For your class term paper, choose a public health topic or public health profession that most
interests you. Research your topic and show how your topic or profession chosen is integrated
and/or has a positive effect on populations and community health.
HCM 530: Term Paper Guidelines
Health care is a multidisciplinary field, e.g., there are primary care physicians, specialists,
nurses, technicians, pharmacists, administrators, and others. They all work together as a single
unit for common goals…”safe and quality in patient care.”
Public health is no different. Public health is also a multidisciplinary field composed of
epidemiologists, environmentalists, biostatisticians, behavioral scientists, and/or health
educators. Public health also includes specialists in clinical research, chronic disease, infectious
disease, emergency medical services, food safety, global emergency preparedness, and
response professionals. Some public health specialists focus on health disparities,
international/global health, laboratory practices, maternal and child health concerns, women’s
health, mental health, nutrition/dietetics, occupational health and safety, and toxicology.
Finally, there are public health officials that focus on the economics or finance, of public health
and communities, in addition to public health laws and public health policies.
For your class term paper, choose a public health topic or public health profession that most
interests you. Research your topic and show how your topic or profession chosen is integrated
and/or has a positive effect on populations and community health. Example topics would be,
Environmental: Recycling Waste, or Chronic Disease: Risk Factors and Prevention, or
Biostatisticians’ Effect on Positive Social Change…or any other that relates to this class.
Term Paper Topics
You do not have to use one of these topics. If you choose a topic that is not on this list, email it
to the Professor for approval to ensure it is appropriate for the course.
Air quality, indoor
Biological Agents Registry
Biological indoor contaminants
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy
Communicable Disease Control
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD)
Dusty Trades (asbestos, silica)
Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE)
(example Oil Spills)
Fish consumption advisories
Fish, contaminants in
Floods – Health, Safety, Cleanup
Harmful Algal Blooms
Hazardous Substances Emergency
Events Surveillance (HSEES)
Health Hazards Control
Indoor air pollutants
Infection control measures
Influenza Sentinel Surveillance
Insect repellant safety
Intensive Livestock Operations
KI (potassium iodide) (DHHS Web
Kid's pages: Rabies (DHHS Web Site)
La Crosse encephalitis (LAC)
Mad Cow disease
Mercury in fish
Mold & mildew
Nitrates in well-water
Nuclear power plants
Occupational disease and injury
Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
Potassium Iodide Program (DPH
Public Health Preparedness and
Rabies: kids' pages (DHHS Web Site)
Salisbury asphalt plant studies
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
West Nile virus (WNV)
Saint Leo Core Value Integration/Evaluation
In about 250 words, following the conclusion of your paper, apply the Saint Leo University core
value of excellence in a brief proposal for a community health improvement initiative to turn a
negative into positive regarding your chosen topic. For example, this could be an advertising
campaign promoting the usage of insect repellant while outdoors. Incorporate at least one
additional reference above and beyond the textbook, and cite both the textbook and your
external reference(s) using APA style.
Term Paper Rubric
Cover Page APA Cover Page (Title, Name, Date, Class, Instructor).
The final term paper is 10-15 pages in length, not including cover and
reference page. The paper will consist of concise examinations of a specific
topic relative to the course content. Term papers should demonstrate a
synthesis and integration of public health and the specific chosen topic
concepts correctly and in an innovative way.
Saint Leo Core
At least 250 words of the total length of the paper is devoted to the
application of the Saint Leo core value of excellence on your chosen topic
through the creation of a community health improvement initiative
Proper writing mechanics, paraphrasing, use of quotations, proper
grammar, spell check, and transitioning between subsections. Writing
should be original, well paraphrased, and properly cited.
APA formatting is doubled-spaced, 1” margins, using proper headings and
subheadings, with proper source citations on all statistics, numbers,
concepts, or graphics borrowed from another author.
A minimum of 5-primary or quality secondary sources that are dated, by
reliable authors, or organizations. Proper references must include the
author/organization, year published, title, and publication source as
appropriate in APA. The reader should be able to easily find that primary
source references used.
All students will submit their papers to the course Assignment box. The
Assignment box is integrated with Turnitin. Please read the Academic
Honesty policy. A plagiarized document will result in a minimum penalty of
an “F” for the paper (zero points).
Timeliness Papers will be due 11:59 PM Sunday EST/EDT in Module 7. Late work may
cost up to (-5%) of total points earned.
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SAINT LEO UNIVERSITY
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
2021 – 2022
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LIST OF CONTENTS
SAINT LEO UNIVERSITY CORE VALUES
SAINT LEO UNIVERSITY NON-DISCRIMINATION EEO STATEMENT
SAINT LEO UNIVERSITY STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
SECTION 1: PREAMBLE AND STUDENT’S RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES A. AMNESTY B. DISCIPLINARY RECORDS
SECTION 2: JURISDICTION
SECTION 3: VIOLATIONS OF THE LAW
SECTION 4: PROSCRIBED CONDUCT A. CORE VALUES AND BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS B. POLICIES
B1. ABUSE B2. ACADEMIC HONOR CODE B3. ALCOHOL B5. CAMPUS FACILITY USE B6. COMPUTER & OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICE MISUSE B7. DAMAGE TO PROPERTY B8. DISCRIMINATION & HARASSMENT B9. DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR B10. FALSIFICATION B11. FIRE SAFETY B12. FIREWORKS, EXPLOSIVES WEAPONS & OTHER DANGEROUS ITEMS B13. GAMBLING B14. HANDBILLS & NOTICES B15. HAZING B16. IDENTIFICATION CARDS B17. ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES B18. IMPLIED CONSENT B19. LAWS (FEDERAL, STATE & LOCAL) B20. MOTOR VEHICLES B21. FAILURE TO COMPLY B22. RESIDENTIAL LIVING B23. SEXUAL MISCONDUCT B24. SMOKING B25. SOLICITATION B26. THEFT OR UNAUTHORIZED POSSESSION B27. USE OF SAINT LEO UNIVERSITY NAME OR SYMBOLS B28. VISITORS B29. PETS B30. VIOLATION OF OTHER PUBLISHED UNIVERSITY POLICIES B31. OTHER BEHAVIORS IMPACTING THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY
SECTION 5: CONDUCT PROCEDURES A. NOTICE OF REPORT
REMEDIAL ACTION B. REPORT PROCESSING C. NOTICE OF CONDUCT MEETING D. CONDUCT MEETING/INVESTIGATION
CONDUCT MEETING GUIDELINES ABSENTIA
E. NOTICE OF OUTCOMES F. APPEAL PROCESS
SECTION 6: SANCTIONS
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SAINT LEO UNIVERSITY CORE VALUES Saint Leo University offers a practical, effective model for life and leadership in a challenging world. As such our
community has adopted six steadfast moral guidelines to help us recognize the dignity, value, and gifts of all people.
We expect all members of our community to use and embrace the following values in their day-to-day lives in order to
strengthen our commitment to each other, our University, and to God.
Excellence – Saint Leo University is an educational enterprise. All of us, individually and collectively, work hard to
ensure that our students develop the character, learn the skills, and assimilate the knowledge essential to become
morally responsible leaders. The success of our University depends upon a conscientious commitment to our mission,
vision, and goals.
Community – Saint Leo University develops hospitable Christian learning communities everywhere we serve. We
foster a spirit of belonging, unity, and interdependence based on mutual trust and respect to create socially responsible
environments that challenge all of us to listen, to learn, to change, and to serve.
Respect – Animated in the spirit of Jesus Christ, we value all individuals’ unique talents, respect their dignity, and
strive to foster their commitment to excellence in our work. Our community’s strength depends on the unity and
diversity of our people, on the free exchange of ideas, and on learning, living and working harmoniously.
Personal Development – Saint Leo University stresses the development of every person’s mind, spirit, and body for a
balanced life. All members of the Saint Leo University community must demonstrate their commitment to personal
development to help strengthen the character of our community.
Responsible Stewardship – Our creator blesses us with an abundance of resources. We foster a spirit of service to
employ our resources to university and community development. We must be resourceful. We must optimize and apply
all of the resources of our community to fulfill Saint Leo University’s mission and goals.
Integrity – The commitment of Saint Leo University to excellence demands that its members live its mission and
deliver on its promise. The faculty, staff, and students pledge to be honest, just, and consistent in word and deed.
SAINT LEO UNIVERSITY NON-DISCRIMINATION EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO)
STATEMENT. Saint Leo University has a strong commitment to principles of equal employment opportunity and equal access to
education. Saint Leo University does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnic origin, genetic
information, sex, gender, nationality, race, religion, or veteran status, or any other category protected by federal, state,
or local law in its educational programs, admissions policies, financial aid, employment, or other school administered
For the most up-to-date EEO Statement, please visit saintleo.edu/notice-non-discrimination.
The policy is enforced by Saint Leo University and by applicable laws such as Title IX of the Education Amendments
of 1972, Title VII and Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973,
Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992.
Contact Information for the Title IX Coordinator:
Name: Vanessa O’Connell
Title: Title IX Coordinator and HR Investigator
Office Location: Benedictine Hall, 3rd Floor room (by appointment only)
Telephone Number: (352) 588-8406
Mailing Address: Saint Leo University Human Resources
ATTN: Vanessa O’Connell, Title IX Coordinator,
33701 SR 52, PO Box 6665, Saint Leo, FL 33574
The Director of Accessibility Services and The Section 504 Coordinator, Michael Bailey, may be contacted at
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DISCLAIMER When this document went to publication (Last Revised: August 2021), all the information contained in it was updated.
Since this document is prepared in advance of the academic year, changes may be necessary. If this occurs, students
will be notified electronically and the online version will be updated on the University website. Students are
encouraged to reference the online version (saintleo.edu/codeofconduct) for the most up-to-date information.
Students at Saint Leo University are provided a copy of the Student Code of Conduct annually in the form of a link on
the Saint Leo University website. Hard copies for University Campus undergraduate students are available upon
request from the Residence Life Office. Students are responsible for having read and abiding by the provisions of the
Student Code of Conduct.
A. Absentia – Refers to holding a conduct meeting in the absence of student due to the student’s failure to
schedule a conduct meeting or to the student missing the scheduled conduct meeting on the student’s behalf.
B. Advisor – Most frequently, a full-time faculty or staff member, assists a student by providing support
throughout the conduct process. With prior permission of the Conduct Officer, legal counsel or family
member(s) may be granted permission to attend the conduct meeting but not actively participate and/or
represent the student in the process.
C. Appellate Officer – Means any person authorized by the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs or
designee to consider an appeal from a Conduct Officer’s determination that a student has violated University
policy, procedure, or other reasonable expectations or from sanctions imposed as a result of a Conduct
D. Clery Act – Refers to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics
Act. This act is the landmark federal law that requires colleges and universities across the United States to
disclose information about crime on and around their campuses.
E. Complainant(s) – Defined as the party who makes a complaint through a university proceeding.
F. Conduct Officer – The University official designated on a case-by-case basis by the Associate Vice President
for Student Affairs or designee to conduct investigations and make determinations about possible infractions.
Nothing prevents the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs or designee from authorizing the same
Conduct Officer to impose sanctions in all cases.
G. E-mail – Refers to the official University E-mail address provided to each student. The University uses E-
mail to conduct official business and, therefore, E-mail containing official business of the University shall be
addressed to the student’s official University E-mail address and shall not be addressed to alternative
addresses. Once E-mailed, such notice is considered delivered.
H. FERPA – Refers to a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. “FERPA” stands for
the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (sometimes called the Buckley Amendment).
I. Member of the University community – Includes any person who is a student, staff member, faculty member,
or University official.
J. Organization – Means any athletic team, service organization/trip or any group/association of persons who
have complied with the formal registration requirements for the University, as applicable, or any group that
has been recognized by the University as a part of the University’s organization or programming.
K. Policy – Defined as the written regulations of the University as found in, but not limited to, the Student Code
of Conduct, Guides to Residential Living, Other Policies and Procedures, and the Academic Catalog.
L. Preponderance of the evidence – Defined as “more likely than not that an event occurred” and is the standard
used to make decisions in the conduct process in all cases.
M. Residence hall – Defined as any University owned/operated/leased student housing facility.
N. Respondent(s) – Defined as the party who gives response to a complaint in a university proceeding.
O. Student – Defined as any person who is admitted and enrolled at Saint Leo University (University Campus,
Undergraduate, Graduate, Online, and Educational Centers) for any academic period. Persons who are not
officially registered for a particular term but who have a continuing student relationship with Saint Leo
University are considered “students” for purposes of applying this Student Code of Conduct. A person is also
considered a student for purposes of this Student Code of Conduct during any period while the student is
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under suspension from the University or when the person is attending or participating in any activity
preparatory to the beginning of school.
P. Title IX – Refers to a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any
federally funded education program or activity, as defined in the Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance
Q. University – Means Saint Leo University (University Campus, Undergraduate, Graduate, Online, and
R. University official – Includes any person employed or appointed by the University, performing assigned
administrative or professional responsibilities. This includes but is not limited to a student staff member(s)
acting on behalf of the Division of Student Affairs.
S. University premises – Includes all land, buildings, facilities, web-based platforms, and other property in the
possession of or owned, used, or controlled by the University, or as defined by Clery Act geography.
SAINT LEO UNIVERSITY STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
SECTION 1: PREAMBLE AND STUDENT’S RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Saint Leo University community is committed to fostering a campus environment conducive to academic inquiry,
a productive campus life, and thoughtful study and discourse. The student conduct program within Student Affairs is
committed to an educational and developmental process that balances the interests of individual students with the
interests of the University community.
A community exists on the basis of shared values and principles. At Saint Leo University, student members of the
community are expected to uphold and abide by certain standards of conduct that form the basis of the Student Code of
Conduct. These standards are embodied within a set of core values that include excellence, community, respect,
personal development, responsible stewardship, and integrity.
Members of the Saint Leo University community bear responsibility for their conduct and assume reasonable
responsibility for the behavior of others. When members of the community fail to exemplify these six core values by
engaging in violation of the rules below, campus conduct proceedings are used to assert and uphold the Student Code
The student conduct process at Saint Leo University is not intended to punish students; rather, it exists to protect the
interests of the community and to challenge those whose behavior is not in accordance with our policies and the core
values. Sanctions are intended to challenge students’ moral and ethical decision-making and to help them bring their
behavior into accord with our community expectations. When students are unable to conform their behavior to
community expectations, the student conduct process may determine that the student(s) should no longer share in the
privilege of participating in this community.
Students should be aware that the student conduct process is quite different from criminal and civil court proceedings
and the University’s Title IX process. Procedures and rights in student conduct procedures are conducted with fairness
to all, but do not include the same protections of due process afforded by the courts or Title IX process. Due process, as
defined within these procedures, assures written notice and a conduct meeting before an objective Conduct Officer who
will make a decision based on the preponderance of the evidence or more likely than not standard. No student will be
found in violation of Saint Leo University policy without information showing that a policy violation occurred. Any
sanctions given will be proportionate to the severity of the violation and to the student’s cumulative conduct history
In line with the University’s core value of responsible stewardship, the University maintains an amnesty
policy to protect students (including student organizations) when reporting themselves, friends, or another
member of the University community who is in medical distress. The University has the amnesty policy in
place to encourage students to act responsibly and report emergencies without fear of University-imposed
disciplinary consequences because its primary concern is the health, safety, and well-being of students.
Students who qualify for the following two options (i and ii) may be required to participate in a meeting with
the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs or designee and comply with any/all recommendations
prescribed from them (including any associated costs with those recommendations) to avoid going through
the University Conduct process.
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i. For the Reporting Party Saint Leo University provides amnesty to the reporting party who may be hesitant to report serious
violations of the Student Code of Conduct to University Officials because they fear that they
themselves may be accused of minor policy violations at the time of the incident. For example, this
would apply to students who are reporting physical abuse, but who have also engaged in underage
alcohol consumption and/or substance use. Educational options will be explored, but no conduct
proceedings or conduct record will result. Records regarding the provision of amnesty, however,
will be maintained.
ii. For Those Who Offer Assistance To encourage students to offer help and assistance to others, Saint Leo University pursues a policy
of amnesty for minor violations when students offer help to others in need. At the discretion of the
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs or designee, amnesty may also be extended on a case-
by-case basis to the person receiving assistance. Educational options will be explored, but no
conduct proceedings or conduct record will result. Records regarding the provision of amnesty,
however, will be maintained.
The protocol applies only to the Saint Leo University Student Code of Conduct. Law enforcement agencies
may act within their jurisdictions in enforcing the laws enacted by the State of Florida, the United States, or
any other state or nation where jurisdiction may be invoked.
This policy does not apply to other prohibited behavior including, but not limited to, the distribution of illegal
substances, sexual misconduct, or abuse.
B. Disciplinary Records All conduct records are maintained by the University for seven (7) years from the time of their creation except
those that result in separation (suspension or expulsion, including from housing) and those that fall under Title
IX, which are maintained for a minimum of seven (7) years. Students requesting access to their student
disciplinary/conduct records(s) must do so in writing to the Office of Residence Life. A student may, upon
graduation or permanent separation, submit a written request to the Associate Vice President for Student
Affairs, asking that minor disciplinary actions may be expunged. The decision of the Associate Vice President
or designee for Student Affairs is final.
This policy is subject to the provisions of FERPA.
SECTION 2: JURISDICTION
The Student Code of Conduct and the student conduct process applies to the conduct of individual students, as well as
all University-affiliated student organizations. The Associate Vice President of Student Affairs or designee will serve
as convener and executer of the Student Code of Conduct and retains conduct jurisdiction over students who choose to
take a leave of absence, withdraw, or have graduated for any misconduct that occurred prior to the leave, withdrawal or
graduation. If sanctioned, a hold may be placed on the student’s ability to re-enroll, obtain official transcripts, and/or
graduate; all sanctions must be satisfied prior to re-enrollment, obtaining transcripts, and graduating. In the event of
serious misconduct committed while still enrolled but reported after the respondent(s) has graduated, Saint Leo
University may invoke an investigation that may result in the revocation of that student’s degree.
Although the University is not responsible or liable for student off campus events or behavior, it does reserve the right
to respond to behavior off campus that violates University expectations, Core Values, and Policies, in the interest of
protecting students and the academic community from harm, and as part of fulfilling its educational mission. The
University will take action if the continued presence of the student presents a danger to the health, safety, or welfare of
the University Community, or it is disruptive to the orderly processes and functions of the University.
University policies and other expectations govern students participating in Saint Leo University or Saint Leo
University-affiliated study abroad programs or other University-sponsored activities no matter where they occur.
The Student Code of Conduct may be applied to behavior conducted online, via E-mail or other electronic medium.
Students should also be aware that online postings such as blogs, web postings, chats, and social networking sites are in
the public sphere and are not private. These postings can subject a student to allegations of conduct violations if
information about policy violations is posted online. Saint Leo University does not regularly search for this information
but may take action if and when such information is brought to the attention of Saint Leo University officials.
However, most online speech by students not involving Saint Leo University networks or technology will be protected
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as free expression and not subject to this Student Code of Conduct, with notable exceptions including, but not limited
A. A true threat, defined as “a threat a reasonable person would interpret as a serious expression of intent to inflict bodily harm upon specific individuals”;
B. Speech posted online about the University or its community members that causes a significant on campus disruption.
C. Speech that the University determines is
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