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Code of Professional Conduct

It is important that all students conduct themselves in a professional and respectful manner at all times. Each student is expected to understand and follow the Rules of Conduct as outlined in this document.

RULES OF CONDUCT

Students are expected to conduct themselves professionally at all times and treat all people with dignity and respect. Harassment, insulting behavior, insubordination or violations of any state, federal or local law may be grounds for discipline by the students sponsoring agency, up to and including dismissal.

Safety is the most important aspect of any training. Students and Instructors will conduct a safety briefing prior to any drills and/or exercises.  A Job Hazard Analysis and Codes of Safe Practices for drills and/or exercises will be available on site within the IIPP Book.

FRATERNIZATION WITH STAFF

Fraternization is defined as the kind of relation that transgresses legal, moral or professional norms forbidding certain categories of social contact across socially or legally defined classes. The term often tends to connote impropriety, unprofessionalism or unethical behavior. Fraternization between staff and students will not be permitted while students are assigned to training. Fraternization is inappropriate in the training environment for several reasons. Students are required to maintain discipline while at the training center and conform to all rules and regulations found within this document. Staff interaction with students outside of the instructional environment can create the appearance of impropriety and the perception of favoritism. Fraternization weakens the integrity of the training center and will not be tolerated.

UNPROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

There will be zero tolerance for students who instigate or participate in improper practical joking and hazing or who use demeaning terms, abusive or profane language or actions that have the effect of creating an unprofessional and/or disruptive work environment. The question of whether the conduct is offensive is judged from the perspective of the recipient, rather than the intention of the perpetrator.

These activities may constitute discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). They also may be prohibited under Government Code Section 19570, et. al. Such activities are unprofessional and inappropriate and violate the Rules of Conduct and this policy section.

CLASSROOM CONDUCT

Students will show respect for instructors. Discussion between students and instructors will be respectful at all times.

Students will be in the class and ready for class to start at the designated time. The instructor controls duration and frequency of breaks, absences, safety messages and overall accountability of the class.

WORK PLACE VIOLENCE

We strive to provide all students with a safe, healthy, and productive work environment.  Intimidation, threats, assaults, and acts of violence in the workplace or affecting the work situation are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

Any student and/ or visitor who intimidates threatens, or takes violent actions against others will be subject to dismissal and/or immediate notification to the students sponsoring agency.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

It is against federal and state law for any employee to sexually harass another. Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination that deprives the recipient of equal employment opportunities. Sexual harassment may be overt or subtle. Behavior that is tolerated in a social setting may not be appropriate in the workplace. Sexual harassment complaints may be substantiated by the complainant’s perception of the situation, and may include conduct that is sexually based, even if the conduct is not overtly sexual. This may include hostile behavior such as bullying, threats made in a joking manner, and conduct that is perceived as threatening by one gender, even if it is not perceived as such by the other.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

This facility recognizes and complies with all of the provisions of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). If a student has a learning disability requiring assistance in test taking, they are responsible for notifying the Course Coordinator utilizing the Reasonable Accommodation process as outlined in this document. Reporting a learning disability and requesting assistance is the responsibility of the student. Accommodations provided may include:

  • Additional time to test
  • A quiet area, free from distractions

If a student needs additional reasonable accommodation it will granted in accordance with Department reasonable accommodation policies on a case by case basis.

All test scores obtained prior to being granted assistance will stand. Students will not have an opportunity to retake an exam based on the need for reasonable accommodation.