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University of Calgary Calendar 2022-2023 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 Dean Undergraduate Programs (or delegate) to determine a progression plan.

Students who receive a grade of "F" in a nursing practice course will be required to repeat it and normally the corequisite nursing theory courses. Students must meet with the Associate Dean Undergraduate Programs (or delegate) 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, at the next available offering within the student's program route, before students may progress to any further nursing courses. Students are required to meet with the Associate Dean Undergraduate Programs (or delegate) to determine a progression plan.

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 (or delegate).

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 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."

Flexible Grade Option (CG Grade)

Students in Nursing will not be allowed to pursue the Flexible Grade Option (CG Grade) for any course that applies to their degree.

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 Dean Undergraduate Programs (or delegate).

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 who determines that a student is not meeting nursing practice or otherwise poses a risk to client health and safety; or public health more generally, will initiate a Practicum Intervention. Expectations are based on the College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) and the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) standards. If the final outcome of the Practice Intervention results in a grade of “F”, the student may appeal such a decision by following the appeals process as outlined in section 3.6 Appeals Process.

The Faculty of Nursing follows CARNA’s Fitness to Practice (FTP) requirements which states: “When you experience health concerns that affect your skills, abilities and judgement you may not be able to provide safe, competent and ethical nursing care in the best interest of the public and patient safety. There may be times when you are unable to recognize you are not fit to practise. Your health condition may be chronic and your health status declining. Physical and mental health, substance abuse and addiction disorders can cloud your judgment regarding your own FTP.”

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 Dean Undergraduate Programs (or delegate) 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 Dean Undergraduate Programs (or delegate) 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 Associate Dean Undergraduate Programs (or delegate).

Unsatisfactory Standing

The Faculty 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.

Academic Turnaround Program (ATP)

For full details about the Academic Turnaround Program students are referred to section B.18 Academic Turnaround Program (ATP) in the Academic Regulations section of this Calendar.

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 in each of the previous terms and must be in good academic standing. Students on academic sanctions as outlined in the Student Academic Misconduct Policy are not eligible for the Dean’s List.