The College of Health Professions (CHP) has adopted the Code of Professional Conduct and Dispositions (the Code) which all students are expected to follow. The CHP programs set forth principles, standards and rules regarding proficiencies, dispositions and professional practice expected of the CHP student and graduate, and describe the process for disciplinary action if a student violates the Code. Each student’s professional conduct is continually observed by faculty, staff and any WGU affiliate the student may encounter.
The WGU College of Health Professions provides access to visible educational pathways to transform learners into leaders who advance health in their communities.
In keeping with the CHP mission, students are expected to demonstrate the following dispositions, to include, but not limited to:
WGU has further defined the proficiencies, dispositions and professional standards expected of WGU College of Health Profession students as follows:
All students must follow IRB protocols when completing research with human subjects. It is imperative that students review the IRB policies of their assigned facility/partner including how to protect, control and properly use and de-identify patient data.
Conduct unbecoming of a WGU student can constitute valid reason for recommendation to remove the student from an educational program at WGU. Failure to adhere to the Code or the CHP Nursing Code of Professional Conduct and Dispositions (opens new window) may result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the university in egregious instances.
A Concern alleging a violation of the standards of professional conduct described in this Code may be submitted by a student, program mentor, course instructor, staff member, clinical instructor, lab instructor or any agency personnel. All Concerns must be submitted in writing to the Health Professions Success Center. All warnings and sanctions issued by the WGU Academic Authenticity Team will result in a concurrent investigation and possible sanctions from the Health Professions Success Center, based on the severity of the incident.
The Health Professions Success Center will categorize each concern according to the following rubric and notify the affected student:
The Health Professions Success Center will investigate each Concern within 10 business days to determine the appropriate manner in which to proceed.
Where Health Professions Success determines that there is sufficient evidence of one or more violations of the standards of professional conduct described in this Code, the student may be suspended from participation in their professional field experiences during the corrective action process. A record of all corrective actions will be placed in the student’s file.
Level 1 Corrective Action: The Health Professions Success Center may impose corrective action up to and including a written warning and may include a list of corrective activities that a student must complete. Failure to satisfactorily complete the assigned corrective activities may result in an escalation to Level 2 corrective action.
Level 2 Corrective Action: The Health Professions Success Center may impose a Level 2 corrective action to resolve Level 2 concerns. In addition to any other requirements imposed, Level 2 corrective action requires the completion of a corrective action plan that will provide a student with a directed opportunity to demonstrate conduct that meets the standards set forth in this Code. Health Professions Success will determine if the response satisfactorily resolves the Level 2 concern. If the response is accepted, the Level 2 concern is closed. If the response to the corrective action plan is not acceptable, the Level 2 warning will escalate to a Level 3 concern and will be referred to the Student Conduct Board for review.
Level 3 Corrective Action: Health Professions Success will refer recommendations for Level 3 corrective action, up to and including temporary or permanent removal from the College of Health Professions program or from the University, to the Student Conduct Board which will conduct a formal hearing.
Students must respond to warning notices from Health Professions Success within three business days indicating either their intent to complete any required corrective action, or to appeal the warning to the Senior Manager of Clinical Experience, Health Professions, whose decision shall be considered final. Any student who fails to respond to a warning notice will be subject to the next-level remediation process. Decisions made in response to an appeal shall be considered final.
The Health Professions Success Coordinator may place a readmission hold on a student’s record when a student is withdrawn with an unresolved code violation.
Students have the following rights pertaining to alleged and confirmed violations of the standards of professional conduct set forth in this Code:
When a reported concern is determined to constitute a potential violation of the code a student must be notified in writing.
A student must be provided an opportunity to respond to a concern and explain his/her behavior to a responsible WGU staff member or department.
The Health Professions Success Center or WGU Student Conduct administration must notify the student in writing of its decision, including, as appropriate, the level of unacceptable behavior.
A student may participate in WGU courses during the investigation and decision-making processes, however, may be excluded from specific courses impacted by the investigation until a final decision allowing participation is reached.
Provided no other WGU standards of conduct were violated, students who are dismissed from a nursing education program due to a violation of this Code may pursue another academic program at WGU. Students should recognize, however, that certain violations of this Code might bar entrance to other WGU professional programs.
Records of Concerns and corrective action will be maintained according to WGU policy regarding student disciplinary records as well as applicable state and federal laws concerning maintenance and disclosure of student information.
The polices described above are in addition to the policies outlined in the Code of Student Conduct (opens new window)
Article Number: 20500, 2489