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					STUDENT HANDBOOK
       FOR THE DIVISION OF
   MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE




         2010-2011
 WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
        MORGANTOWN
This handbook is designed to serve as a guide for students enrolled in the Medical Laboratory Science
Division at West Virginia University. The contents of the handbook represent an official communication of
the policies and procedures of the Division. Students are expected to be familiar with this handbook and
its content.

In order to reach the goals and fulfill the mission of the University, the courses, requirements, and
regulations contained herein are subject to continuing review and change by the West Virginia Higher
Education Policy Commission, the WVU Board of Governors, University administrators, and the faculty of
the Medical Laboratory Science Division. The Division, therefore, reserves the right to change, delete,
supplement, or otherwise amend the information, course offering, requirements, rules, and policies
contained herein without prior notice.

The Medical Laboratory Science Division is committed to a policy of Equal Opportunity and does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, handicap, veteran status, sexual orientation or
national origin in the administration of its educational program or activities or with respect to admission
and employment.




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Academic Honesty............................................................................................             1
Academic Policies.............................................................................................           1-3
Academic and Professional Standards……………………………………………                                                                     4-5
AIDS Policy.......................................................................................................       6
ASCLS Student Membership.............................................................................                    6
Basic Life Support Training…………………………………………………………                                                                        6
Breaks..............................................................................................................     6
Capstone Experience…..................................................................................                   6
Cell Phones…………………………………………………………………………                                                                                  7
Challenge Examination for Course Credit.........................................................                         7-8
Community Service.........................................................................................               8
Completion of Materials for Clinical Laboratory Rotations………………….…..                                                     8
Comprehensive Examination...........................................................................                     8-9
Confidentiality of Student Records...................................................................                    9
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)….........................................................                            9
Directory Information………………………………………………………………..                                                                          9-10
Drawing Blood.................................................................................................           10
Drug Screening………………………….…………………………………………                                                                                10
Employment Policy………………………………………………………………….                                                                              10
Ethics................................................................................................................   10-12
Finger Printing and Criminal Background Checks……………………………….                                                              12
Fire Alarms…....................................................................................................         13
Health Requirements.......................................................................................               13-14
HIPAA Training………………………………………………………………………                                                                                14
Hospital’s Policies for the Senior Year..............................................................                    14
Laboratory Accidents.......................................................................................              14-15
Laboratory Coats……………………………………………………………………                                                                               15
Liability Insurance............................................................................................          15
Needle Stick Injury...........................................................................................           15
NSH Student Membership…………………………………………………………                                                                             15-16
OSHA Training……………………………………………………………………….                                                                                16
Parking………………………………………………………………………………..                                                                                  16
Personal Property Storage................................................................................                16
Personnel..........................................................................................................      16-17
Professional Appearance……………………………………………………………                                                                           17-19
Progression…………………………………………………………………………..                                                                                19
Senior Year Enrichment Rotations……….........................................................                             19-20
Social Justice Syllabi Statement.......................................................................                  20
Student Appointments with Faculty Members...................................................                             20
Student Laboratories........................................................................................             21
Student Lockers………………………………………………………………………                                                                               21
Student Specimens as Controls........................................................................                    21-22
Traditions……………………………………………………………………………..                                                                                22
Universal Precautions and Laboratory Safety.................................................                             23
University Health Services...............................................................................                23
Work Policy.......................................................................................................       23-24




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APPENDICES
                                                                                            PAGE
APPENDIX A....Policy on Academic and Professional Standards...............                  25-34
APPENDIX B….Community Service…………………………………………...                                            35-36
APPENDIX C....FERPA Forms…………………………………………...........                                        37
APPENDIX D....Health/Insurance Forms.....................................................   38-50
APPENDIX E….Universal Precautions…………………………………………                                           51-56
APPENDIX F….Health Sciences Center Tobacco Free Campus……………                                 57-59
APPENDIX G….Letter from ASCLS Region II Student Representative…….                           60
APPENDIX H….Parking Map……………………………………………………




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Academic Honesty

Students in the Division of Medical Laboratory Science are expected to adhere to the
University's Policy concerning Academic Dishonesty.

Please refer to the Policy Regarding Academic Rights and Responsibilities of Students
in the WVU Student Handbook – the Mountie at http://www.arc.wvu.edu/rights.html.


Academic Policies

A. Examinations
Final examinations will be scheduled at the end of each semester. Hour examinations,
quizzes and practicals are scheduled at the discretion of each instructor for the courses
involved. The instructors will make every effort to schedule examinations so that no
more than two examinations will occur per day (MTEC and PATH courses).

For all examinations in the medical laboratory science courses students will be
assigned seats. All coats, including laboratory coats, books, purses, cell phones and
other personal items are placed in the front of the classroom during the examinations.
If a calculator is needed for the examination, the jacket for the calculator must be
removed.

If a student is absent for a scheduled or unscheduled examination he/she will have 24
hours to contact the instructor to schedule a make-up exam. This make-up exam will
be an alternate form of the examination and must be taken within three days (Monday
through Friday) after returning to campus.

If a student is absent from any scheduled class on the day of an examination, he/she
will be given an alternate form of the examination.

Missed quizzes cannot be taken at a later time. Missing a scheduled or unscheduled
quiz will result in a grade of zero (0) for that quiz.

If a student misses a final examination, a grade of "I" may be used at the discretion of
the instructor.

Whenever possible, instructors will grade exams/quizzes before the next class meeting
and return the exams/quizzes at the next class meeting.

Students will have an opportunity to review the results of the examination.

These examinations will be filed by student name and available for the students to
review. This review must be done in the presence of a faculty member and scheduled
with the program.



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For the Comprehensive Examination, please see the separate policy.

B. Unscheduled Examinations
It is left to the discretion of each instructor to give unscheduled examinations (quizzes)
in any course, laboratory or clinical rotation.

C. Class Absence/Tardiness
Students are required to attend all class and laboratory sessions during the junior and
senior year. Students who are absent from class for any reason are responsible for
work missed. In the senior year, (which begins in the summer term) ALL STUDENTS
ARE TO NOTIFY THE DIVISION OF MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE OFFICE
(293-2069) THE DAY BEFORE OR THE MORNING THAT THEY HAVE TO BE AWAY
FROM CLASS BECAUSE OF SICKNESS OR OTHER UNAVOIDABLE REASONS. In
addition to notifying the Division of Medical Laboratory Science office, senior students
in clinical rotations are to notify their clinical instructor or the laboratory supervisor the
morning that they are absent from the lab. This notice should occur before the
scheduled start time that morning. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Division
Office on his/her return to classes.

Attendance is mandatory. Tardiness and the use of electronic devices (i.e. cell phones,
beepers) including text messaging during a course is disruptive and may initiate action
by the Academic and Professional Standards Committee.

The senior year of the Medical Laboratory Science Division area of emphasis in
Clinical Laboratory Science consists of approximately 18 weeks of clinical
practicum. Since this experience is intended to teach the students clinical
laboratory procedures and for them to develop stated competencies, it is
important that the students be present every day.

If a student is absent from the clinical rotations, the student may have to make up
the missed work.

The Division of Medical Laboratory Science Academic and Professional
Standards Committee will review the performance of any student who misses an
excessive amount of time during a clinical laboratory rotation.

Competency time will be scheduled by the instructor. If a student needs
competency time beyond these scheduled weeks, his/her graduation may be in
jeopardy. The Division of Medical Laboratory Science Academic and Professional
Standards Committee will decide the dates that these competencies will be
completed.

Some students who are present for the entire rotation may need to spend extra
time in the rotation to obtain the expected competencies. In this event, the
instructor will schedule the extra time during the competency weeks.



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D. Grades
The following grading scale is in effect for all MTEC and PATH courses in the junior and
senior year:
       99-100       A+ = Exceptional
       93-98        A = Excellent
       85-92        B = Very Good
       75-84        C = Average
       70-74        D = Poor
       Below 70     F = Failure

E. Procedural Rules for Handling Cheating Cases
The minimum penalty for all cases of cheating shall be a zero on the examination or
paper. When the grade of "failure" in the course involved is a part of the penalty for
cheating, the grade is to be entered on the student's permanent record and to remain
there even though the student withdraws from the course or from the University. All
academic dishonesty will be handled based on the procedure outlined in the Health
Sciences Center Catalog http://coursecatalog.wvu.edu/.

F. Student Employment
The junior and senior year coursework is very time consuming and demands a
concentrated effort on the part of each student. The Faculty recommends that
employment be limited or not attempted during the junior and senior years of the
Medical Laboratory Science Division.

G. Microbiology 200
All students are required to take MICB 323 Medical Microbiology or MICB 200 plus
MTEC 493.

Students that complete Microbiology 200 prior to being accepted into the WVU
Medical Laboratory Science Division area of emphasis in Clinical Laboratory Science
may be eligible to take MTEC 493 according to the following policy.

If the student completed Microbiology 200 with a final grade of “B” or better, the student
should audit the lectures for Microbiology 323 and complete MTEC 493 (the laboratory
portion of Microbiology 323). The student must register for MTEC 493-D for two hours
to receive credit for the laboratory portion.

It is the student’s responsibility to make the above arrangements with the MLS Division
Director, in order to register for the correct courses.




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Academic and Professional Standards

       Junior and Senior Year Students

If a student receives a final grade of “D” in the junior year, the student may continue in
the Program. A second final grade of “D” at any time will result in dismissal from the
Program and the student may reapply through the admission process.

If a student receives a final grade of “D” in the senior year, the student will be dismissed
from the Program and may reapply through the admission process.

If a student receives a final grade of “F” at any time during the junior or senior year, the
student will be dismissed from the Program and may reapply through the admission
process.

Hearings will be held only if there are extenuating circumstances such as a death in the
family or extensive illness, etc., or if the student requests a hearing believing that
he/she has an extenuating circumstance.

If a student withdraws from the Medical Laboratory Science Division during the junior
year, the student may reapply to the Program through the admission process.

Any student who withdraws from the Program during the senior year for any reason
must petition the Medical Laboratory Science Academic and Professional Standards
Committee for readmission, if such is desired.

       Students Entering the Medical Laboratory Science Division on Academic
       Probation

If a student enters the Program on academic probation and receives no final grades
less than a “C”, the student is removed from academic probation.
If a student enters the Program on academic probation and receives a final grade of “D”
during the first semester, the student is dismissed from the Program and may reapply
for readmission through the admission process.

       General Standards Applying to All Students

A student with a grade of “I” (incomplete) regardless of grade point average must
satisfactorily remove the incomplete within the following semester unless permission for
an extension is granted by the Medical Laboratory Science Academic and Professional
Standards Committee. If the grade of “I” is not removed in the next semester, it will be
recorded as an “F”.

If, in the judgment of an instructor, a student demonstrates a marked lack of
understanding of the course material, even though the student has an acceptable
didactic average, a grade of “I” (Incomplete) may be submitted for that student. It is the
student’s responsibility to consult with the instructor for removal of an incomplete grade.

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Graduation requires the completion of all academic work in a satisfactory manner and
recommendation of the faculty of the Medical Laboratory Science Division.

To suspend a student with an acceptable grade point average requires appropriate
documentation and recommendation from the Medical Laboratory Science Academic
and Professional Standards Committee.

Any student repeating a course may not have access to examinations taken at the time
that she/he had the academic difficulty.

Academic due process will be followed when students are dismissed from the Program.
The dismissal is from the Medical Laboratory Science Division and NOT from West
Virginia University.

The Academic and Professional Standards Committee after reviewing the records of
any student has the right to request that the student appear before the Committee to
explain the student’s action or performance. Please see Appendix A for more
information.

      ACADEMIC PENALTIES

      Reasons for Probation (See Specific Program Standards)
      1.   A grade of "D" in any course
      2.   Semester grade point average less than 2.0
      3.   Failure to adhere to dress code (after 2nd warning)
      4.   Violation of safety practices (after 2nd warning)
      5.   Failure to report illness or absence to Program Office
           (after 2nd warning)
      6.   Failure to respond properly to directives
      7.   Horseplay
      8.   Falling asleep during laboratory (student or clinical)

      Reasons for Dismissal (See Specific Program Standards)
      1.   Two or more "D's" in the professional curriculum if not admitted on probation
      2.   One or more “D’s” in the first semester of the curriculum if admitted on
           probation.
      3.   A grade of "F" in any course
      3.   Excessive unexcused absenteeism (greater than 10 consecutive school
           days)
      4.   Falsifying laboratory results
      5.   Performance not consistent with good patient care or the public interest
      6.   Repeated failure to follow directives




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AIDS Policy

The WVU Policy on AIDS (Effective December 1992) can be found at
http://www.arc.wvu.edu/rightsh.html


ASCLS Student Membership

Student membership in the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science is
available at a cost of $27.00 per year. As a student member, you will receive American
Journal for Clinical Laboratory Science, the monthly journal, continuing education
information and the monthly newsletter. Applications are available in the Division Office.


Basic Life Support Training

Students may be required to provide documentation of competency in basic life support for
health care providers prior to being allowed to begin the clinical rotations.


Breaks

Breaks are given during some classes and in the clinical rotations. These breaks should
not be longer than 15 minutes. At no time will refreshments and/or smoking be
permitted in the laboratories (student or clinical). Students congregating in the hallways
before or between classes are distracting to those working in the area. Therefore, at
NO TIME should medical laboratory science students wait outside of the student
laboratory, room 2157, or any of the Pathology conference rooms (2165, 2162 or 2149).


Capstone Experience

All students in undergraduate programs at West Virginia University are required to
complete a capstone experience. Students in the Medical Laboratory Science Division
will complete the Capstone Experience as part of MTEC 475 Medical Relevance. The
student will prepare, write, and present a medical laboratory case study using theory
from Medical Laboratory Science Division courses and practical knowledge obtained
from the Medical Laboratory Science Division clinical laboratory experiences.

The student will choose a medical laboratory science area and topic for their case
study. Each student will have a faculty member to guide them in process of preparing,
writing, and presenting case study. Guidelines as to what is included in each case study
and the process for evaluation of each paper and presentation will be distributed to
students at beginning of the course project.




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Cell Phones

Students are to use their cell phones for personal calls and or text messages, EXCEPT
during classes and student laboratory sessions. Only with instructor approval for
emergency situations should cell phones be used in class or laboratories. Cell phones
that are used during class and or student laboratory sessions may be confiscated by
the instructor.

Faculty, staff and students should NOT use cell phones for voice calls in the hallway
near room 2157 as this is near a patient-care area.


Challenge Examination for Course Credit

In concurrence with procedures established by West Virginia University and the School
of Medicine, the procedure for challenging a course by examination for credit in the
Medical Laboratory Science Division follows:

      ELIGIBILITY: Any student who has been formally admitted to the Medical
      Laboratory Science Program.

      FREQUENCY: A student may challenge a course once only.

      PROCEDURE: Students must petition the instructor of the course in writing prior
      to the first week of classes for any course that they wish to receive credit by
      challenging by examination. The letter must be copied to the Program Director
      for the student's academic record. The student should not be registered for the
      course work prior to making the request. A date for the examination will be
      established by the instructor and the student. This date should be no later than
      one month from the date of the letter.

      Course objectives, outlines and reading list will be available to the students prior
      to writing the examination to provide equality of opportunity and preparation for
      the examination. Completed examinations will be reviewed with the students by
      the course instructor. Examinations may not be retained by the student.
      Completed examinations, both passed and failed will be retained by the
      instructor for at least one year following graduation.

      In addition to the above, the student must notify Admissions and Records of their
      intent. There is a $35.00 University fee.

      GRADING: Examination results will be reported on Pass/Fail basis. Successful
      challenge of a course by examination will be designated by "credit by
      examination" on the transcript. The minimum acceptable performance for
      successfully challenging a course shall be specified for each course challenged
      by the faculty member for the course or by the team members teaching the

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       course. This minimum acceptable performance is established prior to the
       examination and a written letter to the student states the level of performance,
       the date and place of the examination and the time allotted for the examination.

       EXAMINATION DESCRIPTION: The challenge examination will be a
       comprehensive examination directed to the evaluation of achievement of course
       objectives. The examination may be a final examination supplemented to
       encompass the activities evaluated for students involved in the course. In those
       courses where there is only one instructor, that instructor has the sole
       responsibility for the examination. In the courses that are team taught, the team
       shall arrive at the content of the examination and the designated coordinator of
       the course shall assemble and
       administer the examination. Examinations may be paper and pencil and/or
       practical demonstration. They may cover one portion of a day or may be
       scheduled over a two day period.

Students will be notified in writing by the instructor with a copy to the Program Director
regarding the outcome of the examination and may review the examination with the
course instructor or coordinator of the course.

The student who is not successful in the challenge examination will immediately enroll
in the course, and proceed through the semester. The attempt to challenge the
examination will not be recorded on the transcript.


Community Service

All students at the WVU Health Sciences Center must complete 50 hours of community
service. Additional information can be found in Appendix B.


Completion of Materials for Clinical Laboratory Rotations

Students must complete all of the requirements for each laboratory rotation by the end
of that rotation unless the student needs to complete competency time. If a student is
unable to complete all of the requirements in the stated time frame and no competency
time is required, the student must discuss this with the faculty person prior to the end of
the rotation. Any student not completing the required elements without needing
competency time or discussing this with the faculty person in-charge and/or according
to rotational guidelines will be given a grade of ZERO (0) on any uncompleted items
such as quizzes, reports, etc.


Comprehensive Examination

 A comprehensive examination is given near the completion of the work of the
senior year to cover all phases of clinical laboratory science or histotechnology. The

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examination is one criterion used to determine the student’s eligibility for graduation.
Successful completion of the comprehensive examination is a requirement for MTEC
475.

The examination will be scheduled during the spring semester of the senior year.
Students must pass the program Comprehensive Examination with a minimum score of
60%. Students will be allowed to repeat the examination once without required
remediation to either increase their score, or in the case of failing the examination on
their first try, to pass. The minimum passing score on the second attempt is 70%.
Students must pass the program comprehensive exam to pass the course.

Failure to be on time for the examination will result in the student forfeiting
his/her first attempt at the examination. Requests for excused absences must be in
writing and reviewed by the Medical Laboratory Science Academic and Professional
Standards Committee. This Committee will decide what, if any, penalties may be
imposed. The examination will be rescheduled during the week of WVU final
examinations for those students not successful on his/her first attempt or for students
who missed the first examination. Students who do not meet these standards will be
required to do remedial work as determined by the Medical Laboratory Science
Academic and Professional Standards Committee.


Confidentiality of Student Records

Please refer to the West Virginia University Policy on the Family Educational Rights and
Privacy Act, http://ferpa.wvu.edu/ and the following Board of Governors policies:
Policy 10 http://www.wvu.edu/~bog/policies/policy10.pdf
Policy 15 http://www.wvu.edu/~bog/policies/policy15.pdf
Policy 31 http://www.wvu.edu/~bog/policies/policy31.pdf
Often students ask faculty members to serve as references for job applications or
graduate school. Students must complete the FERPA form in Appendix E for each
occurrence when a faculty is asked to share academic information with others. A copy
of the FERPA form is in Appendix C.


Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Each student must be certified in CPR, including adult, child, and infant CPR and
chocking. The certification must be completed prior to beginning the clinical and rural
rotations.


Directory Information

Certain directory information may be released at the discretion of WVU; unless the
student has completed a request for non-disclosure of Directory Information with the


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Office of Admissions before the close of the late registration period for the fall term.


Drawing Blood

No student is allowed to draw blood from another person except under proper
supervision and appropriate circumstances.


Drug Screening

Students may need to have a drug screen test performed immediately prior (within 10
days) to beginning the clinical internship if required by the hospital where you are assigned.
Students who test positive for any of the following drugs of abuse: cannabinoids, cocaine,
opiates, phencyclidine, amphetamines, barbiturates, or benzodiazepines, will not be
allowed to begin the clinical rotation and will be dismissed from the program.
Excela – within 10 days of rotation; provided on site.
UHC – upon entering HTL program.


Employment Policy

The aim of the West Virginia University Medical Laboratory Science Division is to
provide a strong educational background in the clinical laboratory sciences which
includes clinical laboratory experience in each discipline. The experiences typically
take place between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.

However, senior students in clinical rotations may work in suitable positions that are
supervised, voluntary, paid, subject to employee regulations, and outside of the hours
(typically 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday) of their educational experience.


Ethics

As students that are enrolled in a program of professional study, all students are
expected to abide by professional conduct standards. It is expected that each student
will adopt the Code of Ethics of their profession and maintain a demeanor appropriate
to that Code at all times.

       ASCLS CODE OF ETHICS

       The Code of Ethics of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
       (ASCLS) sets forth the principles and standards by which clinical laboratory
       professionals practice their profession.

       I. Duty to the Patient

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Clinical laboratory professionals are accountable for the quality and integrity of
the laboratory services they provide. This obligation includes maintaining
individual competence in judgment and performance and striving to safeguard
the patient from incompetent or illegal practice by others.

Clinical laboratory professionals maintain high standards of practice. They
exercise sound judgment in establishing, performing and evaluating laboratory
testing.

Clinical laboratory professionals maintain strict confidentiality of patient
information and test results. They safeguard the dignity and privacy of patients
and provide accurate information to other health care professionals about the
services they provide.

II. Duty to Colleagues and the Profession

Clinical laboratory professionals uphold and maintain the dignity and respect of
our profession and strive to maintain a reputation of honesty, integrity and
reliability. They contribute to the advancement of the profession by improving the
body of knowledge, adopting scientific advances that benefit the patient,
maintaining high standards of practice and education, and seeking fair
socioeconomic working conditions for members of the profession.

Clinical laboratory professionals actively strive to establish cooperative and
respectful working relationships with other health care professionals with the
primary objective of ensuring a high standard of care for the patients they serve.

III. Duty to Society

As practitioners of an autonomous profession, clinical laboratory professionals
have the responsibility to contribute from their sphere of professional
competence to the general well being of the community.

Clinical laboratory professionals comply with relevant laws and regulations
pertaining to the practice of clinical laboratory science and actively seek, within
the dictates of their consciences, to change those which do not meet the high
standards of care and practice to which the profession is committed.

ASCLS Pledge to the Profession

As a clinical laboratory professional, I strive to:

•   Maintain and promote standards of excellence in performing and advancing
    the art and science of my profession
•   Preserve the dignity and privacy of others


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      •    Uphold and maintain the dignity and respect of our profession
      •    Seek to establish cooperative and respectful working relationships with other
           health professionals
      •    Contribute to the general well being of the community.

      I will actively demonstrate my commitment to these responsibilities throughout
          my professional life.



      NATIONAL SOCIETY FOR HISTOTECHNOLOGY CODE OF ETHICS

      Preface: I pledge myself to practice this profession in strict accord with
      the following code:

      1.      To conduct my professional life with dignity and integrity.

      2.      Place the welfare of the patient above all else, with the full realization of
              personal responsibility for the patient’s best interest.

      3.      Keep inviolate the trust placed in me by patient, physician and
              professional investigator (veterinarian, scientist, etc.) treating as
              confidential all information obtained.

      4.      To conduct my work with integrity, objectivity, and responsibility when
              engaged in the practice of histotechnology applied to non-clinical
              research.

      5.      Accept responsibility for the ethical practices of our fellow members by
              cooperating with the Society in any efforts of investigation, counsel, or
              expulsion of violators.

      6.      Endeavor to promote and support educational and scientific programs
              which encourage professional growth and advancement of
              histotechnology professionals.

      7.      Pledge to uphold, and strive to improve laws and regulations affecting the
              public’s health.


Finger Printing and Criminal Background Checks

All medical laboratory science students will have to complete Finger Printing and
Criminal Background Checks. You will be instructed as to what to do when you come
in for your classes in August. There will be an $18.00 fee for this check. Failure to
complete a required background check will result in the student(s) being prohibited from
the clinical rotation and dismissal from the program.

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Fire Alarms

A possible fire in the Health Sciences Center will be announced with a loud intermittent
horn blast. If the alarm sounds, all students, faculty and staff must evacuate the
building. Before evacuation turn off all electrical, gas and oxygen equipment and hood
fans in your area and take personal items with you. Close doors and windows.
Proceed to the nearest exit and completely exit the building. Meet under the trees at
steps near the PRT Station. Remain outside until the All-Clear signal is announced
over the loud speaker. Do not block the exit or interfere with the emergency personnel.


Health Requirements

The WVU School of Medicine, Professional Programs has compiled a comprehensive
health policy designed to address the multifaceted health needs of your career.
      DISABILITY INSURANCE
      The School of Medicine provides a disability policy for all students. Sometime
      after school starts, each student will receive an individual insurance policy
      describing the disability insurance. Basically, the policy covers any permanent
      disability as the result of an injury or illness. The policy pays $1,000.00 per
      month until age 65 or the disability is resolved.

      HEALTH INSURANCE
      Health insurance is required of all students who matriculate at West Virginia
      University School of Medicine Medical Laboratory Science Division. If you do not
      have health insurance through your parents, spouse or personal policy, you may
      purchase health insurance through the University Health Services. This
      insurance is in addition to the University Student Health Services, which is
      available to all university students. The insurance covers 100% of billable
      service at the Ruby Memorial Hospital with School of Medicine physicians in
      attendance. Health services away from Morgantown in West Virginia or other
      states are covered at 80% of billable charges. All students must provide
      documentation of health insurance annually.

      IMMUNIZATIONS AND TITERS
      All students who utilize teaching hospitals at the West Virginia University Health
      Sciences Center or any other hospital or clinic must be immunized. This
      requirement has been mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health
      Authority (OSHA). Students must have a 2- step skin test for tuberculosis (PPD)
      within one (1) year of starting school and one annually thereafter. Students who
      have a positive PPD must have a note from a treating physician as to how the
      positive PPD was managed and a chest x-ray report.

      Immunization requirements include recent Tetanus/Diphtheria booster within ten
      (10) years, completed primary series and booster for polio, and meningitis. BCG

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       vaccine, influenza vaccine and pneumonia vaccine are NOT required but must
       be noted if medically indicated.

       Titers are required for proof of immunization and immunity of Measles, Mumps,
       Rubella (MMR), Varicella, and Hepatitis B. A copy of these laboratory results
       must accompany the physical form. Should a titer not be compatible with
       immunity, specific booster immunization must be obtained followed by a repeat
       titer. The health forms are in Appendix D.

Although this sounds cumbersome, the immuno-compromised acutely ill patients are at
risk for infectious diseases and students are at risk for diseases from unusual infections
at a tertiary teaching hospital with myriad of diseases. Attempts are made to minimize
the spread of any preventable diseases.

STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT COMPLETED THE LISTED IMMUNIZATIONS AND
TITERS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO PARTICIPATE IN CLINICAL/FIELDWORK
ROTATIONS. In addition, individual clinical sites may require additional immunizations.

Questions concerning these health issues can be sent to Office of the Dean for
Professional Programs, WVU, School of Medicine, PO Box 9225, Morgantown, WV
26506-9225, or by calling (304) 293-1320.


HIPAA Training

All students are required to complete training for awareness and compliance with the
patient privacy regulations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
This training will be available via SOLE (the on-line learning site) to all Health Sciences
Center students and must be completed within three months of starting classes.
Students who do not complete HIPAA training during the fall semester will not be
enrolled for professional courses during the following spring semester.


Hospital’s Policies for the Senior Year

During the senior (2nd professional) year students in the Division of Medical Laboratory
Science must abide by the Division and University policies as well as the policies of the
hospital where they are assigned for the clinical experience.


Laboratory Accidents (other than needle stick injury)

When a laboratory accident occurs:
(1)  the instructor in the course is to be notified immediately.
(2)  the student is taken to the University Health Services if the University Health
     Services is open.

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(3)    when the student has to be taken to the Emergency Room (because the
       University Health Services is closed) a written memorandum must be sent by the
       Program's Office to the University Health Services explaining that the University
       Health Services was closed at the time of the emergency
(4)    laboratory accident forms must be completed and placed in the student’s file.


Laboratory Coats

The Division of Medical Laboratory Science will provide fluid resistant laboratory coats
to all students for use in the student laboratory, rural rotations, and clinical rotations.
When the coats are visibly soiled or at the end of the semester, the Division will collect
the soiled coats, have them professionally cleaned, and, when needed, provide a clean
replacement coat to the student. During the spring semester of the junior (1st
professional year), students will be issued two coats—one for the MLS student
laboratory and one for the microbiology/parasitology laboratories. At the end of the
junior (1st professional year) students will receive their own laboratory coat at the MLS
Awards and White Coat Ceremony. The cleaning fee for the coats is $10.00 per fall
and spring semester and $5.00 for summer semester payable to the MLS Division. We
accept checks made out to WVU or cash.


Liability Insurance

Students are protected by liability insurance when engaged in recognized,
integrated programs which are a part of the course of instruction. This does not include
unauthorized work away from the campus or on campus.


Needle Stick Injury

In the event of exposure, thoroughly wash the area with soap and water, unless a
mucous membrane exposure, in which case flush copiously with water.

Any student sustaining an exposure incident shall report the incident to his/her clinical
instructor as soon as possible after the incident occurs. The student shall also fill out a
hospital incident report. The clinical instructor shall immediately send the student to the
Employee Health Service, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm or to the
Emergency Department at all other times for evaluation.


NSH Student Membership

Student membership in the National Society for Histotechnology is available for an
annual cost of $30. As a student member, you will receive a subscription to the Journal
of Histotechnology, eligibility for awards and scholarships, a subscription to the


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quarterly newsletter NSH In Action, and continuing education information. Applications
are available in the Division Office.


OSHA Training

All students must be trained in standards for preventing transmission of blood borne
and other infectious agents. This training will occur during the first semester of the
professional curriculum.


Parking

Parking at the Health Sciences Center is limited. Students may purchase a parking
pass for Lot 81 (across from Applebee’s on Van Voorhis Rd.) for $25.00 per month or
$300.00 per year. Marty Fizer in the Division Office has permit applications for lot 81.
You will take the application to the Parking Offices in the Mountaineer Station to
arrange for your parking permit.

Parking is also available in the Mountaineer Station for $663.00 for 13 months (prorated
for terms less than a year) or for 75₵ per hour. Parking in Mountaineer Station is not
available for football games even if you have a yearly permit.

Free parking is available at the WVU Coliseum by riding the PRT from the Engineering
station to the HSC.

At no time are you to park in the Ruby Hospital parking lots or in the parking lot
reserved for patients in lot 80 in front of the HSC Learning Center. See the parking
map (Appendix H).


Personal Property Storage

A locker is assigned to each student at the beginning of the junior year for storage of
coats and other personal property. Coats are not to be brought to class or the student
laboratory. Backpacks/book bags are not to be brought to the student laboratory.
During the senior year, students are not to bring coats or book bags/ backpacks to the
Ruby Clinical Labs.


Personnel

Division Director:           Martha Lake, Ed.D., Room 2163 E HSN              293-2069

Division Faculty:            Kerry Harbert, M.A., Room 2163 D HSN             293-3400



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                              Beverly Kirby, Ed.D., Room 2163 A HSN             293-1630

                              Linda Corum, M.S., Room 2163 C HSN                293-1632

                              Abra Elkins, M.A., Room 2163 B HSN                293-1631

                              Kim Feaster, B.S., Room 2146 C HSN                293-7628

                              Lauren Sersen, M.A., Room 2144 A HSN              293-6547

Health Science Faculty:       Valerie Watson, M.S., Room 2062 HSN               293-3759

                              Mark Paternostro, Ph.D, 3047A HSN                 293-1513

Administrative Secretary:     Marty Fizer, Room 2163 E HSN                      293-2069


Professional Appearance

Health Sciences students must maintain a professional appearance for infection
control, to aid in communication and for cultural sensitivity. A professional appearance
will help instill trust in you as a health professional and lead to better patient outcomes.

General policy for all students:
1.   Good personal hygiene is to be maintained at all times including regular bathing,
     use of deodorants/antiperspirants, and regular dental hygiene.
2.   Avoid distracting perfumes or colognes and cigarette odor.
3.   Natural fingernails should be neatly trimmed to no longer than ¼ inch past the
     end of the finger worn with or without polish and without chips or cracks. No
     artificial nails.
4.   Visible body tattoos or visible body piercing are prohibited.
5.   Attire should be comfortable and not detracting from the educational
     atmosphere. Avoid dress or attire that could be potentially offensive to the
     public, your peers, and faculty. Not permissible examples of potentially offensive
     attire may include any of the following:
     • Clothing with writing or images that include profanity or inappropriate sexually
         suggestive writing or images
     • Midriff tops, halter tops, translucent or transparent tops, shirts or tops with
         plunging necklines, tank tops, sleeveless t-shirts that expose sides of torso,
         shirts and blouses that do not meet or stop above the waistband when you
         are standing with arms to your side, i.e. abdominal skin showing.
     • Short-shorts, short skirts, and pants, shorts or skirts that ride low on the hips
         showing abdominal skin.
6.   Hair should be neat, clean and of a natural human color.
7.   Hair should be styled off the face and out of the eyes.
8.   Beards/mustaches must be neatly trimmed.


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Additional Policies for Student Laboratory:
1.    A clean, white, fluid-resistant lab coat must be worn and completely buttoned or
      zipped while in the laboratories, POC areas or when providing patient services
      on the floors. Laboratory coats are NOT to be worn to the bathroom, locker
      room, lounge and class/conference rooms.
2.    Shoes worn in the student laboratory must cover the entire foot – including
      the top of the foot. Sandals, flip-flops, high-heeled shoes, canvas shoes, clogs
      or Crocs or shoes without backs and slippers that do not cover the top of the foot
      are prohibited. Please keep a pair of athletic shoes in your locker to wear in the
      student laboratory.
3.    Hats or caps of any kind (except for religious reasons) are not to be worn in the
      student laboratory.
4.    Shoulder length hair must be secured to avoid interference with work.
5.    Avoid scarves or ribbons (unless culturally appropriate).
6.    Because jewelry represents a potential for cross-infection, only the following are
      permitted: a watch, up to four rings, small earrings, academic pins, and other
      pins, badges or insignia that represent an award, modest bracelets and necklace
      chains. Appropriate holiday pin during the holiday is suitable.

Additional Policies for Senior Students:
MLS students will follow the senior year dress policy beginning with the summer term
after the first professional year. Students will follow this policy whenever they are in
class, student laboratory sessions or clinical rotations.
1.      Scrubs are required and should be clean and neat and of an approved color.
        See list below for approved colors according to the clinical site.
2.      The only shoes allowed with scrubs are white (or mostly white) all-leather walking
        or athletic shoes. Shoes must be clean and in good repair at all times. Do not
        get shoes with mesh inserts or canvas shoes. Clogs or Crocs or shoes without
        backs are not allowed. Your shoes must be clean and in good shape at all
        times. Socks or hose must be worn with the shoes and must cover any exposed
        part of the leg or foot.
3.      Hats or caps of any kind (except for religious reasons) are not to be worn in the
        clinical laboratory.
4.      Shoulder length hair must be secured at all times to avoid interference with work.
5.      Avoid scarves or ribbons (unless culturally appropriate).
6.      Because jewelry represents a potential for cross-infection, only the following are
        permitted: a watch, up to four rings, small earrings, academic pins, and other
        pins, badges or insignia that represent an award, modest bracelets and necklace
        chains. Appropriate holiday pin during the holiday is suitable.

Below is a list of the scrub policies for each clinical site.

Eastern Division (including City Hospital, Jefferson Memorial Hospital and the VA
Medical Center:      Scrubs of any color are allowed.




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Excela Health (including Latrobe Hospital and Westmoreland Hospital):      Scrubs of
any color are allowed.

Monongalia General Hospital:      Only solid khaki scrubs are allowed.

Ruby Memorial Hospital: Avoid scrubs of the following colors: hunter (dark) green,
burgundy, sandstone (lt. tan), seafoam (lt. green), gray top with black pants combo,
teal, royal blue, ceil (light) blue, khaki, and white.

West Penn Allegheny Health System (all hospitals): Scrubs of any color are allowed.

Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC): Any color scrubs are allowed.

United Health Center (UHC): Only solid hunter green scrubs are permitted.


Progression

All student records are reviewed at mid-term and at the end of the semester by the
Medical Laboratory Science Academic and Professional Standards Committee.

See Policy on Academic and Professional Standards in Appendix A and the WVU
Policy Regarding Academic Rights and Responsibilities of Students,
http://www.arc.wvu.edu/rightsc.html


Senior Year Enrichment Rotations

      RURAL ENRICHMENT POLICY

All Medical Laboratory Science students are required to complete a rural enrichment
rotation during the senior year. This rotation is in support of the School of Medicine
mission of Service to the State “to lead in the development of programs which maximize
the State’s investment in education by focusing on healthier communities, and targeting
the needs of persons in West Virginia with special emphasis on high quality rural health
care delivery and providing support to health providers.”

Acceptable rural rotation sites include all medically underserved areas of West Virginia.
Sites are classified as Level I, Level II or Level III based on the degree to which they
are underserved. Students who select Level I sites are required to complete a four-
week rotation. Students choosing Level II sites are required to complete a three-week
rotation. Students who select Level III sites are required to complete a two-week
rotation.

Each student is responsible for travel and meals during the rotation. Students from rural
areas may live with family or friends during the rotation at an approved rural site. Free


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housing will be provided by the Rural Health Education Partnership (RHEP) for students
who need housing at RHEP approved sites. All arrangements for the rural enrichment
rotation will be made by the Rural Education Coordinator.


Objectives:

The student will recognize and appreciate the special health care needs of the
medically underserved populations of rural West Virginia as well as the challenges in
providing for those needs.

The student will develop team-building skills by participating in RHEP interdisciplinary
sessions with students from other health professions.

The student will recognize and appreciate the uniqueness of the rural community by
participating in community service activities.


Social Justice Syllabi Statement

For each course, the Medical Laboratory Science faculty concurs with the following
statement:

      West Virginia University is committed to social justice. The faculty of the Medical
      Laboratory Science Division concurs with West Virginia University's commitment
      and expect to foster a nurturing learning environment based upon open
      communication, mutual respect, and non-discrimination. The University does not
      discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, disability, veteran status, religion,
      sexual orientation, color or national origin. Any suggestions as to how to further
      such a positive and open environment in this program will be appreciated and
      given serious consideration.

      If you are a person with a disability and anticipate needing any type of
      accommodation in order to participate in this program, please advise the
      program director and make appropriate arrangements with Disability Services
      (293-6700).


Student Appointments with Faculty Members

If a student wishes to see a faculty member outside of class, it is the student's
responsibility to schedule an appointment. Faculty may not be able to accommodate
unscheduled conferences.




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Student Laboratories

Students may use the MLS Program student laboratories only when supervised by MLS
Faculty. Because students share drawers and microscope cabinets in the student
laboratory, no personal items are to be stored there. Personal items (backpacks, coats,
lunches, etc.) must be stored in the student’s locker during laboratory sessions.

Cell phones cannot be used during student laboratory sessions except for emergencies
with instructor approval.


Student Lockers

Students are assigned individual lockers in the Health Sciences Center. These lockers
are yours to use until graduation. Please store your coats, boots, and books there
during class. Also, during the sessions in the student laboratory, you are to store your
backpacks, book bags and purses there.


Student Specimens as Controls or Blood Donor

PROCURING OF SPECIMENS FROM STUDENTS FOR USE AS CONTROLS FOR
PROCEDURES (or as Blood Donors) Policy Statement:
The need for normal control specimens for laboratory procedures increases with each
new test introduced. A ready source of these control specimens is the laboratory staff.
Professional laboratory personnel, as part of their commitment to their profession,
provide a large portion of these specimens. Another ready source of controls available
to the laboratory are the students. They are young, generally healthy, eager to please,
and idealistic in their burgeoning commitment to their profession. It is this group that
we, as a faculty, must protect.

      1. We recognize the year of clinical affiliation (second or senior year of
         curriculum) as an academic program. The time spent in each clinical affiliation
         is class time for which the instructor is responsible.

      2. In the utilization of blood as a control specimen, it is possible by chance that
         abnormal results may be identified. This may be cause for extreme anxiety,
         fear and/or grief which may affect the student's academic performance.

      3. It is recognized that the students in the Medical Laboratory Science Division at
         West Virginia University are of legal age of consent.

      4. The following policy as it is formulated recognizes all of the above statements.




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      POLICY STATEMENT FOR PROCURING OF BLOOD SPECIMENS FROM
      STUDENTS

      A. No student shall be asked to serve as a control or to donate blood for any
         other purpose during the hours of the educational program.
      B. No student shall be excused from a class or laboratory session to serve as a
         control or to donate blood.
      C. If the student volunteers to serve as a control or to donate blood this shall be
         on his or her own time, i.e., after hours or on weekends.
      D. The procurement of the specimen shall be under the on-site supervision of
         the supervisor of the section of the laboratory which needs the control.
      E. Every precaution shall be maintained to prevent any health hazard to the
         student.
      F. Any deviation from a normal result shall be reported immediately to the
         Medical Director (for evaluation and follow-up procedures).


Traditions

Student Events

Induction Ceremony – During the Medical Laboratory Science orientation students will
participate in an induction ceremony marking their entrance into a professional
program. Family and guest may attend the event, where the students recite and sign a
pledge to the profession.

MLS Awards and White Coat Ceremony – Near the end of the spring semester, this
event has dual purposes: to present student awards and to present the white coats to
the rising seniors. Student scholarship awards are presented for the MLS scholarships
to sophomores, juniors and seniors. The rising seniors are presented their white
laboratory coats by the graduating seniors. The white coats represent the beginning of
the clinical year. The coats are embroidered with the student’s name and can be used
in the student laboratory and some clinical sites. The students may keep their coat
when they graduate.

Graduation – Commencement is in May each year. The Professional Programs’
ceremony is one of the nicest of all of the WVU commencement ceremonies. It
generally occurs on Sunday morning of graduation weekend and is followed by a
reception. Information regarding the commencement activities may be found on the
WVU web site during the spring semester.




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Universal Precautions and Laboratory Safety

The student will be collecting, processing, and working with patient and known blood,
body specimens, and microorganisms that could be potentially pathogenic during
his/her professional education.

The student has been oriented to and understands the use of and need for Universal
Precautions and will follow these guidelines both in the student and hospital
laboratories (Appendix E).

The student will notify the Medical Laboratory Science Division office and the course
instructor or laboratory supervisor concerning ALL accidents involving breaks in the
skin, contamination of mucous membranes (aerosols, splashes, etc.), or ingestion.


      KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER:
      1. NO eating, drinking, smoking, mouth pipetting, or application of makeup in
         the student or clinical laboratories.
      2. NO placing of objects (fingers, pens, pencils, etc.) in the mouth.
      3. Wash hands immediately if contaminated and before leaving the laboratory area.
      4. Use of laminar flow hoods and other safety equipment where required.
      5. FOLLOW UNIVERSAL PRECAUTIONS AT ALL TIMES.
      6. No coats, backpacks/book bags should be brought to the student or clinical
         laboratories.


University Health Services

All students enrolled in the Medical Laboratory Science Division pay the University
Health Services fees during the junior and senior year including the summer session of
the senior year. Students are also covered by a disability insurance included in
registration fees.


Work Policy

Students enrolled in the Medical Laboratory Science Division are expressly
prohibited from rendering care or treatment in any form to any patient,
including other students or staff of the University, except when rendered
as a part of the classroom or laboratory instruction and/or assigned
participation.




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The Standards from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
addresses students working in the clinical laboratories. Standard 9C3 states:

             "Policies and processes by which students may perform
             service work must be published and made known to all
             concerned in order to avoid practices in which students are
             substituted for regular staff. After demonstrating proficiency,
             students, with qualified supervision, may be permitted to perform
             procedures. Service work by students in clinical settings
             outside of academic hours must be noncompulsory.”




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                                                                            Appendix A




          POLICY ON ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS
           GOVERNING THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN
       MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE AT WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
                        SCHOOL OF MEDICINE




This policy applies the regulations of the following West Virginia Board of Governors’
Policies:
Number 10, dated September 6, 2002, (Student Rights and Responsibilities)
Number 15, dated September 5, 2003, (Student Academic Rights)
Number 31, dated August 15, 2006, (University Student Conduct Code)




                                                             Updated: July 27, 2009


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Preamble

The West Virginia University Medical Laboratory Science Division has an obligation to
evaluate students pursuing the Bachelor of Science as thoroughly as possible for their
cognitive and noncognitive abilities, their academic and professional knowledge and
skills, their integrity, and their suitability for the practice of medical laboratory science.
(Accordingly, this policy incorporates the mandate of the West Virginia Supreme Court
that "initial responsibility for determining the competency and suitability of persons to
engage in professional careers lies with the professional schools themselves...")*

This policy on Academic and Professional Standards is limited to students pursuing the
Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Science at West Virginia University.
 This policy (1) applies Board of Governors Policies 10, 15 and 31 to the Medical
Laboratory Science Division (2) covers all behavior and conduct that demonstrates by a
preponderance of the evidence that a student lacks the personal qualities necessary for
the practice of medical laboratory science.

(This policy is limited to conduct and behavior relating to and/or affecting the
professional practice of medical laboratory science. Conduct and behavior not relating
to and not affecting the professional practice of medical laboratory science are
governed by the West Virginia University Student Conduct Code. Definitions and
examples of conduct and behavior relating to and/or affecting the professional practice
of medical laboratory science are described in this document, course syllabi, course
materials, and lectures.)




* North vs West Virginia Board of Regents




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Chapter I
             Academic and Professional Standards and Regulations Governing
             Lectures, Examinations, Laboratories, Recitation Sessions,
             Clinical Rotations and Other Academic Settings of the Medical
             Laboratory Science Curriculum in Conformity with West Virginia Board of
             Governors Policies 10, 15 and 31.


This policy on academic standards is limited to students pursuing the Bachelor of
Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Science at West Virginia University School of
Medicine.

SECTION 1. ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE:
Requirements, Evaluations, Rights and Obligations of Students, Rights and Obligations
of the Faculty

1.1 Requirements

Requirements for admission to the Medical Laboratory Science Division are stated in
the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center Catalog
(http://coursecatalog.wvu.edu/) and Medical Laboratory Science Division Brochure.

The Medical Laboratory Science Division requires of all enrolled students that they (1)
achieve an integrative mastery of the discipline of medical laboratory science, maintain
the motivation to gain such mastery, develop the professional skills required, and
demonstrate professional responsibility; (2) be considerate towards instructors, staff,
technologists and peers; (3) fulfill the criteria and requirements for satisfactory
academic progress and successful completion of the Medical Laboratory Science
Curriculum as stated in the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center Catalog
(http://coursecatalog.wvu.edu/) and in the syllabus of each course; (4) comply with the
rules of procedure and conduct required by the faculty teaching a course, laboratory or
clinical laboratory rotation; and (5) follow the standards, for academic and professional
integrity.

By enrolling in the Medical Laboratory Science Division, the student accepts these
academic requirements and criteria for successful completion of the curriculum. It is
the student's responsibility to know and meet these requirements and criteria, and
promptly inform the Program Director of any serious impediment (such as illness, etc.)
hindering satisfactory academic progress.

Failure to meet the requirements listed above as judged by the faculty of the Medical
Laboratory Science Division, may lead to academic penalties and/or remedial changes
in the students curriculum as outlined in Sections 2, 3 and 4.




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1.2 Evaluations

Academic and professional performance is evaluated by written, oral, and practical
examinations and through the observation of performance in lectures, examinations,
laboratory and recitation sessions and clinical laboratory rotations.

Academic evaluations by faculty are not limited to the assignment of examination
scores and cognitive evaluations. Grades and laboratory evaluations issued by the
faculty are based on all requirements for the B.S. degree. The evaluations and grades,
therefore, reflect the faculty's judgment about the student's cognitive performance,
motivation, clinical laboratory skills, and professional behavior.

Performance in courses and clinical laboratory rotations is described by the grades A,
B, C, D or F.

Grades and narrative evaluations are based on a complete evaluation of student
performance in view of all requirements and standards of the Medical Laboratory
Science Division and courses or clinical rotations.

The grades and laboratory evaluations are reviewed by the Academic and Professional
Standards Committee in order to assess a student's academic progress as outlined in
Section 3.

1.3 Rights and Obligations of the Student

Students shall have the right to receive (1) the catalog (http://coursecatalog.wvu.edu/)
in which program requirements are stated, (2) the Policy on Academic Standards of the
Medical Laboratory Science Division (this document); (3) Board of Governors Policies;
and (4) The Medical Laboratory Science Student Handbook.

Students have the right to receive a written description of content, requirements, and
grading policy for each course or rotation in which they are enrolled.

The student shall be graded or have his/her performance evaluated solely upon
performance in the course work as measured against academic standards. The
student shall not be evaluated prejudicially, capriciously, or arbitrarily. The student shall
not be graded nor shall his/her performance be evaluated on the basis of his/her race,
color, creed, sex or national origin.

Regarding any academic penalties imposed because of failure to meet academic
requirements, the students have the following rights:

       1.3.1   Written notice from the Program Director of (1) the student's
               failure to meet requirements or violation of standards, (2)
               the methods, if any, by which the student may correct academic
               deficiencies, and (3) the penalty, if any, to be imposed.


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       1.3.2   An opportunity to meet with those who have determined that
               the student failed to meet academic standards and requirements.

       1.3.3 An opportunity to appeal the imposition of any academic penalty.

1.4 Rights and Obligations of the Faculty

It is the faculty's duty and prerogative to evaluate a student's academic performance.
This evaluation takes two forms, namely (1) assignment of grades by the faculty
teaching a course or laboratory rotation, and (2) review of academic performance by the
Academic and Professional Standards Committee.

Academic evaluations are not restricted to the assignment of grades and cognitive
evaluations but include the assessment of professional demeanor and conduct.

The Medical Laboratory Science Division of the School of Medicine reserves the right to
withhold the B.S. degree from a candidate who may have technically met formal
curricular requirements but lacks the professional skills and demeanor considered
necessary for the B.S. degree or has demonstrated unwillingness to accept
professional responsibility in the practice of medical laboratory science.

Grades and evaluations issued by the course faculty, and decisions or
recommendations of the Academic and Professional Standards Committee are subject
to the provisions of Section 1.3 which describes student rights.

Instructors should issue a written syllabus describing content, requirements, and
grading policy for the course or laboratory rotation to all students enrolled in a course or
rotation.

The assignment of a grade and evaluation is the responsibility of the faculty teaching
the course or rotation.

Concerning a student's performance in a course or rotation, the faculty teaching the
course or rotation may impose the appropriate penalties described in Section 2.1 for
failure to maintain academic standards.

SECTION 2. CONSEQUENCES OF FAILURE TO MEET ACADEMIC
              REQUIREMENTS AND STANDARDS
Upon failing to meet the academic requirements and standards, a student may be
subject to the following academic penalties:

2.1 A lower grade, an Incomplete (I) final grade or exclusion from further participation
in the course or rotation. These penalties are imposed only by the instructor(s) of the
course or rotation.




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2.2    Probation
This penalty is imposed by the Academic and Professional Standards Committee
(Section 3). It may be accompanied by changes in the student's curriculum, such as
remedial work and re-examination or repetition of all or part of the curriculum.

2.3     Dismissal
This penalty is imposed by the Dean of the School of Medicine or the Dean's designee
after receipt of recommendations by the Academic Standards Committee and Program
Director as a result of academic deficiencies found serious enough by the Dean to merit
dismissal.

A student may ask for an informal review of any academic penalty or formal appeal
according to the appeal procedures in Sections 4 and 5.

SECTION 3. ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS COMMITTEE :
           REVIEW OF ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE, PROBATION AND
           DISMISSAL FROM THE MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE DIVISION

The Academic and Professional Standards Committee is appointed by the Division
Director. Faculty of the Medical Laboratory Science Division and Health Sciences and
representatives from the Clinical Laboratory compose the Committee. The Division
Director and Medical Director are ex-officio members of the committee.

3.1   Function of the Academic and Professional Standards Committee –
      Review of Academic Performance

The Academic and Professional Standards Committees of the Medical Laboratory
Science Division reviews the academic and professional performance of every student
enrolled in the Medical Laboratory Science Division. In this review, the Committee has
to be fair to the student and is obligated to uphold the integrity of the B.S. degree in
Medical Laboratory Science. The review takes place at least twice every semester,
usually at mid-term and the end of the semester.

This review is based on grades, evaluations and oral and/or written reports from course
and clinical laboratory instructors. Committee decisions about advancement to the next
academic term, graduation, probationary status, remedial work and recommendations
for dismissal from the Medical Laboratory Science Division to the Division Director are
based on a comprehensive review of a student's performance in the whole curriculum.

Regarding recommendations for dismissal for a reason, the Dean of the School of
Medicine may accept the recommendation for dismissal, request that the Committee
reconsider its recommendation, modify or reject the recommendation for sound
academic reasons.




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3.2    Recommendations for Promotion and Graduation:
Recommendations for promotion to the next academic term or for graduation from the
WVU Medical Laboratory Science Division are contingent upon the successful
completion of all required courses, rotations and other requirements. Promotion
requires recommendation by the Academic and Professional Standards Committee.
Graduation requires a vote by the Medical Laboratory Science Faculty and the School
of Medicine Faculty.

3.3   Imposition of Probation

The Committee(s) may put a student on probation in the following cases: (1) A grade of
"D" in any course during the junior year; (2) evaluations indicating serious gaps in
knowledge and clinical skills and/or inadequate integration of the content of the
curriculum; (3) the appearance of a specific and serious academic deficiency, e.g., an
important clinical skill has not been mastered; (4) failure to assume appropriate
professional responsibility and behavior; (5) any time a student's semester grade point
average falls below 2.0.

The imposition of probationary status is usually accompanied by remedial actions and
performance requirements specified by the Committee. These actions are intended to
remedy the academic deficiency which triggered the probation. A successful
conclusion of the remedial work and/or successful completion of the next academic
semester ends the probationary status.

Remedial interventions in a student's curriculum by the Committee are
designed to fit particular academic deficiencies and may, among other, take one or
more of these forms: A specific study or reading program, additional study in an area of
clinical skills, repetition of all or part of the curriculum, and self or directed study.

3.4   Imposition of Dismissal

A grade of "F", more than one "D" in required courses, or a final grade of “D” during the
senior year may lead to the recommendation of dismissal.

The Committee expects every student to meet the requirements stated in Section 1.1.
Therefore, even without an unsatisfactory grade, a student may incur a
recommendation for dismissal for failure to meet these requirements. Dismissal is
probable if the student's performance fails to improve in spite of remedial opportunities
arranged by course instructor(s) and the Committee.

The student may ask for reconsideration (Section 4) or appeal this dismissal (Section
5). Students who are dismissed may reapply to the Division through the admission
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SECTION 4. INFORMAL RECONSIDERATION OF ACADEMIC PENALTIES
To ensure fairness and provide an early hearing, the Medical Laboratory Science
Division offers an optional, informal reconsideration of penalties aside from the formal
appeals procedure described in Section 5. Such a review gives a student the
opportunity to submit to those imposing or recommending the penalty any substantial
reasons why the penalty would be inappropriate. Such reasons may be presented
orally or in written form, with a request for reconsideration of the decision. In any
meeting with an Instructor or the Academic and Professional Standards Committee for
such a review, the student may choose to have a member of the faculty or the student
body present as an advisor. The advisor may only consult with the student but not
participate in the meeting directly. This review does not preclude the right to pursue a
formal appeal according to Section 5.

All requests for informal review of a grade, an evaluation, or a decision or
recommendation of the Academic and Professional Standards Committee should be
submitted within ten (10) days after being informed of a grade, evaluation, decision, or
recommendation.

4.1    Request for Reconsideration of a Grade or Evaluation

The request for the review of a grade or evaluation should be addressed to the
Instructor(s) who imposed the grade or penalty. In the case of an evaluation, the
student may either ask the instructor(s) for a review or enter a written rebuttal in the
student's file.

Appeals beyond this level of review should follow the procedure for appealing a grade
in Section 5.2.

4.2    Request for Reconsideration of Actions of Academic And
       Professional Standards Committee: Probation and Dismissal

The student has the right to appear before the Committee or inform it in writing of
evidence or mitigating facts which might persuade the Committee to rescind or alter a
decision imposing probation and remedial work, or a recommendation for dismissal.
Such a request for reconsideration re-opens the case and may lead to a new decision
or recommendation by the Committee.

An appeal beyond this level of review follows the procedure outlined in Section 5.

SECTION 5. APPEAL OF ACADEMIC PENALTIES

The student may formally appeal all academic penalties by presenting the case in an
appeal hearing which, however, may be preceded by mediative steps (Section 5).




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5.1    Rules for the Appeal Hearing

The primary purpose of the Appeal Hearing is to ascertain whether the penalty (Section
2) under appeal was imposed in a manner consistent with the requirements and
standards of the Medical Laboratory Science Division (Section 1.1 and 1.2), the rights
and obligations of the student (Section 1.3) and the rights and obligations of the faculty
(Section 1.4).

The appeal hearing is not adversarial in nature, and the formal rules of evidence do not
apply.

The student may choose to have a member of the faculty or student body present as an
advisor. The individual(s) who imposed the penalty may also be accompanied by
advisors from the University. Such advisors may consult with their advisees, but may
neither speak on their behalf nor directly participate in the hearing, unless they are
given permission to do so by those conducting the hearing.

Either party to the appeal may call witnesses.

Summary minutes of the appeal and relevant attachments shall be
provided to either party upon request.

5.2    Appeal of a Grade

The first level of appeal of such a penalty (Section 2.1) is at the academic department
sponsoring the course or rotation. Within ten (10) days after receipt of the grade or
penalty, the student should submit to the Division Director a written appeal stating the
reasons why the penalty was unwarranted. The Division Director and/or Department
Chair shall attempt to mediate the dispute between the student and the instructor(s)
responsible for the penalty. If within ten (10) working days of receipt of the student's
signed document the problem is not resolved to the satisfaction of the student and
instructor involved, the complaint will automatically be forwarded to the instructor's dean
(School of Medicine).

Within one week of receipt of the complaint, the Dean of the School of Medicine shall
make a determination regarding the grade, making any recommendation for a grade
change to the instructor involved. If the instructor involved does not act on the dean's
recommendation, or if the student is in disagreement with the decision of the dean, the
case will be referred to a representative body of the instructor's department or college
or school for final resolution. The number and make-up of the body are to be
determined by the Dean of the School of Medicine. In cases of an appeal to this body,
the faculty member involved shall receive written notification of the grade challenge
which shall include a statement of facts and evidence to be presented by the student in
support of the changes made with sufficient clarity to reasonably disclose the claim for
a grade change. The faculty member involved and the student making the appeal shall
receive written notification that a hearing will be held before the department or college


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or school committee together with the notice of the date, time, and place of hearing.

The final decision of this body shall be forwarded to the instructor involved. If the
decision requires a change of grade, the instructor shall take action in accordance with
the committee's decision. If the instructor does not act within five days, the dean will
make the necessary grade adjustment. Implementation of this decision shall end the
appeal procedure.

5.3    Appeal of Probation

If the request for reconsideration (Section 4) to the Academic and Professional
Standards Committee fails, the student may appeal the imposition of probation and
attendant penalties to the Dean of the School of Medicine within thirty (30) days of the
Committee's decision. The Dean may hear the appeal directly, or act upon the
recommendation of a faculty committee appointed by the Dean. In either case, the
primary purpose of the hearing (Section 5.1) is to determine whether the penalty was
imposed in a manner consistent with the requirements and standards of the Medical
Laboratory Science Division (Sections 1.1 and 1.2), the rights and obligations of the
student (Section 1.3) and the rights and obligations of the faculty (Section 1.4).

The student may appeal the decision of the Dean to the President of West Virginia
University or the President's designee within thirty (30) days after receipt of the
decision.

The decision of the President or the President's designee is final.

5.4    Appeal of Dismissal

If the request for reconsideration (Section 4) to the Academic and Professional
Standards Committee fails, the student may appeal to the Dean of the School of
Medicine within thirty (30) days after written notification of the Academic and
Professional Standards Committee decision to dismiss the student.

The Dean may hear the appeal directly or act upon the recommendation of a faculty
committee appointed by the Dean. In either case, the hearing of the appeal (Section
5.1) is to establish whether the penalty was imposed in a manner consistent with
requirement and standards of the Medical Laboratory Science Division (Section 1.1 and
1.2), the rights and obligations of the student (Section 1.3), and the rights and
obligations of the faculty (Section 1.4).

The decision of the Dean may be appealed to the Vice President for Health Sciences
and/or the President of West Virginia University within thirty (30) days after receipt of
the Dean's decision.

The decision of the Vice President and/or President or the President's designee is final.



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                                                                            Appendix B

                       HSC STUDENT COMMUNITY SERVICE
                      POLICY, PROCEDURE, AND GUIDELINES

DEFINITION OF COMMUNITY SERVICE:
A method under which students actively participate in organized service that is
conducted in and meets the needs of a community. It is monitored by their
program/school at the Health Sciences Center and the community. This service
actively helps foster civic responsibility and may be integrated into and enhances the
academic curriculum of the students.

GENERAL GOAL:
All Health Sciences Center students should have an approved community service
experience.

The community service is required of ALL Health Science students, this includes part-
time as well as full-time students and graduate students.

•     Health Sciences Programs of 2 years or less - students must complete 50 hours
      of community service.
•     Health Science Programs of over 2 years students must complete 100 hours of
      community service.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
1. To foster civic responsibility.
2. To enhance the hands-on learning experience of the student.
3. To assist the student in identifying and meeting health and social needs of the
    community.

EXAMPLES OF ACCEPTABLE COMMUNITY SERVICES ARE: (Not an all inclusive
list.)
•      Read-a-loud at school
•      Health Education Sessions in a school or community
•      Visiting the elderly (i.e., Nursing Homes, Hospitals, etc.)
•      Habitat for Humanity (building homes for people without shelter)
•      Hospice
•      Morgantown Health Right
•      Soup Kitchen, Bartlett House, Meals on Wheels, etc.
•      Child Life Program in a Children's Hospital
•      Ronald McDonald House
•      Big Brothers/Big Sisters
•      American Red Cross and Blood Donation Center
•      Salvation Army
•      United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties – call 296-7525 or email:


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      UnitedWay@teamunitedway.org
•     Christian Help
•     Health Fair
•     Activities through churches, sororities, fraternities, etc. (i.e. Adopt-A-Highway)
•     Working with soccer, baseball, basketball, etc.
•     Asthma and Diabetic Camps
•     Youth Development camps (i.e. 4-H)
•     RHI-Kellogg community service experience will apply toward the 50 to 100 hours,
      but only the community service not the clinical or research activities.

COMMUNITY SERVICE IS A THREE-STEP PROCESS:
  1. Students complete the approved community service under appropriate
     supervision.
  2. Students record the community service activity on SOLE.
  3. The designee of the program/school approves the service.

DEPARTMENT GUIDELINES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
•   Review and approve community service hours.
•   Keep student records of approved community service hours.
•   Summer time and vacation/break time are good times for students to perform
    community service.
•   Approval of the community service activity resides with the dean or designee.

POLICIES:
  1. Students' graduation/diploma may be withheld if community service hours are
     not completed.
  2. Community Service appeals should follow the University/HSC standard appeal
     procedures.
  3. Academic credit is provided through a special topics course in the final semester
     which accumulates the student's community service components. The grade is
     pass or fail.




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    APPENDIX F


                             WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY

                                 BOARD OF GOVERNORS

                                          POLICY 57

                       Health Sciences Center Tobacco Free Campus

Section 1.   General

       1.1   Purpose. - To establish a policy that prohibits tobacco use on the West Virginia
              University Health Sciences Center Campus.

       1.2   Authority. - W.Va. Code §18B-1-6 and §18B-2A-4(a).

       1.3   Scope. - This policy applies to all employees of WVU Board of Governors and all
               WVU students located at or visiting the West Virginia University Health Sciences
               Center campus. Visitors, patients, contractors, and vendors shall also be required to
               comply with this policy.

       1.4   Effective Date. – June 4, 2010

       1.5   Revision History. - This is the first West Virginia University Board of Governors
              policy regarding a tobacco free Health Sciences Center Campus.

Section 2.   Policy

       2.1   Use of tobacco products, in any form, by faculty, staff, and students located on or
              visiting the Health Sciences Center campus is prohibited. Visitors, patients,
              contractors, and vendors shall be required to comply with this prohibition on the use
              of tobacco products. A map indicating the boundary of the Health Sciences Center
              campus and the adjacent tobacco free areas surrounding the facilities of West
              Virginia University Hospitals, University Health Associates, and HealthSouth
              Mountainview Regional Rehabilitation Hospital is outlined in Exhibit 1, as attached
              to this policy’s Procedure. The policy is in effect at all times.

Section 3.   Communication of Policy and Designation of the Tobacco Free Boundaries

       3.1   Signs posted at all vehicular and pedestrian entry ways to the Health Sciences Center
               Campus will indicate that the Campus is tobacco free. The policy will be posted on
               the Health Sciences Center web site. In addition, implementation of the policy will
               be communicated internally by a variety of electronic and written means. All
               publications inviting individuals to apply for employment or to attend meetings and
               conferences on the Health Sciences Center campus shall indicate that the campus is
               tobacco free. All applications for enrollment at any of the HSC schools shall
               communicate to the applicant that the HSC campus is tobacco free.2



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Section 4.     Compliance

       4.1     All students, faculty, and staff located at or visiting the campus of the Health Sciences
                Center must comply with this policy. Violation of the policy by students may
                subject them to disciplinary sanctions, up to and including expulsion, according to
                the provisions of the respective policies of their schools. Violation of this policy by
                employees may subject them to disciplinary action, up to and including termination
                of employment. Violation of this policy by visitors, patients, contractors, and
                vendors may subject them to being asked to leave the Health Sciences Center
                campus. The Chancellor of Health Sciences, or his designee, shall be responsible for
                enforcement of this policy.

Section 5.     Responsibility for Application/Interpretation/Development of Procedures

       5.1     Responsibility for the application and interpretation of this policy and the
                development of procedures rests with the Office of the Chancellor of the Health
                Sciences. Any procedures developed by the Office of the Chancellor of Health
                Sciences or material changes thereto shall be posted for ten (10) working days
                before the procedures become effective.

5.2   For additional information regarding the application of this policy please refer to HEALTH
SCIENCES CENTER TOBACCO FREE CAMPUS PROCEDURE.




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                                                                          APPENDIX G


Letter from ASCLS Region II Student Representative



Dear Medical Laboratory Science Student:

Congratulations on the beginning of your career as a Laboratory Professional!

I am Andreea Nagy, the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) of Region II Student
Representative for 2009-2010. I am currently a student at Caldwell College in NJ and I will be starting my
clinical rotations in Jersey Shore University Medical Center. I found out about ASCLS through searching
for a mentor and professional advice and I found the Society as a great tool and networking opportunity for
students.

Most likely, by now you found out about ASCLS and you are a student member. However, I would like to
impart to you some of the reasons why you should continue your membership as a First Year
Professional (FYP) member of ASCLS. The following are some great resources available to you and can
be found on the ASCLS website at www.ascls.org

        - Tips and valuable information for graduating students:
        http://www.ascls.org/jobs/grads/index.asp
        - Career information including current openings:
        http://www.ascls.org/jobs/index.asp
        - Continuing education opportunities:
        http://www.ascls.org/education/index.asp#Anchor-P.A.C.E-23240
        - Network at the events organized by your state ASCLS
        -The ASCLS E-Mentoring program which allows you to be in touch with an experienced ASCLS
        member and they can help provide you with valuable answers and guidance.
        http://www.ascls.org/leadership/ldc/index.asp
        -Membership allows you access to the current issues of ASCLS Today and Clinical Laboratory
        Science Journal of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science so you can stay informed
        on the happenings within the society and in the field of clinical laboratory science.

First Year Professional membership is offered at a discounted rate of only $45.00 which is a small price to
gain access to an organization that provides a supportive environment to learn and grow as a new
professional. To join ASCLS, you can visit www.ascls.org

I would be happy to answer any question you may have, so please do not hesitate to contact me. I wish
you the best in your studies and I hope to hear from you!

Sincerely,
Andreea Nagy
ASCLS Region II Student Representative
andreeanagy@yahoo.com




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