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 and Healthcare Professions 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. in Nursing degree in the School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions is 125 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 Office of the 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 and Healthcare Professions 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 pre-requisite and required courses for the nursing program, including Medical Ethics, Health Economics, and the Nursing Electives. 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 general Liberal Arts 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 “E” may be attached next to the original C, C- or F grade. When an “E” 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 an “E” carries no quality points and no credit value.
Grade Rounding Policy
Individual tests in all nursing courses, not just clinical courses, are not rounded. Only the final grade is rounded. For example a 76.50 is rounded to a 77, but a 76.49 is not.
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 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.
The School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions 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 200/NUR 200L; NUR 217/NUR 218; NUR 222; NUR 223; NUR 316/NUR 318; NUR 328/NUR 332; NUR 333/NUR 334; NUR 413/NUR 414; NUR 402/NUR 403; NUR 416/NUR 417; NUR 426/NUR 427; NUR 428/NUR 429.
Required Courses for Nursing Major
A minimum grade of C+ is required for all pre-requisite and required courses for the nursing program, including Medical Ethics, Health Economics, and the Nursing Electives; 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 general Liberal Arts 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 “E” grade may be attached to the original C, C- or F grade. When an “E” 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 “E” 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 and Healthcare Professions, 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 125 credits will be in good academic standing if he/she has a cumulative index of 2.3 or better; and has successfully passed the Med Math Exam at their level. 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 pre-requisite and 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 pre-requisite and required courses.
- 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 pre-requisite and required course for the third time; or in combination with next statement below.
- Receives a grade below C- for a general Liberal Arts 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 and Healthcare Professions 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 and Healthcare Professions Completed Credits Guidelines
||Required Credits Earned*
||1 - 125 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 Healthcare Professions, 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 and Healthcare Professions’ 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 and Healthcare Professions.
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 at 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.
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 and Healthcare Professions Office. Students are encouraged to sit for the NCLEX-RN within 90 days after graduation.
Health Clearance Status Report Form, BLS Certification, 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 and Healthcare Professions a current College Health Services Health Status Report Form; a valid card indicating hands-on training in BLS Health Care Provider (“Basic Life Support”) [On-Line Courses not permitted]; and documentation of Background Check and Drug Testing (only performed by an institute approved by the School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions; see the Office of the Dean).
The Health Clearance and BLS certification document must be submitted to the School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions before May 1 for Summer clinical courses, before July 1 for Fall clinical courses, and before December 1 for Spring clinical courses. These documents must be valid through the last day of the semester for which the student is registering.
The Criminal Background Check and Drug Testing, which is regulated by an unbiased outside organization with contractual arrangements through the School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions, must be submitted before registering for the first of the sequenced clinical courses. Instructions are available through the Office of the Dean.
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 and Healthcare Professions (“School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions”) does not require a criminal background check or drug test for admission to any of its programs. However, the School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions’ educational requirements include successful completion of several clinical programs at hospitals and other healthcare facilities. The School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions 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 and Healthcare Professions. This is an important consideration before enrolling in the School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions. 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 and Healthcare Professions 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.
To enter the following clinical courses requires a Med Math Test score as noted:
- NUR 316 and NUR 328, passing grade is 90 or completion of NUR 223 in prior semester.
- NUR 333 and NUR 413, passing grade is 95.
- NUR 402 and NUR 416, passing grade is 95.
- NUR 426 and NUR 428, passing grade is 100.
Med Math Test #1
- Will be given mid way through the semester 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 at the end of the semester or 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 is unable to progress to the next clincial course after required remediation is completed, the student will be dismissed from the nursing program. A student may only fail Med Math twice throughout their clinical progression. Failure of Med Math a third time, will result in dismissal from the nursing program.
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 and Healthcare Professions.
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 Office of the Dean for evaluation.
Students registering for NUR 428/NUR 429 must have completed all graduation requirements previously or must register for them concurrently with this capstone course. No courses may be taken after NUR 428/NUR 429.
The administration and faculty of the School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions 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
All students are responsible for providing their own transportation, and the related expenses, to and from clinical agencies in the community and metropolitan area, within a 75-mile radius.
Students admitted to the School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions 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 (MLOA): A MLOA is a way to temporarily suspend a student’s academic record and allow time for the student to be well enough to continue their course of study. Ordinarily, a MLOA is granted for one semester and students must be in good academic standing to qualify. You should consider applying for a Medical Leave if and when you become aware that your health problems (physical, mental, or emotional), are interfering with your ability to continue studies. For information on how to request a MLOA, please visit this section located in the Student Handbook.
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.
A student incurs a financial obligation to pay tuition at the time of registration at The College of New Rochelle (CNR). The student’s decision to not attend or to stop attending, a class constitutes either a “drop” or a “withdrawal” depending on the timing of the notice to the College. The timing of the notification also determines the student’s tuition liability with the College.
An official “drop” releases the student from tuition liability from the dropped class (es). The record of registration for the dropped class (es) does not appear on the student’s transcript. A drop only occurs when the student notifies the College of his/her intent to remove the course registration and not attend class (es) before the start of the semester and up to the first week of the semester.
Students are also able to adjust (add/drop) their course schedule through the Banner Hub up to the first week of the semester while web registration is open. To ensure that the class has been dropped, it is the student’s responsibility to check student account and make sure that the charges associated with the class (es) have been removed. If the charges have not been removed, the class is NOT successfully dropped.
After web registration closes for the semester in question, the student must meet with his/her academic advisor in person or notify the Office of the Dean’s/Campus Director in writing of his/her request to drop the class (es). This request must be sent from the student’s CNR email account and be directed to email@example.com.
As soon as Web Registration has concluded, all classes that student wish to not take can no longer be dropped and can only be “withdrawn”.
If a student notifies the College of his/her intention to be removed from a class (es) after the web registration has closed, the College’s official refund schedule determines the amount, if any, of the tuition refund the student may receive. Fees are non-refundable.
The tuition refund schedule is specific to the semester in which the student is enrolled:
- Fall and Spring Semesters
- Summer Sessions
- Intersession and Weekend Classes
A withdrawal from a class requires the permission of the Dean and cannot be completed by the student on-line. The student must bring the completed withdrawal form to the Office of the Registrar for processing. It is the date of the Deans sign-off on the withdrawal form that serves as the withdrawal date for the purposes of calculating the refund. Withdrawal from a class will result in a W grade for that class on the student transcript. Students must check with their financial aid counselor regarding award eligibility as withdrawing from a class (es) can impact financial aid awards in the current, future semesters and/or Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards ensure that students are successfully completing his/her coursework and can continue to receive financial aid. All students receiving financial aid are required to meet SAP standards.
Federal regulations require the College to establish, publish, and apply standards to monitor a student’s progress toward completing his/her degree program. If a student fails to meet SAP standards, he/she will be placed on financial aid suspension. The SAP standards can be found in the Academic Catalog for the school of attendance.
Withdrawal from ALL classes for which the student is enrolled is considered a College withdrawal. The student must contact the Office of the Dean/Campus Director to complete the Transaction/Withdrawal form. The Transaction/Withdrawal form must be completed even if the student intends to return the following semester.
NOTE: You will be liable for any balances on the student account. It is likely that you will lose some or all of your financial aid (due to a federal student aid recalculation called Return of Title IV), which includes federal loan proceeds, and state grants. Please also understand that you may also lose your scholarships upon withdrawing from school even if it is just for one term.
We strongly recommend that you meet with your financial aid counselor before you stop attending classes.
Withdrawals and Federal Aid
As a recipient of Federal Financial Aid, withdrawal from all classes may mean that some or all of the awards the received for the semester may be returned to the federal government as “unearned” awards. Federal regulations stipulate that, if the student fails to complete at least 60% of the semester, a portion of the aid must be forfeited. This potential loss of federal aid is an important consideration withdrawing prior to the completion of the semester, as it usually produces unpaid balances on the student’s account that must be immediately addressed.
You can do a rough calculation by counting how many days you will have been enrolled AND ACTIVELY ATTENDING CLASSES and dividing it by the total number of days in the semester (you can use the academic calendar to determine the days). This number should be multiplied by the federal loans and grants you have received for that semester and the result is the amount of aid you may keep. The College is obligated to return the rest to the federal government.
As an example, let’s assume Jane Student is a sophomore enrolled full time in the fall semester and received a Federal Direct Subsidized Loan in the amount of $1750 for the fall semester. Let’s also assume that Jane was eligible for a Pell Grant in the amount of $2500 for that semester. If Jane withdraws from all of her classes on October 12 and had been in regular attendance until that date, the following would be the calculation:
# days in September, assuming the semester start date is September 4: 27
# days in October: 12
Total days enrolled and attending 39
Total days in the semester, using the same method, but
Ending on December 21: 71
39 divided by 71 = .549
Note: Any semester breaks of one week or longer are subtracted from the number of days in the semester
Multiply the total aid received of $4250 by .549. This equals $2333, which is approximately how much of the aid you can keep. The College would need to return $1917 to the federal government or just visit http://www.cnr.edu/refund-policy to view the Refund Policy and Requirement for Withdrawal and Return of Federal Financial Aid.
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 and Healthcare Professions awards degrees in late May, August 31, and January 31. August graduates who are enrolled in the second-degree nursing program, are permitted to participate in commencement and other related activities in May, provided they have 12 or fewer credits to complete before August 31. 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 approved to 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 Office of the 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 Office of the 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 and Healthcare Professions 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 and Healthcare Professions 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 and Healthcare Professions 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 and Healthcare Professions 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 and Healthcare Professions 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 and Healthcare Professions 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 and Healthcare Professions have an obligation to maintain standards of academic and professional integrity.
Members of the School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions 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 and Healthcare Professions 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.
* Violations of Plagiarism include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Knowingly representing the work of others as his/her own
- Submitting a paper or other academic work for credit, which includes words, ideas, data, or creative work of others without acknowledging the source, whether intended or not.
- Using another author’s words without enclosing them in quotation marks, without paraphrasing them, or without citing the source appropriately. Presenting another individual’s work as one’s own.
- Self-plagiarism: Submitting the same paper or academic assignment to a repeated class or another class without the permission of the instructor.
- Fabricating data in support of an academic assignment.
- Falsifying bibliographic entries.
- Submitting any academic assignment containing falsified or fabricated data or results.
- Internet Plagiarism. Submitting downloaded term papers or parts of term papers
- Paraphrasing or copying information from the Internet without citing the source
- “Copying and pasting” from various sources without proper attribution.
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
1. Each student is responsible for reading and abiding by the Statement of Academic Integrity.
2. The identification of violations of academic integrity is the responsibility of each stakeholder in the School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions.
3. If the evidence of a violation of academic integrity is persuasive:
a. 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.
b. Faculty completes, signs and submits the Violation of Academic Integrity Form to the Office of the 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:
c. The completed Violation of Academic Integrity Form is sent to the student’s last known address.
d. 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.
4. If the student contests the violation and the sanction, the student may request a hearing in front of the Academic Integrity Committee & Student Grievance Subcommittee. The student has five business days to request a hearing, and submit in writing why the hearing is required.
a. The Academic Integrity Committee and Student Grievance Board Subcommittee includes:
1. One Committee Chair
2. Two Faculty members
3. One to Two Student representatives
4. One SNHP administrator to serve ex-officio
At the Hearing:
The Committee will review the student’s, faculty’s, and Dean’s documentation.
At the hearing, the student will be informed about the faculty’s and Dean’s documentation.
The student will be asked to prepare an oral rebuttal statement as deemed necessary.
Neither the student nor the faculty member will be afforded representation by outside counsel at the hearing.
A recommendation 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 by certified return-receipt mail via the U.S. Postal Service, and notify the involved faculty.
A copy all correspondence to the student will be placed in the student’s record.
Grade Appeals Process
When a faculty/student final course grade disagreement occurs, the following procedure must be followed:
Student sends written appeal via e-mail to the course faculty member within 2 business days of receiving the final course grade.
Faculty member sends written response to appeal to student via e-mail within 3 business days. If the appeal is denied, student may choose to proceed to step 2.
If the student’s appeal is denied by Faculty, the student may pursue the process within 5 business days of receiving the faculty member’s response. If no response from Faculty, then the student should indicate that information in their appeal letter.
Student gets, from the Office of the Dean, a “Grade Appeal Form” to complete. The student organizes correspondence between the student and Faculty; and writes a short narrative as to why the final grade is being appealed. This is attached to the “Grade Appeal Form” and submitted to the Office of the Dean.
Written requests must be submitted to the Office of the Dean within five business days of the posted grade.
After appropriate fact finding, the student will be notified via e-mail regarding the recommendations. The recommendations could include communicating a final decision to the Dean, or requesting the Academic Integrity Committee and Student Grievance Board Subcommittee to review the appeal.
Should the student’s grievance merit a review by the Committee, the student will be notified that the Committee will review their appeal.
The Academic Integrity Committee and Student Grievance Board Subcommittee includes:
One Committee Chair
Two Faculty members
One to Two Student representatives
One SNHP administrator to serve ex-officio
If further information is warranted, the Committee may request oral statements from the student.
The Chairperson of the Subcommittee will notify, in writing, the Dean within three business days 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).
A copy of all correspondence to the student will be placed in the student’s record.
Clinical & Classroom Behavior Policy for the School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions
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. All students are responsible for providing their own transportation, and the related expenses, to and from clinical agencies in the community and metropolitan area.
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 and Healthcare Professions 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 and Healthcare Professions 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.
Testing Policy for Students
All nursing course examinations will be administered via ExamSoft using the student’s personal laptop computer or iPad. Students must ensure adequate system requirements to use ExamSoft prior to the start of the nursing courses. System requirements are posted on the ExamSoft website [https://ei.examsoft.com/GKWeb/login/cnrnursing]. Any questions regarding software should be directed to The College of New Rochelle Information Technology Student Resource Center or the ExamSoft help resource. Students are expected to take each nursing course exam on computer or iPad.
Students will receive a download reminder prior to each nursing exam and are responsible for downloading the exam prior to the exam date and time. Students who do not download in advance of the exam will forfeit the right to take the exam and be given a grade of ‘0.’ Backward navigation between exam questions will be inhibited during exams to prepare students for the NCLEX and HESI testing environment.
On exam days, in preparation for taking an exam using ExamSoft, students should:
• Complete any computer updates in advance.
• Turn off all programs and close all documents.
• Fully charge computer or iPad.
• Connect to CNR wireless internet.
• Bring a power cord to the exam to ensure adequate power.
During administration of an examination, students are expected to comply with the following guidelines, unless directed otherwise by the course faculty:
1. All laptops and iPads being used for exam taking must have privacy filters.
2. All cell phones and mobile devices are to be powered off and placed in a backpack or bag in the front of the classroom.
3. Backpacks, coats and belongings must be placed in the front of the classroom.
4. No items including food, drink, or water bottles are permitted on the desktop except for a personal computer or iPad and student ID.
5. No hats, scarves, caps, earbuds, earplugs or hoodies are permitted with the exception of religious headgear.
6. No watches, Fitbits or other electronic devices are permitted to be worn during exams.
7. If space allows, students should have at least one chair-width of space between one another.
8. No one is permitted to leave the exam for ANY reason.
9. No questioning of the proctor regarding exam question content is allowed.
10. No conversations, eye wandering, classroom mobility or classroom distractions are permitted during an examination.
11. The submission of an examination implies that students have neither given nor received any unauthorized aid in the completion of the examination.
A faculty member may exercise broad discretion if students disregard these expectations for testing. The range of consequences may include a verbal warning to course failure.
Code of Conduct for Clinical Experience
The official uniform of the CNR School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions 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.
- 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 Office of the Dean of the School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions.
All communication between faculty and the student remain confidential unless the situation warrants the information be shared with the appropriate person (faculty, SNHP 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. All students are responsible for providing their own transportation, and the related expenses, to and from clinical agencies in the community and metropolitan area.
If a student is unable to attend clinical, the student must notify in writing to the instructor directly before the start of the clinical day.
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.
POLICY: Students are required to attend all clinicals and to be punctual at all times
DEFINITION OF TERMS
EXCUSED: Examples of excused absences may include but are not limited to:
- Student illness
- Death/critical illness of a family member or a significant other
- Critical life emergency
- Religious observance
- Jury duty (documented)
- Call to military service (documented)
Please Note: Even an “excused” clinical absence is subject to be made-up at the end of the semester. Students who are Final Clinical Warning must complete all clinical make-ups. There are no waivers for this expectation.
UNEXCUSED: Examples of unexcused absences may include but are not limited to:
- Failure to notify the Clinical Instructor(s) of an absence before the clinical experience
- Arriving late to On/Off Campus clinical after the pre-conference has started on more than one occasion except in cases of a critical life emergency
- Failure to obtain official clearance to attend clinical, including required health clearance prior to On/Off Campus Clinical
Please Note: An unexcused clinical absence may result in immediate failure (grade of ‘F’) for the clinical course depending on the record of student clinical performance.
CLINICAL MAKE UP: Clinical make up will be made up in the LCRN and beyond the first make-up day the student will be billed for the additional resources that must be expended by the School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions. Costs for a second make-up will be billed to the student at the rate of $50.00 per session. Note: A maximum of two excused clinical makeups per course is allowed during any given semester. This fee may be waived in cases of religious observance provided the student has adhered to the pre-notification procedure, or, in cases of extreme emergency (death in the family, severe illness, etc.) in which proof much be submitted. There are no circumstances, excused or unexcused, to make up three clinical days.
ATTENDANCE POLICIES: Students must attend ALL scheduled On/Off Campus Clinicals. An unexcused clinical absence is a violation of CNR policy. Students who must unexpectedly miss a clinical experience must contact their Clinical Instructor before the scheduled clinical experience or the absence is counted as unexcused. The student will submit to the Course Coordinator appropriate documentation of the severity of the cause for the missed clinical experience along with health clearance, if absence was related to illness. Clearance from a healthcare provider may be requested in order to attend the next clinical.
An excused absence (and any associated written assignment[s]) will be made up through a plan developed by the Course Coordinator and LCRN Director. The clinical experience must be comparable to the one that was missed. A maximum of two excused clinical makeups is allowed. In the circumstance of a third excused clinical absence, the student must consider a “withdraw” from the course (including the didactic course) depending on the week of the withdraw or request a leave or medical leave of absence from the School for all courses. A student may not request an Incomplete for a clinical course. Students with excessive unexcused absences (more than two with the exception of religious observances or life threatening illness) in any given course will Fail the course (grade of ‘F’) and may repeat the course only if they are allowed to repeat the clinical course according to current SNHP policies. Students with a second unexcused absence from a clinical in any course will automatically receive a written Final Clinical Warning and an immediate grade of ‘F’ for a third unexcused clinical absence. Students with a combination of three excused and unexcused absences will be removed from clinical and a determination of whether the student receives an ‘F’ or a ‘W’ will be made by the Divisional Chair in consultation with the clinical instructor and clinical course coordinator.
PUNCTUALITY: All students are expected to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the clinical pre-conference of all clinical experiences. As a component of CNR Standards, punctuality is a professional responsibility. Students cannot interrupt or delay other students and faculty once the clinical experience has begun and cause the loss of valuable clinical time. It is also disruptive to the hospital staffs who expects students to be on time in order to fulfill their clinical responsibilities.
1) First time late: The first time a student arrives after the start of the pre-conference or scheduled experience, the student will receive a verbal warning from the Clinical Instructor and must review the SNHP punctuality policy. This and any subsequent lateness will be documented on the student’s clinical evaluation form.
2) Second time late: If the student arrives after the start of pre-conference or scheduled clinical experience a second time, the student will receive a Written Warning.
3) Third time late: If a student arrives late a third time, this will result in one unexcused clinical absence which must be made up. In addition, the Course Coordinator will be notified and the student must make an appointment with the Course Coordinator to discuss the punctuality policy and the resulting course of action. This meeting will be documented in the student’s academic file and any further lateness or absence puts the student at risk for course failure.
4) Fourth time late: A fourth occurrence will be automatically counted as a second unexcused absence and the student will receive a Final Clinical Warning. Any additional tardiness, or in this case, any additional absence excused or unexcused absence, will result in the student being removed from the clinical. A determination of whether the student receives an ‘F’ or a ‘W’ will be made by the Divisional Chair in consultation with the clinical instructor and clinical course coordinator.
Please note: It is as the discretion of the Course coordinator, Clinical Faculty and/or the LCRN Director the time and days clinical will be made up.
All students are responsible for providing their own transportation, and the related expenses, to and from clinical agencies in the community and metropolitan area.
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 and Healthcare Professions.
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.
Admission to the Baccalaureate Program in the School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions
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Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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