Governance & Program Policies

Consistent with all federal and state laws, rules, regulations, and ordinances, the Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) is committed to providing a learning and working environment that promotes integrity, civility, mutual respect, and is free of any and all discrimination. Discrimination here refers to age, color, creed, marital status, medical condition, ethnicity, race, color, religion, cultural heritage, gender or identity, sexual orientation, political beliefs or affiliation, non-disqualifying disability, genetic information, amnesty, and military status.

Our policy applies to administrative personnel, faculty, staff, college employees, students, applicants for employment, customers, third-party contractors, third-party visitors on campus, and all other person that participate in the college’s educational programs and activities. For more details please read our Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment policy in full here.

Noorda-COM’s core values include cultural awareness, ethical leadership, embraces diversity and inspires a servant’s heart towards caring for the poor and needy. The College believes in graduating students who can provide exemplary and professional care to their patients.

Noorda-COM faculty, credentialed instructional staff, staff, and students are expected to be responsible individuals who possess the highest standards of integrity, honesty and personal conduct. Accordingly, students are expected to comply with institutional rules and to uphold and carryout the high standards of the osteopathic medical profession.

These traits are prerequisites to independent learning, professional development, the successful performance of academic and clinical assignments, and the conduct of one’s personal life. Accordingly, faculty, credentialed instructional staff, staff and students are expected to adhere to a standard of behavior consistent with the College’s high standards at all times on and off campus. Compliance with institutional rules and regulations, in addition to city, state and federal laws, is required of all students.

Noorda-COM is dedicated to advancing health equity at every point of contact. With growing concerns about health inequities and the need for health care systems to reach increasingly diverse patient populations, cultural competence from faculty, credentialed instructional staff, staff, and students is essential. In promoting awareness of cultural beliefs and attitudes these competencies can translate into better health care.

For more details on our Professionalism policy click here.

Accreditation

Noorda-COM is currently working towards meeting/exceeding the standards set in place by the Commission of Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). At this time, we have been approved by COCA to begin recruiting students.

Filing a Complaint Policy 

Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) Contact Information:

142 E. Ontario St.
Chicago, IL 60611-2864

Email: predoc@osteopathic.org
Phone: (312) 202-8124

Diversity

At Noorda-COM, we are devoted to creating a culture that not only promotes but also celebrates diversity and inclusion at all levels. We aim to bring in students, staff, and faculty that will enhance the cultural competency of our institute. Noorda-COM is committed to improving access of healthcare to underserved communities. We hope to foster a culturally sensitive environment, in which every individual feels valued and respected.

Our admissions committee uses an all-inclusive process when reviewing applications in order to select a diverse student body that will enhance the quality of education, enhance cultural competence, and improve access to quality care for underserved communities. Noorda-COM is determined to ensure diverse recruitment, appointment and retention in our work and research environments to make our school more welcoming to faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. It is our goal to create an ecosystem that promotes and fosters connection and engagement.

Noorda-COM has created the Diversity & Inclusion Committee in order to achieve our goals of such. The committee is comprised of faculty that represents all concerns from students, residents, faculty, and staff. They hold the tasks of enhancing and encouraging our diversity efforts.

You can read more on this policy here.

You can find tools to help have the necessary discussions about race here, provided by the Smithsonian’s  National Museum of African American History & Culture.

 AACOM on Diversity in in Osteopathic Medicine Education

Safety & Security

At Noorda-COM, we are committed to creating a safe and secure environment for all members of the college community. The extent of our safety goes beyond our campus and includes our off-site clinical education experiences as well. In compliance with accreditation requirements and state laws, we’ve developed a campus safety plan and safety training curriculum. Both provide requirements for what the plan and training addresses, and campus-related reporting. For concerns or further information students, faculty, or staff can contact the Manager of Human Resources, Campus Security, or the Facilities Manager.

Noorda-COM utilizes a card-access system for all buildings, these cards will also serve as student identification cards. For your safety and ours, we ask that these be promptly displayed somewhere on the front upper half of the body at all times. Our campus security operates 24/7 and can be reached at 385-285-6258. For emergencies, please call 911 first, and campus security after. To further enhance security for our community, we have established the Safety and Security Committee. They can be reached at xxxxxxxxx. Emergency plans have been put in place to identify and inform the college community should there be a disaster.

Noorda-COM alerts, mass email and text message distribution, and local media will always contact students, faculty, and staff when necessary.

You can read more on this policy here.