Professional Standards

Unethical Student Behavior

Plagiarism and Cheating

The faculty is unanimous in their feelings that plagiarism and cheating are unacceptable practices in graduate school. In compliance with Title 5 of the California Administrative Code (Section 41301), the Department of Counseling has developed policies with regard to plagiarism and cheating that may be obtained by contacting the Department.

Professional Standards

Students are required to adhere to the policies of the various professional codes governing the counseling profession. These policies which include advertisement, provision of services, client responsibility, and the ethics of the profession are covered in COUN 690 and COUN 857 (In Rehabilitation Counseling--COUN 762).

Violation of professional ethics can result in litigation, suspension, or expulsion from the Department of Counseling.

Evaluation and Deselection Procedures

Evaluation of the performance of students is an integral part of the Department's program. Learning the profession of counseling is an ongoing process that challenges students to examine his/her own strengths and weaknesses. Feedback from academic and clinically focused classes along with supervision from the field and practicums provide a students with ample opportunity to examine his/her cognitive and emotional responses to learning the craft. The degree to which students adjust and accommodate their professional behavior to this network of feedback is critical for the students successful professional development.

Students in "good standing" are required to maintain the following standards:

A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better throughout his/her residency.

Grades of "B" or better in each of the clinical seminars; COUN 706, COUN 736, COUN 811 and COUN 892.

A "CR" grade in his/her fieldwork; COUN 705, COUN 735 and COUN 892.

The faculty owes the student open and direct feedback on his/her progress. The faculty has a responsibility to the current and future consumers of counseling. Additionally, the Department has a long-range responsibility to the field of counseling to provide competent, well-trained practitioners to meet the needs of the field. Toward this end, the faculty has a responsibility to adequately train entry-level counselors and to deselect those students whose performance does not meet the Department's standards.