3 COLLEGE OF NURSING MISSION OF THE COLLEGE The faculty of the College of Nursing has defined the following mission: To leverage the powerful, professional voice of Nursing through outstanding education, clinical expertise, and research to improve health across the communities we serve. PHILOSOPHY We believe that nursing is a public trust that promotes access to healthcare and health equity. Nursing unifies art and science and is devoted to compassionate concern for human beings. Nurses practice from a holistic perspective to promote, restore, and maintain health, comfort, and dignity throughout the life process. Education is a developmental process that facilitates learners to assume increasing responsibility for their own continued learning and professional growth. Nursing education continuously builds on a unique body of knowledge encompassing empirics, aesthetics, ethics, personal knowing, intuitive, and sociopolitical patterns of knowing. Empowered learners with a strong foundation in our unique body of knowledge, become nursing scholars who actively contribute to the profession. CODE OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT See University Student Code of Conduct Policy and the Upstate Pledge. Social Media Policy Students must follow National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Social Media guidelines; State and Federal privacy laws; and clinical facility policies, with all use of social and electronic media on and off campus. Instances of inappropriate use of social media will be considered as violation of the Student Code of Conduct. ACADEMIC STATUS Attendance at the College is considered a privilege and not a right. The faculty and administration reserve the right to terminate, any time, the enrollment of any student within the College if he/she is considered, in any way, unfit for the study and practice of nursing or if he/she does not meet the standards of the State University of New York. ACADEMIC POLICIES Unprofessional Behavior If a student displays what a course instructor considers to be unprofessional behavior in the classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting, the course instructor may take the following sequential actions: 1. Verbal warning from the course instructor. 2. Meeting with the course instructor and a program director discussing the remedial behavior needed and the consequences for failing to remediate behavior. 3. Referral to judicial process or academic evaluation, if appropriate. 4. Extenuating circumstances may necessitate acceleration of this process. 103 Student Records and Transcripts Student education records are confidential and are released only to appropriate faculty and administrative offices. Release of such records to any other college, prospective employer, or agency occurs only with the written permission of the student in accordance with FERPA. The Office of the Registrar does not release student addresses or phone numbers unless these appear in the student directory or except as to the extent provided by FERPA to do so without written consent. Official transcripts cannot be given to the student; they must be sent directly to the college, institution, or other final recipient. Transcripts cannot be sent for any student whose financial obligations to the University have not been met. Students may obtain unofficial copies of transcripts from the Office of the Registrar. As stipulated in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (section 513 of PL and amended by section 2 of ), any student may make an appointment with a staff member in the Registrar's Office or the appropriate office that maintains the record to review his/her educational records. Academic Advisement All matriculated students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor during the first semester of attendance and each subsequent semester, prior to registration, in order to plan course work and track requirements for degree completion. If the program is proposing a curriculum change, all matriculated students must be notified by the Program Director via the campus system. Faculty reserves the right to amend, modify, or add to degree requirement changes as needed. Should this happen, the faculty will provide course alternatives, substitutions, or options which would permit students to complete requirements in the usual time span. Residency Requirements To be considered for a degree from the College of Nursing at the Upstate Medical University, the student must be matriculated in a program. A minimum of 30 credit hours for the BS degree, a minimum of 48 credits for the RN to MS program (BS/MS degrees) a minimum of 36 credit hours for the MS degree, a minimum of 40 credit hours of BS-DNP, and a minimum of 20 credit hours for Post-Master as DNP must be taken at Upstate Medical University, and credit by examination cannot be used as a residency requirement. The 36 hour minimum for the MS degree includes the requirement that Advanced Health Assessment, Pharmacology for Advanced Practice, Clinical Pathophysiology and all clinical courses required for the degree must be taken at the College of Nursing at Upstate Medical University. The minor in Nursing Education has a 6 credit hour residency requirement. Students are expected to complete the program in the required period of time and in sequence; exceptions may be considered by petition to the office of the Dean. Matriculated Students A matriculated student is one who has been accepted into a degree granting program in the College of Nursing and who has completed the registration process for the current academic term. The admission requirements for undergraduate and graduate degree granting program are established by the appropriate program and the admissions committee.
4 104 COLLEGE OF NURSING Once matriculated, the student is required to begin coursework as presented in the Program of Study in the semester immediately following the date when matriculation occurred. For undergraduate students, licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse in New York State is required by the end of the first semester of matriculation (see Withdrawal from the College). Graduate students must maintain licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse in New York State. Policies: 1. Beginning with the Spring 2015 semester, only matriculated students are eligible to register for classes. This applies to both undergraduate and graduate students. 2. EXCEPTION: Students with an earned college degree in a non-nursing major: a. Students with a degree in another field hold nonmatriculated status while completing necessary undergraduate level prerequisites. b. Upon successful completion of all undergraudate prerequisites, students with a degree in another field are then admitted to the graduate level program with matriculated status. 3. Students must have all their undergraduate prerequisites successfully completed before enrolling in a graduate course. If completion of undergraduate prerequisites exceeds one year from the time of admission, students may have to reapply. 4. All exceptions to admissions policies are reviewed and approved by the College of Nursing Admissions Committee. 5. The College of Nursing adheres to the Application Deadlines for Graduate and Undergraduate Programs as posted online by the Admissions Office. 6. There is no deferral of admittance or "place holding" in a program. Students who are not able to accept an offer of admission are welcome to reapply when they are ready. Non-Matriculated Students Qualified non-matriculated students may take selected courses at the College of Nursing, provided space is available. The following steps are required of all such students: 1. Show evidence of completion of all course prerequisites at the time of seeking the instructor s approval. 2. Receive written permission of the course instructor and program director/dean of the College of Nursing on the Add/Drop completed form. 3. Submit the completed Add/Drop form and completed registration form to the Office of the Registrar. 4. Pay appropriate tuition and fees at the Office of the Bursar at the time of course registration. Note: A non-matriculated student may take no more than two courses totaling no more than six credit hours per semester without the special permission of the Dean of the College of Nursing. No more than nine credits may be earned as a non-matriculated student without special approval of the Dean of the College of Nursing. Part-Time Study Option This option is designed to offer students a part-time status for completion of their program of study. Once matriculated, part-time students may take a maximum of eleven credit hours per semester at the undergraduate level. Those students in the graduate level may take a maximum of eight credit hours per semester. A minimum of two courses per semester should be taken in order to maintain part-time status. Transfer from part-time to full-time status, or vice versa, is done with the written approval of the student's academic advisor and program director (See Change in Student Status). Time Limitations for Completion of a Program of Study The purpose of this limitation is to avoid undue delay in the completion of the degree requirements and to insure that course work and research are not outdated before the degree is granted. The following time limits to completion are effective beginning with those entering in the fall of All degree requirements for the BS and RN-MS programs in nursing must be completed within five years from the date of matriculation. All degree requirements for the MS program in nursing must be completed within five years from the date of matriculation. All degree requirements for the DNP program in nursing must be completed within five years from the date of matriculation. If the time limit is exceeded, the degree will not be conferred unless permission is granted following a student petition to the Dean of the College of Nursing. Former students of the College of Nursing who are applying for re-admission to the College will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. If the student is readmitted into the program, credit for all previous academic course work will be evaluated prior to registration. The evaluation will be conducted by the Admissions Committee in conjunction with the appropriate program director. Prior to approving advanced standing for course work previously taken at Upstate Medical University or transfer credit from other institutions, the Committee may require that the student demonstrate current knowledge or competency in the subject area. The method of assessment will vary according to the individual student circumstances. The student may be required to: have an interview with the course instructor; submit course descriptions and outlines from courses taken at other universities or colleges; take oral exams; take clinical exams; or apply for credit by examination. Requests for a leave of absence beyond one year or requests for extended part-time study or other such situations where a student s curriculum would be protracted, must be approved by the Dean of the College of Nursing prior to continuing in the program. Change in Student Status A change in student status refers to a change from part-time to full-time, or vice versa. Changes in student status in the College may be made for personal or academic reasons and are described below: 1. Students may petition to change status to full or part-time for subsequent semesters. Students must contact their academic advisors to plan a revised program of study. Then, a Change of Status Request form is submitted to the program director for approval of the change. For a change to be effective for the Fall semester, the request must be submitted prior to February 15; for a change to be effective for the Spring semester, the request must be submitted prior to September 15. Permission to change registration status at any other time is at the discretion of the Dean of the College of Nursing.
5 COLLEGE OF NURSING 2. Inter-program Progression: BS to RN to MS To progress from BS to RN-MS program, students must meet with their academic advisors to plan a revised program of study and then complete an online Change to RN to MS Program form through Admissions. For a change to be effective for the Fall semester, the request must be submitted prior to February 15; for a change to be effective for the Spring semester, the request must be submitted prior to September Inter-program Progression: BS to MS The student must: a. Submit an application for graduate study to the Office of Student Admissions. No application fee is required. b. Submit an application to the Master's program one year before proposed entry or no later than six months after graduation. c. Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0; d. Submit one new letter of recommendation that addresses clinical performance. 4. Progression in RN to MS Program: Students who have been admitted to the RN to MS Program will be reviewed by the Academic Standards Committee of the College of Nursing at the end of each semester. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to continue in the program. Students who have a GPA of less than 3.0 may be considered for continuation in the RN to MS program or may be required to transfer to the BS nursing program. 5. Matriculated MS students who want to change to the FNP track must reapply to that program through Admissions by January 15. Requesting a Leave of Absence Any student desiring a leave of absence from the College of Nursing will complete the following: 1. Request a leave (in writing) on the College's Leave of Absence form obtained from the College, or the Office of the Registrar. The request should include: a. The length of time desired for the leave (up to one year); b. Reasons for the request; c. All required signatures; and d. Mailing address while on leave. 2. Obtain approval from faculty advisor, which may include some conditions for the leave. 3. Seek approval from the Bursar's Office, Financial Aid Office, Residential Life, and Office of the Registrar. 4. The student should continue course work (barring any emergency) until the leave of absence is approved. 5. While on a leave of absence, a student may not register for new courses, complete courses previously taken, or do remedial work (such as take a reexamination for a course) at the Upstate Medical University. Returning from a Leave A student desiring to return from a leave of absence must: 1. Notify the Office of the Registrar in writing at least one month before the expected return date. This notification should include evidence that the student's return has been approved by their academic advisor or program director. 2. Meet with the program director or advisor to schedule courses for the academic year and to ensure that any conditions associated with the leave of absence have been met Notify the Student Health Office and update health records if necessary. 4. An approved leave, of less than one year, shall not count toward program completion limits. Failure to return from a leave of absence when it expires or to receive approval to extend the leave of absence will result in the student being administratively withdrawn from the College. Withdrawal from the College A student who wishes to withdraw from the college should complete the appropriate withdrawal form. Approval to withdraw should be obtained from the Bursar's Office, Financial Aid Office, University Housing, and the Registrar's Office. Only upon completion of this form, with all the approval signatures, will a student be considered "officially" withdrawn. A student who has withdrawn from the College may seek readmission by reapplying through the Office of Student Admissions for his/her particular program. COURSE ENROLLMENT Advance Enrollment All students in the College of Nursing will need to enroll in courses during the advance enrollment period. Students should contact their academic advisor for assistance in selecting appropriate courses for their program of study. The dates for all advance enrollment periods are published in the Academic Calendar. A student in the graduate program who has completed all the degree requirements except the writing of the thesis must register for one credit hour per semester including the semester of the scheduled oral defense. Nursing Licensure Requirement A student who is accepted into the College on the condition that the NCLEX for New York State registered professional nurse licensure is passed has until the end of the first semester of matriculation to show evidence of successful completion of the NCLEX licensing examination. If a student does not pass the NCLEX by this date, the student may not continue with course work for the following semester. Upon successful completion of the NCLEX prior to the next semester, the student will be permitted to resume course work. Failure to show evidence of having passed the NCLEX examination within one year of matriculation is sufficient reason for dismissal from the College of Nursing. Cases in which students have not passed the NCLEX will be reviewed and acted upon by the Student Evaluation Committee. Adding/Dropping/Withdrawing from a Course Add/Drop Period The College of Nursing has defined the Add/Drop period as the first ten days of the fall and spring semesters and the first five days of the summer semester. Adding Courses Starting with the first day of the semester, all adds are by permission from the course instructor or department chairperson of the course. Please note the course instructor or department chairperson reserves the right to admit or exclude a person from a course during the Add/Drop period. Therefore, adds must be processed using an Add/Drop form and courses can not be added via MyUpstate. To add a course during the Add/Drop period: 1. Obtain the signature of the course instructor on the Add/ Drop form.
6 106 COLLEGE OF NURSING 2. For matriculated students, obtain the signature of your Academic Advisor or Department Chairperson. 3. Submit the completed Add/Drop form to the Registrar's Office, Rm. 203, Campus Activities Building. Please note: Switching from one section to another section of the same course is considered the same as adding and dropping a course. Therefore, the same process must be followed to ensure that you are properly enrolled in your courses. Dropping Courses It is important to recognize the difference between dropping and withdrawing from a course, and that even though a course may be dropped from your academic transcript, you may still have a tuition liability. You may drop a course during the Add/Drop period and no record of the course will appear on your academic transcript. After the Add/Drop period has ended, the course is not dropped from your academic transcript, but rather you are withdrawn from the course. To drop a course during the Add/ Drop period: 1. Obtain the signature of the course instructor on the Add/ Drop form. 2. For matriculated students, obtain the signature of your Academic Advisor or Department Chairperson. 3. Submit the completed Add/Drop form to the Registrar's Office, Rm. 203, Campus Activities Building. Please note: Switching from one section to another section of the same course is considered the same as adding and dropping a course. Therefore, the same process must be followed to ensure that you are properly enrolled in your courses. Withdrawing from a Course After the defined Add/Drop period, if you no longer want to remain enrolled in a course, you need to withdraw from the course. You will still have a tuition liability when you withdraw from a course. The course will remain on the academic transcript and a grade of "W", "WP", "WS", "WF", or "WU" will be recorded on the academic transcript for the course, depending on when during the semester you withdraw from the course. Refer to the Academic Calendar for deadlines for tuition liability and grading options. To withdraw from a course after the Add/Drop period has ended: 1. Obtain the signature of the course instructor on the Add/ Drop form. 2. For matriculated students, obtain the signature of your Academic Advisor or Department Chairperson. 3. Remit the late fee of $20.00 to the Bursar's Office, Rm. 200, Campus Activities Building. 4. Submit the completed Add/Drop form to the Registrar's Office, Rm. 203, Campus Activities Building. Please note: Your schedule and your academic transcript will only reflect an Add, a Drop, or a Withdrawal if the Add/Drop form has been filed with the Registrar's Office and payment of any late fee has been made as applicable. You can confirm an Add, a Drop, or a Withdrawal has been processed by checking your schedule in MyUpstate or contacting the Registrar's Office. Failure to submit the Add/Drop form or to pay the late fee, if applicable, will result in a final grade being recorded as determined by the course grading policy. It is the responsibility of the student to process a course Add, Drop, or Withdrawal, to adhere to the deadlines, and to remit the late fee if applicable. CREDIT STATUS The decision to change the credit status of a course from credit to audit (no credit received) or audit to credit must be made before 20% of the course is completed. An Add/Drop form can be obtained from the Registrar's Office or on-line. Permission to make a change in credit status must be obtained from the course instructor and program director. Audit To audit a course a student must: 1. Complete an Audit Form available from the Registrar s Office. 2. On the Audit Form, obtain the following permissions: a. The course instructor who, with the student, may formulate a written agreement of the course requirements. b. The director of the program in which the course is being taught. c. The student's academic advisor. 3. Return the completed form to the Office of the Registrar. Note: An audit fee will be charged for any student auditing a course who is not otherwise enrolled as a student in the University. No credit will be given and no transcript record will be maintained for an Audit course. Credit by Examination The College of Nursing recognizes that some students may have acquired skills and knowledge through formal or independent studies or through experiences that are essentially equivalent to those which students acquire in college courses. Matriculated students in the College may apply for credit by examination in subjects which fulfill graduation requirements for their program. Students should note that credits earned by this method cannot be used to satisfy residency requirements. Prior to earning credit by examination from an external agency, the student must complete a Credit by Exam Form (obtained from the Registrar s Office or from the College) and secure written permission from the course instructor as well as approval in writing from his/her academic advisor or program director. Procedure: 1. Establish eligibility from the specific program. 2. Obtain an application form from the Registrar. 3. Complete form with approval from specific program director or academic advisor, and course instructor. 4. Pay the fee at the Bursar s Office. 5. Present validated application form to instructor prior to the examination. Students wishing to earn credit by examination must take the examination prior to the beginning of the semester in which the course is offered. Students who do not pass the examination should enroll in the course the following semester. Credits earned by these examinations will be identified as credit by examination (CR) on the student s transcript and will neither be listed as a letter grade nor calculated into the grade point average. Transfer Credit Policy Transfer credit from another accredited institution to the Upstate Medical University is granted when the following conditions are met: 1) the nature, content, and level of credit is comparable to that offered by Upstate Medical University; 2) the credit earned is appropriate and applicable to the programs offered by Upstate
7 COLLEGE OF NURSING 107 Medical University in light of the student s educational goals; and 3) a letter grade of "C" or above for nursing courses & "C" or above for arts & science courses for BS students and "B" for MS students has been earned. Students must meet specific program residency requirements. 1. Admissions Requirements The Office of Admissions and the Admissions Committee evaluate all pre-requisite course requirements during the admissions process. Pre-requisite coursework for the BS and RN to MS programs does not have a time limitation. Pre-requisite coursework for the graduate program is evaluated on an individual basis. 2. Program of Study Transfer Credit The Undergraduate Admissions office and appropriate faculty members will evaluate transfer credit for all accepted students prior to matriculation. Courses taken more than five years prior to the date of matriculation may be considered for transfer with the approval of the Admissions Committee. 3. Transfer Credit After Matriculation Graduate or undergraduate students desiring to enroll in a course for transfer credit must complete the Transfer Credit Request form before registering for the course. The form is available from the Office of the Registrar or the College of Nursing. To receive transfer credit, students must have written approval from all of the following: a. The course instructor; b. The academic advisor; c. The program director. All courses listed in the Programs of Study as electives, for which transfer credit is being requested, must be approved by the student's academic advisor and respective program director. Note: Grades from transfer credit courses are not calculated into the student s grade point average at Upstate Medical University. Credit for courses taken previously at Upstate Medical University is not transfer credit and is calculated in the student s grade point average prior to matriculation. Courses are reviewed by the Admissions Committee for credit decisions. This committee may require a student to repeat specific course(s) if they don't meet transfer conditions. Independent Study Definition Independent study shall constitute investigation by a student, with faculty approval and direction. General Information The student must be matriculated in order to participate in independent study. A student may take an independent study for a minimum of one credit hour and a maximum of six credit hours and must provide tangible evidence of completion. The number of credit hours taken will be determined prior to the start of the project. The grade issued will be in accordance with the College s grading system, either a letter grade or pass/fail to be decided at the beginning of the semester. A student shall take only one independent study course per semester. Tuition is assessed on a per credit hour basis. The independent study application form should be completed prior to the first day of the semester in which the project is to be carried out. Under special circumstances, late applications may be accepted within two weeks after the first day of the semester. Eligibility Any student not on clinical or academic probation is eligible to undertake an independent study project. Application Procedure: 1. The student will seek a faculty member to sponsor the project. 2. In conjunction with the faculty mentor, the student shall obtain and complete an independent study application form from the College or the Registrar s Office where the academic record will be verified. 3. The completed and approved form must be filed with the Registrar s Office before independent study begins. Class Attendance The accrediting institutions of the College of Nursing require a minimum number of contact hours in certain content areas. Requirements for class attendance are at the discretion of the course instructor. Reference should be made, therefore, to the course in question for policy on class attendance. ACADEMIC EVALUATION AND PROMOTION Assessment Baccalaureate students will be expected to demonstrate the accomplishment of SUNY General Education learning outcomes in the areas of basic communication, critical thinking, and information management. An electronic portfolio of graded selected course assignments will be kept from three courses: ENGL 325: Professional Writing; BIOL 310: Biostatistics; and NURS 481: Nursing Research. Grading System Undergraduate Grades Academic records are kept in terms of semester credit hours, grades, grade points, grade point averages, and cumulative grade point averages. Grades given at the undergraduate level in the College of Nursing are: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, F, I, IP, P, W, WP, WF, and XF. Grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, and C, are considered passing grades except in professional courses as designated by the program. An overall "C" average (2.0 grade point average) must be maintained in the program. There is no rounding up of numerical grades. W, WP or WF describe withdrawal from a course. "W" will automatically be recorded for a student who withdraws prior to the completion of 75% of the semester. After 75% of the semester has elapsed, "WP" (withdraw passing) or "WF" (withdraw failing) will be recorded based on the student s earned grade at the time. A "WF" grade is calculated the same as an "F" grade. The "F" indicates that a student s work has been unsatisfactory. A "XF" grade (Academic Dishonesty) is a failure due to academic dishonesty as determined by the judicial process. Students receiving an "XF" grade may not graduate with honors. The "IP" (In Progress) grade designates extension of course work across more traditional semester boundaries. The "IP" grade does not affect the student s grade point average. The grade "I" (Incomplete) may be granted to a student only if it can be demonstrated that it would be unfair to hold the student to the normal time limits of the course. Failure to complete a required segment of the course or failure to appear for the final examination because of illness or other reasons considered valid by the instructor of the course can result in a tentative grade of Incomplete (I). Arrangements for removing an Incomplete grade must be made with the individual course instructor before the student can continue into the next academic period. In no case may such arrangements be extended beyond a one year period.
8 108 COLLEGE OF NURSING (However, where possible, it is strongly advised that students remove incompletes within one semester.) Failure to meet this requirement will automatically result in the assignment of the grade "F". "Grade Points" indicate the quality of work done by a student according to the following scale: Course Grade Distribution: Undergraduate Grade Distribution Letter Grade Percentage A A B B B C C C D F < 60 I Incomplete *Undergraduate students must achieve a grade of "C" or higher in all courses. Graduate Grades (MS and DNP) The grading system includes passing grades of "A", "B", "C", "S", and failing grades of "D", "F", "U", "XF", and an "I" for "Incomplete". The grade "I" (Incomplete) may be granted to a student only if it can be demonstrated that it would be unfair to hold the student to the normal time limits of the course. Failure to complete a required segment of the course or failure to appear for the final examination because of illness or other reasons considered valid by the instructor of the course can result in a tentative grade of Incomplete (I). Arrangements for removing the Incomplete grade must be made with the individual course instructor before the student can continue into the next academic period. In no case may such arrangements be extended beyond one year period. (However, where possible, it is strongly advised that students remove incompletes within one semester.) Failure to meet this requirement will automatically result in the assignment of the grade "F". A minimum course grade of "B" is required in all graduates and Doctor of Nursing Practice courses. An overall "B" or 3.0 average must be maintained. There is no rounding up of numerical grades. For clinical courses, a student must achieve satisfactory performance in both the didactic and clinical components of the course. Unsatisfactory clinical performance will result in a course grade of "F". Practicum courses which are not graded in the letter system are evaluated "Satisfactory" or "Unsatisfactory". Satisfactory indicates performance of sufficiently high quality for credit to be awarded. Course Grade Distribution: Letter Graduate Grade Distribution Percentile A B C D F < 60 *Graduate students must achieve a grade of "B" in all courses. A grade of 79.99% is a failing grade in the Master's program. Cumulative Grade Point Averages Cumulative Grade Point Averages (GPA) are calculated by dividing grade points earned by the hours carried. Transfer credits, withdrawals, incompletes, as well as pass grades in a pass-fail system are not averaged into the cumulative GPA. The grade achieved in a repeated course is averaged into the cumulative GPA, and the original grade earned is omitted from the averaging. Midsemester Progress Report If a student is in academic jeopardy or has exhibited unsatisfactory clinical performance at midsemester, a review is conducted, and course faculty members submit mid-semester grades. The student is encouraged to make an appointment with the faculty member or an appropriate advisor to discuss his/her progress. Grade Appeal Process The purpose of the grade appeal process is to protect the rights of both the student in earning a grade and the faculty in assigning a grade. Whereas it is recognized that faculty have the right to use their professional judgment both subjectively and objectively in determining a student s grade based on academic performance, faculty have the responsibility to award the grade in a uniform manner based on established expectations and criteria for academic (including clinical) performance. And, whereas it is recognized that students have the right to appeal a grade that has seemingly been awarded in an arbitrary and capricious manner, students have the responsibility to accept the faculty members professional judgment about quality of work and to adhere to the guidelines set forth by the faculty and the University. 1. Scope a. The grade appeal process is not intended to deal with concerns about the general conduct or instruction of the course. b. Grades assigned as a result of a found violation of the Student Code of Conduct can not be appealed through this process. Rather, the appeal is through the process delineated in the Student Code of Conduct. c. Only final course grades can be appealed; however, individual assignments can be evidence if it can be shown that the grade earned on a given assignment resulted in a lower final grade. 2. Application - Students may appeal a grade based on the following reasons: a. The grade awarded is based other than upon academic or clinical performance as outlined in the syllabus. b. The grade awarded was not calculated according to the prior established guidelines set forth by the faculty and distributed to students.
9 COLLEGE OF NURSING c. The standards for determining the grade were more demanding and rigorous than for other students. d. The grade awarded was calculated on false or erroneous information. 3. Provisions a. The burden of proof rests with the student to demonstrate that the final grade was awarded inappropriately. b. A formal appeal can not be accepted until the informal appeal has been exhausted. c. Falsification or fabrication of information to support an appeal is subject to disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct. d. Informal Appeal the student meets with the faculty or course coordinator in the case of multiple instructors. If a resolution is reached, the faculty submits a grade form to the Registrar s Office to record the grade change. If no resolution is reached, the student may submit a formal appeal. In most cases the discussion between the student and the instructor should suffice and the matter should not need to be carried further. 4. Formal Appeal - The formal appeal is submitted in writing to the Chair of the Policy and Student Affairs Committee within five days of the completion of the informal appeal. Upon receiving the formal appeal, the Chair will convene the Policy and Student Affairs Committee to hear the student s case within five business days of receiving the written appeal. If an involved faculty member serves on the Policy and Student Affairs Committee, they shall recuse themselves from the committee's work. The Committee shall consider all aspects of the case before making a recommendation. This may include consultation with the student, course faculty, and members of the Student Affairs staff. The committee shall make a written report with recommendations and submit to the Dean of the College of Nursing within 48 hours following the meeting. The Dean of the College of Nursing, after full consideration of all recommendations, shall make a final decision within five business days of receiving the committee report. The Dean has the ultimate authority to change the course grade. The Registrar shall accept the Dean s decision. The student, course faculty, and Program Director shall be notified in writing of the Dean s decision. Deficient Grades A deficient grade (refer to "Grading System" undergraduate or graduate for definitions of grades that are considered to be deficient or not passing) may be remediated by repeating the course in its entirety and receiving a passing grade. This must be done no later than the next academic year or the next time the course is offered. Upon completion of the repeated course, the previous grade received is deleted from the Grade Point Average (GPA), but remains on the student s transcript. Graduate Courses for BS students The BS student in the fourth semester of study (fourth semester equivalent, if part-time) may be permitted to enroll in no more than two graduate courses, with instructor permissions, prior to matriculation into the graduate program and based on availability. 109 RN to MS Program Policies Admissions to this program are currently on hold until further notice. The policies below pertain to students currently matriculated in the RN to MS Program. 1. To be admitted to the RN to MS program, students must have a minimum GPA of 2.8 from their associate degree or diploma programs and have met all other admission criteria. 2. The residency requirement for the RN to MS program is 48 credits. 3. No prior work experience as an RN is required for admission to the RN to MS Program. 4. Students who have a GPA of 3.0 and have completed all of the courses included in the first year of study as outlined on the RN to MS program of study, will be allowed to continue in the RN to MS program. Those students who have a GPA of less than a 3.0 may be considered for continuation in the RN to MS program or may be required to transfer to the BS nursing program. The Student Evaluation Committee will review grades at the end of the semester and determine the academic status of the student. 5. Students will be considered undergraduates until the completion of all of the courses included in the first three semesters as outlined on the RN to MS program of study (with the exception of NURS 607 and NURS 609). After completion of these courses, students will be considered graduate students if they have maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students who have less than a 3.0 will not be allowed to progress to graduate level status and continue in the MS program. 6. Students progressing to the graduate portion of the RN-MS program must have a minimum grade of "B" in 500 level nursing courses. 7. Upon conferral of the BS degree, the student will be considered a graduate student. Since beginning their program, changes may have occurred to the graduate program of study due to revisions in national nursing requirements or faculty recommendations related to maintaining an updated curriculum. The MS program of study for such students will then be that which is most current in the Academic Catalogue and RN to MS Program of Study on file at the College of Nursing. 8. Students must have graduate level status or receive permission from the instructor to take any of the courses listed on the RN to MS program of study in the fourth, fifth, and sixth semesters. Academic Performance/Academic Status Academic performance of all students is reviewed by the Student Evaluation Committee at the end of each semester. 1. Undergraduate: a. To be considered in good academic standing and to be eligible for graduation, students in the BS program must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. b. A minimum grade of "C" must be achieved in all undergraduate courses. In order to receive credit in non-nursing courses in the program of study, a minimum grade of "C" must be attained. c. Undergraduate students whose cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0 will be notified that they have been placed on probationary status until the undergraduate GPA requirement is met.
10 110 COLLEGE OF NURSING d. Any undergraduate student, whether full-time or parttime, who does not register for course work for two consecutive semesters (excluding summer session) and who fails to request a leave of absence for that period, shall be automatically withdrawn from the College of Nursing at the end of the second semester. 2. Graduate (MS and DNP): a. To be considered in good academic standing and to be eligible for graduation, students in the MS and DNP programs must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. b. A minimum grade of "B" must be achieved in all graduate level nursing courses. c. Graduate students whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 will be placed on provisional status. Students remaining on provisional status for two or more semesters will be considered for either academic probation or dismissal. d. Graduate students whose cumulative GPA falls below a 2.33 will be placed on academic probation. Students remaining on academic probation for more than one semester will be considered for dismissal. e. Any graduate student, whether full-time or parttime, who does not register for course work for two consecutive semesters (excluding summer session) and who fails to request a leave of absence for that period, shall be automatically withdrawn from the College of Nursing at the end of the second semester. 3. Student Evaluation and Appeals a. Students should consult this Handbook under the section "Promotion and Academic Status" for student evaluation and appeal protocols regarding academic status. Final Examinations The last exam given by a course instructor in a given semester, be it a unit exam or final exam, must be scheduled during the final exam period. Courses that are strictly "clinical" or "laboratory" in nature are excluded from this policy. PROMOTION AND ACADEMIC STATUS All student grades are reviewed by the Student Evaluation Committee. Student Evaluation Committee Membership The Student Evaluation Committee (SEC) is a committee of the College of Nursing (CON). The voting membership of the Student Evaluation Committee includes: 1. Director of Undergraduate Program 2. Director of Graduate Programs 3. Director of DNP Program 4. Two faculty members, each serving for two years (one rotates on/off each year to ensure consistency) Non-voting members of the Student Evaluation Committee include: 1. The Associate Dean of Student Affairs or his/her designee 2. The University Registrar or his/her designee Others may be consulted as deemed appropriate. The faculty members shall be elected by the College of Nursing faculty and appointed by the Dean of the College of Nursing. Voting members of the Student Evaluation Committee shall elect a chair from among the faculty on the Student Evaluation Committee. Responsibilities Performances of all students in academic jeopardy as identified by the Registrar, and/or any student of concern identified by faculty are reviewed by the Student Evaluation Committee after each semester. The committee may take any of the following actions: 1. "Promote or Continue" 2. "Continue on Academic Probation" as defined by specific program requirements. 3. "Continue on Provisional Status" 4. "Continue on Clinical Probation" whenever a student s clinical performance is judged to be deficient and/or unsafe. A student may not ordinarily be carried on clinical probation for more than two successive semesters. (This is to include the summer semester wherever applicable.) After this time, the Student Evaluation Committee, upon review, may recommend dismissal. 5. "Continue on Professional Behavior Probation" whenever a student's classroom or clinical behaviors are deemed to be deficient or inconsistent with expected behaviors of his/ her health profession as outlined in the academic program student handbook. A student may not ordinarily be carried on behavioral probation for more than two semesters. After this time, the Student Evaluation Committee, upon review, may recommend dismissal. 6. "Continue on Academic Probation" with a possible recommendation that the student's program be modified until such time as he/she can successfully repeat the course(s) and resume a full program. 7. "Suspension" from the program for a specified period of time. Conditions for re-admission will be specified by the Student Evaluation Committee. 8. "Dismissal" from the College because of deficient academic, clinical, or professional behavioral performance or for failing the same professional course twice. A motion to dismiss a student must be passed by a two-thirds vote of the Student Evaluation Committee. 9. "Repeat specific courses" for credit in which grades of "C" or higher have been received. Students who may be required to repeat specific courses are those with modified programs of study, students on academic or clinical probation, readmitted students, and students returning from a leave of absence. Note: The Student Evaluation Committee will consider the student s academic work in its entirety. This will include credit and non-credit courses taken on or off campus. Unsatisfactory academic progress or performance in these courses may become grounds for dismissal. Procedures 1. The Student Evaluation Committee does not define policy nor does it modulate the importance of any academic standard or policy set by the College. 2. The Student Evaluation Committee may consider whether there are relevant personal mitigating factors that could plausibly account for deficient academic performance and form the basis for a decision to justify exceptions to policy.
11 COLLEGE OF NURSING 3. The Student Evaluation Committee may solicit additional information from faculty members or College personnel to aid in decision-making. 4. The Student Evaluation Committee will review students' entire record to date in making decisions about student progress. 5. Decisions of Dismissal shall require a two-thirds vote of those present. a. Students meeting criteria for dismissal will be notified, via , by the University Registrar or his/her designee at least two days prior to the meeting of the Student Evaluation Committee. b. Students will be invited to submit a written statement, via , explaining any mitigating factors that may have impacted his/her academic performance. Such documentation must be received by the Registrar's Office at least one business day prior to the Student Evaluation Committee meeting. This provision ensures that the students' extenuating circumstances are presented to the Student Evaluation Committee by the Registrar's Office. c. When the Student Evaluation Committee dismisses a student, the Registrar's Office will provide, via , a summary of its findings and any pertinent data that led to the dismissal to the student and to the Dean of the College of Nursing. 6. Actions other than Dismissal shall require a simple majority vote. 7. A student whose status is other than "promote in good standing", shall be notified by the Registrar or his/her designee as soon as reasonably possible, and confirmed in writing within four business days of the Student Evaluation Committee's decision. Appeal and Notification A student who wishes to appeal a decision for dismissal by the Student Evaluation Committee must submit a written appeal to the Dean of the College of Nursing within four business days of the initial notification (verbal, , etc.) of the Student Evaluation Committee's decision. Appeals are to be expedited within a reasonable time. Appeals for a decision of dismissal will be considered in the following circumstances. 1. New evidence not reasonably available at the time of the Student Evaluation Committee meeting that might have changed the outcome. 2. Procedural error that is shown to have had a detrimental impact on the outcome of the hearing. 3. Errors in the interpretation of College policy so substantial that they interfere with a fair hearing. The Dean of the College of Nursing will determine whether the written appeal meets the criteria for appeal. The Dean may consult faculty, the Student Evaluation Committee, and the Dean of Student Affairs as deemed appropriate. If the appeal meets the criteria outlined above, the Dean of the College of Nursing shall take appropriate action on the appeal as soon as possible, usually within four business days of receipt of the student's written appeal. Appeals are intended to be expedited in reasonable time. This action will include review and discussion with the faculty and student involved. Notes: 1. Students are informed (at orientation and via the Student Handbook) that they must check/use their Upstate accounts regularly as that is a primary means of communication for our faculty, staff, and students. 2. Annually, students affirm their mailing address via the registration process. 111 Dean's List (Undergraduate) The Student Evaluation Committee awards Dean s List to full-time undergraduate students at the end of each semester in recognition of academic excellence for that semester. To qualify for Dean s List, a student must meet the following criteria: 1. Be enrolled as a full-time student with 12 or more credit hours for the semester. 2. Attain a semester grade point average of 3.50 with no grades below a "C" and a maximum of one "C" grade. 3. Have a "satisfactory" or "pass" grade on performance in clinical. (A student on clinical probation may not be placed on Dean s List.) Letters of Commendation (Undergraduate) The Student Evaluation Committee awards part-time undergraduate students a letter of commendation at the end of each semester in recognition of academic excellence for that semester. To qualify for a letter of commendation, a student must meet the following criteria: 1. Be enrolled as a part-time student with 9 to 11 credit hours for the semester. 2. Attain a semester quality point average of 3.50 with no grades below a "C" and a maximum of one "C" grade. 3. Have a "satisfactory" or "pass" grade on performance in clinical. (A student on clinical probation may not receive a letter of commendation.) Graduation Requirements To graduate, students must meet all college and program requirements. Where applicable, students also must meet specific academic requirements as indicated by the program. Candidates for graduation must: 1. Complete a minimum of 121 semester hours (60 hours of prerequisites and approved 61 hours in upper division program credits) for the BS degree, and semester hours for the MS degree or semester hours for the MS in the RN-MS Program, semester hours for BS-DNP and 40 semester hours for MS-DNP. This includes satisfactory completion of all required courses. Program requirements, which appear in the prospectus under the appropriate program, may be in excess of these minimums. 2. Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 for BS program and 3.0 for MS and DNP programs. 3. Maintain a minimum grade of "C" in all nursing courses in the BS program and a minimum grade of "B" in all courses in the MS and DNP programs. 4. Satisfy clinical course requirements. Successful completion of courses having both didactic and clinical components requires that the student satisfactorily meet didactic and clinical objectives. 5. Meet program residency requirements. 6. Satisfactorily complete clinical project, culminating graduate project, or thesis for graduation from the MS and DNP programs.
12 112 COLLEGE OF NURSING 7. Satisfy all financial obligations due to the Upstate Medical University. Note: The student has the responsibility to register for and satisfactorily complete all required course work. Each student should contact the Office of the Registrar prior to his/her last semester before graduation to review his/her program of study and verify that all degree requirements will be met. Graduation Honors (Undergraduate) Graduation honors will appear on the diploma and transcript. Honors are earned by achieving the following grade point averages, calculated to two decimal places unrounded: Summa Cum Laude: cumulative grade point average of to Magna Cum Laude: cumulative grade point average of to Cum Laude: cumulative grade point average of to Graduation Honors (Graduate) Graduation honors will appear on the diploma and transcript. Honors are earned by achieving the following grade point averages, calculated to two decimal places unrounded: Summa Cum Laude: cumulative grade point average of to Magna Cum Laude: cumulative grade point average of to Cum Laude: cumulative grade point average of to Graduate and Undergraduate Program Valedictorians One valedictorian will be selected from each graduating class. The Valedictorian will be a student demonstrating outstanding academic qualifications and commitment to the profession of nursing and/or contribution(s) to the College of Nursing and/or Upstate Medical University campus. The successful candidate(s) will have achieved the highest overall grade point average in each degree program with a minimum GPA of 3.5 considered, and have demonstrated commitment to the College of Nursing and/or profession through involvement with or contributions to professional and/or campus and College of Nursing activities. Student Leadership Award Awarded to a student from each graduating class, who, in the opinion of the faculty, has demonstrated outstanding qualities of leadership, ability to work effectively with others, and active participation in College of Nursing activities and committees. The successful candidate(s) must be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better, have distinguished themselves in their ability to work effectively with peers, faculty and administration, and participated in one or more of the following organizations or committees: Student Association of the College of Nursing, University Student Government, College of Nursing committees, and/or University committees. Charles Ross Memorial Award Presented to the graduate student whose podium or poster presentation at the Charles Ross, MD Memorial Student Research Day was judged as demonstrating the best evidence by a faculty subcommittee as exhibited by the project's significance, innovation, and methodology. DRESS CODE Students are expected to be professionally attired in the clinical area. Students must wear an Upstate Medical University Identification Badge at all times. Reference should be made to the institutional policy for specific guidelines for acceptable dress. COMPUTERS Students are expected to have the following upon admission: Access to a computer and internet; Ability to send and receive s; Ability to attach files; and Microsoft Word and PowerPoint proficiency. CPR COURSE All students accepted into nursing programs must provide proof of current CPR course completion before matriculating into the College of Nursing. A CPR course completion card must remain current while enrolled in the program. American Red Cross for professional rescuers and health care providers or American Heart Association Basic Life Support for health care professionals training is acceptable. SIGMA THETA TAU INTERNATIONAL The Omicron Alpha Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International is the Nursing Honor Society of the Upstate Medical University College of Nursing. Sigma Theta Tau International is the only international nursing honor society in the United States and among the five largest and most prestigious in the world. The society exists to: Recognize superior achievements in nursing; Encourage leadership development; Foster high nursing standards; and Strengthen commitment to the profession. Sigma Theta Tau has more than 475 chapters, including many international chapters. Chartered in June 1996 at the Upstate Medical University College of Nursing, the Omicron Alpha Chapter exists to recognize superior academic achievement and leadership qualities among students in the College, to foster high professional standards, to encourage creative work, and to strengthen commitment to the ideals and purposes of the nursing profession. Membership is based upon academic and professional achievement and occurs by invitation. PRACTICE OF CLINICAL NURSING SKILLS It is the philosophy of the College of Nursing that practice is essential in the learning of clinical nursing skills. These skills are taught in situations that are as similar as possible to those the student will encounter in actual client care. In some instances students are expected to practice selected clinical skills on one another. The faculty reserve the right to intervene and/or limit, when appropriate, the student s participation as a client or as a practicing nursing student.
13 COLLEGE OF NURSING Additional Clinical Information Prior to a clinical course, it is the student's responsibility to have health clearance from the student health office, proof of current CPR certification, and a completed preceptor approval form on record at the College of Nursing. If students are placed in clinical sites through the College of Nursing, time frames may be selected at faculty discretion. Students should expect that they may have to travel to clinical sites. All other clinical requirements may be found in the course syllabus and the student preceptor handbook. It is the student's responsibility to review these documents on a regular basis. STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS All students are encouraged to participate in the Student Association of the College of Nursing (SACON), which was established in The United States Government (USG) is the governing body for all students. For additional information, consult with the faculty at the College. TECHNICAL STANDARDS Introduction Upstate Medical University strives to select students who possess the intelligence, integrity, personal, and emotional characteristics that are considered necessary to become effective health professionals or biomedical scientists. Students admitted to the University should have the intellectual and physical abilities to acquire the knowledge, behaviors, and skills taught in each program of study. The curricula are designed to provide the general education necessary for the student's selected field. Students will learn the fundamental principles, develop critical judgment, and apply principles and skills wisely in solving scientific and health related problems. Curricular goals and/or minimal graduation requirements have been developed to fulfill these objectives and to prepare graduates to pursue further education, if desired. In addition to satisfactory academic performance in all coursework, students are expected to fulfill the non-academic essential functions of the curriculum in a reasonably independent manner. These functions are specified by the physical, cognitive, and behavioral standards (referred to collectively as technical standards) necessary for the completion of the program. Technical standards of the College are outlined below. Upstate Medical University will consider for admission and advancement any individual able to perform pursuant to the standards, which are used as guidelines. Reasonable accommodations will be provided to qualified individuals with a disability in accordance with applicable laws and policies, while maintaining the integrity of program standards. Requests for accommodations will be determined on a case by case basis. College of Nursing Technical Standards The College of Nursing s curricula are designed to provide the general education necessary for the practice of nursing at all levels of preparation. Students build on the fundamental principles of nursing, acquire skills of critical judgment based on education and experience, and develop an ability to use principles and skills wisely in decision making and problem solving pertaining to the delivery of high quality nursing services. Technical Standards 1. Apply information from demonstrations and experiences in the basic and applied sciences, including but not limited to information conveyed through lecture, group seminar, small group activities, and clinical instruction Evaluate information from print and electronic media, including literature searches and data retrieval. 3. Accurately elicit assessment information, including a health history and other information required to adequately and effectively evaluate a client s condition, appropriate to the level of practice. 4. Use information from diagnostic maneuvers (e.g., palpation, auscultation, percussion, etc.), diagnostic instruments (e.g., sphygmomanometer, otoscope, ophthalmoscope, etc.), and other diagnostic representation of physiological phenomena during the course of conducting a comprehensive physical assessment of a client, appropriate to the level of practice. 5. Think critically to prioritize assessment information and implement appropriate interventions in a timely manner. 6. Synthesize information to develop an appropriate plan of care. 7. Develop effective and appropriate professional relationships with clients and all members of the health care team. 8. Perform specific procedures and interventions (e.g., Basic Life Support) sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care in a variety of settings. 9. Communicate effectively with faculty, clients, and all members of the health care team about a client s condition as called for in the provision of client care. 10. Practice safely by responding appropriately and adapting effectively under the various circumstances and rigors inherent in the clinical practice of nursing. 11. Practice standard precautions in the provision of nursing care (e.g. wearing personal protective equipment, working with sharp objects and hazardous materials, treating clients with infectious diseases). 12. Adhere to ethical and legal practice standards as defined by the university and the nursing profession.
14 114 COLLEGE OF NURSING Registered Programs College of Nursing Code Program Title Degree HEGIS Code CIP Code Medical Surgical Clinical Specialist Adv Crt Nursing Education Adv Crt Adult Health MS Child Health MS Family Health MS Gerontology MS Nursing BS M/A Adult Health MS Nursing BS M/A Child Health MS Nursing BS M/A Gerontology MS Nursing BS M/A Family Health MS Adult Health Adv Crt Child Health Adv Crt Gerontology Adv Crt Family Health Adv Crt Nursing BS M/A Nursing MS Nursing MS Adult Nurse Practitioner MS Child Nurse Practitioner MS Family Nurse Practitioner MS Gerontological Nurse Practitioner MS Nursing BS M/A Adult Nurse Practitioner MS Nursing BS M/A Child Nurse Practitioner MS Nursing BS M/A Family Nurse Practitioner MS Nursing BS M/A Gerontology Nurse Practitioner MS Adult Nurse Practitioner Adv Crt Child Nurse Practitioner Adv Crt Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Adv Crt Family Nurse Practitioner Adv Crt Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner leading to an MS Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner leading to Advanced (Graduate) Certificate Registered Nurse First Assist leading to an Advanced Certificate Adult Gero CNS DNP Family NP DNP Family Psychiatric MHNP DNP Pediatric Primary Care NP DNP 1203
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