Student Code of Conduct

Student Code of Conduct

The student community at the Institute overwhelmingly represents the youth of a nation. Their capacity and ability to play their roles effectively in diverse professional fields and businesses essentially depends on the quality of education imparted to them. Education has been recognized as the most dynamic catalyst to people’s professional, personal and moral development. Sheer professional education in a diversity of disciplines cannot cope with the social and moral challenges of societies, unless it is tempered with adequate moral grooming. Every Institute worth its name, therefore, puts due premium on developing in its student community the values of decent moral behaviour. NIWHS firmly believes in and is committed to promoting the growth of ethically responsible students and future professionals in all disciplines by inculcating in them adherence to the highest standards of academic integrity and overall ethical conduct. The Institute endeavors to develop a sense of individual responsibility on the part of each member of its community and seeks to enhance active participation of all segments, faculty, students, administration, in maintaining such standards, towards fostering and sustaining an environment of honour and trust across the spectrum.

While representing himself or herself as a member of NIWHS community, the student will maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity. He/she will strive for these standards in his or her representations, academic pursuits, and respect for the property and individual rights of others. The student will uphold and actively follow the specific principles described in the Code.

The code of student conduct has been formulated to foster and protect the core values of the Institute: to foster the scholarly and civic development of NIWHS student community in a safe and secure learning environment and to protect the people, properties and processes that support the Institute and its missions. The key goals of the Institute are research, teaching and learning, and service. Preservation of academic freedom and free and open exchange of ideas and opinions for all members of the Institute are central to these goals.

The code applies to the on-campus conduct of all registered students, including the individuals using Institute academic resources. The code also applies to the off- campus conduct of students in direct connection with:

  1. Academic course requirements or any credit-bearing experiences, such as internships, field trips, study abroad, or student teaching;
  2. Any activity supporting pursuit of a degree, such as research at another institution or a professional practice assignment;
  3. Any activity sponsored, conducted, or authorized by the Institute or by registered student organizations;
  4. Any activity that causes substantial destruction of property belonging to the Institute or members of the Institute community, or causes or threatens serious harm to the safety or security of members of the Institute community; or
  5. Any activity in which a police report has been filed, a summons or indictment issued, or an arrest has occurred for a crime of


The code governs all of the Institute. However, students attending the institute are advised to consult their local resources for additional information or rules pertaining to those locations.

The Institute reserves the right to administer the code and proceed with the hearing process even if the student withdraws from the Institute, is no longer enrolled in classes, or subsequently fails to meet the definition of a student while a disciplinary matter is pending.


Students continue to be subject to city, state laws while at the Institute, and violations of those laws may also constitute violations of the code. In such instances, the Institute may proceed with Institute disciplinary action under the code independently of any criminal proceeding involving the same conduct and may impose sanctions for violation of the code even if such criminal proceeding is not yet resolved or is resolved in the student’s favor.

  1. “Institute premises” includes all lands, buildings, facilities, and resources owned, leased, managed, or operated by the
  2. “Student” includes an individual who has paid an acceptance fee, registered for classes, or otherwise entered into any other contractual relationship with the Institute to take instruction, conduct research or undertake
  3. It further includes persons who are eligible to receive any of the rights and privileges afforded a person who is enrolled at the Institute, including, but not limited to, those individuals admitted to the Institute and attending orientation
  4. Student status lasts until an individual graduates, is dismissed, or is not in attendance for two (2) complete, consecutive
  5. “Student” also includes registered student

Any student found to have engaged, or attempted to engage, in any of the following conduct while within the Institute’s jurisdiction, will be subject to disciplinary action by the Institute. Any student who abandons an attempt or prevents the prohibited conduct from occurring under circumstances that demonstrate a complete and voluntary renunciation of the prohibited conduct will not be subject to disciplinary action by the Institute.

  1. Any activity that tends to compromise the academic integrity of the Institute or subvert the educational process. Examples of academic misconduct include, but are not limited to:

    1. Violation of course rules as contained in the course syllabus or other information provided to the student;
    1. Knowingly providing or receiving information during tests/ examinations; or the possession and/or use of unauthorized materials during those examinations (including mobile phones or written material);
    2. Knowingly providing or using unauthorized assistance in the laboratory, on field work, in studies or on a course assignment;
    3. Submitting plagiarized work for an academic requirement. Plagiarism is the representation of another’s work or ideas as one’s own; it includes the unacknowledged word-for-word use and/or paraphrasing of another person’s work, and/or the inappropriate unacknowledged use of another person’s ideas;
    4. Submitting substantially the same work to satisfy requirements for one course or academic requirement that has been submitted in satisfaction of requirements for another course or academic requirement without permission of the instructor of the course for which the work is being submitted or supervising authority for the academic requirement;
    5. Falsification, fabrication, or dishonesty in creating or reporting laboratory results, research results, and/or any other assignments;
    6. Serving as, or enlisting the assistance of, a substitute for a student in any graded assignments;
    7. Alteration of grades or marks by the student in an effort to change the earned grade or credit;
    8. Alteration of academically related Institute forms or records, or unauthorized use of those forms or records;
    9. Engaging in activities that unfairly place other students at a disadvantage, such as taking, hiding or altering resource material, or manipulating a grading system; and
    10. Violation of programme regulations as established by departmental committees and made available to
    11. Violation of instructions/guidelines included in the Institute/institutional/ students’ handbook etc
  1. Endangering behaviour: Taking or threatening action that endangers the safety, physical or mental health, or life of any person, or creates a reasonable fear of such action. Relationship violence or intimate partner abuse may constitute endangering behaviour.
  2. Stalking:  Engaging in a pattern of unwanted conduct directed at another person that threatens or endangers the safety, physical or mental health, or life or property of that person, or creates a reasonable fear of such a threat or action.

  3. Sexual harassment: Sexual harassment of fellow students and other people on the campus. Sexual harassment includes sexual advances, sexual solicitation, requests for sexual favours, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

  4. Indecent Exposure: Defined as the exposure of the private or intimate parts of the body in a lewd manner in public or in private premises when the accused may be readily observed.

Actual or threatened damage to or destruction of Institute property or property of others, whether done intentionally or with reckless disregard.

Storage or possession of dangerous weapons, devices, or substances including, but not limited to, firearms, ammunition, or fireworks.

Dishonest conduct, including, but not limited to: knowingly reporting a false emergency; knowingly making false accusation of misconduct; misuse or falsification of Institute or related documents by actions such as forgery, alteration, or improper transfer; submission of information known by the submitter to be false to a Institute official.

Theft, or the unauthorized use or possession of Institute property, services, resources, or the property of others.

Failure to comply with legitimate directives of authorized Institute officials, law enforcement or emergency personnel, identified as such, in the performance of their duties, including failure to identify oneself when so requested; or violation of the terms of a disciplinary sanction.

Use, production, distribution, sale, or possession of drugs in a manner prohibited under law. This includes, but is not limited to, the misuse of prescription drugs.

Use, production, distribution, sale, or possession of alcohol in any manner.

Disorderly or disruptive conduct that unreasonably interferes with Institute activities or with the legitimate activities of any member of the Institute community.

Doing, requiring, or encouraging any act, whether or not the act is voluntarily agreed upon, in conjunction with initiation or continued membership or participation in any group that causes or creates a substantial risk of causing mental or physical harm or humiliation. Such acts may include, but are not limited to, use of alcohol, creation of excessive fatigue, and paddling, punching or kicking in any form.


Abuse of any Institute student disciplinary committee, including but not limited to:


  1. Failure to obey the summons or directives of a student disciplinary committee or Institute official;
  2. Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information before a student disciplinary committee;
  3. Disruption or interference with the orderly process of a student disciplinary committee proceedings;
  4. Knowingly instituting of a student disciplinary committee proceeding without cause;
  5. Discouraging an individual’s proper participation in, or use of, a Institute student disciplinary committee;
  6. Influencing the impartiality of a member of a student disciplinary committee prior to, and/or during the course of a student conduct proceeding;
  7. Harassment and/or intimidation of a member of a student disciplinary committee prior to, during, and/or after a student conduct proceeding;
  8. Failure to comply with one or more sanctions imposed under the code of student conduct; and
  9. Influencing another person to commit an abuse of a Institute student disciplinary committee.

Students at NWIHS will:

  1. Follow ethical principles, demonstrate professional accountability, and not discriminate based on race, religion, disability, lifestyle ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, age, or sexual orientation.
  2. Demonstrate respect and consideration towards all patients, faculty, staff, class fellows, health specialties, and health care team members.
  3. Demonstrate tolerance for diversity, culturally sensitive practice, and special consideration towards vulnerable populations (women, children, older)

Violation of other published Institute regulations, guidelines, policies, or rules, or violations of federal, state, or local law. These Institute regulations, guidelines, policies, or rules include, but are not limited to, those which prohibit the misuse of computing resources, sexual harassment, rules for student groups or organizations, and residence hall rules and regulations.

Participation in a disturbance with the purpose to commit or incite any action that presents a clear and present danger to others, causes physical harm to others, or damages property.

Proscribed behaviour in the context of a riot includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Knowingly engaging in conduct designed to incite another to engage in riotous behaviour; and
  2. Actual or threatened damage to or destruction of Institute property or property of others, whether done intentionally or with reckless disregard; and
  3. Failing to comply with a directive to disperse by Institute officials, law enforcement, or emergency personnel; and
  4. Intimidating, impeding, hindering or obstructing a Institute official, law enforcement, or emergency personnel in the performance of their
  5. Political, sectarian or ethnic activism in the form of gatherings, demonstrations, walks or riots on Institute premises

Using electronic or other means to make a video or photographic record of any person in a location where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy without the person’s prior knowledge, when such a recording is likely to cause injury, distress, or damage to reputation. This includes, but is not limited to, taking video or photographic images in shower/locker rooms, residence hall rooms, and restrooms. The storing, sharing, and/or distributing of such unauthorized records by any means is also prohibited.

Violation of this student’s code of conduct may lead to rustication of student from Institute roles.