What is the ONS Educational Integrity Statement?

Created by Faye Team, Modified on Tue, 17 Oct 2023 at 01:23 PM by Faye Team

ONS values the integrity with which its programs and services are viewed. Integrity involves a firm adherence to a set of values, as those identified in the ONS Vision and Mission statement. Oncology Nursing Society seeks to promote excellence not only in oncology nursing and quality cancer care but also in the educational opportunities it makes available. Commitment to educational integrity is essential to ONS's success. Each learner is responsible for adhering to the principle of educational integrity.


The diversity of all peoples and their uniqueness of culture, ethnicity, religion, race, and sexual orientation are respected. ONS respects the dignity, individuality, and freedom of each learner.
Activities, which have the effect or intention of interfering with education, pursuit of knowledge, or fair evaluation of a learner’s performance are prohibited. These shall include but are not limited to:

  •  Copying answers from another person
  • Giving, asking for, or receiving answers to test questions
  • Sharing, discussion or disclosure of test items (questions) in any format, including verbally, before, during or after participating in the course
  • Reproduction of test items (questions) in any format, including printing the test for your
    own use
  • Willfully offering to or taking from another, test items (questions)
  • Talking during an examination
  • Having an unauthorized person complete an exam and/or evaluation on your behalf
  • Possession or use of unauthorized materials or equipment during an examination
  • The use of technology and electronic devices in sharing unauthorized information (text
    messaging, cell phone cameras, email messages, etc)
  • Unlawful possession of any ONS or ONCC testing materials or property belonging to
    ONS or ONCC
  • Aiding another in committing an act of educational dishonesty
  • Document falsification including forgery, altering or being accessory to changing or altering of any ONS or ONCC documentation such as but not limited to certificates of attendance or other verification of program completion
  • Falsely reporting the completion of an activity


Accountability for educational integrity is the responsibility of the activity participant. ONS believes in being proactive when dealing with issues of educational integrity. Anyone who is believed to have altered documentation with respect to particular programs or services may be indefinitely prohibited from participating in future ONS programs. ONS reserves the right to deny or revoke credit. ONS further reserves the right to make a determination with respect to this issue in its sole discretion without recourse by the applicant.

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