Optometry Student Handbook 2023-2024

College of Optometry (CO)—Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Vision Research 2023–2024 141 The dean, at the dean’s sole discretion, may require candidates for readmission to undertake specific remediations. These may include, but are not confined to, seeking training in English, either spoken or written; correcting previously identified extenuating circumstances that may have interfered with the student’s performance; or demonstrating that the underlying medical/mental health issues that led to the student’s earlier departure from the program have now been resolved. An applicant for readmission will be required to document any of these requirements to the satisfaction of the program director. Readmitted students will be held to the academic requirements of the class with which they will graduate, not the one with which they entered the program the first time. Once readmitted students have matriculated, they may not attempt to renegotiate the conditions under which they were readmitted. Reexamination and Remediation Policy Makeup exams will be given for excused absences only. Students with an excused absence for an examination will receive a makeup exam at the discretion and convenience of the course instructor. The date and time of the makeup assessment will be provided to the student via NSU email. In the event of course failure, the program director will review the student’s academic performance and status along with any additional relevant information. A recommendation will be made to the dean on academic sanctions and status. Academic sanctions include, but are not limited to, repeating the courses or dismissal from the program. These recommendations and academic guidelines are subject to modification and implementation at the discretion of the dean, or designee, on a case-by-case basis. The Student Performance Advisory Committee (SPAC) The Student Performance Advisory Committee (SPAC) shall advise the dean on matters concerning student failures, dismissal, promotion, administrative breaks in enrollment, and other academic issues. This committee may consist of the program director, acting as the chair, and a panel of additional faculty members who will be appointed by the dean, biannually. A quorum shall consist of five voting members. Any faculty member issuing a failing grade to a student, resulting in the student’s appearance before the committee, may be present to discuss the student’s performance and answer questions but will recuse from voting or participating in deliberations on that student. Any faculty member with a reasonably perceived conflict of interest will also recuse from the meeting. The committee shall generate its rules of procedure and transmit them to the dean. The dean will notify the committee of the dean’s decisions concerning cases heard by the committee, including the disposition of appeals. The SPAC hearing will proceed under the direction of the chair, and summary notes of the meeting must be taken. The student will be notified of the date, place, and time of the hearing via the student’s NSU email account. Any student who fails to appear at the designated place, date, and time will automatically waive the right to appeal. The student will be present only during the student’s testimony. At this time, the student will have the opportunity to present the student’s position and provide statements and evidence in support of the problem(s) leading to the academic issue and/or decision. Procedure to Appeal Mandated Academic Dismissal The first step in the chain of appeals for a student who wishes to dispute a mandated academic dismissal is the SPAC. To implement this appeal, the student must submit a letter to the chair of the SPAC within