All students and graduates are expected to conform to both the letter and the spirit of: (1) the American Psychological Association's "Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct" as published in the 2002 American Psychologist; and (2) the provisions of the New Jersey Psychologist Licensing Law. For more details on APA ethical guidelines go to:
- Students have an obligation to be familiar with the APA Ethics Code. Lack of awareness or misunderstanding of an ethical standard is not a defense against a charge of unethical conduct.
- Students can not represent themselves as being in possession of the doctoral degree either orally or in writing, directly or by implication, until all formal requirements for the degree have been satisfactorily completed. Students with advanced degrees in areas other than clinical, school or organizational psychology should not use the initials from the other degree when they are in any way identified as a student at GSAPP or in a psychological setting.
- It is inappropriate to append "PsyD student" after your name; this could be confusing to a layperson.
- Graduate students, interns, postdoctoral trainees, and applicants for licensure are permitted to function under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. None may use the title psychologist, but titles such as psychological trainee, psychological intern, psychological resident, and psychological assistant would be permissible under this exemption. The supervising psychologist is responsible for the actions of the student, trainee, or assistant.
- A student should guard against finding himself or herself in a position of having the final clinical responsibility for his or her work. (This is important ethically and legally in our increasingly litigious society.)
- A new graduate is legally ineligible and should not represent himself or herself in New Jersey as a "psychologist" (e.g., not even on an announcement card). It is permissible, after completion of degree requirements but prior to receiving a New Jersey license, to write your name and degree, but no more. (Note: an individual who is not licensed but who is employed on a regular basis by some appropriate bona fide non-profit agency may so represent him or herself as long as it is made explicitly and unequivocally clear in oral and written communications that she or he works only for the agency or agencies concerned and is not offering his or her services directly to the public.)
- It is recognized that school psychologists who are certified by the state board of education are permitted to use the term school psychologist or certified school psychologist as long as they are practicing in the public schools. Such persons shall be restricted in their practice to employment within those settings under the purview of the state board of education
- Policy Regarding Code of Conduct of Students:
- If a student within the Doctoral School or Clinical Psychology Program at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) is suspected of breaching a code of conduct of Rutgers University, the American Psychological Association, the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, the Doctoral School Psychology program, or the Doctoral Clinical Psychology program, as defined and described in relevant codes and standards, such student shall be brought before the faculty of his or her respective program for review and discussion of particular charges associated with the overall charge of breach of conduct.
- Any member of the GSAPP community may initiate a charge of breach of conduct by communicating said charge to the Program Director of the student’s doctoral program (school or clinical). Program faculty will consider the matter brought before them. The faculty may obtain additional information about the student from other sources and make recommendations for further action with respect to the charged student.