Active Military Duty Policy
Any student called to active duty from the reserves of any branch of the military or the National Guard will receive special consideration from the University to ensure a smooth transition. Students should notify their department chair and submit a copy of the military orders. The length of service should be defined when possible. A full refund of tuition and fees for the current trimester will be granted.
Upon returning to University, the student should provide documentation that he or she has been released from active duty. Students should refer to the individual professional program section of the Academic Bulletin for readmission policies. Students in the Department of Health and Biomedical Sciences will be able to begin courses at the beginning of the next trimester following their return to civilian life. Exceptions and special needs will be addressed on an individual basis. Due to the nature of the graduate program, continuing course of study will be determined upon the date of re-entry to the program.
Adventist University requires all new students to complete a background check before registering for the first time. This information is needed for participation in Service Learning projects and in clinical settings. Only one background check is required for students unless you are not admitted to a professional program within two years of completing your first background check. If it has been more than two years, you will be required to complete a second background check.
While a background check is not required to be admitted, it is required before you can register for your first term so it's a good idea to fill it out while you're applying. A link will be provided during the application process. If you have any questions you can visit www.adu.edu/enrollment/admission/backgroundchecks or call the Enrollment Services office at 407-303-7742.
Behavioral Discipline Policy
- 1. The student will be contacted by the office of the Dean of Students within five (5) business days and a meeting will be arranged to discuss the violation of school policy.
- 2. The student will be referred to the University's counselor or Chaplains for personal or spiritual support.
- 3. If it is determined that the violation warrants referral to the Discipline Committee then the Dean of Students will contact the chair of the Discipline Committee.
- 4. The Discipline Committee will meet within seven (7) business days (during the academic trimester) from the receipt of notification from the Dean of Students.
- 5. Students have the right to appear in person to present their case and may invite a faculty or staff member to accompany them to the Discipline Committee.
- 6. No action will be taken until the Discipline Committee has made a final decision, unless the Dean of Students or an appropriate member of College administration determines that the nature of the incident warrants immediate removal from the institution. In such instances, alternate modes of communication will be used if the student is unable to appear in person at the Discipline Committee meeting.
- 7. If the student disagrees with the Discipline Committee's decision, he or she may write a letter of appeal to the Dean of Students within five (5) business days.
- 8. The Dean of Students will review the minutes from the Discipline Committee and determine if the student's right to due process was upheld. The Dean of Students will respond within five (5) business days of receipt of the letter of appeal.
- 9. If disagreement still exists, the student has the right to request a hearing with the President.
Cell Phone Usage
In our world of instant communication, it is easy to forget one’s surroundings. We respectfully ask that all students be thoughtful of those around them and refrain from using their cell phone in boardrooms, the Library, Media Services, restrooms, and any other public arena where phone conversations may distract others. In order to encourage academic integrity, cell phone use is prohibited during class instruction, labs, or designated testing areas. Cell phones must be on silent mode or turned off and kept out of sight. Use is interpreted as using any cell phone function or feature, not just the sending or receiving of calls.
Communicable Disease Policy
It is the intent of Adventist University of Health Sciences to provide a safe and healthy environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The University complies with all pertinent state and federal statutes and regulations protecting the privacy and welfare of students at ADU. As part of this commitment, the College has developed the following policy to address the issue of communicable diseases:
A communicable disease is defined as a disease/illness which can be transmitted to other individuals.
The most effective means of dealing with communicable diseases is through prevention and periodic screening. Therefore, all incoming students must have current immunizations and tuberculosis screening documentation. Requirements for the immunizations and screenings are based on the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Immunization Guidelines.
The immunizations/screenings required upon admission to the College include Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR), Tetanus-Diphtheria, and Tuberculosis. In addition, all students must present annual verification of tuberculosis screening. The required tuberculosis screening test is the PPD. A chest x-ray is necessary when a person has had a positive PPD result. If testing reveals active disease, the student must follow the directives within the Communicable Disease Policy.
Upon acceptance to professional programs with a clinical component, in addition to the annual tuberculosis screening, students must also have a Hepatitis B vaccine series and a Varicella (Chicken Pox) titer or vaccine.
If a student does not have the required immunizations because of religious or personal reasons, he or she will be required to have a blood test done, known as a titer, which provides the student with baseline knowledge of their immunity or susceptibility status to Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Tuberculosis. The student will submit the results of the titer to the department chair of the appropriate professional program. The students must also provide a letter stating his or her religious or personal objections to immunizations.
If a student believes he or she has been exposed to, or exhibits signs and/or symptoms of, a communicable disease, he or she must contact the College faculty member and/or the clinical coordinator responsible for the course in a timely manner. It is also expected that the student will seek immediate medical care and keep faculty informed.
A faculty or staff member who knows that a student is exhibiting symptoms of or has been exposed to a communicable disease must notify the department chair and the Dean of Students.
Students carrying medical insurance available through ADU may go to the Florida Hospital Family Health Center to receive medical attention. Students with private insurance carriers should contact their insurance provider to determine available healthcare resources.
Any student diagnosed with a communicable disease must be isolated during the infectious period of the illness. Therefore, the student cannot continue to attend classes or clinicals, eat meals in public settings, or live in University housing. The University reserves the right to ask a student to receive medical care should the student exhibit signs or symptoms of a communicable disease.
Any student with a communicable disease must obtain written medical clearance stating that he or she can return to campus and activities. This must be submitted to the student’s department chair before the student can resume activities.
Written medical clearance must be submitted to the Student Housing Coordinator prior to the student's being allowed back into College housing.
ADU will not disclose the identity of any student who has a communicable disease, except when authorized by law. Administration, faculty, and staff will maintain confidentiality and professionalism toward the individual(s) involved.
Summary of Civil and Criminal Penalties for Violation of Federal Copyright Laws
Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.
Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or “statutory” damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys’ fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505. Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense.
Institutional Response to Copyright Law Violation
Adventist University of Health Sciences takes seriously all forms of copyright infringement and will take disciplinary action against any student involved in such activity. Adventist University of health Sciences will also cooperate fully with, local, state and federal officials in bringing offending students to justice.
Students who are found to have used the institution's network to engage in activities deemed to be in violation of Federal Copyright Laws will face additional discipline from the Citizenship committee up to and including dismissal from the institution.
All students with a documented disability who are seeking accommodations should contact the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) located in the CAA, at least two weeks before the beginning of the trimester or immediately following any injury or illness. This recommendation is to ensure timely implementation of accommodations.
Information on Academic Accommodations
If a student requests accommodation, that student must provide the OSD the requested current, official documentation related to his or her disability. That documentation will be used to determine the type and extent of accommodation that is most reasonable and effective for that student.
If criteria have been met and accommodations granted, the student must submit a copy of his or her class schedule and proof of course payment. The OSD will then notify each of the student's instructors of his or her needs once the student has completed the Release of Information form [available in the CAA]. The instructor will receive an Academic Accommodation form explaining the accommodations necessary for that student.
For each subsequent trimester, it is the student's responsibility to notify the OSD of his or her updated class schedule and complete the trimester accommodations form. At any time, students may request in writing to discontinue any information-sharing related to their disability. Students may request to discontinue their accommodations at any time. Questions or concerns should be brought to the attention of the OSD.
To be eligible for disability-related services, students must have a documented disability as defined by the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, and/or the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). A person with a disability is an individual with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
Please note that school plans such as an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plans are not sufficient documentation to establish the rationale for accommodations in a college setting. Original documents are not necessary--a copy or fax of the material is sufficient. If documentation is incomplete, or otherwise inadequate to determine the disability and/or reasonable accommodations, the OSD will require additional documentation. Documentation costs are to be paid by the student.
For further information regarding Academic Accommodations, please contact The CAA.
- The student will be informed in writing by the Dean of Students within five (5) business days that he or she is in violation of school policy. The student will be referred to the University's counselor or Chaplains for personal or spiritual support.
- A copy of the referral to the chaplain will be sent to the chair of the Discipline Committee.
- The Discipline Committee will meet within seven (7) business days (during the academic trimester) from the receipt of notification from the Dean of Students.
- Students have the right to appear in person to present their case and may invite a faculty or staff member to accompany them to the Discipline Committee.
- No action will be taken until the Discipline Committee has made a final decision, unless the Dean of Students or an appropriate member of College administration determines that the nature of the incident warrants immediate removal from the institution. In such instances, alternate modes of communication will be used if the student is unable to appear in person at the Discipline Committee meeting.
- If the student disagrees with the Discipline Committee's decision, he or she may write a letter of appeal to the Dean of Students within five (5) business days.
- The Dean of Students will review the minutes from the Discipline Committee and determine if the student's right to due process was upheld. The Dean of Students will respond within five (5) business days of receipt of the letter of appeal.
- If disagreement still exists, the student has the right to request a hearing with the President.
The disciplinary authority of ADU is vested in the president, those asked by the president to act on his behalf, and in the committees and administrators of ADU on whom jurisdiction may be conferred for specific cases and specific areas of responsibility.
Drug and Alcohol Policy
Adventist University of Health Sciences is committed to providing a drug-free learning environment. The manufacture, distribution, possession, or use of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia is strictly prohibited. In addition, the intentional misuse of prescription drugs is considered an infraction of this drug and alcohol policy. By enrolling at ADU, all students agree to submit to random drug testing. In addition, Adventist University students and their possessions are subject to search and surveillance at all times while on college property.
All students enrolled at ADU are expected to remain drug free. If at anytime a faculty, staff or administration person has reasonable suspicion or evidence of drug use by a student, he/she may request that a drug and alcohol screening be performed on the student. All random drug tests requested by ADU will be performed at a Florida Hospital Centra Care at a location and time determined by Adventist University of Health Sciences. Refusal to submit to a drug and/or alcohol test is presumed to be a positive result and the refusal will be handled in the same manner as any other positive test results.
In addition to the ADU drug and alcohol policy, students enrolled in clinical professional programs are also held to the drug and alcohol standards of their appropriate professional organizations and the healthcare facilities in which they perform clinical services. It is customary for clinical sites to request a drug test prior to a student beginning their clinical rotation and students must adhere to such request. If at any time during a student’s clinical experience a clinical faculty or supervising facility has reasonable suspicion or evidence of illegal or inappropriate drug use the student will be subject to the disciplinary actions outlined by the respective clinical facility as well as disciplinary actions by Adventist University.
· Drug Testing
While Adventist University of Health Sciences reserves the right to require a student to submit to a drug test for any reason, the three main reasons for drug testing are found below:
1) Suspicion or evidence of drug use by a student.
2) A student’s name is randomly chosen from a student population.
3) Required drug testing for the clinical environment.
If a student tests positive on a drug test:
1) The student will receive a letter from the Vice President for Student Services outlining the following policies and accountability items (these items must be successfully completed to continue as a student at ADU):
a. The student will be required to complete a minimum of two sessions with the counseling center over a six-week period. Additional sessions will be at the discretion of the counselor.
b. The student will be required to submit to unannounced drug testing for the remainder of his or her enrollment at the institution.
c. If the student testing positive is enrolled in a professional program or working within a clinical environment, he or she will be subject to additional disciplinary actions outlined by the respective professional programs or clinical organizations. Any required reports to licensing agencies will be submitted by the appropriate liaison.
d. A failure on any future drug test (including tests that may be required by clinical environments) will result in dismissal from ADU.
2) A student disciplinary folder will be created and filed in the office of the Vice President for Student Services. When not protected by privacy laws, all records pertaining to the performance of aforementioned accountabilities will be housed in this folder.
· Cost of Drug Screening
Students who are required to be screened because of suspicion or random selection will be charged for the drug screening only when the test results are positive. This charge will appear on the student’s statement.
Any student violation of the drug and alcohol policy is grounds for disciplinary action—up to and including permanent dismissal. However, the sale, distribution, or manufacturing of drugs will result in immediate and permanent dismissal from Adventist University of Health Sciences.
ADU supports the right of students enrolled at the University to be free from the threat or practice of hazing. Any student who engages in hazing or commits any act that intentionally or unintentionally injures, de-grades, or disgraces a fellow student may be subject to discipline up to and including dismissal. Students found guilty of hazing may also be subject to criminal prosecution.
Health & Immunization Requirements
All ADU students must submit a completed ADU Immunization form to register for courses. The form must be completed by a health care provider.
General education students must present the following:
- Yearly verification of tuberculosis screening test. If test is positive, refer to the Communicable Disease Policy in the Student Handbook.
- Updated immunization records including MMR, Hepatitis B and Tetanus-Diphtheria
- Verification of varicella vaccination or immunity (titer).
Students who wish to reside in student housing must present the following:
- Menomune/Menactra (Meningococcal Meningitis)
Students in a professional program must present the following:
- Yearly verification of tuberculosis screening test. If test is positive, refer to the Communicable Disease Policy in the Student Handbook.
- Updated immunization records including Hepatitis B, MMR, and Tetanus-Diphtheria
- Verification of varicella vaccination or immunity (titer)
- Evidence of physical examination prior to beginning a professional program
- Verification of current certification in professional cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association including infant, child, and adult CPR.
- Evidence of a successfully completed “FIT” test prior to the professional program deadline
In addition to the above criteria, individual programs may have specific requirements which are listed in the individual program sections of this Academic Bulletin
ADU requires medical insurance coverage for all students taking six or more credit hours per trimester. Students may request coverage for their spouse and/or dependents. Students will be denied permission to take classes unless they either enroll in the ADU insurance plan or sign a waiver at the time of Registration indicating they do not require the insurance plan based on the following criteria:
· They have provided documentation of insurance equal to or better than the University insurance plan.
· They are taking fewer than six trimester credits of course work.
Intellectual Property Policy
This Intellectual Property Policy clarifies the rights and responsibilities of Adventist University of Health Sciences (”University”); its faculty, staff, and students; and non-employees, such as consultants.
1.1. “College Works” are copyrighted works (including on-line instructional materials) that were (i) created with substantial use of University resources, financial support, or University personnel beyond the level of common resources provided to faculty and staff; (ii)created as part of the creator’s primary job responsibilities; (iii) created or commissioned for use by the University; or (iv) created under the terms of a sponsored project where the terms of the sponsored project require that copyright be in the name of the University.
1.2. “Copyrighted Intellectual Property” or “Copyrighted Work” describes original works of authorship that have been fixed in a tangible medium of expression, including books, articles, artwork, music, software, traditional or electronic correspondence, and on-line instructional materials that are likely to be subject to protection under United States copyright law.
1.3. “Creators” are any persons who create intellectual property using University resources.
1.4. “Patentable Intellectual Property” or “Patentable Work” describes inventions, discoveries, and manufacturing designs that have been reduced to practice, and are novel, useful, and non-obvious, and therefore likely to be subject to protection under United States patent law.
2. Intellectual Property Ownership
2.1. Rights of the College – University Works shall constitute a "work made for hire" as defined by federal law. However, as set forth under the Licensing and Revenue Sharing provisions below, creators of works that constitute works-for-hire may share in revenues arising from their creation.
Ownership in any patentable work originating from creators shall rest with the University. As set forth under the Licensing and Revenue Sharing provisions below, creators of patentable works may share in revenues arising from their creation.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, ordinary use of University resources such as the library, one’s office, desktop computer and University computer infrastructure, and secretarial staff and supplies, is not considered to be substantial use of such resources for purposes of vesting the University with ownership in a work.
Where the University owns the Copyrighted Work or Patented Work, it may, in its sole discretion, acknowledge creators (including creators of works-for-hire) who have made a substantial creative contribution to the work.
2.2. Rights of Faculty and Staff – In keeping with longstanding academic custom, the University recognizes creator ownership of copyright in traditional works of authorship created by faculty and staff, such as textbooks, other works of nonfiction and novels, articles, or other creative works, such as poems, musical compositions, and visual works of art, whether such works are disseminated in print or electronically, unless the works meet the criteria for University ownership given above.
2.3. Rights of Students – Students retain ownership in any work created as part of a class at the University. University personnel must obtain permission before copying or distributing a student’s work. However, students grant the University permission to submit their work to a service such as Turnitin to check for plagiarism.
2.4. Commercial Distribution of Creator-owned Works -- A faculty member, or other creator, who owns the copyright in his or her works under this Policy, other than course content or courseware, may commercialize those works, without the authority or permission of the University, so long as the University’s name is not used in connection with works so made available, other than to identify the creator as an officer of instruction or employee at the College.
2.5. Non-commercial Distribution of Creator-owned Works -- A faculty member, or other creator, who owns the copyright in works under this Policy, other than course content or courseware, may make the work freely available on non-commercial terms (that is, without remuneration to the author), for free or commercial redistribution, without the authority or permission of the University, so long as the University's name is not used in connection with works so made available, other than to identify the creator as an officer of instruction or employee at the University.
With respect to creator-owned course content and courseware, the creator may make the work freely available for academic and scholarly use, without the authority or permission of the University, to recipients who agree that they will not make commercial use of the material, so long as the University's name is not used in connection with works so made available, other than to identify the creator as an officer of instruction or employee at the University.
2.6. Categories of Works -- The following description of various categories of works indicates which works would generally fall into the categories of works in which ownership rests with the University.
2.6.1. College Works
Copyright in College Works is owned by the University.
(a) Examples of College Works are journals, periodicals, yearbooks, compendia, anthologies and films published by departments or programs within the University (even if the individual components do not constitute College Works), and works created for a specific University use. Works created by employees at the direction of the University for University purposes, such as materials for administrative use and computer software created by non-faculty University programmers for use by the University, are works-for-hire as defined by federal copyright law, and the University owns the copyright in such works.
(b) College Works also include some works produced as a collaborative effort under the aegis of a program or department; for example:(i) works created in a project initiated by a program or department, or (ii) works that are created and then developed and improved over time by a series of individuals, where authorship cannot be attributed to any one individual or group of individuals. An example of the latter would be certain kinds of software which are developed and then improved and updated over time by multiple creators.
However, not all works that are created as a result of a collaborative effort among a number of individuals would necessarily be considered College Works. As with other kinds of copyrightable works, the facts and circumstances of each case must be reviewed in order to determine whether the University would claim copyright ownership in accordance with this Policy.
2.6.2. Course Content and Courseware
Copyright ownership rights and control of course content and courseware are determined by the criteria given in 1.1 and 1.2. "Courseware" is the set of tools and technologies used to present course content, and are independent of the content itself. "Course content" is the intellectual content of the course, as taught at or through the University. As creation of courseware and course content are generally part of the creators’ primary job responsibilities, copyright is usually owned by the University. However, copyright for any courseware or course content that results from a project, the contents of which a faculty or staff member would expect to own, is owned by the creator.
(a) Videotapes and recordings - Ownership rights in videotapes or other recordings of all courses, and the parts thereof, that are made at University expense rest with the University. Ownership of the videotape or recording itself does not mean that the University claims rights in the intellectual content presented on the tape or recording. Copyright ownership in the content is governed by the principles set forth above.
(b) Use of course content and courseware at University- Independent of copyright ownership, a faculty member has the right to use all course content and courseware he or she develops or creates in the normal course of teaching or research at University. This right includes the right to make changes to the works and the right to distribute such works to University students, faculty, and staff for teaching, research, and other non-commercial University purposes.
(c) Use of University course content and courseware outside of University: commercialization – A faculty member, notwithstanding copyright ownership, may not commercialize course content or courseware created or taught at the University, without the approval of the President.
(d) Use of University course content and courseware after departure from University- If a faculty member leaves the University, he or she may continue to use at another academic or not-for-profit research institution for teaching, research, and other non-commercial purposes, all course content and courseware he or she created or taught at University, independent of ownership, provided the Adventist University name is not used in connection with the course content or courseware. A former faculty member may not commercialize any course content or courseware owned by University. A former faculty member is free to make commercial use of course content and courseware that he or she owns the rights to, provided the Adventist University name is not used in connection with the course. The former faculty member who owns the copyright in course content or courseware accords the University the irrevocable, nonexclusive right to continue using, as part of its non-commercial educational activities, all course content and courseware that the faculty member made available to others while teaching at the University; e.g., material given to students. This right includes the nonexclusive right to incorporate such course content and courseware into other College courses.
2.6.3. Works that Use the University Name
Use of the University name in connection with a work, other than by way of identification of the creator as a faculty member, researcher, other employee or student at University, is itself use of a significant College resource, thus triggering an interest on the part of the University. Additionally, use of the University name can affect the reputation and academic standing of the institution. Faculty members, researchers, other employees (as well as their respective departments and programs), and students may not participate in the creation or use of works that might give the impression of University sponsorship where there is none. Any use of the University name (other than to identify the creator by his or her title at University) in connection with a work created by a faculty member, researcher, or other employee must be approved in advance by the President.
Similarly, if the name of the University is to be used in connection with any works created under collaborative agreements with outside entities (other than to identify the creator by his or her title at University), such agreements must be approved in advance by the President.
Ownership of both patentable and nonpatentable software is determined by the criteria in sections 2.1 and 2.2 of this Policy.
2.6.5. Discoveries, Inventions, and Other Patentable Works
Patentable works created by University faculty and staff are owned by the University, in accordance with Section 2.1 of this Policy.
2.6.6. Work Arising out of Consulting Agreements and Other Outside Activities
As set forth in the University Policy on Other Professional Employment, faculty members may engage in outside activities with permission of the appropriate Department Chair or Administrator. No use of University resources, financial support, or other University personnel may be made in the course of permitted outside activities. If a creator does not make any use of University resources in the course of his or her outside activities and complies with other applicable University policies, the University does not assert rights in works resulting from such activities.
2.6.7. Works by Non-employees
The ownership of works prepared for and at the request of the University by non-employees, such as consultants or subcontractors retained by the University shall be governed by a written agreement prepared on a case-by-case basis.
3. Administration of Policy
3.1. Licensing and Revenue Sharing – The College, through the President’s Office and with the assistance of the University’s legal counsel, will provide appropriate services, including legal services, to commercialize works covered by these licensing and revenue sharing provisions. Any decisions concerning commercialization of the work will be made in consultation with the creator. The creator and the university will bring to the other’s attention any licensing or other commercialization possibilities of which either becomes aware.
Works covered by these licensing and revenue-sharing provisions include any works designated as works-for-hire under section 2.1 of this Policy, excluding courseware and course content, and any patentable works. The decision of whether or not to share any revenues that arise from the commercialization of such works with the creators, along with the exact distribution of such funds, will be made by the University president on a case-by-case basis.
The licensing of books, articles, and other non-institutional works described in section 2.2 is under the control of the faculty or staff members creating such works. However, if any article or other such work is to be published, the creator shall seek to reserve the right to provide the University with a royalty-free right to use a reasonable portion of the published work within the University for teaching, research, and other non-commercial University purposes. If the creator is successful in retaining such right, the creator shall grant such right to the University.
Faculty and staff members are entitled to any revenues derived from the application of expertise acquired during the creation of a work owned by the University; e.g., professional presentations or consulting.
3.2. Responsibilities of Creators -- In order to ensure that a proper determination of ownership is made, creators will promptly disclose to the University all works in which the University may claim or assert rights under this Policy. Part of the disclosure by creators shall include a disclosure of the circumstances under which the work was created, a description of any University resources that were used, and any financial or other relationship with a third party that might affect the University’s rights in the work (for example, any consulting agreements or third party funding agreements pursuant to which a work was created).
If the creator is uncertain whether the University would claim copyright ownership in a work, the work should be disclosed.
Creators will cooperate with the University in protecting ownership and other proprietary rights in the works (for example, executing assignments to the University and any other necessary documents).
The disclosure requirement does not presuppose copyright ownership by the University, and creators are not surrendering any of their rights by disclosing works of authorship. a discloser allows the University to work to protect the rights of everyone involved. Ownership of a work will be decided in accordance with this Policy.
3.3. Intellectual Property Agreement -- This Policy constitutes an understanding that is binding on the University, and on its faculty, staff, students, and other covered individuals as a condition of their participating in University research, educational and other programs, or their use of University facilities or resources. The University may require formal agreements to implement the Policy as appropriate, but the absence of such executed agreements shall not invalidate the applicability of the Policy.
3.4. Transfer of Intellectual Property to Creator -- The creator of a work may request that the University transfer ownership in the work to the creator, subject to an irrevocable royalty-free license to the University to use the work for its own non-commercial purposes. Such a request must be made to the President. In certain circumstances, the University may require reimbursement by the creator for out-of-pocket expenses the University has incurred in connection with the work, including legal and marketing expenses (if any). The University will act as expeditiously as reasonably possible in considering such requests by creators. Notwithstanding the foregoing, final decisions regarding transfer of Intellectual Property to Creator shall be made in the sole discretion of the University.
3.5. Making University-owned Works Freely Available to the Public -- If a creator of a work whose copyright is owned by the University, including a creator of a work-for-hire, wishes to make a work freely available to the public, through non-commercial licensing or other means, the University, subject to the terms of any applicable agreements with third parties under which the work was created, will accommodate such wishes as long as it determines that the benefits to the public of making such works freely available outweigh any advantages that might be derived from commercialization. The University will act as expeditiously as reasonably possible in making such determination.
Adventist University’s Intellectual Property Policy is based on policies adapted, with permission, from Barnard College.
The individual course instructor will make reasonable accommodations for any student required to fulfill jury duty obligations. This includes providing additional time to complete assignments, tests, or quizzes missed during this absence. Students should submit a copy of their jury duty notice to the course instructor.
Beginning Fall trimester 2009, all incoming students will be required to have a laptop that meets the ADU specifications (see the Software and Hardware Requirements section in the current Academic Bulletin
). Students may purchase a laptop from the University or bring their own if they meet the standards. Some professional programs may require that the laptop be purchased from the University. Students should contact their program of interest for more information. Financial aid may be available to cover the cost of purchasing a new computer.
Minor Children on Campus
Students (parent/guardian) are not allowed to bring their minor children to campus. This includes taking their child to class. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the student’s department chair.
Policy Statement on Substance Abuse: Tobacco, Alcohol, and Illicit Drugs
Drug and Alcohol Policy
Adventist University of Health Sciences is committed to providing a drug‑free learning environment. By enrolling at ADU, all students agree to submit to drug testing. Students enrolled at ADU are expected to remain drug free. The manufacture, distribution, possession, or use of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia is strictly prohibited. In addition, the intentional misuse of prescription drugs is considered an infraction of this drug and alcohol policy.
Adventist University of Health Sciences is an alcohol-free campus. If found in possession, or under the influence of alcohol, while on campus (or attending a University-sponsored event), the student will be in violation of the ADU drug and alcohol policy. A student who purchases alcoholic beverages for a minor is in violation of the law, and appropriate law enforcement official(s) will be notified.
If a faculty or staff member has reasonable suspicion or evidence of drug use by a student, he or she will report this to the Vice President for Student Services, who may require that chemical screening be done on that student.
Student violation of this policy is grounds for disciplinary action—up to and including permanent dismissal.
Illegal Drugs Defined
Illegal drugs include such substances as opium derivatives, hallucinogens (e.g., marijuana, mescaline, peyote, LSD, psilocybin), cocaine, amphetamines, ecstasy, ketamine, codeine, heroin, morphine, and other drugs prohibited by law. This definition does not include lawfully prescribed drugs that are being taken under a physician’s care.
Health Risks Associated with Substance Use and Abuse
The health risks associated with the inappropriate use of drugs include, but are not limited to, the following: physical and psychological addiction; physical, psychological, and spiritual deterioration; disease; and, possible death.
State Laws Concerning Illicit Drugs
There are substantial legal sanctions pursuant to state or federal law which may be levied against students for the unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession, or use of an illicit drug, controlled substance, tobacco, or alcohol. The law often treats drug offenses as a criminal matter, punishable by substantial fines, imprisonment, or other severe sanctions.
Complete information on Florida state laws regarding illicit drugs can be found at the following site:
2009 Florida Statute, Title XLVI, Chapter 893, Florida Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act
Under state law, it is a crime for any person to possess or distribute controlled substances or drugs as described in Section 893.03, Florida Statues, except as authorized by law. Punishment for such crimes ranges from first-degree misdemeanors (up to one-year imprisonment and up to a $1,000 fine) to first-degree felonies (up to 30 years imprisonment and up to a $10,000 fine).
Specifically, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable with imprisonment of up to one (1) year and a fine of up to $1,000. Possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana is a third-degree felony punishable with imprisonment of up to five (5) years and a fine of up to $5,000.
Possession of less than 28 grams of cocaine is a third-degree felony. Possession of more than 28 grams of cocaine is a first-degree felony punishable with imprisonment of up to 30 years and a fine of up to $250,000. The privilege of driving an automobile also may be affected if any of the above crimes are committed.
Trafficking (distribution of specific large quantities of various controlled substances) is punishable by a minimum term of imprisonment of 3 to 25 years and a fine of $25,000 to $500,000, depending on the particular illicit drug and the quantity involved. Penalties under federal law for drug trafficking generally are greater than penalties under state law.
Individuals who have been convicted of a felony involving the sale or trafficking in or conspiracy to sell or traffic in a controlled substance under certain circumstances may be disqualified from applying for state employment. Convictions on drug-related charges also may result in forfeiture of federal financial aid.
State Laws Concerning Alcohol
Complete information on Florida state laws regarding alcohol can be found at the following site:
2009 Florida Statute, Title XXXIV, Chapter 562, Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, Beverage Law: Enforcement
Florida Statute 562.11 - Selling, giving, or serving alcoholic beverages to persons under age 21; providing a proper name; misrepresenting or misstating age or age of another to induce licensee to serve alcoholic beverages to person under 21; penalties.
It is unlawful for any person to sell, give, serve, or permit to be served alcoholic beverages to a person less than 21 years of age or to permit a person less than 21 years of age to consume such beverages on the licensed premises.
It is unlawful for any person to misrepresent or misstate his or her age or the age of any other person for the purpose of inducing any licensee or his or her agents or employees to sell, give, serve, or deliver any alcoholic beverages to a person less than 21 years of age.
Anyone convicted of violating either of the above provisions is guilty of a second-degree misdemeanor. If a driver’s license (or an identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles) is used in violation of these provisions, additional penalties may be imposed, including suspension or revocation of the driver’s license.
Florida Statute 562.111 – Possession of alcoholic beverages by persons under age 21 is prohibited. It is unlawful for any person under the age of 21 years to have in her or his possession alcoholic beverages. Convicted violators of this statute are guilty of a second-degree misdemeanor. Suspension or revocation of a driver’s license may also be imposed.
Florida Statute 316.193 – Driving under the influence. A person is guilty of the offense of driving under the influence and is subject to punishment as provided in subsection (2) if the person is driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle within this state, and: The person is under the influence of alcoholic beverages, any chemical substance set forth in Section 877.111, or any substance controlled under Chapter 893, when affected to the extent that the person’s normal facilities are impaired; the person has a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or more grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood, or the person has a breath alcohol level of 0.08 or more of alcohol per 210 liters of breath.
Florida Statute 316.1936 – Possession of open containers of alcoholic beverages in vehicles is prohibited. It is unlawful and punishable as provided in this section for any person to possess an open container of an alcoholic beverage while operating a vehicle in the state or while a passenger in or on a vehicle being operated in the state. Convicted violators of this statute are guilty of a non‑criminal moving traffic violation.
Florida Statute 856.015 – Open house parties. No adult having control of any residence shall allow an open house party (a social gathering at a residence) to take place at said residence if any alcoholic beverage or drug is possessed or consumed at said residence by any minor where the adult knows that an alcoholic beverage or drug is in the possession of or being consumed by a minor at said residence and where the adult fails to take reasonable steps to prevent the possession or consumption of the alcoholic beverage or drug. Convicted violators of this statute are guilty of a second-degree misdemeanor.
Florida Statute 856.011 – Disorderly intoxication. No person in the state shall be intoxicated and endanger the safety of another person or property, and no person in the state shall be intoxicated or drink any alcoholic beverage in a public place or in or upon any public conveyance and cause a public disturbance. Convicted violators of this statute are guilty of a second-degree misdemeanor.
Florida Statue 768.125 – Liability for injury or damage resulting from intoxication. A person who sells or furnishes alcoholic beverages to a person of lawful drinking age shall not thereby become liable for injury or damage caused by or resulting from the intoxication of such person, except that a person who willfully and unlawfully sells or furnishes alcoholic beverages to a person who is not of lawful drinking age or knowingly serves a person habitually addicted to the use of any or all alcoholic beverages may become liable for injury or damage caused by or resulting from the intoxication of such minor or person.
Federal Penalties for Possession of Illicit Drugs
1st Conviction:Up to 1-year imprisonment and fined at least $1,000 but not more than $100,000, or both.
After 1 prior drug conviction: At least 15 days in prison, not to exceed two (2) years and fined at least $2,500 but not more than $250,000, or both.
After 2 or more prior drug convictions: At least 90 days in prison, not to exceed three (3) years and fined at least $5,000 but not more than $250,000, or both.
Special sentencing provision for possession of crack cocaine: Mandatory at least five (5) years in prison, not to exceed twenty (20) years and fined up to $250,000, or both, if:
a)1st conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds 5 grams.
b) 2nd crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds 3 grams.
c)3rd or subsequent crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds 1 gram.
21 U.S.C. 853 (a)(2) and 881 (a)(7)
Forfeiture of personal and real property used to possess or to facilitate possession of a controlled substance if that offense is punishable by more than 1-year imprisonment. (See special sentencing provisions re: crack.)
21 U.S.C. 881 (a)(4)
Forfeiture of vehicles, boats, aircraft or any other conveyance used to transport or conceal a controlled substance.
21 U.S.C. 844a
Civil fine of up to $10,000 (pending adoption of final regulations).
21 U.S.C. 853a
Denial of Federal Benefits, such as student loans, grants, contracts, and professional and commercial licenses, up to one (1) year for first offense, up to five (5) years for second and subsequent offenses.
18 U.S.C. 922(g)
Ineligible to receive or purchase a firearm.
More complete information on Federal Trafficking Penalties can be found at:
Revocation of certain Federal Licenses and benefits, e.g. pilot licenses, public housing tenancy, etc., are vested within the authorities of individual Federal agencies.
FHCHS Drug and Alcohol Policy will be reviewed biannually (a) to determine its effectiveness and to implement changes that may be needed; (b) to ensure that sanctions are consistently enforced, and (c) to meet the stated requirements for compliance with federal regulations.
School Publication Agreement
Students and employees are our best resources for promoting Adventist University of Health Sciences. By attending or accepting employment by the University, students and employees authorize the use and reproduction or publication of any images taken of them, without compensation. All images created become the property of the University. Every reasonable effort will be made to respect the privacy of those who request it.
Sexual Harassment Definition and Policy
Adventist University of Health Sciences does not tolerate harassment on the basis of gender by a student against another student, faculty, or staff member. Violations of this policy may subject a student to discipline, up to and including dismissal from the University. Sexual harassment is defined as:
- Threats made on the basis of gender, or unwelcome sexual advances.
- Requests for sexual favors; and all other verbal, physical, or visual conduct of a sexual or otherwise offensive nature.
- Sexual innuendo, suggestive comments, sexually oriented “kidding” or “teasing,” “practical jokes,” jokes about gender specific traits, foul or obscene language or gestures, displays of foul or obscene printed or visual material.
- Physical sexual misconduct that includes unwelcome touching which may involve, but is not limited to: fondling, patting, pinching, hugging, repeatedly brushing against, or other physical contact with a person without his or her consent.
Reporting a Violation
All students who encounter or are aware of sexual harassment shall report such incidents to University Administration for investigation. Because of the sensitive nature of situations involving sexual harassment, restraint will be taken when discussing the matter and will be limited to those involved in the rectification of the problem. The procedure outlined below shall be followed when reporting a violation:
- A report of the incident must be submitted in writing to University Administration.
- The matter will be investigated immediately and kept confidential to the extent practical. The student has an obligation to assist and cooperate with the University’s investigation.
- If the University determines that sexual harassment has occurred, appropriate and reasonable remedial action will be taken against the offender, up to and including dismissal from the University.
- A record of the action will be placed in the offender’s file.
Students attending a Christian institution are expected to be professional and courteous toward faculty, staff, and fellow students. Aggressive, offensive, and inappropriate language or behavior toward faculty, staff, or students is unacceptable.
Social networking sites provide many positive opportunities for communication and connectivity. In keeping with the mission of Adventist University of Health Sciences, students are encouraged to use the social networking sites for the development and maintenance of healthy relationships. Students should refrain from making derogatory, defaming, threatening, or profane comments against fellow students, staff, or faculty. Students found to be posting such comments are subject to disciplinary action by the Adventist University of Health Sciences Citizenship Committee.
Student Computer Policy
All Adventist University of Health Sciences electronic communication systems, including, but not limited to facsimiles, computers, network file servers, network or system peripherals, computer data and program files, Internet, and software available to students are the property of Adventist University of Health Sciences and are intended for academic use only. It is important to remember that access to the Internet and shared system resources is a privilege and not a right.
In accordance with the Christian values of the institution, the following regulations apply to all ADU students regarding the use of the aforementioned systems. University Administration reserves the right to define and enforce the policies below:
· ADU prohibits the illegal duplication of software and documentation. Software may not be installed on ADU computers or networks without the approval of an appropriate University representative.
· Students are not permitted to use any code or password issued to another student or faculty member in order to access, view, or retrieve information from any computer, network file server, network or system peripheral, e-mail account, Internet site, computer or program file, either inside or outside the University's network system. You agree and understand that you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of passwords associated with any account you use to access the University services. Accordingly, you agree that you will be solely responsible for all activities that occur under your account. If you become aware of any unauthorized use of your password or of your account, you agree to notify the College IT Department immediately at 407-303-8100.
· Students shall not gain or attempt to gain access to any electronic communication, e-mail account, and Internet sites, either inside or outside the University's network system without specific authority or rights to such access. This includes any unauthorized and illegal peer-to-peer file sharing. (Florida Statutes, Title XLVI, Chapter 815, Section 815.04, H.R. 4137).
· Students shall have no expectation of privacy regarding computer files, e-mail or Internet usage. ADU reserves the right to monitor all computer files, e-mail and Internet use without prior notice to the student.
· FHCHS may restrict or discontinue access to some or all Internet and/or network resources at any time without prior notice to students.
· Students shall not download, view, store, or forward obscene, offensive, or illegal materials.
· ADU prohibits the use of computers, Internet access, or any other electronic communication system in ways that are disruptive, offensive, or harmful to others. This misuse shall include, but is not limited to, ethnic slurs, racial comments, off-color jokes or anything which may be construed as harassment, disrespect of others, or may lead to the creation of a hostile educational environment.
· ADU prohibits its students from using its electronic communications system for commercial gain or profit or as an advertising medium for any non-Adventist University interest.
· While ADU makes every attempt to insure that systems are fully functional and error-free, it does not provide a guarantee or warrantee of any kind regarding system reliability.
· ADU does not provide a guarantee or warrantee of any kind that any information obtained from its electronic communications system is correct and free of errors.
· ADU is not responsible for any personal damage as a result of loss of data, inaccuracy of data, delays in processing of data or non-delivery of data over its electronic communications system.
ADU prohibits the use of its electronic communications system for any illegal activity.
Student Deportment and Dress Policy
Adventist University of Health Sciences is a Christian-based institution where each student, faculty, and staff is valued as one of God’s unique creations. This is evidenced by the way in which students, faculty, and staff, converse and conduct themselves. Care should be taken to present oneself as a Christian professional; this can be achieved in part by avoiding cursing, inappropriate innuendos, and belligerent behaviors.
In keeping with the mission to educate healthcare professionals in a Christian environment, Adventist University requires that students not yet enrolled in professional programs dress modestly while attending classes on campus, and dress professionally when representing the University in public. As students progress into professional programs, the dress code becomes more defined, requiring that students adhere to their program’s professional dress code as outlined in their department’s publications.
Modest Dress includes but is not limited to:
- Garments that are made from opaque material (no see-through materials)
- Shirt or blouse that covers midriff (no tank tops or spaghetti straps)
- Skirts and dresses that come to or below the knee
- Shorts that are at least mid-thigh in length
- Undergarments that are covered
- Proper-sized garments
- Clothes in good repair
- Clothes in good taste
· Items to avoid:
Garments with inappropriate slogans or representations
Tight fitting spandex-typegarments (i.e. Leggings, biking shorts, etc.)
- Clothes that completely cover cleavage and buttocks
- Simple earrings (body piercings should be covered and/or removed)
Professional Dress includes:
- Suit or sport coat and dress slacks (for men)
- Business suit (dress or pant) or a quality skirt and blouse ensemble (for women)
- Collared shirt and tie (for men)
- Dress shoes with coordinated socks (required for men) ornylons(optional for women)
Professional Program Dress: (see appropriate departmental dress code)
Faculty and staff members are empowered to speak with any student relative to his or her appropriateness of dress and/or deportment. It is expected that the student will follow such suggestions. Failure to follow given directives relative to dress and deportment may result in disciplinary action taken by the Adventist Unviersity Citizenship Committee.
Student Grievance Policy
Students with grievances which are not covered under the Academic Appeal policy (Academic Bulletin
) or the Discipline policy (Student Handbook
) are encouraged to take appropriate steps to resolve the issue informally by discussing it directly with the individual(s) involved. If informal resolution is not possible or the issue was not resolved, students may submit a written grievance to the Vice President for Student Services within ten business days of the incident. The Vice President for Student Services will investigate the case and respond to the student in writing within ten business days.