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Each student in the graduate nursing program is responsible for knowing all degree requirements and for monitoring her/his academic progression toward the completion of the degree requirements. Students should refer to the Graduate Nursing Handbook for a complete discussion of academic policies. General policies that are applicable to all students will be contained within this handbook.
St. Joseph's University, Department of Nursing, reserves the prerogative to adjust admission and program requirements in response to changes in accreditation or credentialing/registration criteria.
CHANGE OF CONCENTRATION
A change of program concentration may be approved prior to March 15 of the first year in the Nursing Graduate Program if there is space available in the desired concentration and the student is in good academic standing.
The procedures for a change in concentration require that the students:
Requests for changes in concentration will be reviewed by the assistant director and must be approved by the program director.
DEFERMENT OF ADMISSION
If a graduate nursing student is admitted into the Graduate Nursing Program and cannot matriculate in the entering cohort class, a request for deferment of admission must be submitted. Deferments are only granted for one year. Request for deferment of admission must be sent in writing to the Director, Department of Nursing and must specify the reason for seeking the deferment. Each request is reviewed on its individual merits, and deferments are not granted automatically. Requests for deferment must be submitted between the time of admission to the program and registration. Graduate nursing students who wish to activate their deferred admission should write to the Director, Department of Nursing, by June 1st, two months before the beginning of the Fall semester. Failure to do so will result in having to re-apply to the Graduate Nursing Program.
An incomplete in either coursework or the clinical or practicum components may result in the need to withdraw from the original cohort group unless the incomplete is resolved prior to the beginning of the next semester. Due dates for the completion of incomplete coursework/clinical/practicum hours are:
Fall Semester: January 20
Spring Semester: Consultation with the faculty member and assistant director
If approval is granted for an incomplete, the incomplete form will be signed by the student, by the course instructor, by the assistant director, and by the nursing program director. It will then be submitted to the registrar’s office. It is the responsibility of the student for whom such an exception has been granted to submit all missing coursework or clinical/practicum documentation by the date indicated on the incomplete form. Failure to comply with the above procedures and specified timelines will result in a student receiving a zero (coursework) or failure (clinical/practicum components) for the missing work. Students with incomplete grades will not be permitted to register for the subsequent semester until the outstanding incomplete grade is removed.
The instructor reserves the right to reduce the grade on incomplete coursework or clinical/practicum components in addition to any other reduction in grade already imposed for the late submission of coursework/clinical/practicum components.
An Incomplete grade in the clinical component of a course will result in the student assuming any costs associated with continued faculty supervision.
GRADE APPEAL PROCEDURE
NON-ACADEMIC PROGRAM COMPLAINT POLICY
Any student or group of students who finds it necessary to file a complaint in a non-academic matter must follow this procedure:
APPEAL PROCESS FOR OTHER NON-ACADEMIC DECISIONS
The student may appeal the decision by filing a written request for review with the President of the University no later than five (5) school days after receipt of notice of the decision. The President or an appropriate delegate will review the matter and may confirm or reverse the decision but may not increase any penalty imposed. Within a reasonable time of receipt of the request for review, the President or an appropriate delegate will advise the student, in writing, of a decision.
POLICY FOR BACKGROUND CHECKS OF STUDENTS
To describe the policy regarding the conduct of background checks for students participating in clinical or practicum experiences.
PLAGIARISM AND OTHER FORMS OF ACADEMIC DISHONESTY
The University expects students to observe academic integrity in all aspects of their academic life, including the conduct of their examinations, assignments, and research. All members of the University community share the responsibility for creating a climate of academic integrity, based on fairness to others and respect for oneself. Violations of academic integrity are treated very seriously. Plagiarism (the act of copying, stealing or representing the ideas or words of another as one’s own without giving credit to the source), cheating on examinations, and all forms of academic dishonesty are forbidden. Students found guilty of such behavior are subject to appropriate disciplinary actions, which may include a reduction in grade, a failure in the course, suspension, or expulsion.
Instructors at St. Joseph's University routinely use plagiarism detection devices such as Turnitin, Safe Assign, and Google to uncover acts of plagiarism.
Procedure to be Followed
The individual faculty member will confront the student with the allegation of dishonest behavior, and shall procure evidence substantiating the charges. The faculty member will report the matter to the Director of the Nursing Department, who will determine the appropriate action to take.
The student may appeal the decision of the Director, Nursing Department, to the Executive Dean, by filing a written request for a review within five (5) days.
The Executive Dean will render a decision within five (5) school days. The Student may appeal this decision by notice in writing filed with the Provost within five (5) days of receipt of the Executive Dean's decision.
DISMISSAL FROM THE PROGRAM
Academic Dismissal is dismissal from the Graduate Nursing Program based on continued unsatisfactory progress toward meeting course or degree requirements evidenced by:
The Graduate Nursing Program reserves the right to require the withdrawal of students who do not maintain the required academic standing or whose enrollment in the nursing program would be detrimental to their health, or to the health of others. Dismissal for other than academic reasons may be initiated for professional misconduct that reflects a lack of accountability in the care of clients or unsafe nursing care, or for any of the reason specified in the Student Code of Conduct, as described in the School of Professional and Graduate Studies Student Policies booklet.
A nursing faculty committee will evaluate the documentation of professional misconduct or violation of the Student Code of Conduct and provide the involved student with an opportunity for an impartial hearing. The Director of the Nursing Department then will evaluate the documentation and the committee’s recommendation and determine the appropriate disciplinary action. A student who is dissatisfied with the decision of the Director may appeal in writing to the Executive Dean of St. Joseph's University within seven (7) days following the Director’s decision. The student Grievance Procedure in areas other than professional misconduct is described in the St. Joseph's University Student Handbook.
LEAVE OF ABSENCE
Students may apply to the Director for a leave of absence when it is necessary to interrupt temporarily their progression in the program. When a leave of absence is granted, a specific time period is designated. The student may return without reapplying for admission at the termination of the granted leave of absence. The student subsequently will be placed in another cohort group.
WITHDRAWAL FROM THE PROGRAM
Students contemplating withdrawal from the program should initially meet with the assistant director of the graduate nursing program of their respective campus. The appropriate forms can be obtained from the graduate nursing program admissions counselor.
Readmission may be granted to students who withdrew from the program. A written request for readmission needs to be made to the Director, Nursing Department. Each request will be considered individually.
Guidelines that will be followed are:
CLINICAL AND PRACTICUM
The education practicum and clinical nurse specialist and nurse practitioner clinical components will be graded on a pass/fail basis. Students must achieve a pass in the practicum and/or clinical segments. Failure in the practicum or clinical segment will result in academic dismissal from the program.
All students must successfully pass a comprehensive examination to graduate from the program. The comprehensive will be administered during the last semester of the program. Any student who fails this comprehensive may be allowed one retake at the discretion of the nursing faculty. Failure to achieve a pass will result in academic dismissal from the program.