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Academic Integrity and Honor Code

The University’s goals of discovery and innovation begin with the ideals of academic civility and personal respect in order to maintain a supportive atmosphere of learning in both academic and social settings.  The ability to disseminate knowledge and share ideas in an open dialogue is essential to the success of the School of Nursing and its students.  Academic dishonesty – including but not limited to plagiarism, cheating, and falsification – will not be tolerated.  The University expects proper representation of academic work as well as academic civility in all settings.  Academic integrity promotes the moral self-respect and maintenance of competence advanced by the American Nurses Association and is encouraged by the actions of the faculty.  It is crucial to students’ success and the success of their classmates to uphold the values of honesty, respect, inclusiveness, and patience in an academic environment to better shape their professional character.

The School of Nursing upholds the values of the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics, in particular, personal and professional integrity.  All RN licensed School of Nursing students must adhere to the professional Code of Ethics for Nurses and comply with the New York State rules for professional conduct and license requirements. Faculty promote an environment of academic honesty and integrity and place special responsibility for upholding academic honesty on each student. Founded on the principle of respect for others, integrity and responsibility for one’s actions are necessary for the provision of patient and health care, research and teaching.

School of Nursing Honor Code

The University at Buffalo School of Nursing endorses the University's belief that "academic integrity is a fundamental university value. . . [and that] through the honest completion of academic work, students [faculty and staff] sustain the integrity of the university while facilitating the university's imperative for the transmission of knowledge and culture based upon the generation of new and innovative ideas" (from the Academic Integrity section of the UB Undergraduate Degree and Course Catalog). The University’s goals of discovery and innovation begin with the ideals of personal respect and academic civility in order to maintain a supportive atmosphere of learning in academic, clinical and social settings. The ability to disseminate knowledge and share ideas in an open dialogue is essential to the success of the School of Nursing.

The School of Nursing additionally upholds the values of the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics (2015), and the rules for professional conduct of the New York State Office of the Professions. These values and rules, which emphasize the principles of respect for self and others, personal and professional integrity, and responsibility for one’s actions, identify the tenets that are necessary for the provision of patient and health care, research and teaching.

Based on these perspectives, the School of Nursing Honor Code is based on the following principles:

  1.   Respect for patients, privacy and confidentiality
  2.   Respect for self, faculty, staff, colleagues and members of the health care team
  3.   Professional demeanor and attire
  4.   Accuracy, honesty and completeness in all written and verbal communications
  5.   Respect for diversity
  6.   Respect for property
  7.   Respect for policies, regulations and laws
  8.   Confidentiality of academic and clinical records
  9.   Academic integrity and standards
  10.   Fitness for duty
  11.   Fairness
  12.   Responsibility

The School of Nursing's faculty, staff and students are responsible to exhibit these principles to promote an environment of high ethical and academic standards within the classroom and clinical settings.

By accepting admission to the University at Buffalo School of Nursing, students are expected to exhibit appropriate professional behavior consistent with the values of the SON and the nursing profession. Students assume personal responsibility to be in a physical and mental condition conducive to the provision of safe nursing care and the development of the knowledge and skills required to give this care.

The School of Nursing has a responsibility to promote academic integrity and to develop procedures to deal effectively with instances of academic dishonesty. Students are responsible for the honest completion and representation of their work, for the appropriate citation of sources, and for respect for others' academic endeavors. By placing their name on academic work, students certify the originality of all work not otherwise identified by appropriate acknowledgments.

Honor Code Pledge

“I [insert name] am committed to following the UB School of Nursing Honor Code with honesty, integrity, respect, responsibility and ethics. I will refrain from any form of academic or clinical dishonesty or deception, such as cheating or plagiarism. I am aware that as a member of UB SON academic community it is my responsibility and obligation to report all suspected violations of the Honor Code.” (adapted from Langone, M. (2007). Promoting integrity among nursing students. Journal of Nursing Education, 46(1), 45-47.)

Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Policies

Agencies unable to comply with this policy will not be used by the University. Students must have successfully met the requirements encompassed in the performance of infection control procedures before providing care to patients involving contact with blood and body fluids.

Students judged to be competent to give such care will be expected to care for patients with diagnoses of AIDS, AIDS Related Complex, HIV, and Hepatitis B and C. Students will be assigned at the discretion of the instructor.

If a body fluid exposure should occur, the student must immediately notify the clinical instructor and follow the agency's policy regarding immediate care, follow-up and reporting. The student is responsible for any charges associated with testing and treatment of any injuries during clinical (including on-campus sites). The student should seek treatment at a facility covered by their insurance or as directed.

An incident report is completed according to agency policy. The clinical instructor is responsible for notifying to the assistant dean for undergraduate program in writing through completion of a UBSON incident report. 

Change of Name/Address

It is the student's responsibility to immediately inform the Office of Student Services in the School of Nursing and the course coordinator(s) for all enrolled nursing courses of any changes in name, address or telephone number. Students must also notify the Registrar’s office of changes in name and/or address.

Email Policy

The UB School of Nursing requires that all students’ email correspondence to university faculty and staff be sent from a UBIT address to protect the security of our server as well as to protect student privacy according to federal legislation (FERPA). Faculty and staff will not respond to non-UBIT addresses.

Felony Conviction Notice

Accepted nursing majors previously convicted of a felony should know that New York State can deny the right to be licensed. We encourage students with such records to consult with the New York State Office of the Professions prior to spending time and money completing nursing course work.

Liability Insurance

Student liability insurance is provided by the University at Buffalo. Coverage is effective only when students are performing activities associated with requirements of the educational program.

Needle Stick Policy

The clinical instructor (undergraduate programs)/course coordinator (graduate programs) will complete a UBSON Incident Report and notify the course coordinator (undergraduate only) and assistant dean.

The student should seek treatment at a facility covered by his/her insurance or as directed. The student should heed the recommendations of the health care professional performing the initial evaluation for the occupational exposure, including follow-up. If a student does not have a local primary care provider with whom to follow-up, the student should contact University at Buffalo Student Health Services at 716-829-3316 to make an appointment with the infectious disease specialist on staff and request lab results be sent to UB SHS as soon as they are available (fax: 716-829-2564).

The student is responsible for any charges associated with testing and treatment of any injuries during clinical (including on-campus sites) or while administering flu shots. 

Recommendations for Prevention and Management of Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure in Health Care Settings for Students

The School of Nursing has adopted the 2001 recommendation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) transmission in health-care settings.  Please review the June 2005 summary information from the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Reporting Bias-Related Confrontations and Incidents

The School of Nursing has identified a Sexual Harassment Information Advisor who serves as a source of information and support for employees and students who have concerns about sexual harassment. Professor Suzanne Dickerson has received extensive sexual harassment training, conducted by the Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), to act as an educator and trainer and provide general information on sexual harassment. Students may contact the School of Nursing Sexual Harassment Information Advisor with any related questions or concerns. If a student has a diagnosed physical, learning or psychological disability that has been certified by the University’s Office of Accessibility Resources (AR) which requires accommodations such as recruiting note takers, readers, or extended time on exams and or assignments, students should provide instructors with the AR verification as soon as possible so that accommodations can be considered.

School of Nursing ID badge

All UB School of Nursing students in clinical courses are required to obtain the official ID badge approved by the School of Nursing and issued by the UB Card Office.  Please follow this procedure to obtain a School of Nursing ID badge:

  • Students need to complete and sign an authorization form allowing the UB Card Office to use their UB card photo for their School of Nursing ID badges that are necessary for clinical.  Authorization forms will be provided by the Office of Student Services (Beck Hall); they are not available in the UB Card Office.
  • Upon completion of the form, the Office of Student Services will forward the correct information to the UB Card Office authorizing the issuance of the School of Nursing ID badge.
  • During the fall and spring semesters, the School of Nursing ID badge will be available in the South Campus UB Card Office, during the summer, ID badges are available in at the North Campus UB Card Office in approximately 3 business days.  The South Campus Card Office may be contacted at 829-3682.
  • The cost of the ID card and clip is $10.00 payable to the UB Card Office when you pick up your card.

Student Evaluations of Courses and Faculty Teaching Effectiveness

The UB Course Evaluation system is the University’s anonymous web-based approach to course and instructor assessment. Students use UB Course Evaluation to submit their evaluations of courses just completed. Instructors have access to these evaluations after their grades are submitted and faculty use this data for course quality improvement. Students are encouraged to provide thoughtful constructive feedback to the faculty to improve the course and teaching methods/strategies. All you need is a web browser or smart phone and your UBIT login to begin.

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