Academic Performance Standards

The College of Nursing defines “good academic standing” as maintaining a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) and achieving a GPA of at least 2.0 each semester.

A grade of "C" or above is required on all prerequisite, UToledo core, and nursing courses (a grade of C- is not acceptable). If a UToledo nursing student retakes a course to improve a grade, they may petition to have the initial grade excluded from UToledo GPA computation in accordance with the Repeating a Course and Calculating GPA Policy.  

The student is responsible for maintaining professional standards of conduct and providing safe, effective care while enrolled in the program.

Probation, suspension, and dismissal policies apply to full-time and part-time students. In all matters, the Dean’s decision is final.

Academic Misconduct

Nursing students are expected to maintain high standards of behavior. Plagiarism, cheating, failing to report, lying, and stealing are not tolerated and may lead to dismissal from the program. Non-adherence to testing policies and procedures results in a grade of zero for the test and possible course failure. Dismissal from the College of Nursing occurs with major violation of academic standards. See the Undergraduate Student Handbook for discussion of academic misconduct.

Academic Probation

A student who fails to achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the end of any semester is automatically placed on probation and must meet with a nursing advisor or program director.  An advising hold will be placed on the student's account for failure to meet with a nursing advisor or program director.  The student is removed from probation once the cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher.

An academic referral is completed by the faculty for students with unsatisfactory academic or clinical/lab performance. Adherence to faculty recommendations for improvement and achievement of performance standards by end of the semester is expected. Inability to meet academic standards results in failure of the nursing course.

Academic Suspension

The College of Nursing adheres to the University of Toledo Academic Policies.  Students must be given a minimum of one semester on probation before being subject to suspension.  A student is subject to academic suspension if he/she falls below the minimum requirements or fails to make sufficient progress toward attainment of the degree.  Undergraduate students serving a suspension will not be allowed to take any courses at the University of Toledo.  After serving the suspension term, suspended students may petition for readmission to the degree program from which they were suspended.  If a suspended student takes courses at another institution and wishes to petition for readmission to the University following the term of their suspension, then they must successfully petition for readmission and meet the transfer student admission requirements for the degree program in which they wish to continue their studies. 

A suspended student must submit an appeal in writing for readmission to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the College of Nursing. Appeals must be received at least one month prior to the beginning of the academic term.

Students suspended for a second time cannot enroll at UToledo for at least one year and must meet with the program director prior to re-enrollment. 

UToledo Policy - Academic Standing


Administrative dismissal may occur when a student is noncompliant with health and immunization requirements, BLS, or background check. 

A student can be dismissed for academic performance including violation of academic honesty standards (as described in the student handbook), unsafe patient care, and unprofessional conduct as identified in the National Student Nurses Association Guidelines at, or American Nurses Association Code of Ethics, at for the Ohio Board of Nursing Rules and Law at

Conviction of a misdemeanor or felony that prohibits RN licensure can result in dismissal. Violation of federal HIPAA standards are also grounds for dismissal.

Students dismissed are not eligible for readmission to the College of Nursing.