Thursday, January 05, 2006

Marquette (Non)Statement on the Dental School Blogger

This just out, with regard to the student blogger in the Dental School who had a severe punishment imposed on him for some posts. However, the Dean of the Dental School overturned the most draconian elements of the punishment.
Student conduct at the Marquette University School of Dentistry is governed by two codes of conduct: the Marquette University School of Dentistry Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and the Marquette University Student Handbook. The University has an obligation to investigate complaints regarding violation of these codes of conduct. The School of Dentistry Handbook for Students outlines the procedures to be followed in investigating an allegation of student misconduct.

Initially, a nine-member Student-Faculty Review Committee, consisting of five faculty members and four students, carefully hears and deliberates over significant amounts of information. It can be an arduous task and a difficult decision. These proceedings are always confidential in accordance with Federal law, limiting the ability of the University to fully explain the rationale for certain recommendations. Following action by the review committee, a student may appeal the committee’s decision to the Dean of the School of Dentistry. The dean then has the option to appoint three individuals to review the written appeal and make recommendations to the dean.

Because disciplinary actions are protected under the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), representatives of the university cannot comment on the results of any disciplinary action, at any stage.

The Marquette School of Dentistry will continue to emphasize the importance of the highest standards of professional conduct expected of its students as they prepare to enter the practice of dentistry.

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