Jul 22, 2018  
School of Allied Health Professions Student Handbook 2017-2018 
    
School of Allied Health Professions Student Handbook 2017-2018

Student Conduct


Student Conduct
Students Rights & Responsibilities (CM-21)
Student Conduct, Dismissals, and Appeals
Standards of Professional Dress 
Social Media Policy
 

Student Conduct

Students are responsible for adhering to all policies/procedures, rules, regulations and other information outlined in LSU Health Sciences Center of Shreveport Chancellor’s Memoranda (CM): http://www.medcom.lsuhscshreveport.edu/cfdocs/policies/Chancellors_Index.cfm

The Office of Academic Affairs works with faculty and students to develop academic policies, provide student learning resources, and faculty development. The student-oriented Educational Technology Committee and the Faculty Promotion and Tenure Committee are coordinated by this office. This office is charges with maintaining Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation for the School of Allied Health Professions. Any questions related to the Student Conduct section of the SAHP Student Handbook should be directed to the Office of Academic Affairs: 

Dennis Wissing, PhD
SAHP Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
3rd Floor, Room 3-339
318-813-2904

Student Responsibilities and Rights (Chancellor’s Memoranda 21)

Preamble

The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) in Shreveport is dedicated to providing its students, residents, faculty, staff, and patients with an environment of respect, dignity, and support. The diverse backgrounds, personalities, and learning needs of individual students must be considered at all times in order to foster appropriate and effective teacher-learner relationships. Honesty, fairness, evenhanded treatment, and respect for students’ physical and emotional well-being are the foundation of establishing an effective learning environment.

Student Responsibilities

Students are responsible for complying with all policies/procedures, rules and regulations and other information published by the Health Sciences Center. In addition, students are expected to abide by all federal, state and local laws.

Students are expected to:

  • Exhibit the highest standard of personal, academic professional and ethical behavior.
  • Treat faculty, staff, peers, clients, patients, and others with dignity and respect.
  • Abide by the Code of Conduct that applies to their specific professional discipline.

Students who violate any of the above when involved in any school or school related activity/function, whether on or off campus, will be subject to disciplinary action.

Students Rights

Mistreatment and abuse of students by faculty, residents, staff or fellow students is contrary to the educational objectives of the LSUHSC in Shreveport and will not be tolerated. Mistreatment and abuse include, but are not limited to, berating, belittling, or humiliation; physical punishment or threats; intimidation; sexual harassment; harassment or discrimination based on race, gender, sexual preference, age, religion, physical or learning disabilities; assigning a grade for reasons other than the student’s performance; assigning tasks for punishment or non-educational purposes; requiring the performance of personal services; or failing to give students credit for work they have done.

Students have rights as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and all appropriate federal, state and local laws. Primary among those is the right to a fair and impartial hearing, if the student is accused of misconduct or violating university regulations. Additionally, students have the right to file a complaint for alleged mistreatment. The Health Sciences Center has existing policies and procedures that relate to the following: financial aid; sexual harassment; final grade appeal; student housing; parking; drugs; alcohol; firearms; student’s access to records, and privacy; computer/internet use; dress and professional conduct; health insurance; and liability insurance. Issues that relate to these specific policies, which may be found on the Health Sciences Center website, should be addressed to the appropriate office. The Office of Student Affairs of the appropriate school can help students with information about those policies.

Procedure for Addressing Student Complaints

If the Health Sciences Center or specific school already has a policy concerning the student’s complaint, procedures indicated in that policy should be used; if the Health Sciences Center or specific school has no specific policy, the following procedure should be used.

Specific school policies should include the following basic elements:

Informal Conflict Resolution

  • Discuss the conflict with the person against whom the complaint is made. In the event that the complainant does not feel comfortable doing so, the complaint should be directed to the Office of the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs of the specific school.
  • The Assistant Dean of Student Affairs will meet with the individual against whom the complaint has been made in an effort to resolve the conflict.
Filing a Formal Complaint

If the conflict can not be resolved informally, the complainant must make a formal written complaint to the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs. The written complaint must include the following:

  • A statement of the complaint,
  • Identification of individual/office against whom the complaint is made,
  • The relief sought,
  • The complaint must be signed by the complainant.
Referral to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs:

  • May make a decision as to how the matter can be resolved. This decision shall be communicated to all concerned parties in writing;
  • If for any reason the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs chooses not to render a decision, he/she may empanel an ad hoc committee comprising three faculty members, at least one of which is from the pool of elected members of the Faculty Senate and two students appointed by the appropriate Student Government Association President. The Committee shall meet in an effort to resolve the matter within a period of 10 working days. Neither party shall be represented by attorneys in the hearing. The hearing shall be recorded (but not the deliberations) for use by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs if needed. The Committee may meet with the concerned parties and others who can provide information that is helpful in resolving the matter. The Committee meetings will be closed, and information provided during the meeting shall be held in strictest confidence.

The Committee shall reach a decision as to the resolution of the matter and make its written recommendation to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs within five working days. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, upon receipt of the Committee’s recommendation, will make a decision and communicate this decision in writing to all concerned parties and the Dean of the appropriate school. The decision of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs is final and non-appealable.

This memorandum is effective January 14, 2005.

Student Conduct, Dismissal, & Appeals

Introduction

Universities have a responsibility to protect: their educational purposes, the academic environment of the campus, and all members of the University community. To meet these responsibilities, a University must establish and enforce standards of conduct for its students. A University has the legal right to establish reasonable standards for student conduct, for membership and continued membership in the University community, to deny membership to those applicants who do not meet these standards, and to impose reasonable disciplinary sanctions on students found guilty of violating these standards or misconduct. Students have a right to appeal any imposed sanctions.

Policy

It is the prerogative of the School of Allied Health Professions, through the faculty, administrators, and staff, to apply the policy statements and procedures regarding specific students under specific sets of circumstances.  The rights of the student and the needs of the School in accomplishing its mission and educational goals must be considered. To this end, acts of academic or other misconduct will subject the offending student to disciplinary action. To insure the consistent observance of due process, the following policy and procedures apply.

Definitions

1.”University” refers to the Louisiana State University (LSU) system.

2.”Health Sciences Center” refers to the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA

3.”School” refers to the School of Allied Health Professions, Shreveport, LA

4.”Department” refers to the specific department within the School of Allied Health Professions in which a given student is enrolled.

5.”Program” refers to a specific program within departments in the School of Allied Health Professions.

6.”Days” refers to official LSU Health Sciences Center working days.

7.”Dean” refers to the Dean of the School of Allied Health Professions.

8.”Associate Dean for Academic Affairs” refers to this position within the School of Allied Health Professions.

9.”Program Director” refers to this position within the School of Allied Health Professions.

10.”Assessment” refers to any graded coursework. 

General Provisions

1.Equal treatment guaranteed to students by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States requires that the same policies, procedures, and practices be used to consider all allegations of misconduct and also requires the imposing of “like sanctions for like violations” on all students found guilty of misconduct. This obligation of the School can be fulfilled only if each instructor reports suspected misconduct to the designated office in accordance with the provisions of this document. Consistent with this obligation, no disciplinary sanction shall be imposed upon a student except in accordance with the provisions of this document. Thus, it is contrary to School policy for an instructor to assign a disciplinary grade, such as an “F” or zero on an assignment, test, examination, or course as a sanction for admitted or suspected academic dishonesty, in lieu of formally charging the student with academic misconduct under the provisions described herein.

2.Any time limit set forth in this document may be extended by mutual written agreement between the Dean and/or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the student.

3.If a student seeks resolution of the matter through any agency outside of the University, such as retaining legal counsel, the School shall have no obligation to continue the appeals process procedures as outlined in this policy.

4.The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs shall chair the Committee on Student Conduct, Dismissal, and Appeals. The Dean may appoint someone other than the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs to serve in his/her place.

Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

1.Copying from another student’s work;

2.Using, possessing, viewing, or having access to unauthorized materials before a test, during a test or testing period. Having such forbidden material open or in sight of the student will be considered evidence of use;

3.Copying, photographing, recording, or reproducing course material unauthorized by faculty/university;

4.Attempting to commit or serving as an accessory to the commission of an offense listed in this policy;

5.Collaborating during any individual assessment with any other person by giving or receiving information without authority;

6.Using unauthorized, specially prepared materials and/or electronic devices, including but not limited to: notes, formula lists, smart phones, cell phones, PDAs during any assessment. Having such forbidden material open or in sight of the student during any assessment will be considered evidence of use or attempted use. Sending or receiving such forbidden material by text, email, message or other electronic means will be considered evidence of use or attempted use.

7.Receiving, stealing, buying, or otherwise obtaining, all or part of an unadministered assessment.

8.Selling or giving away all or part of an unadministered assessment;

9.Bribing or coercing any other person to obtain an unadministered assessment or information about an assessment;

10.Substituting for another student or permitting any other person to substitute for oneself, to take an assessment;

11.Submitting as one’s own work any oral or written assignment prepared totally or in part by another (plagiarism - the unacknowledged inclusion of some else’s words, ideas or data in work submitted for credit);

12.In the completion of any coursework, failure to identify a source, published or unpublished, copyrighted or non-copyrighted, from which information, terms, phrases or concepts have been taken, constitutes plagiarism;

13.Selling, giving or otherwise supplying to another student for use in fulfilling academic requirements any theme, report, term paper, or other work;

14.Changing, altering or being an accessory to the changing and/or altering a grade in a grade book, on a test paper, on other work for which a grade is given, on any academic records;

15.Proposing and/or entering into an arrangement with an instructor to receive a grade of “F” or any other reduced grade in a course, on a test or any other assigned work in lieu of being charged with academic misconduct under the provisions of this policy;

16.Falsifying documents including evaluations, medical records, clinical practicum records, attendance records or other materials that count toward course credit.

17.Violation of the school’s social media polices

Professional Misconduct

Professional misconduct including actions occurring while on or off of University property:

To protect the University’s educational purposes and the University community, a student may be formally charged with a violation of this policy and be subject to the sanctions herein when:

A.Strong and convincing evidence that the student has committed a felony of such nature that continued presence at the University is potentially dangerous to the health and safety of the University community even if civil authorities have not brought charges or imposed penalties.

B.The student is convicted of a felony.

C.The student is formally charged by civil authorities with the commission of a felony of such nature that the student’s continued presence at the University is potentially dangerous to the health and safety of the University community.

1.Assault or battery; Sexual assault or sexual battery;

2.Any act of arson;

3.Intentional disruption of, obstruction of, or interference with teaching, research or other University academic activities or other University - sponsored and University co-sponsored activities, programs, or campus events;

4.Tampering with, or removing from its proper designated location, fire extinguishers, hoses, or other fire or emergency equipment, except when done with a reasonable justification of need for such equipment;

5.Falsely reporting a fire or other emergency; falsely setting off a fire alarm;

6.Intentionally delaying, disobeying, obstructing, or resisting a person who identified himself or herself as a member of the faculty, University administrator, campus police person or other law enforcement officer, fire person, or other University employee in the performance of his or her duty;

7.Rioting/Raiding, inciting to riot/raid, assembling to riot/raid University units;

8.Falsely reporting the presence of an unlawful explosive or incendiary device;

9.Possession or use of firearms, ammunition, explosives, fireworks, or dangerous weapons in violation of the law or anywhere on University property regardless of any concealed carry permit;

10.Vandalism, malicious destruction, damage, or misuse of public or private property;

11.Illegal manufacture, sale, possession, or use of narcotics, barbiturates, central nervous system stimulants, marijuana, sedatives, tranquilizers, hallucinogens and/or other similarly known drugs and/or chemicals;

12.Forgery, alteration, or misuse of University documents, records, or identification cards;

13.Furnishing false oral or written information to the University with intent to deceive;

14.Disruption of any University property, through vandalism, excessive noise, practical jokes, and/or the flagrant violation of other rules and regulations;

15.Theft, larceny, shoplifting, embezzlement, or the temporary taking of the property of another;

16.Trespassing;

17.Sexual harassment, lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct;

18.Stalking;

19.Gambling in violation of local, state, or federal law;

20.Disorderly conduct;

21.Violation of the University regulations governing substance abuse or alcoholic beverages;

22.Attempting to commit or being an accessory to the commission of any of the offenses listed in this policy;

23.Committing an act or attempting to commit an act on campus or off campus while performing activities for course credit that would be in violation of the Criminal Code of the State of Louisiana or of any federal law;

24.Violation of individual program or school policies and/or guidelines.

25.Representing oneself as a medical professional beyond the scope of education, license, or status.

26.Violation of the school’s social media policies


Procedure for Reporting Student Misconduct

1.An instructor, program director, department head, employee or student who has evidence to justify a charge of misconduct, shall present the evidence to the Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs within five working days of the alleged misconduct.

A.This allegation of misconduct must be in writing and signed by the individual making the allegation and contain a full summary of what was witnessed and other related details.


Charging a Student with Misconduct

1. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or his/her designee will discuss the circumstances and evidence surrounding the alleged violation with the person bringing the charge.

2. After reviewing the evidence and supporting documentation pertaining to the alleged violation, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or his/her designee will then discuss the charge with the student involved.

A.The individual making the charge may be present at the discretion of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

B.If the evidence is sufficient to justify such action, the student will be informed that the School will bring formal charges against him or her.

1. If the evidence is sufficient to justify such action, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or his/her designee, will provide the student with a written statement of the formal charge(s) within 5 working days of the meeting discussing the charges.

2. The student may choose 1 of the following options within 5 working days of receiving the charge(s):

A. Request that the Dean accept administrative jurisdiction (decision without use of a committee)

B. Refer the charge(s) to the Committee on Student Conduct, Dismissal, and Appeals


Committee on Student Conduct, Dismissal, and Appeals

1.The Dean will assemble the Committee on Student Conduct, Dismissal, and Appeals within 10 working days of the student’s decision

2.The Committee on Student Conduct, Dismissal, and Appeals is an Ad Hoc Committee, which shall be advisory to the Dean and consist of up to three faculty members and if desired by the Dean and approved by the accused, up to two students. No more than one faculty member of the Committee may be a member of the accused student’s program.

3.Members of the Committee on Student Conduct, Dismissal, and Appeals shall be selected by the Dean. Student members may be selected by the Dean. Students serving on the hearing panel may not be from the accused student’s program but must be from a program of equal academic level (graduate or undergraduate).

4.The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs shall serve as chairperson of the Committee and be responsible for setting up the hearing, informing concerned parties and the Committee members of the time and place of the hearing. In exceptional circumstances, the Dean may appoint someone other than the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs to serve in his/her place.

5.The accused student may be accompanied by a non-legal advisor at the hearing. The advisor may speak only to his/her advisee during the hearing.

6.At the hearing, evidence and supporting documentation of alleged misconduct will be presented. The accused student may present evidence in his/her defense, question those who present evidence against him/her, and refute evidence against himself/herself. The Committee may question all those who offer evidence. The Chairperson will insure that the scope of the hearing and evidence presented relate to the charge of misconduct.

7.After all evidence has been presented, the Committee will meet in executive session to deliberate and formulate its recommendation to the Dean. The Committee may choose one or more sanctions listed in this document as its recommendation.

8.The Committee Chairperson shall submit a written report to the Dean including: the Committee’s finding(s), recommendation(s), summary of the evidence presented, and dissenting opinions within 5 working days of the hearing.


The Administrative Hearing

1.As noted in the section titled “Charging a Student with Misconduct,” after the student is formally charged with academic misconduct, the accused student may request an administrative hearing before the Dean. This request must be made within 5 working days of receipt of the formal charge.

2.The following specific conditions must be met before the Dean can accept jurisdiction. The student must:

A. Request in writing that the Dean take jurisdiction, and the Dean must be willing to accept the case as being appropriate for administrative resolution

B. Officially plead guilty in writing to the specific charge as prepared by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

C. Waive his or her right in writing to have the charge considered by the Committee on Student Conduct, Dismissal, and Appeals.


Action by the Dean

1.The Dean will render a final decision consistent with the following schedule: 1) within 5 working days of receipt of the Committee on Student Conduct, Dismissal, and Appeals report, or 2) within 10 working days of accepting administrative jurisdiction.

2.The Dean has the authority to impose sanctions other than those recommended by the Committee on Student Conduct, Dismissal, and Appeals and determine the date when sanctions will be imposed.

3.The Dean’s final decision, plus a copy of the Committee’s findings and recommendations, shall be distributed to the student involved, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and other appropriate administrators.


Appeal

As a matter of right, a student may appeal the decision of the Dean. An appeal must be made to the Chief Academic Officer of the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport within 10 working days of the decision of the Dean. The written appeal must include:

1.Justification for the appeal that includes evidence of abuse of process, evidence of procedural error, or evidence of a grievous miscarriage of justice.

2.Copies of all documents produced by the Committee on Student Conduct, Dismissal, and Appeals and the Dean’s final decision.

The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, or his/her designee, shall decide within 10 working days after receipt of appeal whether further action should be taken. In reaching this decision, this official may ask other parties to the appeal to make written reply to the request for a review.  If the decision is reached that a review is not justified, the student and all other parties will be so notified. If the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, or his/her designee, decides to support review of the Dean’s final decision, this official will hold a formal meeting with all parties and their advisors, if desired, and reach a decision based on discussions at this meeting and all written materials furnished. Once a decision is made, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, or his/her designee, will notify all parties of the decision. The decision of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, or his/her designee, shall conclude the matter.


Interim Grade

A grade of “I” (incomplete) will be assigned, if necessary, until the Dean has rendered his/her final decision. Until the matter is resolved, the “I” will remain on the student’s official transcript. If the matter is not concluded prior to the date for registration for the following semester, the student may be allowed to continue with his or her curriculum. Once the Dean renders a decision, the student must abide by that decision.

Interim Attendance

During the course of the appeal, student attendance may be permitted or prevented on a course by course basis by the Program Director depending on the nature of the offense.


Sanctions for Academic Misconduct

Sanctions imposed on the student may include one or more of the following:

1.Receive counseling;

2.Receive a grade of “0%” on the work in question;

3.Retake test, or repeat work in question;

4.Lower letter grade by one letter, e.g. A to B;

5.Lower letter grade by two letters, e.g. A to C;

6.Complete given activities/assignments consistent with the Dean’s decision which may include:

A.Writing a statement of apology

B.Explanation of the offense and/or penalty to the student’s classmates

C.Educating other students regarding avoidance of academic misconduct

1.Receive a failing grade (F) for the course in which the infraction occurred. If this sanction is imposed and the policy of the Department stipulates that when “a student receives a less than satisfactory grade in a course he or she may not continue in the program sequence,” then the Department policy shall also apply;

2.Suspension from the School. Period of suspension to be determined by the Dean

3.Dismissal from the School.

Sanctions for Professional Misconduct

Sanctions imposed on the student may include one or more of the following:

1.Receive counseling;

2.Disciplinary Warning:

A. Verbal or written warning to the student

B. A repeat offense will likely result in more serious disciplinary action

C. First offenses do NOT automatically receive a warning; warnings are reserved for cases with unusual mitigating circumstances;

3.Written Reprimand: a written statement censuring a student for violating School regulations

A. Another offense will likely result in more serious action

B. This is normally considered a lenient response, even for first offenses

4.Restitution: requirement that the student compensate the School or other persons for damages, injuries, or losses. Failure to comply results in canceled registration and a hold on future registration or dismissal from the School;

5.Remediation: one or multiple requirements outlined by the Dean or Program Director intended to remediate the student’s professionalism deficiency. Examples of such requirements include but are not limited to written or verbal apologies to those effected, remedial assignments or courses, public, community, school, or professional service project.

6.Disciplinary Probation: an action that places conditions on the student’s continued attendance at the School, including the statement that further violation of School policies will likely result in dismissal. The Committee determines the term and conditions of academic probation. First offenses often result in probation;

7.Suspension from the School. Period of time to be determined by the Dean; Dismissal from the School.

Standards of Professional Dress

Being a student or employee in a health care environment carries many responsibilities, including professional dress and behavior. In recognition of the fact that we are in contact with patients, healthcare professionals and other health science center personnel on a daily basis, it is necessary that students and staff maintain a neat, clean personal appearance at all times. The following guidelines apply to all students and employees in the School of Allied Health Professions. Please note that these are minimum standards and individual programs and departments may have more specific requirements.

Gentlemen should wear:
Collared shirts
Slacks

Ladies should wear:
Collared shirts, knit tops or blouses
Slacks/Skirts/Dresses

Scrub suits may be worn if prescribed by individual departments.

If a lab jacket is required for direct patient care, it should be clean and free of stains.

Blue jeans, shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, tube tops, midriff tops, flip flops, and caps are not acceptable dress at any time. Some exceptions apply to specific laboratory situations where sport dress is required. However, students should not leave the floor in this dress. Personal grooming (including hair, make-up, nails and jewelry) should be consistent with professional presentation.

Adopted November 2001

Social Media Policy

The School of Allied Health Professions (SAHP) prepares students for professions that provide services to the public and therefore the school expects high standards of behavior and professional communication to be maintained at all times. Professional behavior and proper etiquette with technology are expected of students while on the university campus and off campus while representing the university as a student enrolled in a clinical course, volunteering or being involved with a school related project. Students should remember that their professionalism is reflected in their online presence. Future employers, clinical preceptors and other stakeholders with the school may search social media sites when considering candidates to hire or have an interest in the student for whatever reason. Students and faculty are agents for the SAHP and should conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times while engaging in social media.

DEFINITIONS:

1. Blog: A blog is a website maintained by an individual or organization with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other materials such as graphics or video. Blogs may provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal on-line diaries.

2. Social Media: For the purposes of this Policy “Social Media” is an on-line social structure made up of individuals or organizations that are tied by one or more specific types of interdependency, such as values, visions, ideas, financial exchange, friendship, business operations, professional exchange, etc. Social Media sites operate on many levels, from families up to the level of nations, and play a critical role in determining the way information is exchanged, problems are solved, organizations are run, and the degree to which individuals succeed in achieving their goals. Examples of Social Media sites include, but are not limited to Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram or other similar sites.

POLICY STATEMENTS:

1. The use of technology can create potential liability for the student, faculty, and the university. Posting certain information can be illegal, and in violation of existing statutes and administrative regulations that may expose the offender to criminal and civil liability.

2. Students, faculty and staff are liable for anything they post to social media sites and may be subject to discipline by the SAHP or litigation.

3. The following actions are strictly forbidden unless done with permission or for official University business:

a. Posting or communicating any patient-related information or information which may potentially identify a particular patient on a social media site or in a blog. Removal of the patient’s name does not solve this problem - inclusion of gender, age, race, diagnosis, etc. may still allow the reader to recognize the identity of a specific individual. Violations of this requirement may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the program, as well as other liability for violation of HIPAA. Students should never publicly make comments about the care of a specific patient, including online. Even acknowledging the care of a patient is an unacceptable disclosure of patient identifying information. Disclosing confidential patient information in an inappropriate manner is a federal offense under HIPAA. The penalties include significant fines and/or criminal penalties. The SAHP takes violations of patient privacy seriously and will take corrective action when aware of such a violation.

b. Posting or communicating private academic information of another student, including but not limited to grades, narrative evaluations, or adverse academic actions.

c. The taking of any photographs and/or posting, sharing, or printing of photographs from a patient care area or laboratory environments unless authorized by faculty.

d. Use of University logos, marks, or graphics on social media sites.

e. Posting of confidential or proprietary information about the university, staff, students, clinical facilities, preceptors, patients/clients, or others with whom one has contact.

f. Use of the University’s name or the student’s program’s name to promote a cause, product, political party, or candidate.


4. The following actions are considered unprofessional behavior and violations of these guidelines are subject to disciplinary action:

a. Display of vulgar language while on social media sites, in the classroom, or clinical area.

b. Display of language or photographs that imply disrespect for any individual or group for any reason (for example: age, race, religion, ethnicity, culture, disability, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation) with social media.

c. Posting of potentially inflammatory or unflattering material regarding a patient, student, faculty member, staff, or administrator.

d. Videotaping or audio recording faculty or fellow students and posting these recordings online without the permission of the faculty or fellow student.

5. Suggested tips when using social media:

a. Be smart about protecting private and confidential information.

b. There is no such thing as a “private” social media site. Search engines can turn up posts years after the publication date. Comments can be forwarded or copied. Archival systems save information, including deleted postings.

c. If you feel angry or passionate about a subject, it’s wise to delay posting until you are calm and clear-headed. Think twice before posting. If you are unsure about posting something or responding to a comment, ask your faculty.

d. Future employers hold you to a high standard of behavior. By identifying yourself as an LSUHSC-Shreveport student through postings and personal Web pages, you are connecting to your colleagues, clinical agencies, and even clients/patients. Ensure that content associated with you is consistent with your professional goals. Employers will conduct Web searches on job candidates before extending offers.

e. Respect your audience.

f. Adhere to all applicable university privacy and confidentiality policies.

g. Monitor comments. You can set your site so that you can review and approve comments before they appear. This allows you to respond in a timely way to comments. It also allows you to delete spam comments and to block any individuals who repeatedly post offensive or frivolous comments.

6. If a student is accused of violating the SAHP’s Social Media Policy, The school’s Student Misconduct and Appeals Policies will be used to address the charge.