32. Student Personal Conduct Policy

The Yale School of Nursing is an academic and professional community committed to the education of students and socialization of professionals for a variety of clinical and scholarly roles. The ultimate goal of the School is to contribute to the better health care of people and this goal requires that all members of the YSN community contribute to the creation of a work and learning environment that maintains the highest standards of academic integrity, values honesty and free expression, and respects individual differences and viewpoints. All members of the community are expected to abide by the regulations of the university as well as to obey local, state, and federal laws. Complaints of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment and sexual assault, may be brought to a Title IX Coordinator or to the University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct (see http://provost.yale.edu/uwc).  A formal complaint of sexual misconduct must be pursued in accordance with the procedures of the University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct. Students in the School of Nursing are expected to adhere to high standards of behavior in the following areas and failure to do so will lead to appropriate disciplinary action.

1. Academic Integrity. It is expected that students’ work represent their own efforts. Behaviors such as cheating on exams or other forms of tests, the falsification or fabrication of data, and plagiarism are prohibited.  Students witnessing cheating are expected to contact the appropriate faculty member.

2. Personal Integrity. It is expected that students honestly represent their credentials, abilities, and situation. Behaviors such as altering transcripts or work history or misrepresenting one’s financial situation in order to obtain financial aid are prohibited.

3. Professional Integrity. It is expected that students behave in clinical settings in a way that is consistent with the goal of providing optimal patient care. Students’ interactions with clients and other professionals in these settings should respect differences, maintain confidentiality according to federal and state privacy standards, avoid stereotyping, and reflect nursing’s ultimate commitment to caring. Abuse or excessive use of drugs, including alcohol, narcotics or chemicals is considered improper professional conduct under the laws of the State of Connecticut Nursing Practice Act.

4. Respect for Person and Property. It is expected that students respect individual differences, welcome diverse viewpoints, and avoid stereotyping. In addition, it is the students’ responsibility to contribute to the maintenance of the physical environment of the School and the university. Behaviors such as harassment, disruption of class, misuse of materials or facilities of the university library, and unauthorized use of services, equipment or facilities are prohibited. Students are also expected to respect their classmates and professors by adhering to general classroom decorum (e.g. punctuality, refraining from cell phone usage, addressing faculty and students in a respectful tone).  The possession or use, on or around campus, of explosives, incendiary materials, or weapons (including guns, ammunition, air rifles, paintball and pellet guns, Tasers, and knives) is absolutely prohibited.

Failure to adhere to the above principles will be referred to the YSN Committee on Discipline and students who have violated the above principles will be subject to one or more of the following actions: counseling, reprimand, probation, suspension, dismissal, fine, restriction, or referral for prosecution. This policy allows for the consideration of infractions on a case-by-case basis. Final actions will depend on the seriousness of the infraction and the circumstances surrounding the case.

I have read this policy and will abide by the terms while I am enrolled as a student at YSN.  I understand that a copy of this policy can be found on the School’s On-Line Student Handbook.

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Approved by YSN Executive Committee 11/15/2000.  Revised: 5/30/2007; Revised 5/20/2015; Revised 5/4/2017