UAMS COPH

FAY W. BOOZMAN COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS FOR MEDICAL SCIENCES

Catalog

James M. Raczynski, PhD, Dean


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Table of Contents

Academic Probation/Dismissal
Academic Progression
Acceptable Use of UAMS Network and Computer Resources (see Computer Email Resources)
Adding/Dropping Courses
Administrative Requirements for Graduation
Attendance
Auditing a Course
Automobile Registration on Campus
Biology Competency Requirement
Building Use
Campus Clearance Before Graduation (see Degree Requirements)
Civility Policy
Computer and Email Resources
Computer Labs (see Computer Email Resources)
Conduct
Confidentiality
Convocation Ceremony
Correction of Student and Alumni Basic Information/ Use of Aliases
Credit Hour Calculations
Cumulative Grade Point Average
Degree Application (see Degree Requirements)
Degree Requirements
Discrimination (see Non-Discrimination Statement)
Dropping Courses (see Adding Dropping Courses)
Dropping Weekend Courses (see Adding Dropping Courses)
Drug-Free Awareness Statement
Electronic Communication with Students
Email (see Computer and Email Resources)
Fees
FERPA Policy
Financial Assistance
Full-Time Status (Doctoral Students)
Grade Point Average (Cumulative)
Grade Point Average and Semester Credit Hours (see Degree Requirements)
Grades and Marks
Grades and Transcripts Withheld
Graduation (Administrative Requirements)
Grievance Procedures
Handbooks of Other Colleges
Hazing
Health Insurance
HIPAA
Holidays for Students
Honor Code
Honor Graduates (see Graduation (Administrative Requirements))
ID Badges
Immunizations – Continuing Students
Interprofessional Education Requirement
Inclement Weather Policy
Internet Access (see Computer Email Resources)
Late Registration Fee (see Fees)
Leave of Absence
Military Duty Policy
Needlestick Policy
Network Access (see Computer and Email Resources)
Non-Degree Seeking Students
Non-Discrimination Policy
Non-Discriminatory Grievances (see Grievance Procedures)
Passwords (see Computer and Email Resources)
Plagiarism
Pre-enrollment Physical Examination, Tuberculosis Skin Test, Immunizations
Procedures for Students Alleging Discrimination (see Grievance Procedures)
Recording Lectures (see Computer Email Resources)
Refund of Fees (see Fees)
Registration
Repeating Courses
Room Use in COPH
Sexual Harassment
Smoke-Free Campus Policy
Social Networking Policy
Solicitation
Student Organizations/Involvement
Students with Disabilities
Substance Abuse Policy
Successful Completion of Individual Courses (see Degree Requirements)
Time Frame for Completion of Degree (see Degree Requirements)
Transcripts
Transfer Credits
Transferring from Non-Degree to Degree Seeking Status
Transferring from Post-Baccalaureate Certificate to MPH Status
Use of Aliases (see Correction of Student and Alumni Basic Information)
Vehicle Operation on Campus
Withdrawing from School

INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS

Students are expected to follow all policies established by the University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health. Relevant policies are summarized below, with references to full policies that may be available in other locations. All policies are subject to revision.

ACADEMIC PROBATION/DISMISSAL

Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health student will be dismissed from further study at any time if her/his performance is determined to be unsatisfactory by either the program faculty or the Dean of the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health. A determination of unsatisfactory performance may be based on academic dishonesty, an Honor Code violation, and/or failure to maintain a specified cumulative grade-point average. Policies regarding academic dishonesty and other Honor Code violations are described in the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health Honor Code (http://publichealth.uams.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/02/COPH-Honor-Code.pdf).

DrPH, MPH, MHSA or Certificate students who earn less than a 3.00 cumulative grade-point average (GPA - rounded to the nearest 1/100th point) on nine (9) or more semester credit hours of course work applicable to their degree program, the student will be placed on academic probation. Students placed on academic probation must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher upon or before the successful completion of the next nine (9) semester credit hours. The next nine (9) semester credit hours may be completed in one or more semesters. Upon achievement of a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher, the student will be removed from academic probation.

Dismissal from the College will occur if the student’s cumulative GPA is not raised to 3.00 at the end of the semester in which the student completes the final hour of the next nine (9) semester credit hours of course work approved by the student’s program. If, at the time a student is initially placed on academic probation, it is mathematically impossible for the student to raise her/his cumulative GPA to 3.00 at the end of a semester in which he or she completes the final hour of the next nine (9) semester credit hours of course work, the student will be immediately dismissed from the College.

The department faculty of any specialty area or program may establish and state in writing requirements for continuation in that program so long as such are not inconsistent with the requirements set forth above. Students academically dismissed are NOT eligible to regain student status within the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health.

ACADEMIC PROGRESSION

A general rule, good academic progress for a student taking coursework can be defined as completing six credit hours or more of coursework within an academic year. Full and part-time master’s and post-baccalaureate certificate students are expected to complete all degree program requirements within six years. Doctoral students are expected to complete all degree program requirements within ten years. Combined degree seeking students (MACS/MPH, MD/MPH, JD/MPH, MPS/MPH, and PharmD/MPH) are given eight years to complete the MPH degree requirements and will remain in ‘active’ status with the College of Public Health for the entire eight year period to complete degree requirements.

Students who have not successfully completed at least one course within three (3) consecutive semesters will lose their active student status. Before being allowed to register again, these students must contact the Office of Student Affairs to request reinstatement.

Students who have not completed a minimum of six (6) credit hours during a period of two academic years will be withdrawn from the College of Public Health and must complete an application for readmission before being allowed to continue their studies.

ADDING/DROPPING COURSES

Class days start on the date listed on the academic calendar as the date the semester begins. For the purposes of dropping classes, the number of class days specified refers to the number of calendar days following the day on which classes started (exclusive of weekends and holidays) regardless of how many, if any, class sessions in a particular course were held.

Students must pay a late fee in order to register after formal registration closes, Students who do not register by the last published day of registration have five (5) class days after that date to complete the registration process when accompanied by the late fee. Students will not be allowed to register after that date unless permission is granted by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health. This applies to all students regardless of student status, date of first class meeting or class location. (For the purpose of late registration, the number of class days specified above refers to the number of calendar days following the days on which formal registration closes regardless of how many, if any, class sessions in a particular course were held.)

A course may be dropped during the first 20 calendar days of a fall or spring semester without having the withdrawal shown on the official record. After the first 20 calendar days, and before the last 20 calendar days of a fall or spring semester, a student may drop a course, but a mark of "W", indicating withdrawal, will be recorded. A student may not drop a course during the last 20 calendar days of a fall or spring semester.

A course may be dropped during the first ten (10) calendar days of a summer session without having the withdrawal shown on the official record. After the first ten (10) calendar days and before the last ten (10) calendar days of a summer session, a student may drop a course, but a mark of "W" indicating withdrawal, will be recorded. A student may not drop a course during the last ten (10) calendar days of a summer session.

Dropping Weekend Courses

A weekend course may be dropped at the end of the first class meeting but a mark of "W" indicating withdrawal will be recorded unless the first class meeting occurs within the first 20 calendar days of a fall or spring semester and/or the first 10 calendar days of a summer session.

NOTE: Once a student has completed on-line registration, he or she must complete and provide to the Registrar a COPH Add/Drop Form in order to officially drop a course; otherwise, the course will remain on the transcript. This form is available on the COPH website at http://publichealth.uams.edu/students/current-students/forms/ . Refunds will NOT be given for dropped courses unless the course is dropped before the REFUND deadline as defined by the COPH Academic Calendar available at http://publichealth.uams.edu/students/current-students/academic-calendar/.

ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION

Application for graduation must be made to the COPH Registrar and fees paid prior to the last official date of registration for the semester in which degree requirements will be completed and graduation effected. If a student fails to complete the degree, the student must contact the COPH Registrar (501-526-6747) concerning renewal of the application or withdrawal from the College. Clearance is required from certain UAMS offices (library, parking, etc.) before a student may receive her/his degree.

ATTENDANCE

Students are expected to be diligent in the pursuit of their studies and in their class attendance. Students have the responsibility of making arrangements satisfactory to the instructor regarding all absences. Such arrangements should be made prior to the absence, if possible. Policies of making up work missed as a result of absence are at the discretion of the instructor and students should verify the policies of their instructors at the beginning of each semester.

AUDITING A COURSE

When a student takes a course for audit, s/he must register, pay the appropriate fees, and be admitted to class on a space available basis. Instructors will notify students of the requirements for receiving the mark of “AU” for audited courses. If the student is not satisfying the requirements specified by the instructor, the instructor or Dean may drop a student from the course being audited. The student will be notified if this action is taken.

The cost for auditing is the same as taking classes for semester credit. The last day to change from audit to credit is the fifth (5th) calendar day of classes. Changing credit to audit must be done during the first one-half of the course.

The only successful grade or mark which may be given is “AU” and no course credit will be awarded. Courses completed with grades of “AU” are not counted towards completion of degree requirements.

AUTOMOBILE REGISTRATION

UAMS endeavors to provide parking spaces for all employees and students, but it also has an obligation to provide parking facilities to patients and their families, as well as visiting physicians. Parking regulations are designed to assure that parking spaces are used to the maximum for the convenience of all concerned.

All faculty, students and staff of UAMS who park on campus at any time are required to register their vehicles with the UAMS Parking Division and display the appropriate registration decal on the vehicle. Requirements for registration are a completed registration form, a State Motor Vehicle Registration (pink slip) and payment of a fee. Parking is enforced at all times, and any vehicle displaying an expired decal or not displaying an appropriate decal may be ticketed. Failure to pay parking tickets may result in the withholding of academic records or, if tickets accumulate without proper payment, the vehicle may be impounded.

Additional information, including parking application forms, maps, and fee schedules can be accessed at http://www.uams.edu/parking/.

BIOLOGY COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT

All Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Public Health and MPH students must satisfy the COPH Biology Competency requirement - students must successfully complete 3 biology competency exams before or during their first semester of enrollment with a score of 75% or higher. (The three exams cover Infectious Disease, Chronic Disease, and Special Topics.) Students who do not pass an exam will be required to register for the 1-hour course related to that area at the next available offering. Exams are given each semester – dates for the exams can be found on the COPH Academic Calendar.

Students who fail to complete the exams in their first semester will not be allowed to register for courses until exams have been completed. The Biology Competency courses do NOT count toward the curriculum requirements for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate or MPH degree, as they are considered pre-requisite knowledge for Certificate and MPH students.

BUILDING USE

UAMS has a concern about improper use of the roofs of its buildings and their exterior sides. Such portions of buildings are not intended for general traffic. Personal injuries and damage to roofs and buildings may result from their unauthorized use. Regulations are summarized below. More detailed information can be found at http://www.uams.edu/academicaffairs/Administrative%20Memoranda/Admin%20Memo%20720.1.pdf.

  1. Roofs and external sides of buildings may only be accessed by University employees, such as Physical Plant personnel, having a need directly associated with their work. All others must request access through the Director of the Physical Plant.
  2. Any persons found in or on the restricted areas without proper permission will be removed and arrested for trespassing and/or charged with violation of institutional regulations.
  3. Rappelling using University buildings is specifically prohibited.

CIVILITY POLICY

The Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health (COPH) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is committed to operating in a manner that promotes mutual trust and public confidence. All members of the COPH community are responsible for sustaining the core values of this institution which includes integrity, respect, diversity, teamwork, creativity, and excellence and for integrating these values into teaching, research, community engagement, business practices, and other services. Ethical, appropriate and respectful conduct at all times is a fundamental expectation for every COPH community member. Further information is available at http://publichealth.uams.edu/about-coph/coph-policies/.

COMPUTER AND E-MAIL RESOURCES

Network access: Access to the UAMS network, including access to the Internet via the UAMS network, on-line reference and information resources provided through the UAMS Library, and other UAMS computing resources is, generally speaking, restricted to persons having a UAMS network account, i.e. a UAMS network domain logon id and password. All active UAMS students receive UAMS network accounts. Information about network accounts is provided to new students during the registration or orientation sessions.

Everyone granted access to the UAMS network must review and sign the UAMS Confidentiality Agreement (see Confidentiality Policy above). Your UAMS network account is to be used only by you. Do not share your UAMS network logon identification and password.

Passwords:

Acceptable Use of UAMS Network and Computer Resources: The UAMS network, computer labs, and other computing resources support the teaching, research, clinical care, and service missions of UAMS. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to use these resources as tools for work, learning, communication, and research. It must be recognized, however, that these resources serve a large number of users for a variety of purposes. The following guidelines describe acceptable and unacceptable uses of these resources. They are intended to foster use of these resources which is consistent with their intended purposes and which is responsible, appropriate, efficient, and in accord with legal and ethical standards.

Acceptable uses include:

Unacceptable uses include but are not limited to:

Use of these resources for course assignments, education, research, and UAMS work-related projects has precedence over all other uses.

As a member of the UAMS community you are also obligated to observe all UAMS policies relating to the use of network and computer resources. Consult the UAMS Administrative Guide at http://www.uams.edu/AdminGuide/index.html to review UAMS policies. See in particular...

Confidentiality Policy http://www.uams.edu/AdminGuide/PDFs/Section%203/3_1_15_Confidentiality_Policy.pdf

Email Access and Usage http://www.uams.edu/adminguide/Win07112.html

Wireless Networking http://www.uams.edu/AdminGuide/PDFs/7.1.13.pdf

Access to Internet http://www.uams.edu/AdminGuide/Win07211.html

UAMS Wiki and Blog http://www.uams.edu/AdminGuide/PDFs/7.02.02.pdf

Mobile Device Safeguard http://www.uams.edu/AdminGuide/PDFs/hipaa_3.1.17.pdf

Information Security/Password Mgt http://www.uams.edu/AdminGuide/PDFs/hipaa_7.3.08.pdf

Revocation of access: Violation of the Acceptable Use Guidelines or other UAMS policies may result in loss of your privileges to use the UAMS network and computing resources and/or disciplinary action by the COPH.

Internet access: Access to the Internet is provided through the UAMS network. Other than in particular cases, such as the public access PC’s in the UAMS Library or guest access through the UAMS wireless network, you must log onto the UAMS network using your own UAMS network account in order to gain access to the Internet.

Email: All students receive UAMS email accounts. You will receive information about your email account during the registration or orientation process. Email services for UAMS students, faculty, and staff are provided through Microsoft Exchange and Outlook. You can access your email account via the web at http://webmail.uams.edu/ using an up-to-date Web browser. This requires that you have an active UAMS network logon id and password.

All official emails from the COPH Office of Student Affairs, faculty and staff will be made through the UAMS email system. While you may maintain a personal email account through another provider, you should not expect that official communications will be sent to an address other than your official UAMS email address.

Technical Support: For resolution of issues related to your UAMS network or email accounts and computer security provisions contact the UAMS Technical Support Center at 686-8555 or helpdesk/techsupportcenter@uams.edu. Technical Support Center staff will answer your questions or direct your call or request to the appropriate support personnel.

Computer labs: The principal computer facilities available to all UAMS students are the public computer access areas in the UAMS Library (1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors) and the Library Learning Resource Center (LRC) computer labs (3rd and 5th floors of the Library). The public access computers in the Library provide access to the Library catalog, on-line resources, the Internet, and Microsoft Office applications. In addition to these services a wide variety of computer-based educational resources and other software are available in the LRC computer labs. Library computer facilities available after work hours are equipped with security provisions including card-swipe door access devices, door alarms, and monitored security cameras. See the Library section of the handbook for more information.

Computer classrooms: A computer classroom is located on the 1st floor of the COPH (COPH 1230/1250). The room is accessed by swiping your ID badge through the door access device. While the computer classroom is primarily reserved for instructional activities (e.g., classes); however, students may use the computers in this classroom when classes are not in session.

Confidential Information: Confidential Information including ePHI must never be stored on personal devices or media (laptop, thumb drive, CD or DVD).

Recording Lectures: Lecture and lab presentations are the intellectual property of the faculty and faculty must give permission for their lecture, lab, or other presentations to be recorded. Some lectures/labs will not be recorded. Recorded lectures/labs may only be posted on web sites or other locations approved by the COPH. Students are prohibited from providing or distributing these materials in any manner - print, electronic, or any other media - or links to these materials to anyone outside of their UAMS classes.

Failure to abide by this policy may constitute a copyright infringement which may have legal consequences. Furthermore, failure to abide by this policy may result in disciplinary action, including dismissal.

CONDUCT

A student seeking a professional degree is considered to be a mature adult whose attitude, conduct, and morals are compatible with the functions and missions of UAMS as an educational institution. Each student is expected to comply with requests of University officials in the performance of their duties; to obey the laws of the city, state, and nation; and to refrain from conduct that would demean the ethics and integrity of the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health. Unsatisfactory conduct may result in dismissal from the program.

CONFIDENTIALITY

UAMS takes very seriously its responsibility to protect the privacy of patients, employees and students. To do this, the University has established a set of detailed policies outlining the procedures that must be used to protect information and how violations are to be handled.

Policies related to HIPAA are summarized below (see “HIPAA Policies”).

Policies related to the appropriate use of computers and computer security are summarized below (see “Computer Use”).

UAMS requires all employees, students, and vendors requiring access to the UAMS computer system to have a current Confidentiality Agreement on file in the IT Security Office. Additional information and a copy of the Confidentiality Agreement form can be found at www.uams.edu/AdminGuide/PDFs/SEction%203/3_1_15_Confidentiality_Policy.pdf. The form can also be found on the Student Portal at https://online-apps.uams.edu/info/Home.aspx.

CONVOCATION CEREMONY

The Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health sponsors a Convocation ceremony for graduating students of all College programs and members of their families. This ceremony is typically scheduled on the morning of Commencement in May each year, and all graduates are encouraged to attend. Numerous awards are presented to students and faculty by peers, as well as awards to faculty by students.

CORRECTION OF STUDENT AND ALUMNI BASIC INFORMATION/ USE OF ALIASES

Whenever any basic information in a student or alumni file, such as a name or address, becomes outdated, written notice should be filed with the COPH Registrar. Students and alumni should provide the Office of Student Affairs with any and all names as they may appear on transcripts from undergraduate schools.

CREDIT HOUR CALCULATIONS

The College of Public Health adheres to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education’s (ADHE) minimum requirements for credit hour production as defined at: https://static.ark.org/eeuploads/adhe/Whole_Board_Policy_10-01-15.pdf.

The College uses the following minimum standards to calculate credit hours:

The College requires a minimum of 15-17 hours of lecture or class time and 45-51 hours of outside preparation per semester credit hour for its didactic courses.

CUMULATIVE GPA POLICY

The cumulative COPH GPA will include all courses taken at UAMS since admission to the current COPH academic program. The Cumulative UAMS GPA will include all courses taken at UAMS. Both GPAs will include repeated courses.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Course requirements for each of the degrees offered by the College of Public Health are detailed in the Course Catalog. Listed below are other requirements of the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health for the awarding of the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Master of Public Health, Master of Health Services Administration and Doctor of Public Health degrees.

Time Frame for Completion of Degree

All requirements for a post-baccalaureate certificate, MHSA or MPH degree must be satisfied within six (6) consecutive calendar years from the first registration (whether as a degree candidate or non- degree student) with the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health.

Doctoral students are expected to complete all degree program requirements within ten (10) consecutive calendar years.

Combined degree seeking students (MA/MPH, MD/MPH, JD/MPH, MPS/MPH, and PharmD/MPH) are expected to complete all MPH degree requirements within eight (8) consecutive calendar years.

An offer of acceptance is valid for a maximum of one calendar year from the admitted term of acceptance. Acceptance is defined as enrolling with the COPH.

Grade Point Average and Semester Credit Hours

To receive a degree, a candidate must present a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 on all courses required for the degree. Failing to earn such an average on the minimum number of hours, the student is permitted to present up to six additional hours in order to accumulate a grade-point average of 3.00; but in no case shall a student receive a degree who is obliged to offer more than six additional hours of semester credit beyond the minimum.

In the computation of grade point, all courses pursued at this institution for semester credit that are part of the degree program (including any repeated courses) and the capstone coursework (preceptorship and integration project) shall be considered. A student who repeats a course in an endeavor to raise his grade must count the repetition toward the maximum of six additional hours. Individual departments may not have higher grade standards.

Successful Completion of Individual Courses

Courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or above to be considered successfully completed. Only courses that are successfully completed will be used to count towards degree requirements. When a listed requirement for enrollment in a course includes completion of a prerequisite course, the prerequisite course must have been completed successfully.

Degree Application

For students wishing to graduate at the end of a semester, a fully completed degree application must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar by the last official day of registration for that semester.

Campus Clearance

Completion of the campus clearance procedures as directed by the Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs is required prior to the awarding of the degree.

Degree programs that are overseen through the Graduate School are subject to the rules and regulations of the UAMS Graduate School. Specific information may be found on their website at gradschool.uams.edu.

DRUG-FREE AWARENESS STATEMENT

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences supports the concept of a drug-free workplace, as enacted in the federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the State of Arkansas Executive Order EO-89-2, issued March 30, 1989.

As a health care institution, employees who abuse drugs on the job pose an imminent danger to patients, visitors, and others we serve. It is the policy of the State of Arkansas, and UAMS, that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance while on UAMS premises or during the course of any University assignment is prohibited.

Any employee who illegally uses, gives, sells, or in any way transfers a controlled substance while on the job or UAMS premises will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination. This includes employees who report to work under the influence of drugs, if they are not able to perform their jobs in an efficient and safe manner.

The UAMS Drug-Free Workplace policy can be accessed at http://www.uams.edu/adminguide/PDFs/Section%204/4.4.05.pdf.

ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION WITH STUDENTS

The student’s UAMS e-mail account is the mode of communication that the College of Public Health will use to communicate with students about all matters. It is the responsibility of the student to check her/his UAMS e-mail account regularly for official COPH information.

All students receive UAMS e-mail accounts. Students receive information about e-mail accounts during registration and orientation. The UAMS e-mail system may be used through a standard Web browser or through client software that can be installed on personal computers. This software is free and is available for PC's and Macs. Visit http://webmail.uams.edu/ for more information about UAMS e-mail. Please contact the UAMS Information Technology (IT) Support Center at (501) 686-8555 with questions about UAMS exchange e-mail.

In order to receive the maximum benefit from classroom instruction and community involvement, students attending classes in the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health are expected to have access to a computer with internet access. In order to assist with this expectation, the COPH maintains two computer classrooms for COPH students in rooms 1230 and 1250 of the COPH Building. These computers are available for student use unless a class is using the computer classrooms.

UAMS educational facilities include several computer classrooms used for scheduled computer-based classes and exams. These computer classrooms are located on the 8th floor of the Ed II building (rooms 8/105, Lab 8A, and Lab 8B). They are equipped with security provisions including card-swipe door access devices, door alarms, and monitored security cameras. Use of these facilities is scheduled through the Office of Academic Services and is ordinarily restricted to UAMS curricular activities or other UAMS sponsored educational programs.

FEES

Fees are NON-REFUNDABLE

Please refer to the COPH website (http://publichealth.uams.edu/students/current-students/registration/tuition-and-fees/ ) for current tuition and fees.

Tuition and fees are waived at UAMS for dependents of Arkansas citizens who have been declared prisoners of war, or killed or missing in action. Once a person qualifies as a dependent, there shall be no situation, such as the return of the parent or the reported death of the parent, which will remove the dependent from the provisions or benefits of the act waiving tuition.

Students whose tuition is to be paid from sources other than personal funds must provide appropriate documentation to the UAMS Office of Student Financial Services (501-686-6128). Students who are on assistantships must contact their advisors regarding obtaining prior approval for tuition payment. Students whose tuition is to be paid by the department must present a memorandum for payment of tuition.

A tuition discount is currently available for full-time employees of the University. Such employees must present a fully executed Employee Tuition Discount Form prior to the last official day of registration for each semester in order to receive the employee discount. These forms may be obtained at http://publichealth.uams.edu/students/current-students/forms/. The completed form must be presented prior to the close of registration in order to receive the Employee Discount. This discount will no longer be offered beginning Fall semester, 2015.

Official policies of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees provide the basis for classifying students as either “in-state” (resident) or “out-of-state” (non-resident) for the purpose of paying student fees. These policies can be found at http://vcfa.uark.edu/741.php. (See particularly Policy 520.8) Out-of- state (non-resident) students who question their residency classification are encouraged to contact the Office of the UAMS Provost and Chief Academic Officer (501-686-5672), www.academicaffairs.uams.edu, for more information about residence classification review procedures.

Late Registration Fee

The COPH is authorized to collect a late registration fee from students who fail to register and pay all fees prior to the close of COPH registration each semester. Please see our website for current fee information: http://publichealth.uams.edu/students/current-students/registration/tuition-and-fees/.

Refund of Fees

Payment by Check: If Student Financial Services receives an authorized refund request, the refund will not be processed until 30 days from the date the check was deposited.

Payment by Credit Card: If Student Financial Services receives an authorized refund request; the refund will be processed within 24 hours provided the student furnishes his/her credit card information.

All other forms of payment: If Student Financial Services receives an authorized refund request; the refund will be processed within 24 hours.

Definition of Class Days

Class days start on the date listed on the academic calendar as the date the semester begins. For the purposes of dropping classes, the number of class days specified above refers to the number of calendar days following the day on which classes started (exclusive of weekends and holidays) regardless of how many, if any, class sessions in a particular course were held.

Fall or Spring Semester Withdrawals

Any student who officially withdraws from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences during a FALL OR SPRING SEMESTER shall be entitled to a refund of registration, tuition, and fees as follows:

* Up to and including five (5) class days: 100%

* From the sixth (6th) class day through the tenth (10th) class day: 50%

* From the eleventh (11th) class day and after: No Refund

Any student who drops one or more courses during a FALL OR SPRING SEMESTER shall be entitled to individual course refunds of registration, tuition and fees as follows:

*Up to and including five (5) class days: 100%

*From the sixth (6th) class day and after: No Refund

Summer Session Withdrawals

Any student who officially withdraws from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences during a SUMMER SEMESTER shall be entitled to a refund of registration, tuition and fees as follows:

*Prior to start of classes: 100%

*Up to and including three (3) class days: 100%

*From the fourth (4th) through the sixth (6th) class day: 50%

*From the seventh (7th) and after: No Refund

Any student who drops one or more classes and continues to be enrolled in the University during a SUMMER SESSION shall be entitled to a refund of registration, tuition, and fees as follows:

*Prior to start of classes: 100%

*Up to and including three (3) class days: 100%

*The fourth (4th) class day and after : No Refund

Weekend Class Withdrawals (3 weekend sessions)

Any student who registers for a weekend course and decides to drop the course shall be entitled to a refund of registration, tuition, and fees as follows:

*Prior to start of semester classes: 100%

*The end of the first (1st) class meeting of the weekend class: 100%

*The second (2nd) day/class meeting and after: No Refund

FERPA POLICY

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords all students in higher education institutions certain rights with respect to their education records. Some of these rights are only applicable to students over 18 years of age.

The detailed FERPA policy (Academic Matters 2.200) can be accessed here. A summary of key elements is below.

In accordance with FERPA regulations, UAMS assures that students have:

  1. The right to inspect and review education records. A student should submit to the dean’s office or other appropriate official, a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect.
  2. The right to request the amendment of the education record that the student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA. This right refers to information that the student feels has been documented incorrectly, and is not an avenue to challenge whether a grade or other form of evaluation is appropriate.
  3. The right to provide written consent before the university discloses personally identifiable information from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without con¬sent. UAMS discloses education records without student prior written consent to university officials outside the college who have a legitimate educational interest in some or all of the information. Generally, the UAMS officials who will have most routine access are those in Academic Affairs, Student and Employee Health, Campus Security, Student Affairs and Information Technology. Other officials who may require access to some or all of the student record include officials at the University of Arkansas System, a person serving on the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees; or a student or faculty member serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance com¬mittee.
  4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by UAMS to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
  5. The right to restrict disclosure of directory information. Students desiring to restrict such disclosure must complete, sign and submit a Hold Directory Form.

UAMS reserves the right to disclose PII from students’ records without consent, in accordance with FERPA regulations, to individuals or schools with a legitimate interest as specified by FERPA.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

It is ultimately the responsibility of the student to finance his/her education. However, the UAMS Student Financial Services Office may be able to assist the student and his/her family in obtaining financial aid of various types. In order to receive financial aid, students must be fully admitted to a degree program of the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health.

Information can be obtained in the UAMS Student Financial Services Office by calling (501) 686-5451. Students may also visit the UAMS financial aid website at http://studentfinancialservices.uams.edu/.

POLICY FOR FULL TIME STATUS FOR DOCTORAL STUDENTS

Students who have completed all requirements for the degree except for defending the final dissertation must continue to register for semester credit hours for dissertation research each semester until the final dissertation has been successfully defended. During the final stage of dissertation preparation, the College will recognize one semester credit hour of dissertation research as a full-time course load. However, the number of semester credit hours must reflect the amount of student and faculty effort devoted to dissertation activities during the semester.

GRADES AND MARKS

Final grades for courses are “A”, “B”, “C”, “D” and “F”. (No semester credit is earned for courses in which a grade of “F” is recorded.) A final grade of “F” shall be assigned to a student who is failing on the basis of work completed but who has not completed all requirements. The instructor may change an “F” so assigned to a passing grade if warranted by satisfactory completion of all requirements.

A mark of “I” (incomplete) may be assigned to a student who has not completed all course requirements if the work completed is of passing quality. An "I'" so assigned may be changed to a grade provided all course requirements have been completed within a maximum of twelve (12) weeks from the beginning of the next semester after receiving the "I" (Incomplete). However a written and signed agreement between the student and the instructor shall supersede this policy. If the instructor does not report a grade within the twelve-week period, the “I” shall be changed to an “F”. Violation of such an agreement may result in a change of grade of “I” to “F” before the twelve-week deadline has passed, based on the dates agreed to by the student and instructor for completion of incomplete work. When the mark of “I” is changed to a final grade, this shall become the grade for the semester in which the course was originally taken.

A mark of “AU” (Audit) is given to a student who officially registers and successfully completes a course for audit purposes (see Auditing a Course). If an instructor does not wish to award an “AU” to a student who enrolled for audit, the following procedure will be followed:

a. If the student had no other obligation than to attend lectures, a notation will be made that the course was “Not Completed.”

b. If the student and instructor had agreed on certain obligations to be fulfilled by the student, the instructor shall write a letter indicating the nature of the arrangements and stating that the student did not complete the obligations. A notation will be made on the Academic Transcript stating, “See letter in file.”

For courses designated to be graded on a Pass/Fail basis, “Pass” is given for a course for which a student did work of a passing quality. The grade of “Pass” allows semester credit toward a degree but no grade points are earned. A grade of “Fail” indicates the student did not do work of passing quality, and no semester credit or grade points are awarded. The Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health allows a maximum of three (3) semester credit hours of “Pass/Fail” course work, excluding capstone coursework (preceptorship and integration project), to count towards the minimum course requirements of an MPH degree.

A mixing of course letter grades and the mark “Pass” or “Fail” is not permitted in post-baccalaureate courses and is not to be so reported on the Official Final Grade Report. If a letter grade is reported for any student on the Final Grade Report, then all students listed on that report must receive a letter grade (A, B, C, D, or F) or a mark of “I”. A change of grade (from “Pass” or “Fail” to a letter grade) is not permitted for courses in which “Pass” or “Fail” marks are reported.

A mark of “In Progress” indicates that the student is currently enrolled in coursework for the semester. The mark “In Progress” gives neither semester credit nor grade points toward a degree. When the course(s) are completed, a grade is assigned for required semester credit hours only.

A mark of “S” (Satisfactory) is assigned in courses such as special problems and research when a final grade is inappropriate. The mark “S” is not assigned to courses or work for which semester credit is given (and thus no grade points are earned for such work). If semester credit is awarded upon the completion of such work, a grade or mark may be assigned at that time and, if a grade is assigned, grade points will be earned.

A mark of “W” (Withdrawal) will be given for courses from which a student withdraws after the first twenty (20) class days and before the last twenty (20) class days of the semester or after the first ten (10) class days and before the last ten (10) class days of the summer session. (Class days start and end on the date listed on the academic calendar as the date the semester begins or ends. For purpose of dropping classes, the number of class days specified above refers to the number of calendar days following the day on which classes started or preceding the number of calendar days on which classes end (exclusive of weekends and holidays) regardless of how many, if any, class sessions in a particular course were held.)

For numerical evaluation of grades, “A” is assigned four (4) points for each semester credit hour of that grade; “B” three (3) points; “C” two (2) points; “D” one (1) point, and “F” zero (0) points.

GRADES AND TRANSCRIPTS WITHHELD

Grades and transcripts will be withheld and registration refused to any students who fail to return laboratory, library or other university property entrusted to their care; who fail to comply with rules governing the audit of student organization accounts; who have failed to pay any fees, tuition, room and board charges, fines or other charges assessed by UAMS; or who have failed to properly submit all required forms to the COPH Office of Student Affairs.

GRADUATION (ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS)

Application for graduation must be made to the COPH Registrar and fees paid prior to the last official date of registration for the semester in which degree requirements will be completed and graduation affected. If a student fails to complete the degree, the student must contact the COPH Registrar (501-526-6747) concerning renewal of the application or withdrawal from the College. Clearance is required from certain UAMS offices (library, parking, etc.) before a student may receive her/his degree.

Honor Graduates

The Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health recognizes students who graduate with an overall GPA of 3.85 as ‘honor graduates’. The designation of ‘honors’ for commencement and convocation participation (and printing in commencement and convocation programs) are determined at the end of the semester prior to graduation. Honors for transcript entry are determined at the end of the final semester. Grades earned for the graduating term will affect honors. Your final honors will be determined after final grades are audited. GPA's are not rounded up. For example, a GPA of 3.849 is not rounded to 3.85.

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES

It is the policy of UAMS that a student may have prompt resolution of her or his student grievances and that this is accomplished under orderly procedures. A "student" who may process a grievance under this procedure is defined to mean a currently enrolled student of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. A "grievance" means a dispute concerning the status, rights, benefits, obligations and responsibilities of a student, including the availability of services for that student, under established UAMS programs and activities pursuant to regulations, policies and practices of the university. Not included are alleged violations of traffic and parking regulations, Honor Codes, or issues for which other procedures exist.

There are two types of grievances: discriminatory (because of race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, disability or retaliation) and non-discriminatory (no alleged discrimination based on race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, disability or retaliation).

Procedures for Non-Discriminatory Grievances

The Dean’s Appeals Committee (DAC) is an ad hoc committee assembled as part of a formal due process appeals mechanism whereby complaints brought by any person (faculty, staff, student, visitor, or community member) involving COPH faculty, staff or students will receive impartial review with recommendations to the Dean for disposition in matters not covered or superseded by COPH, UAMS or UA Board of Trustees (BOT) policies. This DAC procedure shall not be used to question a rule, procedure or policy that has been established by an authorized faculty or administrative body. Rather, it shall be used only for those persons who believe that a rule, procedure or policy has been applied in an unfair or inequitable manner, or that there has been unfair or improper treatment by a person or persons and for which no other formal due process mechanism is available. In the event of a grievance, pertinent and applicable COPH, UAMS and/or UA BOT policies and procedures will supersede this DAC policy. Persons considering bringing a formal complaint are encouraged to review existing and available student, employee and/or faculty policies and follow the procedures and process described in the COPH, UAMS or UA BOT policy if any of these polices are relevant. For example, grievances involving faculty will follow specific procedures outlined in UAMS Administrative Guide Policy 12.5.01, 3.1.05; grievances involving non-faculty employee issues will follow UAMS Administrative Guide Policy 4.4.16 and generally Section 3.1 and other policies as appropriate. In the event that a conflict between applicable policies is not readily resolvable, the Dean will recommend to the complainant about which university official to consult in determining which policy to follow.

In all grievances, an attempt shall be made to resolve the issue by referring the complainant to the applicable Department Chair(s) or other administrative official(s) as appropriate. If this approach is unsuccessful in resolving the complaint, the Dean may, at his or her discretion, convene a DAC that is composed of a panel of persons not involved in the complaint and consisting of: at least four faculty members drawn at random from a list of Associate and/or full Professors who have primary appointments in the College and who do not serve as Department Chairs; two staff members selected at random from a list of COPH employees; and two students selected at random from the roster of five students elected by the COPH student body to serve on the Honor Council. The COPH Assistant Dean for Student Affairs will confirm that the students selected for the DAC are in good standing and are not in their last semester at the COPH or will be otherwise unavailable to serve. In the event that any person (faculty, staff or student) selected to serve on the DAC perceives a conflict involving the parties to the complaint, either actual or potential, or is otherwise unwilling to serve, that person will be permitted to recuse from service without prejudice. The recommendations of the Committee will be transmitted directly to the Dean for final resolution of the appeal.

Procedures for Students Alleging Discrimination

UAMS prohibits discrimination as defined by federal laws and regulations, such as Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Executive Order 11246, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Sections 503 and 504), Titles I and II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, creed, age, marital or parental status, national origin, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic origin, disability, or veteran status including disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam Era.

UAMS further prohibits discrimination as defined by its own policies, which may include protections for groups or subpopulations not specifically named as protected groups in federal laws or regulations. In particular, UAMS extends a specific expression of protection against discrimination to all groups of persons identified in its Non-Discrimination Statement (Academic Matters 2.300; http://academicaffairs.uams.edu/policies/200-academic-matters/) including but not limited to persons of all sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity.

The full policy and detailed information concerning procedures (Academic Matters 2.400) can be found at: http://academicaffairs.uams.edu/policies/200-academic-matters/.

HANDBOOKS OF OTHER COLLEGES

The handbooks of other UAMS colleges and schools may publish information about the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health programs relating to their course of study. This is provided as an informational service only and in no way replaces or supersedes the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health Student Handbook.

HAZING

Arkansas ACT 75 of 1983 establishes that “no student of any school, college, university or other educational institution in Arkansas shall engage in what is commonly known and recognized as hazing, or encourage, aid or assist any other student in the commission of the offense.”

Hazing is defined as any willful act by one or more students, acting individually or together, directed against another student, including:

Hazing is a Class B misdemeanor under Arkansas law. A student convicted of the offense of hazing will, in addition to any punishment imposed by the court, be expelled from UAMS.

The full text of Act 75 of 1983 can be found here.

HEALTH INSURANCE

All full-time students enrolled at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences are required by University policy (http://studentlife.uams.edu/student-insurance-required/academic-health-plans-student-insurance/) to have health insurance coverage at all times. The responsibility for obtaining health insurance coverage rests with the student. Students must confirm coverage under an existing plan of insurance prior to registration or, if they do not have any existing insurance, obtain such coverage.

Students are urged to investigate and find the policy best suited to their particular needs. Students may wish to access the Health Insurance Marketplace at https://www.healthcare.gov/. Students may qualify for subsidies to reduce the cost of coverage. In addition, a Student Injury and Sickness plan is offered by Student Resources. The summary of its coverage, eligibility requirements, and instructions for enrollment of students and their eligible dependents can be found at https://uams.myahpcare.com/.

Students should carefully compare coverage and cost with any existing or contemplated coverage. If covered under an HMO type plan, there may be severe limitations on benefits for expenses incurred outside of the plan's service area. Students should check to see that they have not become ineligible for coverage under another plan due to age limitations for dependents. Students are advised to carefully review their current policy's exclusions and limitations.

All full-time students are required to sign a “Statement of Health Insurance Coverage” at the time of registration. Registration is not complete until this statement, which affirms that the student has insurance, is on file with the COPH Office of Student Affairs. If a student is found to have provided false information, the student may be subject to immediate dismissal from UAMS.

Students will not be allowed to register if the insurance requirement is not met.

If insurance is allowed to lapse after registration, the University will assume no responsibility for expenses incurred for health care services rendered to the student or her/his dependents.

HIPAA

The UAMS workforce and students will abide by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, also known as HIPAA, and will conduct themselves in accordance with the UAMS policies and procedures relating to the HIPAA Privacy Regulations. Any known or suspected violations of the HIPAA Privacy Regulations must be reported.

UAMS workforce or students who report in good faith such violations or suspected violations shall not be subjected to retaliation or harassment as a result of their report. Violations of this policy, including failure to report, may be grounds for sanctions ranging from disciplinary action to termination or dismissal from an academic program.

UAMS’ HIPAA policies can be accessed at:

Definitions http://hipaa.uams.edu/DEFINITIONS%20-%20HIPAA.pdf

Privacy policies http://hipaa.uams.edu/Privacy%20Policies%20links.htm

Security policies http://hipaa.uams.edu/Security%20Policies%20links.htm

Reference Guide http://hipaa.uams.edu/HIPAA%20Policy%20desk%20Rev%207-2012.pdf

HOLIDAYS FOR STUDENTS

The College of Public Health follows the academic calendar set by the University and published at http://academicaffairs.uams.edu/calendar/. In general, classes are not held on the following holidays:

Labor Day (first Monday in September)

Veteran's Day (Nov. 11)

Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)

Christmas (December 25)

New Year's Day (January 1)

Martin Luther King’s birthday (3rd Monday in January)

President's Day (3rd Monday in February)

Memorial Day (last Monday in May)

*Independence Day (July 4)

When these holidays fall on Saturday or Sunday, the holiday may be observed on an alternative day (Friday or Monday). In addition to the above, holidays as declared by the Governor of Arkansas are observed.

The current COPH academic calendar can be found at http://publichealth.uams.edu/students/current-students/academic-calendar/.

HONOR CODE

All academic work in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health (COPH) will be conducted under the honor system. COPH students are expected to demonstrate appreciation of the trust placed in them by conscientiously adhering to the principles of the Code of Professional Conduct. The Code of Professional Conduct applies to all activities and all behaviors that pertain to the academic work of COPH students. All academic assignments, research work and all examinations are encompassed as is the professional character and conduct of students in the COPH.

Honor Code: http://publichealth.uams.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/02/COPH-Honor-Code.pdf

COPH Constitution of the Honor Council: http://publichealth.uams.edu/students/current-students/student-organizations/honor-council/

Code of Academic Integrity: http://publichealth.uams.edu/students/current-students/student-organizations/

ID BADGES

For those students attending classes on the UAMS campus, a picture identification card will be made at the time of orientation. Students who are unable to attend orientation are responsible for contacting Creative Services to schedule an appointment to have badges made prior to the first class day.

At subsequent yearly registrations, a new sticker will be applied to show that the student is currently registered and in good standing. ID badges must be worn at all times while on campus.

Replacement badges can be obtained by calling Creative Services at (501) 686-5570 and reporting a lost badge. ID badges entitle students to use the UAMS library, obtain tickets to University functions at student rates, and receive a discount in the Hospital Cafeteria or Gourmet Bean.

IMMUNIZATIONS – CONTINUING STUDENTS

Students enrolled in the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health are expected to follow public health and medical recommendations by maintaining an appropriate (current) vaccination status. Annual TB screening is required if the student is working in patient care areas.

Seasonal influenza vaccine is required annually for all UAMS employees and students. Vaccination is provided at no cost by UAMS in the early fall. If the student chooses to obtain the vaccination outside of the UAMS free vaccination clinics, all costs are borne by the student and written verification of vaccination must be provided to the COPH Office of Student Affairs. The full policy can be found at http://www.uams.edu/adminguide/PDFs/4_5_18_Employment_Medical_Screening.pdf.

A student who does not comply with the immunization policies can be administratively withdrawn from classes.

INTERPROFESSIONAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT

As of the Fall 2015 semester, all COPH students are required to complete the UAMS Triple Aim Interprofessional Education (IPE) Program prior to graduation. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Interprofessional Education occurs when two or more professions learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care.”

The IPE Program is non credit hour earning and consists of several workshops and other activities. All aspects of the IPE Program must be completed prior to degree program completion as a condition of graduation.

For more information, please consult the Office of Student Affairs or the Associate Dean for Professional Programs.

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

If the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) implements its inclement weather policy, the following radio and television stations will broadcast the announcement: KARN-AM 920, KURB-FM 98.5, KARK Channel 4, KATV Channel 7, or KTHV Channel 11. UAMS website will also broadcast the policy.

By virtue of the mission of UAMS, the campus never closes. However, UAMS recognizes inclement weather may result in hazardous road conditions preventing students from SAFELY traveling to class. Thus, when the inclement weather policy is in effect, all classroom activities will be cancelled for the remainder of that day. If the inclement weather policy is lifted during the day, classes will remain cancelled for the remainder of the day and evening.

You must exercise judgment with regard to the inclement weather policy. If the inclement weather policy has NOT been announced yet, and you believe it would be dangerous for you to travel to school, please stay home. Under these circumstances, however, you must make every effort to contact your instructor and explain your situation. You must then work with the course faculty to make up what you miss.

The UAMS inclement weather policy can be found at http://uams.edu/AdminGUide/PDFs/Section%203/3_1_02_Inclement_weather_personnel_Policy.pdf

LEAVE OF ABSENCE

Leave of Absence

Introduction. A student who has initiated coursework may take an approved leave of absence (LOA) for reasons of 1) military service, 2) family care, 3) serious illness or 4) another reason deemed adequate for interrupting graduate studies. The LOA may be for up to one year (12 months), taken in segments or all together. A LOA stops the clock for whatever segment of the program they are in (e.g., pre-comps, post-comps) but does not extend the time limits allowed for completion of degree. Students on F-1 or J-1 visas are not eligible for a LOA.

Application and Approval.

A LOA should be requested prior to starting the leave. To take a LOA, a student must meet with their faculty advisor to discuss the request and then submit a completed form stating the start date, end date, and reasons for the leave. The form should be signed by the student, recommending advisor, doctoral program director (if student is enrolled in a doctoral program), and department chair (if student is enrolled in a PhD program) before forwarding to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for action. The Associate Dean will return the form to the student with “written notice” of the action regarding the request, including any conditions of reinstatement.

Finances.

Financial obligations to the University for past periods of matriculation are not waived by a LOA. Students receiving financial support for their studies should be aware that taking a LOA may mean suspension or cessation of that support. Any student with university funding (i.e., stipend, fellowship, other assistantship) who is requesting a LOA should consult with the program director, department chair, and PI of relevant grants to determine the impact of a LOA on their support. Additional UAMS policy related to financial support during LOAs can be found at http://studentfinancialservices.uams.edu/awards-division/leave-of-absence/.

Reinstatement or Renewal.

At least 30 days prior to the conclusion of a leave of absence, a student must submit a letter to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs stating his/her intent to be reinstated or the desire to renew the leave (if the leave taken has not totaled to 12 months). If reinstatement is requested, any financial liabilities and other conditions of reinstatement must be completed. The conditions of reinstatement are determined at the beginning of the LOA by the COPH and will be specified in writing when the student is notified of the LOA’s approval.

Automatic Withdrawal.

A student who neither applies for reinstatement nor requests renewal of the LOA will be administratively withdrawn from the rosters of the COPH at the end of the LOA and notified by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. After such withdrawal, if the student desired to resume his/her studies, the student must apply for readmission through SOPHAS.

MILITARY DUTY POLICY

Students enrolled in the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health who are members of the National Guard or reserve units and are called to active military duty as a result of activation may elect one of the following options:

1. The student can officially withdraw from the semester in which the student is currently enrolled and receive a full refund of all tuition and non-consumable fees for the term involved. A copy of the activation orders must be attached to the official withdrawal for the student to receive the full tuition and fee adjustment and refund. Students electing this option will receive a grade of “W” for the courses in which they were enrolled.

2. The student can arrange for a mark of “Incomplete” for each class for which he or she is enrolled, provided the work to date is of passing quality. In order to receive a mark of “Incomplete” in any course, the student must obtain agreement from the instructor of the course. After the mark of “I” is awarded, the provisions to the mark of “I” in the Grades and Marks portion of this handbook are applicable.

3. An instructor who believes a sufficient portion of a course has been completed may assign an appropriate final grade in that course at the time the student leaves.

There are no set “mandates” for what a faculty member must do to assist a student through the process; however, the campus has historically been very respectful of the student in the role of activation. The Dean will work with Department Chairs and faculty during this process in order to ensure proper procedures are followed.

Students, as soon as orders are received, are able to take advantage of the policies listed above, within reason, no matter the exact deployment date (even if the deployment date is after the semester has ended) so that personal issues may be resolved before the actual date of deployment. The letter to the Treasurer requesting a refund for courses, should the student choose this option, should articulate the approval for refund as the call to active military duty.

NEEDLESTICK POLICY

The Needlestick Policy outlines the policy and procedures to follow when a student experiences a needlestick/sharp injury, blood/body fluid exposure when fulfilling the requirement of a UAMS education program. Regardless of where an incident occurs, students should be evaluated IMMEDIATELY. If indicated, chemoprophylaxis must be started within 2 hours to be effective.

For incidents that occur at the UAMS Medical Center, the applicable policy can be found at http://intranet.uams.edu/uh/Policy/Policy-PDF/Human%20Resources/HR401.pdf.

For incidents that occur at OFF-CAMPUS locations, the site-specific procedures for handling a needlestick or blood/body fluid exposure as established by that site/facility are in effect and may vary slightly from UAMS procedures. However, general requirements for notification, evaluation, and documentation are outlined.

The central points for UAMS students who experience a parenteral, mucous membrane, or cutaneous exposure to a blood/body fluid, regardless of practice site location, are:

1. Report the incident IMMEDIATELY to their clinical supervisor or instructor and appropriate College administrator.

2. Call Student and Employee Health Service (SEHS), 686-6565 or page 501-405-6734, as soon as possible regardless of where the incident occurs. However, in all cases, evaluation of the incident must occur IMMEDIATELY, and is not to be delayed pending discussion with SEHS.

3. The amount of risk incurred as a result of the exposure must be evaluated and prophylactic treatment must be started within 2 hours to be effective; therefore, students should seek evaluation and treatment IMMEDIATELY.

4. Complete the UAMS Incident and Injury (I&I) Report form available at http://www.uams.edu/adminguide/PDFs/empinjury.pdf.

Under certain circumstances, it is recommended that individuals exposed to HIV through injury, etc., be offered combinations of anti-HIV medications for four weeks while surveillance laboratory monitoring is taking place. This process will be coordinated through Student/Employee Health (SEHS), so it is important that any such exposure be reported to SEHS as quickly as possible.

Students who have a blood/body fluid exposure shall be evaluated by SEHS or the Emergency Department (ED) and are required to complete an I&I Report form. All UAMS students are required to maintain a health insurance policy, which will be billed for services related to evaluation, treatment and monitoring. Deductible and co-pay costs not covered by the student’s health insurance policy will be the responsibility of the student’s primary college. Insured students will bear no out-of-pocket expenses.

The full UAMS Needlestick Policy can be found at: http://intranet.uams.edu/uh/Policy/Policy-PDF/Human%20Resources/HR401.pdf

The Injury and Incident Report form can be accessed at: http://www.uams.edu/adminguide/PDFs/empinjury.pdf


NON-DEGREE SEEKING STUDENTS

Individuals may be granted permission, at the discretion of the instructor and/or department, to enroll in classes as non-degree seeking students. Formal admission to the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, MPH, MHSA, or DrPH programs is not required; however, students in this category must complete a non-degree seeking application to the College in each semester for which they are seeking non-degree status and are subject to the provisions of the section in the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health Course Catalog titled “Non-Degree Seeking Students.”

Non-degree seeking students generally will be allowed to enroll in courses on a space available basis once all degree seeking students have been placed on the class roster. It is important to note that in some instances, courses will be over-enrolled with degree candidates, and when this occurs, no non-degree seeking students will be able to enroll. The application fee will not be refunded.

A student who has not been accepted in a program of study leading to a specific COPH certificate or degree may take no more than twelve (12) semester hours of COPH coursework that can be counted toward the requirements for a COPH certificate or degree.

At the time of acceptance into a COPH certificate or degree program, the Academic Standards Committee will recommend to the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health which courses previously taken, if any, are to be accepted in the certificate or degree program.

To convert one’s status from non-degree seeking to degree seeking, a student must complete an application to the desired degree program by submitting all of the required documentation by the appropriate deadline in order to be reviewed by the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health Admissions Committee.

Non-degree seeking students are subject to all other regulations, policies, and procedures stated in the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health Student Handbook and Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health Catalog.

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

It is the policy of UAMS that members of the University community neither commit nor condone acts of bigotry, racism, or discrimination. The University prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, color, national origin, religion, age, marital status, ethnic origin, disability, and veterans including disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam Era with respect to all aspects of the student experience, including but not limited to, acceptance and admission, enrollment, financial aid, and access to student resources and support.

A student having a complaint concerning terms and conditions of their student status or experience with UAMS is encouraged to present this matter to and discuss it with, the person in charge of that part of the university where the issue arises (e.g. Course Director, Department Chair, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, etc.). Such presentation and discussion shall be entirely informal. The person in charge shall attempt to resolve the complaint. A complaint may, but need not, become a grievance.

However, if informal dialog does not resolve the issue, and the student believes that he or she has encountered a policy, procedure, or practice that constitutes discrimination, he or she should contact the Assistant Dean for Administration within the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, who is specifically designated to assist students in the matter of filing a grievance through the UAMS Student Grievance Procedures process (Academic Matters 2.400, accessed at http://academicaffairs.uams.edu/policies/200-academic-matters/.)

Additional information can be found at http://hr.uams.edu/other/title-ix/

PLAGIARISM

Plagiarism includes (but is not limited to) adopting or appropriating for one’s own use and/or incorporating in one’s own work, without acknowledgement, passages, parts of passages, tables, photographs, models, figures, and illustrations from the writings or works of others; thus presenting such as a product of one’s own mind. Any student who plagiarizes may be subject to any or all of the following sanctions: receiving a zero on the written work, receiving a reduced grade for the course in which the plagiarism occurred, being suspended from registering for one or more semester(s), being required to enroll in a short course on graduate level writing, being required to comply with any other appropriate remedy as proposed by the COPH Honor Council, and/or being dismissed from the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health. Plagiarism is a violation of the COPH Honor Code.

Additional information can be obtained at: http://library.uams.edu/scholarly-resources/avoiding-plagiarism/

PRE-ENROLLMENT PHYSICAL EXAMINATION, TUBERCULOSIS SKIN TEST, AND IMMUNIZATIONS

New student pre-enrollment physical examination results are to completed on UAMS forms and submitted to Student and Employee health Services (SEHS) thirty (30) days prior to registration. The completed forms may be mailed, faxed, or brought to SEHS. All forms should include proof of tuberculosis (TB) screening within the last two (2) months and immunizations. Students are responsible for the costs associated with pre-enrollment examinations, TB tests, and immunizations. Requirements include:

The Student Pre-enrollment Medical Examination Form can be accessed at: http://familymedicine.uams.edu/university-healthcare-services/student-and-employee-health/.

REGISTRATION

Instructions on how to register and pay for fees are provided to ALL students via e-mail when course listings are posted to the COPH website.

Students may register for a maximum of fifteen (15) semester credit hours in fall and spring semesters, and a maximum of nine (9) semester credit hours in summer sessions.

REPEATING COURSE

Students in the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health are allowed to repeat a course once without requesting approval; however, a student who wishes to repeat a course more than once, is required to submit the Request to Repeat a Course form. The student’s Academic Advisor must approve the request and forward the form to the Associate Dean for Professional Programs or the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for final approval. Once all approvals are received, the completed form is submitted to the Office of the Registrar for processing.

All enrollments, original and repeated, will be shown on the student’s transcript and all grades earned are used to calculate the cumulative grade point average (GPA).

ROOM USE IN COPH

Students are not permitted in COPH conference rooms for study purposes. All UAMS students are welcome to use the Student Lounge, the first floor common area, and the common areas on the landings on second, third, and sixth floors, where seating is provided. Furniture provided for these areas may not be removed without prior authorization from the COPH Administration. Students found in violation of this policy will be asked to leave the area immediately and may be subject to disciplinary action by the University.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is committed to its mission of providing an academic and employment environment that fosters excellence. Sexual harassment violates the trust and respect essential to the preservation of such an environment, and threatens the education, careers, and well being of its community members. University members have the right to work and study in an environment free of harassment. This right is protected by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act for employees and Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 for students, which view sexual harassment as a form of sexual discrimination. For these reasons, harassment of any kind will not be tolerated at UAMS.

Sexual harassment is particularly serious when it threatens relationships between teacher and student, or supervisor and subordinate, because it unfairly exploits the power inherent in these relationships. When, through fear of reprisal, a student or employee submits or is pressured to submit, to unwanted sexual attention, the ability of UAMS to carry out its mission is undermined. UAMS strongly encourages all UAMS community members to report incidents of sexual harassment. To that end, reporting and investigating procedures are supportive of and sensitive to the alleged victim. At the same time, they adequately safeguard the rights of the alleged offender.

Sexual harassment of employees and students is defined as any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or other physical or verbal behavior of a sexual nature either in or out of the work place when:

(1) Submission to or rejection of the conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment or status in a course, program, or activity;

(2) Submission to or rejection of the conduct is used as a basis for an employment or educational decision affecting an individual; or

(3) Such behavior unreasonably interferes with an individual's work or educational performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for work or learning.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences opposes all forms of sexual harassment, whether subtle or direct, and is committed to the thorough, timely and confidential investigation, in a fair and impartial manner, of all complaints from its students or employees. Procedures established for reporting and investigating such incidents are detailed in the full policy, which can be accessed at: http://www.uams.edu/AdminGuide/PDFs/Section%203/3_1_48_Title_IX.pdf

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All individuals who believe that they have been sexually harassed are encouraged to notify their immediate supervisor, department head, or the Assistant Dean for Administration in the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health. All individuals accused of sexual harassment shall be given the opportunity to respond to the complaints prior to any employment decisions. Employees and students who are found guilty of sexual harassment are subject to disciplinary action in accordance with UAMS policies.

Additional information regarding definitions, prohibited acts, examples, reporting/ complaint procedures, investigation procedures, and other material can be found at: http://www.uams.edu/AdminGuide/PDFs/Section%203/3_1_48_Title_IX.pdf.


SMOKE-FREE CAMPUS POLICY

In accordance with Arkansas Act 134 of 2005, which prohibits the use of tobacco products in and on the grounds of medical facilities in Arkansas, smoking or other tobacco use is strictly prohibited on the UAMS campus. This policy applies to all persons, including employees, faculty, students, patients, visitors, contractors, subcontractors, and others in UAMS buildings, parking lots and ramps.

The policy can be accessed at: http://www.uams.edu/AdminGuide/PDFs/Section%203/3_1_01_Smoking_Tobacco_Use.pdf.

SOCIAL NETWORKING POLICY

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences recognizes that social networking websites and applications such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc. are important and timely means of communication. Students who use these websites and applications must be aware of the critical importance of privatizing these websites and applications so that only trustworthy “friends” have access to the sites. They must also be aware that posting certain information is illegal. Violation of existing statutes and administrative regulations may expose the offender to criminal and civil liability, and punishment for violations may include fines and imprisonment. Offenders also may be subject to adverse academic actions that range from a letter of reprimand to probation to dismissal from the University.

The following actions are strictly forbidden:

In addition to the absolute prohibitions outlined above, the following actions are strongly discouraged as these are considered unprofessional and reflect poorly on the individual, the healthcare profession, program, department, college, and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences:

Students should:

SOLICITATION

Individual students and/or student groups are not allowed to use UAMS facilities for the solicitation of political party membership, for the support or opposition of a political candidate, for the raising of money for projects not connected with a University activity, or for the conduct of private business.

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS/INVOLVEMENT

Students in the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health are encouraged to enrich their educational experience by getting involved in the various professional and student organizations relevant to their chosen profession. UAMS has established a policy to establish guidelines for UAMS student organizations that are required to register with the Campus Life and Student Support Services (CLSSS) (http://studentlife.uams.edu/student-life/registration-of-recognized-student-organizations-policy/).

Arkansas Public Health Association

The Arkansas Public Health Association (APHA) is an organization to which any individual may belong. The Arkansas Public Health Association is a private, non-profit organization of health professionals and others interested in public health who aspire to exercise leadership in protecting and promoting personal and environmental health. Visit http://www.arkpublichealth.org/ for more information.

APHA Student Assembly

The APHA Student Assembly (APHA-SA) is the nation's largest student-led organization dedicated to furthering the development of students, the next generation of professionals in public health and health- related disciplines. APHA-SA represents and serves students of public health and other health-related disciplines by connecting individuals who are interested in working together on public health and student- related issues. More information can be found at http://www.aphastudents.org/

COPH Honor Council

The mission of the UAMS College of Public Health Honor Council is to promote, encourage, and ensure compliance with the standards of the Code of Academic Integrity.

The election of representatives from the COPH student body to the Honor Council is held in the spring term of each year with the term of service beginning the following fall term. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs assists the Council in conducting the election.

The five student representatives serve two-year terms with two or three representatives rotating off the Council each year. One of the two student alternates is also elected from the student body each year. The Dean appoints one of two faculty representatives to the Honor Council each spring. Each faculty representative serves a two-year term.

The Honor Council meets at least once a year to orientate new members. The Council meets as needed throughout the year.

COPH Student Council

The mission of the UAMS College of Public Health Student Council is to advance the interests of enrolled students in the COPH, to serve as an exemplar of public health values and principles, to assist in the development of policies for students, to determine ways to communicate policies to students, to select representatives to appropriate College committees, and to assist in planning student affairs.

Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health

Delta Omega is the honorary society for graduate studies in public health. The society was founded in1924 by John Hopkins School of Public Health. There are currently 48 chapters throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. On December 20, 2005 the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health fulfilled the requirements to be granted as a national chapter designated Beta Delta.

Delta Omega is governed by a Delta Omega constitution and by-laws and also a governance manual. The governing body is the National Council, which is composed of elected officers and representatives of each chapter. The council meets annually, usually held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association.

Each chapter conducts the principal Delta Omega activities. The chapters elect new members each year from four groups:

  1. students who are candidates for a graduate degree in public health,
  2. faculty members at the school of public health, and
  3. alumni actively engaged in public health work
  4. honorary members possessing exceptional qualifications

Election from all three groups is based on outstanding performance--scholarship in students, teaching and research in faculty members, and community service in alumni. Election to membership in Delta Omega is intended, not only to recognize merit, but also, to encourage further excellence in, and devotion to, public health work.

Since Delta Omega's establishment in 1924, the meaning and scope of public health has broadened tremendously. While it is still seriously concerned with problems of environmental sanitation and communicable disease control, public health action has come to embrace all aspects of health and disease in populations. These include the planning, organization, and support of health promotion, disease prevention, and medical care. Basic to modern public health are the social sciences as well as the natural sciences--both in the United States and internationally.

Membership in Delta Omega reflects the dedication of an individual to quality in the field of public health and to protection and advancement of the health of all people. Candidates to be tapped into the Beta Delta chapter are selected by faculty members of the Delta Omega Selection Committee chaired by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

MHSA Graduate Student Association

The MHSA student association provides an opportunity for student leadership and representation. The association elects officers each year and coordinates a series of student meetings, educational events and a community service project.

MHSA Student Network – American College of Medical Practice Executives

In 2002, the program became a charter member of the Student Network program of the American College of Medical Practice Executive/Medical Group Management Association. The members of the Network elect officers each year and work with the other student associations to coordinate education meetings and activities with the Arkansas Medical Group Management Association.

UAMS Assembly

The UAMS Assembly has two deliberating bodies, the Academic Senate and the House of Delegates, composed of faculty, students, and staff. The assembly determines and submits guidelines and policies for campus affairs to the Chancellor.

UAMS Student Government

Students in good standing in one of the five UAMS colleges and Graduate school may participate in the Associated Student Government. The ASG is responsible for publishing the UAMS yearbook, "Caduceus,” scheduling social events, and negotiating the student health insurance policy.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

The UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health (COPH) embraces the philosophy of inclusion and strives to reflect diversity in its staff, faculty and student body. Consistent with this philosophy is the belief that students who have disabilities are entitled to equal access and a friendly environment for learning within the College. To accomplish that goal and assist assist public health students who have disabilities with meeting their career goals thru professional education and training, the COPH has established a policy detailing procedures to be used to request accommodations. This policy is a supplement to the UAMS Grievance Policy Related to Discrimination Complaints adopted by the College (see “Grievance Procedures”). It is not intended to supplant that policy, and where any conflicts might be deemed to exist, the UAMS Grievance Policy shall be controlling.

It is the policy of the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health to provide appropriate accommodations to a student with a documented disability in order for the student to be accorded equal access to or participation in the services, programs, and activities of the College.

If the student intends to seek accommodation for the disabling condition in the class, it is the students’ responsibility to meet with either the Associate Dean for Professional Programs or Assistant Dean for Student Affairs to discuss what accommodations are requested and to develop an appropriate accommodation plan.

A student seeking accommodation is entitled to confidentiality concerning her/his disability. Under most circumstances, the faculty and Assistant Dean will respect the student’s right to confidentiality and will not mention the request to other students, staff or faculty unless the student has specifically indicated otherwise. However, the Assistant Dean is authorized to use discretion during unusual circumstances in disclosing information to others on a need-to-know basis for the protection and safety of faculty and students.

At the first class meeting of each class in each semester, the faculty member shall announce to all students in attendance the following:

It is the policy of the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health to accommodate students with disabilities pursuant to federal law, state law, and the University’s commitment to equal educational opportunities. Any student who needs accommodation should request to meet with either the Associate Dean for Professional Programs or Assistant Dean for Student Affairs to develop an accommodation plan. Failure to follow these procedures may be construed as a waiver of your rights under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

In addition, all course syllabi will contain the following statement:

Students with a Disability: It is the policy of the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health to accommodate students with disabilities pursuant to federal law, state law, and the University’s commitment to equal educational opportunities. Any student who needs accommodation should request to meet with either the Assistant Dean for MPH Programs or Assistant Dean for Student Affairs to develop an accommodation plan. Failure to follow these procedures may be construed as a waiver of your rights under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Faculty members are required by federal law to provide reasonable accommodations when requested. The goal of the accommodation plan is not to change the requirements of any course but to enable the individual with a disability to meet the requirements of each course in a way that is not discriminatory based on disability. The student should feel free to request additional appointments with the Associate Dean for Professional Programs or Assistant Dean for Student Affairs if the student believes the accommodation plan needs revision.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE POLICY

It is the goal of UAMS to provide the highest quality health care, education and services available. To achieve this goal it is important that administrators, faculty, staff, and students be able to fulfill their respective roles without the impairment produced by intoxication or addiction to alcohol or other drugs. The UAMS Substance Abuse Policy (Policy 4.4.06) can be accessed at: http://www.uams.edu/adminguide/index.html#HUMANSRESOURCES.

In brief, this policy states that:

Violators of this policy will be disciplined up to and including termination.

Students with an addiction to drugs or alcohol are encouraged to seek help through the Student/Employee Health Service.

TRANSCRIPTS

The UAMS Registrar’s Office is responsible for providing official transcripts. Students should click on the following link for transcript request instructions :http://registrar.uams.edu/transcripts .

Grades and transcripts will be withheld and registration refused to any students who fail to return laboratory, library, or other university property entrusted to their care; who fail to comply with rules governing the audit of student organization accounts; who have failed to pay any fees, tuition, room and board charges, fines or other charges assessed by UAMS; or who have failed to properly submit all required forms to the Office of Student Affairs.

TRANSFER CREDITS

The UAMS COPH will permit a student to transfer six (6) hours of semester credit from other programs, subject to approval by the COPH Academic Standards Committee. Students wishing to transfer semester credit hours must contact the Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for more information. Courses to be transferred must meet the following criteria:

TRANSFERRING FROM NON-DEGREE TO DEGREE SEEKING STATUS

To convert one’s status from non-degree seeking to degree seeking, a student must complete an application to the desired degree program by submitting all of the required documentation by the appropriate deadline in order to be reviewed by the COPH Admissions Committee.

A student who has not been accepted into a program of study leading to a specific COPH certificate or degree may take no more than twelve (12) semester credit hours of COPH coursework that can be counted toward the requirements for a COPH certificate or degree. At the time of acceptance into a COPH certificate or degree program, the Academic Standards Committee will recommend to the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health which previously taken courses, if any, are to be accepted in the certificate or degree program

TRANSFERRING FROM POST-BACCALAUREATE CERTIFICATE IN PUBLIC HEALTH TO MPH STATUS

Option 1

A student may petition the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs to change status from Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Public Health-seeking to MPH-seeking. The student must have successfully completed a minimum of twelve (12) hours of core courses with a minimum of six (6) of those hours being some combination of Biostatistics I, Epidemiology I, or Environmental and Occupational Health, and have a minimum grade point average (GPA) across all completed core courses of 3.30. Only core courses will be used in determining whether the petitioner has achieved the minimum grade point average. If the student has completed all six (6) core courses and the GPA is less than 3.30, the student will not be granted a change in status. However, the student may apply for MPH status under item 2.

Option 2

If a student has a GPA less than 3.30 across all six (6) core courses and still wishes to continue for a MPH, such student is required to apply to the MPH program and undergo an Admissions Committee review. Such student will be expected to submit all required materials for admissions review for the MPH program, including standardized test scores. Some items such as official transcripts and external reference forms utilized during the student’s Certificate application process may be eligible to be included in the MPH application process. Contact the admissions office in Student Affairs for more information. Such student will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee using the same policies and procedures for all other applicants to COPH programs.

Certificate-seeking students who matriculate by petitioning for the MPH program may receive the post-baccalaureate certificate while working towards the MPH.

VEHICLE OPERATION ON CAMPUS

By authority of the Board of Trustees, and in accordance with Act 328 of 1967, the rules and regulations for the operation and parking of motor vehicles on the UAMS campus are binding on all members of the faculty, staff, student body, and others utilizing the lands owned or controlled by the University of Arkansas. For the purpose of these regulations, the term motor vehicle includes public or private automobiles, trucks and buses, motorcycles, motor scooters, motor bicycles, and any other motor powered vehicle operating on land. Requests by an officer of the UAMS Police Department for a driver or passenger’s identification shall be honored by all concerned when said officer is acting in the exercises of his duties. Officers of the UAMS Policy Department are Police Officers of the State of Arkansas under Act 328 of 1967 and possess full arrest powers.

All drivers on and about the campus area shall observe all the rules of the State of Arkansas pertaining to motor vehicle registration and operation including the special rules and regulations as stated below:

WITHDRAWING FROM SCHOOL

Students must submit an official letter of voluntary withdrawal to the College in order to withdraw from the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health. The letter must be addressed to the Registrar and copied to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. If enrolled at the time of withdrawal, the student is required to complete the “Add/Drop Form” available on the COPH website. Explanation(s) or reason(s) for withdrawal from the College are not required.

A student who withdraws from school must re-apply for admission to continue her/his studies with the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health. Only students who have an accepted letter of voluntary withdrawal on file and who were in good academic standing at the time of withdrawal will be considered for re-admission by the College.