Department of Physical Therapy: A Code of Citizenship

"Knowledge Joined with Love"

As a graduate and adult learner and member of the Department of Physical Therapy at Alvernia University, I live by the core Franciscan values of service, humility, peacemaking, contemplation, and collegiality. As a future Doctor of Physical Therapy, I respect the core values of the American Physical Therapy Association that include, but are not limited to, accountability, altruism, compassion/caring, excellence, integrity, professional duty, and social responsibility. I understand that these values are considered essential functions of a Doctor of Physical Therapy and are integral to effective and ethical practice, a skill which must be exemplified within the student phase of a DPT career.


Professionalism as defined within the AU Community Standards includes, but is not limited to, being respectful of other's thoughts and opinions, obeying rules and procedures, avoiding gossip and demeaning dialogue, avoiding the use of profanity, demonstrating teamwork and collegiality, informing faculty and supervisors of absences and tardiness, and maintaining favorable relationships with others.

I understand my critical contribution to the Department's "Culture of Excellence" and commit to embrace and support these basic values and standards of citizenship. I understand that my failure to consistently uphold these values and standards, as outlined within the PT Policies & Procedures Manual and determined by the Department faculty, may result in consequences up to and including dismissal from the Program.


Notification of Breaches in Citizenship Standards

A breach of the Department "Code of Citizenship", as determined by Department faculty, will result in verbal and written notice provided by the faculty to the student at the time that the breach is identified. This "Citizenship Alert" will identify the date and the specific nature of the breach. If a student receives more than one alert during his or her time within the Program, or if a single egregious infraction should occur, the student will be asked to meet with the DPT Academic Review Committee (ARC) for review, discussion and due process. The ARC will construct a learning contract (Progression Plan) that outlines specific behavioral requirements, with timelines for resolution. If the student fails to meet the requirements outlined within the learning contract, he/she will be dismissed from the Program for non-academic reasons. For the purpose of clarity, behaviors that constitute a breach in the Department's Code of Citizenship that warrant a "Citizenship Alert" include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Unprofessional verbal and/or non-verbal communication during learning experiences, or within interactions with fellow students, core faculty, associated faculty, clinical faculty, or other external stakeholders
  • Unprofessional communication or failure to communicate via electronic media (email, etc) in an effective, professional or timely manner. This includes violation of the Social Media policy of the University or Department.
  • Failure to meet faculty expectations relative to positive engagement or contribution to the learning environment
  • Failure to adequately prepare for classroom learning experiences, as an example, required readings or preparation assignments.
  • Demeaning and distracting behavior or language within the learning environment; demeaning behaviors toward any individual internal or external to the program is unacceptable at any time.
  • Failure to assume personal responsibility for behaviors and actions
  • Failure to meet established contribution requirements to volunteerism, service, community engagement, and other non-academic opportunities within the program




Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Alvernia University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 610-568-1546 or email

For more information regarding the process of accreditation, please contact the:

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-706-3245

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