Dispositions Policy

Master’s students in Rhodes’ Urban education program will maintain the following dispositions:

  • Uphold the Rhodes Honor Code, which reads “As a member of the Rhodes community, I pledge I will not lie, cheat, or steal, and that I will report any such violation that I may witness.”
  • Maintain collegial, professional, and respectful relationships with program faculty, staff, cohort students, and clinical educators.
  • Maintain timely and respectful communication with program faculty, staff, and clinical educators. (For example, students should respond to email from program faculty and staff ideally within 24 hours but no later than 48 hours during the workweek).
  • Arrive on time at placements and prepared for teaching responsibilities.
  • Treat all students with dignity and respect.
  • Learn and observe the rules, regulations, and policies of Rhodes College; local schools (e.g., field placement, student teaching); and local, state, and federal government (e.g., FERPA, TN Teacher Code of Ethics, mandatory reporting, etc.).
  • Be responsive to feedback from program faculty, staff, and clinical educators.

In the event of dispositional deficiencies, any program faculty or staff member can initiate a dispositions review and recommend to program faculty and staff that a student: 1) be issued a warning, 2) have an action plan developed, or 3) be dismissed from the program. 

  • Warning – In the case of a warning, a student is notified that program faculty and staff determined the student has not maintained proper dispositions. No further action on the part of the student is required beyond refraining from this conduct.
  • Action plan – In the case of an action plan, a student is notified that program faculty and staff determined the student has not maintained proper dispositions. In addition to this warning, the student must agree to and carry out an action plan devised by program faculty and staff. Unwillingness or failure to carry out an action plan may result in not being recommended for licensure or in dismissal from the program.
  • Dismissal – If a dispositional review is initiated and the program faculty or staff member is recommending the student be dismissed from the program, the student will be suspended from any placement in schools until program faculty and staff make a final decision. Examples of conduct that would result in dismissal from the program include jeopardizing student safety, sexual relationship with a student, drug or alcohol use at school, serious violations of state or federal law, etc.

A student will be notified when a dispositions review has been initiated. The student may submit a statement for program faculty to consider during the dispositions review. This statement must be provided within two business days of the student receiving notification.

Program faculty and staff will conduct the dispositions review at the next planned program meeting. In the case that dismissal from the program is under consideration, a program meeting will be arranged within five business days of the allegation of an offense. A consequence will be issued upon a majority vote of program faculty and staff.

In the case that program faculty and staff decide not to recommend a student for licensure or dismiss a student from the program, that student may appeal the decision. The student must submit a written letter petitioning for an alternative consequence and outlining an appropriate action plan. A program meeting will be arranged within five business days of receipt of the appeal. A decision will be reached upon a majority vote of program faculty and staff.

Continuation in the program and recommendation for licensure is ultimately at the discretion of the program faculty and staff. Multiple dispositional deficiencies may result in a student not being recommended for licensure or in dismissal from the program.