Nursing Student Handbook 2024-2025

Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing (ACON) 2024–2025 106 The decision to grant an incomplete request rests with the individual course faculty member/program director. Students may appeal the faculty member’s decision, if it is negative, to the program director. The decision of the program director is final. The student and the faculty member must sign the Incomplete Grade Agreement/Contract, which includes the time frame in which the coursework must be completed. The remaining coursework must be completed in a time frame agreed upon by the faculty member and the student, not exceeding one semester beyond the final date of the course. If the student does not complete the coursework/clinical requirements within the agreed upon time frame, the incomplete grade is calculated based on the work accepted and points earned prior to the incomplete grade. A student cannot remove an incomplete grade by registering in a subsequent term to repeat the course. Student Evaluation of Courses and Didactic Instruction The Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing requires students to complete the evaluations they are assigned. Student evaluations are important to your instructors, who use them to improve their teaching; your college’s leadership, who use them in part to make decisions on faculty retention and promotion; and Nova Southeastern University, who uses them to satisfy its accrediting bodies and improve the quality of instruction across the university. If you are unable to complete your evaluations in the allotted time, your program director will be aware of your lack of participation. Course Failures Failing any course will result in referral to the Committee on Student Progress (CSP) and may lead to disciplinary action up to, and including, dismissal. Course failures may significantly extend the length of the program of study or require the student to sit out a specified time frame from the program until the course is offered again. Students are charged additional tuition for repeated courses. A student will only be permitted to participate in a clinical rotation experience after successful completion of all prerequisite courses. Failure to pass any of the didactic and/or clinical components or their remediation may lengthen the student’s time in the program, delay graduation, or result in dismissal from the program. A student who appeals course failures may not be allowed to begin any clinical rotation during the appeal process. Grade Disputes The responsibility for course examinations, assignments, and grades resides with the expertise of faculty members who are uniquely qualified by their education, training, and experience. Such evaluations and grades are the prerogative of the instructor and are not subject to formal appeal unless there is evidence of discrimination, arbitrary or capricious action, and/or procedural irregularities. Grievances and grade disputes must be in writing and directed to the course instructor within five business days prior to any retake. If unresolved, the dispute may be forwarded to the program director, or designee, within five business days. Failure to submit a timely appeal will be considered a waiver of the student’s grade dispute appeal rights. The program director is the final appeal for all grade disputes, except in cases of potential dismissal.