Code of Conduct
It is understood that the administration, faculty, staff and student body share in the responsibility of upholding the Mission and Core Values of Mount Carmel College of Nursing. The Code of Conduct, strives to:
- ensure the integrity of the nursing and allied health professions;
- create an academic and professional environment that reflects the College’s Mission and Core Values;
- reflect the policies of the College on standards of conduct; and
- follow the policies on nursing practice from the Ohio Board of Nursing.
In accordance with the above, faculty, staff, and students will commit to:
- Achieving the highest level of academic excellence through honesty and integrity both in and out of the classroom and in clinical settings.
- Striving to embody excellence and providing the highest quality work in the academic and in the clinical settings.
- Acting in a professional manner while in the College of Nursing and in all activities, functions, and clinical sites associated with the College and the profession of nursing.
- Contributing to creating a safe, respectful, and supportive atmosphere for teaching and learning.
- Regarding privacy and confidentiality as essential obligations.
- Communicating with peers, staff, and faculty in a professional and respectful manner.
- Taking responsibility for my words and actions.
- Following the appropriate chain of command.
- Demonstrating a commitment to the attributes of compassion, empathy, altruism, responsibility, and tolerance.
- Demonstrating caring behaviors at all times.
- Respecting individual diversity through a non-judgmental attitude and approach.
- Working to become a creative problem solver.
- Refusing to tolerate discrimination, harassment, retaliation, disrespect, or bullying.
- Committing to bring any act of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, disrespect, or bullying to the attention of the administration.
- Refusing to tolerate incidents of dishonesty or lack of integrity.
- Committing to bringing incidents of dishonesty or lack of integrity to the attention of the administration.
Creating a culture and climate of inclusion that welcomes and celebrates diversity.
Students are expected to abide by federal, state, and local laws and ordinances, as well as to adhere to all College policies and procedures. In cases where students engage in any prohibited conduct, the student is subject to disciplinary action.
- Violation of local, state, and/or federal laws.
- Violation of the Ohio Board of Nursing Laws and Rules. (http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/Law_and_Rule.htm)
- Violation of the National Student Nurses’ Association Code of Ethics, Code of Professional Conduct, and Code of Academic and Clinical Conduct. (https://www.nsna.org/nsna-code-of-ethics.html)
- Violation of College Policies and Procedures as outlined in the College Catalog-Handbook.
- Violation of any of the following Compliance Policies:
- Anti-Discrimination, Anti-harassment and Anti-Retaliation Policy
- Anti-Bullying Policy
- Concealed Weapons Policy
- Drug and Alcohol Policy
- Title IX Policy
- Violation of the following General College Policies:
- Cell Phone Use
- Classroom Recording Policy
- Children on Campus
- Copyright Infringement
- CPR Requirements
- Criminal Background Check
- Dress Code
- Food in Classrooms
- Smoking Policy
- Violation of the following College Technology Policies:
- Technology Policy
- Social Media Policy
- Violation of the Academic and Professional Standards Policy
- Unprofessional Conduct:
- Any behavior which affects a student’s ability to fully participate in the benefits of the College or negatively impacts the College community, including:
- Failure to show due respect and courtesy
- Engaging in vulgar behavior
- Using obscene language
- Participating in disorderly conduct
- Unprofessional behavior in the classroom, online environment, clinical settings or on/off-campus activities
- Damage: Negligent or intentional damage to personal, public, or College property is prohibited.
- Presenting, using and/or possessing a falsified ID or another’s College issued ID as one’s own.
- Misrepresentation; furnishing false information; and falsification or forgery of documents.
- Any form of Academic Dishonesty, to include, but not limited to: plagiarism, self-plagiarism, cheating, fabrication and using false citations.
- Encouraging, permitting, or assisting another to commit an act that could subject them to discipline.
- Failure to Comply with directions of, or interference with, any College official, Safety and Security officer, or individuals working in conjunction with the College who are acting in performance of their duties or failure to comply with any established requirement, policy or procedure.
- Fire Safety
- Setting a fire, whether deliberately or accidentally.
- Intentionally pulling a fire alarm.
- Improper use of, vandalism, destruction or tampering with fire-safety or electrical equipment.
- Failure to evacuate a building during a fire alarm.
- Causing or contributing to a fire-safety hazard.
- Off-Campus Misconduct
- The College requires behavior on and off campus, in academic, co-curricular and off-campus locations, consistent with the principles and rules of behavior outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. Whenever the College becomes aware of violations of the College’s Policies and Procedures, regardless of where such conduct allegedly occurs, appropriate follow-up (including potential discipline) may take place. If the behavior poses a disturbance, is threatening to the safety and security of individuals or property, or is required to be reported by law, law enforcement may be contacted and a report filed.
- Theft of property or services from the College
- Unauthorized Access
- Unauthorized entry into College buildings or areas, even when unlocked.
- Tampering with locks to College buildings, unauthorized possession or use of College keys, and alteration or duplication of College keys.
- Violent or Endangering Behavior
- Conduct that recklessly or intentionally threatens or endangers the physical or mental health and safety of any person, including:
- Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, and/or coercion.
Criminal prosecution by a government entity does not preclude College disciplinary action against the student for the same conduct. Similarly, any action by the College does not preclude subsequent action by a local, state or federal entity. The College reserves the right to resolve a disciplinary matter before the conclusion of any criminal process. If a student withdraws from the College, the College may resolve the disciplinary matter, regardless of the student’s withdrawal. A student who withdraws will be afforded all the procedural rights of an enrolled student.
Students who do not adhere to academic and professional standards may encounter allegations of misconduct.
Statement of Student Responsibility
Students are solely responsible for knowing and following Mount Carmel College of Nursing policies and procedures and for their own successful progress and completion of the degree program and requirements they select. While advisors are available to help students with course selection, each student is responsible for seeking clarification regarding progression through the curriculum. At all times, each student is also responsible for seeking clarification and/or assistance from faculty, staff, or administrators.
Cell Phone Use Policy
Personal cell phone use is prohibited in classrooms, laboratories, and in clinical experiences. Faculty and students must turn off and stow cell phones in purses or book bags before the start of class and during all exams. Cell phones should be turned off or quieted during meetings.
The College has provided education software for students and faculty for use on their personal handheld devices in situations including clinical areas. The devices are only to be used in clinical areas as an education resource in the provision of patient care. Any abuse of this policy will result in losing the privilege to use the electronic educational resources and mobile devices in clinical experiences and classroom settings. This policy applies to all students and faculty members at MCCN.
Classroom Recording Polciy
Students are encouraged to take notes of classroom discussions, lectures, demonstrations, and performances in order to advance their own learning and to develop a record for purposes of private study. The ordinary process of taking notes is encouraged since this practice requires that students develop the ability to actively attend to the material under consideration and to quickly summarize pertinent information in a coherent manner. Electronic or mechanical recording of lectures discourages the development of these important skills. In addition, the presence of recording devices may inhibit frank and open discussion of course material in the classroom, or otherwise interfere with the proper academic conduct of the class.
Students who want to record classroom lectures, discussions, simulations, and other course related activities are to gain permission from the responsible faculty member by obtaining permission via signatures on the Classroom Recording Policy and Form .
Recording of classroom lectures, discussions, simulations, and other course-related activity is governed by this classroom recording form and in accordance with the MCCN Classroom Recording Policy.
- Student will seek the approval from each course faculty/ instructor prior to recording.
- Prior to the student recording of any classroom activity, this form will be initiated by the student and must be signed by the student and the faculty member(s).
- Faculty members may have concerns about the recording of sensitive data, such as patient information shared as part of a case study, or unpublished research data. Faculty members have the authority to spontaneously, or in advance, prohibit student recording of personal student, instructor or patient information.
- The student classroom recordings are to be used solely for the personal use of the student to study and prepare for that class. The distribution of classroom recordings in any manner is prohibited.
- Under no circumstances shall student classroom recordings be used in the evaluation or sanctioning of instructors and students.
- Recordings are not to be shared with other students, posted to any online forum, or otherwise disseminated in any way, including with students who are enrolled in the same class, without faculty permission.
- The student acknowledges that the recordings are resources. If the student uses any part of a recording in any academic work, its use is governed by rules of proper APA Citation.
- Unless otherwise explicitly agreed to by the faculty member(s), the student agrees to destroy recordings when they are no longer needed for his/her academic work, and no later than the conclusion of the course.
- The student understands that failure to adhere to these provisions may result in the loss of permission to use a recorder in future classes and possible disciplinary actions.
- Unless otherwise noted with written permission by the Course Instructor/Faculty, recording in the classroom will be in audio-format only.
Change of Address/Phone/Email
Students should report in a timely manner any change of address, telephone number(s), or personal email address to the Office of Records and Registration (Rm. 201, Marian Hall; by phone, 614-234-3522; email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com). Name changes require additional documentation. Accurate contact information will ensure that the College can reach students as needed.
Children on Campus
Students are not permitted to bring children to class. Students violating this policy will be asked to leave class. Also, babysitting is not permitted in the College of Nursing. In addition to the issue of liability, the presence of infants and children in the College is not conducive to study and relaxation.
Potential Changes to Courses
In the event of a College-wide emergency, course requirements, classes, simulation experiences, clinical experiences, labs, deadlines, and grading schemes are subject to change. Changes may include but are not limited to alternative delivery methods, alternative methods of interaction with the instructor, class materials, and/or classmates, alternative experiential learning (including but not limited to: practical/clinical and simulation experiences), a revised attendance policy, and a revised semester calendar and/or grading scheme in accordance with accrediting and regulatory bodies. Although MCCN reserves the right to execute changes in the event of an emergency, it will ensure that course implementation permits learners the opportunity to achieve course outcomes. Irrespective of the delivery format, the College’s tuition and course fee structure shall remain the same for academic courses, consistent with published tuition and fee schedules. There will be no refund or reduction of tuition or course fees, since the College will be providing a full semester of instruction and awarding full academic credit to those who satisfactorily fulfill course requirements.
During extreme weather conditions, MCCN administration will make a decision about closures or delays (which also includes clinical experience cancellations) before 5:30 a.m. on the day of the closing, or by 10:30 p.m. on the night before closing the college. For afternoon and evening classes, an announcement will be sent by noon, if possible.
The Lancaster campus administration may also determine closures or delays if either the Mount Carmel College of Nursing-Columbus campus or the Ohio University-Lancaster Campus delays or closes.
Road conditions may also vary substantially throughout Central Ohio; personal judgment should be utilized when deciding to commute to class/clinical when the college is not closed.
Notification of the closing or delay will be sent via text message and email through Rave Mobile Safety, reported on local television and radio stations, and posted on social media (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter).
Ohio University-Lancaster broadcasts announcements on these media venues:
Communication with Students
Information is frequently transmitted to onsite students through Nightingmail student email (mail.mccn.edu), the CARMELink student portal, the College newsletter (Carmel Rapper), bulletin board notices, or messages placed in student mailboxes. Onsite Students are expected to check their email and CARMELink and Canvas accounts frequently and to check their mailboxes when they are on campus. The Marian Hall bulletin board across from the first floor elevators is used for general College announcements.
Information is frequently transmitted to online students through student Nightingmail/ email (mail.mccn.edu), Canvas (http://mccn.instructure.com) and CARMELink (carmelink.mccn.edu/ICS/). Online students are expected to check their Nightingmail, Canvas and CARMELink accounts frequently, at a minimum of every 48 hours, as they will be held responsible for updates and new information contained in email communication and courses.
Convention, Seminar, and Workshop Attendance
Students in good academic standing are encouraged to participate in professional and educational activities. Written permission to miss classes for the purpose of attending conventions, seminars, or workshops must be obtained from faculty who are teaching courses in which the student is currently enrolled. Consent forms are available from the Student Nurses Association (SNAM) faculty advisor or from the Office of Records and Registration. The student, if granted permission to attend, is responsible for all make-up work.
Copyright is the legal protection of all forms creative expression on any form of media.
Students should be aware of the limits of the fair use of intellectual property, which is protected under copyright law in cyberspace as well as the real world.
To the general public, intellectual property, in the form of computer software and digitized entertainment, is a highly tempting target for reproduction and distribution. But intellectual property is protected under copyright law in cyberspace as well as the real world, and students need to be aware of the limits of fair use. Illegal duplication, file-sharing or use of any type of intellectual property constitutes copyright infringement and could be subject to College disciplinary action and civil and criminal penalties, including fines.
Creators Own Exclusive Rights
Copyright law generally gives authors, artists, composers, and other such creators the exclusive right to copy, distribute, modify, and display their works or to authorize other people to do so. Additionally, creators’ works are protected by copyright law from the very moment that they are created — regardless of whether they are registered with the Copyright Office and regardless of whether they are marked with a copyright notice or symbol. That means that virtually every email message, posting, web page, or other computer work you have ever created - or seen - is copyrighted.
You may reproduce copyrighted materials only if one of these four instances apply:
- The owner has given you permission
- The work is in the “public domain”
- It falls under “fair use”
- You have an “implied license” to do so.
Admittedly, the latter three require more explanation than can be given in this overview, so users are strongly urged to conduct additional research regarding copyright law.
Please note: copying material in digitized form is easy to do, but that doesn’t make it legal. Do not reproduce copyrighted material in any form and on any media, unless you are given permission to do so.
Piracy is the popular term for the illegal activity that is more correctly known as copyright infringement. Software piracy involves the violation of license agreements and occurs when you download, copy, file-share, install, or distribute digitized material in the form of computer software programs and entertainment media without authorization from the owner/creator.
License Not Ownership
The purchase of a computer program or any form of entertainment or artistic expression on any type of media that includes, but is not limited to, CD, DVD, mp3 file, video, or audiotape, simply gives you a license to use your personal copy; purchase does not constitute ownership of the “intellectual property” on the media. The U.S. Copyright Act expressly protects the intellectual property contained on these media and grants the creators exclusive rights to copy, adapt, distribute, rent, and publicly perform and display their works.
Reasonable people would agree that shoplifting any of these products in stores is theft, yet some don’t extend that logic to digitized formats. But when you use your personal copy for any purpose beyond what is expressly permitted by the license, you could be committing a federal offense and may be subject to civil and criminal prosecution as well as College disciplinary action.
The rationalization that “just one copy can’t hurt” multiplies exponentially if thousands or millions of people think that way. When you pirate any creative material, you are stealing more from the manufacturers than the cost of a single copy. Consider the resources that go into producing intellectual property. Companies invest millions to employ creative teams, manufacture, distribute, advertise and market product. Anyone employed at any stage along the line, including the retail store clerk, loses when you copy or share illegally.
If the negative impact on the economy and fellow workers isn’t enough reason to stay legal, keep in mind that some companies in the entertainment and computer software industries have prosecuted individual offenders in civil courts and sought monetary damages. The U.S. government can impose fines or imprisonment, or both. So the next time you’re tempted, ask yourself, “is it worth it?” Resolve to purchase a legal copy instead.
RIAA, Recording Industry Association of America, the trade group representing U.S. sound recording companies, is the force behind the prosecution of individuals for copyright infringement through downloading or uploading of music through illegal peer-to-peer networks and CD piracy. The RIAA ask consumers to support the industry by downloading music from legitimate sites such as those on the list at musicunited.org instead of engaging in piracy.
Video and Film Entertainment
MPAA, Motion Picture Association of America, works to prevent piracy of film and video products. The MPAA estimates that piracy of video content costs the industry more than $3 billion annually in potential revenue in the U.S., not including Internet losses, which are difficult to calculate.
The MPAA lists many types of materials subject to pirating: Optical Disc, which includes Laser Discs (LD), Video Compact Discs (VCD) and Digital Versatile Discs (DVD); Internet, videocassette and broadcast; down-loadable media; hard goods; streaming media; circumvention devices; cam-cording; screeners; back-to-back copying; signal theft; and public performance.
BSA, Business Software Alliance, which describes itself as the voice of the world’s commercial software industry, estimates that the U.S. has lost billions of dollars annually in wages and tax revenues, and thousands of individuals have lost jobs. The BSA describes the following scenarios for software piracy:
- using one licensed copy to install a program on multiple computers
- copying disks for installation and distribution
- taking advantage of upgrade offers without purchasing a legal copy of the version to be upgraded
- acquiring academic or other restricted or non-retail software without a license for commercial use
- swapping disks with others
- downloading software from various Internet sources such as pirate websites, peer-to-peer networks, and auction sites that offer counterfeit software
The BSA also notes that pirated computer software doesn’t save you much when you consider the problems associated with illegal copies: defective software, little or no documentation or technical support, no warranties, a greater exposure to viruses, and ineligibility for software upgrades.
Course and Faculty Evaluations
Student completion of course and instructor evaluations is an expectation of each course. Students are expected to complete the appropriate evaluations during the last two weeks of the course. Data from these evaluations are used as part of the College’s regular continuous quality improvement efforts. Therefore, students are encouraged to provide constructive, accurate, and professional feedback during the course evaluation process.
CPR Requirement (onsite students)
Onsite students enrolled in nursing courses with clinical or lab components are required to have current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Current CPR certification is a prerequisite to starting any sophomore, junior, or senior nursing course. Each student must present CPR documentation (CPR certification card or certificate and a photocopy of the card or certificate) to the Office of Records and Registration upon initial certification and upon each re-certification. This required documentation must be presented prior to starting the first day of a nursing clinical course.
Pre-licensure students’ CPR certification must be in effect throughout the official start/end dates of the specific nursing course (16-week semester or 8-week term). The expiration date cannot occur before the official end date of the course. Students who fail to meet this requirement will be administratively withdrawn from the course. There is no grace period. A list of non-compliant student names and expiration dates will be provided to faculty, and non-compliant students will not be permitted to enter the nursing course on the first day.
Students are required to comply with this policy; non-compliance will result in administrative withdrawal from the course which may result in less than full-time enrollment and delay of graduation.
- CPR certification must be in effect throughout the official start/end dates of the specific nursing course (16-week semester or 8-week term) in which the student is enrolled.
- The expiration date cannot occur before the official end date of the course.
- Students who fail to meet the CPR requirement will be administratively withdrawn from the course. There is no grace period.
- Non-compliant students will not be permitted to enter the nursing course on the first day.
- The responsibility to keep CPR certification current rests solely with the student.
Regulations require that any new certification or re-certification must be acquired exclusively through one of the following providers:
One of the following courses is required:
- Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers
One of the following courses is required:
- Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers
“HeartSaver CPR” or other training does not meet the College CPR requirement for nursing students. Students who mistakenly complete this novice training will be required to complete the appropriate professional-level course from those listed above.
Criminal Background Check (onsite students)
The law regulating the practice of nursing states that the Ohio Board of Nursing may deny a convicted felon a license or the privilege of sitting for the licensing examination (Section 4723.28 of the Revised Code). In addition, several of the agencies utilized for nursing clinical studies may require students to undergo criminal record checks and may deny clinical access to persons convicted of felonies or specific misdemeanors.
State and federal criminal records checks are mandatory requirements for all new pre-licensure students at point of entry to MCCN and again at the start of senior level or last semester in the SDAP. Failure to complete the required criminal records check may results in the inability to continue in the program.
New traditional program students have the opportunity to be fingerprinted on campus at the beginning of the academic year. Students in the Second Degree Accelerated Program are fingerprinted at Orientation and prior to completion of the program. Results are forwarded to Mount Carmel College of Nursing from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCII) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Results from the BCII and FBI are filed with the student’s College record.
Each student must present a valid Driver’s License or a Government-issued picture ID (Driver’s License, State ID, Military ID, Passport) in order to complete the application form at the time of fingerprinting. The fee for this service, when performed on campus, will be added to the student’s Mount Carmel account. No portion of this amount is retained by the College.
Students not completing the fingerprinting/records check on campus will be solely responsible for completing this requirement and ensuring that the results are forwarded to the Office of Records and Registration. All costs incurred in completing this requirement are the responsibility of the student. Failure to comply may result in the inability to continue in the program.
A criminal record check that indicates evidence of a felony conviction (or certain misdemeanor convictions) may result in action including, but not limited to, dismissal from Mount Carmel College of Nursing.
Direct questions to the Office of Records and Registration (614-234-3870, Marian Hall, Rm 201).
Applicants for NCLEX-RN
All students who apply to obtain a license issued by the Ohio Board of Nursing must obtain a criminal record check that is completed by the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCII), including a check of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) records.
Students electing to be fingerprinted on campus at the start of the senior year or last semester in the SDAP can request copy of the results from the BCII and FBI be forwarded directly to the Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN). This helps to ensure timely processing of the NCLEX-RN application and minimize delays in making a candidate eligible to test.
Senior students not completing fingerprinting on campus will be solely responsible for completing this NCLEX-RN requirement elsewhere. All costs incurred are the direct responsibility of the student.
Criminal record results cannot be mailed to the OBN by the applicant. No applicant will be eligible to test without the required completed criminal records check in his/her NCLEX-RN application file. Additional details can be found at: http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/LicensureInformation.htm.
Failure to comply with the dress code may result in disciplinary actions including, but not limited to, dismissal from the classroom or clinical site, implementation of a performance improvement contract, or referral to the Academic and Professional Misconduct Committee.
The student dress code is enforced with the goal to assure a high standard in professional self-presentation. It is important for Mount Carmel College of Nursing (MCCN) students to recognize their role as representatives of the College and the profession of nursing, in all settings. Appearance and self-presentation must be commensurate with professional expectations. MCCN’s dress code policy is guided by Mount Carmel Health System (MCHS) Policy.
MCCN understands and supports students’ right to self-expression. The College also recognizes that Mount Carmel students are taking steps to becoming health care professionals. The dress code is designed to provide appropriate guidelines so that all students may exercise good judgment and dress in a manner that is respectful of themselves and the community. MCCN recognizes that personal appearance is an important element of self-expression and strives not to control or dictate a student’s appearance. In keeping with this approach, MCCN allows reasonable self-expression through personal appearance, in alignment with this policy, unless a) it conflicts with a student’s ability to meet academic and professional standards effectively in the classroom and clinical settings, or b) it is regarded as offensive or harassing toward other members of the MCCN community, or patients at clinical sites.
Professors, College administrators and staff have the right to address policy violations with students. Any adaptations to this policy due to cultural or health reasons are to be negotiated with the appropriate Associate or Assistant Dean. This policy does not address reasonable accommodations for religious beliefs or disability. Any student who has a concern with the guidelines outlined for religious or by reason of disability must bring forth that concern to MCCN’s Director of Compliance/Title II/Section 504 Coordinator.
College Identification (ID) Badge
Onsite Columbus campus students are issued identification (ID) badges as part of the first semester registration process. Badges serve a number of functions, including identifying students in the College and providing access to College services. Students wearing their College ID Badge are representing both MCCN and MCHS.
Students must wear ID badges at all times while in the role of a Mount Carmel student, following these guidelines:
- Badges must be attached to a badge holder and worn at chest level or above for proper identification.
- Badges must be worn using a Mount Carmel logo or non-logo attached clip. Badges and badge holders must be free of pins, keys, stickers (if last name is permitted to be covered for a specific course, the covering must be removed at end of that course), or other ornamentation to maintain a professional presence.
- Keys, key cards, the emergency code reference card, pin cards, and a job specific identified badge may be attached to the badge holder so that they fall behind and do not obstruct the frontal view. No other attachments are permitted.
- Lanyards are not acceptable as badge holders.
- If a student forgets or misplaces an ID badge, a temporary ID badge must be obtained from the Office of Safety and Security. Lost ID badges can be replaced by Safety and Security and a replacement fee may be assessed. If the Office of Safety and Security is not open, the student must report to the MCCN front desk where a temporary badge will be issued. This is not to become common practice. If the front desk is not open, the student is to work with their faculty member.
- Badges must be returned to the Director of Records and Registration if a student withdraws from the College or takes a leave of absence.
- All students must wear their ID badges while on campus and at all clinical practicum sites.
Student Attire – College Areas/Mount Carmel West Campus
Students should present a positive, businesslike, and professional image through dress and actions throughout the College and Mount Carmel West properties. Please see Residential Handbook for appropriate policies regarding the College Apartments.
The following guidelines apply throughout the College and Mount Carmel West Campus properties:
- Clothing will be clean, neat, in good repair, properly fitted, not revealing, and appropriate for the type of work performed, The following is a list of guidelines (please note, this list is not all inclusive):
- Tank tops, bathing suits, house slippers, and pajamas are not permitted.
- Leggings or tights can only be worn if covered by a top, tunic, or jacket that extends to the mid-thigh.
- Shorts and skirts cannot be higher than mid-thigh.
- Jeans/denim must be intact throughout.
- Inappropriate exposure of skin not permitted. Overly revealing clothing is not considered appropriate.
- Bare feet are not permitted.
- Proper undergarments are to be worn and not visible.
Student Attire - College Areas/Lancaster Campus
Students should present a positive, businesslike, and professional image through dress and actions throughout the College and Fairfield Medical Center and affiliated sites.
Mount Carmel College of Nursing-Lancaster students must wear either business casual or standard, burgundy uniform scrubs to the classroom and to on-site school-related activities. Students may wear a long sleeve t-shirt under their scrub top. Approved colors are: black, white, grey and maroon.
Business Casual Attire: Includes casual shirts (all shirts with collars, golf or polo shirts, crew or v-neck shirts or sweaters), casual slacks/trousers/pants/skirts/dresses and casual footwwear (casual slip-on or tie shoes, dress sandals with heel straps and athletic shoes). Students are permitted to wear approved MCCN spirit wear as tops with burgundy scrub bottoms. Please take note that spirit wear with a “hoodie” is not permitted.
The basic guidelines do not permit:
- Tight or revealing pants/slacks/skirts/dresses including leggings;
- Jeans and jean-like pants/slacks;
- Pants worn below the hip or waist line;
- Suggestive attire including backless tops, crop tops, tank tops, muscle shirts, spaghetti strap tops, see-through or sheer tops and any other blouse/shirt/top that is revealing;
- Sports clothing and athletic wear;
- Yoga gear;
- Sun dresses;
- Shorts above the mid-calf;
- Casual sandals and flip-flops;
- Construction, hunting or cold weather boots;
- Tee shirts;
- Non-work related hats;
- Novelty buttons and novelty wear;
- Ripped, torn or hole-filled clothing;
- Any extreme style or fashion in dress, footwear, accessories, fragrances or hair;
- Visible piercings, including gauges, and body art; and
- FMC recognizes that personal appearance is an important element in self-expression and allows reasonable self-expression through personal appearance (including concealed body art, limited piercings, other jewelry, and fragrances) unless it a) conflicts with the employee’s ability to perform his or her job duties effectively with the work environment or b) is regarded as offensive or harassing toward patients, co-workers or others with whom FMC conducts business.
- Artificial nails in positions having direct patient contact and those whose job has indirect contact with patients (such as housekeeping and patient registration).
Dress Code – Clinical Settings
The official student uniform must be worn with the College insignia attached to the upper left sleeve in uniform clinical sites. In addition:
- Clothing will be clean, neat, in good repair, properly fitted, not revealing, and appropriate for the type of work performed.
- Headwear is only permitted for religious or health-related reasons and should be preapproved by your professor.
- Shoes must be white leather (or leather-like) with heels and toes enclosed, polished, and in good repair. No mesh or partially mesh shoes are permitted.
- White hosiery must be worn with the student dress uniform. White socks or hose which cover the student’s ankles are required with the pant uniform.
- For warmth and/or modesty, a plain white, light-weight, collarless or turtleneck, long or short sleeved, fine gauge knit shirt may be worn under the uniform top.
- If long sleeves are worn, they must be capable of being pulled to the elbow and remain stationary.
- In some settings, students may wish to wear a lab coat over the student uniform. The lab coats must display the Mount Carmel insignia patch on the upper left sleeve. Faculty approval is necessary before wearing lab coats in the clinical setting.
- Personal hygiene will include:
- Fingernails will be clean and well groomed. Artificial nails and overlays are not permitted. Nail polish is not permitted.
- All cosmetic products, including make-up, lotions, cologne, and perfume must be worn in moderation.
- Jewelry that present a hazard in equipment operation of patient safety is prohibited.
- Hair must be neat and of a natural hair color. Hair should not fall below the shoulder. Long hair must be secured off the face so as not to risk contamination of the field of care. If headbands are worn, they must be white, black, brown, beige, or burgundy. Facial hair (beards and mustaches) is to be neatly trimmed and groomed. Hair ties to hold up longer hair are permitted.
- Jewelry must be kept to a minimum and is limited to engagement and/or wedding rings, one small set of post earrings in the earlobes, and medical alert tags. Necklaces, visible body piercings, tongue piercings, and other jewelry are not permitted.
- Tattoos that may be considered offensive to others must be covered at all times.
- Offensiveness to others is based on racial, sexual, religious, ethnic, or other characteristics or attributes of a sensitive or legally protected nature, as MCCN is responsible for ensuring that no student employee is subject to harassment or a hostile work environment.
- No chewing gum is permitted when in the clinical area or when in uniform.
- A watch with a second hand is required.
Dress Code - Laboratory Settings
Students are to follow either the dress code listed under “Student Attire - College Areas/Mount Carmel West Campus” section above for clothing in the laboratory setting, or they may wear solid matching scrubs.
- Scrubs are to be solid color, neat, clean, in good repair, properly fitted, not revealing, or exposing of undergarments or inappropriate skin.
With regard to hair, nails, and jewelry students are to follow the dress code outlined in the “Dress Code - Clinical Settings” sections above.
Undergraduate Student Dress Code—Non-uniform Clinical Sites
Students must be professionally dressed in clinical areas not requiring the student uniform. College identification badges must be clearly displayed. Student dress must be consistent with standards and requirements of the clinical environment and expectations of the faculty and preceptors. Closed toed shoes are to be worn in all patient care areas.
Student Lab Coat Policy
The clean, pressed lab coat full (knee) length with the College insignia on the upper left sleeve must be worn when students enter the clinical area to study clients’ charts, check assignments, or visit clients. The lab coat is to be worn over professional and neat clothing. The length of dresses or skirts must come at least to the top of the knees. No hats, jeans, shorts, Capri pants, sweats, sandals, or flip-flops are permitted. The College ID badge must be evident at chest level or above on the lab coat for proper identification.
Purchasing Student Uniform and Lab Coat
The MCCN student uniform is required, starting with enrollment in Nursing 205 (sophomore level). Students are required to obtain the approved nursing student uniform with a Mount Carmel College of Nursing shoulder patch attached to the upper left sleeve.
The approved MCCN uniform is available from:
Roberts Medical Uniforms
1135 Commercial Ave. SE
New Philadelphia, OH 44663
Toll free: 877-512-9090
This is the only accepted vendor for the MCCN nursing student uniform and lab coat. Both can be ordered directly from their website (www.robertsmed.com).
For uniform and lab coat information specific to MCCN, enter mc13 in the “Enter Code” box located at the top middle of the webpage. Roberts uniforms and lab coats come with the MCCN shoulder patch already attached.
Food in Classrooms
Students who bring food/beverages into classrooms are expected to clean up after themselves and deposit trash in appropriate receptacles. Courteous behavior such as this will enable students in subsequent classes to enjoy a clean environment. It is everyone’s responsibility to keep campus facilities clean and neat.
On-Campus Housing Policy
Only degree-seeking or certificate students are eligible to live in resident housing apartments. Undergraduate pre-licensure students must be enrolled at least part-time (minimum of 6 credit hours) to live in the resident apartments. Any resident who fails to maintain at least a part-time status will be dismissed from the apartments. Married students may live in the apartments and are responsible for the entire rental price for one apartment. Students with dependent children are not eligible to live in the resident apartments. The following policies identify student residents:
Students Who Are Required to Live on Campus:
- Full-time and part-time first year/freshmen undergraduate pre-licensure students whose legal residence (true, fixed, and permanent home, as defined on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid [FAFSA]) is located outside a 35-mile radius of the Columbus campus (see http://bit.ly/mccn-housing for a map showing the radius zone).
- Full-time and part-time sophomores living in the residence halls as of April 30 of the previous academic year.
Exceptions to the on-campus housing policy will be granted to freshmen or sophomore students who provide appropriate evidence that they meet certain criteria found in the On-Campus Housing Policy .
Failure to comply with the requirements or providing false or misleading information may result in cancellation of course registration privileges and/or revocation of acceptance to Mount Carmel College of Nursing. Ignoring the requirement to live on campus or abusing the policy by living elsewhere without being granted an exemption is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and will be taken before the Academic and Professional Misconduct Committee of the College. A range of sanctions, including and up to dismissal from the College, are possible for violations of this policy.
Click here for a complete copy of the On-Campus Housing Policy.
The College takes photographs and videos of a number of activities on campus (such as academic settings, planned campus activities, public events on campus and everyday activities) in order to portray the College in a positive light for both printed and electronic publications. These photographs and videos are permitted within FERPA guidelines. Any student who wishes to not have his/her image used in this manner should contact the Director of Records and Registration for additional details.
Mount Carmel is a tobacco and smoke-free facility. Use of tobacco products, including, but not limited to cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and pipes is prohibited within all Mount Carmel facilities, on all Mount Carmel owned property, or any College student residence facilities. The College complies fully with all federal, state, city, and Mount Carmel Health System regulations regarding the possession and consumption of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco on campus, including the residence apartments.
Further, students are prohibited from smoking anywhere while wearing the student uniform, lab coat, and/or student ID badge. Violators will receive one verbal warning. The consequences of continued non-compliance include progressive counseling and may result in dismissal from the Resident Apartments and/or College.
Survey and Research Subject Access
Each year, there are many requests from those within and outside the College for access to students, faculty, and staff for the purposes of surveys or research projects. When potential survey respondents are overloaded with survey requests, they may experience “survey fatigue,” resulting in low response rates for very important surveys the College conducts as a part of its educational and organizational assessment efforts.
Because of the need to limit the burden on students, faculty and staff in responding to these requests, all requests for access to members of the College community for recruitment to research studies or to distribute non-research surveys must be approved beforehand.
All requests for access to faculty, staff, or students for the purposes of human subjects research - thus requiring IRB approval or exemption - must specify the plan for obtaining IRB approval and supply documentation of the approval to the College prior to commencing study-related activities.
- Requests for access to students, faculty, or staff for the purposes of research or surveys should be directed to the Director, Institutional Effectiveness at firstname.lastname@example.org - at least two weeks before the start of the project.
- Requests should include the timeframe for the project, a copy of the survey tool or research proposal, and any other information helpful in evaluating the request. The criteria for evaluation include, primarily: 1) alignment with MCCN mission, vision, and purpose, 2) appropriateness of topic, methods, and procedures, and 3) lack of interference with regular College assessment activities.
- Approvals will be returned via email within 3 business day to the applicant with notifications to appropriate College faculty or staff impacted by the research or survey activity.
A Mount Carmel College of Nursing (MCCN) transcript is the official academic record of a student’s enrollment.
- MCCN provides transcript services (eTranscript) through the National Student Clearinghouse, a third-party vendor.
- Access online transcript ordering at here for the published cost.
- Transcript requests are processed within 2 business days (excluding weekends and holidays).
- You may use any major credit/debit card to place your order.
Transcript costs differ depending on delivery method.
- For Mail delivery: each transcript cost is $5.00 and an additional $2.25 processing fee.
- For Hold for Pick Up delivery: each transcript cost is $5.00 and an additional $2.25 processing fee.
- For FedEx delivery: each transcript cost is $5.00, a $2.25 processing fee, and an additional $25.00 FedEx fee. This rate is for weekday delivery only (Saturday delivery is not included). FedEx requires a street address and will not deliver to a PO Box.
- For Electronic PDF delivery: each transcript cost is $5.00, a $2.25 processing fee and an additional $1.75 PDF processing fee.
- We recommend that you first check with the recipient before ordering electronic PDF delivery to make sure they will accept the transcript in this format.
- Electronic transcripts cannot be processed for students completing attendance before Fall 1990 (attending Mount Carmel School of Nursing). Those students should select the “Mail delivery” option when ordering through the online service. These transcripts will be processed manually by the MCCN Registrar’s Office.
Financial obligations to MCCN must be satisfied before a transcript can be released. Requests from individuals with student record holds will not be processed until the hold is resolved. Transcript requests will remain active for 30 days to provide time to resolve the hold. If after 30 days the hold has not been resolved, the transcript request order will be cancelled. Credit/debit cards will not be charged until the order has been fulfilled.
Please contact the Records and Registration Office at 614-234-3522 should you have any questions.
Transportation, Travel and Liability
Students are responsible for providing their own transportation for all educational activities, including clinical experiences. Students are also responsible for securing personal auto liability insurance.
The College of Nursing is not responsible for liability incurred in travel, either as required by the curriculum or as the result of the student’s participation in College sponsored activities, including cultural immersion trips. All travel is the responsibility of the student. Students are not permitted to transport patients for any reason.