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Accreditation:  Delaware Institute of Health Sciences is approved by the Delaware Department of Education & the Delaware Board of Nursing.
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Course Integrity, Cheating and Plagiarism

Delaware Institute of Health Sciences students are expected to abide by "The Code of Student Conduct" (see "Clinical Guidelines..."). Please note that any act of academic dishonesty will place you in jeopardy of the most severe form of sanction, which is expulsion from the Delaware Institute of Health Sciences.

The code of conduct guides student behaviors in the classroom, lab and clinical settings. Included among dishonest behaviors in an academic setting are cheating (using or attempting to use unauthorized assistance, materials, information, photographing materials, using cell phones to communicate testing materials or using study aids in an academic exercise), plagiarism (adopting or reproducing ideas, words, or statements of another person without appropriate acknowledgement), interference (stealing, changing, destroying, or impeding another student's work), and facilitating (intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another student commit an act of academic misconduct).

In an examination setting, unless the instructor gives explicit prior instructions to the contrary, violations of academic integrity shall consist of any attempt to receive assistance from written or printed aids, from any person or persons or electronic devices, or any attempt to give assistance, whether the student doing so has completed his or her own work or not. Other violations include, but are not limited to, any attempt to gain an unfair advantage in regard to an examination, such as tampering with a graded exam or claiming another's work to be one's own. Failure to comply will lead to sanctions against the student in accordance with "The Code of Student Conduct".

Discipline/Dismissal Policy (See also "Clinical Guidelines...")

Because you want to do your best in the program of study, we do not expect to have disciplinary problems. However, should a problem arise, we are confident that the incident can be resolved accordingly as follows:
 1. Your instructor will meet with you to discuss the problem. Administration and faculty request that you submit your complaint/problem in writing for this meeting.
 2. If you need further guidance, you may meet with the Program Director.
 3. Refer to the "Due Process in Student Discipline" in the STUDENT HANDBOOK for additional information. Be sure to follow the chain of command and outlined process. Follow the Grievance Policy outlined in the campus handbook.
Nursing requires a great deal of self-discipline and behavior suited to the vocation. You must begin to think like a "professional nurse" and potential employee. Practical nursing students are held to the same standards of the Licensed Practical Nurse as outlined by the Delaware Board of Nursing rules & regulations.
PN Dismissal Policy: Please clarify anything you do not understand during the first week of class as all students are accountable for their actions.
The student may be dismissed from the clinical/classroom area for:
 1. Falsification of patient records or pertinent data.
 2. Failure to adhere to school and health agency policies, including cheating on tests and/or written work, and any violations of the Honor Code.
 3. Excessive fatigue and emotional liability.
 4. Being under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs.
 5. Lack of preparation for classroom and clinical assignments.
 6. Carrying a lethal weapon or demonstrating any threatening or assaultive behavior toward another individual or faculty.
 7. Noncompliance with the Practical Nursing Dress Code.
 8. Failure to maintain confidentiality and patient safety related to hospital guidelines.
 9. Excessive bathroom breaks, other than during normal class/clinical break times.
 10. Failure to demonstrate expected behaviors as outlined in course syllabi and clinical orientations and agency guidelines.
Education with emphasis on learning, community, responsibility, integrity, value, and quality nursing practice.
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