School of Nursing

Academic Integrity

Viterbo University School of Nursing Honor Code History

Viterbo University School of Nursing developed and implemented an Honor Code during the 2004-2005 academic year. The Honor Code asks students to commit to academic honesty and the five core values of the School of Nursing (Caring, Integrity, Commitment, Collegiality, and Wisdom), even in the face of adversity. The Honor code was developed in congruence with the mission and values of Viterbo University.

The Honor Code is introduced at the Dean's address at the beginning of the academic year. All nursing students are asked to sign an original copy of the Honor Code, which is displayed in the School of Nursing . The Honor Code is placed in every nursing syllabus, discussed with students, and signed at the beginning of each course. Students have opportunities to ask questions and clarify what are acceptable verses unacceptable practices regarding academic integrity.

Sophomore, junior and senior student representatives, and nursing faculty are members of the Academic Integrity Committee. The purpose of the committee is to promote the creation of a culture of integrity within the school of nursing and support the policies on academic integrity within the university. The students provide information about the Honor Code and academic integrity to their nursing classes at specific times during the academic year. Nursing students are instrumental in planning and implementing the annual Academic Integrity Week.

To assess the effectiveness of the Honor Code in the School of Nursing , an evaluation was developed and utilized with the nursing faculty and nursing students in April 2005. Qualitative and qualitative data was obtained and evaluated.

At the end of the 2004-2005 academic year, data from students and faculty indicated:

  • 70.3 percent became more aware of the importance of academic honesty during the academic year;
  • 46.5 percent indicated the honor code affected the choices or decision they made during the academic year;
  • 77.2 percent indicated an increase in classroom discussions related to academic integrity compared to last year; and,
  • 87.1 percent believe the honor code statement encompasses academic integrity.
  • The most common theme in the written responses (74 responses) was: The Honor Code emphasizes the importance and value of honesty in nursing education and the profession of nursing.

The development and implementation of an Honor Code has been instrumental in promoting academic integrity in the School of Nursing. In February 2007, the School of Nursing will be participating in a national research study that examines academic and clinical integrity in nursing students.

Viterbo University School of Nursing Honor Code

I am committed to academic honesty and the five core values of the School of Nursing at Viterbo University, even in the face of adversity.

Core Values

  • Caring
    We recognize and honor the dignity of students and faculty.
    We strive to interact with all persons in respectful and compassionate ways.
  • Integrity
    We accept personal accountability for all we say and do.
    We strive to base our actions on ethical principles and values that flow from the Franciscan tradition.*
  • Commitment
    We are committed to pursuing excellence in education and learning.
    We are committed to advocate for the health of all persons and for advancing the profession of nursing.
    We are committed to professional development through scholarly activities.
  • Collegiality
    We recognize and celebrate diversity and contribute our individual talents to our common work as scholars and professionals.
  • Wisdom
    We recognize that reflection and discernment are integral to learning and professional growth and are vital for advancing nursing practice.

To attain these ideals, I embrace this honor system as my way of life.

*Ethical principles include autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, justice and veracity; values include reflection, service, hospitality and stewardship.

Read, date, and sign, detach at the above line and turn in to instructor.

I agree to abide by the Honor Code of the School of Nursing at Viterbo University.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

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