Optometry Student Handbook 2023-2024

College of Optometry (CO) 2023–2024 119 Address Change/Name Change It is critical for the university to have students’ current local addresses, telephone numbers, names, etc., on file so that we may contact students, if necessary. If, after enrolling, any information of this type changes, you must inform both the dean’s office and the Office of the University Registrar. It is important to note that notifications of various academic or disciplinary actions and expectations will be considered as having been properly delivered when they are sent to the last confirmed address or email address that the institution possesses for each student. Attendance Attendance at all scheduled laboratory and clinic sessions and other exercises involving the delivery of patient care is mandatory. Attendance at didactic classes is based on individual course instructors’ syllabi. All absences will be recorded and may be reviewed by the assistant dean for Student Affairs and Admissions. In the event that exams or multiple days are missed, the student must consult with the assistant dean for Student Affairs and Admissions to provide appropriate supporting documentation for the absence. A student may anticipate the need to be absent from a didactic class, laboratory, or clinic. In such cases, the student must seek prior approval for the absence through the assistant dean for Student Affairs and Admissions at least 30 days prior to the anticipated absence. If the anticipated absence occurs within the first few weeks of a term, the student is still responsible for seeking 30 days prior approval from the assistant dean for Student Affairs and Admissions. Fourth-year students who are assigned to the NSU clinics are required to submit requests two months prior to the start of the term. In the event of an unanticipated absence, students must notify the administration by 8:30 a.m. the day of the absence by calling (954) 262-1402 or by emailing the assistant dean for Student Affairs and Admissions. Students must also complete an Unanticipated Student Absence Form within 24 hours of the absence. If a student is unable to provide timely notice of an unanticipated absence because of illness or emergency, notice must be provided as soon as possible. The college may request supporting documentation, such as a statement from a medical provider, regarding any delay in notification. Religious Holidays See the NSU Student Handbook, University-Wide Religious Holiday Policy section. Visit nova.edu /studentconduct/religious-holiday-policy.html for more information. A student with a personal religious belief, requesting to be excused from class or an educational activity for a work-restricted religious holiday, shall notify the NSU assistant dean for Student Development, at bj379@nova.edu or (954) 262-7281, within three calendar days after the start of the semester.