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.
I. College of Health Professions Mission
The WGU College of Health Professions provides access to visible educational pathways to transform learners into leaders who advance health in their communities.
II. Professional Dispositions
In keeping with the CHP mission, students are expected to demonstrate the following dispositions, to include, but not limited to:
III. Standards of Conduct
WGU has further defined the proficiencies, dispositions and professional standards expected of WGU College of Health Profession students as follows:
In addition, WGU CHP Nursing students are held to the CHP Nursing Code of Professional Conduct and Disposition.
IV. Human Subjects and IRB Compliance
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.
V. Violation of Ethics, Standards, or Disposition within WGU College of Health Professions
Process for Disciplinary Action
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 may result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the university in egregious instances.
Filing and Investigation of Concerns
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.
A member of the Health Professions Success Center will contact the affected student by email to arrange a time to discuss each concern and attempt to resolve behavioral changes required to align the student’s conduct with the standards of professional conduct described in this Code. If a student fails to respond to this meeting request within three business days, or if corrective behavioral changes cannot be agreed informally, the concern will become subject to formal corrective action.
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.
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.
VI. Student Rights
Students have the following rights pertaining to alleged and confirmed violations of the standards of professional conduct set forth in this Code:
VII. Disciplinary Actions and Education Records
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
Article Number: 20500, 2489