Professional Conduct Policy

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Policy Statement
Reason for Policy

Additional Contacts
Related Information

Effective: Immediately
Last Updated: 1/31/2017

Responsible University Office:
Medical Student Education

Responsible University Administrator
Senior associate dean for medical student education

Policy Contact:
Assistant dean for student promotions and records

RESPONSIBLE Assistant dean for student promotions and records
ACCOUNTABLE Senior associate dean for medical student education
SUPPORT Student records specialist
CONSULT Student Promotions Committee
Competency directors
INFORM All students, faculty, and staff who interact with learners

LCME Standards

3.5 Learning Environment/Professionalism


This policy applies to all IUSM medical students.

Policy Statement

All medical students are expected to consistently conduct themselves in a professional manner. Professional misconduct may happen within and outside of the classroom and have broader implications for the well-being of students, faculty, and staff.

It is important for students, as physicians in training, to understand that behavior may be legal but not professional or fitting of a physician. Hence, the assistant dean for academic records and promotion has the initial and primary responsibility for administering and enforcing professional misconduct issues.

Professional misconduct may include:

  1. Violation of conduct described in course policies or articulated by the instructor in writing.
  2. Violation of any code of ethics of the medical profession.
  3. Contributing to or engaging in any activity that disrupts or obstructs the teaching, research, or outreach programs of Indiana University School of Medicine on campus or at affiliated training sites.
  4. Entering the classroom or clinical experience habitually late or leaving early or arriving late to a professional activity without prior permission from the instructor. The instructor has the obligation to notify the class, if possible, in advance of any changes in class times, possible late arrival and/or cancelled classes.
  5. Failing to download and/or complete assignments, keep appointments, and complete other assigned duties, without permission from the faculty member of record.
  6. Approaching faculty, staff, or other students in less than a professional manner and treating faculty, staff, peers, and patients in a disrespectful and inconsiderate way (e.g. addressing a faculty member without the appropriate title during professional activities).
  7. Failure to deal with professional staff and peer members of the health care team in a considerate manner and with a spirit of cooperation.
  8. Unprofessional dress (as outlined in the professional program, class, and/or clinical agency policies) during classes or clinical experiences or when representing Indiana University School of Medicine (i.e., visiting regional campuses with fellow medical students).
  9. Bringing family members, guests, and pets to the classroom or any professional academic activities without prior consent of the instructor.
  10. Falsifying an application, forms, documents, reports, or records of any kind or providing false information to IU School of Medicine personnel prior to admission or while an active member of IU’s academic programs.
  11. Unauthorized accessing or revealing of confidential information about faculty members, staff, or students.
  12. Violation of patient respect and confidentiality in any practice/learning setting.
  13. The theft, damage, defacement or unauthorized use of any property of Indiana University or training sites.
  14. Computer usage that violates IU and/or clinical sites acceptable-use policies.
  15. Sexual harassment as defined by IU and/or clinical sites.
  16. Harassment, threats of violence, or intent to do harm.
  17. Endangering patients, faculty, staff, and/or fellow students, or damaging their property.
  18. Intoxication, abuse, possession, use and/or illegal sale of drugs, chemicals, firearms, explosives or weapons within the IU campus, in any practice/learning setting, or when representing IU.
  19. Any violation, arrest, and/or conviction of any federal, state, or municipal law.
  20. Any violation of an Indiana University rule/policy or the rule/policy at a professional experience site.
  21. Any DUI or DWI (driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated). Any individual violating the DUI/DWI laws is required to undergo an alcohol/drug evaluation.
  22. Public intoxication, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and other related charges.
  23. Pleading no contest or being involved in adjudication that is withheld.

Reason for Policy

Physicians share a commitment to professionalism and regulate or govern themselves through peer reviews, hospital committees, and state medical boards. Physicians also are expected to practice in accord with a code of ethics. Medical students are expected to operate under similar guidelines throughout the course of their academic careers.


Approved by the Curriculum Council Steering Committee 12/6/16.


The senior associate dean for medical student education or his/her designee is responsible for transferring cases to either the Competency Committee or Student Promotions Committee as appropriate and will notify the student in writing. Disciplinary action for academic and professional misconduct will depend on the circumstances and may include, but is not limited to, any of the following:

  • Student will receive an Areas with Concern notation and be referred to the appropriate Competency Committee for remediation (see the Areas with Concern policy for additional procedures).
  • Student will be referred to the Student Promotions Committee (see the Student Promotions Committee policy for additional procedures).


Students who violate the Professional Conduct Policy may face remediation (or other sanctions through the Satisfactory with Concern policy), probation, and/or dismissal.

Additional Contacts

Subject Contact Phone Email
Records and Promotion Marti Reeser (317) 274-2208
Records and Promotion Kim Sandrick (317) 274-1970
Professionalism Liam Howley (317) 880-8211

Related Information

See the following policies for more information and procedures:

  • Area of Concerns Policy
  • Guidelines for Promotion, Suspension, Dismissal, and Withdrawal


Placed in the policy template 11/1/16.
Approved by the Curriculum Council Steering Committee 12/06/2016.