Code of Professional Conduct for Students

UNR Med Student Handbook: Other Codes and Policies for Students

The professional development of medical students is an essential part of medical education. Students are expected to meet the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine standards of professional behavior as part of their professional development. The Code of Student Professionalism outlines the expectations and the consequences for lapses in professionalism. Reporting of unprofessional behavior involving students includes the following:

  • An online Assessment of Medical Student Professionalism form to document lapses. These reports are directed to the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs and the Director for Evaluation and Assessment in the Office of Medical Education. https://unrmed.formstack.com/forms/medical_student_professionalism
  • Lapses in professional behavior for students participating in a required or elective clinical activity can also be assessed using a standard clinical evaluation. Any notation of an evaluator concern for a professionalism issue requires a detailed description. These reports are directed to the Director for Evaluation and Assessment, the Associate Dean of Medical Education and the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs. An initial professionalism report will result in a meeting between the student and the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs to discuss the matter. This meeting will be documented in a Conference Report shared with the student that will be entered into the student's academic file. Appropriate action may include referral to the SPCC, recommendations for counseling, a request for a written apology or a Fitness for Duty evaluation. When the informal mechanisms mentioned above do not lead to resolution of the incident or behavior, the following protocol will be followed as outlined in the Student Mistreatment Policy and Code of Student Professionalism policy.

Academic Dishonesty

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine defines academic dishonesty in accordance with UNR's Academic Standards Policy for Students. A student found to have cheated on any academic test will be subject to automatic failure of the course. Students will be referred to SPCC. Disciplinary action up to and including dismissal may be recommended by the SPCC and presented for approval by the Dean of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. If SPCC approves continued active student status the student will be placed on probation. If the student is permitted to repeat the course, the highest grade he/she can receive is a Pass. A second infraction related to academic dishonesty will result in dismissal.

Patient Care

Patient care infractions include falsifying or knowingly omitting pertinent information, lying regarding patient care, and/or conscious HIPPA violations. Students who commit an infraction will be referred to SPCC. Disciplinary action up to and including dismissal may be recommended by the SPCC and presented for approval by the Dean. If SPCC approves continued active student status, the student will be placed on probation. A second infraction related to patient care will result in dismissal.

Professional Internet Behavior

Students of UNR Med 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 UNR Med, 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 UNR Med 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 (HIPAA) enacted by congress, students 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.