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Letter: Lack of judgment

Re “A question of ethics” (Sunday Monitor front page, Dec. 9):

I am surprised this even made it into the paper. If someone spent most of her life working toward being a nurse and is passionate about patient care, you’d think she would follow policies and procedures of both the school and the clinical hospital.

NHTI and the Community College System of New Hampshire have a student code of conduct that states, “Any student found to have violated this Student Code of Conduct, including but not limited to the following examples of misconduct, is subject to the disciplinary sanctions outlined in this document:

“Attempted or actual theft of and/or damage to property of the CCSNH college or property of a member of the CCSNH college community or other personal or public property; Disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against a student charged with violation of a felony, misdemeanor, or lesser offense statute that is also a violation of this Student Code of Conduct. Proceedings under this Student Code of Conduct may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off-campus.”

I am a student at NHTI Concord. If you are going to steal and lie as a student and don’t have the common sense or judgment to see where your actions will lead, then maybe you shouldn’t be a nurse. Let’s face it, if you’re sick, bedridden and medicated, would you want someone with these qualities in your house taking care of you? I think we should hold all people to these standards.

DANIEL KUNTZ

Dunbarton

Legacy Comments1

Thank you for the quotes...but unfortunately what Prof T. didn't do....was follow NHTI's OWN rules. She made a judgement on her own, without due process. She solely chose to fail a student so severe without abiding by NHTI's rules, which are: "Regardless, the fact that professor Tetreault alleges that I violated the Student Code of Conduct and therefore deserve an “AF” is not only an extremely excessive punitive reaction given what transpired, it is also given in extremely bad faith as I have been denied the right to have the complaint be in writing and properly investigated by the Vice President(s). It also denies me the right to a hearing as guaranteed in the rules of Judicial Proceedings. As noted above, the purpose of requiring a violation of the Student Code of Conduct to be investigated by the Vice President(s) office is to ensure complete fairness in adjudication, I have been wrongfully denied this complete fairness. Professor Tetreault’s “AF” has expelled me from the program and wrongfully denies me the degree I have worked so hard to achieve. I am a skilled and dedicated nurse, my integrity is second to none and a simple misunderstanding regarding the returning of the scrubs should not prevent me from being denied the degree I have struggled so hard for these many years. There was no crime or lie and, even if there was, a pair of scrubs should not prevent me from practicing a profession for which I am already greatly skilled. The philosophy of NHTI’s Judicial Policies states “In the administration of discipline… it is imperative that a proper balance exists between concern for the individual involved in an infraction and concern for the CCSNH college community”. Even if one were to consider what transpired on that night to be an infraction, it certainly did not adversely affect the integrity of NHTI. However, the “AF” ruins my chance to obtain my degree and is not a proper balance for the school’s concern for me as a student. "

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