Validation of Knowledge Regarding Exposure to Blood-Borne Viruses
Health-care workers including students are at risk for occupational exposure to blood-borne pathogens, including hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). To ensure your knowledge of standard precautions and the system for reporting exposures, all students must read the booklet published by the CDC, Exposure to Blood: What Health-Care Workers Need to Know, and the accompanying School of Nursing Information, Additional Notes on Blood-borne Pathogens. Each student must then download a copy of Receipt and Acknowledgement, sign it and return it to the Office of Student Services. Your signature acknowledges that you have accessed the required materials, read and understood them and will follow the precautions and agency protocols. Students must return this signed form in order to participate in experiences with clients.
Authorization to Release Information
Clinical agencies frequently require specific student information before allowing the student to practice at that site. For the SON to release that information to them, you must sign and return the Authorization to Release form. Withdrawing or withholding permission may prevent clinical placement and may in turn prevent program completion.
An on-campus visit of 2-3 days for orientation is expected at the beginning of the program. A second visit of 1-2 days to present the Capstone Project is expected at the end of the program.
Academic Integrity/Ethical Behavior
The University is a community of learning, and its effectiveness requires an environment of mutual trust and integrity. As members of this community, students share with faculty and administrators the responsibility to maintain this environment. Academic integrity is violated by any dishonesty in submitting an assignment, test, research report, or any other documentation required to validate the student's learning. In a case of clear indication of such dishonesty, the faculty member or administrator has the responsibility to apply sanctions to protect the environment of integrity.
Although not all forms of academic dishonesty are given here, the instances listed below should be seen as actions that violate academic integrity:
- soliciting, receiving, or providing any unauthorized assistance in the completion of any work submitted;
- copying from another student;
- using electronic devices to share information during an exam;
- copying from a book or class notes during a closed-book exam;
- submitting materials authored by or editorially revised by another person but represented as the student's own work;
- copying a passage or text directly from a published source without appropriately citing/recognizing that source;
- taking a test or doing an assignment or other academic work for another student;
- securing or supplying in advance a copy of an examination without the knowledge or consent of the instructor.
Any clear violation of academic integrity will be met with sanctions. In a case of dishonesty within a course, the instructor may assign an appropriate grade and/or recommend further sanctions to the Associate Dean of the School of Nursing, who is then responsible for the final decision and notification of all associated parties. The final decision of the Associate Dean may be appealed as described in "Procedures for Academic Appeals."
Ethical behavior is also expected of students and faculty in the academic setting and extending into professional life. Sexual harassment will not be tolerated and will be sanctioned. Most major fields require their graduate students to complete an ethics requirement within the curriculum. Coursework or other training in ethics in research is required of academic personnel involved in traineeship and investigative programs funded by a number of federal and other agencies.
The student who is judged guilty of an act of serious academic dishonesty may be suspended for a specified time period or dismissed altogether from The School of Nursing. Suspension or dismissal may also be warranted for other reasons not listed above, e.g., unauthorized solicitation or distribution of controlled substances, endangering one's self or another person, or abusing alcohol or illicit drugs. Reports of such actions may come from nonacademic staff, faculty, administrators, or other students. Such reports are to be directed to the Dean of The School of Nursing who is responsible for decisions to suspend or dismiss.
Procedures for Academic Appeals (Appealing a grade, probation or dismissal)
Appealing a grade: If a student questions or disagrees with a grade he/she received, the first person to contact is the faculty member who assigned the grade. Appeal beyond this is to the Director of the DNP Program, and the Dean of the School of Nursing.
Appealing decisions related to probation and dismissal: The following describes the Admissions, Progressions and Graduation Committee procedures:
Progressions Committee Procedures
- Following posting of course grades at the end of each semester, the Program Director identifies those students who have not met all curricular and academic eligibility requirements as described in the program handbook.
- The Program Director sends communication by e-mail to identified students notifying them of their academic eligibility issue. This communication also explains the appeal process and is copied to the student's mentor and/or advisor and the Admissions, Progression and Graduation Chairperson. The student is asked to acknowledge receipt of this notification by replying to the e-mail notification.
- If the student has not responded to the e-mail in 3 working days, the student will be contacted by telephone and advised of the academic eligibility issue and advised to read the e-mail.
- If a student is simultaneously appealing a course grade and the Academic Eligibility Policy, the course grade appeal must be resolved prior to the academic eligibility issue. Refer to Course Grade Appeal Policy in the program handbook.
- The appeal request must be made in writing to the Admissions, Progression, and Graduation Committee Chairperson. The request must be made promptly following the confirmed e-mail or phone notification of the eligibility issue (within 10 working days). The appeal letter should, at a minimum, include the following:
- Description of the extenuating circumstances which the student believes interfered with the academic performance.
- How these circumstances have been or will be alleviated.
- The student's plan for improvement.
- The hearing is scheduled based on the availability of the committee members (a minimum of three members constitutes a quorum). The meeting usually occurs in the time period between the semesters.
- The Director of the student's program will not be a voting member of the hearing committee but may be invited by the committee chairperson to attend the hearing and provide information as necessary.
- If a committee member believes they cannot fairly review the evidence and render a decision, that committee member should excuse themselves from the meeting.
- In the initial e-mail notification, the student is provided with a list of the committee members. At the student's request, the committee chairperson will make a substitution of one (1) committee member, including the Committee Chair, if the student believes that the committee member may not render an impartial decision.
- The student is encouraged to attend the hearing meeting of the Admissions, Progressions and Graduation Committee. If the student is unable to attend the meeting in person, the student may arrange to have a conference phone meeting with the committee. The student is responsible for informing the Admissions, Progression and Graduation Committee Chairperson whether she/he is attending the meeting in person, meeting via a telephone conference call, or not attending the meeting at all. If the student will be attending the meeting either in person or via a conference call, the Committee Chairperson will discuss the hearing process with the student prior to the hearing.
- A student may submit a written request to the Admissions, Progressions and Graduation Committee Chairperson that he/she be accompanied by one (1) person at the hearing. This request should provide rationale for the person's attendance and should be received at least two (2) working days prior to the scheduled hearing. If approved by the Admissions, Progressions and Graduation Committee Chairperson, the person may attend the meeting and speak to the petitioner, but is not allowed to address the committee.
- Prior to the Committee hearing, the Committee chairperson will contact the student's faculty mentor and /or advisor and the faculty involved in courses pertinent to the appeal to invite them to provide any germane information regarding the student's appeal. Information from the mentor and faculty must be submitted to the Committee Chairperson in writing prior to the hearing.
- On the day of the hearing, the Committee members are provided with a copy of the appeal letter and the Admissions, Progressions and Graduation Committee Summary form. This form summarizes the student's academic record and is compiled by the Administrative Assistant assigned to the Committee Chairperson. The Committee Chairperson also reviews the student's official file which contains written documentation of any previous academic issues.
- The hearing will proceed as follows:
- Introductions of all those present for the hearing.
- Committee Chairperson will describe the academic eligibility issue including a review of the applicable policy.
- The student will have the opportunity to make a statement to the Committee
- The committee members will have the opportunity to ask the student questions germane to the issue.
- The student will have the opportunity to make a final statement to the committee, and then will be excused from the meeting room.
- The Committee will then discuss the issue in a private session and make a majority decision regarding the appeal. The Committee Chair will vote only in case of a split decision.
- If the appeal is granted, the Committee will establish any conditions that the student must meet to maintain academic eligibility.
- The recommendation of the Committee will be recorded on the Progression Committee Summary Form. A copy of this Form will be kept in the Committee file and in the student's record. A copy will also be promptly forwarded to the Director of the student's program.
- The decision regarding the student's appeal and conditions to maintain eligibility will be communicated to the student by the Admissions, Progressions and Graduation Chairperson by e-mail within 24 hours of the Committee meeting, and within 5 working days in writing. The letter will be sent to the student using traceable mail. The student will be requested to return a signed letter to the Program Director that acknowledges the decision of the Committee. If the appeal is granted, the conditions for progression will be explained in this letter. This letter will be copied to the appropriate Program Director and the student's mentor/ advisor.
- If the appeal is granted, the student must meet the conditions set in the letter from the Admissions, Progressions and Graduation Chairperson. Failure to meet the conditions set in the letter will result in program dismissal. The conditions for eligibility are specified in the Admissions, Progressions and Graduation Tracking Form. The appropriate Program Director is responsible for tracking student adherence to the progression conditions.
- If the appeal is denied the student can file an academic grievance with the Dean of the School of Nursing as stipulated in the College Academic Grievance Policy.
- Details discussed during the meetings are confidential. The Committee recommendations will be reported to the Dean of the School of Nursing, and faculty members in the School of Nursing (on a need to know basis).
- At the Admissions, Progressions and Graduation Committee meeting at the end of each semester, the Program Directors will report on the students who have had their appeal granted over the past year and assess whether the student has met the conditions of their appeal. Any student who has not met the conditions of the appeal is subject to program dismissal.