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Professional behavior is expected at all times. Any member of the administration, faculty or staff may initiate a Professionalism Deficiency Evaluation proceeding. Students receiving three Professionalism Deficiency Evaluations during their time at the College of Podiatric Medicine may be subject to possible dismissal from the program. The initiator of the Professionalism Deficiency Evaluation must describe events or circumstances that show that student behavior, on college property or at college functions, is unsatisfactory. Students missing assigned deadlines or mandatory college meetings/events will also be subject to a Professionalism Deficiency Evaluation . Students receiving a first Professionalism Deficiency Evaluation will be required to appear at the college for a meeting with the initiator and a witness. This witness may include a staff supervisor or faculty member. A second Professionalism Deficiency Evaluation notice will result in a meeting with the senior associate dean.

If a student receives a third Professionalism Deficiency Evaluation, the student will be subject to further disciplinary actions, including the possibility of dismissal from the college. In addition, a student receiving a professionalism deficiency evaluation may be subject to additional disciplinary actions, including dismissal from the program, regardless of how many evaluations he or she has previously received. All professionalism deficiencies will be retained for one year post-graduation in the college’s Office of Student Academic Services, with the exception of students who have received three Professionalism Deficiency Evaluations. Students receiving three Professionalism Deficiency Evaluations will have the evaluations retained in their permanent file. The student is instructed to sign the form as an acknowledgement of having read it. The student signature does not constitute an admission of agreement with the Professionalism Deficiency Evaluation. The student has the right to prepare a response.


The following is a list of expectations of all students in regards to professional behavior:

1. Reliability and responsibility

2. Maturity

3. Ability to accept criticism and take appropriate steps to correct shortcomings

4. Communication professionally and appropriately, both orally and in writing

5. Honesty and integrity

6. Demonstrating respect for patients and/or members of college community

7. Appearance and grooming that demonstrate professionalism