Any persons participating in the Student Evaluations and Promotions Committee (SEPC) must recuse themselves in any case where they have, or appear to have, a conflict of interest concerning the applicant. A conflict of interest is present if the person may have an interest in the outcome of a SEPC meeting.
A conflict of interest exists without limitation in situations where a member of the committee is:
- Related by blood or marriage to the student
- Has provided healthcare to the student, including psychological or psychiatric care
- Participated in the assessment or academic advising of the student
- Has a family or business relationship with the student
- Has any other interaction with the student which results in a conflict
Any member of the SEPC who fit any of the above criteria, should refrain from any discussion of the student and leave the meeting during discussion of the student.
The decisions of the SEPC regarding students must be free from intimidation and not influenced by any political or financial factors. Any person participating in the SEPC process who has a question or potential conflict of interest must let the Office of Admissions and Student affairs know so that action may be taken to ensure that such conflict does not influence objective decision making.
SEPC members will review and acknowledge the policy annually and prior to each meeting.