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Fair Practice Standards in Education

Policy Statements

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT):

10.901 maintains accreditation standards that require programs and sponsors to comply with fair practice standards in education which include but are not limited to:
  i. announcements and advertisements that accurately reflect the program offered;
  ii. student recruitment/admission/matriculation and faculty recruitment/employment practices that assure non-discrimination with respect to ethnic or national origin, creed, religion, sex, age, or disabilities;
  iii. protection of the health and safety of students, patients, and faculty associated with educational activities;
  iv. radiation exposure practices consistent with the As Low As Reasonably Achievable concept (ALARA);
  v. basic instruction, prior to clinical assignment, of students to assure understanding of risks, exposure limits, radiation monitoring practices, safety precautions and concepts of scatter, time, distance and shielding;
  vi. a program orientation focused on educational activities;
  vii. recruitment practices assuring students free choice of study;
  viii. equal access to student services and facilities.
10.902 recognizes that programs may offer student stipends.

Procedures

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT):

10.901A investigates documented allegations of unfair practices in education.
10.901B maintains accreditation standards that require the sponsor to:
  i. publish accurate information regarding program costs and fees to students;
  ii. make known to all applicants, through appropriate publication, fair policies and processes for student withdrawal and tuition refund;
  iii. develop health safety policies and procedures with relevant didactic instruction and reporting mechanisms to support and comply with federal and state statutes and institutional policies and procedures;
  iv. maintain radiation monitoring records in compliance with federal and state statutes;
  v. develop and implement fair policy relating to student pregnancy based on current radiation protection philosophy, sound educational principles, and federal and state law;
10.901C requires any program to notify the JRCERT in the event of, or any potential for, a strike or work stoppage involving a sponsor or clinical education setting, to ensure the safety, welfare and non-exploitation of students.
10.902A requires that student stipends, if offered, must be:
  i. equitable;
  ii. unrelated to completion of specific clinical hours and/or assignments.

Cross References:

10.000 Advertising Accreditation Status
11.100 Principles of JRCERT Accreditation
11.500 Rights and Responsibilities of Sponsors of JRCERT Accredited Programs
80.000 Complaints Regarding Accredited Programs
80.300 Public Interest and Public Representation

Adopted by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology:  04/04