Codes of Conduct and Standards of Practice

As pre-professional counselors, graduate students abide by a code of ethics and standards of practice as described in the Ethical Standards of the American Counseling Association(ACA), the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC), the Department of Counseling requirements as outlined below, and the University academic dishonesty policy in this handbook. Therefore, professional maturity is expected of all students. Behaviors that may impair professional behavior include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • Confirmed threat of harm to self or others  
  • Discriminatory behaviors or harassment toward others on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, or disability  
  • Unwillingness to receive feedback or resistance to evaluation from superiors and/or failure to modify unprofessional behaviors.  
  • Disabling or chronic physical or emotional problems which mediate the student’s ability to meet program requirements subject to disability law  
  • Habitual tardiness to class or field placement  
  • Habitual unexcused absences from class or field placement  
  • Disruptive behavior toward colleagues, faculty, staff, peers, or clients  
  • Consistent failure to demonstrate interpersonal skills necessary to form effective professional and therapeutic relationships  
  • Failure to use acceptable American Psychological Association style documentation including plagiarism and other failure to document sources in research reports  
  • The presentation as one’s own work, term projects and papers secured from others, and the submission of the same term papers or projects in several courses  
  • Any other professional behavior not in accordance with the departmental Ethical Conduct Policy and the Ethical Standards of the American Counseling Association  
  • The failure to follow other University policies and procedures