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The Professional Student

Candidates for the Kinesiology program at Texas Woman’s University must demonstrate acceptable physical and intellectual competence, as well as desirable character traits and dispositions. The Kinesiology program seeks to develop the qualities of leadership and professional skills in undergraduate students, while fostering a desire to assist others in their professional growth.

The curricula in Kinesiology are designed to permit students the opportunity to develop:

1. Professional integrity and working standards of conduct.

2. Understanding the body of knowledge of Kinesiology which is contained in (but not limited to) the following areas:

  • Science of movement, including exercise physiology and biomechanics
  • Motor learning and motor control
  • Measurement and evaluation
  • Pedagogy
  • Physical activity competence and leadership

3. Satisfactory levels of personal physical activity skill competence and fitness

4. Understanding of the importance of wellness in today’s society

5. Competency in pedagogy, the art and science of instruction

6. Ability to describe, analyze, evaluate, and prescribe appropriate ways to approach wellness through exercise and sport

7. Critical thinking skills

8. Technology skills

Kinesiology Dress Code

Students should arrive early enough to change and be at the activity site on time. Students not properly attired will be asked to correct discrepancies; a tardy or absent mark may result.

Representing the Department

All undergraduate students are expected to dress in appropriate professional physical activity attire when representing the department. TWU Kinesiology attire is required during departmental sponsored activities with the public including, but not limited to, student teaching, practica, and internships. Appropriate professional physical activity attire includes, but is not limited to, warm-ups, shorts, collared shirts, tennis shoes, socks, and a one piece bathing suit (no bikinis; female or male). Pants or shorts should be worn at the natural waistline and not below. Pants or shorts must be hemmed, shorts must be appropriate length (hem length at least length of arms extended), and no jeans of any color are permitted. The shirt must be tucked into the pants or shorts or a hemmed shirt with even length tails may be worn outside the pants or shorts. The collared shirt must have an approved TWU or department logo (see instructor for approval) or a collared shirt with a TWU/Department badge.

Student teachers are excused from the dress code for school sponsored attire days. Corporate fitness interns may be excused from the dress code if the site has an alternative dress code.

In addition, hats, caps, or head covers are not to be worn in any on or off departmental sponsored activities with the public (Note: exceptions may be made for outdoor activity for wearing appropriate hats for sunscreen, or cultural customs; see instructor for approval). For safety reasons, jewelry should be limited to stud earrings within the ears and be careful of necklaces, bracelets, and watches. Exposed tattoos and/or body piercing other than within the ears are not allowed.

TWU Kinesiology attire can be purchased through the department. Students wearing inappropriate attire will not be able to participate in the class activities, which may impact their grade. Any concerns or questions see the instructor.

Dress Code for Activity in Kinesiology Classes

Proper attire must be worn at all times. Students should wear supportive athletic footwear (e.g., tennis shoes) and clothing that does not restrict movement:

  • Athletic shoes appropriate for the activity – running shoes, court shoes, etc…
  • No undergarments showing.
  • No jeans, slacks, or khaki’s. The only acceptable long pants are sweat pants or wind suits.
  • No skin showing at the waist.
  • Gym shorts and t-shirts with short or long sleeves are preferred.

Dress Code for Physical Education Pedagogy Classes

Proper professional attire will be required. Specific guidelines will be outlined in the course syllabus.

Dress Code for Swimming Classes

Excessively revealing attire is inappropriate and may result in dismissal from class, at the instructor’s discretion. In swimming, neither male nor female students will be allowed to wear bikini swim wear. Students will be dismissed from class in time for showering and pass time to next class.

Academic Dishonesty Policy

The Kinesiology faculty supports the University policy concerning Academic Dishonesty. This policy is found in its entirety in the TWU Student Handbook, and it is the strong recommendation of the faculty that each student review it in detail. The Kinesiology faculty advocates the pursuit of high levels of learning, and respects each student as an individual. However, the faculty is committed to the demands of the “maintenance of academic integrity” on the part of the student.

“Academic dishonesty includes cheating, plagiarism, collusion, fabrication, falsification, and falsifying academic records, and other acts intentionally designed to provide unfair advantage to the student, and/or the attempt to commit such acts.”

Please refer to Section 4, Student Conduct Policies, of the TWU Student Handbook for clarification pertaining to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, fabrication, falsification, and falsifying academic records.

The Kinesiology faculty will follow the guidelines stated in the TWU Student Handbook for sanctions in the event of Academic Dishonesty. The sanctions are based on the severity of the violation, and examples are the following: verbal reprimand, assignment of a lower grade with explanation from the instructor, expulsion from the course with either a passing grade (WP) or failing grade (WF), and possible expulsion from the University.

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