Code of Conduct
CV Academics, Inc. (“CVA”) is dedicated to providing a safe, welcoming, collaborative learning environment for all participants in its Honors Programs (e.g. American Medical Pathway Honors Program and future Honors Programs), regardless of age, race, creed, color, disability, marital status, sex, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, arrest or conviction record, membership in the military reserve, or participation in political matters affecting the general welfare.
In furtherance thereof, CVA requires all Members and affiliates of the Honors Programs, and all those who do desire to interact with or to provide services to the Honors Programs, including partners and contributors to adhere to all components of this Code of Conduct. CVA reserves the right in its sole discretion to cease interacting with any persons who does not adhere to this Code of Conduct, including terminating any existing relationship and deleting any communication with or by such person.
The activities and behaviors of Members (students, faculty, staff, board members, advisors, mentors, expert contributors, channel learning partners and sponsors), as well as those that monitor and contribute content to and facilitate interactions in the Honors Programs, including their communications electronically, private as well as through social media, must meet the highest ethical standards of conduct. Members are expected to commit to fostering an environment in which the Code of Conduct is exhibited.
Harassment Will Not be Tolerated
CVA will not tolerate harassment based on a person’s race, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, sex, arrest or conviction record, marital status, sexual orientation or military services. Similarly, CVA will not tolerate harassment using race, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, sex, arrest or conviction record, marital status, sexual orientation or military services.
Harassment may include verbal (e.g., jokes and comments), non-verbal (e.g., gestures and materials) and physical (e.g., touching) behaviors, directed specifically to one or more persons, or distributed or publicized more broadly. All concerns about harassment should be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Confidentiality will be maintained.
Privacy will be Respected and Maintained
Although CVA and the Honors Programs are not schools, and do not receive funds from the U.S. Department of Education, we are committed to following the guidelines established for such organizations under the Compliance with The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This includes protecting a student’s records we may have from inspection or review by anyone other than the student, and if they are a minor (younger than 18), by other than an authorized parent. For more information about FERPA and its guidelines, please see: https://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html.
Rights Regarding the Collection and Use of Information will be Respected
Although CVA and the Honors Programs are not sponsors of or engaged in programs or activities that receive funds from the U.S. Department of Education, we are committed to following the guidelines established for such organizations under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) to FERPA. These include obtaining a student’s consent for their participation in any survey regarding “protected information” (e.g., political affiliations, mental problems, sex, religion, income, etc.) funded, even in part, by the Department of Education. A student will be given the opportunity to opt out of any survey, as well as any non-emergency physical exam or screening, and to inspect the results of any survey. For more information about PPRA and its guidelines, please see: https://studentprivacy.ed.gov/resources/ppra-model-general-notice-rights,
Content Must Meet Ethical Standards
All content contributed to CVA in connection with the Honors Programs must meet ethical standards for content (writing) which include:
- Acknowledging the contributions of others and source materials including the proper use of citations, and quotes, even when paraphrasing and in summaries (no plagiarizing).
- Content must evidence a thorough understanding of the subject matter and terminology used.
- Content must present a cohesive whole, and not mislead including by omission.
- Act promptly to correct erroneous communications.
- Respect the intellectual property of others, including copyrights, trademarks, tradenames and brands.
Conflicts of Interest Should Be Avoided
Conflicts of interest and circumstances that reasonably present the appearance of a conflict should be avoided where possible. All conflicts of interest that cannot otherwise be avoided should be fairly and completely disclosed.
All Public Communications On Behalf of CVA Must be Explicitly Authorized
Public Communications on behalf of CVA, or the Honors Programs, are required to be approved in advance by an authorized representative of CVA, and no one without such prior authorization may represent otherwise, explicitly or impliedly. Prior authorization may be requested by contacting us here.