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School Policies

Non-Discrimination

The School of Physician Assistant Studies supports the policy of the University of Florida regarding non-discrimination. This policy declares that the University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, and veteran status as protected under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act.

Academic Honesty

The University of Florida expects students to be honest in all of their university coursework. Therefore, students are required to commit themselves to academic honesty by signing a statement of such commitment as part of the admissions process. Violations of academic honesty are adjudicated by the School of Physician Assistant Studies faculty and the Professional Standards and Promotions Committee, with appeals to the Health Science Center Student Conduct Standards Committee. Procedures for dealing with matters related to academic honesty are outlined in the PA students’ Academic and Clinical Manuals and are reviewed by the School and updated yearly.

Background Checks and Drug Screening

As part of the CASPA application, applicants must acknowledge and provide details related to any former charges and/or convictions of a felony or misdemeanor. For any felony convictions that occur between the time of submission of the CASPA application and matriculation into the School of Physician Assistant Studies, the specific details, including date of charge(s), type of offense, and disposition of the case, must be reported to the Director’s office immediately. After matriculation into the School, should a student be convicted of any felonies at any time during his/her enrollment in the School, s/he must report the details immediately to the  Director’s office. Failure to comply will be grounds for dismissal.

During the course of the clinical year, students will be required to undergo one or more national criminal background checks, which will include finger printing. In addition, certain clinical sites that are regularly used by the School of Physician Assistant Studies may require additional drug screening in order for students to have practice opportunities at those institutions.

A negative criminal background record or a failure to pass drug screening may impede clinical training or status in the School of Physician Assistant Studies. By accepting admission to the School, students agree to national criminal background checks and drug screening, and also agree to pay expenses associated with such screenings.

Physical Examinations

As an integral part of the Physical Diagnosis course in the academic year, students receive instruction and practice in physical examination of live “patients.” To provide the best learning opportunity for students to acquire skill in the physical exam, the School utilizes men and women professional models who serve as both teacher and “patient” to instruct students and provide practical experience in male rectal and genitalia exam and in female breast and pelvic exam. This is a required experience and generally serves not only as a teaching methodology but also as a means of helping students relieve nervousness associated with this rather sensitive part of the Physical Diagnosis course.