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Respect Statement

Nursing is a caring and compassionate profession that is rooted in personal and professional accountability.  Treating others with respect and dignity is central to our mission and purposes.  Faculty, students, staff and clinical partners are considered equal and active members of our community.  All who work, live, study, and teach in our community are here by choice and as a part of that choice should be committed to principles of respect which are an integral part of Research College of Nursing.  As members of a community, our goal is to treat others and ourselves with respect, dignity and care.



We will achieve that goal by engaging in the following activities:


  • Sensitive communication practices and behaviors.
  • Acknowledging each persons self worth and unique contributions to the community.
  • Recognizing our individual backgrounds, outlooks, values and styles.
  • Sharing principles of personal responsibility, mutual respect and common decency.
  • Celebrating the uniqueness of the individual and developing our understanding and tolerance of differences in gender, ethnicity, age, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, and physical or mental potential.
  • Growing and sustaining a caring culture, nurturing growth and fulfillment in one another and in the larger communities of which we are a part.
  • Discouraging intolerance, hatred, and injustice and promote constructive resolution of conflict.

    As members of our community, students are expected to:


  • Respect the sanctity of the education process by expressing respect for the faculty member as the organizer and guide through this learning experience as well as for fellow students.
  • Take responsibility for their own learning.
  • Treat other members of our community with respect, a sense of cooperation and with concern for their welfare.

    As members of our community, faculty members are expected to:


  • Respect the sanctity of the education process by honoring their commitment to students in terms of time, fairness and enthusiasm.
  • Provide responsible teaching to the students.
  • Treat other members of our community with respect, a sense of cooperation and with concern for their welfare.

    As members of our community, staff members are expected to:


  • Respect the sanctity of the education process by acknowledging the importance of education and supporting the process to the fullest.
  • Treat other members of our community with respect, a sense of cooperation and with concern for their welfare.

    Members of our community are honor bound to address disruptive, disrespectful or discriminatory behavior. We will work together to achieve our goal of treating others with respect, dignity and care and work toward sensitizing ourselves to what could be interpreted as disrespect. This goal should be reflected in our daily lives and our interactions and moments with other members of our community and with our clinical partners.


    Violations of the Respect Statement should be reported to the Director of Student Affairs. The Director of Student Affairs can initiate a conduct procedure. Informal resolution may involve either a meeting between the complainant, the accused and the Director of Student Affairs or separate meetings by the Director of Student Affairs with each party. Proposals for resolution are discussed by the Director of Student Affairs with each party, after which the Director of Student Affairs will decide what disciplinary or other action will be taken. If a mutually satisfactory resolution of the complaint is achieved, a letter saying so, signed by both parties, will be secured by the Director of Student Affairs, with a copy to each party.


    If both parties do not agree to the informal process, or if the informal process does not lead to mutually satisfactory resolution of the complaint, then the formal process described in the College Standards and Student Conduct& section of this guide will be followed.