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Catalog 2004-2006

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INSTITUTIONAL POLICIES
Equal Opportunity The University of Puerto Rico System, in compliance with applicable federal and state laws and its forthcoming regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, place of origin, gender, sexual preference, religion, age, political beliefs, ethnic origin or disabilities, in recruiting or selecting teaching and non-teaching personnel, in student admission, or in the programs and events sponsored or carried out by the University System. The UPR also complies with the dispositions of the federal regulations relating to financial aid, such as Academic Progress and Last Day of Attendance. The UPR also adheres to the dispositions of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Article 2, Section 1; of Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; Section 402 of the Vietnam Veterans Act of 1974, as amended; and the Federal Act on Age Discrimination of 1975, Public Act 94-135; 42 U.S.C.A., Section 6101. Confidentiality of Academic Records The University of Puerto Rico complies fully with the clauses of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, in which the following precepts are established: Students have the right to inspect and review their academic records, Students have the right to have their records amended in order to correct inexact information that could be misinterpreted or that violates their right to privacy or any other right recognized by law, Students must give their consent before any personal information from their academic records is divulged, except in those situations where the law authorizes such action without prior consent, Students have the right to submit complaints about alleged nonobservance of the Law by the University of Puerto Rico directly, if they so desire, to The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Office, US Department of Health, Education and Welfare, 330 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20201. Copies of the University of Puerto Rico's institutional policies in compliance with the Law are available at the Registrar's Office. Drugs and Alcohol Manufacturing, distributing, supplying, possessing, and the illegal use of controlled substances, as well as alcohol abuse, are practices harmful to the Institution's best interests and will not be allowed regardless of the position of the persons involved. Under no circumstances will any person be allowed to violate this prohibition or to remain at his or her place of work or study while under the influence of any controlled substance or alcohol. This policy is promoted in compliance with the following dispositions: 1. 2. 3. University of Puerto Rico Act (Public Act Number 1, of January 20, 1966). Drug-free Schools and Communities Act (Public Act Number 101226 of 1989). Internal Regulations of the United States Department of Defense. March 8, 1983). Safety and Security State and federal law require that educational institutions be responsible for offering protection and safety to the members of their academic communities. The UPRH recognizes that it is in the Institution's legitimate interest to provide protection to the life and safety of its members (administrative officers, employees and students). The UPRH is also concerned with preventing any instances of crime within the physical installations of its educational system. This declaration of public policy is promulgated in accordance with Public Act 101-542, known as Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act, as well as with other federal and state laws that require the adoption of clear institutional norms. Any person that, through acts of commission or omission, violates any federal or state statute will be subject to disciplinary measures according to University regulations or the applicable civil or criminal laws. The University of Puerto Rico at Humacao will prepare and divulge annually a report containing data on procedures, safety policies, emergency phone numbers and statistics related to criminal acts within university grounds. Anyone interested in receiving a copy of the report, may request it in the Office of the Dean for Student Affairs or in the Human Resources Office. Sexual Harassment Sexual harassment constitutes an infringement of several laws. It includes any type of unwanted sexual advances, demanding of sexual favors and any other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. In order to determine if the alleged conduct constitutes sexual harassment, all of the circumstances in which the events occur will be considered. Examples of this type of conduct can be: flirtatious compliments, sexual innuendos, lascivious looks, squeezes, sexual aggression and creating an intimidating, hostile and offensive environment, among others. The person who is or has been subject to sexual harassment can request the assistance of the following university officials: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Administrative unit supervisors Deans Department chairpersons Human Resources Office Legal Affairs Office Labor representatives or delegates Student Ombudsperson

Smoking The UPR prohibits smoking by students, faculty, non-teaching personnel and visitors in all enclosed Campus areas, including but not limited to classrooms, auditoriums, laboratories, museums, libraries, hallways, cafeterias and rest rooms. Smoking is permitted outside of the buildings, in areas such as parking lots, balconies and open terraces. Students Rights and Duties Law and academic tradition recognize the rights of students as members of the university community, as well as the moral and intellectual responsibility accompanying these rights. Law and tradition also recognize the responsible participation of students in assuring and maintaining order, safety and normalcy in academic life. These rights, responsibilities and the disciplinary procedures applicable for dealing with violations, as well as many other matters of interest, are described in the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao's General Regulations for Students, available in the Office of the Dean for Student Affairs.

These laws establish that it is the responsibility of the educational institution and employer to actively prevent the use of controlled substances by employees and students within UPR grounds, as well as during UPR sponsored events. Intellectual and Scientific Misconduct It is the policy of this Institution to observe the highest standards of intellectual and scientific integrity and to pursue the prosecution of all violations thereof. The lack of integrity and the perpetration of academic and scientific fraud include plagiarism, falsification, false attribution, and all violations of the cannons and practices of honesty generally accepted in the academic community, always excepting those which may result from involuntary errors or honest differences in the interpretation or handling of data or information. Protection of Human Subjects in Research This Institution complies with all Federal regulations regarding human subjects in research, including those stated in the Code of Federal Regulations, Department of Health and Human Services, Title 45 (Public Welfare), Part 46: Protection of Human Subjects (revised

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