All individuals who teach or provide services at the University of Mississippi’s Nutrition Clinic are expected to abide by a Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics of ASHA is available online at asha.org. The Code delineates responsibility to the welfare of our patients, our responsibility to behave as professional, our responsibilities to other professionals, and our responsibilities to the public.
All students, faculty, and staff are expected to abide by this Code of Ethics in their conduct of clinical and academic responsibilities in the UMNC. It is assumed that the principles that are practiced in the UMNC and NHM will continue to guide each student as they enter the profession of nutrition upon graduation.
The University of Mississippi’s Nutrition Clinic and the Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management are committed to providing each patient with their rights. The UMNC provides treatment without regard to race, creed, nationality, gender, or source of payment. Our patients are encouraged to ask questions about their rights if they do not understand.
The client or parent/guardian is given a copy of “Patient Rights and Responsibilities,” which defines their rights at their first visit to the Nutrition Clinic.
The University of Mississippi’s Nutrition Clinic is committed to maintaining the privacy of its clients. Information pertaining to patients and their families is personal and private. The privacy of clients is also maintained with documents and records of clients. While documentation is extremely important, the UMNC must comply with the requirements of the ways in which information may be shared. Patients are to receive a Notice of Privacy Practices that explains their rights to privacy. Students should read and be familiar with the contents of this document and be prepared to answer questions about it.