At the conclusion of each seminar, the instructor submits a written evaluation of each student which takes into account the student’s ability to reason and articulate thoughts and ideas. Areas covered on the evaluation may include preparation for seminar sessions, class participation, presentations made, performance on any examinations and quality of written material submitted. Students receive a grade for each seminar (Credit, Non-credit or Incomplete). All students must pass every class with a grade of Credit. A student who has received an Incomplete or a Non-Credit must make up the work to the satisfaction of the Instructor in consultation with the Chief Academic Officer (Dean), and receive a grade of Credit within the following quarter. The student may be provided with remediation and support and may be granted additional time to meet the course requirements. Every effort will be made to help the student successfully pass the class, but if he/she cannot do so within the additional period of time granted, the student will be provided with adequate warning and may be placed on academic probation by the Administration. An individual plan may be devised to assist the student. Should the student be unable to complete the work at the level deemed appropriate by the Instructor in consultation with the Dean, the student may be dropped from the program. An appeal may be made to the Grievance Committee.
Standards for Student Achievement
Evaluation and Assessment of Academic Progress and Performance: The Reiss-Davis Graduate Center continuously assesses the skills of its students. At the conclusion of each seminar, the instructor submits a thorough written evaluation of each student as described above under “Grading.” The student’s grasp of the theoretical material and his/her clinical application of theory and technique, are essential to satisfactory completion of each year of study. These evaluations are reviewed by the Chief Academic Officer (Dean)
In connection with our purpose and mission, the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center requires the mastery of a large body of knowledge in addition to the mastery of high standards of behavior and appropriate attitudes. Our mission is to train competent, well informed, culturally sensitive and ethically responsible child and adolescent mental health professionals. In addition to fulfilling all academic requirements, students are required to display attitudes, personal characteristics, and behaviors consistent with accepted standards of professional conduct while at the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center. The Reiss-Davis Graduate Center expects all students to be professional and respectful in their dealings with colleagues, faculty, staff, and clients and to demonstrate caring and compassionate attitudes. These and other qualities will be evaluated—formally and informally—in a variety of school settings by both faculty and peers. Concerns about a student’s emotional state of being and/or behavior may come from the student, faculty, staff, field training supervisors, or other students.
Fundamental Principles of Civility The Reiss-Davis Graduate Center encourages students to adopt an interpersonal stance that is curious, tolerant, and flexible, and reflects a mix of doubt vs. certainty.
Curiosity The Reiss-Davis Graduate Center encourages a self-reflective approach to human life. This approach includes emphasis on the fact that many unconscious and sometimes irrational factors contribute to what we see as visible behavior, including our decision making, judgment, core principles, and interpersonal style. Indeed, depth psychology encourages focus on becoming aware of these dynamic, unconscious forces before we make decisions based on them. The self-reflective approach encourages an evenhanded, emotionally honest willingness to encounter all kinds of different thoughts, opinions, feelings, projections, and emotions in ourselves and in others. An attitude of curiosity suggests that we are receptive to these different forces in ourselves and others and that we have a healthy respect for the broad range of things they might mean. Expressing curiosity about another person’s experience or truth encourages dignity and respect and minimizes the chance for misunderstandings that could breed conflict.
Tolerance and Compassion Curiosity, as defined above, breeds tolerance. In fact, one could say that tolerance is curiosity in action. An attitude of tolerance allows us to communicate across different points of view, value systems, cultural backgrounds, and other differences of perspective. Tolerance expresses a willingness to truly experience the truths of another person while holding judgment in abeyance. To practice tolerance requires us to avoid pretending that we know what we do not know. While we cannot heedlessly express tolerance for all kinds of behavior, we can practice tolerance for all kinds of feelings, thoughts, opinions, and perspectives. Even as we all agree upon formal codes of behavior and that certain lines are not crossed when it comes to what we actually do or say, we can and should allow others and ourselves the necessary time, space, respect, and sometimes assistance to develop compassion for multiple and complex perspectives.
Flexibility There is an old story about a traveler in New England asking a farmer for directions, who laconically replies “You can’t get there from here.” The expression is supposed to be humorous because conventional wisdom dictates you can get anywhere from anywhere, if you can find the right pathway. Flexibility means just that. No matter how intensely you feel you disagree with someone (or even some unwanted part of yourself), practice mental flexibility by finding a way to that place you cannot agree with. Be curious about the circumstances, conditions, and environments that may have contributed to another person having a different point of view than you do. Be tolerant of the fact that this other person may look upon the same situations or experiences that you do, yet draws very different conclusions. Flexibility would be required, for example, for a very politically liberal person to have a conversation with a very politically conservative person about politics over lunch while remaining open, respectful, and courteous—and still liking each other at the end.
Doubt vs. Certainty At first glance, it may seem best to be as confident as possible at all times. Confidence suggests the conviction of being in the right, and a certain amount of power flows from this; however, being confident of one’s own point of view can also get in the way of curiosity, tolerance, and flexibility. Being supremely confident in all things suggests that one has learned all that there is to know or that one is so assured of the moral correctness of his or her position that all the other points of view must be wrong. Instead, the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center encourages the peculiar kind of emotional courage that comes with a healthy blend of doubt and certainty. Successful professional life requires not blind or heedless confidence, but rather an ability to carry on with one’s principles even in the absence of certainty about the right thing to do. A successful blend of doubt and certainty requires remaining centered and poised even while acknowledging a clear-eyed awareness of the complexity and sometimes moral ambiguity of human life.
Expectations for Civil Behavior
As a student and as a professional, you are encouraged to find your own ways to embody these ideals. To the extent that there are rules-of-thumb that spring from these principles, here are some more specific expectations:
Use courteous speech at all times
Attend all class sessions, arriving on time and remaining until dismissed
Notify the instructor in advance of anticipated absences, late arrivals, or early departures
Refrain from class or meeting disturbances
Turn off and store away cell phones and all electronic devices unless permission has been otherwise granted
If using a laptop computer in class to take notes, refrain from checking email or social media websites as a courtesy to your classmates and instructor
Prepare fully for each class
Participate in all classes and allow others to participate
Respect fellow classmates and the instructor
Complete all assignments and exams honestly, punctually, and to the best of your ability
Refrain from giving or receiving inappropriate assistance
Treat fellow students, faculty, staff, and administrators fairly and impartially
Make every effort to prevent discrimination and harassment.
Be constructive and fair in your consideration of administrators, faculty, staff, and fellow students
Treat the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center staff with respect and appreciation
When dealing with conflictual issues, use “I statements” in order to avoid blaming.
Stick to describing the situation and refrain from commenting on the character or competence of the person involved.
Be equally civil in e-mail and other virtual communication as you would be in person
The Reiss-Davis Graduate Center expects all students to conduct themselves in a manner congruent with graduate level academic endeavors. Students are expected to conduct themselves in an ethical, professional, and civil manner. Unprofessional behavior includes, but is not limited to, hostile or careless uses of profanity or obscenities, physical displays of anger or aggressiveness, threatening gestures or comments, violence or harassment, insubordination or persistent, disrespectful arguing with supervisors and/or students, or any other illegal or unethical conduct. Unprofessional behavior may be cause for disciplinary action. Repeated tardiness, leaving before class dismissal, excessive arguing with faculty and/or students during class, violent outbursts, and similar disruptive behavior are potential grounds for discipline, including academic probation and dismissal from the Institute. Students are expected to refrain from engaging in the following:
Academic dishonesty of any kind with respect to examinations or coursework. This includes any form of cheating and plagiarism.
Falsification or alteration of Reiss-Davis Graduate Center documents, records, or identification cards.
Forgery, issuing bad checks, or not meeting financial obligations to the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center.
Theft or the deliberate damaging or misusing of property belonging to others or the property of the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center.
The manufacture, possession, use, or distribution of any form of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs while on Reiss-Davis Graduate Center property.
Possession, display, or use of any dangerous instrument, weapon, or explosives (certified law enforcement officers required by their employer to carry a firearm are excluded).
Disrupting the study of others or of Reiss-Davis Graduate Center activities, or interfering with the freedom of movement of any member or guest of the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center community.
Deliberate interference with academic freedom, freedom of speech, or movement of any member or guest of the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center community.
Participation in any activity that disrupts or interferes with the education of others or the orderly operation of Reiss-Davis Graduate Center.
Physical abuse, threatening acts, or harassment toward others.
Students found guilty of violating Reiss-Davis' Ethical Code of Conduct are subject to sanctions up to and including dismissal from Reiss-Davis.
Remediation for Problematic Behavior
The Reiss-Davis Graduate Center students, faculty and staff are encouraged not to reply to rude or abusive communication, other than to encourage rephrasing in a more professional and civil behavior. In cases in which the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center faculty, administration, or training site supervisor identifies a need for remediation of student behavior, the Dean will review the situation. The Dean may elect to ask the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center’s Chief Administrative Officer to assist in addressing the issue with the student. In cases of minor concerns, the Dean may simply discuss concerns about the student’s conduct with the student informally in order to help the student improve his or her conduct. In other cases, the Dean may forward a recommendation to the Education Council for specific remediation, suspension, academic probation, and/or disqualification. Students may appeal the Education Council decisions to the Provost who may appoint a Review Committee. Decisions from the Provost are final.
In the degree program, a student who has received a grade of Non-Credit and has been unable to complete the course with a grade of Credit given additional time as described above under Standards for Student Achievement, will be provided with adequate warning and may be placed on academic probation by the Administration. This will be directly communicated to the student in writing by a letter from the Registrar.
Honesty and Plagiarism
The Reiss-Davis Graduate Center is committed to the highest standards of academic honesty. It is expected that students will complete all course assignments, exams, research projects, theses and dissertations with honesty and integrity. Students may not, at any time, misrepresent the authorship of work submitted in their name. Plagiarism, fabrication of research data, and failure to complete separate written work for each course taken are examples of violations of the honesty policy. Students who use similar material for different courses must first obtain explicit permission from the instructors. Students may be required to submit electronic copies of course assignments for plagiarism. Our clinical psychology students are expected to be familiar with and abide by the definitions of plagiarism provided by the writing and publication manuals. Psychology students will find this definition in the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Students will also find this definition in the current edition of the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing. Appropriate citation and referencing of sources as described by these manuals is the best way to avoid the possibility of plagiarism. Since the intent to deceive is not a necessary element in plagiarism, careful note taking is essential to avoid the unintentional plagiarism. All instances of academic dishonesty must be reported to the department Dean. If a student plagiarizes (presents others’ words as his/her own), misrepresents the source of his/her work, steals, borrows and/or collaborates in a dishonest way with others in completing such work, or is fraudulent in any way, the student will receive a failing grade from the instructor or research committee member for that work. In addition, the Registrar will automatically place the student on academic probation pending a formal review by the Academic Dean. Sanctions range from academic study on plagiarism to academic withdrawal from the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center, depending upon the Academic Dean’s assessment of the academic breach. Evidence of plagiarism discovered after graduation may lead to the revocation of a student’s degree. Students may appeal the Dean’s decision to the Provost. All final decisions made by the Provost, in conjunction with the Dean, are final.
Acceptance of Transfer Credits
Prior Experiential Learning Due to the unique nature of the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center's program and curriculum, its intensity, and the importance of continuity, it is the policy of the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center that no credit towards completion of our degree program will be granted for prior experiential learning. Transfer Credit Policy As part of its admissions process, it is the policy of the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center that the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center may accept transfer credits from other postsecondary institutions approved by the Bureau and from public or private institutions of higher learning accredited by an accrediting association recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. If an applicant to the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center wants to apply to transfer credits as part of the application process they must submit an official transcript or transcripts stating the course(s) completed and grade(s) received. There is no cost to the student for this process. Transfer credits will not be accepted after the first 3 months of enrollment. The Reiss-Davis Graduate Center, in the course of considering requests for transfer credits, may request such additional documentation so as to demonstrate the equivalency of the content of such course(s) to the corresponding Reiss-Davis Graduate Center courses. All decisions regarding the acceptance of transfer credits will be made by the Dean or the Deans designee. With the approval of the Dean or the Dean’s designee, students who take courses at other institutions during their enrollment at the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center may apply to have those units transferred in if they meet the same criteria as other transfer units. For doctoral degree students, the maximum amount of transfer credit from another approved or accredited institution shall be 10 quarter units.
The Reiss-Davis Graduate Center has not entered into an articulation or transfer agreement with any other college or university. a. The Process for Evaluation Transfer credit must meet the expectations of an ad hoc review committee consisting of members of the faculty and the Dean or the Dean’s designee, and the content of each course being transferred in must bear a sufficient relationship to an existing course in the curriculum of the degree being sought. Academic credit earned more than ten years prior to admission will be reviewed as to applicability to the present course of study. The review committee reserves the right to require examinations, or other proof of competence, regardless of transfer credits listed on the student’s records. It is not the policy of the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center to impose redundant programs or requirements on any student. b. The Process of Establishing Equivalency Transfer credit may be accepted from postsecondary institutions approved by the Bureau and from public or private institutions of higher learning accredited by an accrediting association recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Transfer credit must support the degree program and have a close correlation to an existing course. The ad hoc review committee consisting of members of the faculty and the Dean or the Dean’s designee will evaluate all transcripts and requests for credit to determine transfer credit acceptable to the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center. c. Administrative Position Responsible for Transfer Evaluation The Dean is the administrator ultimately responsible for the transfer evaluation, though he or she may delegate individual evaluations to faculty members. d. The Process for Monitoring the Transfer Evaluation Once each year the Dean will review a random sample of transfer requests received and evaluations completed to insure that both the academic and administrative policies and standards are being met. This sample will include at least 75% of the transfer requests in each degree program.
Student's Right To Cancel
A student has the right to cancel his or her agreement for a program of instruction, without any penalty or obligations, prior to the beginning of the second session. After the end of the cancellation period, you also have the right to withdraw from the program at any time. Should a student withdraw from the program, he/or she will not be charged for future classes. However, no refund will issued for classes already paid for and attended in the program. Cancellation may occur when the student provides a written notice of cancellation at the following address: The Reiss-Davis Graduate Center for Child Development and Psychotherapy, 3200 Motor Avenue, Los Angeles, CA90034. This can be done by mail or by hand delivery or by e-mail to the Registrar. The written notice of cancellation, if sent by mail, is effective when deposited in the mail properly addressed with proper postage or confirmed by email to the Registrar. The written notice of cancellation need not take any particular form and, however expressed, it is effective if it shows that the student no longer wishes to be bound by the Enrollment Agreement.
Withdrawal from the Program
A student may withdraw from the school at any time after the cancellation period (described above) and receive a pro rata refund if they have completed 60 percent or less of the period of attendance. The student has the right to withdraw from school at any time and receive a refund for that part of the program not taken for which the student has paid. The amount of that refund is to be “pro-rated” according to the not completed portion of the program less the cost of any equipment returned in good condition and a registration or administration fee not to exceed $250.00. The refund is to be paid within 45 days of withdrawal. For the purpose of determining a refund under this section, a student shall be deemed to have withdrawn from a program of instruction when any of the following occurs: • The student notifies the institution of the student’s withdrawal or as of the date of the student’s withdrawal, whichever is later. • The institution terminates the student’s enrollment for failure to maintain satisfactory progress; failure to abide by the rules and regulations of the institution; absences in excess of maximum set forth by the institution; and/or failure to meet financial obligations to the School. • The student has failed to attend class for two consecutive weekend classes in the One-Weekend-Per-Month program, without notifying the school administration in advance and arranging for a mutually acceptable plan to meet requirements for classes missed. • Failure to return from a leave of absence. For the purpose of determining the amount of the refund, the date of the student’s withdrawal shall be deemed the last date of recorded attendance. For the purpose of determining when the refund must be paid, the student shall be deemed to have withdrawn at the end of two consecutive weekend classes in the One-Weekend-Per-Month program. The refund is computed upon receipt of written notice of withdrawal from the institution. The institution's withdrawal and refund policy is consistent with the requirements of Article 13(commencing with section CEC 94919). CEC 94909(a)(8)(B). The institution shall, for all students, without penalty or obligation, refund 100 percent of the amount paid toward tuition, less application fee and deposit, not in excess of $250.00 if notice of cancellation or withdrawal is made prior to or on the first day of instruction. All students withdrawing after completion of 60 percent or less of the course/quarter/program of instruction shall be given a pro rata refund, in compliance with Education Code Section 94312(d). Withdrawal after completion of 60 percent of the course/quarter/program may well result in no refund being tendered by the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center to the student.
Student Complaint Procedure
Students who have a complaint or are experiencing problems are encouraged to contact the Instructor directly to attempt to resolve the complaint. In the event this contact does not resolve the complaint, the student is encouraged to make an appointment with the Chief Academic Officer (Dean) so that the complaint may be officially registered and solutions discussed. If a satisfactory outcome is not forthcoming, the student will be instructed in how to prepare a formal grievance to submit to the Provost, and the decisions of the Provost are final.