Student Record Policies
Rights of Access by Students
In compliance with Public law 93-380, Section
438 (The Buckley Amendment), student grades, records, or personal information
may not be given to third persons without written consent of the student. Permission must be given by the student in
order for information in the file to be used as a reference check for any sort
of a credit investigation by a third party, and the student must file a
declaration to this effect, which will be kept with the student’s file.
1. An adult student may request access to or release of his/her
education records maintained by PUAAM. Requests must be in writing on forms
provided by the College, or by letter and addressed to the Registrar. The
written request must specify the records to which the student desires to access
or to be released, to whom it is to be released, and the purpose of the
request. PUAAM is obligated to reply to such request within 45 days from the
date the request is received.
2. An adult student may also request special letters or copies of
documents pertaining to his or her education record, but must pay the cost of
producing or reproducing such documents.
3. An adult student may request changes in his or her records. If upon
proper showing of evidence there is an error, a change or correction will be
4. An adult student may request a hearing regarding changes in his or
her records. The request must be in writing addressed to the president of PUAAM
and must include the reasons for requesting such a hearing. Upon receipt of the
request, a date and time for such a hearing will be arranged and the University
representative who will conduct the hearing will be named.
Rights of Access by Others
The law provides rights of access to student records be made
available to authorized officials of State or Federal agencies when such access
is necessary for audit or evaluation of educational programs supported by such
The following is considered by PUAAM to be “Directory Information”
within the provisions of Public Law 93-380 and the applicable regulations:
and birth date of student (for positive identification).
address and phone number.
student’s attendance at PUAAM.
other awards received by the student.
previous educational agency/ institution attended by the student.
The Directory Information may be issued to potential or actual
employers, governmental agencies, or other educational institutions by the
university, unless PUAAM receives a written objection from the student to the
release of such information.
Student records are maintained on-site for a
minimum of five years. Students may have
access to their own personal records during regular business hours upon reasonable
notice, but access can only be had in the presence of the duly authorized
representative of the President’s or Dean’s office. Each review of a personal
file by a student will be noted in the file. Transcripts are available for
The following types of records, regarding
admissions to attendance, are maintained at PUAAM:
application for admission and all pertinent documents submitted including
verification of transcripts from other colleges or universities attended and
record of courses undertaken, grades received, units and grade points earned.
status or changes in scholastic program.
address, place of employment and telephone numbers.
correspondence, program selections, and special examinations.
ledger sheet showing charges for tuition, special fees, and any adjustments of
such charges, and payments made on account.
academic or financial probation or suspension.
applications for, or data pertinent to loans or other student financial aid.
veteran, eligibility certificate, attendance verifications or certifications.
If an international student, Immigration Naturalization Service
Student Records and Rights of Students
PUAAM complies with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act
1974. This act was designed to protect the privacy of student records and to
establish a method for student’s inspection of their own files and records.
Each adult student (18 Years of age or older) may request access to
or release of his/her education records maintained by PUAAM. Requests must be
in writing on forms provided by the College, or by letter and addressed
to the Registrar.
Students have the right, in the event of affirmed noncompliance with
the act, to file a complaint with the Dean of Administration. If a satisfactory resolution cannot be made
with the University, that person has the right to file a complaint with the
Department of Education by writing:
Policy Compliance Office—U.S. Department of Education
Release of Personally Identifiable Records
The law provides that personally
identifiable records from a student’s education records, in addition to the
“Directory Information “ specified above, may be released without the student’s
consent in the following cases:
authorized official of the U.S. Office of Education or to State educational
persons in connection with application for or receipt of financial aid.
organization conducting studies for, or in behalf of, educational agencies or
institutions for the purpose of developing, validating, or administering
predictive test administering student aid programs.
accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions.
compliance with a judicial order or pursuant to any lawfully issued subpoena,
upon condition that the student is notified of all such orders or subpoenas in
advance of compliance therewith by the University.
school officials, including instructors, within the PUAAM organization who have
been determined by PUAAM to have a legitimate educational interest.
appropriate persons in connection with an emergency, if knowledge of such
information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or
In each of the above instances, the name of the individual or organization
to which information, other than “Directory Information,” is given will be
recorded in the student’s file.
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
Piedmont encourages students who have additional questions regarding
this catalog or this institution to contact the Bureau for Private
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
P.O. Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento California, 95833
and Equipment Provided
The University maintains four classrooms, large sanctuary, conference
room, two clinic treatment rooms with three tables each, herbal pharmacy, and
offices. All equipment and materials are provided.
Library and Multimedia Center
Students with a valid PUAAM ID card may use
any of the University’s library facilities. The PUAAM library collection is
comprised of books and journals. Students also may access information at other
universities. PUAAM also contains up-to-date hardware and software including a
color printer, laser printer, CD ROM players and multimedia software. Furthermore, the PUAAM Library computer has
the ability to connect to various libraries around the world.
The PUAAM subscribes to LOC that will allow
the PUAAM members (faculty, administrators, staff, and students) to do research
and studies in Acupuncture and Western medicine.
The University has a limited amount of dormitory facilities under
its control. The Dean of Students may assist in finding suitable housing in the
Since there will be clinical labs required
for all students seeking a degree, students are asked after admission to demonstrate
that they have received all necessary vaccinations for immunization against
polio, diphtheria, measles, rubella, tetanus, and that they are free of
tuberculosis. In addition, each student must demonstrate evidence of
involvement in an active medical insurance policy while in attendance at the
Study groups can be very valuable in the learning process, and are
encouraged and overseen by PUAAM. They can provide support, discipline, and
ready feedback. Study groups are most effective for discussing the material
before class, discussing concepts after class, outlining, and reviewing
practice exams. The exchange of ideas in the intimate environment of a small
group of peers is helpful in understanding complex concepts. People learn in
different ways and at different rates.
School studies groups help develop the collaborative skills needed to
succeed in practice.
PUAAM offers student counseling from 2:00 PM~5:00 PM, Monday through
Friday. All PUAAM students are able to receive counsel about any subject such
as academic, financial, and course advising.
** If students cannot come during regular counseling time, please
make an appointment.
Student Assistance by the Dean of Students
The Dean of Students provides assistance to
students directly or through referral. Direct services offered by the Dean
include: letters of recommendation, explanation of policies and procedures
relating to student records, admission policies, evaluation & credentials,
transfer credit, academic probation, disqualification and disciplinary matters,
publication of class schedules and approval of academic petitions. The Dean is
involved with the administration of College discipline, the planning and
development of curriculum and degree programs.
Right–to-Know and Campus Security Act
In response to Title 11 of Public Law 101-542, The Student
Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act, signed into law in November, 1990, PUAAM
hereby makes the following information available to all members of PUAAM
emergencies occurring at PUAAM centers should be reported immediately to the
Dean of Students or, in the absence of the Dean of Students, his or her
2It is the
policy of PUAAM that any person within the University community witnessing
criminal activity is honor bound to report this activity to the Dean of
Students. The center Director is honor
bound to report crimes occurring on campus to the appropriate police agencies.
to inform students and employees about campus security procedures through
formal notification in writing, and periodically and informally in campus
newsletters. The University
administration encourages all members of the community to develop security
awareness. They encourage people to take
action and be responsible for their own security and for others by notifying
University Dean of Students of any risk to the security of the University
hereby notified that the following statistics reflect conditions at PUAAM
during the calendar year: no murders, no rapes, no robberies, no aggravated
assaults, no burglaries, and no motor vehicle thefts.
hereby notified that the following statistics reflect conditions at PUAAM
during the calendar year: no arrests for liquor law violation, no arrests for
drug abuse violations, no arrests for weapons possessions.
It is the policy of the college to encourage the accurate and prompt
reporting of all crimes on campus. The following guidelines have been set up to
protect students, faculty and employees of PUAAM:
To possess firearms
or other weapons is not allowed on campus or at any college sponsored event.
Any event of
vandalism, violence or fighting should be reported immediately to an
be locked when parked in the parking lot.
individuals noted loitering on the campus or in the parking lot should be
immediately reported to an administration official.
personal property unattended in an office, classroom or other location.
The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act
Amendments of 1989 require notice to each student and employee of campus
standards of conduct on the abuse of alcohol and illegal drugs, the legal
actions which apply, possible health risks, and available counseling and
Under this law, PUAAM is committed to
upholding a drug free-working environment, one conducive to promoting wellness
and positive self-development of all members of its community. In keeping with this objective, PUAAM will
ensure that all of its workplaces are safe and free from the problems and risks
associated with the unauthorized use and abuse of alcohol and the illegal use
and abuse of drugs.
It is the policy of PUAAM that sexual
harassment of employees and students is unacceptable and will not be
tolerated. Theses policy statements are
directed towards all forms of sexual harassment among peers and co-workers,
supervisors and subordinates, and faculties and students.
Since sexual harassment is a violation of
law (Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972), PUAAM is committed to
creating and maintaining a community in which students, faculty and
administrative and academic staff can work together in an atmosphere free of
all forms of harassment including sexual harassment.
of Sexual Harassment
For general policy purposes, sexual
harassment maybe described as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual
favors, and other physical and expressive behavior of a sexual nature whereby:
(a) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implied for
condition of an individual’s employment or education; (b) submission or
rejection of such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially
interfering with an individual’s academic or professional performance or
creating an intimidating, hostile or demeaning employment or educational
It includes, but is not limited to : (a)
Unsolicited oral, written, physical and/or visual contact with sexual overtones
such as suggestive or obscene letters, notes and invitations, jokes, slurs,
comments, epithets, touching, assault, impeding movement, patting or pinching,
leering, gestures, display of sexually suggestive objects, pictures, posters.
Assault Victims Policy
It is the policy of PUAAM to provide a healthy and safe environment
for students to learn, faculty to teach, and staff to perform. Fundamental to
this policy is the belief that safety is a daily habit and individual
responsibility is essential for creating and entering a safe, non-threatening
Avoidance of injury and prevention of bodily harm such as sexual
assault is another primary goal. It is the policy of PUAAM that all victims of
sexual assault committed on campus grounds shall receive treatment and
information. PUAAM will explore all reported incidents and take proper action
to protect the rights of the victim.
PUAAM has minimal access to provide emergency treatment to sexual
assault victims. The victim, therefore, will
need to use public services such as 911 Emergency services, public counseling
services such as the Rape Crisis Hot line, the local Police Department or the
County Sheriff’s office for law enforcement services, and the County District
Attorney’s Office or local legal aid societies for information about their
legal rights for criminal or civil prosecution All reports of incidents or
requests for information from victims of sexual assault are confidential and
will be kept in a locked file in the Dean’s office. Access to these files will be restricted to
the Chief Executive Officer, the Dean, the victim and law enforcement
Following are guidelines for victims of sexual assault at or on the
grounds of PUAAM:
1. School official
calls 911 and requests emergency services, if needed.
2. Report the incident
to the local Police Department.
3. Get medical
treatment for injuries.
4. Notify school
officials of the incident--Report to the Dean or President of the College.
5. File a written
report with the school administration.
6. Call Rape Hot line
and discuss the incident.
7. Schedule a
post-trauma counseling session as needed.
Student Conduct and Discipline Policies
In all matters, the University will provide the student the right to
file a grievance according to the procedures that follow:
Classroom Related Issues:
the responsible faculty member first.
If the issue
cannot be resolved with the responsible faculty, a written complaint to the
Dean of Student must be filed.
If the issue
is not resolved satisfactorily, the student may appeal to the Grievance
Committee, which is composed of one faculty member, one student, and the Chief
academic Officer. The decision of the committee is final.
Administrative Related Issues:
the administrative officer involved.
If the issue
is not resolved, a grievance must be filed in writing to the Dean of
If the issue
is not resolved to the student’s satisfaction, it may be brought to the
President. All decisions made by the President are final. If the student is still not satisfied with
the final decision, he or she may bring the problem to State Council.
Any questions, problems, or complaints which have not been
satisfactorily answered or resolved by PU may be directed to the:
Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE)
Web site: www.bppe.ca.gov
Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833
P. O. Box
980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818
(916) 431-6959, Fax: (916) 263-1897 Toll
free: (888) 370-7589
Or may also be addressed to the:
Acupuncture Board (CAB)
Web site: www.acupuncture.ca.gov
1747 North Market Boulevard, Suite 180,
Sacramento, CA 95834
Telephone: (916) 515-5200, Fax: (916) 928-2204
Principles and Practices
Students are expected to conduct themselves responsibly and to abide
by the regulations of PUAAM, which reflects upon themselves and the University
in terms of morality, honor and good citizenship. It is the responsibility of students to
uphold academic honesty and integrity and show their commitment to the goals of
the University through their conduct and behavior.
Any form of academic dishonesty or inappropriate conduct by a student
or applicant may result in PUAAM imposing penalties as deemed proper, ranging
from warning to dismissal. Any such disciplinary action will follow the
procedures of due process.
Due process requires a student be notified in writing about the
charges against them. The student is to
be given a fair opportunity to refute the charges and the ability to appeal any
Any form of academic dishonesty reveals a serious lack of personal
academic integrity and detracts from a student’s quality education.
Furthermore, academic dishonesty is a gross violation of college policy.
Faculty will make every reasonable effort to foster honest academic
conduct. If the faculty member believes there is evidence of academic
dishonesty by a student, it is the faculty member’s responsibility to take
action against the student. Faculty
members should notify their classes of the ethical standards needed in their
courses and the permissive procedures in class work and examination, preferably
in the course outline shared with students.
Academic dishonesty is considered as any form of cheating,
plagiarism or attempt to gain credit for academic work through fraudulent,
deceptive or dishonest means. The following definitions are not intended to be
Cheating--The intentional use or attempt to use unauthorized
materials, information or study aids in any academic exercise such as copying
from another person’s exam; submitting work previously presented in another
course; using sources or materials not allowed by the instructor in an
examination; altering grading materials; sitting for an examination by a
surrogate or acting as surrogate; or any act which defrauds the results of the
Plagiarism--Taking the ideas, words, or specific concepts of another
and offering them as one’s own without giving credit to the source such as the
word for word use of another’s material without the proper citation of the
source; and paraphrasing information from another’s work without the proper
The faculty is responsible for deciding the academic sanction to be
applied to any student involved in individual incidents of cheating or
A decision to place a student on probation, suspension, or dismissal
is determined by a Hearing Committee in matters of repeated cheating or
plagiarism or matters of serious violations in student conduct. If a student believes that he or she has been
wrongfully charged or penalized, the student may appeal the decision to the
Student Conduct Appeals Committee.
Probation, Suspension, and Dismissal of Students
Following the procedures consistent with due process, student may be
placed on probation, suspended or dismissed, or given a lesser sanction for any
of the following:
change of PUAAM documents, or knowingly providing false information.
of the educational or administrative process of PUAAM.
abuse or destruction of PUAAM property; physical abuse or threat of abuse to
student, PUAAM Employees and/or their families.
actions in violation of law, violating the purpose of PUAAM or the rights of
those who comprise PUAAM.
When repeated instances of academic
dishonesty are reported or the student is accused of a serious violation of
conduct, the student may be subject to dismissal from PUAAM, or some lesser
sanction. Any student accused is
guaranteed an unbiased hearing before disciplinary action is taken and has the
right to appeal an unfavorable decision.
Upon Committee hearing, specific penalties that might be considered
Review - No
that the work be repeated
grade on specific work in question
grade for the work in question, or for the entire course.