Loyola University Maryland

Department of Psychology

Statement of Professional Behavior

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In the spirit of cura personalis, faculty and staff in the department of psychology are committed to the education of competent and conscientious undergraduate students who after graduation will continue on to be new professionals or graduate students, active community members and generally solid citizens. As such, we are interested in your holistic development as a student and, more importantly, as a person. This focus is consistent with undergraduate education for our Jesuit Catholic institution of Loyola University Maryland as a whole.

Also, even though you are an undergraduate student, many in the public will identify you as a new professional in the field of psychology. Hence, we require that our undergraduate students act in a manner consistent with the privilege of being emerging representatives of the field of psychology. We expect our undergraduate students to behave in the classroom and in other educational settings, such as professional talks or workshops, in a way that helps to create a learning environment that promotes the education and growth of all involved. This would include, but is not limited to, behavior that reduces distraction, promotes respectful and productive discussion, civility, and provides an environment of acceptance and openness to the educational process involved. In addition the following recommendations are made:

  • Be respectful of the learning environment and the educational experiences of others. If you arrive after the class or meeting has started, enter in as non-disruptive and quiet manner as possible. Do not leave the class or professional presentation/meeting once seated unless necessary so as not to disrupt the instructor or your classmates. Wait until the instructor indicates that the class meeting is over before starting to pack your books and other materials.
  • Arrive on time for class, professional meetings, workshops, etc. Submit class assignments (homework, papers, take-home assignments, etc.) on time. If due to unforeseen circumstances you will be late attending class or with an assignment, or will miss a class altogether, notify all relevant parties as soon as possible.
  • Turn your cell phone to “off” or on “vibrate” while attending class or professional meetings or workshops. Abstain from inappropriate use of computers (e.g., text messaging, e-mailing, taking pictures) or other electronic devices (e.g., cell phones, PDAs) during class or professional meetings or workshops.
  • Be mindful and respectful of the privacy and feelings of others (e.g., do not make light of personal information disclosed by another during a class or to others after class).
  • Be judicious when disclosing information about yourself in a public domain (e.g., posting information on personal websites such as My Space, Facebook). In addition, refrain from posting unprofessional statements or pictures that may be viewed by supervisors, instructors, other students, etc.


Professors in the department of psychology are committed to training competent and conscientious mental health practitioners and researchers. As such, we are interested in your holistic development as a student, person, and professional. We believe this focus is consistent with graduate training at a Jesuit institution. Behaviors and attitudes of concern that have been outlined by department faculty include but are not limited to the following:

  • Dress appropriately (e.g., do not wear hats or caps in class unless for religious or medical purposes, dress professionally when meeting with clients or supervisors).
  • Turn your cell phone and beeper to off or vibrate when in class or session.
  • Abstain from text messaging or playing computer games during class or when meeting with your supervisor, employer, or clients.
  • Be punctual to class and all related professional seminars. If you arrive after the class or meeting has started enter in as undisruptive and quiet manner as possible.
  • If you anticipate that you will be late to a scheduled meeting contact the instructor, supervisor, employer, or client to make them aware of your situation, and, to ask how they would like to proceed (i.e., wait for you, reschedule, cancel).
  • In the event of an unforeseen absence do your best to inform your instructor, supervisor, employer, or client, at your first available opportunity.
  • Be judicious when disclosing information in public domains (e.g., posting information on personal websites such as My Space, Facebook). In addition, refrain from posting unprofessional pictures or statements, of which may be viewed by instructors, supervisors, employers, or clients.
  • Do not leave class or professional seminars once seated unless necessary, as doing so may be highly disruptive to your classmates, instructors, and colleagues.
  • Wait until your class or seminar is over to pack-up books and materials.
  • Avoid talking during class, meetings or professional seminars.
  • If your class meets in a room with computers, do not use them (including the mouse) during class time, unless otherwise instructed. Also, seek permission from your instructor if you would like to use a laptop computer to take notes.
  • Include a greeting or salutation when sending emails to peers, instructors, supervisors, clients, and others with whom you may be in contact with when working in a professional setting (e.g., Dear Jack, Hello Professor Smith).
  • Send and receive e-mail from an account with an appropriate handle (e.g., rmcdonald@loyola.edu, lastname_firstname@hotmail.com).
  • Communication (i.e., face-to-face, telephone, e-mail, on discussion boards), when operating as a student, supervisee, employee, counselor, researcher, or any relative role, should be both direct and respectful. 

While each instructor may have additional requirements, the previous behaviors and attitudes were outlined to provide you with guidance when functioning in academic and professional settings. In addition to expressing cura personalis for each student, Department faculty deemed it necessary to release this professional statement to inform your behavior in a way that protects clients’ and the public’s perception of and trust in the profession. Failure to comply with the stipulations made in this statement may result in disciplinary action and/or a professional assessment review (PAR).