Knowledge of the theories and methodologies of a profession and their application to professional practice are major components of graduate study. In addition to academic accomplishments, which are evidenced in a student's grades, graduate students must also demonstrate behavior and communication skills that are consistent with professional standards. The principal elements of professional behavior vary by discipline, but include tact; sensitivity to the needs and interests of clients, colleagues, and supervisors; good judgment; and attention to professional responsibilities. Moreover, student conduct must conform to the codes of ethics established by the particular professional associations that certify practitioners and govern their professional behavior. The principal elements of required communication skills include, but are not limited to written, oral, and signed communication.
Regarding communication, the Graduate School is committed to supporting honest, transparent, and knowledgeable dialogue through social media. While graduate students are welcome to publish or comment using social media, they are urged to do so thoughtfully. Furthermore, all uses of social media should be treated in the same manner as other professional obligations as outlined in the ethical guidelines that govern professions. Graduate students must use good ethical judgment and follow University policies and federal requirements, such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). While this innovative technology offers exciting opportunities to build networks with deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing colleagues, the use of social media entails personal responsibility.
Adherence to these professional standards of behavior and communication are essential elements of professional competence. Failure to meet these standards reflects adversely upon the individual's suitability for professional service and may be grounds for academic probation or dismissal from the Graduate School.