UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM PROGRESSION AND RETENTION

Each student registered in the nursing major is expected to maintain the minimum of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average for all work attempted while recognized as a nursing major. Students who do not maintain this minimum will be declared ineligible to continue in the major unless an individually designed continuation program has been prepared by the Dean and approved by the School of Nursing Admissions, Progression, and Retention Committee.

Only grades of “A,” “B,” or “C” are considered passing for nursing prerequisite and nursing courses required for the major. If progression is interrupted, for any reason, a nursing major is considered "Out-of-Sequence". A nursing major shall not progress to any higher level nursing course unless at least a grade of “C” is earned in all preceding nursing courses. In all clinical courses, the student must pass the clinical evaluation. Students shall not progress to Nursing Synthesis until all other nursing and non-nursing required courses are successfully completed.

After admission to the nursing major, placement in upper division nursing courses for the academic year will be based on the following priority ranking:

  • Full-time, regularly progressing students.
  • Part-time, regularly progressing students (RN-BSN programs).
  • Students who have interrupted their studies but are in good academic standing.
  • Students who have withdrawn from one or more nursing courses.
  • Students who have failed one nursing course and need to repeat the course.
  • Transfers from other baccalaureate nursing programs according to Admission, Progression, and Retention Committee guidelines.

If additional criteria are needed to determine placement, date of becoming out of sequence and cumulative GPA will be used. (See your academic counselor).

RN - BSN PROVISIONAL ADMISSION PROGRESSION
Students with a GPA < 2.5 will be admitted provisionally (PNUR) and allowed to take 4 courses from JU (core or NUR), which if completed with a GPA >/= 2.5 will allow the student to be fully admitted. If a student is unsuccessful in a course while under the PNUR admission, they will be unable to progress and dismissed from the program. The provisionally admitted online student must finalize all Incomplete Grades ("I") in a course and receive a course grade before they can register for a next course. If the provisionally admitted student has registered for another course before finishing the incomplete course, he/she will be withdrawn from the course by the director of the RN-BSN program.

Progression through the RN-BSN curriculum is built upon the following:

  • Statistics is a prerequisite for NUR 354.
  • NUR 354 is a prerequisite for all 400-level NUR courses.
  • BSN core courses (Nutrition, Growth and Development, Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2, Microbiology, Statistics, Chemistry) must be complete before NUR 453.
  • NUR 454 is a prerequisite or co-requisite of NUR 455; if a student is registered for NUR 455 and is unsuccessful in NUR 454, he/she will be withdrawn from NUR 455 until such time they have successfully completed NUR 454.
  • All RN-BSN program requirements must be complete and transcripts received for all courses before registering for NUR 456.

Students who take an incomplete grade in a course, must finish the coursework for the incomplete course and be issued a grade before they are able to register for a next course.

ACADEMIC HONESTY

Since Jacksonville University students are expected to adhere to the highest standard of academic honesty, grades for courses may also be affected by academic misconduct. To underscore the importance of truth, honesty and accountability, students and instructors should adhere to the following standard:
"I do not lie, cheat, or steal nor do I condone the actions of those who do". Egregious academic misconduct will result in dismissal from the School of Nursing.

Jacksonville University students are expected to adhere to the highest standard of academic honesty. Academic misconduct is defined as follows:

Any form of cheating, including concealed notes during exams, copying or allowing others to copy from an exam, students substituting for one another in exams, submission of another person's work for evaluation, preparing work for another person's submission, unauthorized collaboration on an assignment, submission of the same or substantially similar work for two courses without the permission of the professors. Plagiarism is a form of Academic Misconduct that involves taking either direct quotes or slightly altered, paraphrased material from a source without proper citations and thereby failing to credit the original author. Cutting and pasting from any source including the Internet, as well as purchasing papers, are forms of plagiarism. (Warshauer, M. 2002.)*
*Matthew Warshauer, History Department, Central Connecticut State University, Academic Misconduct/Plagiarism Questionnaire; http://www.history.ccsu.edu/

Such conduct may be subject to disciplinary action including:

  • Penalizing a student's grade on the assignment or examination in question
  • Assigning a failing course grade
  • Dismissal from the University (in cases of especially egregious or repeated offenses).

The faculty regards all incidents of academic misconduct as major offenses which merit disciplinary action. Faculty members will handle each case of academic misconduct in accordance with their own course policy. In the spirit of academic freedom, no further action is required from the instructor following the action taken in response to the incident of academic misconduct if the student agrees to the penalty. However, it is strongly recommended that faculty members report all incidents of academic misconduct to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, with notification to the division chairs and appropriate college dean, in order to identify students who commit additional future incidents of academic misconduct. In addition, the instructor may recommend to the appropriate Division Chair, or College Dean if the department or academic unit in which the course is taught is not part of a division, further sanctions against the student deemed appropriate for the level of academic misconduct. These sanctions may include academic probation, suspension or expulsion. If the sanctions recommended by the instructor are not approved, the instructor may appeal the decision of the Chair/Dean to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. If there is still disagreement, the instructor may refer the decision of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs back to the Chair/Dean of the academic unit from which the appeal originated. The Chair/Dean shall then form a five-person appeal committee along the same guidelines used for the formation of a committee to hear a student appeal (see below).

 

GRADE APPEAL PROCESS
It is up to each instructor to determine the criteria by which students will be graded. Grading can be a subjective process in which knowledge of class material and the quality of work are both factored into the grade. To facilitate the success of all students it is appropriate that they be clearly informed about the number of graded assignments and the weight attached to each assignment. If more specific criteria for grades can be explained, it is appropriate that such explanations are included in the syllabus or other course materials. It is also appropriate for students to be informed if class attendance and participation will be calculated in the final grade. Faculty may provide work for extra credit but are under no obligation to do so.

 

Standard Procedure for Appeals of Grades and Sanctions - It is understood that students may have questions about their grades. Most can easily be answered through consultation with the instructor. In the event that a student feels he/she has been treated unfairly, in that an instructor has deviated from his/her prescribed formula for grading in an arbitrary or punitive manner, the student may appeal the grade.

The following timetable and grade appeal process shall be used whenever the student disagrees with a final course grade assigned, for academic misconduct or any other reason.
  • Appeals cannot normally be made unless a student has first discussed his/her concerns with the instructor. This conference should take place within three business days of the student being notified of the final course grade that has been or will be assigned, unless unforeseen and extenuating circumstances beyond the student's control warrant an extension. The student must be able to document such extenuating circumstances if requested by the instructor. If the university is closed for holiday break within this three-day window, the student and instructor must meet to confer no later than three business days after the beginning of the following semester.
  • If the concerns remain unresolved after the conference with the instructor, the student must inform the instructor in writing within three business days of the conference that he/she is dissatisfied with the results of the conference. The student may then appeal the instructor's decision to the appropriate Division Chair, or the College Dean if the department or academic unit in which the course is taught is not part of a division. In the case that the grade in question was assigned by an adjunct member of the faculty, the appeal must also be made directly to the appropriate Division Chair or College Dean. The student’s appeal to the Division Chair or Dean must be formally submitted in writing, clearly stating and documenting the evidence for unfair, arbitrary or unwarranted treatment and must be submitted within three business days of the student's written notification to the instructor that the issue remains unresolved. The concerned faculty member (or adjunct) may at this time submit a formal written response to the student’s appeal to the Division Chair/Dean, and the student must also receive a copy of this response. The Division Chair/College Dean shall confer jointly with both the student and the concerned faculty member (or adjunct, if available) within five business days of receiving the written appeal. All relevant written documentation from both the student and the professor must be submitted to the Division Chair/Dean in advance of this meeting. If the student's concern is still unresolved after the conference with the Division Chair/Dean and faculty member or if the instructor (or adjunct, if available), disagrees with the decision of the Division Chair/Dean, the Division Chair/Dean shall within five business days form an appeals review committee of four faculty members from within the Division/College (tenured, if possible) to review the work in question and one faculty member (tenured, if possible) from the Committee on Academic Standards, who comes from outside the Division/College, to ensure that both the student and faculty member are fairly treated. All relevant written documentation previously submitted to the Division Chair/Dean must be provided to the committee at the time the committee is formed. Within ten business days, the committee must review the case via a face-to-face meeting and issue its final recommendation. The student must receive written notice of the time and date that the committee will meet and must be informed that he/she has the opportunity to appear at this meeting and to speak on his/her own behalf. The faculty member must also be informed of this meeting, and may also opt to appear before the review committee. If both the faculty member and the student opt to meet with the committee, the committee must ensure that the faculty member and the student appear separately. No “new” evidence/documentation (beyond what was previously submitted to the Division Chair/Dean) is to be submitted to the committee by either the student or the professor. The committee may either recommend the grade remain unchanged from the instructor's decision or recommend the grade be changed to a value the committee deems appropriate for the case. If the case involves academic misconduct, the committee at that time may also recommend probation or suspension of the student, or dismissal from the University based upon compelling evidence of serious academic misconduct. In cases where the committee rules that the student should receive a penalty resulting in a grade of "F" for a course, the student may not withdraw or be withdrawn from the course at any time.
  • The committee's recommendation then must be issued to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Division Chair/College Dean, the instructor, and the student in writing along with an explanation of the rationale for the recommendation. It is the responsibility of the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs to see that the recommendation is carried out. If a semester/term ends without the process reaching a final resolution, the process should continue at the beginning of the next semester at the point that was reached at the conclusion of the previous semester. In this case, the grade assigned for the course will be recorded as "NG" (no grade) on the student's official transcript, without prejudice, until the case is resolved.
  • If the Division or College does not follow the procedures outlined above, then the student or instructor may appeal directly to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. This appeal must be in writing and must clearly demonstrate how the procedures contained in this Grade Appeal Process were violated. The Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs is to determine whether proper procedures have been followed. In the event that they have not been followed, any recommendation or decision may be declared null and void and sent back to the Division or College for reexamination. The final disposition of the case must be reported to both the instructor and the student prior to the issuance of the grade.