Progression and Dismissal Policies
The option of withdrawing from a nursing course and receiving a grade of "W" is possible within the withdrawal period listed on the academic calendar each semester. For courses lasting less than the full semester, the option of withdrawing with a "W" is possible within the first 60% of the course. Refer to the course schedule and/or calendar for specific dates.
See University guidelines for the procedure that must be followed regarding withdrawal.
Students who do not follow the required University procedure to officially withdraw from a course will receive an "F" grade.
Additional policies regarding dismissal:
Students desiring readmission to the nursing program must submit a written request to the Admissions and Progression Committee by January 15th for requests to return to a fall semester course, or by August 15th for requests to return to a spring semester course.
The written request must include: student name, USI student ID#, current address, telephone number, and email address. The written request should address reasons for delay in progression and plans for successful return to the program.
Factors that will be evaluated in the readmission process include: maintenance of a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher; course grades of “C” or higher as required in the Progression Policies; and, availability of space in the course.
Readmitted students will be expected to comply with all terms specified by the Admissions and Progressions Committee. Failure to comply with the terms will jeopardize the student’s status in the nursing program.
Policy Regarding Incomplete
An "incomplete" will be used only in cases of true hardship when extenuating circumstances have resulted in the student's being unable to complete course requirements by the end of the semester. An "incomplete" may be granted at the discretion of the faculty in consultation with the Program Chair or Director of Nursing.
In rare instances in which this occurs, the following policies are in effect:All University policies regarding incomplete are applicable to nursing courses. Refer to the USI Bulletin.
Performance Improvement Plan
Students not meeting course expectations may be formally notified of their deficiencies and an improvement plan developed that addresses these deficiencies. The improvement plan should include measurable student outcomes, a timeline, and reflect expected outcomes of the course.
Course faculty will prepare the course improvement plan, review it with the student, and secure the student’s signature. Copies of the completed plan will be added to the student’s file. Any email communication with the student should also be recorded in the student’s file.
Faculty are responsible for sharing the course improvement plan with the Program Chair prior to discussing with the student. No greater than three course improvement plans should be present in a student’s file in one year before student progression in the program is formally reviewed by the Admissions and Progression committee.