PCHCS Student Handbook 2024-2025

Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences (PCHCS)—Department of Audiology 2024–2025 149 • include verification, if the complaint is from a student or faculty/instructional staff member, that the complainant exhausted all institutional grievance and review mechanisms before submitting a complaint to the CAA All grievances must be signed and submitted in writing to the chair, Council on Academic Accreditation, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, Mail Stop 310, Rockville, MD 20850-3289. The complaint must clearly describe the specific nature of the complaint and the relationship of the complaint to the accreditation standards, as well as provide supporting data for the charge. The complainant’s burden of proof is a preponderance or greater weight of the evidence. Clinical Experience and Placement A student’s clinic schedule is assigned at the beginning of each semester by the clinical director. Students are expected to be available as assigned. The program reserves the right to alter assignments during the semester as necessary. Failure to adhere to scheduled clinical assignments is considered unethical and unprofessional behavior. Students will be referred to the CSP for unethical/unprofessional behavior. Review of the circumstances of the incident by the committee may result in the student’s placement on disciplinary probation or dismissal from the program, which will be reflected on the student’s transcript. In the fourth year, the student must be available full time to complete the supervised professional experience. The externship placement is defined as no less than 12 months of full-time professional audiology-related employment. A minimum of 1,820 contact hours of clinical work is expected to be completed during the externship. The decision of accepting an externship site is a major one; students are expected to consider all aspects of the decision prior to accepting an offer. Once an offer is accepted, the student has made a commitment to that organization from which it is entirely unprofessional to withdraw. Withdrawing from an externship site will lead to disciplinary referral to the CSP, and may result in a delay in graduation, up to and including dismissal from the program. Students will be assessed on expected clinical competencies. Each clinical placement must be successfully completed before the student is allowed to progress to the next clinical level. Successful completion will be determined by an evaluation of the student’s clinical performance by the student’s preceptor in collaboration with faculty members. Faculty members coordinating clinical placements will make the final determination of the student’s grade. Students are expected to adhere to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) guidelines for patient confidentiality. Any HIPAA violation will result in immediate referral to the CSP. Annual HIPAA training is required. Failure to comply will result in referral to the CSP. Students in off-site clinical rotations or placements will be required to comply with all Department of Audiology requirements and the special requirements of the facility. These requirements may include, but are not limited to, fingerprinting, proof of vaccinations, proof of insurance, drug testing, Basic Life Support Training, and a background check. The program does not assume any responsibility other than informing the student of the requirements. The student must fully comply with all requirements of the Department of Audiology and the specific facility before participating in any activities at that facility. Failure to be eligible to participate in activities at an assigned facility will result in the student not being allowed to complete the clinical experience during the assigned semester and may result in a failing grade for the clinical rotation for the semester. This may alter a student’s plan of study. The program will not reassign a student who failed to meet the stated requirements of the facility during the