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Student Code of Conduct Policy

Course Climate

Student interactions within the closed course group must be professional, confidential, and intellectual. All communications, including shared artwork and visual images, shall be constructive and appropriate, with thoughtful consideration given to any potentially offensive subject matter. The types of prohibited conduct outlined in this policy are not intended to be all-inclusive or limit the types of inappropriate conduct that may subject a student to sanctions or disciplinary action. 

Any student who violates the Student Code of Conduct Policy will be placed on probation on the first offense. If the disruptive behavior persists and there is a second offense, the student will be removed from the course or degree program, per the Disciplinary Probation and Dismissal Policy, and issued a refund according to the Add/Drop, Withdrawal, and Tuition Reimbursement Policy.

Behavioral Misconduct

Students have a responsibility to meet standards of behavior that are not connected to their academic performance. As an online University dedicated to the secure and protected transmission of education via the internet and related methods, The Art of Education University has to be vigilant in protecting the intellectual property of the university and its students. Students who disrespect the principles behind protecting intellectual property put themselves in jeopardy. Among those types of actions that are not allowed:

  • Use of University resources, including intellectual property, course assignments, papers, examinations, and answers to quizzes and examinations for commercial purposes. 
  • Providing false or altered identification. 
  • Abuse of resources provided to the student for research and use in connection with classes, such as library databases and other internet research sites where access is provided through the university. 
  • Threats levied against another student, faculty member, or other university personnel. 
  • Any conduct that willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of another student, faculty member, or university employee. 
  • Obscene or harassing communication directed toward a student, faculty member, or university employee. 
  • Lying, cheating, or stealing that compromises educational integrity. 
  • Willful non-payment of financial obligations to the university. 
  • Disrespectful treatment of other students, faculty members, or university employees.

Ethical Computer Use

The Art of Education University provides information technology resources to various individuals (students, faculty, and staff). As members of the online community, all individuals are responsible for using those services in an effective, efficient, ethical, and legal manner. Individuals are encouraged to respect the privacy of others and avoid grossly offensive expressions in matters of ethnicity, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability, which may create a hostile environment. AOEU reserves the right to monitor the use of technology-related resources to determine compliance with the provision of the computer ethics and policies statement.

Substance Use Prevention Policy

The Art of Education University is committed to promoting a drug-free learning environment. The University has a vital interest in maintaining a safe and healthy environment for the benefit of its employees and students. The use of performance-altering drugs can impair judgment and increase the risk of injuries. Consistent with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (Public Law 101-226), all students and employees are advised that individuals who violate federal, state or local laws and institutional policies are subject to University disciplinary action and criminal prosecution. Penalties may include required participation in and completion of appropriate rehabilitation programs in addition to federal, state and local sanctions. Students should be aware there are significant psychological and physiological health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and alcohol. 

The following resources are available for assisting with possible problems of substance use: 

Sexual Harassment and Discrimination

The Art of Education University is committed to providing and maintaining a positive learning environment free from all forms of discrimination and conduct that may be considered harassing, coercive, or disruptive, including sexual harassment. AOEU will not tolerate any actions, words, jokes, or comments based on an individual’s sex, race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected characteristic.

Sexual harassment can be defined as unwanted sexual advances and/or visual, verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. This definition includes many forms of offensive behaviors and gender-based harassment of a person of the same sex as the harasser.

If any students experience or witness sexual or other unlawful harassment or discrimination, they should immediately report this information to the Dean Student Services by emailing studentservices@theartofeducation.edu or calling 515.344.4528. If they feel it would be inappropriate to discuss with the Dean, they should immediately contact the Director of Compliance without fear of reprisal or punishment. The director can be reached via email at compliance@theartofeducation.edu. 

All allegations of sexual harassment will be quickly and discreetly investigated. Local law enforcement will be notified.

Any student may seek additional services or help from the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN): 800.656.HOPE (4673).

If you have specific questions or concerns not addressed here,  contact help@theartofeducation.edu for clarification.