University of Southern Indiana

Progression and Dismissal Policy

Progression and Dismissal Policies 

  1. Students must achieve a minimum grade of "C" in all nursing courses. In order to achieve a grade of "C" or better in a nursing course, a student must achieve a "Pass" in the clinical component in addition to a "C" or better in the theory component. Letter grades are not given for clinical nor is a clinical "pass" utilized in computing the course grade, other than the requirement that the student must pass the clinical in order to earn a "C" grade or better. Students who do not receive a "pass" grade in the clinical will receive a letter grade of "F" in the course. 
  1. Students must retake a nursing course in which a grade of "D" or less grade is earned (see Delay in Progression policy). Both theory and clinical must be repeated.  If the repeated grade is acceptable ("C" or above) only the higher grade will be reflected in the   student's GPA. If a grade of "D" or less is earned when repeating the course or in any subsequent nursing course, the student will be dismissed from the program and will not be eligible for readmission.   

Withdrawal Policy 

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. 

Dismissal Policies

Additional policies regarding dismissal:  

  1. Falsification of records and reports and cheating on an examination, quiz, or any other assignment will be a basis for dismissal from the program. 
  1. Plagiarism, as defined in the University Bulletin, is the intentional reproduction of another person’s ideas, words, or statements without acknowledgment. Students must give credit when using the works of others and are expected to properly reference the use of: 1) direct quotes; 2) another person’s ideas or opinions; or 3) any borrowed statistics, facts, or other materials. Failure to properly give credit to others’ work is a form of academic dishonesty (University Bulletin, Student Rights and Responsibilities). 
  1. Academic honesty is an expected behavior of all students. Academic dishonesty may include, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, and knowingly assisting others in an act of academic dishonesty. Students who engage in academic dishonesty in any form, even as a first offense, place themselves in jeopardy of receiving a failing grade for the assignment or course, as well as dismissal from the nursing program and University.  Policies and procedures governing academic dishonesty can be found in the Student Rights and Responsibilities section of the University Bulletin. 
  1. Violation of client and/or agency confidential information may result in dismissal from the program. 
  1. The Faculty reserves the right to dismiss any student whose personal integrity, health or behavior demonstrate unfitness to continue preparation for the profession of nursing and/or violate the Code of Ethics. 
  1. Students considered by Faculty to be unsafe practitioners or whose progress in meeting program objectives is judged unsatisfactory will be dismissed from the program.
  2. Faculty who meet with students who are delayed or dismissed from the program will complete the Exit Questionnaire and submit to the Program Chair.

Readmission Process

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.

  1. An “incomplete” will not be used to allow for remedial work; student work must be passing.
  2. Students will receive a date by which the incomplete must be removed.
  3. Students are required to remove the incomplete before enrolling in the next clinical nursing course.

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. 

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