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  College of Nursing 2010–2012 Academic Policies and Procedures Scholastic Standing Unsatisfactory Academic Performance  

Unsatisfactory Academic Performance


Scholastic Review. A committee of the faculty reviews, monitors, and takes action on the records of students in academic difficulty each semester (fall, spring, and summer). Based on the committee's findings, students may be placed on probation or dismissed from the College of Nursing. Students receiving a failure in any prerequisite course for any nursing course shall not progress in the nursing curriculum until the prerequisite is completed satisfactorily.

Academic Probation. A student will be placed on academic probation for the subsequent semester for having one of the following academic deficiencies:

1. One failure (D or F) in any upper-division nursing course

2. Two grades of D or any combination of D or F in lower-division nursing and/or supportive science courses

3. A cumulative or semester grade-point average less than

  1.70 at the end of the second semester

  1.90 at the end of the third semester

  1.95 at the end of the fourth semester

  2.00 at the end of the fifth semester until graduation

Transfer students who have a cumulative or semester grade-point average of less than 2.0 after the first semester will be placed on academic probation.

No student may be placed on academic probation for more than two semesters during his or her academic tenure at the College of Nursing.

Students placed on academic probation are notified by letter and are required to make an appointment to meet with their faculty adviser to develop a course of action to improve their academic standing.

Academic Dismissal. The following academic deficiencies define the criteria that result in academic dismissal:

1. A cumulative or semester grade-point average of less than 2.0 at the end of the second semester of academic probation (semesters need not be consecutive)

2. A second grade of D or F in the same required prerequisite course or upper-division nursing course

3. Two grades of D or F, or a combination of these grades, in any two upper-division nursing courses in one semester

4. Two grades of D or F, or a combination of these grades, in any two upper-division nursing courses, regardless of whether one course was successfully repeated

5. A second withdrawal in the same science and/or 705 nursing course

No student is dismissed for academic reasons at the end of their first semester.

The faculty committee is charged with interpreting and applying the criteria for dismissal in the cases of individual students; their decision constitutes the final authority in these matters.

Appeal of Dismissal. Students dismissed from the College of Nursing may request in writing an opportunity to appeal the dismissal. Requests for an appeal may be initiated based on technical error, changes in temporary grades, and/or additional information not previously available to the committee. Students will be notified in writing within three weeks of the initiation of their request for appeal.

Appeal of dismissal is to proceed as follows:

1. The student makes arrangements to discuss the dismissal with his or her faculty adviser.

2. The student prepares a letter that details the basis for the appeal and includes evidence of the meeting held with the faculty adviser. The letter of appeal is sent to the Administrative Assistant, Office of Student Services, College of Nursing, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 180 University Avenue, Newark, NJ 07102.

3. Other supportive material that may be relevant to the appeal process may be submitted with the letter.

An error of omission on the part of the College of Nursing is not sufficient grounds for readmitting a student on appeal if satisfactory progress toward the degree has not been made.


Students may be required to terminate their graduate studies and withdraw from the program if they fail to maintain satisfactory academic or professional standards in any phase of their graduate program. A student is deemed to not be making satisfactory process when she or he: (1) receives 6 credits graded C, F, or NC; (2) does not adhere to the schedule of time-limits for degrees; (3) violates professional standards; or (4) violates the university's academic integrity policy

Programs are expected to conduct annual reviews of student performance. When a student is judged not to make satisfactory progress, the program notifies the student in writing of its concern. Such a warning specifies the source of the concern and the proposed action. A probationary period of one semester is normal. Following the probationary period, a student who fails to meet the provisions of the warning is considered for dismissal by the faculty. When termination is recommended, the specialty director communicates to the associate dean of graduate education in writing the specific reasons involved. The associate dean of graduate education will write the actual letter of termination to the student.

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