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University of Calgary Calendar 2018-2019 Faculty of Nursing 3. Faculty Regulations 3.4 Student Standing
3.4 Student Standing
General Requirements

Academic performance of students registered in the Faculty of Nursing is assessed at the end of each Fall, Winter and Summer Term.

Students must attain a minimum of "C-" in both Kinesiology 259 and 260 in order to progress to Year 2 of the BN Program.

In order to obtain satisfactory standing in the Faculty of Nursing, students must attain a minimum grade of "C-" in all nursing theory courses and a grade of "CR" (completed requirements) in all practice nursing courses. Students will not be permitted to withdraw from practice nursing courses in order to avoid a failing grade.

Students who receive a "D", "D+" or "F' grade in a nursing theory course will be required to repeat it, along with all corequisite nursing theory and practice courses and must meet with the Associate/Assistant Dean (Undergraduate Programs) to determine a progression plan.

Students who receive a grade of "F" in a nursing practice course will be required to repeat it and the corequisite nursing theory courses. Students will be required to withdraw from the corequisite theory courses at the time of the failure of the nursing practice course and must meet with the Associate/Assistant Dean (Undergraduate Programs) to determine a progression plan.

"F" grades in required nursing practice courses and "D", "D+" and "F" grades in required nursing theory (non-practice) courses must be cleared by repeating those courses before students may progress to any further nursing courses.

Students may repeat a course previously failed or one in which a higher grade is sought. However, students usually will be permitted to repeat a particular course only once. Exceptions to this regulation may be made only in unusual circumstances and at the discretion of the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs).

Students will not be permitted to withdraw more than once from a particular course. Students will be required to withdraw from the program if they have accumulated a total of more than 30 units (5.0 full-course equivalents) withdrawals while in attendance at the University of Calgary.

All grades (including original grades in repeated courses) are used in the calculation of grade point averages for purposes of the official University transcript of record and for progression in the Nursing programs as outlined in the sections "Students Previously in Satisfactory Standing" and "Students on Probation."

Policies Relative to Practice Experience

Students are advised to read the general University regulations regarding attendance (see E.3) in the section of this Calendar headed Academic Regulations.

Students may be required to complete practice experience at sites other than the location of their residence. Students' practice experience may also be scheduled at various hours, including evenings, nights and weekends, Monday through Sunday. Nursing students are responsible for all travel, parking and accommodation costs related to practice.

Students must demonstrate satisfactory practice performance as delineated in the behavioural objectives of the course. Participation in all activities that are related to practice courses is mandatory.

Failure to fully participate in practice and tutorial sessions will be reviewed by the faculty members teaching the course. Students are advised that evaluation will be based in large measure on their day-to-day performance.

Students who miss one or more lab/practice days may be at risk of not successfully completing the course. Students may be asked to withdraw from the course and complete the course requirements at a later date or they may be granted a deferral of term work pending availability of resources. If required to withdraw from the practice course, the student may be required to repeat corequisite nursing theory courses. Each situation will be reviewed on an individual basis by the Associate/Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Programs.

Normally, a student will not be permitted to withdraw from a practice course in order to avoid a failing grade in that course.

An instructor may prohibit a student from attending or completing a practice experience if there is evidence that the student has acted in a manner that is detrimental to patient care or that patient safety is at risk. The Associate Dean will be consulted or informed about any such situation or action. A student who wishes to appeal such a decision will follow the appeals process as outlined below under 3.6 Appeals Process.

Students Previously in Satisfactory Standing

Students previously in satisfactory standing:

1. Will retain that standing if they have achieved a grade point average of at least 2.00 at the end of Term 2 and Term 4.

2. Will retain that standing if they have achieved a grade point average of at least 2.50 at the end of Terms 6 and 8 on all courses taken since their previous review.

3. Will be placed on probation for a maximum of one academic year if they have achieved a grade point average of 1.70 to 1.99 at the end of Term 2 and Term 4. At the end of Term 4, students will be required to clear probation by repeating all nursing theory and practice courses in the previous term. The student must meet with the Associate/Assistant Dean (Undergraduate Programs) to determine a progression plan.

4. Will be placed on probation for a maximum of one academic year if they have achieved a grade point average of 2.00 to 2.49 at the end of Terms 6 and 8 since their last review. At the end of Terms 6 and 7, students will be required to clear probation by repeating all nursing theory and practice courses in the previous term. The student must meet with the Associate/Assistant Dean (Undergraduate Programs) to determine a progression plan.

5. Will be placed on probation if they are required to repeat any nursing course, regardless of their grade point average.

6. Will be required to withdraw if they have a grade point average of less than 1.70 at the end of Term 2 and Term 4; or less than 2.00 at the end of Terms 6 and 8 since their last review.

7. Will be allowed academic probationary status only once while registered in the Faculty of Nursing.

Note: Terms 1 and 2 are taken in Year 1; Terms 3 and 4 are taken in Year 2; Terms 5 and 6 in Year 3; and Terms 7 and 8 in Year 4.

Students on Probation
  1. Will be reinstated in satisfactory standing if they have achieved the required cumulative grade point average over all courses taken since and including those on their previous review.
  2. Will be required to withdraw if they fail to achieve the required cumulative grade point average over all courses taken since and including those on their previous review.
  3. Will be required to withdraw if they fail to obtain satisfactory standing in any subsequent nursing course, regardless of cumulative grade point average.

Students placed on probation or required to withdraw will be advised in writing.

Students required to withdraw may not apply for readmission in the twelve-month period following their withdrawal. Written application must then be made to the Dean.

Unsatisfactory Standing

The Faculty Council may refuse permission to a student or prospective student to enter any year of any course, if, in the opinion of the Council, the student shows a lack of general educational attainment. Further, a student whose performance in the practice area, in the classroom, in tests, or in final examinations is unsatisfactory, may at any time be required to withdraw from the Faculty.

Dean's List

The Dean's List recognizes the outstanding academic achievement of all BN students in the Faculty. The Dean's List is compiled at the end of Terms 2, 4, and 6. A statement of inclusion on the Dean's List will be recorded on the student's transcript. To be included on the Dean's List, a student must achieve a grade point average of 3.60 or higher on 15 units (2.5 full-course equivalents) in each of the previous terms and must be in good academic standing. Students on academic sanctions as outlined in section K (Statement on Principles of Conduct) of this Calendar are not eligible for the Dean’s List.