Standards of Conduct (Honor Code)

The Medical College requires that faculty, students and staff abide by fundamental standards of conduct expected of the members of the medical college community in their interactions with each other. Membership in the Medical College community for students is more than an academic commitment; it connotes a willingness by the student to act as a responsible medical professional. Participation in the medical college community by faculty is more than instructing the next generation of medical professionals; it is a commitment to serve as mentor and role model of the standards of the medical profession. Inherent in the concept of a medical professional is an underlying integrity and ethical foundation that defines the tone and culture of the teacher-learner environment at the Medical College.

The Medical College’s standards of conduct also enable students to begin to encounter and wrestle with the difficult moral and ethical questions that arise continuously throughout one’s medical career. In this capacity the standards of conduct promote expected behaviors, challenge unprofessional behaviors, and educate students, as well as faculty, to confront these challenges.

It shall be the responsibility of the students and faculty of the Medical School to uphold the integrity and ethical standards of the community to the fullest extent possible. The standards of conduct listed below set forth general responsibilities of students and faculty in a teacher learner environment. The full range of responsible conduct cannot be set forth in any policy document. Accordingly, students and faculty should view these enumerated responsibilities as an illustration and should strive to comply with both the letter and the spirit of these standards of conduct.

This section also describes the guidelines and policies which will apply when there has been a failure to comply with the standards.

Student Responsibilities

In order for students to be permitted to continue their studies at the Medical College, students must demonstrate a range of skills and abilities, such as, good judgment, a sense of responsibility and morality, sensitivity and compassion for individual needs, the ability to synthesize and apply knowledge, and evidence that they are capable of becoming safe and effective physicians. Students must also assume responsibility for the integrity of the content of the academic work performed and submitted, including papers, examinations and reports.

The following are examples of conduct that is not suitable for students at the Medical College:
  1. knowingly or carelessly representing the work of others as one’s own;
  2. using or giving unauthorized assistance in any academic work;
  3. restricting the use of material used to study in a manner prejudicial to the interest of other students;
  4. purposely misleading or give false information to another student;
  5. repetitively or egregiously failing to fulfill the professional requirements and responsibilities of a clinical clerkship;
  6. committing an act of physical abuse or violence of any kind;
  7. being repeatedly absent, unexcused, from a required course, clerkship, or subinternship activities; or
  8. otherwise committing a breach of academic and/or professional integrity.
A student, or group of students, knowing of any situation in which a violation of any of the standards of conduct set forth above may have occurred is responsible for providing any such information in writing to the Senior Associate Dean (Education) .Faculty are similarly required to report a violation to the Senior Associate Dean (Education). Each student matriculated at the Medical College shall be bound by standards of conduct described above and shall be presumed to be familiar with the above provisions.

When a student’s conduct while matriculated at the Medical College raises a question about his or her suitability for the practice of medicine, the matter is directed to the Committee on Promotion and Graduation for consideration. On a request by the Committee on Promotion and Graduation, the Senior Associate Dean (Education) or his or her designee, shall appoint an ad hoc committee of faculty to review the matter. The student involved shall receive notice of the Committee on Promotion and Graduation’s request for the appointment of the ad hoc committee, the membership of the ad hoc committee once constituted, and the details of the concerns under consideration by the ad hoc committee regarding the student’s suitability for the practice of medicine.

The ad hoc committee will determine the scope, manner and extent of its review, consistent with the information provided by the Committee on Promotion and Graduation. The student shall have the right to appear before the ad hoc committee in order to present his or her position on the claims raised and his or her continued suitability. The student may be accompanied by an advisor (such as a family member, faculty member and/or counsel) who may assist the student but will not be a participant in the proceeding before the ad hoc committee; the student will remain responsible for acting on his or her behalf in the process. The ad hoc committee will forward its determination as to the student's suitability to the Promotion and Graduation Committee.

When the recommendation of the ad hoc committee to the Committee on Promotion and Graduation is to permit a student to continue with his or her studies based on a finding that the student continues to meet the standards of suitability for the practice of medicine, the Committee on Promotion and Graduation may accept the recommendation and conclude the process or the Committee on Promotion and Graduation may seek further review by forwarding the matter for further action to the Faculty Councils and Dean. The Committee on Promotion and Graduation retains the right to add its own recommendation to the recommendation of the ad hoc committee if it forwards the decision of the ad hoc committee for additional consideration.

When the recommendation of the ad hoc committee is that the student does not satisfy the Medical College’s standards of suitability for the practice of medicine and should not be permitted to continue studies at the Medical College, then the recommendation, together with the academic records, factual determination, including any recommendations for sanctions (which shall include a brief statement explaining the sanctions), as well as any other materials the ad hoc committee deems appropriate, shall be forwarded to the Committee on Promotion and Graduation. The Committee on Promotion and Graduation shall then follow its own procedures for reviewing the recommendation, and formulating its own position on the matter. The Committee on Promotion and Graduation has the discretion to rely on the record created by the ad hoc committee or to reopen the process to gather additional information. The student shall have an opportunity to submit whatever information he or she believes is relevant to the consideration. The recommendations of the ad hoc committee, and the Committee on Promotion and Graduation, shall be forwarded to the Faculty Councils and the Dean for final action, pursuant to Section IIG herein.

 
 
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