health Shreveport identification badges must be worn at all times while on-campus. The badge should be worn with name and photo clearly visible on the front, upper torso.
     
  2. Students and employees are expected to dress in business casual attire consistent with a professional environment Monday through Thursday or any time deemed necessary. Business casual attire includes slacks, khakis, and cropped dress pants, as well as collared shirts, blouses, sweaters, dresses, and skirts. Jeans, leggings, spandex pants, sweatpants, or athletic apparel are excluded.
     
  3. Students and employees may wear t-shirts and jean pants (free of holes, tears, or rips) on Fridays or for special occasions approved by the Dean. This is an optional privilege. If an event or meeting occurs on a Friday when it would be inappropriate to dress casually, some students may be required to dress in normal business casual attire. This decision would be at the discretion of the course instructor or program director.
     
  4. Scrub suits and/or lab coats may be worn if prescribed by individual departments. Scrub tops and bottoms must be solid in color (no patterns).
     
  5. Students must follow dress code standards at their external clinical/fieldwork sites.
     
  6. Additional dress code standards include:
  • Clothing should be free of holes, tears, or rips.
  • Clothing should be without offensive language or inappropriate designs.
  • Clothing must cover all undergarments.
  • No sweatpants, shorts, leggings or spandex pants, or athletic apparel. Some exceptions apply to specific laboratory situations in which the course instructor or program director approves sport dress. However, students should change into business casual dress or scrub suits (if prescribed by the individual department) after the lab, if remaining on campus.
  • No strapless garments, spaghetti straps, tank tops, or crop tops. Sleeveless shirts or dresses may be permitted when layered with a sweater or jacket.
  • No t-shirts or jeans of any color, unless worn on Fridays or other days approved by the Dean.
  • No jewelry that can cause a safety hazard.
  • Shoes must be neat and clean. Tennis shoes are acceptable. Open-toed shoes, such as sandals, may be worn unless prohibited by individual programs or departments. Flip-flops are prohibited.
  • Hair must be clean, well-groomed, and neat.
  • Fingernails must be clean and kept at a safe, functional length.

Violations: Faculty and/or the program director should inform student or employee in a timely manner if they violate the above or program-specific dress code. Program-level infractions may range from verbal warnings with corrective instruction to sending the student or employee home immediately to change clothing with an unexcused absence. Students who repeatedly violate the dress code policy may be subject to sanctions for professional misconduct per the policy outlined in the SAHP Student Handbook.

Adopted May 2022

Social Media Policy

The School of Allied Health Professions (SAHP) prepares students for professions that provide services to the public and therefore the school expects high standards of behavior and professional communication to be maintained at all times. Professional behavior and proper etiquette with technology are expected of students while on the university campus and off campus while representing the university as a student enrolled in a clinical course, volunteering or being involved with a school related project. Students should remember that their professionalism is reflected in their online presence. Future employers, clinical preceptors and other stakeholders with the school may search social media sites when considering candidates to hire or have an interest in the student for whatever reason. Students and faculty are agents for the SAHP and should conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times while engaging in social media. 

The following Administrative Directives and Brand Standard apply to students.

  • 6.17 Website & Online Communication
  • 6.18 Social Media Use: Personal and Professional Communications
  • 6.19 Internal and External Communications
  • LSU Health Shreveport Brand Standards
DEFINITIONS:

1. Blog: A blog is a website maintained by an individual or organization with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other materials such as graphics or video. Blogs may provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal on-line diaries.

2. Social Media: For the purposes of this Policy “Social Media” is an on-line social structure made up of individuals or organizations that are tied by one or more specific types of interdependency, such as values, visions, ideas, financial exchange, friendship, business operations, professional exchange, etc. Social Media sites operate on many levels, from families up to the level of nations, and play a critical role in determining the way information is exchanged, problems are solved, organizations are run, and the degree to which individuals succeed in achieving their goals. Examples of Social Media sites include, but are not limited to Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram or other similar sites.

POLICY STATEMENTS:

1. The use of technology can create potential liability for the student, faculty, and the university. Posting certain information can be illegal, and in violation of existing statutes and administrative regulations that may expose the offender to criminal and civil liability.

2. Students, faculty and staff are liable for anything they post to social media sites and may be subject to discipline by the SAHP or litigation.

3. The following actions are strictly forbidden unless done with permission or for official University business:

a. Posting or communicating any patient-related information or information which may potentially identify a particular patient on a social media site or in a blog. Removal of the patient’s name does not solve this problem - inclusion of gender, age, race, diagnosis, etc. may still allow the reader to recognize the identity of a specific individual. Violations of this requirement may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the program, as well as other liability for violation of HIPAA. Students should never publicly make comments about the care of a specific patient, including online. Even acknowledging the care of a patient is an unacceptable disclosure of patient identifying information. Disclosing confidential patient information in an inappropriate manner is a federal offense under HIPAA. The penalties include significant fines and/or criminal penalties. The SAHP takes violations of patient privacy seriously and will take corrective action when aware of such a violation.

b. Posting or communicating private academic information of another student, including but not limited to grades, narrative evaluations, or adverse academic actions.

c. The taking of any photographs and/or posting, sharing, or printing of photographs from a patient care area or laboratory environments unless authorized by faculty.

d. Use of University logos, marks, or graphics on social media sites.

e. Posting of confidential or proprietary information about the university, staff, students, clinical facilities, preceptors, patients/clients, or others with whom one has contact.

f. Use of the University’s name or the student’s program’s name to promote a cause, product, political party, or candidate.


4. The following actions are considered unprofessional behavior and violations of these guidelines are subject to disciplinary action:

a. Display of vulgar language while on social media sites, in the classroom, or clinical area.

b. Display of language or photographs that imply disrespect for any individual or group for any reason (for example: age, race, religion, ethnicity, culture, disability, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation) with social media.

c. Posting of potentially inflammatory or unflattering material regarding a patient, student, faculty member, staff, or administrator.

d. Videotaping or audio recording faculty or fellow students and posting these recordings online without the permission of the faculty or fellow student.

5. Suggested tips when using social media:

a. Be smart about protecting private and confidential information.

b. There is no such thing as a “private” social media site. Search engines can turn up posts years after the publication date. Comments can be forwarded or copied. Archival systems save information, including deleted postings.

c. If you feel angry or passionate about a subject, it’s wise to delay posting until you are calm and clear-headed. Think twice before posting. If you are unsure about posting something or responding to a comment, ask your faculty.

d. Future employers hold you to a high standard of behavior. By identifying yourself as an LSUHSC-Shreveport student through postings and personal Web pages, you are connecting to your colleagues, clinical agencies, and even clients/patients. Ensure that content associated with you is consistent with your professional goals. Employers will conduct Web searches on job candidates before extending offers.

e. Respect your audience.

f. Adhere to all applicable university privacy and confidentiality policies.

g. Monitor comments. You can set your site so that you can review and approve comments before they appear. This allows you to respond in a timely way to comments. It also allows you to delete spam comments and to block any individuals who repeatedly post offensive or frivolous comments.

6. If a student is accused of violating the SAHP’s Social Media Policy, The school’s Student Misconduct and Appeals Policies will be used to address the charge.