Applicant Code of Conduct

APPLICANT CODE OF CONDUCT

Preamble

Once admitted to a professional pharmacy program, students are considered to be members of the pharmacy profession and therefore bear the responsibility to adhere to the professional, ethical, and legal standards prescribed for the practice of pharmacy and their degree program. The ethical and legal responsibilities of student pharmacists are typically reviewed during orientation to the professional program and throughout the time the student is enrolled in school. Graduate students in the pharmaceutical sciences are also held to high ethical and legal standards of research conduct and receive significant training early in their graduate

Applicants to pharmacy degree programs, although not yet members of the pharmacy or research professions, are likewise bound to legal and ethical standards of behavior during the admission process. Pharmacy degree programs are encouraged to admit applicants with a high level of professionalism or professional potential.

The Applicant Code of Conduct code provides an explicit statement of applicant responsibilities and expected standards of performance and behavior. It is drawn from the ethical principles of the Code of Ethics for Pharmacists as well as the Responsible Conduct of Research values. Misconduct in any of the principles defined in the code will not be tolerated. Any applicant found to have violated the principles of conduct risks losing the privilege of applying to or entering the pharmacy profession and/ or becoming a research scientist.
As an applicant to the pharmaceutical research sciences or the profession of pharmacy, I pledge to:

  • Act with honesty and integrity throughout the admission process when interacting with degree program admissions officers, admission committees, and PharmCAS staff.
  • Respect the knowledge, skills and values of those involved in the admission process, including the faculty and staff of pharmacy degree programs and PharmCAS staff.
  • Respect the autonomy and dignity of fellow applicants, admission staff, degree program faculty, staff, and students, and anyone involved in the admission process.
  • Be responsible and accountable for my actions and personally manage and respond to all matters related to my application.

Principles

The following section describes the principles that are the foundation of the Applicant Code of Conduct. The discussion that accompanies each principle is not intended to provide an exhaustive list of all possible situations or examples that may be considered to be violations of the Code.
As an applicant to the profession of pharmacy, I pledge to:

  • Act with honesty and integrity throughout the admission process when interacting with degree program admissions officers, admission committees, and PharmCAS staff.

Integrity is an obligation that requires each applicant to provide information honestly. Applicants must not falsify information (for example, make a false claim to be an officer in an organization, falsify work experience, plagiarize your personal essay or provide altered transcripts). Applicants must also reveal information about previous legal offenses pertinent to admission to a professional program (for example, previous felony convictions or drug or alcohol offenses) – this information may not apply to graduate program applicants. An applicant should accurately represent herself or himself to staff and others during the admission process. It is inappropriate to contact admission staff to inquire about an application claiming to be someone else.

  • Respect the knowledge, skills and values of those involved in the admission process, including the faculty and staff of pharmacy degree programs and PharmCAS staff.

It is unacceptable for an applicant to disparage the competence, knowledge, qualifications, or services of faculty and staff involved in the admission process. It is inappropriate to imply in word, gesture, or deed that an application has been poorly managed or the applicant mistreated by a staff member without tangible evidence. Professional relations among all members of the admission committees for pharmacy degree programs, PharmCAS staff and applicants should be marked with civility. Thus, slanderous comments, uncivil language and abusive behavior should be avoided, and each person should recognize and facilitate civil behavior among all involved in the application process.

  • Respect the autonomy and dignity of fellow applicants, admission staff, degree program faculty, staff, and students, and anyone involved in the admission process.

The applicant should use the highest professional courtesy when interacting with fellow applicants, admission staff, degree program faculty, staff, and students, and anyone involved in the admission process. Offensive or threatening comments via e-mail or voice mail messages or any other form of verbal or nonverbal communication will not be tolerated. Inappropriate behavior includes the use of language, gestures, or remarks with sexual overtones. Applicants should maintain a neat and clean appearance, and dress in attire that is generally accepted as professional by faculty and staff during their interview and when meeting with anyone to discuss admission to a professional pharmacy program.

  • Be responsible and accountable for my actions and personally manage and respond to all matters related to my application.

Applicants to a professional pharmacy degree program or to a graduate program in the pharmaceutical sciences must demonstrate responsibility by taking ownership of all aspects related to the application process. Applicants are expected to review application materials from PharmCAS and degree programs to which they apply. It is the applicant’s responsibility to meet deadlines, provide information as requested, and follow the admission process for each degree program to which they apply. Applicants, not PharmCAS, are responsible for promptly correcting any errors or omissions identified in the applicant’s file.

Applicants are expected to respond to constructive feedback from admission staff and faculty by appropriate modification of their behavior. If an applicant has a question about the pharmacy admissions process after exhausting all available online and printed resources, the applicant should contact the appropriate PharmCAS or pharmacy degree program admissions office directly for clarification. Staff will not discuss an application with an applicant’s parent, spouse, relative, friend, or employer regardless of who submits the fee payment. The PharmCAS fee payment does not relieve applicants of the obligation to properly submit all requested data and application materials by the deadline.

Applicants who have not been accepted may consult admission staff to learn how they may correct deficiencies in their application or academic performance or seek to learn more about admission criteria for degree programs to which they may apply, but should remain respectful of decisions made by those involved in the admission process.

Violation Policy

Misconduct, as defined in the Applicant Code of Conduct, and all forms of dishonesty, will not be tolerated in the application process. Degree programs from colleges and schools of pharmacy will determine whether an applicant has violated the Code of Conduct and will report this to a Conduct Review Panel, which is a sub-committee of the PharmCAS Advisory Panel that will confirm if a violation has occurred and whether sanctions should be imposed. Sanctions imposed by the institutions and the PharmCAS Advisory Panel include, but are not limited to, revocation of application, or sharing information with admission committees about the applicant’s behavior. Any applicant found to have violated the principles of conduct risks losing the privilege of applying to or entering the pharmacy profession and/ or becoming a research scientist. Conduct violations will be communicated to all schools and colleges of pharmacy in the US as well as other health education associations.

If you are found to have violated the Applicant Code of Conduct, AACP offers the option of one written appeal (via email). Such appeal must be requested in writing to AACP within 10 business days of the notification to the applicant of the determined violation and sanctions. The specific timing of the appeal process is determined by the timing of the applicant’s submission of materials for the Conduct Review Panel’s consideration. Specifically, the applicant may submit material separately and after submitting the notice of appeal. The members of the original Conduct Review Panel involved in the determination will review the request for appeal and any new information provided. Any reversal of the violation determination will be communicated to all parties previously notified.

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