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1 RN to BSN Hybrid Program Bachelor of Science in Nursing Application Packet and Guidelines Spring Semester

2 Table of Contents Welcome 3 Faculty and Staff 3 Academic Information 4 Professional & Technical Standards 10 Required Documentation & Health Expectations 11 Communication & Computing 12 Student Support Opportunities 14 Admission, Progression, & Graduation Appeals Process 15 Alternative Credit 17 Graduation 18 2

3 Welcome to the Indiana University School of Nursing at IUPUC! On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Indiana University School of Nursing at IUPUC, welcome! You are embarking on a satisfying journey that will challenge you, excite you, and transform you in ways that are difficult to imagine at the start. You will have the opportunity to be a part of the lives of people at their most tender moments from birth through life s end, working on a professional trust relationship with all those you serve. The responsibility that comes with this cannot be underestimated. Because of this professional trust relationship, the School of Nursing: 1. Sets and upholds high standards for our students, in all courses 2. Follows all the guidelines needed for our students to maintain a safe patient care environment a. Background checks b. Immunizations c. Training and requirements d. Policies and procedures that support a safe learning and patient care environment We strive to communicate these things in a clear manner. Dr. Beth Sharer DHA, NEA-BC, RN, HFA, FACHE Division Head, IU School of Nursing at IUPUC Faculty and Staff Beth Sharer, Division Head Kathy Auberry, Clinical Assistant Professor Cheryl Crisp, Assistant Professor Marsha Hughes-Gay, Clinical Assistant Professor Deborah Judge, Clinical Assistant Professor Shannon Love, Visiting Lecturer Bethany Murray, Clinical Assistant Professor Kristen Needler, Clinical Assistant Professor Angela Opsahl, Clinical Assistant Professor

4 Carrie Shaver, Academic Advisor Alison Simo, Visiting Lecturer Sarah Warfield, Academic Counselor Jenny Weir, Administrative Assistant Office of the Bursar Financial Aid and Scholarships Office of the Registrar Information Technology Bookstore Academic Resource Center Academic Information Technology 1. The student is expected to use Microsoft Office software for assignments. Please use the latest edition of Word 2010 as your word processor. Word software is free as an IUSON student at: The Word 2010 download is included under Office Enterprise Edition 2010 (you can also download PowerPoint, Excel, Access, and Publisher). 2. Save all documents in Word 2010 with course number, your name, and the assignment name (example: S487_smith_assignment#1). 3. The student is expected to come into the course with sufficient IT skills to navigate the Oncourse learning environment. 4. The student is expected to come into the course with a basic working knowledge of library skills including use of CINAHL and other electronic journal formats. 5. IUPUC policy does not allow faculty to send or receive messages from a student s or faculty s personal account. Your primary account must be your IUPUC account. To know if this is the case go to the roster tab and check. If yours is incorrect, please follow the instructions at this link to change it. This is required. uits.iu.edu/page/berh Online Tests and Surveys 1. When taking an assessment, never use the back button. Avoid using the backspace key unless your cursor is in a text or text field where you can delete right to left. 4

5 2. If an assessment page has multiple questions or an essay question takes time to answer, click save periodically to avoid losing data. 3. Don t use web browser. 4. If you are kicked out of an assessment as the result of using the back button or backspace key, return to the Assessments list and re-enter to the test to continue working. 5. Always begin in plenty of time. The test auto submits at the due date and time. 6. Time frame for the test is based on one question per minute. Variances depend on pedagogy and students will be notified in advance. Attendance and Class Assignments 1. CLASSROOM ATTENDANCE: Students are expected to attend all class sessions and are held responsible for content presented. In case of absence, it is the student's responsibility to obtain the information presented from another classmate. Classroom attendance will be recorded. Prompt attendance is the expectation. 2. CLINICAL ATTENDANCE: Practicum includes clinical or laboratory experiences and are critical to student learning outcomes. Students are required to participate in all regularly scheduled or substituted practicum/clinical/laboratory experiences in order to meet course objectives/outcomes. Failure to complete all regularly scheduled or substituted practicum/clinical/laboratory experiences places the student at risk for not meeting course objectives, which may result in course failure. 3. Students are expected to participate fully in group projects and submit a group and selfevaluation. If a student is absent with advanced notification due to illness or emergency on the day of the group project presentation, that student will be given an opportunity to make up the presentation points. Please note: supporting documentation of the illness or emergency may be required. Students may also use their one time extension. 4. Students are expected to complete all projects to receive a course grade. 5. A 3 credit hour course constitutes about 18 hours of course work per week. You should expect one assignment per week and you should expect to study 2-3 hours per day for an eight week course. 6. All submissions are to be made using the most current APA guidelines (currently 6th edition) unless specified otherwise. Per the assignment rubric, APA errors will result in reduction in your grade for each assignment, up to 10%. Correct grammar is expected on all assignments. Per the assignment rubric, any grammar errors will result in a reduction in your grade for each assignment, up to 10%. Wikipedia is not considered a proper reference for the purpose of this course. Social networks such as YouTube may be appropriate, in some cases. Please contact your instructor for approval prior to citing a social network as a reference in your courses. 7. A reduction of 10% daily will be taken off of the points for each late assignment. A ONE-TIME extension of a due date per course per instructor-identified assignments can be requested via a form, which is available under Resources. The request must be submitted to the instructor through Messages. An assignment may be required to be completed in order to continue in the course even if it is late enough to not be eligible for points. 8. It is the student s responsibility to assure the assignment was successfully submitted within the Oncourse system. If the assignment is submitted under the assignment tab and you receive a failure to submit notice under the Assignment tab, the assignment should be immediately submitted to your instructor (as an attachment) under the Messages tab in order to show proof 5

6 of timely submission. The professor may require resubmission to Assignments once the system is working properly. Do not resubmit an assignment unless you receive specific instructions from your instructor. Do not resubmit just because you receive an automatic resubmit notice from Oncourse. If you do, your previous work will be lost and the newly submitted work will be the one used for the due date when grading. 9. Extra credit work IS NOT allowed per IUSON policy. Classroom Conduct 1. Civility in the classroom optimizes the learning opportunities and positive experiences for both students and faculty. Students in this course will be expected to be respectful and professional in their behavior including specifically turning cell phones to silent mode and keeping cell phones put away during class, no sleeping in class, and no side conversations. It is our intention to ensure the classroom is a safe place for everyone to voice their opinion, learn, and grow professionally. 2. Students are to request permission of the instructor conducting the class to tape record the class. 3. Students should check course announcements and prior to each class, every day during the class, and for one week after the class ends. Attendance Requirements Online and Hybrid Classes at IU Indiana University policies for hybrid classes state that the courses may have up to 70% of the content delivered in an online format. The other 30% must be delivered face-to-face. Required Face-to-face Time In the RN-BSN Hybrid program at IUPUC, we interpret this as 12 hours of content must be delivered via face-to-face or clinical activities per 3-credit hour course. Some required courses may have additional face-to-face hours in a clinical format (e.g. Community Health, Leadership & Management, and Capstone), at the instructors discretion. Course Syllabi This information should be on the course s syllabus prior to the beginning of the class session. Syllabi function as an educational contract between faculty and student. Syllabi should also state the course competencies (linked to program outcomes), the teaching strategies to meet those competencies, and the assignments that are used to evaluate completion of the competency. Hybrid RN-BSN Nursing Classes at IUPUC In order to deliver 30% of the course live (12 hours), the Division of Nursing at IUPUC has decided that all RN-BSN courses will meet for 4-6 hours on campus or at a pre-arranged off-campus site (e.g. Jackson County Learning Center, Columbus Regional Hospital). This time is divided into two live lectures occurring initially within the first 1-2 weeks of class, and on week 7 of the 8-week session. Faculty will then tailor each course to deliver the additional 8 or 6 hours of clinical content through assignments. 6

7 Attendance Attendance at the live lectures is an expected and required component of the RN-BSN Hybrid program at IUPUC. Learning activities are planned during these sessions that meet course competencies. Students must make-up any missed lecture time through an equivalent activity assigned by their instructor. Absences are excused in the following situations (but still must be made up): The student may request one Late Assignment Extension per course, per 8-week session. Faculty will determine appropriate activities to make up this missed time and due date (may not be later than the last day of the 8-week session). If the student has already exhausted his/her one Late Assignment Extension, they may be excused for the following with documentation: o Emergent medical conditions (hospitalization, childbirth). Documentation of this is required. Leave may be arranged in advance for known childbirth dates. o A copy of a police report stating they were arrested or in an automobile accident. o Death in an immediate family member within the week prior to the class period (Copy of an obituary notice) RN-BSN students who are not yet licensed and are active students at Ivy Tech Community College may have unavoidable conflicts between their live lecture date and their IVTCC schedule. In this case, every effort will be made by faculty to schedule and plan alternate assignments for the student at the beginning of the 8-week session. Incomplete Grade Students who complete all course requirements satisfactorily but have not completed their required face-to-face/clinical time will be given an Incomplete for the course until such time as they finish all hours or makeup assignments. Withdrawals For information on withdrawals, please see or the Registration Guide for IUPUC policies. Contact your academic advisor or Student Services if you need additional information regarding policies on withdrawals, which are in force for all IUPUC classes. Withdrawals after mid-term must be initiated with a signed schedule adjustment form. Refund Schedule The refund schedule is important information in the event you may need to drop the course. If at any time during this course you feel you need additional assistance please contact your instructor. Courses scheduled 5-8 weeks in length For withdrawal during: 1st week of classes Refund credit: 100% of course fees 2nd week of classes 50% of course fees 3rd week of classes No Refund and thereafter 7

8 Turn It In Statement Faculty may use Turnitin.com software as a tool in Oncourse under Assignments. Turnitin.com is useful in helping to determine whether or not a writer is relying too heavily upon sources or using material which is not original. In other words, it will be easier for the instructor to identify plagiarism. Please see Academic Misconduct below as to consequences of Plagiarism. To read more about Turnitin.com, go to their web site: Forums The purpose of forums is to create a rich learning environment. If extraneous characters and word attachments are continually posted within the forum setting a zero will be given for the assignment. See Resource tab for Paste to Word instructions. Gibberish will be considered in the points for grammar. Assignment Due Date and Time All assignments are due by 11:55 p.m. on Mondays unless specified otherwise. Students will receive feedback by 11:55 p.m. on the following Monday. Watch for earlier due dates before holidays and school breaks. Oncourse Quizzes Oncourse quizzes are open for several days as published on the course schedule. Students may take the quiz any time within the open time frame. If a student experiences computer difficulties while taking an on-line quiz, the student must contact the Help Desk ( or for assistance. Please notify your instructor via Oncourse Messages regarding the difficulties you are experiencing. Quizzes not taken within the open timeframe cannot be made up for any reason. Do not access any quiz a second time without faculty permission. Accessing a quiz more than once may result in a score of zero (0) for the quiz. Submission of the responses to the quiz signifies that the student has complied with the honor code and did not collaborate on the quiz or print/save the quiz. If a students is found to share test information or print the test, s/he may be dismissed from the program; see the Academic Misconduct Statement on page 8. Grading & Rounding Policy The following percentage intervals are to be used relative to the University's grading system. University Grading System Proposed Percentage Intervals A A A B B B C C C- l

9 D+ l D l D F 0.0 < 60 Rounding is confined to the final course grade (assignment, exam, and project grades will NOT be rounded). Final course grades will be rounded to the closest whole number using the 0.5 rule. For example, an <85.49 is rounded to 85, and >85.50 is an 86. Grades will be rounded from the hundredth only. The assignment of a final course grade should be a composite reflection of evaluation data resulting from instructional/learning activities as specified in the syllabus, no extra credit is allowed. A 73% or higher is needed to pass. (Policy H_06) Learning Contracts Faculty will initiate a learning contract for a RN to BSN student who does not attend the first face to face class session without notifying the instructor prior to the scheduled class time or who is earning a grade of C or below during week 3 of the 8 week course. The purpose of the learning contract is to notify the student as soon as possible of the potential risk for failing a course. After the faculty member and student sign the contract, the faculty member will make three copies of the form. One copy is maintained by the faculty in the student s folder. The second copy is given to the student. The third copy is given to the student s academic advisor. Academic Difficulty Students having academic difficulties in a particular course are strongly urged to contact their professor as soon as possible for advice and assistance. Faculty members are available to students by , phone, and scheduled office hours for individual assistance. If academic and/or personal problems jeopardize students academic success, the faculty will advise students to seek assistance immediately. There are resources available to assist students with study habits, test-taking skills, nursing process recordings, mastery skills, or personal concerns. It is important to seek assistance early and conscientiously. Faculty also makes referrals to resources when they identify a student s need for assistance. It is the student s responsibility, however, to follow through in seeking this assistance. IUPUC Adverse Weather Policy All students, faculty, and staff are asked to check and/or area media to learn if classes have been cancelled due to inclement weather. If classes are cancelled on the Columbus campus then all off-campus classes are cancelled also. The IUPUC Vice Chancellor and Dean makes the decision as to whether to cancel classes by 6:15 a.m. on inclement weather days, and media are informed as soon as possible. The major criterion for the decision to cancel classes relates to the ability to travel the main roads to the campus and to drive in the parking lot. For weather information concerning campus activities, you may also call the weather line at Students with Disabilities Students with approved alternate accommodations for testing will need to register with the appropriate office on the IUPUC campus and complete the required forms before accommodations will be given. 9

10 This process needs to be completed within the first two weeks of class to assure services will be provided. ESL students will be provided with an ESL dictionary at the exam. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the faculty if they need an ESL dictionary. The AES office is located in the Learning Center (LC 1200). You can also reach the office by calling Visit: for more information. Students Assistance Program IUPUC is offering a Student Assistance Program (SAP) through SOLUTIONS. Services are free, strictly confidential, and easy to access. For more information, contact or visit Academic Misconduct Statement Academic misconduct is a serious event which may result in an academic penalty or sanction. Misconduct includes cheating, fabrication, facilitation of cheating, unauthorized collaboration, interference, plagiarism, and violation of course rules. This includes, but is not limited to, assignments and examinations. Sanctions can result in a lower or failing grade on an assignment or exam. Sanctions can also result in probation or a course grade of W or F. Additional sanctions may apply including dismissal from the nursing program. Refer to the Indiana University Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct: General Statements The professor will adhere to all university policies pertaining to attendance, make up tests, cheating/plagiarism, as well as withdrawal, incomplete, and final examinations. Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to these policies: https://www.iupuc.edu/academics/policies/codeconduct/. Dispute Process Repeating Nursing Courses A student who receives a grade lower than C (2.0) in nursing didactic courses or lower than S in clinical courses will be required to repeat the courses. Failure to receive the minimum-passing grade upon repeating a nursing course or failure in two nursing theory or clinical nursing courses will result in program dismissal. Validation examinations may not be used as substitutes for repeating any nursing course. Students who need to repeat a nursing course must contact the Academic Advisor for placement in the course to be repeated. The request to repeat a course is granted on a space available basis and all future enrollment in the nursing major will be based on space availability. Expectation 10

11 Standards Professional & Technical Standards Standards Students of the School of Nursing will be held to the current version of the American Nurses Association s Standards of Professional Performance and Code of Ethics, (http://www.nursingworld.org/mainmenucategories/ethicsstandards/codeofethicsfornurses/code-of- Ethics.pdf ), and the School of Nursing s Essential Abilities (listed below). Failure to uphold these standards may result in dismissal from any nursing program. Essential Abilities The School of Nursing faculty have specified essential abilities (technical standards) critical to the success of students enrolled in any IU nursing program. Qualified applicants and matriculating students are expected to meet all progression criteria, as well as these essential abilities with or without reasonable accommodations. 1. Essential judgment skills to include: ability to identify, assess, and comprehend conditions surrounding patient situations for the purpose of problem solving patient conditions and coming to appropriate conclusions and/or prioritized course of actions. 2. Essential physical/neurological functions to include: ability to use the senses of sight, hearing, touch, and smell to make correct judgments regarding patient conditions and meet physical expectations to safely and competently perform interventions required in the practice of nursing. Behaviors that demonstrate essential neurological and physical functions include, but are not limited to observation, listening, understanding relationships, writing, and psychomotor abilities consistent with course and program expectations. 3. Essential communication skills to include: ability to communicate effectively with fellow students, faculty, patients, families, and all members of the health care team. Verbal, nonverbal, electronic, and written skills will consistently demonstrate effective, professional communication. 4. Essential emotional coping skills to include: ability to demonstrate the mental health necessary to safely engage in the practice of nursing as determined by professional standards of practice. Anger dyscontrol, lack of self-control, disengagement, lethargy, and labile mood are examples of behaviors indicative of ineffective coping. 5. Essential intellectual/conceptual skills to include: ability to measure, calculate, analyze, synthesize, and critically evaluate in order to engage competently in the safe practice of nursing. 6. Other essential behavioral attributes: ability to engage in activities consistent with safe nursing practice free from the influence of any substance that may impair behavior or judgment. The student must demonstrate responsibility and accountability for actions as a student in the School of Nursing and as a developing professional nurse. Students failing to meet these essential abilities, as determined by faculty, at any point in their academic 11

12 program may have their progress interrupted until they have demonstrated their ability to meet these essential abilities within negotiated time frames. (Policy F_04) Required Documentation & Health Expectations National Criminal Background Check Students currently enrolled in the IU School of Nursing will be required to submit a national criminal background check upon admission and will be required to renew it annually. It is the responsibility of each applicant and student to pay the fee for the screening directly to Certified Background. Each year, students will be required to submit their request for an updated national criminal background check report (Policy H_03). Deadlines for renewal: Spring admits will be required to submit annually an updated criminal background recheck by November 15 th of the following year. Fall admits will be required to submit annually an updated criminal background recheck by August 1 st of the following year. Summer admits will be required to submit annually an updated criminal background recheck by April 15 th of the following year. An updated national criminal background check will also be required for any student being readmitted to the program. CPR Requirements Current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is required. Students must be certified through an approved course or instructor. The approved courses are American Red Cross Professional Rescuer and American Heart Association Health Care Provider. Your campus School of Nursing Student Services office may offer a CPR course. Please check with them for more details. CPR training must include: Infant Child Adult Individual rescue Two-person rescue Automated external defibrillation Current CPR certification must be maintained throughout the student s entire nursing program. Evidence of certification must be filed with your campus School of Nursing prior to beginning the clinical experiences. Students must also file evidence of recertification prior to entering the second year of the 12

13 major. Students must have current CPR certification on file in order to participate in clinical settings. Immunizations Immunizations are required to protect both students and patients. Additionally, clinical agencies and the School of Nursing also require additional immunizations. Evidence of receipt of all immunization requirements should be in the form of a signed statement from the healthcare provider or copy of titer results from an approved provider. Please see the attached Certified Profile student instructions for a detailed list of required immunizations. Occupational Health A contaminated injury is an unprotected contact with blood or body fluid from a patient by: penetration of skin with a needle or other object; splash to mucus membranes (eyes, nose or mouth); or contact with an open lesion (e.g., dermatitis). Contaminated injuries involving students are to be handled by IUPUC (IUPUI) Health Services (317) Standard Precautions "Standard Precautions" is the term used for particular procedures which must be followed by healthcare workers, including students, during patient care activities in order to prevent transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or Hepatitis B Virus (HBV). Universal (Standard) Precautions is the primary strategy for preventing the transmission of infectious agents, including blood borne pathogens from one person to another in the process of providing health care related services. Students must receive training in these precautions before beginning their nursing courses and every year thereafter. This mandatory training will include the appropriate use of hand washing and protective barriers (such as masks and gloves), as well as proper disposal of needles and other sharp instruments. Students are required to update their training annually. (Policy F_03) Health Insurance Health insurance is mandatory and students are expected to demonstrate insurance coverage upon entrance to the program and continued coverage throughout the program. (Policy F_06) Liability Insurance Indiana University provides liability insurance to each nursing student while in the clinical setting, provided the student is enrolled in clinical course work. Students not enrolled in clinical courses are not covered by liability insurance and will not be allowed into the clinical courses. Students who are employed in a health care facility should check with their employer regarding liability insurance requirements. IU School of Nursing does not cover students beyond the classroom and/or clinical settings. Communication & Computing Use of as Official Correspondence with Students 13

14 The School of Nursing recognizes students' Indiana University address as the only official means of formal communication via with students. All students are required to have an Indiana University account. Students are expected to check their on a frequent and consistent basis in order to stay current with university-related communications. Students who choose to have their forwarded to a private (unofficial) address outside the official university network address do so at their own risk. Writing Expectations Writing competency is an expected outcome of the nursing program and the university. In an effort to prepare students well in this area, faculty members have developed the following writing criteria to be used in assessing all student writing: The writing has a focus The writing should be organized with an introduction and purpose, sense of audience, body, and conclusion The writing shows development, organization, and detail; the writing reveals the student's ability to develop ideas with balanced and specific arguments The writing is clear There is coherence within and between paragraphs The writing reflects critical thinking, linking the specific to the general The writing follows APA requirements regarding sentence structure, punctuation, spelling, grammar and referencing unless otherwise specified by the faculty. The writing demonstrates original work, and where ideas or materials of others are used, appropriate credit is given to original sources The writing demonstrates a reflection of Evidence Based Practice when appropriate. The writing demonstrates the use of professional literature resources and WEB sites Confidentiality In general, information stored on computers is considered confidential, whether protected by the computer operating system or not, unless the owner intentionally makes that information available to other groups or individuals. Indiana University will assume computer users wish the information they store on central and campus shared computing resources to remain confidential. IU computing centers will maintain the confidentiality of all information stored on their computing resources. Use of Social Media IUSON faculty, staff, and students must adhere to the IU and IUSON policies and procedures and HIPAA obligations related to patient privacy, confidentiality, and code of conduct at all times when using the Internet and social media sites. IUSON policies toward the use of social media are guided by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. In the event a violation of the social networking policy has occurred, the student s case will be handled according to the IUSON process for dealing with academic misconduct as outlined in the IUPUI Bulletin and IU Code of Student, Ethics Rights and Responsibilities. Students who violate the policy are subject to disciplinary actions which may lead to dismissal from the program. (Policy F_09) 14

15 Distinction & Awards Student Support Opportunities Students have the opportunity to be recognized for academic excellence both during their program and at graduation. BSN candidates who are in the top 10 percent of their graduating class and who have demonstrated a high level of academic achievement may be selected to graduate with academic distinction. To be eligible, BSN students must have completed a minimum of 60 graded credit hours at IU. Grade point averages used in determining the category of academic distinction awarded are: Highest Distinction High Distinction Distinction The GPA used to determine distinction is calculated from grades in nursing courses completed through the seventh semester for the BSN taken at Indiana University. The GPA does not include transfer grades, special credit, and open electives, but does include grades received in courses which are repeated because of program stipulations. Not all students who meet the GPA criteria for distinction may be selected for this honor. Awards and honors are also given to recognize outstanding student performance. Students interested in specific awards should see an Academic Advisor for a list of available awards, along with eligibility criteria. (Policy H_15) Scholarships Various scholarships and awards are granted annually from both IUPUC and IU School of Nursing. Please visit: and for more information. Alumni Association The IU School of Nursing Alumni Association is a constituent member of the Indiana University Alumni Association, a dues-supported membership organization. The mission of the IU School of Nursing Alumni Association is to strengthen the school s connection with its over 17,800 alumni by creating engagement opportunities via facilitation of professional, educational and social opportunities for not 15

16 only alumni, but also students and friends of the school. The IU School of Nursing Alumni Association is governed by a Board of Directors, currently composed of 20 alumni members representing all degree levels offered by the school. In addition to professional, educational, and social opportunities, the Alumni Association presents awards annually to students and graduates for outstanding accomplishments in the school, the profession, and the community. It also publishes, in conjunction with the School of Nursing, the Pulse of Indiana Nursing, a quarterly magazine featuring current school and alumni news and related alumni activities. The IU Alumni Association office on the IUPUC campus is located at the IUPUC Development and Alumni Relations (812) For more information visit: School of Nursing Student Activities Within the School of Nursing there are several active student nurse organizations. Further details on the following organizations can be found at: The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (https://www.iupui.edu/~stta/) National Student Nurses Association (www.nsna.org) Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. (www.chietaphi.com) Indiana Association of Nursing Students (www.indianastudentnurses.org) The American Assembly for Men in Nursing (http://aamn.org/) Admission, Progression & Graduation Appeals Process Submission of Requests to Undergraduate (APG) Subcommittee Problems related to student admission, academic progression, and graduation which emerge during enrollment in their undergraduate nursing program are handled through an appeals process. Students requesting an exception to policy must petition for a waiver from the Admission, Progression, and Graduation (APG) Committee. Students may also consult with their Academic Advisor. Requests to the Undergraduate Admission/Progression, and Graduation Subcommittees should be placed in typed form and directed to the chair of the appropriate subcommittee five academic days prior to meeting dates at the following address: Dr. Rachel Waltz, Co-Chair, APG Subcommittee; Phone: (317) , APG Committee, Indiana University School of Nursing, 1111 Middle Drive, Indianapolis, IN, Typed requests should include the following: Your name and university ID number; mailing address for APG response; and telephone number for communication purposes Clear statement of the request 16

17 Rationale for the request and explanation of extenuating circumstances if appropriate (e.g., appeal of the application of the academic policy relative to dismissal) Personal plan of action for facilitation of continued progression/academic achievement Copies of the yearly schedule of meetings for Undergraduate APG Subcommittee meetings are available upon request. Students should submit requests at least five academic days in advance of the APG meetings. Late requests will not be processed and will be placed on the agenda for the next regularly scheduled Subcommittee meeting. Withdrawal Policy Students must complete the official withdrawal form by the deadline dates printed in the current class schedule to withdraw from any course. A W will appear on the student transcript once the student completes the official withdrawal form(s) and obtains necessary signatures. Once the deadline for course withdrawals has passed, the student will need the permission of the instructor to withdraw and a grade of either F or W will be awarded as determined by the instructor. W is an option after the withdrawal deadline only if the student is passing with a didactic grade of C (2.0) and a clinical grade of S (Satisfactory). If a student stops attending but does not officially withdraw from the class, an FN will be recorded on the transcript. More than three academic withdrawals in a semester are considered lack of progress toward the degree. If a student withdraws from a clinical course alone, the withdrawal is counted as one withdrawal. If a student withdraws from a didactic course it requires an automatic withdrawal from a concurrent clinical course, considered as one withdrawal. Students who have withdrawn from the nursing program and wish to return must seek reinstatement by the APG committee. Additionally, students who wish to withdraw from all courses are required to make an appointment and meet with their Academic Advisor. (Policy H-09) Academic Misconduct Academic misconduct is a serious event which may result in an academic penalty or sanction. Misconduct includes cheating, fabrication, facilitation of cheating, unauthorized collaboration, interference, plagiarism, and violation of course rules. This includes, but is not limited to, assignments and examinations. Sanctions can result in a lower or failing grade on an assignment or exam. Sanctions can also result in probation or a course grade of W or F. Additional sanctions may apply including dismissal from the nursing program. Refer to the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct IUPUI or IUPUC Course Grade Appeals The School of Nursing provides a grade appeal system which affords recourse to a student who has evidence or believes evidence exists to show an inappropriate grade has been assigned. Should a student have a concern about a course grade the student should first seek an appointment to discuss the grade with the course faculty member. The student should contact the faculty member in this case within 5 working days of receipt of the grade. (Policy H_04) Dismissal A student will be dismissed from the program when, in the judgment of the Admission, Progression, and 17

18 Graduation (APG) Committee on the campus of enrollment, there is lack of progress toward the degree. Lack of progress will include, but not be limited to the following: 1. Failure to achieve a 2.0 semester grade point average in any two consecutive semesters; 2. Failure to earn a grade of C (2.0) or (S) in any two required nursing courses on the first attempt. 3. Failure to achieve a minimum grade of C (2.0) in any required nursing course or by the second attempt. 4. Failure of more than three (3) general education courses required for the BSN degree. Of the three courses, only two (2) failures will be allowed in science course work. Any grade below a "C" is considered unsatisfactory (failing). 5. Failure to meet IUSON essential abilities expectations. 6. Failure to meet IU Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct. Falsification of records or reports, plagiarism, or cheating on an examination, quiz, or any other assignment is cause for dismissal (See IU Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.) The faculty reserves the right to dismiss any student whose personal integrity, health, or conduct demonstrates unfitness to continue preparation for the profession of nursing. Integrity and conduct will be judged according to the standards of the most recent Code for Nurses as adopted by the American Nurses Association. The dismissal of any student is contingent upon review by the Admission, Progression, and Graduation Committee on the campus of enrollment. Student dismissal is subject to the appeal process on the campus of enrollment. (Policy H_20) Reinstatement A student who has been dismissed from the School of Nursing for academic failure or any other reason may request reinstatement by petitioning the School of Nursing s Admission, Progression, and Graduation (APG) Committee from the campus at which he or she was dismissed. Students must meet with an Academic Advisor, the Director of Diversity & Enrichment, or the Assistant Dean for Student Services for consultation in preparing her/his request for reinstatement. Reinstatement by one campus is not binding on other campuses. Written request must be received by July 1 for fall reinstatement, April 1 for summer reinstatement, and October 1 for spring reinstatement. Reinstatement will be based on faculty recommendations at the time of dismissal, proposed plan for future success, as well as on availability of resources. Students may progress to the next semester of courses upon the successful completion of all prior semester nursing courses designated on the campus enrolled. Students wishing exception to this practice must petition the Admission, Progression, and Graduation (APG) Committee. Reinstatement is not guaranteed, and no student may be reinstated more than once. A reinstated student will be dismissed upon failure (a grade of C or lower) of one additional required course. Students who are reinstated must adhere to the policies and curriculum of the School of Nursing that are in effect at the time of reinstatement. 18

19 Alternative Credit Alternative Credit NURS-K 301 Nursing Specialty Elective by Special Credit Award is a course which allows the RN to BSN student to apply nationally recognized specialty nursing knowledge and skills to the BSN degree, through authentication for course credit. National specialty standards will be used to determine eligibility for course credit. Students will provide authenticable materials to validate current national certification and follow the procedure to process special credit awards for this course. The campus program director or designated faculty will review submitted materials for authenticity and currency. See your Academic Advisor for further details. Portfolio Review Process The portfolio review process is available to all undergraduate students who believe they have already met the learning objectives/competencies required of a specific nursing course within their program of study. The portfolio is a mechanism used to validate the acquisition of prior knowledge and skills congruent with course expectations and student learning outcomes. The portfolio provides objective evidence that students have acquired the content and the skills through prior learning and/or practice experiences. The decision to accept the documentation provided is based on determination of the equivalency of this prior knowledge and skill that the student would be expected to demonstrate at the completion of a specific course. The portfolio review option does not take the place of course equivalency reviews or transfer credit. (Policy H-05) Portfolio Guidelines may be found at Graduation Graduation Application All students must complete an online graduation application which is to be completed at the beginning of the student s final semester. The advisor for the program will send the link to the graduation application to individual students. Diploma The diploma attests to the completion of the BSN degree. The Office of the Registrar maintains the official name and address for all students. Your name will appear on the diploma in the same format as it is stored in the Office of the Registrar records (generally, first name, middle name, last name). In some cases, students prefer to have their full middle or maiden names included on their diploma. It is your responsibility to verify the name listed is correct or to provide any changes required, including hyphens, spaces, lower/upper case letters, accents, etc. Cap & Gown 19

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