Code of Ethics
We have formulated a Human Services Code of Ethics applying specifically to our needs as a program committed to providing the highest possible training and service to the community. We take our basic premise from the American Association of Counseling and Development Code of Ethical Standards, which states: "...members who are responsible for training others must:
- Make students aware of the ethical responsibilities and standards of the profession.
- Through continual student evaluation and appraisal, be aware of the personal limitations of the learner that might impede future performance. The faculty must not only assist the learner in securing remedial assistance but also screen from the program those individuals who are unable to provide competent services."
What follows, then, is the adopted Code of Ethics. All students enrolled in the Human Services Program are expected to comply with the provisions of the code. Failure to do so may lead to academic review actions, including the follow: warnings, probation or dismissal from the program.
- Students are required to follow the policies and procedures of the Human Services Professional Program as written in the student handbook.
- Students are expected to behave in a professional manner while fulfilling program responsibilities. This includes appropriate dress, conduct and language on campus and at clinical sites.
- Students must be able to follow directions and accept supervision from faculty.
- Use of alcohol or drugs impairs the helping relationships expected of students in this program. Therefore, abuse of alcohol or drugs while performing the duties of a Human Services Professional student will not be tolerated and will lead to immediate academic review action.
- The Human Services Professional student should not participate in, condone, or be associated with dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation. This includes (but is not limited to) cheating, plagiarism, falsifying documents and misrepresenting qualifications.
- Students are required to respect the rights of others by maintaining a professional relationship with clients and to refrain from personal, social relationships with them.
- Respecting confidentiality is essential at all times. Discussion of confidential material with field supervisors and/or program faculty is not a violation of confidentiality and is often a responsibility of a student. The identification of individuals should not be disclosed. The seminar is the only proper forum for the discussion of material from the clinical practicum experience. Any breach of confidentiality will result in immediate academic review action.
- Students are required to follow the policies and procedures of the agency in which they do their clinical practicum. This includes accepting supervision in a constructive manner and following appropriate channels of communication.
A copy of the Human Services Code of Ethics Contract, which all incoming students will be asked to read and sign can be downloaded here.