Ethics Policy

Guidelines for Academic and Professional Ethical Standards

In accordance with the University’s “Departmental Programmatic Probation and Dismissal Policy Procedures” (described in the Graduate College document and in the University Catalog), Science Education may ask a student to withdraw from the program for non-academic reasons. These reasons include, but are not limited to: 1) deficiencies in the student’s ability to demonstrate professional conduct; or 2) behavior that is inconsistent with Iowa Administrative Code Chapter 25 Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics. Because the MA in Science Education is a practitioner-based program, students are expected to adhere to the code of conduct as required by their home state to obtain and/or maintain a license to teach. Students who do not demonstrate the ability to follow the criteria listed in the Iowa Code of Professional conduct (regardless of their state of residence), will be considered deficient in their professional conduct and ability, even if their academic record is satisfactory. In this case, students who fail to demonstrate professional conduct and/or ability will be placed under programmatic probation.

The University’s “Departmental non-academic probation and dismissal procedures for programmatic requirements other than GPA” will be followed in the event that the faculty should have any concerns about a student’s non-academic conduct or abilities. Loss of a teaching license due to violation of the Iowa Administrative Code Chapter 25 (or similar state policy) will result in suspension or dismissal from the Science Education MA program, depending on the severity of the violation.