Optometry Student Handbook 2024-2025

College of Optometry (CO) 2024–2025 121 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 dean of students, at bj379@nova.edu or (954) 262-7281, within three calendar days after the start of the semester. Intersession Policies Students may not book any binding travel arrangements for end of term or intersession travel that conflict in any way with final exam schedules. Students should also realize that they may be required to adjust any travel plans to satisfy academic requirements. Students must also be aware that academic schedules are subject to change without prior notice. College of Optometry Dress Code Students in the HPD must maintain a neat and clean appearance befitting those attending professional school. Therefore, attire should convey a professional appearance whenever the student is on campus for classes, laboratories, clinic, or on an external clinical rotation or program event. Monitoring the standards of dress is the responsibility of students, faculty members, and administrators. The following constitutes acceptable attire: • Standard O.D. program dress code: Only surgical green scrubs or professional attire with closed toe shoes are appropriate in meeting the CO dress code. Additionally, outerwear is acceptable. • Professional attire: Shirt and tie or blouse with slacks, pants or skirt, or a dress with appropriate shoes. • Exam dress code: Can be found in our Examination Policy (SharkLink, Optometry tab).