No important announcement
126.96.36.199.2 Causing undue delay or necessary acts which prevent the timely and efficient conduct ofthe exams.
188.8.131.52.4 Standing up or moving around, including loitering in another testing area without permission from proctor.
184.108.40.206.5 Making unnecessary movements (such as glancing a classmate’s paper, etc.) gesturesand signs directed at a co-examinee or other students within the vicinity during examination period).
220.127.116.11.6 Talking, texting, whispering and other forms of communication without permission on theproctor
18.104.22.168.7 Using cellphones, digital cameras or any gadget inside the testing area during examination
22.214.171.124.8 Borrowing of pens, erasers, calculators, and other items from classmates during exams
126.96.36.199.9 Continued answering or writing on exam papers after the exam has been officially terminated and papers are being collected
188.8.131.52.10 Possession of crib notes
184.108.40.206.11 Purposely allowing other students copy from one’s own test papers or from own crib notesduring a test
220.127.116.11.12 Copying or looking at other student’s papers
18.104.22.168.13 Any form of misrepresentation including taking examinations under the name of anotherstudent, presenting forged test permits, submitting plagiarized work etc.
22.214.171.124.14 Possession of any form of unauthorized notes be it written on pens, on one’s clothing, on one’s self, on chairs, on paper, on the wall or any instrument (e.g. cellphones and other gadgets)
126.96.36.199.15 Any form of unauthorized communication such as giving of signals, whispering, unnecessary eye contacts/glances, making unnecessary gestures which may be construed by the proctor/faculty as giving or asking for help during examinations.
188.8.131.52.16 Removing a page or pages from the exams without the permission of the instructor orproctor.
184.108.40.206.17 Taking exams under the name of another student (both will be penalized)
Warning with apology letter
Writtenreprimandand parentsare notified
8-hour Community Service and parents are notified
Suspension toExclusion withacademicrepercussion
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Code of Discipline
Students who are enrolled in the Our Lady of Fatima University assume the obligation of helping the institution maintainand improve the academic and clinical standards, protect the property, safety and good name of the institution andits members. He has to conduct himself properly and in a manner that benefits a member of the university’sacademic community.
The following are considered minor offenses:
Students must wear at all times the prescribed and proper uniform and the school identification card while inside the schoolpremises.
2.1.1 School ID must be worn at all times. All officially enrolled students must have their identification cardvalidated each enrollment period and ID must be worn while on campus. Security/ Discipline officers or other personsin authority have the right to ask for student’s ID when the need arises. Identification cards may only be confiscated by persons in authority when students commit violation of school rules and regulations ‘inflagrante delicto” or caughtin the act. The school strictly enforces, no ID, no entry policy.
2.1.2 Colored and printed undershirts are not allowed.
2.1.3 Female students must wear their uniform in prescribed length.
2.1.4 Students are not allowed to attend classes without wearing the prescribed school uniform. During enrollment, students must also wear uniforms. When students have no classes but need to come to school forsome official business or activities, proper dress code must be followed. Decent attire is strictly required. Nosleeveless, spaghetti-strapped or tube blouses or shirts and no shorts are allowed for both males and females. Mini skirts for females are also not allowed
For females: Colored shoes, boots, sandals, slippers and black rubber shoes are not allowed.
For males: Black rubber shoes, brown shoes, slippers and sandals are not allowed.
2.1.6 Brightly colored hairis not allowed for both male and female students. Likewise, spiked hair styles are also not allowed for males.
2.1.7 Proper haircut for the males is required. Long hair is not allowed.
2.1.8 Beards, goatees, mustaches and visible tattoos are not allowed.
For females: Body piercing accessories on other part of the body except ear lobes are not allowed.
For males: Wearing of earring and other body piercing are not allowed.
2.1.9 Light make-ups for ladies are acceptable. The academic community will not tolerate males wearingmake-up and using inappropriate female attire on campus at all times.
2.2 OTHER MINOR VIOLATIONS:
2.2.1 Eating inside the laboratories and classrooms is strictly prohibited. Meals, snacks and drinks should be taken only within the canteen or its vicinity.
2.2.2 Littering in any part of the school premises.
2.2.3 Improper use of classrooms, equipment or facilities.
Payment will be asked for damage caused.
2.2.4 Cutting of classes in which the student leaves from a particular class without asking permission from theteacher- in-charge.
2.2.5 Use of indecent or vulgar words while inside the premises of the university.
2.2.6 Refusal to present an ID when asked by University authorities.
The following are considered major offenses:
2.3 ACADEMIC AND SCHOLASTIC INTEGRITY
dishonesty occurs when a student commits any action or actions fraudulently and deceitfully in order to improvehis/her academic standing. The university and the academic community it encompasses shall ensure that academicintegrity is preserved and implemented at all times.
Academic dishonesty is a serious offense and is subject to disciplinary actions and academic sanctions.
The scope on academic/scholastic dishonesty is not limited to this enumeration and other acts/forms of dishonestynot listed herein will be considered and decided upon. All Fatima students are responsible for their own academicintegrity.
2.3.1 Unauthorized alteration of grades
2.3.2 Possessions of photocopies and/or original copies of old and new exams of Our Lady of Fatima University andFatima Medical Science Foundation, Inc. whether in totality or portions of said examinations
2.3.3 Stealing, giving or receiving and possession of advance copies of test papers either in part or whole,whether in original form, photocopy, stencil or handwritten forms, regardless of the status of examinations (oldexams, current exams or drafts)
2.3.4 Submitting a paper purchased from a research or term paper service
2.3.5 Allowing another person to submit any work in your name
2.3.6 Changing a graded work after it has been returned to you then re-submitting the work for re-grading without the approval of the instructor
2.3.7 Allowing other students to copy or plagiarize your work, term paper or other academic work
2.3.8 Telling a lie to a faculty/proctor or college officials to improve your academic status
2.3.9 Unauthorized reproduction of any university manual, hand- out, lecture guides including photocopies or reprints from unofficial printers
2.3.10 Plagiarism in any form
2.3.11 Forgery of school documents or papers, receipts, including signatures of school officials, employees, parentsand guardians
2.3.12 Tampering of official cards, official receipts, scholastic records and others
2.3.13 Falsification of any school documents or papers (in any form)
2.3.14 Attending classes, taking exams or performing any academic task without being officially enrolled
2.3.15 Misrepresentation in any form
220.127.116.11 Only enrolled students with the required examination permits issued by the Registrar’s/ AccountingOffice shall be allowed to take the major examination
18.104.22.168 Exemption from taking the final examination is a privilege and not a right of the students. It is entirely within the discretion of the instructor/ teacher with the approval of the dean
22.214.171.124 Any student who missed any of the three major examinations may take special examination which the department usually administers on the second Sunday immediately after the last day of the regularexamination schedule. If the student still fails to take the special examination as scheduled, the professor maycompute his grade with “0” score for the examination component. It is also stressed that taking specialexam is not automatic and the College Dean has the right to deny application for such if the reason is found to be invalid.
126.96.36.199 Tests/Exams policies are formulated to safeguard the validity of test. Quizzes, long exams, major exams, pretests, practical exams, and oral exams are official acts conducted by faculty members andadministered to officially-enrolled students only
188.8.131.52 During examinations, the following activities and items are not allowed from the moment a studententers the testing area/ room up to the time the exam papers are collected and examinations / test aredeclared as terminated:
184.108.40.206.1 Entering the test area without examination permit or identification card
220.127.116.11.2 Causing undue delay or necessary acts which prevent the timely and efficient conduct ofthe exams.
18.104.22.168.3 Not following instruction given by the teacher/proctor (like required seating arrangementetc.
22.214.171.124.4 Standing up or moving around, including loitering in another testing area without permission from proctor.
2.3.17 Any form of academic dishonesty not listed under major offenses (up to 2 offenses)
2.4 CONDUCT INTEGRITY
All Fatima students are obliged to know and follow all university policies, rules and regulations. All students are mandated to behave as responsible students and as such, are required to follow all regulations of theuniversity and the specific policies and rules of each college. Fatima student shall at all times have intact moral and ethical values and practices. A student will be given corresponding disciplinary sanctions, including suspension,exclusion and/or expulsion if his actions are in violation of the university rules and regulations.
2.4.1 Any form of classroom disruption such as:
126.96.36.199 unruly and distracting behavior with threats and intimidation toward any student, staff orcollege official
188.8.131.52 inviting fellow student to participate in illegal, disruptive activities against the university
184.108.40.206 open and continued persistent defiance of persons of authority and/ or staff
220.127.116.11 persistent abuse of college authorities, faculty or staff
18.104.22.168 any form of deliberate delay in the conduct of classes, exams or official seminars
22.214.171.124 improper decorum in the classroom, library, audio visual room, etc. including disruption/delay inclasses.
126.96.36.199 taking pictures or audio-video coverage during lectures, seminars or other related activities without prior notice and approval from concerned authorities is strictly prohibited.
2.4.2 Any form of breach order and peace on university property or at any university sponsored activity orfunctions.
2.4.3 Instigating the boycott of classes and participation in demonstration or rallies against faculty members, and the university including instigating and participating in unnecessary delay, postponement and cancellation of classes, exams or any official school activity.
2.4.4 Deliberate interference with normal operations of the university (e.g., disruption of teaching, disruption in disciplinary procedures, or any forms of university activities.)
2.4.5 Non-compliance to official agreements especially with administrative proceedings and disciplinary sanctions.
2.4.6 Being an accessory to any violation or conniving in any form to others during the commission of anydisciplinary or academic integrity violation.
2.4.7 Failure to report any act of wrong doing or covering up any wrong doing whether committed personally orby others.
2.4.8 Knowingly furnishing false and negative information about the university and its official through media andother forms of print, internet or media releases.
2.4.9 Knowingly furnishing false information about oneself either in writing or verbally to improves one’s standingor to mislead the university.
2.4.10 Bringing outsiders inside the school vicinities like classrooms, seminar rooms, hallways etc. during class hours, review classes or any other official classroom activities especially if these outsiders cause harm and danger to other students or any member of the academic community
2.4.11 Deliberately misleading disciplinary proceedings through false declaration, false representation or false documentation.
2.4.12 Giving false testimony during investigations.
2.4.13 Disrespect, abusive behavior or discourtesy towards University officials, faculty, staff, discipline officers, and security personnel
2.4.14 Defiance or insubordination to school official and school rules and regulations. A school official may beany of the following: administration, faculty members, guidance counselor, cashiers and other persons vested with authority.
2.4.15 Failure to comply immediately to instruction or directions of university officials, staff or security personnelwho are acting in performance of their duties.
2.4.16 Any form of bribery, whether attempted or consummated to any faculty member, staff (clerical, janitorial,etc.) or school official to receive favorable benefits to student concerned.
2.4.17 Interference in the performance of the duties of security guards or refusal to cooperate with them andother university officials.
2.4.18 Any form of grave threats or intimidation whether verbally or physically or through letters, internet andcellphones against any school official, faculty member, staff or co- student.
2.4.19 Physical harassment or physical assault whether premeditated or not on any member of an academic and non- academic staff including threats verbal or written that affect the health or safety of any person.
2.4.20 A Fatima student should always be paradigm of good behavior and a role model at all circumstances. Any student wo displays disorderly behavior whether in a state if intoxication, or provoked or as an initiator shall beinvestigated and given appropriate administrative sanction by the university upon receipt of complaint from the localgovernment unit, a co-student or a concerned individual regardless of where and when the said offense was committed.
2.4.21 Maliciously spreading gossips, rumors or false information, be it in verbal or written form (letters, internet,cell phones or any form of media) that brings disgrace, can ruin the reputation and cause embarrassment to anymember of the academic community, much more if it will cause dishonor to the name of the University.
2.4.22 Physical assault or harassment, including acts of grave threats and disrespects such as cursing, makingoffensive signs, etc. towards any member of the Fatima Community.
2.4.23 Any kind of provocation that results in heated verbal or physical confrontation between students and groups of students.
2.4.24 Possession and use of illegal substances, including alcoholic drinks and drugs, and entering the schoolpremises while intoxicated or in altered state due to these substances.
2.4.25 Carrying firearms, explosive, dangerous chemicals, knives or any deadly weapon within the schoolpremises or in university functions.
2.4.26 Possession and use of prohibited or regulated drugs or chemicals, and intoxicating drinks, inside the University premises or outside the University during an academic function or school activity, and any other violation of the provisions of R.A. 9165 otherwise known as the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.”
2.4.27 Drinking in public places within the 200- meter-radius from the school property regardless of the attireand the time of the incident as long as he is identified as a bonafide student of the university.
2.4.28 Forming/joining any clandestine or illegal organizations including fraternities and sororities or otherorganizations and publications without written permission and approval from the office of the executive vicepresident.
2.4.29 Any form of hazing which can lead to an infliction, or participation in any activity that can lead to seriousphysical injury or disability. This includes any form of indecent exposure of the human body and acts which areinhumane, unjust and scandalous.
2.4.30 Unauthorized use of the institution’s property, facilities, equipment and services whether during classhours or after class hours, including unauthorized entry into room and restricted areas.
2.4.31 Any form of vandalism (e.g., writing on chairs, walls, comfort rooms, doors and breaking of door locks or any school property);
2.4.32 Posting of any unauthorized announcements and false/ misleading information through internet, cellphoneSMS or any other form of media is strictly prohibited. Similarly, all syllabi and outcomes-based course wares andlecture guides are considered as intellectual properties of OLFU and may not be uploaded nor photocopied withoutthe written permission of the administration.
2.4.33 Any form of unauthorized business transactions including the sale of class rings, shoes, team/sports T-shirts, contracts with hotels, catering shops, printing press and other similar organizations. This is also includesunauthorized collection of fees from other students in the guise of voluntary contribution, e.g., unauthorized medicalmissions, facilitation of grades, unauthorized university activities and other transactions not limited to this listing.
2.4.34 Misappropriation of any class or school funds.
2.4.35 Unauthorized use of official university insigna.
2.4.36 Gambling in any form, possession or playing with card games, playing billiards while wearing the Fatimauniform within 200 meters from the school property.
2.4.37 Possessions, ownership or viewing/reading of pornographic materials or any material that contains erotic scenes or writings.
2.4.38 Any form of theft or malicious mischief within the school premises including planning and actual taking andassisting in the stealing or causing damage to any property without the owner’s consent or knowledge including anyuniversity, hospital, or affiliate center properties. The university also reserves the right to file charges with the localauthority as deemed necessary and seek payment for damages.
2.4.39 Smoking, in any form (electronic cigarette) is strictly prohibited within the premises of the University.
2.4.40 Immorality and acts of lasciviousness which may include making sexual advances in words and in deeds.
2.4.41 Public display of physical intimacy.
2.4.42 Lending ID to another or using someone else’s ID.
2.4.43 Bullying in any form, directly or indirectly, to any member of the academic community.
2.4.44 Any form of breach of computer security like accessing a University computer or computer networkwithout authority, damaging one’s files, using someone else’s account or altering any information of any member of the academic community.
2.4.45 Violation of other applicable government rules and regulations.
2.4.46 Any form of conduct unbecoming of Fatima student not explicitly listed herein but whose offense is similarto a major offense.
2.5 IMPORTANT POLICIES FOR ALL OLFU STUDENTS
1. The name of the student who is officially enrolled appears in the final class list provided by the Registrar’s Office.Prompt and regular attendance in all classes is required of all students from the first meeting of every course to theend of the semester. A student is also required to attend official school programs and activities.
2. Based on CHED ruling, the maximum allowable number of absences of a student per semester is 20% of thetotal number of class hours. Students who accumulate absences beyond the maximum allowable will beautomatically given a final grade of “FDA.”
3. Three consecutive counts of tardiness (e.g. more than 10 minutes late) is equivalent to one absence.
4. A student is allowed only three consecutive absences but should be held responsible for all lessons, assignments, class requirements and examinations that he missed during his absence. Student absences arereported to the guidance counselor by their teachers. They are then required to see the counselors and theirparents/ guardians duly notified.
5. Approved absence is an absence which will not be credited against a student and for which no grade deductionshall be made. Such cases like when a student represents his/her college in institutional or collegiate activitiesinside or outside the University. Absences due to sickness duly certified by the school physician are consideredapproved absences as well as death of an immediate family. However, the faculty member should give specialconsideration to students whose absences are due to sickness.
6. All personal information of a Fatima student (address, contact number, grades, academic status) is confidential.Personal information may be released only upon written consent of the concerned student and only to theparents and authorized guardians as identified in the student’s application form during his enrollment in theuniversity.
7. Any student with noted and observed psychological, disruptive or psychiatric behaviors may be asked to withdraw from the university temporarily until the student has been cleared to study from a psychiatrist.
8. Enrollment at Our Lady of Fatima University is a privilege.
Any student with pending administrative or legal case with the university will not be allowed to re-enroll until allissues have been cleared.
9. Any student who commits perjury in the course of an investigation may be denied re-enrollment for thesubsequent semester.
10. Any candidate for graduation with pending administrative case internally or externally, with the university orwith any of its officials, will not be allowed to join the commencement ceremony.
11. Any candidate for graduation who is still serving penalty on the day of the commencement exercise will not beallowed to join the commencement ceremony.
12. Students are strongly encouraged to report to the Guidance Center or the Office of Student Affairs any formof unauthorized business transactions, monetary collections conducted by any staff, faculty or students. As areminder, official transactions are always transacted through the accounting offices and designated banks and officialreceipts are always issued. Any transaction without an official receipt is considered as unauthorized and must bereported immediately.
2.6 FORMS OF DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS:
Disciplinary sanctions are given depending on the severity of the offense, the damage done and the circumstancesby which conduct integrity is compromised. A student may be given both a disciplinary sanction and an academicsanction depending on the offense committed.
In certain major offenses, an Ad Hoc Committee on Discipline will be convened on a case to case basisdepending on the severity of the offense. This committee will hear and recommend sanctions as needed.
1. Warning Censure
A faculty, staff, discipline officer or administrator may give written or verbal notification to a student thatcontinues to violate or a repetition of said conduct may be given disciplinary sanctions.
2. Preventive Suspension – is not a disciplinary measure and should not be confused with suspensionimposed as a penalty. This may be imposed to a student while the Student Discipline Office is conducting aninvestigation for his alleged violation in order to prevent him from causing further harm to the school or to anymember of the academic community.
A student may be suspended for a definite period of time. A suspended student will not be allowed to enter thecampus and will be denied university privileges including class attendance, exams and all other student or universitygranted privileges. In some cases, a suspended student can be allowed to enter the campus but will be required to stay only in the discipline office while rendering community service.
4. Disciplinary Probation
The discipline officer may place a student on disciplinary probation for a period not longer than one semester. Arepetition of the same action or other disciplinary offenses within the
probationary period may be a cause for exclusion or expulsion. Disciplinary probation includes one or all of thefollowing:
a. Rendering of community service
A student will be required to serve the university community through obligatory service at the different offices in the campus as instructed by the discipline officer/dean.
b. Removal from any or all university organization or office
c. Denial of privileges from participating in any university sponsored activity
d. Weekly reporting to the guidance office for counseling purposes
The Student Discipline Office will oblige a student to reimburse the university for damage to property oradministrative costs in the conduct of investigating the case and as reparation for expenses incurred therein. Thismay include attorney’s fees if applicable.
A student may be removed permanently from the university enrollment list and will not be allowed to re-enroll for any subsequent semester and in any of its branches. A student may be excluded only after an Ad HocCommittee has rendered its recommendations to the university official. A student may be excluded anytime afterdue process. An excluded student will be given his transfer credentials for another college/university.
Expulsion of a student is a permanent removal of the student from the university enrollment list and will be unable to re- enroll at Our Lady of Fatima University or any educational institution in the Philippines. An expelled studentwill have his case and file submitted to the Commission on Higher Education.
2.7 RECOMMENDED PENALTIES FOR DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS
(The full application of the Code of Discipline will be dependent on the circumstances relevant to the commission of infractions/ violations of the code of conduct)