Student Code of Honor


Nursing involves intervening in the lives of others. Therefore, there is an ethical component in nursing's purpose of promoting human well-being. 

The integrity of the nursing profession requires self-discipline and ethical behavior. The learning and practice of self-discipline and professional ethical behavior begins upon entrance into nursing school and continues throughout the individual's professional life. The Student Code of Honor expresses the goals and values of academia and the nursing profession. When individuals enter nursing school, they accept a moral commitment to uphold the values and goals outlined in this code.

Definition of Terms*

Administration: Any person employed by the College or University to perform managerial duties. 

Aiding and abetting academic or nonacademic misconduct: Intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another student commit an action of academic or nonacademic misconduct. 

Cheating: Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, study aids, or computer-related information. 

Client/Patient: Any individual or group of individuals receiving nursing care. 

College: The College of Nursing of the University of Oklahoma at all of its campuses. 

Community: Clients/patient, their families, and health providers in clinical settings or students, faculty, staff, and guests of the University and academic community. 


Academic Conduct: Academic conduct is generally considered to be related to the actions of students that are associated with the teaching-learning environment. Therefore, academic misconduct may include, but not necessarily be limited to acts such as plagiarism, cheating, misrepresentation and fabrication. 

Nonacademic Conduct: Nonacademic conduct is generally considered to involve actions of students related to standards of behavior that are established for the purpose of maintaining an acceptable level of propriety within the University community and the health care arena. 

Fabrication: Presenting as genuine any invented or falsified citation, material, or clinical data. 

Faculty: Any person employed by, or on contract to, the College or University to conduct classroom, professional practice lab or clinical activities. 

Misrepresentation: Falsifying or altering the contents of credentials, documents or other materials related to academic matters; including schedules, prerequisites and transcripts. 

Non-University agency: Any agency which has a verbal or written agreement with the College of Nursing to provide learning experiences for students. 

Plagiarism: To steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own; use (a created production) without crediting the source; to commit literary theft; present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.** 

Staff: Any person employed by the College or University to provide support services. 

Student: Any person officially enrolled in courses offered by the College of Nursing whether she or he is classified as a degree-seeking student or a special student. All persons pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies, whether full-time or part-time, are considered students.

University: The University of Oklahoma 

*Adapted from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing Honor Code for Students 

**Source: Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, MA: MerriamWebster, Inc., 1988.

Code of Professional Conduct

(Adapted from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Code of Professional Conduct.)
  1. A nursing student is considered to be a part of the nursing profession and is expected to maintain appropriate conduct and be committed to the ethical obligations and high standards of client/patient care valued by the profession. 

  2. A student respects the role of truthfulness in health care and academia. A student, as part of the nursing profession, shall demonstrate integrity and self-discipline during all aspects of nursing education. This includes the completion of assignments and examinations as well as conduct in the classroom/ professional practice lab building, conduct in the clinical setting and conduct in the community at large. 

  3. The student is responsible and accountable for the consequences of her/his academic and nursing actions. Each student in the College of Nursing is expected, at all times, to demonstrate those characteristics essential to the practice of nursing. These include not only those listed above but also honesty, confidentiality, ethical behavior and empathy. 

  4. Behaviors and dress shall be appropriate for a student aspiring to the nursing profession. 

  5. Students shall maintain a satisfactory general professional attitude. Included in this professional attitude are the respectful approach to interactions with patients/ clients, cooperation with instructors, attendance as scheduled, attention to assigned work and duties, and respect for fellow students, associates, staff and faculty. 

  6. Each student accepts responsibilities for her or his own conduct and for assuring that other students have no unfair competitive advantage before, during or after an assignment or examination. 

  7. It is each student's responsibility to participate with the faculty in promoting a quality academic environment. 

  8. Respect for patients/clients and their families, colleagues, faculty, and staff is essential, but must not prevent anyone from identifying any violation of the Code of Honor. Students are expected to safeguard the client and the public by immediately reporting to faculty any incident they observe where health care and safety are affected by the incompetent, unethical or illegal practice of any person (ANA Code of Ethics With Interpretive Statements, 1985, p. 6). Examples of such incidents would include but are not limited to falsification of documents, witnessing the appropriation of patient drugs; suspecting substance abuse in a care provider/fellow student or witnessing mistreatment of a patient/client.

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