Student Life

Student Life

Last updated: July 26th, 2022 at 01:51 pm

Informational Technology (IT)

Comprehensive IT policies that determine and regulate appropriate use of WAUSM-issued equipment and/or resources and set standards for IT device issuance, usage, maintenance, and recovery.

The privilege of using the computing and technology resources provided by WAUSM is not transferable or extendable by students to people or groups outside of the University and terminates when a student or faculty member/ staff is no longer enrolled/employed in WAUSM, although special accommodations maybe made for WAUSM Alumni.

These policies are provided to make all users are aware of the responsibilities associated with efficient, ethical, and lawful use of technology resources. If a user acts unprofessionally and ignores any of the terms and conditions in the policies, privileges may be terminated, access to WAUSM technology resources may be denied, and appropriate academic or disciplinary action may occur.

Student ID Badge

Western Atlantic University School of Medicine’s (WAUSM) recognizes the importance of effective access and exit control in relation to the orderly operations, safety and security of the campus and its occupants. To facilitate and ensure this process, it is WAUSM policy that all persons must be issued an appropriate WAUSM ID badge or security pass before being allowed to access the campus.

1. WAUSM ID badges will be issued by Campus Operations as part of the on-boarding process for new MAPP students, WAUSM enrolled students, faculty, colleagues, and other affiliates.

2. WAUSM ID badges for WAUSM enrolled students, faculty, colleagues, and other affiliates shall be valid for the duration of the holder’s association with WAUSM and will remain with the holder for the duration of that period.

3. Visitors to WAUSM Campus: Visitors will be issued a visitor badge at main reception.

All visitor passes will be provided at the discretion of WAUSM security and operations.

Visitors must return their passes to main reception.

Visitors are not allowed to utilize campus spaces for extended periods of time and must be accompanied by a WAUSM colleague / host.

4. Members of the campus community must enter and exit campus only at an authorized point of access.

5. Without exception, every member of the campus community must present his/her WAUSM ID badge at every access point. Colleagues who forget their ID badge at home may be issued with a visitor pass to allow them access to campus.

6. Everyone must wear their WAUSM ID badge while on campus in such a manner that it is visible to other persons.

7. Security may immediately escort anyone off campus who is not in possession of a WAUSM ID and does not have a legitimate reason for being on campus.

8. If a person loses their WAUSM ID badge or the badge is stolen, damaged or deteriorated, this must be reported to the Office of Campus Operations. All lost IDs, if found, should be returned to Campus Operations.

9. The ID badge remains the property of WAUSM.

WAUSM Equipment

All users must take personal responsibility for the security of the equipment, software, and data in their care. Computers or other devices provided to users are the property of WAUSM and, as such, will be subject to inspection or log monitoring at any time. The WAUSM Office of IT may also choose to remotely disable a user’s device if the device or data have been compromised, lost, or stolen, or if a user is in non-compliance with established policy and/or directives.

All equipment is loaned for academic purposes and users should understand that there is no reasonable expectation of privacy concerning data or software on these devices.

Users must abide by all IT policies of WAUSM. This includes all HIPAA and FERPA regulations pertaining to security and privacy.

Receiving and Returning Equipment

All users will coordinate to return their devices to the WAUSM Office of IT at the end of their medical education or term of employment. Failure to return the devices will result in a delay of receipt of their diploma or final pay.

All IT equipment is and will remain property of WAUSM and all users shall adhere to this policy and acceptable use policy for technology.

Stolen, Lost, Damaged or Malfunctioning Equipment

Stolen equipment, devices that malfunction or are damaged, must be reported to the Office of IT within no more than 24 hours.

Theft or damage to any device, due to negligence, is the sole responsibility of the user who will bear all costs for replacing the parts or purchasing a new device.

The user will provide payment for the replacement or repair of the device, which will be processed between the user the WAUSM Office of IT and/or the WAUSM Office of Student Affairs.

Upkeep and Care of Equipment

Faculty and students should abide by the following care guidelines as possible.

a. keeping their device/s battery charged for school each day

b. using a clean, soft, or antistatic cloth to clean the screen, no cleansers of any type

c. keeping their device/s in a secure location and never leaving it in an unlocked locker, unlocked car, or in any unsupervised or unsecure location

d. not leaving the device/s in a place that is experiencing hot or cold conditions (i.e., car in summer or winter), because extreme heat will damage the unit and extreme cold will cause severe screen damage

e. not changing device/s settings

f. using their device/s in a responsible and ethical manner

g. obeying all applicable rules and laws concerning behavior and communication that apply to use

Originally Installed Software and/or Apps

The apps and operating system originally installed by WAUSM must remain on the device in usable condition and be always easily accessible.

The school may add additional apps and Operating System upgrades. The licenses for this software may require that the software be deleted at the end of the course. Upgrade versions of licensed software/apps are available from time to time. Students will be provided with purchase codes (at no charge) to download some basic apps. Throughout the school year, additional apps may be added by the University.

Students are responsible for backing up or preserving digital content stored on their device/s. WAUSM does not accept responsibility for the loss of any apps or documents deleted due to the necessity of a reformat and/or reimage.

WAUSM reserves the right to restrict content to be installed on the device.

Personal Devices Policy

Students may choose to bring their own mobile, tablet, or laptop device and connect to the WAUSM network for official business, educational, or research purposes. WAUSM IT is not responsible for either the physical or data security of any such device or its contents and will not provide software installations, troubleshooting service, repair, or maintenance for any personal device. Additionally, students using personal devices for academic sessions will be responsible for software installation, troubleshooting and maintenance of said devices. The student is responsible for the proper care of their personal device, including any costs of repair, replacement or any modifications, software installations and other support needed to use the device at school.

The WAUSM Office of Informational Technology (IT) reserves the right to monitor the school’s network usage and report any and all unlawful activity performed on personal devices while connected to the university’s network. Students should not have an expectation of privacy.

Violations of any school policies, administrative procedures, or University rules involving a student’s personally owned device may result in the loss of use of the device on the University network and/or disciplinary action. WAUSM reserves the right to contact the Security Department or other law enforcement if there is any reason to believe that the student has used their personal device to violate federal, state, or local laws, engaged in any criminal or unlawful behavior, or is involved in other misconduct while using their personal device while connected to the WAUSM network.

WAUSM’s IT Office may provide all relevant information to law enforcement on the log activity of the personal device(s) connected to the WAUSM network.

Students may not use personal devices to record, transmit or post photos or videos of any information covered by HIPAA and/or FERPA, any WAUSM confidential or sensitive information, or any academic activities without the explicit permission of faculty during their coursework. Students, while connected to the secured WAUSM network, should only use their device to access relevant files and educational content on an as-needed basis.

Email Policy

The email policy aims to ensure proper usage of WAUSM email by all faculty, staff, and students at all times.

Only WAUSM faculty, staff, students, and other persons who have received permission by the Office of Information Technology are authorized users of the WAUSM email systems and resources.

Use of email is encouraged where such use supports the University’s academic goals and facilitates communication between faculty and students. However, if a student uses email in an unacceptable manner, they may be subject to sanctions, including but not limited to, having their campus email account deactivated. The student may receive an initial warning with reports of any subsequent violations sent to the SPC for final recommendations and action, or violations may be sent directly to the SPC.

WAUSM faculty, staff and students are normally expected to check their email account at least once per day and normally respond in an appropriate timeframe of 48 hours to requests.

Email Etiquette

Add the recipient email addresses last and make sure you’ve selected the correct addresses.

Proofread messages and watch for tone.

Include the WAUSM signature block.

Limit use of reply-all.

Limit use of all capitals.

Reply in a timely fashion, even if it is to acknowledge receipt or a timeline for appropriate response.

All emails leave a trail. Don’t write anything you wouldn’t want everyone to see.

Use “Out of Office” when appropriate.

Social Media Usage

The administration of WAUSM recognizes that social media websites and applications, including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram, Snap, Tumblr, TikTok, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and YouTube are an important and timely means of communication. However, students, faculty, staff, consultants, residents, fellows, and volunteers must appreciate that posting certain information may be illegal or unprofessional.

While students and colleagues are free to establish personal accounts on various social media platforms, it is critically important that good judgment and discipline is exercised when posting and interacting via social media. Violation of existing statutes and administrative regulations may expose the offender to criminal and civil liability, and the punishment for violations may include fines and imprisonment.

Offenders also may be subject to adverse employment actions, disciplinary sanctions and/or academic actions that may include, but not be limited to, a verbal or written reprimand, probation, suspension or dismissal from employment, medical school and/or resident training. All students, faculty, staff, consultants, residents, fellows, volunteers are also subject to the policies of WAUSM’s Office of IT.

Prohibited Use of IT and Social Media

a. Students, faculty, staff, and other colleagues must adhere to the applicable Code of Conduct when engaging on social media platforms. When posting content on social media platforms:

i. Under no circumstances are WAUSM teaching or resource materials (images, practice questions, handouts, supplementary materials, workbooks, etc.) to be reproduced, posted, or distributed via social media platforms or emailed for use to individuals outside of WAUSM.

ii. For students, sharing certain academic information within a class is acceptable, but sharing material between classes or outside WAUSM is not. Many of our cases have been generously provided to us by other medical schools with the stipulation that they would be used only by our students. In addition, it would defeat the purpose of certain activities if the learning objectives, study materials, etc. were made available by upper-semester students who have completed those activities, to students’ encountering cases for the first time.

iii. All postings are limited to established practices and tools set by course directors, clerkship directors, and WAUSM IT.

iv. Posts and online communications, regardless of format, must follow the Code of Conduct, bearing in mind that even content posted under privatization settings may become public if those who have access choose to share the posting.

v. Students, faculty, staff, consultants, and affiliates are prohibited from posting content that is defamatory, profane, threatening, harassing, hateful or humiliating. This includes any disparaging remarks in violation of WAUSM’s code of conduct.

vi. Individuals must refrain from inciting violence or propagating hate, which are tantamount to behaviors unbecoming of a physician. The above actions are considered unprofessional and are against the Code of Conduct.

vii. In posting information on social media sites, you may not present yourself as an official representative or spokesperson for WAUSM, unless authorized to do so by WAUSM’s president or executive dean, respectively.

viii. WAUSM logos, trademarks or proprietary graphics that would create the appearance they are speaking on WAUSM’s behalf, are not to be used unless appropriate written prior authorization has been received from WAUSM leadership.

ix. You are required to respect limited personal use permissions, when applicable, and are required not to utilize websites and/ or applications in a manner that interferes with your official work and/or academic commitments. That is, do not consume university, hospital, or clinic technology resources for personal use when others need access for patient-or business-related matters. Moreover, do not delay completion of assigned clinical responsibilities to engage in social media activities.

x. You are required not to disclose private(protected) academic information of another student or trainee. Such information might include, but is not limited to, course or clerkship grades, narrative evaluations, examination scores, or academic actions, whether of adverse or of appropriate nature and anything falling under HIPAA and/or FERPA.

xi. You are required not to represent yourself as another person, real or fictitious, or otherwise attempt to obscure your identity to circumvent the provisions of this policy.

Social Media and Patient Care

• Students are not to represent their posts as speaking on behalf of their clinical sites, unless they are given permission from the appropriate site representative and must follow all applicable policies of their clinical sites related to social media.

• Students must not share information (including posting content) in a way that violates any laws or regulations.

• When students are providing care to a patient, HIPAA, and the clinical affiliate’s policies, prohibit the disclosure of any identifiable information about a patient, unless doing so pursuant to one of the limited exceptions outlined in HIPAA and/or partner’s policies and procedures. It is the student’s responsibility to know the clinical affiliate’s policies and abide thereby. •In your professional role as a caregiver, you may not disclose the personal health information of other individuals. Removal of an individual’s name does not necessarily constitute proper de-identification of protected health information. Inclusion of data such as age, gender, race, diagnosis, date of evaluation, or type of treatment or the use of a highly specific medical photograph (such as a before/after photograph of a patient having surgery or a photograph of a patient from a medical outreach trip) may still allow the reader to recognize the identity of a specific individual, and therefore is prohibited.

• Medical students have an ethical and legal obligation to their patients. Students must not refer to patients in a disparaging manner, including standardized patients, even if the patient is not identified. Students are required to always maintain patient privacy and confidentiality.

• Students are prohibited from taking photos or videos of patients or private patient information, on personal devices, including cell/mobile phones, unless specifically permitted by the clinical site’s policies. Students are required to follow the clinical site’s policy for taking photographs or videos of patients for treatment or other legitimate purposes, using only devices provided by the site.

• Posting items that contain patient health information and/or violate HIPAA standards, including photos and videos, on social media is strictly prohibited by WAUSM.

• Students must maintain professional boundaries during the use of all social media. As with in-person relationships, the student has an obligation to establish, communicate and enforce professional boundaries with patients in the online environment

• Students must promptly report any identified breach of confidentiality to the Senior Associate Dean, Student Affairs.

In addition to the absolute prohibitions listed above, the actions listed below are strongly discouraged. Violations of these suggested guidelines may be considered unprofessional behavior and may be the basis for disciplinary action. Students who fail to adhere to the standards of professionalism or other applicable WAUSM policies regarding use of IT and social media may be subject to review by the Student Progress Committee that may impose academic consequences.

Engaging in the following activities (or similar conduct) by students, faculty, staff, consultants, residents, fellows, and volunteers may result in employment and/or academic disciplinary action:

• display of vulgar language

• display of language or photographs that imply disrespect for any individual or group because of age, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or other legally protected status

• presentation of personal photographs or photographs of others that may reasonably be interpreted as condoning irresponsible use of alcohol, substance abuse, or sexual promiscuity

• posting of potentially inflammatory or unflattering material on another individual’s website or “tagging” another individual in an inflammatory or unflattering demeanor using a blog, social media, or other web service

When using social media websites/applications, students, faculty (including affiliate faculty) and staff members, consultants, residents, and fellows are strongly encouraged to use a personal email address, rather than their address, as their primary means of identification. Individuals also should make every effort to present themselves in a mature, responsible, and professional manner. Discourse should be civil and respectful.

Please be aware that no privatization measure is perfect and that undesignated persons may still gain access to your social media sites. A site such as YouTube, of course, is completely open to the public. Future employers (residency or fellowship program directors, department chairs, or private practice partners) often review these social media sites when considering potential candidates for employment.

Although once-posted information can be removed from the original social media site, exported information cannot be recovered. Any digital exposure can “live on” beyond its removal from the original website or social media service and continue to circulate in other venues. Therefore, think carefully before you post any information that may negatively impact your standing with the university or future employers. Always be respectful and professional in your actions.

WAUSM Facilities

Pre-clerkship instruction occurs on the campus in Freeport, Grand Bahama. In addition to classrooms, small group learning and study rooms, a Simulation Center with clinical skills rooms, and the Center for Academic Success (CAS), there are many other areas that are conducive to, and support student learning.

Faculty office locations, phone numbers, and email addresses are published in course syllabi and contact information can be found in Canvas and on the Website.

Medical students have access to the classrooms and small group learning areas for study when the rooms are not being used for classes or other activities. Some spaces may require students to reserve the space through the appropriate administrator.

Students are assigned a locker on campus for storage of personal items.

WAUSM Library

The WAUSM Library provides online resources in support of learning, teaching and research. In addition, the library offers study spaces, computers, and a wide variety of library services. Individual assistance in using databases and searching resources ensures all students can access information anywhere at any time, on or off campus.

Parking and Traffic Policies

The Office of Campus Operations is authorized to designate any spaces as temporary reserved or priority parking. The maximum speed on any WAUSM driveway or roadway, excluding those owned and managed by the city of Freeport or Grand Bahama, is 15 miles per hour. WAUSM assumes no liability for damages to any vehicle parked or driven on campus.

Consensual Relations

WAUSM is committed to creating an environment free of discrimination and harassment. The University prohibits supervisory or evaluative responsibilities of individuals who are in consensual relationships.

The definitions of this policy are outlined below and apply to all WAUSM students, faculty members, staff, consultants, and affiliates. If any doubt exists as to whether a relationship falls under this policy, WAUSM employees need to consult their direct supervisor or human resources department and students should seek guidance from the Office of Student Affairs.

a. Consensual Relationship: Romantic or sexual relationship is at the consent of both parties. Duration, commitment level, or physical intimacy is not required for a relationship to be considered consensual if the relationship is beyond the reasonable boundaries of a professional relationship. One sexual encounter is considered a sexual relationship under this policy.

b. Supervisory or Evaluative Relationship: A relationship where one member holds or has perceived power to control or impact the other person’s academic, extracurricular, or employment activities.

All romantic or sexual relationships between employed, contracted, or affiliated members of WAUSM and students is prohibited.

If a consensual relationship began prior to individuals joining WAUSM, and there is a possibility for a supervisory or evaluative relationship to occur, the individuals must inform the Office of Student Affairs of the relationship immediately.

Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action up to dismissal/termination.

WAUSM Public Safety Services Emergency, Hurricane, and Severe Weather Procedures

WAUSM Security administers safety and security for the Freeport campus. Security may include Police department officers from Freeport, support uniformed, unarmed WAUSM security department officers. Security also provides crime prevention education, safety escorts, vehicle assistance, criminal investigations, and parking services. Other services provided to the WAUSM community include providing extra security for special events and lost and found.

In Emergency Situations:

Students on campus who need emergency assistance should first call 911 or 919, then call WAUSM security department.

Students who need emergency services and are not currently on campus should call 911 or 919.

Severe Weather Communication

Should an emergency arise at any of WAUSM’s campuses or sites, information will be made available via the WAUSM website, email notification sand/or Canvas notifications. In addition, WAUSM continually tests the voice and text messaging component of the Emergency Notification System with test messages to all WAUSM students, faculty, and staff.

• Students are responsible for checking emails and university or hospital websites for updated procedures and protocols.

• In the case of a loss of all methods of communication, students should follow general recommendations from the WAUSM Severe Weather Policy and exercise their own judgment in considering personal and public safety.

• In the event of severe weather or a natural disaster that interrupts or has the potential to interrupt normal operations, students will be contacted by the Office of Student Affairs with instructions pertaining to class and clinical rotation attendance.

• Students will be notified as soon as possible—if specific clinical sites are closed or activities are cancelled—with postings and updates on the WAUSM website or through their WAUSM email account.

• WAUSM community members are expected to check their emails, the WAUSM website and Canvas notifications, at least once per day for any updated information regarding severe weather and respond appropriately to requests.



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