The Physician Assistant Program has two main documents for policy reference; the PA student handbook presented below and the School of Health Science Faculty Handbook. (See Stephens College Faculty Personnel Policies here.)
ARC-PA Standard A3.14a
Stephens College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504. Phone: (800) 621-7440 (V); 312-263-7462 (F); [email protected]; www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org
The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Stephens College Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Stephens College.
Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program's ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepared for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.
Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class. www.arc-pa.org
Stephens College reserves the right to change the curriculum, any provision, policy, procedure, requirement, regulation or fee at its own discretion subsequent to the publication of this catalog. The information contained in this handbook is subject to change without published notice, however, every effort will be made to keep the student informed of these changes. This Student Handbook does not establish a contractual relationship. Its purpose is to provide students with information regarding requirements, policies and procedures to qualify for the Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Stephens College. A student follows the Student Handbook in effect at the time of entry provided attendance is uninterrupted. When changes to program or degree requirements occur, either the Student Handbook in effect at the time of entry or the latest revised Student Handbook may be followed. The Student Handbook is effective at the start of the fall semester.
Last UPDATED APRIL 18, 2017
Historically committed to meeting the changing needs of women, Stephens College prepares students to become leaders and innovators in a rapidly changing world. Stephens engages lifelong learners in an educational experience characterized by intellectual rigor, creative expression and professional practice, in an environment supported by accomplished faculty and dedicated alumnae. Graduates of Stephens are educated in the liberal arts, professionally prepared and inspired by our tradition of the Ten Ideals as core values that enrich women’s lives.
Inherent in the culture at Stephens College is the tradition of the Ten Ideals, which originated in 1921. The Ten Ideals are as follows: 1983 through today:
The mission of the Stephens College Physician Assistant Program is to educate and prepare clinically astute and compassionate, patient-centered physician assistants who will become leaders in their profession, while remaining dedicated to meeting the needs of the medically underserved. Graduates will be ethical professionals, committed members of the healthcare team, practitioners of evidence-based medicine, and providers of quality health care for those they serve.
The goals of the PA program are to prepare physician assistants who:
1. Demonstrate mastery of knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate and treat patients with various medical conditions
Graduate cohorts will achieve at least the national average on the PANCE
2. Apply principles of evidence-based medicine to clinical practice and contribute to development of new knowledge
100% of students will complete peer-reviewed evidenced-based capstone research projects
3. Exhibit professionalism, characterized by trustworthiness, ethical practices, integrity, empathy, cultural sensitivity, and effective interpersonal communication
Preceptor evaluations and employer surveys will evidence qualities of professionalism among 100% of students and graduates
4. Contribute effectively to inter-professional health care teams
Preceptor evaluations and employer surveys will indicate effective contribution to the healthcare team among 100% of students and graduates
5. Demonstrate commitment to the medically underserved
Graduate and employer surveys will indicate that 20% or more of graduates provide care for the underserved.
6. Continuously strive to improve their practice and contribute to quality improvement and safety of healthcare systems
1-, 3- and 5-year graduate and employer surveys will indicate that 80% or more of graduates contribute to quality improvement in their institutions.
7. Demonstrate a spirit of lifelong learning
1-,3- and 5-year graduate surveys will indicate 30% of graduates pursue advanced degrees and/or certification (e.g., doctoral degrees, CAQs, residencies/fellowships) and/or research or teaching opportunities.
8. Enrich the PA profession through leadership
5-year graduate and employer surveys will indicate 25% of graduates have leadership positions in healthcare organizations and/or professional organizations or healthcare committees.
9. Practice compassionate patient-centered care
1-, 3- and 5-year employer surveys indicate 100% of graduates practice patient-centered care.
As part of our continuous self-study process, our statements of mission and goals will be routinely reevaluated incorporating expertise from our Faculty, Students, Advisory Committee, Patients, Alumni, and Employers to ensure we are remaining on-track, fulfilling our mission, and meeting the needs of our regional and local communities
The following competencies will serve as program level student learning outcomes for the Stephens College Physician Assistant program. All course objectives listed in the syllabi are linked to these competencies, which are based upon Competencies for the Physician Assistant Profession adopted 2012 by ARC-PA, NCCPA, and PAEA; adopted 2013 by AAPA.
Physician assistants must demonstrate core knowledge about established and evolving biomedical and clinical sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care in their area of practice. In addition, physician assistants are expected to demonstrate an investigative and analytic thinking approach to clinical situations. Upon graduation from the PA program, students are expected to:
MK 1: Apply principles of evidence-based medicine to clinical scenarios
MK 2: Apply scientific principles to explain etiologies, risk factors, and underlying pathologic
processes for emergent, acute, and chronic medical conditions
MK 3: Describe social, behavioral and psychological aspects of health and disease.
MK 4: Demonstrate the ability to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients across the lifespan.
MK 5: Demonstrate the ability to develop and evaluate interventions for promotion and maintenance of health.
Physician assistants must demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange with patients, patients’ families, physicians, professional associates and other individuals within the health care system. Upon graduation from the PA program, students are expected to:
ICS 1: Demonstrate interpersonal skills promoting ethically sound and therapeutic relationships with patients, families, and members of the healthcare team.
ICS 2: Use effective communication skills to elicit and provide information in a manner that is appropriate to the context of the interaction.
Patient care includes patient-specific and setting-specific assessment, evaluation and management. Physician assistants must demonstrate care that is effective, safe, high quality, and equitable. Upon graduation from the PA program, students are expected to:
PC 1: Demonstrate the ability to provide patient-centered care characterized by compassionate and respectful relationships with patients and their families.
PC 2: Demonstrate the ability to make decisions about diagnostic and therapeutic interventions based on patient information and preferences, current scientific evidence and informed clinical judgment.
PC 3: Perform medical and surgical procedures appropriate to a PA entering the profession.
PC 4: Demonstrate the ability to provide health care services and education to prevent disease and promote health in patients across the lifespan.
Physician assistants must demonstrate a high level of responsibility, ethical practice, sensitivity to a diverse patient population and adherence to legal and regulatory requirements. Physician assistants must be reflective practitioners who place their patients’ needs above their own. Upon graduation from the PA program, students are expected to:
PR 1: Demonstrate professional relationships characterized by respect, compassion, accountability, and integrity with patients, families, supervisors, and other members of the health care providers.
PR 2: Describe the role of the PA including professional, ethical, legal, and regulatory standards regarding the PA profession.
PR 3: Demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to patients’ culture, age, gender and abilities.
PR 4: Demonstrate initiative, flexibility and tolerance of ambiguity and anxiety.
PR 5: Demonstrate commitment to the education of all other learners.
Physician assistants must engage in critical analysis of their own practice experience, the medical literature, and other information resources for the purposes of self-improvement and enhancement of the practice. Physician assistants must be able to assess, evaluate, and improve their patient care practices. Upon graduation from the PA program, students are expected to:
PLI 1: Analyze practice experience and contribute to practice-based improvement activities
PLI 2: Access, select, appraise, critically evaluate, and apply scientific studies to patient cases.
PLI 3: Demonstrate self-reflection to recognize and appropriately address personal biases, gaps in medical knowledge, and limitations in themselves and others.
Physician assistants must demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger system of health care to provide patient care that balances quality and cost, while maintaining the primacy of the individual patient. PAs should work to improve the health care system of which their practices are a part. Upon graduation from the PA program, students are expected to:
SBP 1: Discuss the components of healthcare delivery systems and the roles and relationships of various members of healthcare teams.
SBP 2: Be able to describe examples of cost-effective health care and resource allocation that does not compromise quality of patient care.
SBP 3: Apply the concepts of population health to patient care.
In addition to the information provided in this handbook, the Stephens College Physician Assistant Program will abide by the full Code of Ethics found at the following website:
Stephens College is pursuing provisional accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The standards provide a guideline for accredited physician assistant programs and will be used to assess compliance with standards of quality for Physician Assistant education. The standards are posted online at:
The requirements of this Student Handbook are consistent with these standards.
ARC-PA Standard: A3.17, A3.14d
The Stephens College PA program includes a 27-month curriculum with both a didactic and clinical phase. The primary goal of the didactic curriculum is to provide the knowledge and skills needed to participate effectively in clinical rotations and gain foundational knowledge for the PA profession. The primary goals of the clinical rotations are to assure that students are prepared for licensure and effective practice as a PA.
Fall (18 weeks)
PAS 515 Human Anatomy & Radiology (6 credit hours)
PAS 516 Medical Physiology (3 credit hours)
PAS 517 Molecular Foundations of Biomedicine (3 credit hours)
PAS 511 Clinical Skills 1 (4 credit hours)
PAS 512 Clinical Medicine 1 (5 credit hours)
PAS 513 Medical Pharmacology 1 (2 credit hours)
PAS 514 Case Based Medicine Seminar 1 (1 credit hour)
Total: 24 credit hours
Spring (18 weeks)
PAS 522 Clinical Medicine 2 (9 credit hours)
PAS 523 Medical Pharmacology 2 (2 credit hours)
PAS 521 Clinical Skills 2 (4 credit hours)
PAS 525 Professional Practice 1 (2 credit hours)
PAS 526 Evidence Based Medicine & Research 1 (2 credit hours)
PAS 524 Case Based Medicine Seminar 2 (1 credit hour)
Total: 20 credit hours
Summer (15 weeks)
PAS 532 Clinical Medicine 3 (9 credit hours)
PAS 533 Medical Pharmacology 3 (2 credit hours)
PAS 531 Clinical Skills 3 (4 credit hours)
PAS 535 Professional Practice 2 (2 credit hours)
PAS 536 Evidence Based Medicine & Research 2 (2 credit hours)
PAS 534 Case Based Medicine Seminar 3 (1 credit hour)
Total: 20 credit hours
Total Didactic Phase Credit Hours: 64
Fall, Spring, and Summer of Year 2, Fall of Year 3:
Students will take the following course as a cohort prior to beginning their clinical rotations:
PAS 611 Introduction to the Clinical Phase (4 weeks, 4 credit hours)
The following clinical rotations will be scheduled as available during the fall, spring, summer, and fall sessions:
PAS 612 Family Medicine 1 (6 weeks, 6 credit hours)
PAS 613 Internal Medicine (6 weeks, 6 credit hours)
PAS 614 Women's Health (6 weeks, 6 credit hours)
PAS 615 Pediatrics (6 weeks, 6 credit hours)
PAS 616 Emergency Medicine (6 weeks, 6 credit hours)
PAS 617 General Surgery (6 weeks, 6 credit hours)
PAS 618 Psychiatry/Behavioral Medicine (6 weeks, 6 credit hours)
PAS 680 Elective (6 weeks, 6 credit hours)
The following course will take place during the clinical phase between clinical rotations:
PAS 620 PA Leadership Rotation (4 weeks, 4 credit hours)
The following course will take place at the end of the PA program:
PAS 670 Capstone (3 weeks, 2 credit hours)
Total Credit Hours for the Clinical Phase: 58 credit hours
Total Program Credit Hours: 122
ARC-PA Standard: B3.01
Students will receive both Program-issued white coats and name tags with their names and “Physician Assistant Student” to distinguish them from physicians or other health professional students or graduates. Students are required to wear the white coat and name tag any time they are in contact with patients or in a medical facility for training purposes, unless conditions prohibit this practice. If students are unable to wear the white coat or name tag, for example, wearing scrubs in a surgical setting, they must verbally identify themselves as physician assistant students.
ARC-PA Standards: A3.15a, A3.15b, A3.16
Admission to the Physician Assistant program at Stephens College is competitive. Please consult with the Physician Assistant Admissions Specialist, Marta Hobbs, for any questions regarding the application or admissions processes.
Stephens College does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, national/ethnic origin, marital or veteran status, or disability in administration of its educational policies, graduate admissions policies, scholarships and loans, and other College-administered programs. Applicants must complete their application to the Stephens PA program through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). The Stephens College PA program does not give preferential consideration to any student candidate or group. Although Stephens College graduates who meet the entrance criteria are offered an admissions interview, these individuals are not given preferential treatment in the final admission decisions and are held to the same standards as all other applicants. Stephens College is committed to meeting its obligations of nondiscrimination under Federal and State laws as they are currently written or as they may be amended from time to time.
Inquiries concerning compliance with applicable law may be directed to Stephens College, Vice President for Academic Affairs, 1200 East Broadway, Campus Box 2005, Columbia, Missouri 65215.
ARC-PA Standards A3.15b, A3.15d, A3.16
ARC-PA Standard A3.15e
To practice as a Physician Assistant, the following technical abilities are considered essential and are required for entrance into the Stephens PA program:
ARC-PA Standard: A3.10
A criminal background check is required to ensure patient safety and provide a safe educational environment. Admitted students will be required to work with CertifiedBackground.com, the outside agency responsible for completing criminal background checks for the Physician Assistant program.
Results of criminal background checks may result in removal from consideration for applicants or dismissal of enrolled students if the documented offense warrants this action.
Required drug screening prior to matriculation as well as periodic urine drug screens may be required for all students in the Physician Assistant Program.Admitted students will be required to work with CertifiedBackground.com, the outside agency responsible for completing the urine drug screening for the Physician Assistant program.
Students should be aware that the potential to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) might be impacted by a criminal record and/or illegal drug use. Additionally, many state regulatory and governing organizations will not grant a license, registration or other similar professional practice document if there is a positive drug screen or a criminal background check that documents a criminal record. Completion of the Physician Assistant Program at Stephens does not guarantee that a student will meet the licensing requirements of any particular state or agency.
Falsification of College records or of records provided to the College is grounds for disciplinary action. Failure to declare college credit attempted or earned elsewhere is considered falsification of records. Incidents will be reported to the Graduate Council, which will follow the procedures outlined for academic dishonesty.
Offers of admission to the program are valid for the cohort for which the student is accepted. Admission is not guaranteed beyond the original term that is offered. A student who is unable to start in the cohort for which they are accepted will need to notify the Program Director and request deferral.
ARC-PA Standard: A1.05
Degree-seeking students are eligible for Federal Financial Aid. Students may apply for Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Student Loans, Graduate Federal PLUS Loans and Alternative Loans. To receive aid, students must meet the following criteria:
Satisfactory Academic Progress Criteria for Title IV Financial Assistance (MPA)
Students receiving any financial aid must fulfill certain criteria to determine that they are in good standing and maintaining satisfactory progress in their course of study. For financial assistance purposes, graduate students must maintain satisfactory academic progress defined as successful completion of at least 66.7% of their attempted courses* with a cumulative 2.0 GPA. Students must complete their degree requirements within 150% of the published time-frame for their degree program. At the end of each semester, a determination of continued eligibility for financial assistance is made. Transfer credit hours count in the total attempted/completed credit hour calculation. Incompletes and repetitions will be calculated as attempted hours in the semester in which they are graded and awarded.
Example 1: a first semester graduate student is taking 15 hours of graded coursework as of the first day of classes, she must earn a cumulative GPA average of 2.0 in of those classes at semester end. If she only earns 9 passing hours she has a 60% completion rate so she will not be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (66.7% required).
Example 2: a second semester graduate student is taking 12 hours of graded coursework as of the first day of classes in her second semester as a graduate student. Her first semester GPA was 2.0 and she had successfully completed 12 hours. Second semester she is enrolled in, and completes, 12 more hours, but her 2nd semester GPA is 1.25. Combining the two semesters she has now earned 24 hours, but her cumulative GPA is 1.625, so she will not be making Satisfactory Academic Progress.
A student can fail making satisfactory academic progress in both percentage completion and cumulative GAP, or only one of the two.
Any student who fails to meet the established criteria will be placed on financial warning for one semester. Continued failure to meet the established criteria will result in financial assistance suspension and loss of all eligibility for financial assistance. In the case of a student who made satisfactory progress after the semester on financial aid warning, but in a later semester fails to meet the established criteria again, that student may receive one more semester on warning but will have her financial assistance suspended if any future semesters are below the established criteria. Students may not have two warning semesters in a row, and students will not receive more than two warning semester’s total, except in the case of a special circumstance, which will be determined on a case by case basis.
In the event of loss of eligibility of financial assistance due to extenuating circumstances, the student may appeal to The Director of Financial Aid for reinstatement of financial assistance eligibility. The student must complete the Financial Assistance Appeal Statement, which is available from the Financial Aid Office, at least 14 days before the start of the next semester in which they are enrolled. Examples of extenuating circumstances, which must be documented by the student and which would be considered by the Director of Financial Aid include, but are not limited to; the death of a relative of the student or an injury or illness of the student.
Where there are no extenuating circumstances, the student may petition for reinstatement of financial assistance eligibility when she subsequently obtains academic standing consistent with the established criteria as stated in the first paragraph of this section.
Successful course completion requirements for financial assistance eligibility will be pro-rated for transfer, three-quarter and half-time students. GPA requirements are the same for part-time students as for full-time students.
*Attempted courses are defined as the total number of hours in which you are enrolled as of the first day of classes.
Veterans Administration Benefits
It is the responsibility of the student receiving Veterans Administration benefits to register with the Veterans Administration regarding eligibility for benefits. If the student is eligible for Veterans Administration education benefits, contact the Stephens College, School Certifying Official (SCO), located in the Registrar Office, 248 Lela Rainey Wood Hall. The student receiving the benefit must provide the SCO with a copy of the certificate of eligibility in order for certification to occur. Stephens College is proud to be a Yellow Ribbon School.
ARC-PA Standard A3.14f
Installments for Financial Aid: August of Didactic Year: 30,000
Technology Fee: $225/term
Parking Fee: $78/year (optional)
Professional Liability Insurance Fee: $185/year
Criminal Background Check /Drug Screening Fee: $200/year
Tuition and fees are subject to change at any time at the discretion of the Stephens College Board of Trustees. The College reserves the right to adjust charges subsequent to the publication of the catalog.
The approximate price for all required textbooks is $1800
A complete list of required and recommended textbooks is provided for enrolled students.
Students must obtain their own medical equipment, which will be used throughout the Physician Assistant program, including the didactic year. Prices included here are only estimates and may vary with the quality of products and/or discounts available through group purchases.
Equipment and Approximate Price
Diagnostic stethoscope: $125.00
Reflex hammer: $7.00
Tuning forks (128 & 512 HZ): $40.00
Oto-ophthalmoscope set: $650.00+
Pen lite: $5.00
Near vision screening card: $5.00
Tape measure: $6.00
ECG calipers: $12.00
Insufflator bulb: $7.00
One or more pair of scrubs: $25.00
Medical bag: $65.00
Students are required to carry professional liability insurance with minimum coverage of $1,000,000/$3,000,000 throughout the program. The insurance will be at the student’s expense and is available through the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Applications for this insurance will be available during the first week of the program. Any lapse in coverage may result in the student’s dismissal from the program.
Estimated expense: $185/year
Students are expected to become members of the Missouri Association of Physician Assistants.
Estimated expense: $20/2 years
While computer facilities are available on campus, it is expected that students will have a laptop computer or tablet to access electronic curricular materials. A list of computer specifications is provided for enrolled students and may be located on the Physician Assistant website.
Estimated expense: $1500
Immunizations and TB tests are required for current and incoming Physician Assistant students as described in section XI of this Student Handbook.
Estimated expense: $1,000
All Physician Assistant students are required to carry health insurance as described in section XII of this Student Handbook.
ARC-PA Standard: A3.07
As part of the matriculation process into the PA Program, all students are required to meet health and immunization requirements recommended by the Program, clinical placement sites, and/or Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) for Health Care Personnel found at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/rec-vac/hcw.html.
The Director of Health Services will review the Health and Immunization Form to ensure that each student meets the Program and College health requirements. A copy of the students’ immunization record, including the tuberculosis screening results, required for supervised clinical experiences, will be provided to the Program for the student file. Students will sign a release form to allow the Program to release this information to clinical sites. All other student health records are confidential and will not be accessible to Program faculty or staff.
All students are required to have personal health insurance. Both health and hospitalization coverage are required and must be maintained throughout the program.
The College encourages you to carefully review your options in order to find the best plan for your needs. Students must submit the completed Health Information Form to the Director of Health Services. Students enrolled in the PA Program must provide documentation that the immunizations listed in section XI and/or proof of immunity have been obtained. Students are responsible for any expenses related to required immunizations or testing.
Students are responsible for payment of all charges. Full payment for tuition, fees, and all other charges are due one week prior to the beginning of each term (fall, spring and summer), unless the student is enrolled in Tuition Management Systems, as outlined below. For registration and enrollment changes after the tuition due date, payment is due immediately. Payments may be made by check or credit card. The college accepts MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express.
The College uses Tuition Management Systems (TMS), which offers an interest-free monthly payment plan to pay for tuition. Contact TMS at 800-635-0120 or visit their website at www.afford.com. TMS charges a $52 per term processing fee to participate in the program. If selecting the TMS option, the student must be signed up prior to attending class.
If a student does not pay his or her bill or make payment arrangements, he or she will not be allowed to attend class. In addition, the College will not release grade reports, transcripts, degrees, or diplomas for any student whose account is not current. Students with past-due tuition accounts are subject to immediate financial suspension unless clearance is obtained from the Office of Accounting.
In the case of the Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) 10-month installment payment plan, no monthly finance charge will be added as long as required payments are made as scheduled. A monthly finance charge of one percent (12 percent annual percentage rate) will be charged to delinquent non-EFT accounts.
A hold is placed on the transcripts of students with past due accounts and is removed only when the obligation is paid in full. Stephens College will not release the transcript or degree of anyone subject to such a hold.
ARC-PA Standard A3.14g, 3.17e
Except for a $100 administrative fee, Stephens will refund all of the student’s comprehensive fees if he or she cancels his or her enrollment before the first day of the term. In the event that a student completely withdraws after the first day of classes but prior to 60% of the completion of the term, a proration of comprehensive fees is calculated based on the number of class days attended compared to the total number of class days in the term. Comprehensive fees are credited and financial aid is charged back in accordance with Federal regulations.
Official notification of withdrawal must be given in writing to the Program Director in all cases of voluntary withdrawal. If no official notice is provided to the College, the student will be considered to be enrolled for the purposes of this policy; additionally, the student’s Stephens College academic transcript will not be released until the Withdrawal Form has been completed. After the 60% point in the term, a student will be charged 100% of the comprehensive fees and will be deemed to have earned 100% of their financial aid.
Writing a check without sufficient funds is a violation of state law, and the violator is subject to prosecution. A check returned to the College due to insufficient funds will result in a $25 charge and the amount of the check added to the outstanding balance.
A transcript is an official copy of the student's permanent academic record delivered either electronically as a secured, blue-ribbon .pdf transcript, or as a paper transcript bearing the College seal and the signature of the registrar. Official transcripts are available to students through the Office of the Registrar upon receipt of an electronic order through an online ordering company. The fee charged for an official transcript is $10, paid during the online ordering process. Transcripts, official and unofficial, will not be released to those students with an unpaid balance at Stephens College.
If a student requests an official paper copy of a transcript for personal use, the words "Issued to Student" will appear on it. A currently enrolled student may obtain an information copy (unofficial) of their academic transcript through the MyStephens website while enrolled in classes at Stephens College.
Stephens College is a community of scholars committed to truth. The validity of a Stephens College degree depends upon the integrity of the work that it represents. Academic dishonesty violates the ethical standards of our community and stunts students’ intellectual, professional, and personal development. Stephens has therefore adopted an academic dishonesty policy that imposes penalties for students who commit acts of academic dishonesty.
Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to the following:
ARC-PA Standards A3.17d,e
The procedures to be followed in cases of academic dishonesty are outlined below.
As members of a cohort, students are expected to enroll in all Physician Assistant courses to maintain active student status. If necessary, students may arrange to take an official leave of absence.
The Office of the Registrar maintains an official record of academic information for all students both in the college student information system as well as a paper file. Students have the right to view their academic record with proper identification. All prior college transcripts, application for admissions and official letter of acceptance as well as any correspondence are retained in the academic record.
Other records open to students include those maintained by the Office of Financial Aid and by the academic adviser. Students may not review financial information submitted by parents or confidential letters associated with admission, employment or job placement, nor may they see any material for which they waived the right to review. Any student who believes that inaccurate, misleading or otherwise inappropriate information may be in one of his or her record files may request a hearing with the Dean of Health Sciences.
Information about a student, other than information designated as directory information by Stephens, will not be released without the student's written consent, except as otherwise authorized by the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act of 1974 (“FERPA”). The following directory information may be released about a student: Name, e-mail address, home address, classification, major field of study, dates of attendance, degrees earned and honors received. A student who wishes to prevent the release of directory information must make the request in writing to the Program Director, by September 15 each year. The Program Director will notify the Registrar’s Office of any request.
Non-directory information will only be released without prior written consent to college personnel who have a legitimate educational interest in the student; identified representatives of certain local, state and national governmental agencies; or as otherwise authorized under FERPA. An unofficial transcript will be released to Stephens College personnel and for those parties outside the College after identification of required credentials. Efforts will be made to notify the student when information is requested to comply with a judicial order or any lawful subpoena.
ARC-PA Standard A3.15c, A3.19a
Advanced placement will not be granted by the Stephens College Physician Assistant program. As members of a cohort program, students must progress through the entire didactic and clinical phases of the program.
Students may request a leave of absence (LOA) for up to one calendar year. The request must be sent to the Program Director. All courses currently in progress must be completed or dropped prior to the start of the leave of absence and payments on outstanding account balances with Stephens College must be continued. Students may not enroll in or attend Physician Assistant courses while on a leave of absence. At the end of the leave of absence, students should meet with the Program Director and work with their academic advisor to enroll in classes.
ARC-PA Standard A3.17e
As members of a cohort program, students may not withdraw from individual courses without permission from the course director. For extenuating circumstances only, alternative plans for completion of coursework may be developed.
Students may withdraw from the Physician Assistant program by declaring this intention in writing to the Program Director and submitting the appropriate drop form for any courses in progress. At that time, the student is withdrawn from all academic work in progress. Failure of a student to begin or continue to attend classes does not constitute official notice of withdrawal. Students who have withdrawn may not re-gain active status and must re-apply for the program should they wish to pursue the Master of Physician Assistant Studies at Stephens College.
Students may be administratively withdrawn from the program for the following reasons:
A student who has been withdrawn must reapply for admission with a new cohort. A student who has been withdrawn from the program because of financial difficulties with the College must pay their account in full prior to re-entry. A student whose tuition account is in arrears more than three months may lose the right to continue in the program. If the student is readmitted, the student may be required to meet degree requirements outlined in that current year’s catalog. If a student is withdrawn from the program because their tuition account was sent to a collection agency, full payment of the delinquent account is required before the student is considered for admission.
ARC-PA Standard A3.17c
An application for graduation, along with appropriate signatures, must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office prior to the application deadline which occurs the beginning of the term prior to the one in which the applicant will graduate. The Graduation Form listed on the Registrar’s website should be completed. A $100 fee is required for the graduation application. Commencement for the Physician Assistant Program is held in December.
A degree granted on the basis of fraudulent information knowingly furnished by the student or any other person pertaining to the student’s academic performance is subject to revocation on the basis of academic dishonesty. When such charges are made, the charge will be reviewed by the Graduate Council according to the guidelines outlined in the Professional Code of Conduct (Section XXVI).
In accordance with our Institutional accreditation, the Higher Learning Commission requires Stephens College to notify the Commission when the institution must teach-out one or more students. This includes: (a) the U.S. Department of Education notifies the Commission of an emergency action, or a limitation, suspension or termination or similar action against the institution; (b) the Commission acts to withdraw, terminate or suspend the status of an institution; (c) the institution notifies the Commission that it intends to cease or suspend operations or permanently close a site where it offers at least 100% of either a Certificate or degree program before all students have completed their program of study; or (d) a state licensing or authorizing agency notifies the Commission that an institution’s license or legal authorization to provide an educational program in that state has been or will be revoked.
Stephens College will follow The Higher Learning Commission’s (HLC) protocol and process in establishing, making arrangements for and differentiating Teach-Out Plans and or Teach-Out Arrangements.
Institutional Circumstances Requiring Commission Approved Teach-Out Arrangements (see attached pdf)
Because professionalism, collaboration, and teamwork are integral to the PA profession, attendance and active participation in class are essential. Students must attend all scheduled sessions in the program. If the student does not submit assignments as directed, he or she may receive a failing grade at the end of the course. Students are expected to regularly participate as directed by the instructor. Instructors determine the participation and contribution policy for their classes. It is permissible to use participation and contribution as factors in determining a student's grade.
Students are responsible for communicating with their professors about class absences. When possible, such communication should occur prior to the beginning of class so arrangements can be made for students to complete the work; this is particularly important if students know they will be absent for multiple class sessions.
Class absences are deemed “excused” in the case of extenuating circumstances such as illness or death of a family member. Documentation such as a doctor’s note may be requested by the Program Director or faculty member to verify an excused absence. It is the responsibility of the student to arrange for completion of make-up work with the professor.
If a student has a prolonged absence due to illness or emergency, it is his or her responsibility to notify the Program Director, who will notify instructors and other relevant offices on campus. Students who require special consideration for absences attributable to medical necessity should contact the Program Director; students who require consideration for absences attributable to a disability should contact the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator in the Student Success Center (573-876-7240) as soon as the need for such absence is known to the student.
Unexcused absences are considered unprofessional conduct and will be addressed in accordance with policies described in the section of the handbook on Professionalism. Any additional consequences for unexcused absences included in the course syllabus will apply.
ARC-PA Standard A3.04, A3.14h, A3.05, A3.06
It is the expectation of the administration and faculty of the Physician Assistant program, that students will be fully dedicated to their education and training. Because of the time commitment required and the rigorous nature of the program, students should not expect to be employed during the program. If a student decides to work against this recommendation, the student must disclose their work arrangement to the Program Director. Work responsibilities will in no case be accepted as excuses for absence or failure to meet any program requirements. Failure to disclose employment will be considered a breach of the disclosure policy and a professional ethical violation.
Students are not permitted to substitute or function as instruction faculty members. Furthermore, they are not permitted to substitute for clinical staff during the clinical phase.
Students must report any arrest or criminal offense occurring on or off the College premises. An arrest or criminal offense must be reported to the Program Director within five (5) calendar days. Students convicted of a criminal offense may be dismissed from the Program. In addition, students who wish to pursue a physician assistant career should refer to the Board of Healing Arts website for licensure requirements in the State of Missouri, http://pr.mo.gov/physicianassistants.asp, along with the American Academy of Physician Assistant guidelines for the ethical conduct of physician assistants at: http://www.aapa.org/your_pa_career/becoming_a_pa/resources/item.aspx?id=1518&terms=code%20of%20ethics.
ARC-PA Standard: A3.10
State and federal law prohibit the possession, use and sale of illegal drugs, including marijuana, and the illegal possession or dispensing of prescription drugs or drug apparatus. Additionally, impairment because of misuse of drugs or alcohol compromises patient safety and the learning environment, and therefore is a breach of the AAPA Physician Assistant Code of Ethics (p. 10). The policy of the Stephens College Physician Assistant Program is that use of illegal drugs or drugs for which the student does not have a valid and current prescription and/or intoxication by or being under the influence of alcohol during any Physician Assistant program session or event will not be tolerated.
Students obtaining positive drug tests at any time during the program will be dismissed from the program. Any student dismissed from the program as a result of positive drug screening will be notified in writing within five (5) working days of receipt of the results of the screen. The student may appeal the decision by following the grievance procedure (Section XXVIIA). Stephens College cooperates with state and federal authorities in their attempts to enforce existing laws regarding drugs. Students are expected to abide by this policy as well as identify and assist impaired colleagues. If a student is aware that another student is using or is under the influence of illegal or unauthorized drugs or alcohol during a Physician Assistant program session or event, the student must report the concern to the program director as soon as possible.
Drug screening prior to matriculation as well as periodic urine drug screens are required for all students in the Physician Assistant Program. Students may also be required to submit to a drug test when Stephens suspects a student may be in violation of this drug policy. To continue in the program, students must obtain drug screens that are negative for illegal and prescription drugs for which the student does not have a valid and current prescription. Refusal of a drug screening will result in dismissal from the Physician Assistant program. Additionally, any deliberate action with the intent to falsify screening results will result in dismissal from the Physician Assistant program.
Students will be required to pay the required fee for the drug screening. Students will report to the program designated laboratory for drug screening within 24 hours of notification. Consent will be obtained at the time of the screening. The students also must take to the lab all prescriptions or medication bottles for medications they are taking that require prescriptions under the law. The laboratory performing the drug screen will perform an initial urine drug screen, and if the results are positive, a second, more sensitive and specific drug screen will automatically be done.
A student who has been previously dismissed due to a positive drug screen or criminal conviction may submit a new application for admission to the program if he or she can present documented evidence of treatment that was successful in remedying the problem that prompted dismissal. A student who has been dismissed for drug, alcohol or criminal offenses is advised to refer to the Missouri Board of Healing Arts and American Academy of Physician Assistant for practice act rules and regulations. Graduation from the program does not ensure the ability to achieve recognition by state licensure (Physician Assistant) organizations to practice as a certified and licensed physician assistant.
This section applies the AAPA Guidelines for Ethical Conduct for the Physician Assistant Profession: https://www.aapa.org/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=815.
Physician assistants should place service to patients before personal material gain and should avoid undue influence on their clinical judgment. Trust can be undermined by even the appearance of improper influence. Examples of excessive or undue influence on clinical judgment can take several forms. These may include financial incentives, pharmaceutical or other industry gifts and business arrangements involving referrals. Physician Assistants should disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest to their patients.
Before attending any industry-supported event or accepting any monetary support, students must notify the Program Director. Students wishing to attend an industry-supported event must submit a written request to the program prior to making travel arrangements and submitting registrations. Students should not accept monetary support from an industry representative beyond food and gifts with a total value of less than $100.
If a student is discovered to have accepted travel funding, lodging or inappropriate gifts and food/drink totaling $100 or more from industry without first obtaining approval from the Program Director, the student will be cited for unprofessional conduct. Consequences for breaches of professionalism will apply as discussed in the section on Policy for Professional Code of Conduct Violations (section XXVIC of this handbook).
ARC-PA Standard A3.08
Students are required to observe universal precautions while interacting with patients. Should a student be exposed to potential pathogens via contact with blood, mucous membranes or other means, the program does not assume responsibility. Accidental exposure to infectious agents might be covered by students’ insurance policy.
If accidental exposure occurs, the student should immediately report it to the supervising faculty member or preceptor and to the Program Director. The student will be referred to an appropriate medical facility for treatment and/or testing.
The national hotline number for blood borne exposures is 888-448-4911.
Chemical Preservatives will be used in the anatomy lab, but precautions will be taken to keep exposure to fumes at or below acceptable levels. If a student is pregnant or becomes pregnant during the program, or is otherwise concerned about such exposure, she should notify the anatomy course director to discuss additional precautions.
If an infection is acquired through any means, including accidental exposure during the program, the student may be removed from program activities if the student poses a risk to patients. Any injury that prevents a student from meeting technical requirements might result in the removal of the student from program activities. Any injury, illness, testing or treatment resulting from exposure to environmental hazards will be treated as extenuating circumstances and program faculty and the Program Director will work with the student to develop alternative plans for completing program requirements to the extent possible.
ARC-PA Standards A3.14d; A3.17a,b,c
Students will complete and be assessed on each course in the curriculum as outlined in the Curriculum section of this handbook (section VI). Grades are assigned on the following basis:
Grades of A-B-C-Fail or Pass-Fail will be assigned at the end of the term for each course in the curriculum. Plusses and minuses will not be assigned. Each course director will decide upon grading criteria corresponding to final course grades of A, B, C, Pass or Fail, and will define requirements for course completion.
All course work must be completed and additional competency requirements might apply before a grade is assigned. A grade of “B” is considered satisfactory for the Physician Assistant program. A grade below a “C” in any course will result in remediation of the course or dismissal.
Unless arrangements are made with the course director and Program Director (see “Grade of Incomplete” in section G below), students must complete all course requirements by the dates given in the course syllabus. All requirements must be complete by the last day of the term.
ARC-PA Standard B3.05
Clinical rotations will be arranged by the Physician Assistant program and instructed primarily by practicing physicians or PAs. If a student has any questions or concerns regarding a clinical site or rotation, he or she should address concerns to the Clinical Coordinator. Students’ achievement of competency and grades for clinical rotations will be assessed by the Course Director utilizing the preceptor's performance evaluation, checklists and narrative evaluations. Additionally, each clinical rotation will be assessed by an End of Rotation Exam. Students must receive a score of 'C' in order to achieve a grade of 'pass' on the EORE A minimum grade of Pass must be demonstrated in the SCPE as a whole AND on the End of Rotation Exam to pass the SCP.
Each student will complete an independent research project. The student will select the topic, develop the research question(s), carry out the methods, draw conclusions and present his or her findings. Each student will work with a mentor who will be identified during the first term of the program. Opportunities to develop the capstone project will be incorporated into the Evidence Based Medicine and Research course. Students will present their projects during the Capstone course at the end of the clinical year. Successful presentation and a passing score on the project is required to graduate from the Physician Assistant program.
Students must complete the Physician Assistant Clinical Knowledge Rating and Assessment Tool (PACKRAT) prior to and near the end of the clinical phase of the program. The PACKRAT will not be assessed for a grade, but will provide the student with feedback on areas of weakness prior to taking the PANCE. Students with weaknesses as identified by the PACKRAT may be required to work with their advisors on study plans and demonstrate improvement in their areas of weakness. The goal of the PACKRAT assessment is to prepare each student for success on the PANCE and preparation for clinical practice.
Within the last four months of the program, students will take a summative and cumulative written exam. Students will also perform a head to toe physical exam. The student must demonstrate competence on the physical exam and receive a minimum score of 75% on the written exam to graduate. Failure to meet these requirements may result in a remediation plan as agreed upon by the faculty and developed in consultation with the student.
A checklist of procedures for which a student must be observed and documented as competent during the clinical rotations will be provided to students. Competency in each procedure must be demonstrated before the student graduates. The Clinical Coordinator will work to assure the student has adequate opportunities to demonstrate competence, and if needed, will assist in a plan for remediation of these competencies.
The physician assistant program will not issue a grade of incomplete.
ARC-PA Standard A3.17
The Student Progress and Professionalism Committee will meet at the end of the didactic and clinical phases of training for each class or on an as-needed basis. The committee is composed of all Physician Assistant Program faculty members, the Program Director, the Medical Director, and other individuals selected by the Program Director. The committee makes a decision on the promotion of each student based upon grades and the comprehensive evaluation of each student as prepared to reflect the student’s ability to perform satisfactorily in the next phase of training or to graduate from the program. If the committee does not believe the student is prepared to assume patient care responsibilities, the student becomes subject to remediation or dismissal from the Program. Clinical year students must pass a comprehensive exam and all clinical skills exams to be eligible for graduation.
ARC-PA Standard A3.17f
Students who receive a grade lower than 80% but above 70% on an exam will be required to review the exam with an instructor to identify areas of weakness in test taking skills, study approach and content knowledge. Students who receive a grade lower than 70% or fail to demonstrate competence in any required skill or procedure will be required to remediate that exam, skill or procedure. For exam remediation students will meet with the course director to review the exam and identify areas of weakness. After a period of study agreed upon by the student and course director, the student will take a similar exam. A score up to 70% will replace the original score. This process applies to all the summative evaluations as well. As each examination is analyzed for exam item validity, students are not permitted to challenge examination questions for a grade change.
Students who receive a grade less than 70% in any course will be required to undergo formal remediation. The course director and Physician Assistant faculty will recommend a plan for remediation of knowledge and/or skills identified as areas of weakness. The plan will be developed in collaboration with the student and carried out with the supervision of the student’s advisor and/or faculty with the appropriate content expertise. For remediation to be considered complete, the student must demonstrate competence by achieving a grade of “C” or better on a final course comprehensive exam, Objective Standardized Clinical Examination (OSCE), or assignment similar to the one(s) that were used to evaluate the course. Failure of a student to pass the remediation final course exam with a grade of “C” or better will result in dismissal or deceleration. Students will only be allowed to remediate up to two courses in the didactic phase and up to one course in the clinical phase.
Deceleration, or asking a student to join a subsequent cohort to repeat a year or a portion of the program will be reserved for extenuating circumstances. Approval of the Program Director, recommendation by the faculty, and recommendation by the Student Progress and Professionalism Committee (SPPC) are required. At the time the decision for deceleration is made, the student will stop attending classes and begin a professional development or remediation plan that will prepare the student for success upon re-entering with the next cohort.
ARC-PA Standard A3.17e
Violations that warrant immediate dismissal from the program include, but are not limited to:
In the event of a student offense for which dismissal is warranted, the Program Director will be notified. The Program Director will call a meeting of the Student Progress and Professionalism Committee (SPPC) who are tasked with reviewing the case. The SPPC may make a recommendation for the student’s dismissal to the Dean of Health Sciences. The process for appeal of a decision for dismissal is described in the Grievance Procedure section of the handbook (XXVIIA). Students who are dismissed from the program are eligible to submit a new application if they wish to re-enroll. Within the application, the student may submit evidence that he or she has addressed the situation for which they were dismissed.
The principal value of the physician assistant profession is to respect the health, safety, welfare, and dignity of all human beings. (AAPA Code of Ethics). In the Stephens College Physician Assistant program, professionalism is the embodiment of the attitudes and behaviors that promote this value.
The American Board of Internal Medicine describes medical professionalism as follows:
For many, medical professionalism is the "heart and soul of medicine." More than the adherence to a set of medical ethics, it is the daily expression of what originally attracted them to the field of medicine – a desire to help people and to help society as a whole by providing quality health care.
In addition to the aspects regarding patient care, professionalism for a Physician Assistant includes attitudes and behaviors that promote learning and positive relationships with other students, Physician Assistants, inter-professional colleagues, instructors, supervisors, administrators and the public. Within the classroom, all students and faculty have the right to a learning environment free of verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, and other conduct that threatens or endangers the physical or mental health or safety of any member of the college community. Class discussions and communications should be free of excessive sarcasm, bullying, caustic or aggressive language or disrespect in tone/words. Students should review their written communication carefully, being aware of challenges such as perceptions and interpretations of others.
Professional behaviors expected by the Physician Assistant program include:
As future certifying physician assistants, students shall comply with all applicable laws, regulations and standards, including but not limited to those governing professional practice. Physician Assistant students shall:
*Adapted from the Code of Conduct for Certified and Certifying Physician Assistants: https://www.nccpa.net/PDFs/Code%20of%20Conduct.pdf
Professional appearance is important for the public image of the Physician Assistant profession as well as the program, and shows respect for patients, faculty, staff, and other learners in the program. The following guidelines should be used when selecting attire:
In addition to the above requirements for professional conduct, students must abide by the regulations and professional expectations of each individual clinical site. If an instructor or preceptor identifies a violation of the professional code of conduct, the instructor should first notify the student and take appropriate action, which might include removal from the classroom or patient care environment and/or assistance for the student to correct the behavior. A record of the incident reported by the faculty member will be submitted to the Program Director.
If the violation is severe or warrants immediate dismissal, the Program Director will convene a hearing of the Student Progress and Professionalism Committee (SPPC) within ten (10) calendar days. The student will be allowed to appear before the SPPC with or without counsel and all evidence supporting or refuting the violation should be presented. The SPPC may 1) recommend dismissal of the student, or 2) recommend that the student not be dismissed. Recommendations for dismissal will be submitted to the Dean of Health Sciences, at which point the student may appeal. If the SPPC does not recommend dismissal, the case will be referred to the program faculty, who will work with the student on a Professional Development Plan (PDP) to correct the behavior. The faculty will recommend and develop the individualized plan in collaboration with the student. The student’s advisor and the program faculty will monitor the student’s progress until the requirements of that plan are fulfilled. The faculty will verify the student’s completion of the PDP and a record will be included in the student’s file.
For all other serious offenses, the Program Director will bring the student’s case before the program faculty, who will recommend the development of a PDP, dismissal of the student, or other action. If the faculty decides that the offense warrants dismissal of the student, a hearing before the Student Progress and Professionalism Committee will be called using the procedures outlined above.
Repeated minor violations of students will be recorded and reviewed by faculty at regular faculty meetings (typically bimonthly meetings). In the case of patterns of repeated minor violations, the issue may 1) be addressed with the student in a meeting with his or her advisor or 2) the faculty may recommend a PDP. If the student continues to violate the code of conduct or is unsuccessful in completing a PDP, he or she may be dismissed from the program (see section XXVC).
Students who feel their instructors are in violation of the code of conduct have the responsibility to contact the Program Director in a timely manner. In the case that the complaint of violation of the code of conduct is against the Program Director, the student should contact the Dean of Health Sciences.
ARC-PA Standards A3.11, A3.17d
Students in the Stephens College Physician Assistant Program may appeal any decision made by Stephens College personnel concerning any action that the student believes is unjust or in violation of Stephens College policies or program rules. Specifically, for grade appeals or appeals of dismissal, please see the policies below which are written in accordance with the Stephens College Graduate Curriculum Catalog and the Stephens College Student Handbook, Within the Ivy. For complaints of discrimination or harassment, please see the sections on Harassment Policy (XXXIV) and Sexual Offences Policy (XXXIII).
For all other grievances, the student should first attempt to resolve the conflict with the faculty or staff member, with written documentation of the grievance and the resolution, if any. If the disagreement cannot be resolved, the written documentation should be referred to the Program Director. Any disagreements that cannot be resolved successfully within the Physician Assistant Program will be referred to the Dean of Health Sciences, and if necessary, to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. For any grievance not resolved at a previous level, the final step in the appeals process is the President of the University.
If a hearing or appeal is requested, the student will continue in the Physician Assistant Program until all due process is completed and a final determination of the case is made, except where the individual is determined to be a danger to themselves or others.
If the student is dismissed from the program and wishes to appeal, the student must submit a written appeal to the Graduate Council within ten (10) calendar days. The Graduate Council shall review the appeal letter and contact the student. The Graduate Council shall rule on this appeal and its decision shall be provided to the student in writing.
As described in the Stephens College Graduate Curriculum Catalog, only final course grades may be appealed after final grades are submitted. A student who believes a final grade has been assigned incorrectly must correspond in writing with the course instructor within two (2) weeks after the receipt of the grade. Within one (1) week of receiving this correspondence the course director will set up a meeting with the student. The course instructor may agree that a grade change is appropriate and will email the Program Director of the requested change. The Program Director will email the Registrar to change the grade. The matter is then closed. If a dispute about a grade cannot be resolved between the student and the course instructor, then the student may appeal. The appeal procedure is as follows:
ARC-PA Standards A1.05, A3.10
A faculty or professional advising staff member shall be assigned to advise each Physician Assistant student upon admission. The student must meet with his or her advisor at least once per academic term or more frequently if requested by the advisor, the Program Director, or the faculty.
Program faculty will address student progress during regular faculty meetings (usually bimonthly). Faculty will discuss student performance and review trends in grades and/or behavior in order to identify potential problems with student performance early. The faculty will work together on recommendations for student improvement, remediation plans, and/or Professional Development Plans in collaboration with students.
The faculty and staff of the Stephens College Physician Assistant program take a proactive position on identification of personal issues that may negatively impact a student’s ability to progress in the program. The student’s advisor, faculty members or the Program Director, when appropriate, may request a meeting with a student to recommend counseling or other services upon recognition of a potential problem. Indications may include a change in academic performance, behavior, dress or hygiene or attendance. When appropriate, the student’s advisor or other agreed-upon faculty member will meet regularly with the student until the issue is resolved.
It is the student's responsibility to notify the College of any changes in name, address or telephone number. Failure to do so may interfere with the delivery of important and time-sensitive documents. Students must e-mail the changes to Mary Flatt with the Registrar's Office at [email protected] and Melissa Lewis with the PA Program at [email protected]
Lela Raney Wood Hall (LRW) 214 Phone: (573) 876-7105
Fax: (573) 876-7238
Campus Extension: 4238
Office hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Window hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on bi-weekly payday Fridays
The Stephens College Accounting office, located on the second floor of Lela Raney Wood Hall (LRW 214) provides a wide range of student services; it’s where you get your Student ID and parking permit. It’s also the office where you can pay your tuition or other fees, and cash your checks. More information on each of these services is provided under the appropriate heading (Student IDs, Parking, etc.) in this handbook.
Campus Box: 2123
Address: 317 Lela Raney Wood Hall Phone: (573) 876-7101
Campus Extension: 4101
The Career Services office provides students with information about careers, job opportunities, career searching strategies, resumes and cover letters, interviewing, employers, graduate schools, job market outlooks and job fairs.
Available services include:
Sady Mayer Strand
ADA/Section 504 Coordinator at Stephens College
Campus Box 2111
1200 E. Broadway
Columbia, MO 65215
Students with documented disabilities (including but not limited to learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, vision impairment, hearing impairment, mobility challenges, psychological disabilities and health-related problems) may request special services and/or appropriate accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act and/or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The College’s ADA/ Section 504 policies and procedures are described in the Policies Section of this handbook (section XXXI). Students with qualifying disabilities should contact the Office of the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator in the Student Success Center for assistance.
Email: [email protected]
Campus Box: 2062
Address: 102 Stamper Commons
Phone: (573) 876-7162; Campus Extension: 4162
Physician Assistant students will have access to campus meal plan program. Fresh Ideas, the College’s food service provider, is eager to work with students to ensure they are getting the quality and diversity of food they want, every single day. Students with special requests – or special dietary needs – should feel free to contact the Food Services Director to share that information. (Students with special dietary needs should also refer to the ADA/Section 504 policies, (section XXXI of this handbook).
ARC-PA Standard A1.05, A3.09
All full time students at Stephens College are provided limited primary care medical services free of charge. Other than in an emergency, the Principal Faculty, Program Director and Medical Director are prohibited from participating as healthcare providers for students.
All full time students at Stephens College are provided mental health counseling services free of charge.
All campus computers are connected to a local area network, which requires a network log-in for access. All students receiving a Stephens’ e-mail account will agree to comply with an Acceptable Use Policy, which is provided upon registration for the account. Internet and e-mail use are privileges and may be revoked at the discretion of the College.
Stephens College cannot guarantee the retention or integrity of any computer or file in any campus computer lab. Despite the staff’s best efforts, the College cannot guarantee that a computer lab will be virus-free at all times. Personal computers cannot be repaired or replaced by the College if damaged by power outages or surges.
Use of Stephens College technology resources is a privilege, not a right. Regulations surrounding computer usage include but are not limited to:
Students must log in with their Stephens network account to use the printers in labs across campus. Students must deposit money into their accounts to be able to use this printing service. Students may go to the Accounting Office, 206 Lela Raney Wood Hall, to add money to a printing account.
Students using computers for classwork or administrative purposes shall have priority access to computers in campus labs. Students who access Stephens’s computer resources are assigned a login-user ID and password for their personal or classroom use.
Wireless access is available for students who choose to use the wireless connection. I&TS supports network access but can only provide limited support of personal computers.
Stephens’ computing resources are provided to faculty, staff and students. With the privilege of access, however, comes responsibility. As with any shared, finite resource, it is unfair to others to use the College’s technology resources without regard to the needs of your fellow students. Computer resources on campus are to be used primarily as tools to facilitate teaching and learning.
Stephens College respects and complies with all laws and regulations associated with technology use. It is unethical and often illegal without valid authorization to obtain access to services and data that do not belong to you; to consume or utilize services that do not belong to you; or to alter or destroy data that do not belong to you. Users who do not comply with the rules found in this policy may have their user IDs restricted or revoked, have their access curtailed and/or face disciplinary action. Severe cases of abuse may result in prosecution, disciplinary probation or dismissal from the program.
Never share your user ID or password. Leaving a computer without logging off is like leaving your front door unlocked and open. Using an obvious or easy-to-guess password is like hiding the key to your front door under the welcome mat. Pick a strong password, and never record the password where someone might find it; a strong password is one that contains a mix of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers and special characters. If you suspect your password has been compromised, change it or notify the IT Helpdesk so that it may be changed for you.
Never open an email or click on a link to launch a program unless you are certain about what it does and you completely trust its source. In the recent past, such programs have corrupted the College’s systems, sent obscene messages in the recipient’s name to other users and replicated and spread viruses.
Be thoughtful about the information you share on your social media, in all its forms. Future employers may ask you to friend them so they can check your newsfeed; they may ask for your username so they can follow you on Twitter. The College does not survey these sites regularly but will become involved in a student’s posting on such a site if postings violate College of Program rules and/or harass another member of the College community. Posting inappropriate content in any open forum can negatively impact your goal of becoming a respected member of
the physician assistant profession.
The success of the College and the PA Program specifically is in part due to excellent relationships with local, regional, state and national communities and institutions. These relationships have been forged and motivate content experts to share their skill and expertise in the classroom and at clinical sites. Inappropriate use of social media can jeopardize these relationships and the success of our students.
The patients we serve are protected by law and by oath. The patient’s privacy must be protected at all times. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA). Information that can identify an institution or provider in a negative light or a patient in any way may not be shared. The student PA shall abide by the social media policy of any clinical institution or provider, if more restrictive. If the student is unclear about a particular post they should seek clarification from their advisor.
Students are responsible for checking their campus email in order to stay informed about Program and College events, policies and deadlines.
Students may use the College’s system to publish to the Internet, but each student is wholly and fully responsible for any such publication. Sources should be cited, information should be correct and timely and copyright notices must be included where appropriate. Stephens adheres to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and all other copyright laws. Information and Technology Services (I&TS) may refuse to list any page inconsistent with College regulations or intellectual property laws.
All telephone, computer and printer repairs should be reported to the IT Helpdesk, 573-876-2381 (or ext. 4381).
Physician Assistant students violating computer policies will be referred to the Program Director. Any violation will be considered a breach of professional conduct and will be addressed as such.
Stephens College complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (FERPA), designed to protect student privacy and to ensure the accuracy of educational records.
Under FERPA, eligible students have certain rights with respect to their education records. (As FERPA relates to Stephens College, an “eligible student” is a student who is 18 years of age or older or who attends a postsecondary institution.) These rights include:
Except for disclosures to school officials, disclosures related to some judicial orders or lawfully issued subpoenas, disclosures of directory information, and disclosures to the student, §99.32 of FERPA regulations requires the institution to record the disclosure. Eligible students have a right to inspect and review the record of disclosures.
Questions about FERPA and student records may be directed to the Office of the Registrar (573-876-7277) or to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (573-876-7213). Students who wish to allow parents or others who would not otherwise be allowed under FERPA to review their educational records should visit the Office of the Registrar (LRW 248) to sign the appropriate authorization form.
Stephens College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualifying students, faculty and employees with disabilities as required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended, as well as state law. Disabilities may include mental or physical impairments that substantially limit one or more of a person’s major life activities. The College will provide accommodations and modifications to the programs, services or facilities of the College as appropriate. Consistent with the law, Stephens College is not obligated to provide accommodations that are unduly burdensome or unreasonable, or that fundamentally alter the nature of the College’s programs.
Stephens College actively engages the expertise and commitment of its community to facilitate the accommodation of students with disabilities. The College’s ADA/Section 504 Coordinator is a member of the Student Success Center staff. An ADA/Section 504 Committee comprising faculty and staff has been appointed by the President to work with the ADA/ Section 504 Coordinator to certify eligibility and to coordinate services and accommodations for students with qualifying disabilities.
College employees with ADA and/or Section 504-related concerns are supported by the Office of Human Resources.
Stephens College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations and modifications to students and employees with qualifying disabilities as required by applicable laws. Nothing in this policy is intended to provide less substantive benefits or procedural protections than are required by these laws; similarly, nothing in this policy is intended to provide greater substantive benefits or procedural protections than are required by these laws. Should there be a discrepancy between the language of this policy and any relevant legal authority, the College’s obligations will be determined by the latter.
A student requesting accommodation must submit to the ADA/ Section 504 Coordinator the Student Needs Identification Form, providing a substantive description of the disability, including the ways in which the disability limits major life activities relevant to her or his participation in Stephens’ programs; and a detailed description of the accommodations requested. Incoming students should make every effort to submit the Student Needs Identification Form at least 30 days prior to matriculation in order to provide the College sufficient time to process the request.
The student must include with the Student Needs Identification Form report(s) from objective professionals qualified to diagnose the disability, verifying the nature and extent of the disability, and the ways in which the disability limits major life activities relevant to a student’s participation in College programs. It is important to note that accommodations are not automatically provided simply because a person has a specific diagnosis, but rather are granted or denied on an individual basis, considering all relevant available information.
The ADA/Section 504 Committee reviews the Student Needs Identification Form and accompanying documentation, and a) confirms the student’s eligibility for accommodation; b) concludes there is insufficient evidence and requests more information; or c) denies the student’s request and informs him/her of the appeal process.
Upon its determination that a student is eligible for accommodation, the ADA/Section 504 Committee works with the student, and other appropriate members of the College community, to develop a program of accommodation consistent with the nature and extent of the disability, the student’s compensatory skills and course or program requirements. The specifics of such a plan may differ from those suggested by the student or by those documenting the student’s disability, as long as the accommodations provide program accessibility as required by law.
If the student remains dissatisfied with the ADA/Section 504 Committee’s proposed plan, she or he may appeal through the process described below.
The ADA/Section 504 Coordinator works in the Student Success Center and reports directly to the Center Director (who, in turn, reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs). The ADA/ Section 504 Coordinator provides staff support to the ADA/Section 504 Committee and maintains records of its proceedings and decisions; supports and administers ADA/Section 504-related academic-support and equipment services; and serves as a liaison between students, faculty, staff, Facilities, the Admissions Office, the Student Success Center, Residential Life, Counseling, Human Resources, Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Institutional Advancement, the Health & Wellness Center and the ADA/Section 504 Committee, among others.
It is the responsibility of the student to identify special needs and work actively to ensure those needs are being met. Developing and implementing appropriate accommodations can require significant time and effort from multiple offices and individuals across campus; a student’s prompt attention to the College’s requests for information and feedback are essential if an accommodations plan is to be implemented in a timely, efficient way. It is the student’s responsibility to:
Students with disability certification should contact their professors at the beginning of the term to make arrangements for approved academic accommodations. In all cases, such arrangements should be made at least five (5) business days before the requested accommodation will be needed.
If a student self-identifies as having a disability and asks a faculty member to provide an accommodation related to a physical or mental impairment, the faculty member should explain the ADA/ Section 504 process and direct the student to the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator. Faculty are not authorized to independently agree to provide a student with a requested accommodation.
Faculty are encouraged to contact the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator for information about ADA/Section 504 accommodations in general, or in the case of a particular student. The ADA/Section 504 Coordinator shall provide information consistent with the limitations of privacy laws. The ADA/Section 504 Committee’s conclusion regarding the fact, nature, and/or extent of a disability is not subject to challenge by faculty; faculty may review the underlying documentation of a disability only with written consent of the student. The ADA/Section 504 Committee may provide faculty with information about the disability to the extent necessary to implement the recommended accommodations. Faculty may suggest alternative accommodations to the ADA Committee, which it may adopt if it determines that the alternatives are as effective in mitigating the effects of a disability as those initially recommended by the Committee.
Once a plan has been adopted, barring further consultation, the ADA/Section 504 Committee assumes that the faculty will adhere to it and provide accommodations as approved.
A student requesting accommodation must provide to the College at her/his own expense current and appropriate documentation of any or all disabilities for which accommodation is requested. The College reserves the right to request at student expense any additional documentation it deems necessary to make an informed and reasonable judgment and/or to develop a reasonable and appropriate accommodation plan. Any documentation of disability, whether furnished by the student or developed by the ADA/Section 504 Committee, will remain confidential except on a need-to-know basis among those involved in the coordination and facilitation of services and accommodations, or as required by law, as in the case of a health or safety issue. The College also reserves the right, at its own expense, to request an independent evaluation by a professional of its choosing.
The four criteria necessary to establish a student’s eligibility for learning disability adjustments or accommodations are: (1) average or above average intelligence as measured by a standardized intelligence test which includes assessment of verbal and nonverbal abilities; (2) the presence of cognitive-achievement discrepancy or an inter-cognitive discrepancy indicated by a score on a standardized test of achievement which is 1.5 standard deviations or more below the level corresponding to a student’s sub-scale or full-scale IQ; (3) the presence of disorders in cognitive or sensory processing such as those related to memory, language, or attention; and (4) an absence of other primary factors leading to achievement below expectations such as visual or auditory disabilities, emotional or behavior disorders, a lack of opportunity to learn due to cultural or socio-economic circumstances, or deficiencies in intellectual ability.
The ADA/Section 504 Committee is responsible for determining whether the individual preparing the documentation is qualified to diagnose the disability, and whether the submitted documentation sufficiently supports a requested accommodation.
If the documentation does not include sufficient data to allow the ADA/ Section 504 Committee to understand the extent of the disability, it is incumbent upon the student to obtain supplemental testing or assessment at the student’s expense. If the College requires an additional assessment in order to obtain a second professional opinion, the College will be responsible for any cost not covered by any third party payer.
A student may appeal any written decision of the ADA/Section 504 Committee, including determinations regarding certification of a disability, provision of a particular accommodation or issues regarding documentation.
The President shall appoint an ADA/Section 504 Appellate Officer to consider appeals of ADA/Section 504 Committee decisions. In situations in which the Appellate Officer has a conflict of interest or other reason not to review a case, the President shall appoint a substitute. Members of the ADA/Section 504 Committee are ineligible for such appointments.
Appeals must be submitted in writing to the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator within five (5) business days of the student’s receipt of the ADA/Section 504 Committee decision. All appeals should include a written statement by the appellant, articulating the rationale for overturning the ADA/Section 504 Committee’s decision. The ADA/Section 504 Coordinator will forward the written appeal and any relevant records to the Appellate Officer within three (3) business days. The Appellate Officer may request in writing additional information or documentation from the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator, who shall provide it only after notification to the appellant.
In reaching a decision, the Appellate Officer may, at his/her discretion, rely solely on the written record. Hearings and oral presentations shall be conducted at the discretion of the Appellate Officer. When possible, such hearings and presentations should be completed within five (5) business days of the Appellate Officer’s receipt of the appeal.
All appeals shall be decided within two (2) business days of the Appellate Officer’s receipt of the written record, or when hearings or oral presentations are held, within two (2) business days of their completion. The ADA/Section 504 Committee may, at its discretion, provide temporary relief upon request, pending the appeal.
The Appellate Officer may: (1) return the decision to the ADA/Section 504 Committee for reevaluation with or without recommendations (the ADA/Section 504 Committee will complete its reevaluation with- in five (5) business days), (2) grant the appellant’s requested relief, or (3) uphold the ADA/Section 504 Committee’s original decision.
The Appellate Officer shall notify the appellant, the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator, and the ADA/Section 504 Committee in writing of all decisions. Decisions of the Appellate Officer are final.
ARC-PA Standard A3.17g
In addition to the above-stated appeals process regarding accommodations decisions, students who feel that they have been harassed or discriminated against on the basis of their disability, in violation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the ADA, or other applicable law, may file a formal or informal complaint under the College’s Harassment Policy, as set forth in this document (section XXXIV).
Student records are accessible only in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). All records are disposed of five years after the student’s graduation or five years from the student’s last contact with the Office of the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator after leaving the College.
Stephens College assesses students’ needs on an individual basis. Accommodations that may preserve essential academic program requirements while minimizing the effect of a certified disability upon a student’s performance could include:
Students are expected and encouraged to meet deadlines for assignments and tests. Faculty have the right to establish late work policies. However, if a student has a disability that may occasionally impact the ability to complete assignments at the scheduled time, an extension of assignment deadlines may be an appropriate accommodation and the student should contact the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator at the beginning of the term or as soon as the need for a flexible deadline accommodation arises. The amount of time given for each assignment extension depends on the interactive or participatory nature of a course, or is based on department, college, or accrediting agency rules. Extensions of assignment deadlines pursuant to this policy must be determined in advance and will not be provided retroactively.
To make a request for a flexible deadline accommodation, a student must meet early in the term with the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator to request a flexible deadline accommodation, provide appropriate documentation to support the request, and establish an accommodation plan as appropriate. The granting of a flexible deadline accommodation will be determined on an individual, case-by-case basis depending upon the extent to which the supporting medical or psychological documentation from a licensed professional, qualified to diagnose and treat the disability, supports the need for such an accommodation.
Once a flexible deadline accommodation has been approved by the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator, and possibly the ADA Committee, the student must enter into a discussion with the instructor to determine and then agree upon the maximum deadline extension that can be given before compromising the integrity of the course/program. The ADA/Section 504 Coordinator will assist during this discussion if either the instructor or student has questions or concerns regarding the accommodation.
Please note that unexpected illness or injury, a recent diagnosis, onset, or change in condition rarely warrants accommodations in extension of assignment deadlines. Rather, these conditions often warrant a withdrawal or incomplete. Additionally, any extensions of assignment deadlines pursuant to this policy must be determined in advance and will not be provided retroactively.
The student accepts responsibility for:
In most cases, class attendance is crucial to a student’s mastery of knowledge and skills taught in a specific course, and a student is expected to follow the attendance policy established by the instructor in each course. However, if a student with a disability believes he or she may not be able to abide by the attendance policy for a particular course for disability-related reasons, such as a health-related disability that is episodic in nature, a modification of a class attendance policy may be an appropriate accommodation and the student should contact the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator at the beginning of the term or as soon as the need for an attendance accommodation arises. Attendance accommodations need to be established in advance and will not be provided retroactively.
To make a request for an attendance accommodation, a student must meet with the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator to request modification of a class attendance policy as an accommodation, provide appropriate documentation to support the request, and establish an accommodation plan as appropriate. Modifications of class attendance policies will be determined on an individual, case-by-case basis depending upon the extent to which the supporting medical or psychological documentation from a licensed professional, qualified to diagnose and treat the disability, supports the need for such a modification.
The extent of the accommodation should be determined by a discussion between the instructor and the student because each situation is unique. The ADA/Section 504 Coordinator will assist during this discussion if either the instructor or student has questions or concerns regarding the accommodation. The appropriateness of a modified attendance policy should be considered by reviewing statements in the syllabus and course description regarding attendance, grading methods, whether student participation is an essential method for learning, the need or lack thereof for classroom interaction, and the impact, if any, which non-attendance will have on the educational experience of other students.
Once an attendance accommodation has been approved by the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator, and possibly the ADA Committee, the student is responsible for understanding the limitations of the accommodation granted.The student accepts responsibility for:
The student acknowledges that:
If a student has questions or encounters difficulties with an attendance accommodation, the student should contact the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator as soon as possible, especially since attendance accommodations need to be established in advance and will not be granted retroactively.
If a student has provided an instructor with confirmation of an attendance accommodation, the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator, with possible support from the ADA Committee, will have received the appropriate medical documentation to determine that the accommodation is appropriate.
The following steps/considerations should be adhered to if a student has a prolonged absence due to a sudden serious illness, family crisis, or other extenuating circumstance:
At the discretion of the ADA/Section 504 Committee, a student may be granted provisional services pending submission of documentation and official certification. Such services will not be provided for more than one term. Provisional services do not grant a student the status or rights of a student with a qualifying or certified disability, and a short-term grant of provisional services does not guarantee the continuation of such services or affect the ADA/Section 504 Committee’s decision as to whether requested or provisional services are reasonable accommodations.
Stamper Commons (573-442-2211, ext. 4142)
Students seeking support and accommodations under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and/or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act should contact the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator in the Student Success Center.
Part I: Definitions
Handler: A person with a disability or a personal care attendant who handles a service animal for a person with a disability.
Service Animal: Any dog* individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability, which meets the definition of “service animal” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) regulations. The work or tasks performed must be directly related to the individual’s disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals.
The following are work or task examples:
The crime deterrent effects of an animal’s presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition.
*Note: Under particular circumstances set forth in ADA regulations, a miniature horse may qualify as a service animal
Emotional Support/Comfort/Therapy Animal: This is not a service animal. An emotional support animal may provide companionship, relieve loneliness, or help with depression, anxiety, and certain phobias. It is often used as part of a medical treatment plan. Emotional support animals do not perform work or tasks or receive special training that would qualify them as “service animals” under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Animals whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify. However, even though they are not considered service animals under the ADA, they may still be permitted, under certain circumstances, in residence halls and apartments with prior approval from the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator, who will work in conjunction with the ADA/Section 504 Committee and Student Services.
Part II: The College’s Policy and Procedure Regarding Service Animals:
In compliance with ADA law, Stephens College allows handlers to bring service animals into College buildings: classrooms, residence halls, meetings spaces, dining areas, recreational facilities, and activity/event locations without prior approval. Individuals with service animals will be permitted to access the same areas as any other individual without a service animal. This includes places related to food and medical care facilities. However, limited access-areas that employ general infection-control measures may prohibit service animals, and service animals may be excluded from food preparation areas.
A service animal must be accompanied by an individual with a disability who indicates the service animal is trained to provide, and does provide, a specific service directly related to that individual’s disability.
Though handlers do not need prior approval to bring a service animal to campus, they are strongly encouraged to reach out to the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator to ensure that the transition is seamless. Additionally, handlers are strongly encouraged to inform Residence Life and Dining Services that they plan to have a service animal living with them. Advance notice of a service animal may allow more flexibility in meeting needs.
Stephens College may not permit Service Animals when the animal poses a substantial and direct threat to health or safety or when the presence of the animal constitutes a fundamental alteration to the nature of the program or service. Stephens College will make those determinations on a case-by-case basis.
Permitted Inquiries Regarding Service Animals
In general, Stephens College will not ask the nature or extent of a person’s disability but may make two inquiries to determine whether an animal qualifies as a service animal:
Stephens College cannot require documentation, such as proof that the animal has been certified, trained, or licensed as a service animal. The College cannot request a demonstration of the animal’s work or task and cannot ask that that the handler register with the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator. Stephens College may not make any inquiries about a service animal accompanying an individual with a disability (e.g., the dog is observed guiding an individual who is blind or has low vision, pulling a wheelchair, or providing assistance with stability or balance to an individual with an observable mobility disability).
Responsibilities of Handlers
Removal of Service Animals
Service Animals may be removed from campus facilities or events for the following reasons:
Where a service animal is properly removed pursuant to this policy, the College will work with the handler to determine reasonable alternative opportunities to participate in the service, program, or activity without having the service animal on the premises.
Part III: The College’s Policy and Procedure Regarding Emotional Support Animals
Emotional Support Animals: Students who wish to bring an emotional support animal into Residential Life buildings must go through the reasonable accommodation process with the ADA/504 Coordinator. Documentation to support the use of an emotional support animal must come from a licensed professional with whom the student has met in person.
In addition, students with emotional support animals that have been approved as a reasonable accommodation must be contained in the owner’s residence. Generally, students will not be permitted to bring emotional support animals into classrooms, meetings, or other college facilities.
Stephens College may not permit an emotional support animal when the animal poses a substantial and direct threat to health or safety or when the presence of the animal constitutes a fundamental alteration to the nature of the program or service. Stephens College will make those determinations on a case-by-case basis. Owners of emotional support animals must comply with the same standards that handlers of service animals do. Additionally, emotional support animals may be removed for being out of control, non-housebroken, ill, and/or a direct threat as well as for causing a fundamental alteration or undue burden (see above under Removal of Service Animals).
Part IV: Conflicting Disabilities
Some people may have allergic reactions to service or emotional support animals that are substantial enough to qualify as disabilities. The College will consider the needs of both the handler/owner and others in meeting its obligations to reasonably accommodate all disabilities to resolve the problem as efficiently and expeditiously as possible. Students requesting allergy accommodations should contact the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator.
ARC-PA Standard A3.17g
Stephens College is committed to creating a safe and respectful learning community that is free from sexual harassment, discrimination, abuse, intimidation and/or violence. This policy is intended to prevent and address sexual offenses on campus by defining community expectations, providing guidance for those individuals whose rights have been violated, and ensuring compliance with applicable campus, state and federal regulations.
Stephens College maintains a zero-tolerance policy for sexual offenses of any kind, including but not limited to sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or exploitation. When an allegation of a sexual offense is brought to an appropriate administrator’s attention, the College will take prompt, decisive action to investigate the allegations, initiate the disciplinary process if warranted, and issue appropriate sanctions against any student found responsible for such acts, whether on or off-campus.
The College does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities.
Furthermore, the College strictly prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual offenses, by any member of the College community, including students, faculty and staff. A sexual offense occurs when any form of sexual activity takes place without informed or effective consent. Effective consent takes place when an individual capable of making a decision freely and knowledgeably agrees to take part in sexual activity. Attempts to commit a sexual offense are also prohibited under this policy, as is aiding the commission of a sexual offense.
Additionally, the College prohibits retaliatory actions including, but not limited to, acts of intimidation, threats, coercion or discrimination against individuals who make complaints of prohibited harassment (including sexual misconduct), report prohibited harassment (including sexual misconduct), or participate in an investigation or formal hearing concerning a violation of this policy.
The Title IX Coordinator’s role is to oversee College compliance with Title IX regulations.
The Title IX Coordinator:
Contact the Title IX Coordinator
Special Assistant to the President
Title IX Coordinator
Lela Raney Wood Hall, 3rd floor
Sexual offenses (which are also referred to in this policy as “sexual misconduct”) are a form of sexual harassment, and include, but are not limited to, non-consensual sexual intercourse, non-consensual sexual contact, sexual exploitation, domestic violence, dating-violence and stalking.
Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome, gender-based verbal or physical conduct that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with, denies or limits someone’s ability to participate in or benefit from the Colleges educational program and/or activities. Sexual harassment may involve power differentials (quid pro quo), the creation of a hostile environment, or retaliation.
Non-Consensual Sexual Contact
Non-Consensual Sexual Contact (or attempts to commit same) is defined as any intentional sexual touching (including disrobing or exposure), however slight, with any object, by a man or a woman upon a man or a woman, that is without consent and/or by force.
Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse
Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse (or attempts to commit same) is defined as any sexual intercourse, however slight, with any object, by a man or woman upon a man or a woman, that is without consent and/or by force. Intercourse includes vaginal penetration by a penis, object, tongue or finger, anal penetration by a penis, object, tongue or finger and oral copulation (mouth to genital contact or genital to mouth contact), no matter how slight the penetration or contact.
Sexual exploitation occurs when a student takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for her/his own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of any other sexual misconduct offenses. Examples of sexual exploitation include, but are not limited to:
Domestic violence includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the State of Missouri, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under Missouri law. Domestic violence may include “intimate partner violence,” which may include physical violence, sexual violence, threats of physical or sexual violence, or emotional/psychological abuse.
Dating violence refers to violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined by the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and/or the frequency of interaction between the persons involved. Dating violence may include “intimate partner violence,” which may include physical violence, sexual violence, threats of physical or sexual violence, or emotional/psychological abuse.
Stalking refers a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for her or his safety or the safety of others, or suffer substantial emotional distress. It may include, but is not limited to, following a person, appearing at his or her home or place of business, making harassing phone calls, sending harassing electronic or written messages, or vandalizing a person’s property. For purposes of this policy “course of conduct” refers to two or more acts, including, but not limited to, acts in which the stalker directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device, or means, follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about a person, or interferes with a person’s property.
Explicit male behaviors to promote pregnancy, including birth control sabotage (interference with contraception) or pregnancy coercion (telling a woman not to use contraception or threatening to leave her if she does not get pregnant).
Coercion is unreasonable pressure for sexual activity. Coercive behavior differs from seductive behavior based on the type of pressure someone uses to get consent from another. When someone makes clear to you that they do not want sex, that they want to stop, or that they do not want to go past a certain point of sexual interaction, continued pressure beyond that point can be coercive.
Force is the use of physical violence and/or imposing on someone physically to gain sexual access. Force also includes threats, intimidation (implied threats) and coercion that overcome resistance or produce consent.
Effective Consent is informed, freely and actively given, mutually understandable words or actions that indicate a willingness to participate in mutually agreed upon sexual activity. Consent is not effective if it results from the use of physical force, threats, intimidation or coercion.
Ineffective Consent is obtained through the use of fraud or force, whether that force comes in the form of physical force, threats, intimidation or coercion.
Incapacitation: Sexual activity with someone one should know to be–or based on the circumstances, should reasonably have known to be–mentally or physically incapacitated (by alcohol or other drug use, unconsciousness or blackout) constitutes a violation of this policy. Incapacitation is a state in which an individual cannot make rational, reasonable decisions because she/he lacks the capacity to give knowing consent (e.g., to understand the “who, what, when, where, why or how” of a sexual interaction).
This policy also covers a person whose incapacity results from mental disability, sleep, involuntary physical restraint, or from the ingestion of rape drugs. Possession, use and/or distribution of any of these substances, including Rohypnol, Ketamine, GHB, Burundanga, etc. is prohibited, and administering one of these drugs to another student is a violation of this policy. More information on these drugs can be found at www.911rape.org.
Use of alcohol or other drugs is not a defense to a violation of this policy.
Risk Reduction Tips
In recognition that only those who commit sexual violence are responsible for those actions, these suggestions may nevertheless help you to reduce your risk of experiencing a non-consensual sexual act:
If you find yourself in the position of being the initiator of sexual behavior, you owe sexual respect to your potential partner. These suggestions may help you to reduce your risk for being accused of sexual misconduct:
What should you do if you are the victim of sexual misconduct?
The College takes every report of sexual misconduct seriously, and will take action as appropriate. Any person may file a report of sexual misconduct against a Stephens College student, organization, or employee under this policy. A complainant may want to seek the help of a Support Person in making such a report (see details below).
When an individual is affected by an incident involving sexual harassment, including sexual misconduct, there are some people within the College community she/he can talk to with who can provide completely confidential advice and assistance. In most cases, College employees are required to disclose reports of sexual misconduct to appropriate individuals within the College; however, there are some specific individuals who are not subject to this requirement. The distinction between those who are required to report and those who can maintain confidentiality can be confusing. Therefore, below are descriptions that clarify confidential support persons vs. mandatory reporters, and the protocol to follow when reporting sexual misconduct. Talking to any of the individuals listed as “confidential support persons” does not constitute making a formal report of the incident to the College, though the College may still be obligated to report the incident (with no identifying information) in statistical information required by the federal government. This means that if the report is made only to a confidential support person, the College will not be in a position to respond to the report by initiating disciplinary or other proceedings discussed in this policy. While the decision about reporting sexual misconduct rests with the survivor/victim, Stephens College strongly encourages all survivors/victims of sexual misconduct to make a formal report to the College.
Students who wish to maintain confidentiality should speak with campus mental health counselors, campus health service providers or off-campus rape crisis counselors, all of whom have the right to maintain confidentiality.
Campus counselors are available to help you free of charge (See Counseling Services on page 127 in “In the Ivy” for more information), and can be seen on an emergency basis. In addition, students may speak with off-campus members of the clergy and chaplains, who will also keep reports made to them confidential. If you are unsure of someone’s duties and ability to maintain your privacy, ask them before you talk to them. They will be able to tell you, and help you make decisions about who can best help you.
Complainants are encouraged to speak to officials of the College in order to make formal reports of incidents. The College has designated the Title IX Coordinator, all members of the faculty, all academic deans, all vice presidents or other administrators with supervisory responsibilities (including the Director of Human Resources), and campus security officers as “responsible employees.” Notice to them is considered notice to the institution and requires prompt institutional response and follow-up. Formal reporting does not mean that the report will become public information, but it does mean that the College is required to take necessary steps to gather information and respond accordingly.
Although the College encourages students to use College procedures, students may also file a Title IX complaint with the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education.
Sexual misconduct can be both a criminal violation and a violation of College policy. An individual charged with sexual misconduct may face criminal prosecution separate from any College disciplinary proceedings. Even if the criminal justice authorities choose not to prosecute, the College will promptly, appropriately, and impartially investigate all reports of sexual misconduct. Allegations involving violations of the Sexual Offenses Policy will be subject to the adjudication process set forth in the Stephens College Code of Conduct, subject to the following modified procedures set forth below:
Any member of the College community, guest, visitor or other interested party may make a formal report of an alleged violation of the College’s Sexual Offenses Policy. Complaints should be in writing and should be submitted to one of the College’s “responsible employees,” (as defined in this policy), including but not limited to the College’s Title IX Coordinator. While there is no time limit for filing such an allegation, failure to file a timely complaint with the Title IX Coordinator may adversely affect the ability of the College to take any remedial measures under this policy.
After the College receives a report of a potential violation of the College’s Sexual Offenses Policy, the Title IX Coordinator will meet with the victim (referred to as the “complainant”) to determine the nature of the complaint. If the Title IX Coordinator determines that the complaint may constitute a violation of the Sexual Offenses Policy, the Title IX Coordinator will outline the options available to the complainant, including:
Not all forms of sexual misconduct will be deemed to be equally serious offenses, and the College reserves the right to impose different sanctions, ranging from verbal warning to expulsion, depending on the severity of the offense. The College will consider the concerns and rights of both the complainant and the respondent. Sanctions for violations of this policy may include any of the sanctions available in the Student Conduct Code.
Because sexual misconduct may constitute both a violation of College Policy and criminal activity, the College encourages persons to report alleged sexual misconduct promptly to campus or local law enforcement agencies. Criminal investigations may be useful in the gathering of relevant evidence, particularly forensic evidence. Because the standards for finding a violation of criminal law are different from the standards for finding a violation of this policy, criminal investigations or reports are not determinative of whether sexual misconduct, for purposes of this policy, has occurred. In other words, conduct may constitute sexual misconduct under this policy even if it is not a crime or law enforcement agencies lack sufficient evidence of a crime and therefore decline to prosecute. In such cases, the complainant may not initially understand the results of the criminal investigation, the nature of criminal procedure, or the grounds for the law enforcement decision not to prosecute. The complainant in such cases may request that the Title IX Coordinator or other campus support person identified by the complainant assist her in seeking and attending a meeting with the local prosecutor to gain an understanding of the decision to decline a prosecution.
The filing of a report of sexual misconduct under this policy is independent of any criminal investigation or proceeding, and (except that the College’s investigation may be delayed temporarily while the criminal investigators are gathering evidence) the College will not wait for the conclusion of any criminal investigation or proceedings to commence its own investigation and take interim measures to protect the complainant and the College community, if necessary.
Does information about a complaint remain private?
The privacy of all parties to a complaint of sexual misconduct must be respected, except insofar as it interferes with the College’s obligation to fully investigate allegations of sexual misconduct. Where privacy is not strictly kept, it will still be tightly controlled on a need-to-know basis. Dissemination of information and/or written materials to persons not involved in the complaint procedure is not permitted. Violations of the privacy of the complainant or the respondent may lead to disciplinary action by the College.
In all complaints that are adjudicated under this policy, both the complainant and respondent will be informed of the outcome of disciplinary proceedings, including any sanctions that may be imposed. Certain College administrators whom the College deems as having a “need-to-know” are also informed of the outcome within the bounds of student privacy (e.g., the President, the Vice President for Student Development, the Director of Campus Security).
If the College receives a report that a crime may have occurred, the College may notify local enforcement. In the absence of permission from the complainant, the College would only notify local law enforcement if it believed there was an imminent threat to the safety of the College community. Notification of law enforcement does not mean charges will be automatically filed or that a complainant must speak with the police.
Certain campus officials have a duty to report sexual misconduct for federal statistical reporting purposes under a federal law called the Clery Act. All personally identifiable information is kept confidential, but statistical information must be shared with campus security regarding the type of incident and its general location (on or off-campus, in the surrounding area, but no addresses are given) for publication in the federally mandated annual Campus Security Report. This report helps to provide the community with a clear picture of the extent and nature of campus crime, to ensure greater community safety. The information to be shared includes the date, the location of the incident (using Clery location categories) and the Clery crime category. This reporting protects the identity of the victim and may be done anonymously.
Victims of sexual misconduct should also be aware that College administrators are legally required to issue prompt timely warnings about certain incidents reported to them that may continue to pose a serious or ongoing threat to members of the campus community. The College will make every effort to ensure that a victim’s identifying information is not disclosed, while still providing enough information for community members to make safety decisions in light of the danger.
Will my parents be told?
College officials will directly inform parents when requested to do so by a student, in a life-threatening situation, or if you have granted the College permission in writing to share such information. Otherwise, parents will not know of the allegations unless you tell them. Whether you are the complainant or the respondent, the College’s primary relationship is with you and not with your parents. However, in the event of major medical, disciplinary or academic jeopardy, students are strongly encouraged to inform their parents.
Will the respondent/accused student know my identity?
Yes, if you file a formal complaint. Sexual misconduct is a serious offense and the accused student has the right to know the identity of the complainant/alleged victim. If there is a hearing, the College does provide options for questioning without confrontation, including closed-circuit testimony, Skype, using a room divider or using separate hearing rooms.
Do I have to name the perpetrator?
Yes, if you want formal disciplinary action to be taken against the alleged perpetrator/respondent. No, if you choose to respond informally and do not file a formal complaint (but you should consult the confidentiality provisions of this policy above to better understand the College’s legal obligations, depending on what information you share with different College officials). Complainants should be aware that not identifying the alleged perpetrator/respondent may limit the College’s ability to respond effectively.
What do I do if I am accused of sexual misconduct?
DO NOT contact the alleged victim. You may immediately want to contact someone in the campus community or another individual who can act as your adviser. You may also contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Office of the Vice President for Student Development, and review this handbook, which will explain the College’s procedures for addressing sexual misconduct complaints. You may also want to talk to a confidential counselor at the counseling center or seek other community assistance.
Will I (as a victim/complainant) have to pay for counseling/or medical care?
The College provides limited counseling and medical care services through the College’s Health & Wellness Services. The costs of more extensive care will be your responsibility.
What about legal advice?
Victims of criminal sexual assault need not retain a private attorney to pursue criminal prosecution because criminal cases are prosecuted by the prosecuting attorney in the relevant jurisdiction. You may want to retain an attorney if you are considering a civil action against the respondent, or if you are the defendant in a civil or criminal proceeding. A complainant or respondent may also retain counsel to advise them throughout the College’s disciplinary process related to this policy. Any student who retains a private attorney does so at her or his own expense.
Can I get a restraining order against the perpetrator?
Victims of some types of conduct covered by this policy, such as sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, may be able to obtain a restraining order against the perpetrator from a court. If requested, the College can provide personnel to accompany a victim to court to obtain such an order. If a court imposes a restraining order against a College student or employee, the College will work with the parties involved to help ensure compliance with the order. The College asks that any party to a restraining order provide a copy to Campus Security. Separate from a court order, the College may impose a no contact order on the perpetrator (and in some cases, on both the perpetrator and complainant). Violations of a College no contact order may result in College disciplinary proceedings.
What about changing residence hall rooms?
What other accommodations can the College offer?
If you want to move, you may request a room change. Room changes under these circumstances are considered emergencies, and you will be relocated to the first available suitable room. If you want the accused student/respondent to move, and believe that you have been the victim of sexual misconduct, in most circumstances you must be willing to pursue a formal or informal College complaint. No contact orders can be imposed and room changes for the accused student/respondent can usually be arranged quickly. Other accommodations available to you might include:
Will a complainant be sanctioned when reporting a sexual misconduct policy violation if she/he has illegally used drugs or alcohol?
No. The severity of the infraction will determine the nature of the College’s response, but whenever possible, the College will respond educationally rather than punitively to the illegal use of drugs and/or alcohol. The seriousness of sexual misconduct is a major concern and the College does not want any of the circumstances (e.g., drug or alcohol use) to inhibit the reporting of sexual misconduct.
Will the use of drugs or alcohol affect the outcome of a sexual misconduct complaint?
Use of alcohol and/or other drugs will never excuse an incidence of sexual misconduct, and such use by either party will not diminish the accused student/respondent’s responsibility. On the other hand, alcohol and/or drug use may affect the complainant’s memory. If the complainant does not remember the circumstances of the alleged incident, it may not be possible to impose sanctions on the respondent without further corroborating information. Complainants, however, who believe they have been the victim of sexual misconduct should not allow their use of alcohol and/or drugs to deter them from making a report of sexual misconduct.
Will either party’s prior use of drugs and/or alcohol be a factor when reporting sexual misconduct?
Not unless there is a compelling reason to believe that prior use or abuse is relevant to the present complaint.
What should I do if I am uncertain about what happened?
If you believe that you have experienced sexual misconduct, but are unsure of whether it was a violation of the institution’s sexual misconduct policy, you should contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Development. The College will provide an adviser who can help you to define and clarify the event(s), and advise you of your options.
The College’s visitation policy applies to all students and guests and is designed to ensure consideration for roommates and other residents of your floor, suite/flat or apartment. A guest is defined as anyone who is present at the invitation of a student or anyone who is accompanied by a student on college-owned property; no student may have more than three (3) guests on campus at any given time. In order to ensure the safety and comfort of all residents, students may not leave guests unattended in their residence hall, apartment, or common area at any time. Students must escort their guests at all times, including trips to the bathroom. Students are responsible for educating their guest(s) regarding college policies and are accountable for the behavior and actions of their guest(s). Students will be charged with violating the Visitation Policy and all other policies their guest(s) violate, as if the student(s) violated the policies themselves. Guests with repeat or serious violations of campus policies may be assigned a permanent “no trespass” status, disallowing their presence on the Stephens College campus, and
May be subject to criminal prosecution.
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Stephens College is committed to creating a safe and respectful working and learning environment that is free from harassment, discrimination, abuse, intimidation and/or violence. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex, gender, religion, national origin, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by law (collectively, the “Protected Categories”) in the recruitment and admission of graduate students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, or the operation of any of its education programs or activities.
The College strictly prohibits discrimination or harassment (including sexual harassment) of any member of the College community, including but not limited to students, faculty, staff, vendors, contractors, and guests, on the basis of any of these Protected Categories. Furthermore, the College prohibits retaliation against anyone because that person makes a good faith complaint under this Policy, assists in an investigation of such complaint, or otherwise exercises any rights protected by law or under this Policy.
This Policy applies to all students, faculty, staff, vendors, contractors, guests and others in the College environment.
All members of the College community have a responsibility to prevent and address discrimination and harassment. With this responsibility in mind, all College employees have an obligation to report any conduct they learn about, which they believe may constitute discrimination or harassment.
Students, faculty and staff must be able to pursue their education, employment or activities without fear of verbal or physical harassment or hazing from other members of the community. Engaging harassment and/or hazing are considered a serious offense and will result in disciplinary action which may include dismissal from the program.
Students who believe they have been the subject of harassment on the basis of disability should contact the College’s ADA/Section 504 Coordinator in the Student Success Center; students who believe they have been the subject of harassment on the basis of gender or sex should contact the College’s Title IX Coordinator. For any other form of harassment or discriminatory behaviors, the student should contact the Vice President for Student Services or the Student Services Coordinator, who will take action to address the complaint of harassment. If the harassment presents immediate danger to the student or others, the student should call campus security or dial 9-1-1.
Additional information regarding procedures for complaints against College Employees can be found in the document, “Grievance Procedure for Complaints of Discrimination or Harassment Against College Employees”: https://www.stephens.edu/assets/Docs/Student-Life/11.11.14-Procedure-for-Complaints-of-Discrmination-or-Harassment-Against-EEs-v11-01.pdf
A complaint of discrimination or harassment should be submitted as soon after the offending conduct as possible to allow for an effective investigation, appropriate resolution and prevention of further incidents.
The College does not tolerate the filing of false, frivolous or malicious complaints under this Policy. Those bringing such complaints will be subject to discipline, up to and including dismissal.
When an individual is affected by an incident involving discrimination or harassment, there are some people within the College community he/she can talk to who can provide completely confidential advice and assistance. In most cases, College employees are required to disclose reports of discrimination or harassment to appropriate individuals within the College; however, there are some specific individuals who are not subject to this requirement.
The distinction between those who are required to report and those who can maintain confidentiality can be confusing. Therefore, below are descriptions that clarify confidential support persons vs. mandatory reporters, and the protocol to follow when reporting violation of this Policy. Talking to any of the individuals listed as “confidential support persons” does not constitute making a formal report of the incident to the College, though the College may still be obligated to report the incident (with no identifying information) in statistical information required by the federal government.
This means that if the report is made only to a confidential support person, the College will not be in a position to respond to the report by initiating disciplinary or other appropriate proceedings. While the decision about formally reporting discrimination or harassment rests with the individual, the College strongly encourages all individuals who are victims or witnesses of such misconduct to make a formal report to the College.
Employees and students who wish to maintain confidentiality should speak with campus mental health counselors, campus health service providers, counselors in the College-provided Employee Assistance Program, or off-campus rape crisis counselors, all of whom have the right to maintain confidentiality. In addition, employees and students may speak with off-campus members of the clergy and chaplains, who will also keep reports made to them confidential. If you are unsure of someone’s duties and ability to maintain your privacy, ask them before you talk to them. They will be able to tell you, and help you make decisions about who can best help you.
Employees and students are encouraged to speak to officials of the College in order to make formal reports of violations of this Policy. The College has designated the Title IX Coordinator, all members of the faculty, all academic deans, all vice presidents or other administrators with supervisory responsibilities (including the Director of Human Resources), and campus security officers as “responsible employees.” Notice to them is considered notice to the institution and requires prompt institutional response and follow-up. Formal reporting does not mean that the report will become public information, but it does mean that the College is required to take necessary steps to gather information and respond accordingly. Following a report or complaint to a responsible employee, College officials will follow the appropriate procedure, which depends on the nature of the reported misconduct and the status of the accused (i.e., whether they are a student or employee).
The College shall assume no responsibility, and the student shall indemnify and hold harmless Stephens College and its agents and employees, for the loss, damage or theft of personal property belonging to or in the custody of the student(s) for any cause whatsoever, whether such losses occur in classrooms, public areas or elsewhere on campus. Students are strongly encouraged to carry insurance for protection against such losses.
There are special risks inherent in romantic or sexual relationships between individuals in inherently unequal positions. Because of the potential for conflict of interest, exploitation, favoritism, and bias, such relationships may undermine or be perceived to undermine integrity of the supervision or evaluation provided. Accordingly, the College will consider it a violation of this policy if any College employee establishes a romantic or sexual relationship with a student over whom he/she holds a position of authority or enrolled in his or her class, or who is otherwise subject to his or her supervision (including but not limited to faculty/student, adviser/advisee, preceptor/student).
Where a romantic or sexual relationship already exists prior to the establishment of the employee/student relationship, the employee should notify the program director immediately so that the situation can be evaluated in advance. Alleged violations of the Professional Boundaries Policy should be reported to the Director of Human Resources, who will meet with the student, faculty or staff person involved, and others with relevant information, to address the complaint in as expeditious and confidential a manner as possible.
It is the goal of Stephens College to provide maximum access to students to the specialized academic work areas that support and enable their academic work. The following policy articulates the conditions under which the College operates its facilities and provides access to students outside of regular business and class hours.
Classes for the Physician Assistant program in both the didactic year and clinical rotations will be cancelled at any time Stephens College elects to cancel classes due to emergency or inclement weather. Students will be notified by campus email and cancellation of classes will be announced via news media. Class activities missed, such as exams, presentations, or quizzes, will be rescheduled by the course director and/or instructor.
Any student requiring assistance during an emergency evacuation should identify and discuss their needs with the Student Success Center and their instructors.
Director: Ken Hammond
Campus Box: 2091
Address: Tower Hall
Phone: (573) 876-7299 Campus Extension: 4299
The primary goal of Stephens College Security is the personal safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors as well as the protection of our property. Although security personnel are trained and qualified, they are not certified law enforcement officers and as such do not carry weapons, have arrest powers or investigate crimes. However, they do work in close cooperation with the Columbia Police Department in the event of a reportable crime. They patrol the campus for unusual occurrences and serve as visible deterrents. They control and regulate parking, open buildings for staff and students, and perform other duties that may arise. Security personnel also provide security escort for students, faculty and staff within the campus confines after dark.
Security may be contacted 24 hours a day, year-round at 876-7299. The Stephens College Security staff enjoys an excellent relationship with the Columbia Police Department. Our personnel encourage students and staff to report any incident to the Columbia Police Department that would be of a serious nature. In the case of emergency, students should call 9-1-1. On an annual basis, the Crime Prevention Unit of the Columbia Police Department is invited to conduct a security survey of the campus. From the results of this survey, the College is given a list of recommended changes that could be made in various areas. For example, lighting and landscaping have been altered to increase campus safety.
Stephens College complies with the Clery Act and with the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act (PL102-542).
One of the most important functions performed by Stephens College Security is to escort students, faculty, and staff around campus after dark. We strongly encourage you to call for an escort anytime you need to be out on campus at night. In most cases, the response time will be less than five minutes, but calling in advance helps guarantee prompt service.
Campus Box: 2006
Address: 206 Lela Raney Wood Hall
Hours: Cashier window open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. M-F; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on bi-weekly payday Fridays
Phone: (573) 876-7105 Campus Extension: 4105
Your student identification card is a very important item. It admits you to all campus facilities and activities (including food service) and to check out library books and cash checks. Guard your student ID carefully. NEVER lend it to anyone.
Incoming students are issued a Stephens ID during orientation. Returning students continue to use the ID issued upon arrival at Stephens College.
If an ID card is lost, this should be reported immediately to the Accounting office. Students will be charged $15 to replace lost ID cards.
Places and situations on the Stephens College campus that require an ID include:
Information & Technology Services Director: Mark Brunner
Campus Box: 2064
Address: 11 Helis Communication Center
Phone: (573) 876-2381 Campus Extension: 4381
Telephones are available in the common spaces on each floor of Sampson Hall for campus calls, local calls, and emergency calls.
Students are reminded that use of cellular phones for incoming or outgoing calls during classes or meetings is prohibited. Cell phones should also remain silent during class and meetings unless otherwise directed by the instructor.
Director of Security: Ken Hammond
Campus Box: 2091
Address: Tower Hall
Phone: (573) 876-7299; Campus Extension: 4299
Due to limited parking, all vehicles utilizing campus parking lots must be registered with the Accounting office. To register, complete a registration card with all vehicle information. A fee of $78 is required to obtain a sticker. Mobility-impaired students with special parking needs should contact the Vice President for Student Services for special parking information. Motorcycles also must be registered and may not be brought into or stored inside buildings.
There are no reserved spaces. Vehicle registration does not guarantee that a space will be available in the lot desired. Please read all signs posted in college parking lots.
Bicycles can only be parked in areas designated for bicycles (bicycle racks). All bicycles must be registered with the Office of Campus Security in the basement of Tower Hall. Bicycles found in any areas including but not limited to stairwells, railings, brick colonnades and benches will be confiscated. All bicycles still on campus after August 1st each year become the property of the College and, if in appropriate condition, may be integrated into the College’s zip-bike program.
As of July 1, 2014, Stephens College has been a smoke-free campus. For purposes of this policy, smoking is defined as the act of lighting, smoking or carrying a lighted or smoldering cigar, cigarette or pipe of any kind. This policy includes all Stephens students and employees; campus visitors, including contractors, consultants and temporary employees; and employees of subcontractors, including food services.
Stephens College welcomes community input and takes all student feed- back seriously. Students with ideas, concerns or questions should submit them to the SC Concerns email address ([email protected]), which is reviewed daily by the Office of the President; concerns will be forwarded to the appropriate campus office or administrator for review and response. Students will receive confirmation that the complaint was received and routed to the appropriate office within 24 hours.
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