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Law, rules and regulations, not guidelines, specify the requirements for practice and violating them constitutes professional misconduct. Not adhering to this guideline may be interpreted as professional misconduct only if the conduct also violates pertinent law, rules and regulations.


Ethics Considerations

Part 29 of the Rules of the Board of Regents define "unprofessional conduct."

Speech-language pathologists and audiologists will refrain from:

  • Undue influence of patients/clients in regard to products, services, goods, appliances or drugs
  • Accepting or soliciting fees for referral
  • Questionable moral practices
  • False reporting of services
  • Withholding patient/client records from the client
  • Violating patient/client confidentiality
  • Performing duties outside their legal scope of practice/competence
  • Delegating professional responsibilities to others who are not qualified to perform such services
  • False or deceptive advertising
  • Engaging in practice without patient/client consent
  • Withholding services from individuals in need of immediate care
  • Harassing, abusing or intimidating patients/clients
  • Failing to maintain or retain adequate patient records for at least 6 years
  • Using the title "doctor," when practicing, without identifying the profession in which the degree was granted
  • Failing to provide necessary supervision when supervision is indicated
  • Guaranteeing satisfaction or cure
  • Ordering unwarranted tests or treatments