American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Guide to Starting an Academic Program in
Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD)

Section 3 - Implementing the Academic Program

Developing Program Policies and Procedures

To implement the new program fully, several policies and procedures will need to be developed, modified to meet the CSD program's goals, or accessed to support institution-wide initiatives. These resources typically are organized into comprehensive resources, such as a manual or handbook, and may be available on the program's website or in print. Program administrators should consider the development of a program Web site that would provide current information about admissions, academic calendar, course/curriculum information, grading policies, fees or their charges unique to the graduate program, and the graduate program's accreditation status.

Resources such as a student manual, available and/or updated by the time of students' orientation, are extremely helpful. Program administrators may choose to develop a single guidebook for students and faculty or to develop a separate student handbook and clinic manual. These important items should be included in the guidebooks:

  • published policies and procedures, including remediation plan for marginal students;
  • available student services/resources;
  • curriculum description and sequence;
  • maintenance of academic standing (probation/dismissal procedures);
  • graduation requirements, including comprehensive exam and/or thesis/research expectations;
  • professional credentialing information or links, including state teacher certification, licensure, and ASHA clinical certification;
  • nondiscrimination statement;
  • compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), including patient privacy/confidentiality;
  • universal precautions;
  • sample administrative forms (e.g., client consent forms, clinical hour tracking);
  • professional resource links (ASHA, National Student Speech Language Hearing Association [NSSLHA], state associations);
  • Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) contact information for student complaints/inquiries.

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