Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences (PCHCS)—Department of Health Science 2023–2024 161 student center when communicating with their program. Course communication will occur through the particular course that the student is attending. Academic Advising and Administrative Support Each student is required to contact the program director for academic advising prior to beginning the program. The program director and the department coordinator will advise and assist the student during their matriculation into the program. Students may communicate with the director and coordinator via phone, fax, email, or in person if they visit campus. Commencement Ceremonies Attendance of commencement ceremonies is not a requirement for distance education students. It is, however, an option that we encourage that takes place once a year. The graduate programs (M.H.Sc., D.H.Sc., and Ph.D. in Health Science) graduate in August. The undergraduate programs (B.H.Sc., B.S. in Cardiovascular Sonography, and B.S. in Medical Sonography) graduate in May. Departmental Policies for All Health Science Programs Textbooks Specific recommendations can and will be made by the program and individual professors. Students may purchase their books from any convenient source. Incomplete Coursework A grade of incomplete (I) is issued because of unexpected emergencies and must be made up within one semester following the final class date of the course, as stipulated by the course instructor and with approval of the program director. Students requesting extensions due to medical or military reasons are expected to provide official documentation. It is the student’s responsibility to consult the instructor and submit the Incomplete Grade Agreement Form (download available in each student center) prior to the end of the course. The form must be signed by the student and the course instructor and approved by the program director. The student must have completed at least 50 percent of the assignments prior to course end and prior to requesting an incomplete grade. The instructor will not accept assignments received after the date indicated on the agreement, and the student’s grade will be assigned according to the work the student completed by the end of the course. A grade of I cannot be given if less than 50 percent of the assignments have been completed by the official end date of the course. An incomplete grade that has not been changed by the official date in this agreement will be converted to an F by the program director and chair of the Department of Health Science. Student Code of Conduct, Academic Dishonesty, Committee on Student Progress, and Student Disciplinary/Appeals Policies and Procedures The Department of Health Science adheres to the NSU Code of Student Conduct and Academic Responsibility, the PCHCS CSP, the Academic Honesty Policy and Procedure, and the Student Appeals Policy and Procedure sections located in the university and college sections of this handbook.