Standards of professional behavior

These standards describe behaviors expected from the faculty and students of the College of Health Professions. They are in addition to those standards of behavior and ethical conduct required by the College's departments and professional organizations, and are supplemental to the university statement regarding conduct in the classroom. 

  • Recognize their positions as role models of your profession for other members of the health care team.
  • Carry out academic, clinical and research responsibilities in a conscientious manner, make every effort to exceed expectations and make a commitment to life-long learning.
  • Treat patients, faculty, and fellow students with humanism and sensitivity to diversity in characteristics such as culture, age, gender, disability, social and economic status, sexual orientation, etc., without discrimination, bias or harassment.
  • Maintain patient confidentiality.
  • Be respectful of the privacy of all members of the medical campus community and avoid promoting gossip and rumor.
  • Interact with all other members of the health care team in a helpful and supportive fashion without arrogance and with respect and recognition of the roles played by each individual.
  • Provide help or seek assistance for any member of the health care team who is recognized as impaired in his/her ability to perform his/her professional obligations.
  • Be mindful of the limits of one's knowledge and abilities and seek help from others whenever appropriate.
  • Abide by accepted ethical standards in the scholarship, research and standards of patient care.
  • Abide by the guidelines of the VCU Honor System.

Informal Process for Addressing College of Health Professions Concerns Regarding Professionalism

If you perceive or experience instances of personal abuse or some other form of what you view as unprofessional behavior on the part of your teachers or colleagues, you are encouraged to report such incidents through normal channels for counsel and possible rectification. If this route is awkward for you, an alternative approach is consultation with Ms. Monica White in the College's Dean's office.