2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Feb 20, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Student Rights and Responsibilities



International Nonimmigrant Students Legal Requirements

Park University is authorized under federal regulations to enroll international nonimmigrant students. Qualified international students, defined as all students who are not United States citizens, Permanent Residents (‘green card’ holders), Refugees, or Asylees, and who are in the United States legally, are encouraged to contact the Office of International Students for special forms and instructions for admission to Park University. (Undocumented immigrant students, please see admissions requirments  section of this catalog).

International students entering the United States with F-1 visas to study at a postsecondary school are required to attend the Park University Daytime Campus Center; international F-1 students may not attend any Park University Campus Centers outside of the greater Kansas City area. Prospective international students holding B-1/B-2 visitor visas or F-2 dependent visas may apply and be admitted to Park University, but may not enroll in classes until their visa status has been officially changed to an F-1 student visa, or another eligible visa status.

The Office of International Students is also responsible to the Department of Homeland Security for ongoing reporting of the status of nonimmigrant students attending Park University, and reserves the right to recommend the denial of admission, or suspension from classes, of any international student failing to meet federally mandated nonimmigrant requirements.

Disability Guidelines

Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students who meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University’s policy to comply fully with federal and state law regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. In addition to academic accommodations, we will also provide accommodations for campus activities. Contact us if you need services for plays, athletic events, graduation, club activities or other events.

Permanent Disability Guidelines

Notification of Disability: It is the student’s responsibility to submit the Request for Disability Services form and to provide adequate and appropriate documentation of a disability in order to receive academic accommodations. [A link to the form and full information about documentation is shown below.] Documentation must be provided in a timely manner to ensure full resolution of accommodations prior to the term for which the student requests accommodations. This will allow time to make all necessary arrangements prior to the initial class meeting. Documentation should be submitted to Assistant Director of Academic Support Services, Campus Box 46 (fax (816) 505-5445). A copy of the Request form and documentation will be securely retained in the student’s electronic file.

Students who have received disability services in high school will find helpful information regarding their rights, responsibilities, and transition from high school to university from the Missouri Association for Higher Education and Disabilities (MOAHEAD). Visit the MO-AHEAD webpage at moahead.org. Once there, click the link for “The Guidebook.” There you can find a link to the Table of Contents to help you find more information.

Temporary Disability Guidelines

In the case of temporary disabilities, every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodation for the duration of any disability. To insure prompt and appropriate action, the Assistant Director of Academic Support Services should be notified immediately of the arrangements believed to be necessary to accommodate a given temporary disability. Additional information concerning Park University’s policies and procedures related to disability can be found at www.park.edu/disability.

Student Pregnancy and Parenting Accommodations Policy

Park University provides pregnant students with at least the same special services as it provides to students with temporary disabilities and prohibits the harassment and discrimination of students based on sex, which includes pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions, including breastfeeding.

Park also provides reasonable accommodations to qualifying students with disabilities related to pregnancy and childbirth. Students may request accommodations through the Park University Disability Services office at disabilityservices@park.edu. Please refer to Park’s Pregnancy and Parenting Accommodations policy and Student Housing policy for more information, available at http://www.park.edu/terms-and-regulations/disability-guidelines.html.

Documentation Requirements

Park University recognizes the best practices recommended by the national Association on Higher Education and Disability. We also realize that each individual and each disability is unique. Specific documentation requirements will vary according to the type of disability, but the following guidelines define acceptable documentation:

  1. It is prepared by a licensed professional who is knowledgeable in the field of the student’s particular disability, and provide a description of the diagnostic methodology and/or a description of the diagnostic criteria, evaluation methods, procedures, tests and dates of administration, as well as a clinical narrative, observation, and specific results. Where appropriate to the nature of the disability, having both summary data and specific test scores (with the norming population identified) within the report is recommended.

Learning Disabilities (LD/ADHD): Students must provide supporting diagnostic test results from a licensed psychologist or certified specialist in learning disabilities. All testing should be based on adult level norms.

Physical Disabilities: Students must provide documentation from a physician that specifies the nature of the disability or disabilities.

Psychiatric Disabilities: Students should provide documentation from a licensed professional qualified to diagnose and treat psychological disorders.

  1. It is no older than three years. (Certain long-term medical and health conditions may not be subject to this element. ex: blindness). Park University will evaluate, but may reject, documentation over three years old. We reserve the right to request updated verification of disability and necessary accommodations.
  2. It includes a statement of diagnosis.
  3. It includes a description of the student’s current functioning and/or the current status of the disability.
  4. It describes how the disability affects the student’s learning/functioning in a postsecondary educational setting.
  5. It includes recommendations for appropriate post-secondary accommodations.
  6. It is dated and signed by the licensed professional and presented on letterhead of the professional.
  7. It should include information regarding medication the student may be using and treatment he/she may be undergoing. This also should include the medication or treatment’s impact on the student’s ability to function in an academic setting.

Help Us Help You!

The Academic Support Center at Park University is pleased to serve our students with special needs. If you are seeking accommodations for a disability, here are the steps you should follow:

  1. Fill in and submit the Request for Disability Services form.

This lets us know a little about you, your needs, and how we can serve you. You can find the form at www.park.edu/terms-andregulations. Print the blank form, fill it out, then mail, fax, or scan and email to:

Park University
8700 River Park Drive
Parkville, MO 64152
Fax: (816) 505-5445
Email: disabilityservices@park.edu

(If you have questions: call (816) 584-6313)

  1. Carefully read our policies and documentation requirements shown above.
  2. Submit your documentation.

You may need to contact your doctor, psychologist, school counselor, VA counselor, or other qualified medical/educational professional to send your information. Use the same contact information shown above. Your information will be handled appropriately to protect your confidentiality. (Please note: your submission of the Request form begins the process, but no accommodations can be determined or provided until the documentation is received.)

  1. Become familiar with the information in this handbook, so you will know how and when your instructors are notified, how accommodations are arranged, and other important aspects of receiving your services.

Documentation Review Process

Once your documentation is received, the Assistant Director of Academic Support Services will review it and determine appropriate accommodations. If your documentation does not satisfy the requirements above, you may be asked to submit updated or more complete information. Be sure to submit your documents in a timely manner to allow adequate time for the review process before the term begins.

When your request has been reviewed, you will receive notification of the approved accommodations. If you are a student on the Parkville campus, your accommodations will be handled by the Assistant Director of Academic Support Services. If you attend a different campus, your Campus Director will work with you on providing the accommodations. Online students will work with the Assistant Director of Academic Support Services, and may also work with a Park University campus center for proctoring.

If you are not satisfied with the accommodations you have been granted, please contact Academic Support Services to discuss the situation. In some cases, we may be able to make adjustments. In others, additional documentation may be needed. For more information on filing a grievance, please see the details in the Handbook for Students with Disabilities at www.park.edu/terms-and-regulations.

DO NOT ask your instructor, campus director, regional director, or proctor to provide accommodations if you have not first submitted a Request for Disability Services form and documentation to the Assistant Director of Academic Support Services.

Please keep in touch with us to let us know how you are doing, and inform us immediately if you need additional assistance.

Your disability information is CONFIDENTIAL. We will inform the appropriate faculty or campus personnel of the accommodations you require, but we do not disclose the nature of your disability. In some cases, you may find that sharing this information with your instructors may help them understand you better, but that choice is up to you.

Note: Disability files are updated each year at the beginning of the spring and fall terms. If you are not enrolled for the current term, your file will be marked “inactive,” and you will be notified by email. To reactivate your file and your accommodations, simply notify the Assistant Director of Academic Support Services by email when you enroll again.

Service Animal Policies at Park University

General Guidelines

Bona fide service animals may accompany students, employees, and visitors with disabilities to Park University events, activities, and locations with rare exceptions. Local, state, and federal laws regulate the use of service animals at Park.

Definitions

  • Service Animal: According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, a service animal is “any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including, but not limited to, guiding individuals with impaired vision, alerting individuals who are hearing impaired to intruders or sounds, providing minimal protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, or fetching dropped items. A service animal is not a pet.”
  • Partner/Handler: A person with a service animal.

Requirements For All Service Animals and Their Partners

  • Vaccination: The animal must be immunized against diseases common to that type of animal.
  • Health: The animal must be in good health.
  • Under control of partner/handler: The partner/handler must be in full control of the animal at all times.
  • Cleanup Rule: The partner should encourage the animal to use marked service animal toileting areas when such areas are provided.
  • Documentation: Before a service animal becomes a part of the campus community, partners are required to submit a written request to the Director of Academic Support Services and documentation from a certified professional that includes the diagnosis of a specific disability which verifies the need for a service animal. If approved, we will issue the partner a letter of verification that may be presented to faculty and staff. Additional documentation that verifies current vaccinations and immunizations of the service animal must accompany the initial request and be re-submitted annually.

When an Animal Can Be Removed

Service animals may be removed or restricted on the campus for reasons of disruption, health, uncleanliness, and safety. For example, a partner/handler will be asked to remove the animal from the facility or event if the animal is ill and/or when the animal’s behavior poses a direct threat to the health or safety of other persons and/or animals.

Areas Off-limits to Service Animals

For safety and other reasons, all animals are restricted from certain areas, including laboratories, maintenance rooms/custodial closets, and areas where protective clothing is required.

Note: Requests for exceptions to this restriction must be submitted to the ADA Compliance Officer.

Liability

The partner/handler of an animal at a Park University campus or event is personally responsible for any damage to property and/or harm to others caused by the animal while on the campus or sponsored event.

Pregnancy and Chemistry Laboratory Safety

A pregnant woman working in a lab should exercise caution when handling or working with any chemicals. Women should notify their supervisor or instructor when they become pregnant so the potential hazards in the lab can be assessed and appropriate protective measures can be taken.

Student Records and FERPA

Park University informs students of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). This act, with which the institution intends to fully comply, was designed to protect the privacy of educational records, to establish the rights of students to inspect and review their educational records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings. Students also have the right to file complaints with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act Officer concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the Act.

FERPA permits the University to limit the disclosure of directory information to specific parties, for specific purposes, or both. In the exercise of that authority, the University may release all directory information to members of the University family, defined as administrators, faculty, employees and directors. Other releases will be limited to those situations in which the University, in its discretion, believes the release would recognize a student for academic or extracurricular achievement or otherwise advance the student’s career interests or when the University believes the release would serve to advance the interests and image of the University.

Park University’s local policy explains in detail the procedures to be used by the institution for compliance with the provisions of the Act. Copies of the policy may be found in the Office of the Registrar or as outlined here.

  1. Policy Intent
    1. The Park University student record policy is intended to conform with all state and federal statutes dealing with access to information held by an educational institution on present and former students.
    2. The Park University student record policy is formulated to protect the privacy of the student information that is maintained and yet provide access to student records for those having a legitimate purpose to view such records. Regulations and procedures to ensure adequate protection of the student are provided in this policy.
    3. “Records” refers to those files and their contents that are maintained by official units of the University. Generally, students have the right to review any official record that the University maintains on them. Access to records by others, without student permission, is limited to purposes of an educational nature. When access is permitted, documents will be examined only under conditions that will prevent unauthorized removal, alteration, or mutilation. Information to which the student does not have access is limited to the following:
      1. Confidential letters of recommendation placed in the student’s files before January 1, 1975, and those letters for which students have signed a waiver of his/her right of access. Unless authorized by a University Administrator, access to student records, including access to all course materials, by faculty members is limited only to the faculty member actually teaching that course. Faculty members may not access course materials or other student records for courses they are not currently teaching without express authorization from a University administrator. Any unauthorized access to student records, including course materials, is a violation of this policy.
      2. Parent’s confidential financial statements.
      3. Personal files and records of members of faculty or administrative personnel, “which are in sole possession of the maker thereof and which are not accessible or revealed to any person except a substitute”.
      4. Records of the Office of Admissions concerning students admitted but not yet enrolled at the University. Medical/psychological records used in connection with treatment of the student. Such records are, however, reviewable by a physician or psychologist of the student’s choice.
    4. Only the following offices are authorized to release non-directory information: Registrar, Career Services, Counseling Services, Financial Aid, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of Students, Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services, Provost, and President.
  2. Access to Student Records by the Student
    1. Students have the right to inspect their records (as defined by A3 above) and are entitled to an explanation of any information therein.
    2. Documents submitted to the University by or for the student will not be returned to the student. Academic records received from other institutions will not be sent to third parties external to the University. Records should be requested by the student from the originating institution.
    3. Official records and transcripts of the University (signature and/or seal affixed) are mailed directly to other institutions or agencies the student requests. When circumstances warrant, official records may be given directly to the student at the discretion of the proper University official. In such cases, the record will be clearly marked to indicate issuance to the student.
    4. Should a student believe his/her record is incorrect, a written request should be submitted to the appropriate University official indicating the correct information that should be entered. The official will respond within a reasonable period concerning his/her action. Should the student not be satisfied, a hearing may be requested by the Registrar.
  3. Access to Student Records by Others
    1. Disclosure of general directory information: Certain information may be released by the University without prior consent of the student if considered appropriate by designated officials. Such information is limited to the following:
      • Student’s name, address, email address, telephone number (permanent and local)
      • Date and place of birth
      • Dates of attendance at the University, major fields of study, current classification, degrees, honors, and awards
      • Heights and weights of members of athletic teams
      • Participation in officially recognized activities
      • Full or part-time status
      • Photograph
    2. Directory information will not be released for commercial purposes by administrative offices of the University under any circumstances. Students may request that directory information not be released by written request to the Office of the Registrar. All other student information will be released only upon written request of the student, excepting those instances cited below.
    3. Disclosure to members of the University community:
      1. Access to student records for administrative reasons for faculty, administrative staff, and other pertinent employees is permissible provided that such persons are properly identified and can demonstrate a legitimate interest in the materials.
      2. Access for the purpose of research by faculty and administrative staff is permissible when authorized by the department chair, Associate Dean, Associate Vice President Student Affairs, Provost, or President.
      3. Information requested by student organizations of any kind will be provided only when authorized by the Dean of Students, Provost, or President.
    4. Disclosure to organizations providing financial support to a student: it is the University’s policy to release the academic transcript to such organizations only upon the student’s written request or authorization. Otherwise, the academic transcript will be sent only to the student, a policy consistent with the University’s interpretation of FERPA, popularly known as the “Buckley Amendment.”
    5. Disclosure to other educational agencies and organizations: information may be released to another institution of learning, research organization, or accrediting body for legitimate educational reasons provided that any data shall be protected in a manner that will not permit the personal identification of the student by a third party.
    6. Local, state, and federal government agencies: government agencies are permitted access to student records only when auditing, enforcing, and/or evaluating sponsored programs. In such instances, such data may not be given to a third party and will be destroyed when no longer needed for audit, enforcement, and/or evaluative purposes.

Questions concerning the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act may be referred to the Office of the University Registrar at registrar@park.edu.

Park University Student Harassment Policy

Park University strives to provide educational, working, cocurricular, social, and living environments for all students, staff, faculty, trustees, contract workers, and guests that are free from Harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The University has deemed this to be unacceptable behavior which will not be tolerated. A person who believes that he or she has been subjected to harassment, or any person who has knowledge of harassment of a person associated with Park University, is encouraged to confer promptly with the Dean of Students. Please call Student Success at (816) 584-6377, or during nonbusiness hours - call Campus Safety at (816) 584-6444, who will assist in contacting the Dean of Students. If you prefer to use an online form, you are welcome to report any sort of harassment using the Park University Sexual Harassment Report Form at www.park.edu/student-life. To review the full non-discrimination policy, and see steps on reporting harassment, please check the Park website at: www.park.edu/student-life.

Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence: Title IX Policy

Title IX specifically prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of sex. Park University will not tolerate sex discrimination or harassment of applicants, students, or employees, whether by students, faculty, staff, administrators, contractors, or outside vendors. Park University recognizes not only its legal responsibilities but also its moral and ethical responsibilities to prohibit discrimination and harassment on the basis of sex and to take appropriate and timely action to ensure an environment free of such inappropriate conduct and behavior. Additionally, Park University will not tolerate retaliation in any form against an applicant, student, or employee for reporting a violation of this policy or assisting in the investigation of a complaint.

To see the complete Title IX Policy for Park University, go to www.park.edu/student-life.To file a Sexual Harassment, Title IX Complaint, complete the online form available through the Park University website at www. park.edu/student-life. If you wish to speak with Park’s Title IX Coordinator, contact Mr. Roger Dusing, Associate Vice President for Human Resources at Roger.Dusing@park.edu, or call him at (816) 584-6386. Outside office hours, or if not accessible at the number and email listed, contact the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinators through the Campus Safety Dispatcher at (816) 584-6444.

Student Employee Relationships

Park University Employees are prohibited from developing a romantic or sexual relationship with a Park University student. Employees are deemed to be primarily responsible for adherence to this policy, although both employee and student will be held accountable. Even among students - consensual romantic or sexual relationships in which one party maintains a direct supervisory or evaluative role over the other party are discouraged.

Procedures Regarding Harassment Complaints

Concerns about harassment and/or possible violations of Park’s Non-Discrimination Policy should be directed to the Dean of Students at jayme.uden@park.edu or (816) 584-6595.

Student Conduct

As a student at Park University, you should be aware of the rights you have as a student and of the responsibilities associated with being a Park student. These policies apply to ALL Park University students, regardless of whether the student is taking classes online, at a Campus Center, or on the Parkville campus – all delivery modes and all locations, both undergraduate and graduate students. The Student Code of Conduct is based on respect for self and others, and was developed to challenge students to embrace high ethical standards, and interact with other students, faculty, and staff with integrity.

Core Values of Park University:

We expect ACCOUNTABILITY for our actions at all levels, to each other and to Park University.

We treat all with CIVILITY and RESPECT while being open and honest in our communication.

We seek EXCELLENCE in all we do, with passionate learning as our highest priority.

We celebrate GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP through our connected learning and working environment, liberal arts education and community stewardship.

We embrace INCLUSIVITY that fosters diversity, teamwork and collaboration.

We act with INTEGRITY through honesty, efficiency and reliability.

As a student, you have the right to an opportunity to learn in an environment that is free from discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status. It is the responsibility of all members of the Park University community – students, faculty, and staff – to create and maintain an environment where all persons are treated with respect, dignity, and fairness. Students have responsibility for assuming the consequences of their actions.

Students are expected to accept their obligations to the entire Park community to honor and respect the value and integrity of each person and to conduct themselves accordingly. In addition, students are responsible for making themselves aware of Park University policies and procedures, all of which are outlined in the Catalog and on the Park University website.

The mission of Park University is to transform lives through accessible, studentcentered, quality higher education. In order to maintain an environment where this mission can be achieved effectively and equitably, Park University promotes civility, respect, and integrity among all members of the community. Choosing to be a member of the Park University community obligates each member to follow these standards and ensures that a community of civility is maintained. In that light, the Student Code of Conduct will follow established processes for insuring fundamental fairness and an educational experience that facilitates the development of the individual and/or group.

Student Conduct Code

The primary intent of this Code is to set forth community standards necessary to maintain and protect an environment conducive to learning. Park University standards reflect higher expectations of behavior than may be prevalent outside the University community.

A suspicion of wrongdoing, based on probable cause, must exist before a student shall be subject to disciplinary review. Throughout the judicial procedures, staff will ensure that students receive adequate due process and make sure that their rights are protected.

  1. Acts of Dishonesty. Acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to the following:
    1. Academic Dishonesty. Cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty. Please note that Academic Honesty is a policy that is also enforced by the faculty member of the course. A detailed description is included under “Academic Honesty” in the Catalog and on the Park website.
    2. False Information. Furnishing false information to any University Official.
    3. Forgery. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any Park University document, record, or instrument of identification.
  2. Sexual Misconduct. Includes sexual harassment, sexual violence, stalking, and domestic/dating violence as defined by the Park University Title IX policy.
  3. Retaliation. Any behavior, direct or indirect, perceived as an attempt to harass, intimidate, or improperly influence any individual associated with the student conduct process or any other University grievance or complaint process.
  4. Threatening, Abusive, or Harassing Behavior. Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the physical health, mental health, or safety of any person. This includes bullying and cyberbullying behaviors that are not protected by freedom of expression.
  5. Disruption. Causing or attempting to cause disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, or other University activities, including its public service functions.
  6. Theft. Attempted or actual theft of property belonging to Park University or a member of the Park University community, or other personal or public property.
  7. Damage and Destruction. Attempted or actual damage to property of Park University or a member of the Park University community, including vandalism.
  8. Lewd or Disorderly Conduct. Conduct that is disorderly, lewd, or indecent; breach of peace; or aiding, abetting, or procuring another person to breach the peace on University premises or at University-sponsored activities.
  9. Hazing. Any behavior which constitutes hazing, whether such behavior occurs on University Premises at University Activities or off campus.
  10. Failure to Comply. Failure to comply with directions of University Officials or law enforcement officers acting in performance of their duties including failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so.
  11. Unauthorized Entry. Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys to any University Premises or unauthorized entry to or use of University Premises.
  12. Unauthorized Activities. Any activity that occurs on or off University Premises that could adversely affect the health, safety or security of a member of the Park University community.
  13. Controlled Substances. Use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of Controlled Substances except as expressly permitted by law. Students with confirmed possession or use of controlled substances on University Premises or during any University Activity with no right to legally use such controlled substances may face immediate dismissal. (See Drugs and Alcohol Use policy.)
  14. Alcohol. Use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of alcoholic beverages, or public intoxication on University Premises or during any University Activity. (See Drugs and Alcohol Use policy.)
  15. Firearms/Weapons. All of the University Community are strictly prohibited from possessing, manufacturing, transferring, selling, storing, or using any Weapons on University Property and University Facilities and in vehicles, including inside of company-owned or personal vehicles, regardless of whether one possesses a valid Concealed Carry permit.
  16. Unauthorized Use of Electronics. Any unauthorized use of electronic or other devices to make an audio or video record of any person while on Park University Premises or while conducting University business, without his/her prior knowledge, or without consent when such a recording is likely to cause injury or distress. This includes, but is not limited to, surreptitiously taking pictures of another person in a gym, locker room, or restroom, or using consensual photographs, videos, or audio in a manner not agreed to by all parties. (See Information Technology Acceptable Use Policy.)
  17. Computer Theft and Abuse. Theft or other abuse of computer facilities and resources, including file-sharing and intellectual property. (See Information Technology Acceptable Use Policy.)
  18. Abuse of Student Conduct System. Abuse of the Student Conduct System, including failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the Student Code.
  19. Residential Life Policy. Violation of any published Resident Life and Education polices found at http://www.park.edu/residence-life-and-education.
  20. Policy Violation. Violation of any other published University policies or rules which appear in full in the Park University Catalog, and/or Park University website.
  21. Local, State and Federal Agencies. Park University will cooperate with local, state and federal criminal agencies, and may initiate criminal investigations into the conduct of Park University Students when deemed appropriate.

Interpretation and Revision

  1. Any question of interpretation or application of the Student Code shall be referred to the Dean of Students or his or her designee for final determination.
  2. The Student Code shall be reviewed every three (3) years under the direction of the Dean of Students.

Documenting Potential Violations of the Student Code

Any member of the Park University community may file an incident report regarding potential violations of the Student Code of Conduct. Any incident report should be submitted as soon as possible after the event takes place, preferably within one (1) week of the incident. A form for this purpose is available at www.park.edu/about-park/student-conduct-code.

Sanctions

The following sanctions may be imposed upon any student found to have violated the Student Code:

  1. Warning – A notice in writing to the student that the student is violating or has violated institutional regulations.
  2. Probation – A written reprimand for violation of specified regulations. Probation is for a designated period of time and includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions if the student is found to violate any institutional regulation(s) during the probationary period.
  3. Loss of Privileges – Denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time. These specified privileges could include but are not limited to inclusion on Dean’s List, access to University Facilities, and/or participation in University Programs.
  4. Fines – Previously established and published fines may be imposed.
  5. Restitution – Compensation for loss, damage, or injury. This may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary or material replacement.
  6. Assessment – Student may be required to complete an alcohol or drug assessment (at his/ her own expense).
  7. Discretionary Sanctions – Work assignments, essays, service to the University, or other related discretionary assignments.
  8. Interim Suspension – Interim Suspension from the residence halls and/or other campus facilities or programs may be imposed to ensure the safety and well-being of members of the University community, to ensure the student’s own physical or emotional safety and well-being, or if the student poses an ongoing threat of disruption of, or interference with, the normal operations of the University. The Interim Suspension does not replace the regular process, which shall proceed on the normal schedule, up to and through a Student Conduct Board Hearing, if required.
  9. Residence Hall Suspension – Separation of the student from the residence halls for a definite period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for readmission may be specified.
  10. Residence Hall Expulsion – Permanent separation of the student from the residence halls.
  11. University Suspension – Separation of the student from Park University for a definite period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for readmission may be specified.
  12. University Expulsion – Permanent separation of the student from Park University.
  13. Revocation of Admission and/or Degree – Admission to or a degree awarded from Park University may be revoked for fraud, misrepresentation, or other violation of University standards in obtaining the degree, or for other serious violations committed by a student prior to graduation.
  14. Withholding Degree – Park University may withhold awarding a degree otherwise earned until the completion of the process set forth in this Student Conduct Code, including the completion of all sanctions imposed, if any.

Appeals

  1. A decision reached or sanction imposed by the Student Conduct Officer that is academic in nature may be appealed by the Accused Student(s) or Complainant(s) to the Provost within five (5) school days of the decision. Such appeals shall be in writing and shall be delivered to the Provost or designee.
  2. A decision reached or sanction imposed by the Student Conduct Officer that is not academic in nature may be appealed by the Accused Student(s) or Complainant(s) to the Dean of Students within five (5) school days of the decision. Such appeals shall be in writing and shall be delivered to the Dean of Students or designee.
  3. Except as required to explain the basis of new information, an appeal shall be limited to a review of the record of the Student Conduct Hearing and supporting documents for one or more of the following purposes:
    • To determine whether the Student Conduct Hearing was conducted fairly in light of the charges and information presented, and in conformity with prescribed procedures giving the complaining party a reasonable opportunity to prepare and to present information that the Student Code was violated, and giving the Accused Student a reasonable opportunity to prepare and to present a response to those allegations. Deviations from designated procedures will NOT be a basis for sustaining an appeal unless significant prejudice results.
    • To determine whether the decision reached regarding the Accused Student was based on substantial information, that is, whether there were facts in the case that, if believed by the fact finder, were sufficient to establish that a violation of the Student Code occurred.
    • To determine whether the sanction(s) imposed were appropriate for the violation of the Student Code which the student was found to have committed.
    • To consider new information, sufficient to alter a decision or other relevant facts not brought out in the original hearing, because such information and/or facts were not known to the person appealing at the time of the original Student Conduct Board Hearing.
  4. If an appeal is not upheld, the matter shall be considered final and binding upon all involved. If an appeal is upheld by the Provost or Dean of Students, the appeal officer may take any of the following actions:
    1. Affirm the charge;
    2. Impose greater or lesser sanctions; or
    3. Order a new Student Conduct Hearing

The actions of the appeal officer will be communicated to the student in writing and shall be considered final and binding.

Additional details on the appeals process and the student conduct issues is available on the Park website at: www.park.edu/studentconduct-code.

Administrative Appeals

Complete information about the appeals processes and procedures for each area are contained within that section. The following is a list of Administrative Appeals steps.

Financial Aid

  1. Director of Student Financial Services
  2. Financial Aid Appeals Committee

Housing

  1. Director of Residence Life
  2. Dean of Students

Student Employment

  1. Coordinator/Student Employment
  2. Director of Student Financial Services
  3. Financial Aid Appeals Committee

Finances/Accounting

  1. Controller
  2. Vice President for Finance and Administration

Grades (Park KC Area Programs and Park Campus Centers and Online Learning)

  1. Faculty
  2. Department Chair/Campus Center Director
  3. Associate Dean/Dean

Admissions (Parkville 16-week Campus)

  1. Admissions Advisory Committee
  2. Provost or Designee

Complaints / Grievances Policy

Park University has a variety of complaints/grievances procedures related to harassment, disciplinary actions, financial aid appeals, and traffic violation appeals. Students should use these processes when appropriate, contacting the Student Success Center for guidelines, procedures, etc. Students who use these procedures will not be permitted to use the following procedures on the same incident or issue. However, students may choose instead to use this procedure in which the treatment rather than the outcome is being challenged.

It is the policy of Park University to provide equal opportunity for all enrolled students without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status. Students who feel that they have been discriminated against should file a student complaint with Student Life: www.park.edu/student-life

Park University has developed the following procedures for assuring that the student has the opportunity to have his/her concerns addressed.

Higher-education institutions delivering courses by distance education are required to provide the contact information for official entities or agencies within each state designated to handle complaint resolution. States are required by the US Department of Education (34 CFR 668.43(b)) to have a complaint process available to any enrolled or prospective student. Students enrolled in online and distance courses, as well as on-campus courses, should attempt to resolve complaints by following the Grievance Procedure(s) as outlined in the University’s Catalogs (available here: https://www.park.edu/academics/undergraduate-catalog/). If students wish to file a complaint about the University with its accreditor regarding issues of institutional quality, students may do so by following the instructions on the Higher Learning Commission website (information available here: https://www.hlcommission.org/Student-Resources/complaints.html). For distance education students ONLY who have exhausted all processes described above, please email the Missouri Department of Higher Education at Amy.Werner@dhe.mo.gov or (573) 522-1377.

Complaint

A complaint is an informal claim of discriminatory treatment. The complaint form is available on the Park University website at www.park.edu.

Grievance

A grievance is the written allegation of discrimination that is related to:

  • Treatment while enrolled in an educational program
  • Employment as a student on campus or in campus-based programs
  • Financial aid awards
  • Participation in clubs and/or organizations
  • Other matters relating to campus life or student life.

*Please note: If the grievance is related to a Student Harassment Policy or Title IX Policy situation, please refer the matter immediately to the Dean of Students, who serves as the Title IX Deputy Coordinator. More information on these policies is available on the Park website at www.park.edu/student-life. Students will not be subjected to adverse actions by any school officials as a result of initiating a complaint.

All students with complaints should follow the outlined grievance procedures. If the complaint is not resolved at the institutional level, students may send the complaint, in writing, to the appropriate state higher education board. For contact information, refer to the State Approvals section in the catalog.

To contact and/or submit a grievance to your state higher education board, please see the contact information on pages 8-12 of the catalog under STATE APPROVALS.

Procedures

  1. Students wishing to make an informal complaint or file a grievance should contact their Student Success Advisor or Campus Center Director for the correct procedures to be followed, or complete the online Concern/Complaint Form, available at: https://my.park.edu/ICS/Student/ConcernComplaint/. Record-keeping will be the responsibility of the appropriate Student Success Advisor or Campus Center Director.
  2. In the case of complaints, the Dean of Students (or the designee) will either:
    1. direct the complainant to the supervisor of the area where the alleged incident occurred or
    2. contact the supervisor on the student’s behalf.
  3. Students filing a grievance will be instructed to send a written statement which documents the alleged discrimination to the Dean of Students and to the immediate supervisor of the area where the alleged incident occurred. A written response from the supervisor will be made within ten working days.
  4. If after reviewing the written response the student wishes to pursue the matter further, copies of the entire file are to be forwarded to Park University’s Human Resources Officer. This officer will be free to interview those directly involved, and will be free to contact any who have information, in order to resolve the matter. The student’s right to appeal stops with the Human Resources Officer. The goal of this procedure is to prevent reoccurrence. However, in instances where an individual is found responsible for serious discriminatory action, the Human Resources Officer will consult with the President regarding sanctions.
  5. The President may choose to impose a variety of sanctions, including verbal warnings or letters of reprimand or dismissal from employment or enrollment at Park University.

Please refer to the Academic Regulations and Policies section for material specifically relating to academic grievances and grade appeals.

Academic Grievances and Grade Appeals

Refer to Academic Regulations and Policies, Academic Complaint Grievance and Grade Appeal Policy .

Identification Cards

The Park University photo identification (ID) card should be carried at all times for use at the Park University library, campus athletic events, the Office of the Registrar, the Cashier’s Office, and other offices where identification may be needed. There is a replacement fee (payable at the Enrollment Services) if the ID card is lost or stolen.

Photo ID pictures for Kansas City area students will be taken in Campus Safety, on the first floor of Thompson. Students and faculty attending the Downtown campus must have an ID parking pass which is issued by the Downtown Kansas City Campus at 911 Main. IDs may be secured by presenting a Student Data Sheet (SDS) stamped by the cashier certifying that fees are paid. Contact Campus Safety at (816) 584-6444 for further information or for questions.

ID cards for all other campus centers can be obtained from the Campus Center Director. These cards may be used by students, faculty and staff, and may be required by the local facility as part of the information needed to gain entry onto the installation. The ID may be obtained only after tuition and fees have been paid for the term. An expiration date will be noted on the ID.

Tobacco Use Policy

Please note that as of July 1, 2015, the Parkville Campus of Park University is entirely smoke-free. The Downtown Kansas City, Missouri; Independence, Missouri; and Austin, Texas campuses are also smoke-free as of July 1, 2015. The use of tobacco (smoking, smokeless, and electronic cigarettes) is prohibited on property and in vehicles located on property. Violators will be fined and/or removed from campus property.

General Procedures for Reporting a Crime or Emergency

Faculty, staff, students and guests are strongly encouraged to report all crimes and emergencies to the Department of Campus Safety. The Department of Campus Safety is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and can be reached at (816) 584-6444. Campus Safety dispatchers will take your call and dispatch an officer, and if necessary call the police, fire department or EMS agency to assist in you emergency.

If you are on a campus other than the Parkville Campus, please report your crime or emergency to the Campus Center Director or the appropriate law enforcement agency.

Crimes should be reported to the Department of Campus Safety so that the statistics can be reported to the U.S. Department of Education in compliance with the Federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the Clery Act). A copy of this report, along with more information on the Jeanne Clery Act, Emergency Procedures, Timely Warnings, and Campus Alerts is available online at: www.park.edu/campus-safety. For a printed copy of the report, please contact the Department of Campus Safety at (816) 584-6444.

Drug and Alcohol Policy

Park University recognizes that misuse of alcohol and other drugs and the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol pose major health problems, are potential safety and security problems, can adversely affect academic and job performance, and can generally inhibit the educational development of students. Park University is committed to the standards outlined by the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989. As a result of this commitment, Park University has established regulations forbidding the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of illegal or illicit drugs and alcohol on Park University premises or property or as part of any Park University activity planned for or by students. These regulations shall assure that Park University is in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local statutes, regulations, and ordinances. Please see the full Park University Alcohol and Drug policy at: www.park.edu/campus-safety/drug-and-alcohol-use-policy.html. The policy includes information about being a Drug-Free School, the impact of illegal drug use on student financial aid eligibility, applicable disciplinary sanctions from the University, legal sanctions, health risks, plus prevention, counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation information and resources.

Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence: Title IX Policy for Park University

Title IX specifically prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of sex. Park University will not tolerate sex discrimination or harassment of applicants, students, or employees, whether by students, faculty, staff, administrators, contractors, or outside vendors. Park University recognizes not only its legal responsibilities but also its moral and ethical responsibilities to prohibit discrimination and harassment on the basis of sex and to take appropriate and timely action to ensure an environment free of such inappropriate conduct and behavior. Additionally, Park University will not tolerate retaliation in any form against an applicant, student, or employee for reporting a violation of this policy or assisting in the investigation of a complaint.

To see the complete Title IX Policy for Park University, go to www.park.edu/_files/sexual-harrassment-policy/Sexual-Harassment-Policy.pdf. To file a Sexual Harassment, Title IX Complaint, complete the online form available through the Park University website at https://secure.jotformpro.com/parkconcernform/sexualharassment.

Sexual Offender Registration

The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act (CSPA) of 2000 is a federal law that provides for the tracking of convicted sex offenders enrolled at or employed by, institutions of higher education. The CSPA is an amendment to the Jacob Weatterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Act. The federal law requires state law enforcement agencies (in Missouri it is the Missouri State Highway Patrol) to provide Park University with a list of registered sex offenders who have indicated that they are either enrolled, employed or carrying on a vocation at Park University.

Park University is required to inform the community that a registration list of sex offenders will be maintained and available at the Park University Department of Campus Safety office located on the 1st floor of Thompson Center on the Parkville Campus. For other campuses a list will be maintained by the Campus Center Director. Sex offender information is also available online. For information on sex offenders living in or near Parkville, please visit the Missouri State Patrol website at www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/MSHPWeb/PatrolDivisions/CRID/SOR/SORPage.html. You may also view data on the Platte County Sheriff ‘s Department website at www.plattesheriff.org/registered-offenders.

Computers, the Internet, Email, Voice Mail and Fax Machines Use

The Park University Information Technology Network, and the University Telephone System (“University Systems”) exist to enable the University to carry out its educational mission. While the University does not completely prohibit personal use of the University Systems during personal time, the University limits such use and reserves the right to prohibit personal use on a case-by-case basis. The University has no liability to persons who use the University Systems and no liability for any loss of or damage to personal information while in the University Systems.

The University Information Technology Policies and Procedures Manual describes in detail the policies and procedures that govern the use of the University Information Technology Network and all users of the University Information Technology Network are charged with knowledge of those policies. Copies of this Manual are available in the Academic Affairs Office. The Student Conduct Code, the Faculty Manual, and the Employee Policy Manual may also be applicable to user violations of University policies.

The University has the right to monitor all use, personal and otherwise, of all University Systems including the University Information Technology Network and is legally entitled to review, retain, use or release copies of any incoming or outgoing information. Persons who use the University Systems have no right to privacy when using those Systems and users should always assume that any voice, data, or written material on the University Systems is totally accessible to University officials.

By utilizing the University Systems, the user agrees not to violate any University policies or any applicable federal, state, and local laws, ordinances and regulations including those that prohibit libel, copyright violations, the use of obscenities, intimidation, harassment, or discrimination, and agrees to indemnify and hold the University harmless from and against all claims, damages, costs and/or expenses, sustained by the University, including reasonable attorneys fees, arising out of the user’s violation of any University policies and all improper, illegal or otherwise actionable use of the University Systems. Users of the University Systems may also be subject to criminal prosecution and/or civil suits in which the University seeks damages and/or other legal and/or equitable remedies.

The University will respond to and investigate any complaint of a violation of University policies. Usually the University will first attempt to deal with misuse of the University Systems in an educative manner. However, the University retains the right to restrict student use of the University Systems as well as the right to discipline, suspend or expel a student and discipline or terminate an employee who misuses those Systems.

All users of the University Systems have an obligation to comply with all University policies, make reasonable efforts to avoid introduction of computer viruses, and to report suspected violations of this policy to a University vice president.