The practice of public health requires an active commitment to ethical conduct consistent with the field of public health throughout all program requirements including, but not limited to, internships, research, field work and practicum experiences. While this expectation is set, it is also important to outline behavior that is clearly the exception, or in violation of the code. RSPH respects the rights of organized and intentional student dissent and protests. In situations of student dissent and protest, the statements below should be interpreted in accord with Emory policies on student dissent and protest. The following conduct violations will be explored below.
Violations of Student Conduct
Violations of student conduct include any action by a student which violates ethical conduct consistent with the field of public health or Emory University. These actions may include, but are not limited to, dishonesty through misrepresentation or withholding of pertinent factual information; forging, falsifying, or misusing University documents or records; infraction of University rules and regulations which protect the University community; conduct in violation of University policies prohibiting discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct; theft; personal abuse; malicious damage/breaking and entering; disorderly conduct and disruption of class; misuse of electronic equipment and Information Technology; substance use; infractions of public law that involve and/or are linked to Emory University; and actions that deliberately demean or violate the integrity of other University members.
Dishonesty through misrepresentation or withholding of pertinent factual information in a student's personal dealings with other students, faculty, or staff of the University, or organizations or agencies of the University. This also includes falsification of information for the purpose of admission to the RSPH or job application while enrolled as a student.
Forging, falsifying or misusing University documents, records, identification cards, or other documents so as to violate the requirement of academic honesty.
Infraction of rules and regulations established by University authority to protect the interests of the University community. These rules and regulations assure that all members of the University community will be able to attain their educational objectives without hindrance in a conducive intellectual and educational atmosphere throughout the University community. Further they protect the activity, health, safety, welfare, and property of all members of the University community and of the University itself. These policies also pertain to student conduct when representing the RSPH in academically-related and/or community activities. These policies may be found on the Emory University website at http://policies.emory.edu/8.1.
Sexual harassment and sexual misconduct include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, stalking, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. The University's policy on sexual harassment may be found on the Emory University website at http://policies.emory.edu/1.3. Sexual misconduct includes any incident that involves sexual contact that is forced on somebody without consent.
Theft of any property of the University itself or of any property of any member of the University community, or its visitors or guests.
The intentional, wanton, or reckless physical abuse or verbal abuse of any person by a student on the campus or on property owned or controlled by the University, or at a function under the University's supervision or sponsorship or such abuse of a member of the Emory community at any location or on-line forum.
Malicious damage/breaking and entering by a student to the property of another member of the University community (student, faculty, or staff) or the property of the University itself, or to the property of any visitor or guest of the University or a member of the University community. Breaking into a locked room, office, or facility of the University, or entering a room, office, or facility that is clearly restricted is not permitted.
Disorderly conduct, disruption of class, and/or interference by a student by violence, force, disorder, obstruction, or vocal disruption of university activity, or activity authorized or sponsored by the University or by any school, program, division or authorized student body, including disciplinary proceedings. Interference by a student with the instructor's right to conduct class as the instructor sees fit within the bounds of academic freedom and responsibility.
Misuse of electronic equipment and Information Technology is not permitted at Emory University. Computers, networks, and software applications are powerful tools that can facilitate Emory's core missions in teaching, learning, research, and service. Access and utilization of these tools is a privilege. Users of Emory's IT resources may not share their passwords or other access credentials; attempt to hack, bypass, or violate security controls; access, modify, or share sensitive data or information without appropriate authorization; use access credentials issued to other individuals or attempt to impersonate another individual in order to access IT resources. Additionally users of Emory's IT resources may not use those resources for any unethical or illegal purpose, such as violating copyrights or license agreements for any type of intellectual property (e.g. software, music, audio/video recordings, photographs, illustrations, documents, media files, e-journals, e-books, databases); harassing other members of the Emory community; destroying or stealing equipment, software, or data belonging to others; intentionally damaging or destroying the confidentiality or integrity of IT resources or disrupting their availability; or monitoring or disrupting the communications of others.
Substance use that includes the use of illicit drugs or the non-medical use of prescription drugs is not permitted at Emory University. Users, possessors, and/or providers of such drugs violate federal laws and state laws. Students who possess or use such drugs or who furnish drugs to others while on property owned or controlled by the University are committing a conduct offense. Additionally, providing alcoholic beverages to underage persons (under the age of 21) or to noticeably intoxicated persons is a conduct code offense, as is consuming alcohol by underage individuals, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Policy, http://policies.emory.edu/8.8. Tobacco use while on the property owned or controlled by the University is a conduct code offense Tobacco- Free Environment, http://policies.emory.edu/4.113.
Infractions of public law that involve and/or are linked to Emory University that is the basis for an allegation or charge of violation of public law also may subject a student to an allegation of a student conduct violation. Acquittal or conviction in court does not necessarily exclude or dictate action by the RSPH. Further, the RSPH may proceed with a conduct matter without awaiting the start or conclusion of any legal proceeding.
Actions contrary to the standards of the RSPH and Emory University, including actions that are deliberately demeaning to other human beings or that violates the dignity and integrity of other members of the University and community.