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Statement of Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is an integral and essential component of the learning process.  The responsibility for ensuring academic integrity is founded on the partnership between teacher and student.  As a student preparing to participate in the financial planning profession or as a current industry practitioner, you should be aware of the expectation and criticality of ethical behavior.  As Metropolitan Community College ( MCC ) Financial Planning faculty, it is our responsibility to ensure ethical standards and principles of integrity are maintained in the program.  This Statement of Academic Integrity expresses the commitment and responsibility of both student and faculty participants in ensuring the integrity of the program. 

As a student participant in the Metropolitan Community College Financial Planning Program, you tacitly agree to abide by the following principles and standards.  Violation of any of these tenets warrants consideration for immediate suspension and/or dismissal from the program.

Competency

  • Participation:  A MCC Financial Planning student is expected to demonstrate complete competency in all program requirements.  
  • Prerequisite Requirements
    A MCC Financial Planning student will adhere to required course prerequisites when registering for selected courses.  If a student has registered for a course without first taking the required course prerequisites or securing the permission of a MCC Financial Planning faculty member or the MCC Financial Planning Program Director, such student will be subject to dismissal from the course. 

 Integrity  

  • Conduct:  The conduct of a MCC Financial Planning student should reflect the highest level of personal integrity.  Such honesty and candor will be reflected in all course assignments and activities. 
  • Ethical Standards
    A MCC Financial Planning Student who is preparing to become a Certified Financial PlannerTM will be expected to adhere to the Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility (Code of Ethics) as adopted by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. (CFP Board).  See http://www.cfp.net/learn/ethics.asp
  • Originality:  A MCC Financial Planning student is expected to submit only work for assessment that has been completed by himself/herself as an individual unless course requirements specifically necessitate, encourage, and sanction collaborative efforts.  Students are reminded that materials you may use as sources for this course may be subject to copyright protection.  Additional information about copyright is provided on the library webpage at http://www.mccneb.edu/library, by your instructor, or by the College's Copyright Officer.  In response to incidents of student dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism, etc.), the College imposes specific actions that may include receiving a failing grade on a test, failure in the course, suspension from the College, or dismissal from the College.  The disciplinary procedures are available in the Counseling/Advising Centers.

 Confidentiality

  • Confidentiality Expectation:  A MCC Financial Planning student should not disclose any confidential information utilized in completion of course requirements thus ensuring the privacy of all program participants.   

 Diligence

  • Completion of Course Requirements:  A MCC Financial Planning student will act diligently to complete and submit all course requirements in a prompt and timely manner.  Should an event or circumstance prevent such diligence, a student is expected to communicate in a timely manner with his/her professor.    
  • Ethical Behavior Expected
    A MCC Financial Planning student should take appropriate action when they possess reasonable cause that raises doubts as to whether program participants are acting in an unethical manner.

 Professionalism  

  • Standards of Professionalism
    The conduct of a MCC Financial Planning student should reflect the highest level of professionalism.  Such behavior and proficiency will be reflected in the quality and competency of completed work.  Any assignment and/or activities, which have not been completed in a professional manner, and/or are deemed not to be of college level work, will not be accessed.
  • Solicitation of Business
    A MCC Financial Planning student should not use his/her affiliation with MCC to recruit clients for their private practices.

Faculty in the Financial Planning Program are expected to adhere to the following principles and standards:

Competence

  • Boundaries of Competence
    MCC Financial Planning faculty will teach only within the boundaries of their competence.
  • Continuing Education
    MCC Financial Planning faculty will engage in continuing education to maintain their academic proficiency.

Confidentiality

  • Confidentiality Requirement for Faculty
    MCC Financial Planning faculty will keep all student completed course work confidential unless disclosure is required by law. 
  • Confidentiality Requirements for Subordinates
    MCC Financial Planning faculty will take measures to ensure that the confidentiality and privacy of students are maintained by subordinates (faculty support staff, etc.).
  • Confidentiality in Class
    MCC Financial Planning faculty will clearly communicate to class participants that  confidentiality cannot be guaranteed in class work and/or group activities (in-class discussions, etc.).
  • Confidentiality with Students
    MCC Financial Planning faculty will not disclose information about one student in the course to another student in the course without prior consent.
  • Confidentiality of Records
    MCC Financial Planning faculty are required to maintain all student completed material for a duration of one academic semester.  MCC will maintain appropriate confidentially in storing, accessing, transferring, and disposing of course material. 

Diligence

  • Course Assessment
    MCC Financial Planning faculty will ensure that accurate and appropriate course assessment measures are utilized to assess student understanding and comprehension.  MCC Financial Planning faculty will provide students with periodic performance appraisal and evaluation feedback.
  • Student Performance:
    MCC Financial Planning faculty will establish and communicate course requirements, competency expected, appraisal methods, and timing of course assessments/evaluations at the beginning of the course. 
  • Prerequisite Requirements
    MCC Financial Planning faculty will adhere to required course prerequisites when assisting students in selecting and scheduling courses.  If a student has registered for a course without first taking the required course prerequisites or securing the permission of a MCC Financial Planning faculty member or the MCC Financial Planning Program Director, such student will be subject to dismissal from the course. 
  • Ethical Behavior Expected
    MCC Financial Planning faculty must take appropriate action when they possess reasonable cause that raises doubts as to whether students are acting in an unethical manner.

Integrity

  • Nondiscrimination
    MCC Financial Planning faculty respect diversity and will not discriminate against students because of color, culture, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, marital status, age, disability, gender, or ethnic group.
  • Sexual Intimacies & Harassment
    MCC Financial Planning faculty will not engage in any type of sexual intimacies with students.  MCC Financial Planning faculty will not allow or engage in sexual harassment.

 Professionalism  

  • Solicitation of Business
    MCC Financial Planning faculty will not use their teaching position or affiliation with MCC to recruit clients for their private practices.
  • Dual Relationships
    MCC Financial Planning faculty will make every effort to avoid dual relationships with students that could impair the faculty member’s judgment or increase the risk of harm to student(s).  In a situation where a dual relationship cannot be avoided, MCC faculty will take appropriate actions to ensure fair evaluation and assessment. 
  • Unjustified Gains
    MCC Financial Planning faculty will not use their teaching position or affiliation with MCC to seek or receive unjustified gains including –but not limited to unearned goods or services and unjustified personal gains. 
 
 
 
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