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

BN – Regular Program and Post-Diploma Program and Diploma in Nursing Program

The academic performance of students registered in the Qatar Faculty is assessed at the end of each Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer Terms. Students in the Post-Diploma program will have unofficial reviews at the end of each term, with official reviews completed upon completion of 18, 30 and 45 units (3.0, 5.0 and 7.5 full-course equivalents).

In order to obtain satisfactory standing in the Qatar Faculty, students must attain a minimum grade of "C" in all laboratory nursing courses, “C-“ in all nursing theory courses, and must attain a "credit" grade in all clinical nursing courses.

A grade of "C-" or lower in a laboratory nursing course must be cleared and satisfactory standing achieved before a student may progress to any further nursing courses. Students will not be permitted to withdraw from laboratory nursing courses in order to avoid a failing grade.

A grade of "D/D+" or lower in a nursing theory course must be cleared and satisfactory standing achieved before a student may progress to any further nursing courses.

Students who fail to attain satisfactory standing as defined above in either a clinical nursing course or a corequisite theory nursing course may be required to repeat both courses, and will meet with the Associate Dean (Academic) to determine their progress through the program.

"F" grades in all required nursing courses must be cleared by repeating those courses before students may progress to any further nursing courses. "F" grades in required support courses must be cleared by repeating those courses. "F" grades in optional support courses must be cleared by repeating those courses or by substituting other approved options in their place.

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 (Academic).

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

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."

Nursing Foundation Program

The academic performance of students enrolled in the Nursing Foundation Program will be evaluated at the end of each term of instruction.

Science and Mathematics courses are graded courses with a minimum grade of "C" required for successful completion and progression. Students may progress to the next course at any time in the term upon successful completion of a course.

Students should complete the Nursing Foundation Program within four semesters. Failure to successfully complete the program in four semesters may result in being required to withdraw from the Nursing Foundation Program.

English language courses are graded courses with a minimum grade of "C" required for successful completion and progression.

EAP students who achieve a grade of “C” or better in all corequisite courses of a specific tier will be permitted to advance to the next tier. Students who achieve a grade of “C-“ or lower in one or more corequisite course of any tier will be required to repeat and successfully complete all of the tier before advancing to the next tier. All students are permitted to take corequisite tier courses twice. After two unsuccessful attempts to complete corequisite tier courses, the student must re-take the EAP Program language assessment.

Students repeating courses will not have the original grade removed from the transcript of record. The transcript of record will indicate both the original grade and the repeated courses with the final grades in the term(s) in which they were taken.

Policies Relative to Clinical Experience

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

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

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

Failure to fully participate in clinical 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/clinical 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. Each situation will be reviewed on an individual basis by the Course Coordinator and the Associate Dean, as necessary.

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

An instructor may prohibit a student from attending or completing a clinical 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 (Academic) 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 Appeals Process.

Students Previously in Satisfactory Standing

1. Will retain that standing if they have achieved a grade point average of at least 2.00 (first and second years) or at least 2.50 (third and fourth years and Post-Diploma students) on all courses taken since their previous review.

2. 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 (first and second years) and 2.00 to 2.49 (third and fourth years and Post-Diploma students) since their last review.

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

4. Will be required to withdraw if they have a grade point average of less than 1.70 (first and second years) or less than 2.00 (third and fourth years and Post-Diploma students) since their last review.

5. Will be allowed academic probationary status only once while registered in the Qatar faculty.

Students on Probation

1. May be permitted to proceed to higher level non-clinical nursing courses with the consent of the Associate Dean (Academic) and as space permits.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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 Qatar faculty may refuse permission to a student or prospective student to enter any course, if, in the opinion of the Faculty, the student shows a lack of general educational attainment. Further, a student whose performance in the clinical 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. For the Bachelor of Nursing Regular Program and the Post-Diploma Bachelor of Nursing Program, it is compiled annually at the end of the Winter Term and 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 in three or more courses or equivalent in each of the previous Fall and Winter 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.