Dec 04, 2020  
2020-2021 Academic Bulletin (July 2020 Ed) 
    
2020-2021 Academic Bulletin (July 2020 Ed)

Communication


The official method of communication between students and their respective departments, programs, and the dean’s office is through the UTHSC email system. Students must check their email at least once each day to avoid missing vital information.

Use of Social Media

Students should be aware of the Social Media Guidelines in the UTHSC Centerscope. When using social media sites, avoid postings that may compromise the privacy of patients (Health Information Portability Accountablity Act: HIPAA) and students (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: FERPA). Postings that adversely affect another student may be a violation of the Honor Code. Personal postings should be considered within the context of the Student Code of Conduct.

Inappropriate use of social and electronic media may be reported to the State Board of Nursing (BON). The laws outlining the basis for disciplinary action by a BON vary between jurisdictions. A BON may investigate reports of inappropriate disclosures on social media by a nurse on the grounds of:

  • Unprofessional conduct;
  • Unethical conduct;
  • Moral turpitude;
  • Mismanagement of patient records;
  • Revealing a privileged communication; and
  • Breach of confidentiality.

Allegations that are found to be true may result in disciplinary action by the BON including a reprimand or sanction, assessment of a monetary fine, or temporary or permanent loss of licensure. The BON may determine that an applicant for licensure is ineligible based on these confirmation of allegations.