This Code of Conduct supports the goals and mission of Alabama Pathways and applies to instructors, members, and PDS management team.
Alabama Pathways programs and activities do not discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, gender, ethnic origin, ancestry, age, disability, socioeconomic status, or marital status. This non-discrimination policy applies to learner participation, instructor involvement, and general treatment of all programs and activities.
Intellectual Property Rights
Instructors, guest presenters or other course participants may not use approved training events to sell or reproduce material without permission that infringes third party intellectual property rights (such as copyright, trademark, trade dress and right of publicity). The course instructor is considered responsible for upholding this policy. Intellectual Property Rights comprises the issues of software licensing, material (i.e., books, CDs, DVDs, periodicals, video cassettes, audio recordings and reprints), course ware, and Internet content usage. Information about Intellectual Property Rights and Copy Rights is included in the Instructor Guide.
Photocopying textbooks and original content including computer software is a violation of international copyright laws and as such will not be tolerated. Photocopied textbooks and software will not be allowed in Alabama Pathways courses or learning events. Photocopying for classroom use must not substitute for the purchase of books or other materials.
Smoking is not allowed in any Alabama Pathways training. Non-smoking policies are most effective where members of the community are self-policing, and so everyone is asked to act as a role model by conforming to the policy and encourage others to do so as well.
Alabama Pathways is committed to providing a secure educational and work environment for its learners, instructors, staff, and administrators. Accordingly, Alabama Pathways does not tolerate any form of harassment, including sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is any conduct of a sexual nature that significantly impairs a person’s ability or opportunity to perform his or her job or educational pursuits.
Cellular / Mobile Phone
Alabama Pathways strongly discourages the use of cellular/mobile phones in the classroom and during any learning event. Participants and learners should turn off/mute their phones prior to entering the above mentioned sessions and not to turn on again until they are out of the above mentioned sessions. Instructors should also abide by the rules and refrain from using their cell phones during class time. Instructors are asked to remind learners/participants policies concerning the use of cell phones.
All administrators, staff, and instructors are expected to maintain a level of dress and personal appearance appropriate to their position and working environment.
Enrollment of a learner in learning activities is regarded as an agreement whereby the learner is promised a prescribed number of hours of instruction and the instructor must deliver quality instruction time equal to the amount the learner has enrolled for. Instructors are expected to teach the scheduled number of class hours.
Punctuality is expected of instructors. Instructors should always be on time and start and end their classes promptly. Instructor punctuality is assessed by learners / customers in class.
Disclosure of Proprietary Interest
ALABAMA PATHWAYS does not support or approve of the solicitation or sale of products, materials or services during a training event/session. Instructors are expected to disclose, in advance of the training event, any instructor’s proprietary interest in any product, instrument, device, service, or material discussed during the training event and the source of any compensation related to the presentation. Products may be displayed and sold if the following criteria are met:
- Products are incorporated into the workshop session
- Class time is not spent soliciting products
- Products on display are appropriate to the learning objectives and/or for use by the target learner.
- Products are not required for course objective to be met.
All learners are expected to attend at least 85% of the class sessions or class hours. CEU credit nor contact hours be should awarded to the learner who fails to abide by this standard.
Learners are expected to arrive on time for all scheduled classes and learning event sessions/activities. Learners will be considered late if they enter the class any time after the start of instruction, but may be given credit if the 85% attendance rule is met for the course.
Cheating is not acceptable in any organization dedicated to learning. Cheating includes giving or receiving information during the course of a learning event that allows an individual to receive credit for work they did not do, or other acts of academic dishonesty, including plagiarism or falsely presenting work required for course credit. If a learner is caught cheating, no credit will be awarded to the learner.
Acceptable adult behavior is expected of learners in the classroom and at any learning event or activity.