Academic Performance Standards Upper Division Nursing

Once admitted to the upper division, The College of Nursing defines “good academic standing” as maintaining a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and achieving a GPA of at least 2.0 each semester.

A grade below “C” (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) is not considered a passing grade for the major. The course must be repeated with an earned grade of “C” or higher (a grade of C- is not acceptable). A UToledo student who has retaken a course may petition to have a grade excluded from UToledo GPA computation in accordance with the Repeating a Course and Calculating GPA Policy.  BGSU students will follow BGSU policy regarding GPA calculation.

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. Cheating, lying, stealing, failure to report, unauthorized replication of tests, and plagiarism 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 pre-nursing student who fails to achieve a semester GPA of 2.0 at the end of any semester is automatically placed on probation and must meet with a nursing advisor to complete a Conditional Enrollment Form.  An advising hold will be placed on the student's account for failure to meet with a nursing advisor to complete the Conditional Enrollment Form.  The student is removed from probation if the subsequent semester GPA is 2.0 or higher.

A Student Admission Retention Progression (SARP) referral is completed by the faculty for students in the nursing major for 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 clinical/lab expectations 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. UT Policy - Academic Standing/Suspension.

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. 

Dismissal

Administrative dismissal may occur when a student is in noncompliance with health, immunization, BCLS or background check.

A student can be dismissed for violating academic honesty standards (as described in this catalog), unsafe patient care, and unprofessional conduct (patterns of behavior that are inappropriate) identified in the National Student Nurses Association Guidelines at www.nsna.org, or American Nurses Association Code of Ethics, at www.nursingworld.org for the Ohio Board of Nursing Rules and Law at www.nursing.ohio.gov.

Conviction of a misdemeanor or felony that prohibits 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.