— The student has a GPA of less than 2.0 in clinical nursing courses at the end of the junior year
 — The student has failed a required clinical course
Students who are on probation for two consecutive semesters will be withdrawn from the School.
Academic Discipline and the Academic Progressions and Standards Committee
All matters of academic discipline are acted upon through the Academic Progressions and Standards Committee of the School of Nursing.  The Academic Progressions and Standards Committee meets at least three times a year, at the close of the fall, spring, and summer semesters, and as otherwise needed, to review student cases and rule on specific academic problems, such as low cumulative/term/science GPA, failure of or withdrawal from a required nursing course, and other issues that may affect academic standing and progression in the curriculum.  Students receive a letter informing them of the Committee’s decision and outlining the required course of action.  
Other academic problems may also be brought to the Academic Progressions and Standards Committee for action.  Students must petition the Committee in writing describing the situation and may be asked to present their case at the Committee meeting.  The petition should be hand-delivered to the Assistant Dean of Academic and Student Affairs.
The Academic Progressions and Standards Committee is the highest ruling body in the School of Nursing, and no further appeals of decisions will be heard by any Committee member or the School of Nursing.  The Academic Progressions and Standards Committee reserves the right to make decisions in the best interest of the student and the School of Nursing.
Course Load
Students are considered full time when enrolled in four or more course units in a fall or spring semester or two course units in a summer session.  Students are considered part time when enrolled in fewer than four course units in a fall or spring semester.  Normally, students may not enroll in more than 5.5 course units in a fall or spring semester or two course units during a summer session.  Students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or
greater may exceed this limit with the approval of their faculty advisor.  For the purposes of financial aid, students with guaranteed student loans are considered full time with four course units per semester; state or federal grants also require four course units to be considered full time.
Class Attendance and Unexcused Absences
Policies regarding absence from classes are determined by the instructor(s) responsible for the course.  Absences from the clinical portion of a nursing course will not be excused except for a documented illness or family emergency.  Excessive absences for any reason will necessitate repetition of the entire course.
Students are required to attend all clinical components of their course work.  Absences from clinical without the advanced permission of the course director may result in a failing grade for the course based on the discretion of the course director.  If a course director allows a student to make up an unexcused absence from clinical, the student must pay the current rate per day missed.
Grading Policies
Grades and Grade Point Average
The following grades are used to report the standing of a student upon the completion of each course: A (excellent), B (good), C (average), D (below average), F (failed), U (unsatisfactory progress), I (short incomplete), II (long incomplete), and P (pass).  The grade point average (GPA) is tabulated at the end of every semester and is established on a scale in which:
 A+ = 4.0
 A = 4.0
 A- = 3.7
 B+ = 3.3
 B = 3.0
 B- = 2.7
C+ = 2.3
C = 2.0
C- = 1.7
D+ = 1.3
D = 1.0
F = 0.0