Students who enroll in the School of Dentistry agree to adhere to the school's policies and procedures and to conform their conduct to the standards of the school and of the law. Students who fail to do so are subject to all sanctions or other appropriate action by the school, up to and including interim or indefinite suspension or final dismissal.
In cases where the school determines in its judgment that a student's continued enrollment at the School of Dentistry would not be prudent, for reasons including but not limited to the student's violation of standards of conduct, inadequate academic performance, and/or a judgment that the student has failed to demonstrate attributes of character which the school believes are necessary to qualify students to practice dentistry, the school may terminate the student's enrollment and/or refuse to award a degree.
All allegations of unethical student behavior are investigated by a senior faculty member (appointed by the Dean) acting as an Initial Reviewer. If there is sufficient evidence to support the allegations and the student agrees to the proposed sanction, the Initial Reviewer recommends the appropriate disciplinary action to the Dean. If the student disagrees with the findings of the Initial Reviewer or the proposed sanction, the allegation will then be forwarded to the Ethics Committee.
The ethics committee conducts hearings on matters related to student behavior and violations of the Code of Ethics. The committee is a joint faculty-administrative committee comprised of a chair selected by the Dental Faculty Council, three elected faculty members, and five elected students, one from each DDS and IDS class. In addition, four elected faculty members and three elected students, one from each class, act as alternates, and may be called to serve during committee review of a complaint that may involve an elected member or when an elected member is unable to be present. Recommendations of the ethics committee are submitted to the dean for action. The decision of the dean can only be appealed through University channels (Office of the Provost). Privileged information related to petitions, petitioners, and all deliberations and recommendations of the committee are treated as confidential and will remain "in committee" except as reported through appropriate channels.
California state law stipulates that only persons twenty-one years of age or older may possess and consume alcoholic beverages. Compliance with this law is the student's obligation. University policy, however, permits students of legal drinking age to consume and possess alcoholic beverages on university premises so long as it is (a) restricted to the privacy of their own living space as determined by contract, or (b) at a duly registered event which permits the serving of alcoholic beverages.
University students, regardless of age, are prohibited from possessing and consuming alcoholic beverages in any public university area, including grounds. Sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages on university premises by anyone for money, token in lieu of money, or any other device which in fact constitutes sale, is not permitted. Drunk and disorderly behavior is prohibited. Off-campus use of alcoholic beverages by individuals, groups, or university organizations renders the individual or individuals involved responsible under local and state laws.
Student involvement in the illegal possession, sale, use or distribution on or off university premises of drugs or similar substances designated illegal by state or federal law is prohibited and will result in dismissal from the school.
The possession, display, or use of firearms of all descriptions, including air-powered weapons, or any instruments that can be construed as dangerous weapons is not permitted on or immediately adjacent to, School premises and/or in connection with a School activity. California Penal Code 626.9 and 626.10 specifically prohibit the possession of firearms, including pellet and BB guns, on School property, without specific written permission. The brandishing or use of such weapons on School premises shall be considered sufficient cause for immediate suspension pending an investigation and could result in dismissal from the School. Students living in housing must arrange for off-campus storage of firearms intended for hunting or target practice. This applies to those items intended for hunting or target practice; bladed instruments exceeding four inches in length; and bows and martial arts equipment except when related to an approved campus activity. The School reserves the right to confiscate firearms and other weapons found on School property.
In order to run for and/or hold an elected or appointed office in the Associated Student Body or to assume a major leadership position in an organization affiliated with and approved by the school, a student must be registered for a full-time course of study, be in good academic and disciplinary standing, and maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.5 or higher during the entire period of time in which he or she holds office. Failure to meet the academic standards outlined by this policy will result in a one quarter probationary period, during which the student is expected to meet the minimum cumulative GPA standard. Failure to do so by the end of the probationary period will lead to automatic resignation from office.
All claims against the school or university for loss or damage arising from acts, omissions, or contingencies beyond the control of the university and its employees are hereby expressly waived. The waiver includes loss by fire, theft, or natural catastrophe of any materials belonging to a member of the student body, whether such loss occurs on or off the school premises. Students agree to these conditions when they register.