PROFESSIONALISM IN PRE-CLINICAL PROGRAMS
All students seeking a BSE and/or certification as a teacher are required to complete experiences in school settings. Participating in these experiences pre-supposes acceptance of a code of ethics, a "professional" manner of behaving. Lack of professionalism can be grounds for lower evaluations or dismissal from any field experience. Professionalism can never be defined completely, but the following statements serve as guides to what is expected of students in completing their experiences within the schools.
- Students must be responsible.This includes meeting the attendance requirements, notification of absences, keeping hours appropriate to the assignments, and timely completion of tasks assigned as part of the experience.
- Students must adapt to reasonable expectations of the school concerning personal appearance and behavior.
- Students must dress appropriately for the school setting. They must conduct themselves to meet reasonable school and community expectations.
- Students must at all times interact with university students, school personnel, pupils, and pupils' parents or guardians in an ethical manner.
- Students must not illegally or unethically discuss information about pupils, school personnel, university personnel, and university students.
- Confidentiality regarding information resulting from personal knowledge, tests, reports, records, etc., must be maintained.
- Treatment of pupils within the school must be equitable and reasonable for all pupils regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy. Students must not use professional relationships for economic or social gain, or in any other way.
- Students must provide a reasonably balanced view of their subject, recognizing that the classroom should not be used for the indoctrination of personal views or values.
- Students will respect the rules and regulations of the university and the privacy of communication with university personnel.