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Zero Tolerance Policy (Demerit System)

Zero Tolerance Policy (Demerit System)

In addition to proving clinical competency, students will be evaluated on demonstrating affective, cognitive and psychomotor skills in the clinical education environment. Positive, professional behaviors and attitudes are as important as clinical competency, particularly attendance, integrity, judgment, reliability, dependability, personal presentation, communication skills, professional conduct, initiative, adherence to dress code, ability to function during stressful situations and the ability to complete requirements in a specified time frame. Developing and maintaining professional behaviors will reward the student in future employment opportunities. Policies and procedures concerning these behaviors and attitudes are clearly outlined in RAD Rules. Therefore, any infraction of the rules will result in disciplinary actions.

Demerits – defined as a numerical documentation of unsatisfactory performance, which will affect a student's clinical grade. Demerits are assigned by program faculty. The number of demerits assigned will depend on the seriousness and frequency of the infraction. Demerits will be subtracted from the clinical grade as follows:

This list is not inclusive.  Demerits may be assigned for other violation of policies not individually listed below.  This list should be used as a guide to aid in maintaining consistency among clinical sites. Ultimately, the number of demerits earned will depend on the seriousness of the infraction and will be determined by the clinical coordinator. 

 Infraction  Number of demerits earned
Failure to complete and submit required clinical paperwork in appropiate time frame (example: objectives, evaluations, etc.).  See Clinical Objective Worksheet (COW)
 Failure to follow proper call-in policy when absent from clinical  3 (consistent)
 Tardiness  See tardy policy
 Unexcused absences in excess of allowed annual days  3 plus make up 2x amount of time (consistent)
 Any violation of the dress code  1
 Failure to have lead markers, dosimetry badge, or hospital ID  1
 On the computer inappropriately  5
Cell phone usage, including talking and texting, or clinical site phone usage for personal reasons  3
Partaking of non-educational activities while in clinical (example: reading newspaper, knitting, sleeping)  1
 Violation of clinical site smoking policy  3
 Leaving assigned clinical rotation area without permission of supervisor or clincal instructor  1
 Failure to effectively communicate  Determined on individual basis
 Using inappropriate language in the clinical environment  3
 Failure to take initiative  Determined on individual basis
 Failure to successfully complete entire exam (example: have images checked, release patient, finish paperwork, reschedule patient)  1
 Failure to maintain cleanliness and stocking of assigned clinical area  2
Using someone else's lead markers or letting someone else use your lead markers  1
Mislabeling images  3
Failure to properly double ID a patient  3
Failure to properly double ID a patient that results in radiographing the wrong patient  5 plus written paper
 Radiographing the wrong body part  3 plus written paper
 Repeating a radiograph without supervision  5 plus written paper
 Indirect supervision when direct supervision would be required  5 plus written paper
Failure to employ good radiation protection practices (examples: determine pregnancy or last menstrual period (LMP) status, proper shielding for patient, self, and others)  3
Holding a patient during a radiogrphic exposure  5 plus written paper
Failure to function in stressful situations  Determined on individual basis
Failure to report any abnormal incident to supervisor pertaining to equipment, patient or self  3
Intolerance of others  5 plus written paper
Inability to function as a team member  Determined on individual basis
Failure to act in a professional manner  2
Failure to thrive in clinical setting  Determined on individual basis
Inconsistent performance in clinical setting  1
Showing no concern for patient well being  3
Failure to follow professional conduct and ethics and general rules of conduct  Determined on individual basis
Circumventing the chain of command  3
Violation of program privacy policy  3
Violation of patient privacy or HIPAA  5 with possible suspension/expulsion
Falsification of records  5 with possible suspension/expulsion

Submission of report to DAA
Insubordination  5 with possibe suspension/expulsion
Lying either outright or by omission  5 with possible suspension/expulsion

Submission of report to DAA
Suspension  5


The amount of demerits listed above will be given for an initial infraction of policy or procedure. Subsequent infractions will increase the demerit given by one unless indicated.

A master list of demerits will be maintained for each student. Demerits in future semesters for subsequent infractions of the same policy will result in an additional demerit per infraction unless noted as consistent in the list. Each demerit will lower the clinical grade by one percentage (1%) point. In addition, a clinical instructor may send the student away from clinical until the infraction is remedied. Any time used while the student is away from clinical will be deducted from annual time or made up as straight time by the end of the semester or during semester break before proceeding to the next semester. If the time amount is less than 1 hour, the tardy policy will apply and tardy points will be recorded.

Failure of the clinical component will result in failure of the RADSC 295 course and the student will not be allowed to progress to the next semester of the program.

Revised 1/18