Academic Policies and Procedures
All policies presented in this section apply to all students in the Undergraduate Program.
All policies specifically related to progression and retention in the School of Nursing are found in this catalog. Students are responsible for knowledge of and adherence to all policies. Curriculum changes may occur as a result of regular program review.
A credit or credit-hour normally represents the number of class hours per week a course meets during a semester of approximately 15 weeks. Thus, a class that meets for three 50-minute periods, two 75-minute periods, or one 150-minute period a week for one semester is a three-credit course.
In nursing courses, one 50-minute hour of theory equals one credit. Three 60-minute hours of clinical or laboratory study equal one credit. Science and psychology courses carry one credit for each hour of lecture and one credit for every two hours of laboratory work.
The number of credits required for a B.S.N. degree in the School of Nursing is 120 credits. Normal full-time credit load per semester ranges from 13.5 to 16.5 credits. A student who wishes to carry more than 16.5 credits must obtain permission from the Assistant Dean.
Physical education courses meet two class hours a week and do not carry credit.
To obtain the academic index, each course grade for a semester (or for a year, or cumulatively) is expressed in quality points, which are multiplied by the number of credits attached to the course. The sum of these products is then divided by the total number of credits attempted during the semester (or during the year, or cumulatively), and the result carried out to two places in the index. The index is used in determining qualifications for honors and for graduation.
For convenience in estimating and expressing a student’s academic achievement, grades for courses in the School of Nursing are assigned quality points on the following scale:
||Incomplete/Contract (Will change to an IF if work is not completed satisfactorily.)
||See Incomplete Grades in this section.
||See Grading Policies in this section.
Note: Transfer credits are not computed in the academic index except for eligibility for graduation honors. Grades of W and Au are not computed in the academic index.
A minimum grade of C+ is required for all required courses for the nursing program. A student receiving a grade below C+ in a required course may repeat the course once. If a grade of C+ or above is not achieved in the second attempt, the student will be dismissed from the nursing program. The only exception to this policy is elective courses where a minimum grade of C- must be earned.
A student taking a required nursing course for the second time due to failure of the first attempt, may not withdraw unless he/she is passing the course at the time of withdrawal. Withdrawal with a failing status will result in the second failure of the course and the student will be dismissed from the program.
When a course in which a student has received a C, C- or F grade is repeated successfully, an R may be attached next to the original C, C- or F grade. When an R is attached, the original C, C- or F grade will appear on the transcript as C, C- or F, but the C, C- or F grade will not be calculated as part of the cumulative GPA. The course with R carries no quality points and no credit value.
Grade Rounding Policy
Individual tests in all nursing courses, not just clinical courses, will be rounded appropriately. For example a 76.50 is rounded to a 77, but a 76.49 is not. The final grade in all nursing courses does not include individually rounded tests. For example if a course has three exams and the students receives grades of 76.49, 94.59, and 86.78 the number grade for each individual test will be a 76, 95 and 87. But when the final grade is calculated, the numbers 76.49, 94.59, and 86.78 will be factored into the final grade. Only then is the final grade is rounded.
(Except for NUR 447)
Students with a compelling legitimate reason for not completing the required course work within the semester may request a grade of I (Incomplete). An Incomplete is not granted to raise a failing grade.
A contract for completion of required work must be filled out by the faculty member and student, and approved by the Dean. To resolve an incomplete grade, the student must submit the completed work as stipulated in the contract to the instructor by January 31 for the Fall Semester, by June 30 for the Spring Semester, and by August 31 for the Summer Sessions.
Grades must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by February 1 for the Fall Semester, by July 1 for the Spring Semester, and by September 1 for the Summer Sessions. Failure to submit the completed course work by these dates is considered a breach of academic contract. Therefore permission to extend beyond these dates may be only granted by the Assistant Dean.
If a student fails to complete the work of the course by the appropriate date, the I converts to a grade of IF and will be calculated as an F.
Incomplete grades in NUR 447 will follow the “Resolving a Grade of Incomplete in NUR 447” policy, effective September 1, 2014; referenced in this document.
The School of Nursing honors students’ achievement through the following awards:
Dean’s List: Full-time students having a semester grade point average of 3.2 for two consecutive semesters of full-time study are eligible for the Dean’s List.
Honors List: Full-time students having a semester 3.5 grade point average for two consecutive semesters are eligible for honors.
Part-Time Student Honors: Part-time students whose cumulative average for two consecutive semesters is 3.5 are eligible for this special honors status. Part-time students carry 6-11 credits per semester.
Undergraduate Clinical Grading Policies
Students enrolled in laboratory/clinical nursing courses must pass both theory and laboratory/clinical (synthesis) components of the course to receive a passing grade for the course and progress to the next clinical course. Both the theory and laboratory/clinical components must be repeated in the event of a failure of either component.
Students may fail and repeat only one nursing course with a laboratory/clinical component during the course of study. Failure in either theory or laboratory/clinical component or both constitutes a failure in the course. Second failure of any laboratory/clinical nursing course results in dismissal from the nursing program. These courses include: NUR 107 , NUR 207 , NUR 209 , NUR 209 L, NUR 212 , NUR 212L , NUR 309 , NUR 311 , NUR 312 , NUR 314 , NUR 411 , NUR 413 , NUR 414 , NUR 415 , NUR 443 , NUR 444 , NUR 445 , NUR 446 , NUR 447 , and NUR 448 .
Required Courses for Nursing Major
A minimum grade of C+ is required for all required courses for the nursing program, and P in all required laboratory/clinical courses, in the nursing major. A student receiving a grade below C+ in a required course, and an F in all required laboratory/clinical courses, may repeat the course once. The course must be repeated in the next semester of study. If a grade of C+ or above in a required course, or P in all required laboratory/clinical courses, is not achieved in the second attempt, the student will be dismissed from the nursing program.
The only exception to this policy is elective courses where a minimum grade of C- must be earned.
A student re-taking a required nursing course for the second time due to failure of the first attempt, may not withdraw unless he/she is passing the course at the time of withdrawal. Withdrawal with a failing status will result in the second failure of the course and the student will be dismissed from the program.
When a course in which a student has received a C, C- or F grade is repeated successfully, an R grade may be attached to the original C, C- or F grade. When an R is attached, the original C, C- or F grade will appear on the transcript as C, C- or F, but the C, C- or F grade will not be calculated as part of the cumulative GPA. The R grade course carries no quality points and no credit value.
A student may repeat only ONE nursing course with a clinical or laboratory component during the course of study and that course must be repeated in the next semester. If a student fails a second nursing course with a clinical or laboratory component, the student will be dismissed from the nursing program.
A student may repeat no more than two courses required by the nursing major. On the third failure, the student will be dismissed from the nursing program.
(Progression, Probation, Financial Aid Warning, and Dismissal)
For all students in the School of Nursing, the probation and dismissal policies reflect the standards of academic standing for financial aid.
A freshman student must achieve a cumulative average of 2.3 at the completion of the first year. If this GPA is not achieved, the student will be placed on Financial Aid Warning.
A matriculated student who has earned 1 to 120 credits will be in good academic standing if he/she has a cumulative index of 2.3 or better. Transfer credits from other institutions will be considered when determining the number of credits earned, but the grades earned at other institutions will not be included in the cumulative index.
A student will be placed on Financial Aid Warning if:
- the cumulative index falls below 2.3;
- a grade of at least C+ is not achieved in the required courses in the nursing major;
- a grade of passing (P) is not achieved for a clinical or laboratory course;
- the student commits a violation of academic integrity.
A student on Financial Aid Warning will be academically dismissed from the program if:
- the cumulative index is not raised to at least 2.3 by the end of the following semester.
- a grade of C+ or better is not achieved on the second attempt of required course.
- a grade of passing (P) is not achieved on the second attempt of a clinical or laboratory course.
- the student commits a third violation of academic integrity.
A student’s dismissal from the nursing program is based on the following:
- Cumulative GPA falls below 2.3 for two consecutive semesters (including summer school courses attempted).
- Receives a grade below C+ for a required course for the third time; or in combination with next statement below.
- Receives a grade below C- for an elective course for the third time; or in combination with previous statement above.
- May fail and repeat only one nursing course with a clinical or lab component during the course of study. Upon the second failure, the student will be dismissed.
- May repeat no more than three courses required by the nursing major (assuming only one of the courses repeated is a clinical course). Upon the third required course failure, the student will be dismissed.
School of Nursing Attempted Credits Guidelines
||Total Credits Attempted*
||Must Earn at Least (%)
||1-55 credits hours
||50% of scheduled credit hours
||56 through 90 credit hours
||60% of scheduled credit hours
||91 credit hours and above
||70% of scheduled credit hours
||* Transfer credits included
School of Nursing Completed Credits Guidelines
||Required Credits Earned*
||1 - 120 cr.
||* Transfer credits included
Beginning with the first semester of matriculation, a student must complete a certain percentage of the credits attempted in order to remain in good academic standing. Courses from which a student has Withdrawn, or for which he/she has received an Incomplete, do not count as completed courses. In his/her first two semesters, a student must complete at least 50% of the credits attempted to date. In his/her third and fourth semesters, the student must complete at least 60% of these credits, and after that, the student must complete 70% of the credits attempted to date.
Students who fail to meet the standards for academic progress (cumulative index) or pursuit (percentage of cumulative attempted credits earned) will be placed on Federal Financial Aid Warning for the following semester. If the student has not been restored to good academic standing by the end of the effective semester, the student will be dismissed from the School of Nursing, and will lose ALL financial aid eligibility, including loans.
When a student’s failure to meet satisfactory academic standing is the result of unusual mitigating circumstances, the student may request an appeal to be placed on Financial Aid Probation for one additional semester. The circumstances must be fully documented and judged to be compelling by the School of Nursing’s Dean’s office, and the student must complete an Academic Plan that specifies exact conditions that must be met in order to be restored to good academic standing. Students who fail to regain good academic standing after a semester of Financial Aid Probation will be dismissed from the School of Nursing.
A full-time student must complete the program within a maximum of six years or 12 semesters, with a minimum of 12 credits earned per semester. A part-time student must complete the program within eight years or 16 semesters, with a minimum of six credits earned each semester.
Those students who have attained a cumulative index of 3.5 will be graduated cum laude; those whose cumulative index is 3.7 will be graduated magna cum laude; and those whose cumulative index is 3.9 or higher will be graduated summa cum laude. The level of honors is based on the index of all the academic work required by major, and a minimum of 54 credits taken at CNR.
Codes of Course Listings
Each course has one number assigned to it regardless of whether the course is offered in the Fall, Spring, Intersession, or Summer.
Courses are numbered to indicate the level of the offering:
||200 courses are sophomore-level courses
||300 courses are junior-level courses
||400 courses are senior-level courses
Class standing is determined by the number of credit hours successfully completed as of the beginning of each academic semester and by the level of nursing courses the student is currently enrolled in:
The completed credit hours must include the required prerequisites and nursing courses for each year.
Students who have more than 26 credit hours may not be classified as sophomores if they have not completed freshman-year prerequisites for sophomore-level nursing clinical courses. Similarly, junior and senior standing is dependent on completion of the prerequisite courses.
Examinations and Other Degree Requirements
Examinations to evaluate learning are administered during the semester and at the end of a course. There also may be diagnostic examinations administered before or after a course (including Med Math Tests for clinical placement). Final examinations are held each year in December, May, June, and August, according to a schedule drawn up by the Registrar. Other examinations are scheduled on an individual course basis. Course papers or projects are due on the date specified by the faculty member. Standardized tests are administered as a part of a comprehensive plan of program evaluation.
HESI Knowledge Acquisition, Remediation and Testing, and Clinical Skills Competency Demonstration throughout SON Generic Undergraduate Programs
In order for CNR SON students to demonstrate mastery of professional nursing content necessary to pass NCLEX, a series of HESI knowledge acquisition assignments, assigned and required remediation assessments, unproctored and proctored tests in each clinical nursing course, culminating in extensive remediation and testing in NUR 447 will be effective September 1, 2014. Additionally, students will also have to demonstrate clinical competency on 5 of 8 assigned clinical skills in NUR 447 on a pass/fail basis. Two attempts on each skill will be permitted to demonstrate mastery.
An overall score of 77 (76.50 or greater) must be attained in all clinical courses (NUR 209/209L; 309, 311, 411, 413, 445 and 447) before other non-testing elements of the course can be factored into the final grade. Eighty-five percent of the course grade in all clinical courses (except NUR 447 where the percentage is 74%) will consist of objective testing. Course faculty in any nursing clinical course reserve the right to require additional HESI remediation for students who are not performing at the 80% or greater level on classroom tests or HESI tests that are administered. Satisfactory completion of assigned remediation is required in order to pass (C+) any given clinical course. If a student disagrees with an individual remediation plan, they should first attempt to renegotiate with the course faculty. If this is not satisfactory, the student may only submit a written appeal to the Associate Dean whose decision will be final.
A schedule of the required HESI knowledge acquisition assignments, remediation, and testing will be included is included in each syllabus. Unproctored HESI tests must be completed within 48 hours of the test being opened for completion and may be completed at home or on campus. Proctored HESI tests must be completed on campus at the date, time, and place assigned without exception. Course faculty are not required to offer a make-up of a proctored HESI exam. A new exam may only be rescheduled with permission of the Associate Dean or Dean.
Discussion of actual content of test questions or items that appear on any unproctored or proctored HESI exam is considered cheating and is grounds for dismissal from the School of Nursing. Students are discouraged from discussing specific HESI questions/answers on items that occur in their own remediation and self-study. Discussion of HESI content areas is, however, permissible as this may stimulate critical thinking and learning. But having pre-knowledge of test questions or answers may influence a student’s own study and prevent acquisition of personal knowledge required to pass NCLEX.
Finally, any significant willful marking of any proctored or unproctored HESI to simply quickly complete an exam without a serious effort to answer the questions to the best of the student’s ability will be considered grounds for dismissal from the School of Nursing.
Calculation of Grade in NUR 447: Transitions to Professional Practice & Leadership, and Resolving a Grade of Incomplete in NUR 447
First, students who are taking NUR 447 for the first time will receive a grade of Incomplete if they have not established a final grade of 76.5 by the end of the course, including the highest of three grades on the three Comprehensive HESI Tests. Second, students who fail to demonstrate competency on five critical clinical skills after two attempts will also receive an Incomplete. Third, if a 76.5 testing grade is established but the student’s non-objective testing brings their grade down below 76.5, the student will also receive a grade of Incomplete. In all three cases the final course average (including scores on individual tests) will carry over into the following semester (including 10 week summer sessions).
Students will retake NUR 447 the subsequent semester in order to resolve the grade of Incomplete and the student will not be charged. All students attempting to resolve the grade of Incomplete must complete an additional 500 AEQ questions before the first class begins and before they can start the course With advisement by the course faculty, an individual knowledge acquisition, remediation and testing plan, including retaking the Comprehensive HESI will be required, and (if necessary), the re-writing of previous non-objective course assignments that pulled down the final course grade or demonstration of competency on a new set of 5 random critical clinical skills. At the end of 5 weeks a Comprehensive HESI will be administered to all students. If the student has now achieved an overall course grade of 76.5 (including the retaking of any specialty exam content that needed to be remediated or the completion and/or improvement in the grade of required writing assignments or mastery on 5 critical clinical nursing skills), the student will be given a final grade and will be immediately signed off by the Dean for completion of their BSN coursework and eligible to take NCLEX. If any student has not achieved a 76.5 by mid-semester, they will be offered another opportunity to achieve the required score at the end of the semester (week 10) with the administration of another Comprehensive HESI and completion of any remaining specialty tests (or papers or re-demonstration of skills mastery) that need to be repeated. If the student has now achieved an overall course grade of 76.5 the student will be given a final grade and will be immediately signed off by the Dean for completion of their BSN coursework and eligible to take NCLEX.
If a final grade of 76.5 has still not been achieved after two semesters, the grade of Incomplete will continue into one more additional semester only before a final grade is calculated. In the final semester the student will have to have answered 1,000 AEQ questions before the first class begins. The previous schedule of knowledge acquisition, remediation and testing will continue, with opportunities at week 5 (including a Comprehensive HESI) and week 10 (including a Comprehensive HESI) and any other activities (written papers or skills testing) to establish the 76.5. If the student achieves an overall course grade of 76.5 by week 5 or 10, the student will be given a final grade and will be immediately signed off by the Dean for completion of their BSN coursework and eligible to take NCLEX.
If the final grade is still below 76.5 after three semesters, the grade of Incomplete will convert to a final average and a final grade will be recorded. If this is only the first clinical course the student has failed, the student may return and retake the complete NUR 447 with no grades carried over, including paper assignments and skills testing. If this is the second clinical course the student has failed, the student is dismissed from the nursing program. If this is the second or third nursing course the student has failed, but only the first clinical course the student has failed, the student is eligible to retake NUR 447. If this is the fourth nursing course the student has failed, the student is dismissed from the nursing program.
Note: If a student is returning to resolve a grade of Incomplete in any semester, including summer, the semesters will follow a 10 week calendar NOT a 15 week Fall or Spring semester. Summer I and II is combined to form a 10 week summer semester. Please note that the Spring semester of any year, the first day of class begins with the first day of the CNR SON Intercession (not the first day of the SON Spring calendar) and continues for 10 weeks into the formal Spring Semester. If any student does not return any subsequent semester to resolve a grade of Incomplete the final grade from the previous semester will be calculated and posted as final.
RN Licensure Examination
Graduates of the B.S.N. program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Applicant Handbooks are available in the School of Nursing Office. Students are encouraged to sit for the NCLEX-RN within 90 days after graduation.
Health Clearance Status Report Form, CPR Certification & First Aid Training, and Criminal Background Check and Drug Testing
Any student who will be registered for a clinical nursing course must submit to the School of Nursing a current College Health Services Health Status Report Form, a valid Health Care Provider CPR card, and documentation of Background Check and Drug Testing (only performed by an institute approved by the School of Nursing).
The Health Clearance and CPR certification documents must be submitted to the School of Nursing by May 1 for Summer clinical courses, July 1 for Fall clinical courses, and December 1 for Spring clinical courses. These documents must be valid through the last day of the semester for which the student is registering.
Effective Spring 2015, for students enrolled in NUR 209 “Nursing I: Foundations for Nursing Practice”: Students progressing to NUR 309 “Nursing II: Acute Health Problems (Adult Health I)” / NUR 314 “Nursing II: Synthesis: Acute Health Problems (Adult Health I)” must show proof of completion of the American Red Cross First Aid Training before registering for this class sequence. Documentation must be valid through the last day of the semester for which the student is registering, and certification must be maintained through graduation. Students can take a combined First Aid/CPR course instead of each course separately, as long as it is completed before NUR 209 “Nursing I: Foundations for Nursing Practice.”
The Criminal Background Check and Drug Testing, which is regulated by an unbiased outside organization with contractual arrangements through the School of Nursing, must be submitted before registering for the first of the sequenced clinical courses. Instructions are available through the Assistant Dean’s office.
Students who do not fulfill these requirements will not be permitted to be registered for clinical courses.
Criminal Background Check and Drug Testing Policy
The College of New Rochelle School of Nursing (“School of Nursing”) does not require a criminal background check or drug test for admission to any of its programs. However, the School of Nursing’s educational requirements include successful completion of several clinical programs at hospitals and other healthcare facilities. The School of Nursing has agreements with various hospitals and healthcare facilities for clinical programs. Each facility sets its own standards and procedures for a student’s access to the facility and the specific clinical rotation. The hospitals and healthcare facilities frequently require that a student undergo a criminal background check and drug test prior to placement in the clinical program. The hospital or healthcare facility may also require that the student undergo another criminal background check and drug test at any time during the clinical program.
If the hospital or healthcare facility determines that based on the results of the criminal background check or drug test the student’s participation in the clinical program is not in the best interests of the clinical site, it may deny the student admission to the clinical program. Likewise, should the hospital or healthcare facility determine that based on a criminal background check or drug test taken during the clinical program the student’s continued participation in the program is not in the clinical sites’ best interest, it may dismiss the student from the program. Similarly, should the student begin the clinical program before the results of the criminal background check or drug test are received, the clinical site may elect to dismiss the student from the clinical program based on the results of the criminal background check or drug test, regardless of the student’s performance in the clinical program.
Should a student be denied access to a required clinical site, the student will not be able to complete the course requirements needed for continued matriculation and graduation from the School of Nursing. This is an important consideration before enrolling in the School of Nursing. CNR has no obligation to refund tuition and fees or to otherwise accommodate the student in the event the student is ineligible to complete the course requirements based on the results of a criminal background check or drug testing.
Med Math Policy
Students in the School of Nursing are required to complete successfully a mastery test of math comprehension and calculation necessary for the safe administration of oral, parenteral, and intravenous medications. Prior to continuing in each clinical course sequence, students will have two opportunities to pass the Med Math Mastery Test. The clinical courses requiring Med Math Tests are: NUR 314 (passing grade is 90); NUR 312 O/P (passing grade is 95); NUR 415 and NUR 414 (passing grade is 95); and NUR 446 and NUR 448 (passing grade is 100).
Med Math Test #1
- Will be given at the conclusion of the current clinical course for the next semester.
- If the student PASSES Med Math Test #1, the student may continue in the next clinical course(s) sequence.
- If the student FAILS Med Math Test #1, the student is required to complete a program remediation plan prior to taking Med Math Test #2.
Med Math Test #2
- Will be given prior to the start of the first day of the semester
- Students must have documentation of completion of the required remediation plan. If the student does not complete the required remediation plan, the student is not eligible to take Med Math Test #2 and MAY NOT continue in the next clinical course(s) sequence.
- If the student PASSES Med Math Test #2, the student may continue in the next clinical course(s) sequence.
- If the student FAILS Med Math Test #2, the student MAY NOT continue in the next clinical course(s) sequence and MUST complete an additional required remediation program. The student will be eligible to take the Med Math Tests the following semester.
Med Math Failure Policy
If a student fails Med Math Test #2 twice during the nursing program, the student will be dismissed from the nursing program.
Registration for Summer Clinical Nursing Courses
Clinical courses offered in the Summer require intensive and accelerated work (4-5 days per week for 10 weeks instead of the usual 15 weeks). Students must have a strong academic background in order to succeed in this type of accelerated work. Students who are interested in taking clinical nursing courses in the Summer must apply. Application and selection are based on student cumulative GPA (minimum of 3.5) and availability of clinical sites and faculty.
Credit Distribution Requirements
When selecting elective courses, students must check with their academic advisor to assure that the course selected fits the appropriate category for fulfillment of degree requirements for the School of Nursing.
All prerequisites must be completed for admission to each nursing course. Any requests for waivers of co-requisite or prerequisite courses must be submitted to the Assistant Dean for evaluation.
Students registering for NUR 447/NUR 448 must have completed all graduation requirements previously or must register for them concurrently with this capstone course. No courses may be taken after NUR 447/NUR 448.
If NUR 447/NUR 448 is to be taken during the Summer Session, the total number of credits the student may register for is nine (9) credits.
The administration and faculty of the School of Nursing consider thorough preparation and class attendance implicit in the academic responsibility of the student. It is expected that all students will attend and be active participants in classes, clinical, and laboratory experiences. Students enrolled in all theory, clinical, and laboratory nursing courses must meet the attendance requirements for each course. Students may not be in the clinical setting when school is not in session, including semester breaks and official College holidays.
Transportation to Clinical Facilities
Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from clinical agencies in the community and metropolitan New York City Area.
Students admitted to the School of Nursing must possess a level of health that does not endanger the health and safety of self, clients, peers, students, or other members of the College Community. The following documentation is required:
- Proof of immunity for measles/mumps and rubella is required prior to class attendance.
- Complete health assessment/physical examination is required prior to clinical or practica courses.
- Submission of the Health Assessment Forms distributed by Student Health Service to document health status.
In addition to the above, depending on clinical site requirements, students may be required to submit documentation of additional items.
Leave of Absence Policy
A Leave of Absence may be appropriate if the student intends to return to the College following a temporary absence for compelling reasons, which may include but are not limited to:
- Family emergencies
- Medical reasons
- Military service
Prior to the beginning of the semester, a student may request from the Dean of their respective school a Leave of Absence from their studies for up to one academic year. Once the semester has begun, students may request a Leave of Absence from their studies for up to 180 days. In the latter instance, a student receiving federal loans retains their in-school status for a maximum of 180 days.
The request for a Leave of Absence must be made in writing, and submitted with supporting documentation, to the Dean, who will review it and either approve or deny the request. The Dean will not consider nor approve a Leave of Absence for any student receiving Financial Aid without the student first attending Financial Aid Counseling. If the Leave of Absence is approved, the student remains enrolled in the School. In the event that the student is unable to return following the leave of absence period, the regular withdrawal procedure will be followed and the student will incur financial liability.
Medical Leave of Absence: Students who need a Medical Leave of Absence must submit a request in writing, with supporting documentation, to the Dean of their respective school. The request for a Medical Leave of Absence will be sent by the Dean to the Vice President for Student Services. The Vice President of Student Services will review the request and contact the student directly.
Students who have withdrawn from the College, or who have exceeded two consecutive leaves of absence, and wish to be considered for re-admission must reapply through the Enrollment Management Office. The student should contact the Admissions Office regarding requirements for re-admission. Official transcripts of any completed college-level work following withdrawal from The College of New Rochelle must be submitted for review.
Course or College Withdrawal
A student who plans to withdraw from a course and/or the College must make an appointment with the Assistant Dean. Withdrawal is not accomplished until the form has been signed by the Assistant Dean, Bursar, and the Assistant Director of Financial Aid.
With the permission of the course faculty, a student may withdraw from a course at any time within the first two weeks of the semester without academic penalty. After that time, a student must have permission from the Assistant Dean and the faculty member to withdraw from a course. During this period, a withdrawal will be recorded as a W on the transcript. Withdrawal from short term courses (2 or 3 days) is with permission of faculty and Assistant Dean only.
Withdrawal from a course must take place prior to November 1 for the Fall Semester; April 1 for the Spring Semester, or July 5 for the Summer Sessions. After that time, the grade for the course will be recorded as an F. An authorized withdrawal from a course does not exempt the student from financial liability.
Unauthorized withdrawal from a course prior to the above listed dates results in a grade of WX. If the student is failing at the time of withdrawal, the WX becomes an F.
An enrolled student who has not registered for two semesters and who has not formally notified the Assistant Dean of his/her intentions, may be administratively withdrawn from the School. The student must reapply for admission to the School of Nursing if desiring to return to the program. If readmitted, the student will be bound by the current academic policies in effect at the time of re-admission.
The College reserves the right to require, at any time, the withdrawal of a student who does not maintain a satisfactory standard of scholarship; who cannot remain in the College without detriment to health of self or others; or who, in the judgment of the College authorities, fails to live up to College and School standards and regulations. These policies and behaviors are enumerated specifically in The College of New Rochelle Student Handbook and classroom and clinical policies. All students are required to read these documents and to abide by the policies therein.
Dates of Degrees
The School of Nursing awards degrees in May, August, and January. August graduates are permitted to participate in commencement and other related activities provided they have nine or fewer credits to complete before August. January graduates participate in commencement the following May.
Application for Graduation Deadlines
Application for graduation must be completed according to the following schedule:
- January 31 for May candidates
- September 30 for January candidates
- January 31 for August candidates participating in May graduation events.
- June 30 for August candidates who will not participate in May graduation events.
Any inter-school registration at The College of New Rochelle must be approved by both the Dean of the school in which the student is matriculated (“home” school) and the Dean of the school in which the student wishes to take credits that semester. Credits being taken by a student outside of the school in which he/she is matriculated will be billed at the rate of his/her “home” school.
Students and Religious Observance
The College of New Rochelle subscribes to the guidelines on student and religious observance adopted in September 1986 by the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities. It is the intent of the College to reasonably accommodate the individual student’s religious obligations and practices without penalty when they may conflict with academic responsibilities.
Students must request religious observance consideration in writing to the Assistant Dean prior to the beginning of the semester. Reasonable accommodation is based on the good faith effort of the faculty and administration, and due notice by the student to the faculty or administration of the anticipated religious observance. Accordingly,
- the College will provide each student who is absent from school because of his or her religious obligations and practices an equivalent opportunity to make up any examination, study, or work requirements which may have been missed because of such absence on any particular day or days;
- the College requires the student who will be absent because of his or her religious obligations and practices to notify the instructor in writing. This should be done prior to the absence, but in no case later than the 15th day after the first day of each scheduled class in the semester;
- the College agrees to exercise the fullest measure of good faith, and agrees that no adverse or prejudicial effects should result to any student who avails himself or herself of the institution’s guidelines on religious observances;
- a student who is unable to attend a weekly clinical course due to religious weekly observations must register with the Assistant Dean the semester prior to each clinical course.
Academic Code of Conduct
Students are responsible for setting and maintaining intellectual, moral, and professional standards for themselves. These standards are assumed to be ones that reflect positively on the College, its students, and the nursing profession. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the principles set forth in the following statements:
A. Intellectual Responsibility
Each person’s education is the product of his/her own intellectual effort and participation in a learning process of critical thinking and dialogue. The College best educates those who are willing to submit their own work and ideas to critical assessment, and who do not interfere with the participation of others in the intellectual process.
The School of Nursing values and defends freedom of speech and dissent. It affirms the right of teachers and students to teach and learn, free from coercion, intimidation, and subject to the constraints of reasoned discourse and peaceful conduct. Thus, the School of Nursing assures and protects the rights of its members to express their views. Respect for the rights, dignity, and integrity of others, as well as oneself, is essential. A student who fails to conduct himself/herself in a manner consistent with the principles set forth, abridges free expression in a class, or obstructs access to books, course materials, or the place in which the class normally meets, jeopardizes the student’s continued association with the College.
B. Statement of Academic Integrity
Preamble: The School of Nursing seeks to prepare students for roles in professional nursing. Congruent with the mission of The College of New Rochelle and with the American Nurses Association Code for Nurses, the School of Nursing holds students to standards of ethical and professional practice.
When individuals become nurses, they make a moral commitment to uphold the values and special moral obligations expressed in their code. The Code for Nurses [and the philosophy of the School of Nursing are] based on a belief about the nature of individuals, nursing, health, and society…. When making clinical judgments, nurses base their decisions on consideration of consequences and of universal moral principles, both of which prescribe and justify nursing actions. The most fundamental of these principles is respect for persons. Other principles stemming from this basic principle are autonomy (self-determination), beneficence (doing good), nonmaleficence (avoiding harm), veracity (truth-telling), confidentiality (respecting privileged information), fidelity (keeping promises), and justice (treating people fairly) (Code for Nurses, 1985, p. I).
In addition, the School of Nursing bases its philosophy on the overriding principle of caring. Caring as a moral imperative of the discipline, profession and practice of nursing suggests that the substantive base of nursing is preserving the dignity of others (Gadow, 1985; Watson, 1988; Paterson & Crawford, 1994). The nature of a caring relationship in the context of nursing requires respect, reciprocity, and mutuality. The expectations of students and faculty are that caring as a core value will be the basis for all interpersonal relationships.
The knowledge of and adherence to the standards of professional ethics and practice is an integral part of professional preparation. Students, faculty, staff and administrators in the School of Nursing have an obligation to maintain standards of academic and professional integrity.
Members of the School of Nursing community are expected to uphold standards of professional behavior in their course work, clinicals, internships, practica, volunteer endeavors, research practica, research projects, and other academic experiences. Students, faculty, staff and administrators should be familiar with and follow the written code of standards and ethics accepted by the profession of nursing, including standards of confidentiality and professional practice. In addition, all School of Nursing stakeholders should understand and conform to proper methods of academic behavior and research methodologies, including, but not limited to, gaining proper written consent from research subjects, employing ethical methods of research, and establishing ethical goals of research.
C. Violations of the Standards of Integrity
The following behaviors represent some examples of violations of the standards of academic integrity:
- Plagiarism: Taking and submitting as one’s own, without proper citation or credit, another person’s words or ideas, obtained from book, papers, periodicals, tables, videotapes, audio recordings, Internet messages, or other ideas or words received through the computer.
- Cheating/Improper Examination Procedures: Using any unauthorized aid during an examination or test. This includes, but is not limited to, writing the answers down prior to the exam for use during the exam, copying another person’s work, or obtaining copies of the exam prior to taking the test.
- Misuse of Academic Materials: Damaging, stealing, fabricating information or copying without proper permission any book, periodical, videotape, audio recording, computer program, tools for academic work, display, or written paper whether published or unpublished.
- Secondary Submission of Work: Submitting a paper or other project that has already been used for any other class, or buying or using another person’s work.
- Fabricating of Data: Creating or using false data or non-existent data in case studies, term projects and research efforts.
- Clinical Misconduct: Violating an ethical or moral principle as set forth by the American Nurses Association Code for Nurses.
- See also Student Code of Conduct in Student Handbook.
- See also Classroom/Laboratory and Clinical Policies.
D. Student Responsibility
Students are responsible for knowledge of proper ethics and standards. Ignorance will not be accepted as an excuse for any infraction of these guidelines.
E. Academic Integrity
- Each student is responsible for reading and abiding by the Statement of Academic Integrity.
- The identification of violations of academic integrity is the responsibility of each stakeholder in the School of Nursing.
- If the evidence of a violation of academic integrity is persuasive:
- The faculty member must notify the student verbally at the time of the infraction that a breach of academic integrity has occurred, that the Violation of Academic Integrity Form will be completed, and that support services are available on campus for counseling, if needed.
- Faculty completes, signs and submits the Violation of Academic Integrity Form to the Assistant Dean. Unless the faculty member recommends otherwise, the Dean, who, as the confidential record keeper of students’ violations of academic integrity, identifies the suitable sanction based on the student’s academic history and signs the form:
First offense: Dismissal from The College of New Rochelle.
A Violation of Academic Integrity that involves Plagiarism will be sanctioned as follows:
First offense: Failure for the course.
Second offense: Dismissal from The College of New Rochelle School of Nursing.
- The completed Violation of Academic Integrity Form is sent to the student’s last known address.
- If the student accepts the sanction, the form must be signed and dated by the student and resubmitted to the appropriate program chair for filing.
- If the student contests the violation and the sanction, as stated on the Violation of Academic Integrity Form, the student will be provided with a timely hearing, in not less than two and not more than four weeks, in front of the Academic Integrity Committee & Student Grievance Subcommittee.
- The Academic Integrity and Student Grievance Board Membership:
- Faculty Chair
- Two faculty member
- Two student representatives
- SON administrator to serve ex-officio
- At the hearing:
- The faculty chair of the hearing will present written documentation of the infraction.
- The student may present a written rebuttal to the faculty member’s documentation.
- Neither the student nor the faculty member will be afforded representation by outside counsel at the hearing.
- A decision will be made by the committee and reported to the Dean whether or not a violation of academic integrity has occurred. If a “preponderance of evidence” (Burnett, Rudolph and Clifford, 1998, p. 83) exists, the sanction will be imposed.
- The Dean will communicate the final decision to the student and the involved faculty.
Grade Appeals Process
When a faculty/student course grade disagreement occurs, the following procedure must be followed:
- The student must discuss the issue with course faculty member(s) to attempt resolution. After discussing the issue, both the student and the faculty member(s) must sign a Verification Form confirming that they have met and discussed the issue. This form must be submitted to the Assistant Dean prior to the deadline dates listed below.
- If the student believes resolution was not reached, the student and faculty member(s) may appeal to the Assistant Dean to attempt satisfactory resolution. The Assistant Dean, faculty member(s), and student must sign the Verification Form confirming that they have met and discussed the issue, prior to the deadline dates listed below.
- If the student continues to believe resolution was not achieved, the student must present a written request for review, detailing the disagreement and submit a completed “Grade Appeals/Grievance Checklist” (available in the Assistant Dean’s Office) to the Chair of the Academic Integrity Committee & Student Grievance Subcommittee. The Committee Chair will then decide whether the Appeal/Grievance merits a hearing by the Committee.
- The Academic Integrity and Student Grievance Board Membership includes:
- Faculty Chair
- Two faculty members
- Two student representatives
- SON administrator to serve ex-officio
- Written requests must be submitted by:
January 10th for Fall semester issues.
June 10th for Spring semester issues.
August 20th for Summer session issues.
*If a date falls on a weekend/holiday, the date considered would be the following business day.
- Upon receipt of the request, the Subcommittee will initiate its investigation. The Subcommittee may request oral statements from the faculty member(s) and student as deemed necessary.
- The Chairperson of the Subcommittee will notify, in writing, the Dean within one business day of its recommendation.
- The Dean will communicate the final decision to the student by certified return-receipt mail via the U.S. Postal Service, and the involved faculty member(s).
Clinical & Classroom Behavior Policy for the School of Nursing
Student behavior that is detrimental to the welfare of patients, hospital, staff, faculty, or other students within the clinical setting or classroom may lead to dismissal of the student from the clinical setting or classroom. This may result in the student not being able to successfully meet the course objectives. Students will not be permitted a make-up day if dismissed from the clinical setting by a faculty member.
Classroom Standards for Test and Exams
Personal Items/Electronic Devices
All items other than Student IDs must be placed in front of the test/exam room. Items to be placed in the front of the room include but are not limited to: laptop or handheld computers, cell phones, camera devices, listening devices, hidden electronic equipment, external/internal ear devices, calculators. Pencils and calculators will be provided to each student at the time of the test/exam, if necessary.
Outerwear such as coats, jackets, hooded sweaters, scarves, hats, ear muffs, or sun glasses may not be worn in the testing/exam room. Scarves worn for religious observance may be worn during the test/exam.
Code of Conduct Behaviors
- Students must present CNR picture student identification prior to the test/exam distribution.
- Students must remain seated. No verbal exchanges among students will be permitted during the test/exam.
- Calculators, if needed, will be provided by the proctor.
- Exams must remain on the top of the table/desk during the test/exam. Nothing other than the test/exam will be permitted on the top of the student’s desk during the test/exam.
- Tests/exams will begin and end on time.
- Tests/exams will be timed.
- All materials associated with the test/exam must be handed to the proctor before leaving the test/exam room.
- A student who arrives late to the test/exam will be admitted at the discretion of the proctor only.
- A student will receive a zero grade for the test/exam if he/she fails to turn the test/exam in on time.
- A student who leaves the test/exam room for any reason will not be permitted to return during the test/exam period.
Failure to abide by the above Standards during a test/exam will result in a zero for the test/exam and possible disciplinary action as per the Academic Integrity Policy of the School of Nursing stated in this catalog.
Code of Conduct in Classroom/Laboratory Setting
Standards of the Code of Conduct in the Classroom/Laboratory setting include but are not limited to:
- Respectful and courteous communication and conduct
- Preparation for class or clinical
- Punctual attendance at class
- Punctual submission of course work
- Participation in the teaching/learning process
- All assignments MUST be submitted on the assigned due date
Violations of the School of Nursing Code of Conduct in the Classroom/Laboratory setting include but are not limited to:
- Fraud or fraudulence and/or use of other’s work
- Lack of preparation for class or clinical
- Inappropriate or disruptive activities or behavior
- Use of cell phones or other electronic devices during class time without the permission of the faculty. All electronic devices must be turned off during class
- Eating/drinking in the classroom/laboratory setting
- Unexcused lateness or absence from class
Faculty reserve the right to dismiss the student from the classroom/laboratory setting for violations of the Code of Conduct.
Code of Conduct for Clinical Experience
The official uniform of the CNR School of Nursing will be used for clinical experiences, laboratory experiences and any other clinical activity as specified by the faculty.
- Hair must be arranged so that none dangles in front from the shoulders.
- A watch with a second hand, name pin, and school ID are required.
- Small stud earrings and plain rings may be worn. No other jewelry may be worn.
- Plain white hosiery, white shoes, and underwear that cannot be seen through the uniform must be worn.
- No low-cut blouses permitted.
- Perfume may not be worn.
- Only plain white or blue sweaters may be worn with the uniform.
- Moderate use of cosmetics is appropriate.
- Perfume may not be worn.
- Nails must be kept short, clean and in good repair.
- Nail polish may not be worn.
- Artificial nails may not be worn.
Communicate any concerns, difficulties, questions with your clinical instructor first. If these issues are unresolved, then communicate with your course coordinator before relating these to the Assistant Dean of the School of Nursing.
All communication between faculty and the student remain confidential unless the situation warrants the information be shared with the appropriate person (faculty, SON administrator, clinical site administrator).
Student behavior found to be detrimental to the welfare of clients, faculty, fellow students or hospital staff or any action or omission which would compromise patient safety within the clinical setting may lead to the immediate removal of the student from the clinical setting and may result in a failure of the clinical course. Removal or dismissal from the clinical area at the request of the clinical agency may result in immediate failure of the clinical course.
Examples of detrimental behavior include but are not limited to:
- Lack of preparation
- Failure to follow directions of the clinical instructor
- Fraud or fraudulence and use of other’s work
- Inappropriate and/or disruptive activities
- Failure to report errors
- Unsafe skills performance that may result in the actual or potential harm to a patient or staff member
- Improper documentation
- Unexcused absence
- Use of cell phone or any electronic device other than required by the clinical instructor
- Any action or omission which would compromise patient safety
Attendance and Punctuality
Attendance and punctuality are mandatory for all scheduled clinical experiences whether in the LRCN or agency setting. If a student is unable to attend clinical, the student must notify the instructor directly before the start of the clinical day. The instructor will determine whether the absence is excused or unexcused. The faculty may require documentation for an excused absence. Lateness of more than 15 minutes will be considered an absence. Only one excused absence is permitted during the clinical rotation. Any additional unexcused absences will result in immediate failure of the course.
All students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from clinical agencies.
The clinical day begins promptly at the stated time. Students must be on the unit ready for work at that time and complete the required clinical hours each day. If there is an unexpected delay, the student must call the instructor in the clinical agency to inform him/her. The instructor reserves the right to deny admission to the clinical setting.
Students may be requested by the clinical agency/instructor to report to the agency before the scheduled start of the clinical day or stay after the completion of the scheduled clinical day. Students are required to stay on the clinical unit until all assigned patient care activities are completed.
All assignments MUST be submitted on the assigned due date.
Cell Phones and Electronic Devices
Cell phones or any other electronic devices may not be brought inside the buildings of the clinical agencies. There are no exceptions to this policy. Any student who brings a cell phone to the clinical facility will receive a grade of F for the clinical course. Any student who uses a cell phone or any other electronic device including but not limited to cameras, camera phones, and recording devices, will be dismissed from the School of Nursing.
Students should provide the unit phone number and the name of the clinical instructor as an emergency contact.
There will be a formative (mid-term) and summative (final) clinical evaluation. When meeting the clinical instructor for formative and summative evaluations, the student may bring a copy of the clinical evaluation tool as a self-assessment work sheet. The student must document where the clinical instructor can find evidence that he/she have met, or is working toward, each clinical objective.
Evidence of continuing unprofessional behavior will result in failure of the clinical course.
The student must achieve satisfactory performance in all clinical objectives in order to progress to the next nursing course.
The faculty reserve the right to dismiss a student from the clinical area for any action or omission that may jeopardize patient safety or violate the code of conduct. This may result in an immediate failure of the clinical course.
If the agency dismisses the student from the clinical area for unsafe performance or unprofessional behavior, the student will fail the clinical component of the course.
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