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Policies, Disclosures & Consumer Information

This page contains valuable information for prospective and current students concerning Daoist Traditions policies and consumer information that are required to be reported by various government and other agencies as well as laws including the Higher Education Act of 1965.

Community Standards

Cultivating a Healing Presence - Healing is often a gradual awakening of a deeper sense of self (and of self about others) which can encourage profound personal change. We believe that healing can only come from within, in the present moment. We recognize that all of life’s journeys and experiences provide opportunity for growth and change. Healing presence is being mindful and compassionate in the present moment with another. It is important to realize that through our daily activities we can cultivate this healing presence. In cultivating a healing presence at Daoist Traditions, students must demonstrate the maturity, emotional stability, and good judgment that will allow them to become an effective and independent practitioner.

Core Values - Study at Daoist Traditions requires respecting differing points of view and different heritages of Chinese Medicine. We are committed to an academically rigorous program, which challenges students to transform emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually. Because of this, we seek students who are committed to personal cultivation and growth as well as to their learning. All members of the Daoist Traditions community must share a commitment to

  • ground all actions in honesty, integrity, and compassion;

  • embrace the philosophy and spirit of Chinese medicine;

  • respect the wisdom of our teachers and embrace the spirit of cooperation;

  • listen receptively and effectively respond to feedback;

  • respect each member of our community and hold one another in the highest regard;

  • honor freedom of inquiry by fellow students;

  • cultivate the ability to observe oneself and take responsibility for one’s learning, actions, and well-being;

  • express oneself respectfully, using appropriate words and actions to express one’s moods and emotions;

  • exhibit professionalism in all of our actions;

  • cultivate the ability to observe oneself and develop the ability to recover the “observant self”;

  • engage in self-reflection and cultivation practices as keys to healing and healing presence;

  • allow our healing presence to be the guiding principle for all actions.

Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend each class session as absences result in lower achievement. Each student is responsible for knowing the attendance regulations for each class as stated on the syllabus and complying with it. Students are responsible for the content of any missed classes including anything that is announced, distributed or discussed. It is expected that students will, as a courtesy, notify the instructor if they will miss class for any reason. For a complete reference of our Attendance Policy, please refer to the Academic Catalog.

Program Requirements
Students are expected to engage fully in didactic studies and the practical application of those studies in academic and clinical settings. Students are required to explore a variety of ideas, philosophies, and cultural frameworks and may be asked to engage in activities that demonstrate or include elements of diverse cultural traditions. A student with religious or other beliefs that may conflict with these requirements should consult with their religious/spiritual or other adviser to assist the student in deciding whether this study will be possible. Each student is required to:
•    successfully complete all courses in the program of study;
•    successfully complete required comprehensive exams (MAHM and Dual programs);
•    participate in class activities that may include tasting herbs, using moxa, applying liniments;
•    palpate and needle all required acupuncture points on all classmates, all genders, without bias;
•    receive palpation and needling on all required acupuncture points by all classmates, all genders, without bias; and
•    treat all scheduled patients without bias in the college clinic and off-site clinic activities.

Professionalism Expectations
Students at Daoist Traditions are expected to have respect for themselves, other students, faculty, administrative personnel, and college property and the property of others. Students must be able to function effectively and cooperatively, even under stressful or challenging conditions, such as can occur in the academic environment and in clinical settings. All students should display flexibility, be open to differing  points of view, be able to follow instructions, and be capable of giving and responding appropriately to constructive feedback.


Students are expected to behave in a professional and responsible manner at all times while on campus or when representing Daoist Traditions. All students, employees, faculty, and administrative personnel are expected to behave in a manner that does not infringe on the rights of others. 


The following list describes the standards of behavior that Daoist Traditions expects of each student. Behaviors which adversely affect the college or any individual in the campus environment are subject to review and disciplinary action even if not specifically enumerated here.  Each student is expected and required to:
•    develop and nurture a healing presence;
•    respect the core values for all Daoist Traditions community members;
•    furnish correct, truthful, and complete information;
•    observe all policies and procedures;
•    attend all mandatory school meetings and orientations;
•    protect and maintain the health, safety, and rights of students, visitors, and personnel involved with the Daoist Traditions community and understand that threats, intimidation, physical abuse, harassment (sexual, religious, racial, cultural), or any biased action, violates these standards;
•    refrain from discrimination based on age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, disability, pregnancy status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any classification protected by local, state, or federal law;
•    observe the policy that Daoist Traditions is a drug, smoke (including e-cigarettes/vaping), and alcohol-free facility;
•    observe the policy that dangerous materials or weapons of any type are not allowed on the campus;
•    uphold the policy of respect for the property of the campus and the individuals on the campus;
•    observe the policy that any work required from a student is expected to be the original work of the student;
•    uphold the confidentiality of patients;
•    understand that performing unsupervised acupuncture treatment is not allowed;
•    understand that the unsupervised recommendation of any herbal formula is not allowed;
•    use appropriate, lawful, professional, and ethical behavior;
•    abide by copyright laws.


Additional standards on classroom and clinic conduct are detailed in the student handbook and clinic manual. 

Required Immunizations

North Carolina State law (G.S. 130A-152) requires proof of immunizations for college students to protect you and others while you are in attendance. Students must submit documentation within 30 days of their first registration. Please follow the link below for required immunization forms. Also, forms can be provided by the Registrar upon enrollment. Please note: a physical is not required for admission, only documentation of required immunizations. Click here for the Immunizations Form.

Request for Accommodation

Daoist Traditions will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and/or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and members’ sincerely held religious beliefs or practices unless doing so would result in an undue hardship, safety, and/or health risk. “Undue hardship” is a practice, procedure, or financial cost, which unreasonably interferes with business operations at the College. Students should not approach individual faculty members with accommodation requests.


Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and/or Section 504: Individuals who believe that they qualify for accommodations must request in writing to the Vice President by using the Accommodation Request for Disability form. If a student knows of an accommodation need in advance, the request should be made at least 3 weeks before the start of the semester to allow time for the approval process and any adjustments. In some cases, it may be helpful for a student to attend the first week of classes to evaluate the classroom environment and determine the possible adjustments before making a specific request. Other requests for accommodations should be made as soon as the issue is identified. Requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may involve consultation with outside parties, such as Vocational Rehabilitation or medical professionals. 


Accommodation Request for Disability Form


Religious Accommodations: Students are encouraged to review the academic calendar and course syllabi at the start of each semester to determine if there are dates that conflict with religious observances. Students requesting absence from class, excuse from an exam day, or modifications of an academic deadline, should submit the Request for Religious Accommodation form before the end of Week 2 of the semester. Late requests for unanticipated conflicts requiring religious observance, such as a death in the family, will be considered.


Requests for religious accommodation may take up to 3 weeks for approval. Requests made after missing a class or assignment will not be considered for accommodation. It should be noted that missing a class, exam, or deadline due to travel associated with a particular holiday does not constitute an excused absence.


Request for Religious Accommodation Form

Guidelines on Preferred Names and Personal Pronouns

Daoist Traditions College is committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive campus environment as a foundation for student and employee success.  

These guidelines have been established to address the needs of students and employees who want or need to change their name during the course of enrollment or employment at Daoist Traditions. These policies also address name changes for students/employees who would like to use a first/middle name which better reflects their ethnic, racial, or gender identity.

Preferred Name and Personal Pronouns Policy

Student and Employee Name Change Request Form

Confidentiality of Student Records

Click here to read our policies and procedures concerning the Privacy of Student Records under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.

Student Complaints and Grievances

Click here to read our policies and procedures concerning student complaints. Additional information can be found on our Distance Education Policies page.


Click here to read about laws and regulations concerning copyright

Title IX

Click here to read about Title IX and Daoist Traditions.

Campus Security

Daoist Traditions is committed to maintaining a community rich inequality, safety, and free from all forms of discrimination and harassment. The purpose of the Campus Security Report is to provide information on crime prevention, procedures for reporting crime, resources for victims, and crime statistics to enhance the safety and security of everyone who visits, studies, or works on our campus. Only on a safe campus can learning truly occur in a meaningful way.


Campus Security Authorities:

  • Rachel Nowakowski, Vice President/Title IX Coordinator

  • Cissy Majebé, President

  • Chris Giglio, Administrative Director

  • Megan Burns, Academic Dean/Title IX Assistant

  • Peter Shea, Clinic Director

  • Caitlin Spalding, Clinic Administrator

Click here to read the 2023 Daoist Traditions Annual Security and Safety Report.

Alcohol and Drug Policy

Click here to read Daoist Traditions' alcohol and drug policy

Student Services and Support

Click here for our Student Opportunities and Services page.


To see current tuition and fees, calculated costs of books and supplies, room and board, and other program costs, go to:

General Financial Aid Information

Click here for information concerning financial aid at Daoist Traditions.

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