Optometry Student Handbook 2023-2024

College of Optometry (CO) 2023–2024 123 Code of Behavioral Standards All students enrolled at NSU’s CO are governed by the Code of Student Conduct and Academic Responsibility adopted by the university and the HPD and by the additional rules and policies outlined in this handbook. Students are expected to exhibit behavior consistent with the high standards of the optometric profession. Compliance with institutional rules and regulations, as well as city, state, and federal law, is expected. Violations of NSU Code of Student Conduct and Academic Responsibility will be handled by the NSU Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs. Optometry students shall act honorably and ethically and shall not tolerate dishonest, unethical actions or inappropriate conduct. It is not possible to enumerate all forms of inappropriate behavior that would raise serious questions concerning a student’s status as a student optometric physician or a student’s ability to practice after graduation. Every student shall dress in a manner appropriate for the optometric physician in accordance with the CO Dress Code. Every member of the college community has the duty to file a complaint with the associate dean for Academic Affairs of the CO whenever it is believed that a substantial violation of the code has occurred. Failure to report a violation of the code is, itself, a violation. Disciplinary matters involving academic dishonesty and/or professionalism will be addressed by the CO Honor Court. Nonacademic disciplinary matters, including, but not limited to, those involving violence, threats of violence, or criminal activity will be referred to the NSU Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs. Honor Court Article I. Purpose Faculty and staff members should aspire to promote appropriate conduct in the professional academic program, including informing students of any specific expectations for academic integrity that may be unique to the course, laboratory, or clinic (preferably in the course syllabus). Individual faculty members should provide a testing environment that discourages academic misconduct to the best of their ability. In summary, the Honor Court will abide by a code to 1. encourage the highest standard of personal conduct 2. promote the highest quality education 3. promote the highest quality of patient care 4. establish a system to resolve allegations of professional misconduct or academic dishonesty