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The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Allied Health Student Handbook 2019-2020

6.2 - Sanctions for Professional Misconduct

Sanctions may be recommended to the Dean by the student’s departmental Academic and Professional Progress Committee in the event it determines progress is deficient.  Sanctions are not hierarchical, in that any one may be the first and only recommendation of the Academic and Professional Progress Committee.  The sanctions are:

Probation: The Dean places a student on probation when the student fails to maintain the College of Allied Health standards for good standing.  Probation is noted on the student’s transcript, in the Office of Academic and Student Services, and in the Department records.  A student on College academic probation may not serve as an officer or representative nor be a candidate for an elected position in any College-sponsored organization.

  • If a student fails to meet each of the standards for good standing, the departmental Academic and Professional Progress Committee (APPC) may recommend probation.
  • If so, the APPC states the specific deficiency(s) leading to its recommendation, the recommended length of probation, and the recommended conditions necessary to remove probation.
  • The Dean will make the final decision regarding the sanction of probation and will notify the student in writing of the reason(s) for probation and the required conditions to be removed.
  • Should a student on College probation not correct the conditions of probation in the subsequent semester or summer session, as required in the letter from the Dean, the APPC may recommend continued probation, suspension, or dismissal from the College.

Suspension: Suspension from a program is for a period of not less than one semester or summer session or more than two calendar years and may result from deficient performance in academic or clinical coursework or other elements of good standing.  The duration of suspension varies depending on the specific circumstances.  A student may be reinstated to the program after the duration and conditions for suspension have been satisfactorily fulfilled.  Suspension is permanently noted on the student’s transcript, in the Office of Academic and Student Services, and in the Department records.

  • Suspension is a sanction reserved for serious deficiencies requiring removal of the student from the program for a stated length of time.
  • Conditions leading to suspension may include, but are not limited to:
    • Earning an F or U grade in any program course;
    • Failure to achieve the required GPA in more than one sequential semester;
    • Failure to correct the conditions of academic probation, as required;
    • Demonstrated lack of clinical or academic progress;
    • Other serious deficiencies related to the elements of good standing, which, in the judgment of the Academic and Professional Progress Committee (APPC), necessitate suspension from program activities.
  • The APPC will define the conditions of suspension and will forward its recommendations to the Dean stating the deficiency(s) leading to suspension, the recommended duration of suspension, and the recommended conditions necessary to end suspension.
  • The Dean will make the final decision regarding the sanction of suspension and will notify the student in writing of the reasons of suspension and the required conditions for reinstatement.
  • A student who is reinstated after suspension must maintain all standards for good standing.
  • The Dean shall not reinstate a student who has been on suspension twice.

Dismissal: Dismissal is termination of student status because of severely deficient performance in academic, professional, or clinical coursework or in other elements of good standing.  A student dismissed from a program may apply for readmission or admission to another program by following admissions procedures for new students. Dismissal is permanently noted on the student’s transcript, in the Office of Academic and Student Services, and in the Department records.

  • Dismissal is a sanction resulting in termination of student status in the College.
  • Conditions leading to dismissal may include, but are not limited to:
    • Severely deficient performance in academic and clinical coursework;
    • Inability to master the demands of a professional curriculum;
    • Lack of professional behavior and performance;
    • Inability to correct academic or clinical deficiencies within a reasonable time;
    • Other serious deficiency(s) which, in the judgment of the APPC, result in the recommendation of dismissal from the program.
  • The APPC will define the circumstances of dismissal and will forward recommendations to the Dean, stating the rationale for the recommendation for dismissal.
  • The Dean will make the final decision regarding the sanction of dismissal and will notify the student in writing.
  • A student dismissed from the College of Allied Health may apply for readmission or admission to another program, following regular procedures for new students. However, a student’s performance in the College is a matter of record and will be considered during any future admission process. 

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