Nursing Student Handbook 2023-2024

Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing (ACON) 2023–2024 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 All courses and course instructors are subject to evaluation each time the course is offered, except courses of an individual or independent study nature (e.g., special research projects and research hours, etc.). Students have a responsibility in their professional development to provide constructive evaluation for each course and instructor in the curriculum. This responsibility will be met by participating in course evaluations that are routinely administered by the college. The college hopes that students sincerely accept this responsibility and obligation in a constructive manner so that optimal feedback can be obtained. This input can facilitate student welfare by promoting changes that will improve the educational effectiveness of the curriculum, as well as assist the ACON by providing constructive input that may aid the college and faculty members in making improvements to teaching strategies. The course/instructors evaluation system is designed to be a process by which students, through their individual classes, assist not only in providing input but also in working with faculty members and administration in the implementation and coordination of the evaluation system. 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