Professional and Ethical Behavior

Professional and Ethical Behavior:  Criminal Convictions and Avoiding Risky Behaviors

In additional to criminal convictions, other non-criminal behaviors that involve risks are unacceptable for future registered dietitians and the clientele they serve.  This would include any behavior that demonstrates a lack of professionalism and good judgment; and any behavior that provides evidence of a disregard for one’s personal reputation, the integrity of the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences and the dietetic profession.  The program director will discuss with the student any behavior that may bring into question a student’s ability to be successful in a career as a registered dietitian.

All students in the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics are expected to adhere to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Student Code of Conduct located at the following web address:  The Code specifies acts of student misconduct for which an offending individual will be subject to disciplinary sanctions under the University Disciplinary Procedures.

Dietetics is a profession that requires its potential candidates to be individuals of the highest integrity and of strong moral character who can make mature decisions for themselves and for their clientele. Supervised practice programs will require drug testing and/or a criminal background check as part of the application process or upon acceptance into the program.  If the criminal and abuse background check reveals questionable information, a dietetic intern or student may be denied direct patient/client access in the facilities providing supervised practice. This can result in rejection of the student’s application for those programs requiring the background check as part of the application process or dismissal of the student from the internship program if completed after acceptance into the program.