Health Professions Division 2018–2019 73 HPD Policies and Procedures Acceptance of Professional Fees The activities of students are not to be construed as the practice of medicine, optometry, pharmacy, audiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, anesthesiologist assistant, cardiovascular sonography, medical sonography, respiratory therapy, nursing, dentistry, public health, nutrition/dietician, athletic training, or speech-language therapists. It is a violation of the law and contrary to the policy of this university for any unlicensed person to attempt to engage in the professional practice of health care. Students who are appropriately licensed in a profession may engage in that professional work to the extent provided by law. HIV/AIDS Policy See Communicable Disease section in the NSU portion of the student handbook. Attendance Policy At Nova Southeastern University’s Health Professions Division, attendance at all scheduled instructional and clinical periods is mandatory. Students are required to refer to their college section for specific center or program policies where these policies may differ from NSU HPD policy. Failure to consider any additional requirement—as set forth by the college, specific center, or program—is noted in the evaluation of a student’s academic performance and professional attitude and may result in a failing grade for the course. Students shall report to the individual college’s designated office, in writing, according to their specific policies. Students whose reasons are unacceptable may be subject to disciplinary action. In the event of an emergency absence, requests for an excused absence must be made to the individual college’s designated office for a decision. All students are instructed to consult their specific program handbook with regard to additional or supplemental attendance policies. 1. Excused absences A. Illness: The college must be notified as soon as possible, or at the latest, on return to school, of all absences due to illness. For unusual or prolonged illness, the appropriate designated office must be notified as soon as possible. These absences will be evaluated on an individual basis. B. Special circumstances: Unusual circumstances resulting in absences (e.g., death in the immediate family) must be cleared with the appropriate designated office on an individual basis, preferably before the student is absent from class. 2. Unexcused absences Absences not falling into the first category are unexcused absences. The administration realizes that special circumstances may arise on rare occasions leading to an unexcused absence. However, unexcused absences are neither a right nor an entitlement of the student.