Bachelor's of Science
Health Information Management





1. Attendance & Participation

Attendance policies at Shasta College are based on the belief that students can profit from college only if they attend regularly and are adequately prepared for their classes.

HIM Program courses are online and there are no required on-campus meetings so attendance, as traditionally defined, is not expected.  However, it is important that students develop a schedule for completion of course assignments and adhere to that schedule.  Students are expected to login to Canvas, Shasta College’s learning management system, and begin coursework on the first day of the course.  Students who do not show continuous progress throughout the course may be dropped.  Continuous progress is measured by logging in to Canvas several times a week, participating in class discussions, and submitting assignments.


2. Academic Accomodations

Students who feel that they will need academic accommodations in a class due to limits imposed by a disability should contact the office of Partners in Access to College Education for students with disabilities (PACE) (530-242-7790) to make the necessary arrangements. It is the student’s responsibility to provide documentation that verifies the disability and the type of limitations that may result. The Disability Resource Center has been delegated the authority to:

(a) Evaluate that documentation and determine if it is sufficient to justify accommodations

(b) Determine which accommodations are appropriate

(c) Facilitate the provision of approved accommodations.


3. Student Code of Conduct

HIM students are representatives of Shasta College and are expected to conduct themselves with professionalism and integrity at all times.  Students are to familiarize themselves with Shasta College's Standards of Conduct - Shasta College Board Policy 5500.

Behaviors that are serious enough to result in dismissal from the HIM program without the possibility of return include:

  • Gross negligence resulting in harm
  • Verbal threat of physical harm (assault)
  • Physical violence (battery)
  • Falsifying a medical record
  • Dishonest verbal or written communications
  • HIPAA Violation (breach of confidentiality)
  • Carrying a weapon or illicit drugs/drug paraphernalia
  • Stealing from clinical site, college, or faculty
  • Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol while on the Shasta College campus, at the clinical affiliate site, or while participating in school activities.

4. Academic Honesty

Academic Honesty is taken very seriously at Shasta College.  Students are to familiarize themselves with Shasta College’s Standards of Conduct - Academic Honesty and also the Shasta College Health Sciences Academic/Scholastic Honesty Policy. Students also need to familiarize themselves with the Proctorio Policy. Proctorio is an online exam proctoring system used to promote academic integrity.

Cheating, plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty are not acceptable and will not be tolerated.  Academic dishonesty is the willful and intentional fraud and deception for the purpose of improving a grade or obtaining course credit, and includes all student behavior intended to gain or provide unearned academic advantage by fraudulent and/or deceptive means.  The student has the full responsibility for the content and integrity of all academic work submitted.  Ignorance of a rule does not constitute a basis for waiving the rule or the consequences of that rule.  Students unclear about a specific situation are to ask their instructor who will explain what is and is not acceptable in their class.  Violation of this policy will result in appropriate disciplinary action.  Examples of such unauthorized behavior include but are not limited to: taking information, providing information, or plagiarism.  Other cheating examples are defined as receiving aid during an exam from anyone other than the instructor, using unauthorized materials during an exam and giving unauthorized aid to a student taking an exam.  The penalty for cheating is an “F” on that exam or immediate dismissal from the class.

5. Professional Code of Ethics

HIM Program students are also representatives of the health information profession.  The Health Information professional has an obligation to demonstrate actions that reflect values, ethical principles, and ethical guidelines.  The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Code of Ethics​ sets forth these values and principles to guide conduct. 

The ethical obligations of the health information professional include the safeguarding of privacy and security of health information; disclosure of health information; development, use, and maintenance of health information systems and health information; and ensuring the accessibility and integrity of health information.

Students should become familiar with the AHIMA Code of Ethics and consider ways in which they can integrate the principles into practice.

6. Netiquette: Rules of Behavior on the Internet

The etiquette guidelines that govern behavior when communicating on the Internet have become known as netiquette. Netiquette covers not only rules of behavior during discussions but also guidelines that reflect the unique electronic nature of the medium.  HIM program students are expected to maintain online classroom courtesies with respect to their instructor and fellow classmates.  A summary of Netiquette: Rules of Behavior on the Internet​ may be found on SC Online.


7. Confidential Information

HIM Program students must follow guidelines of confidential behavior when in the classroom (online and traditional classes) and clinic.  All hospital and patient records are confidential in nature.  Students must abide by state and federal laws that prohibit unauthorized access to patient information or medical records.

Confidentiality restrictions also include the avoidance of sharing fellow student information program status and grades, and discussing opinions regarding classroom or clinic experiences that may be interpreted as gossip or of a slanderous nature.

Failure to observe the college or agency confidentiality requirements may result in dismissal from or failure in the program. 


8. Social Media

HIM Program students are expected to exhibit responsible, professional and ethical behaviors related to the use of social media communications to protect the privacy and confidentiality of patients, fellow students, faculty/staff, clinical educators and affiliated facilities.  Students should understand that there is really no such thing as a private social networking site.

“Social media” includes, but is not limited to, Facebook, You Tube, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Google+, Flickr, and any other websites or online software applications that allow individual users to post or publish content on the internet.

Unauthorized posting/publication/distribution of pictures, audio or video of patients, clinical affiliate facilities/instructors/staff, college facilities/faculty/staff or classmates is prohibited.

Students are prohibited from initiating “friend-requests” with clinical instructors or other staff of facilities to which they have been assigned.  Students are also prohibited from initiating or accepting friend requests from patients/clients of those clinical facilities.

Students utilizing social media should make absolutely no reference to patients, clinical sites or clinical instructors, even if names are not given or if the student attempts to remove identifying information from the comment.

A violation of the privacy of a patient, instructor, clinical affiliate, college faculty/staff member or classmate is extremely serious and may result in dismissal from the program and may also put the student at risk of legal liability.

9. Professional Photos and Email Addresses

Students should use a professional picture of themselves for use on Canvas, and should use a professional email address when communicating with HIM professionals.




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