Professional Internet Behavior

Medical Student Handbook: Other Codes and Policies for Students

Students of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner that is expected of future doctors. Each student's actions will reflect the School of Medicine as a whole, and thus should reflect the professionalism and integrity which are fundamental to the values of this institution. As a representative of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, these standards of behaviors are expected in all facets of a student's life, including online.

Students are expected to apply sound judgment when using internet, email, social media, blogs, texts, or other forms of public/non-personal outlets. Each student is responsible for the material they share via the internet or other technological means (cell phones and other devices with information sharing capabilities). Therefore, it is expected that each student will conduct themselves with courtesy, respect, and foresight about how their internet and technological activity will affect themselves, other students, other school personnel, or the school in general.

Each student at the School of Medicine will have added privileges including a medical school email, access to school computers, access to useful databases and websites, and other internet resources. These resources are the property of the School of Medicine and are expected to be utilized with the behavior summarized above. Students will not use any internet resources for inappropriate means including, but not limited to:

  • Fraudulent messages- Messages sent from an anonymous name with the intention of concealing the message origin
  • Harassment messages- Messages with the intention of harassing an individual or group electronically for any reason
  • Obscene messages- Messages that contain information/material that would be considered obscene, distasteful, or inflammatory
  • Pornographic materials - Includes, but not limited to pictures, audio and video files, literature, or newsgroups

In accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) enacted by congress, students of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine are required to abide by the privacy terms created to protect the rights of patients and the healthcare system. Health information under HIPAA is defined as: "data that relates to the past, present, or future physical or mental health condition of an individual or payment for the provision of health care to an individual transmitted or maintained regardless of its form." This information is defined to be private by law. This privacy shall not be violated by distribution or sharing of any kind, including over the internet, communication devices, or other file sharing entities.