The Academic Policies and Procedures Handbook of the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine is the critical reference source for important information for all predoctoral students. Matters of Academic progress, ethics, attendance, evaluation, and more are delineated in this handbook. The College Code of Conduct, modeled after the American Dental Association Code, is contained here. By registering for classes, all students agree to review and abide by these policies and the Code of Conduct. Familiarity with these policies and procedures is expected of all students. The manual does not constitute an "Express or Implied Contract." The College may amend the enclosed policies and procedures at its discretion. The College may deviate from these policies and procedures at its own discretion.
This document describes essential functions and non-academic skills which students must be able to demonstrate in order to be accepted into and receive a degree from the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in the pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, and residency settings.
The Columbia University Medical Campus requires mandatory drug testing for all students involved in clinical rotations. You will not need to be tested until the semester prior to your first clinical semester. It’s important that you familiarize yourself with this policy.
Student Policies and Procedures on Discrimination and Harassment, Gender-Based Misconduct Policies for Students and Consensual Romantic and Sexual Relationships
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There are also University-wide policies that all Columbia University schools must adhere to. Again, please make sure you are informed of these policies; it’s usually the case that no one reads them until they become pertinent to your particular situation but I encourage you to educate yourself about these policies before you may need to reference them.
Finally, although CUCDM does not require a Criminal Background Check, it is possible that such may be required by affiliated institutions for rotations, clinical externships, etc. Please be aware that this may impact your ability to complete certain required activities in order to receive the degree and or license in certain states.