Academic and Conduct Policies
The CPPS adheres to all of The University of Toledo policies and procedures. Please refer to the UT Policy web site for additional information on academic and conduct policies governing all students enrolled at the University. In any case in which University, college and/or departmental policies conflict, the most stringent policy applies, unless waived by the college. Students should consult with the college for a complete listing of all policies and procedures specifically related to the CPPS.
Refer to the University Undergraduate Academic Policies that apply to all students.
Students in a professional school, as responsible individuals, are expected to attend all class meetings. The maximum number of permissible absences in a course is at the discretion of the individual faculty member. The penalty for excessive absences will be determined by the faculty member in accordance with the University’s Missed Class Policy.
Withdrawal, GPA Recalculation and Audit Policies
Refer to the University General Academic Policies for Withdrawal, GPA Recalculation and Audit policies that apply to all students. Withdrawal from an experiential course for which a final grade has already been determined will not be permitted.
Remediation Philosophy - Remediation is a sequence of events , beyond the standard course curriculum, that are designed to bring underperforming students to a level of competency expected of students at the conclusion of a course. The process of remediation should provide opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate required knowledge, skills and/or attitudes through self-directed learning and purposeful interactions with faculty. Student and faculty should both be active participants in the remediation process; however remediation is a privilege that should be earned by the student through demonstrated attendance and active participation throughout the course.
Each course syllabus in the Doctor of Pharmacy program at the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences must include a statement (or section) that clearly states the remediation policy for the course. This policy should be developed, written and implemented by the course director.
Option 1: No remediation. Faculty are not required to offer remediation opportunities to students that fail a course. However a policy to that effect must be clearly stated in the syllabus. If remediation is not offered within a course, then the student will need to repeat the course the next time it is offered.
Option 2: Remediation. If remediation is offered to students, a policy must be included in the syllabus that clearly sates the 1)qualification criteria, 2) remediation process, 3) remediation grading, and 3) maximum remediation attempts. The final grade for students who successfully remediate a course will be no higher than a "C". If the student fails the remediation assessment(s), then the student can retake the entire course at the next offering if eligible based on academic standing. Students with a grade of "C" or better are not eligible to use remediation in an attempt to improve their grade in the course.
Numbers of courses remediated - The number of courses remediated by an individual student is limited to 2 per semester and 4 per academic year. The instructor must inform the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs of a student’s request to remediate a course.
Each course director/coordinator may develop an appropriate policy for their course, but the following suggested procedures should be considered for inclusion.
Qualifications: Any student who 1) demonstrated competency in some but not all areas required for passing the course and / or earned a C- or lower grade, but not an F grade; 2) completed all coursework and exams; 3) met with instructors and followed the advice of the Early Warning process (e.g. utilized AEC resources); 4) attended class regularly; 5) adhered to all academic and professional conduct codes.
Remediation planning: Each course director should develop and communicate to the student an individualized remediation plan that details 1) the number of times and or hours the student is required to meet with the faculty member; 2) a list of all assignments and activities the student must complete (e.g. reviewing examinations, reviewing captured lectures, summarizing lecture notes, completing extra assignments); 3) all deadlines for remediation assignments and assessments.
Remediation assessment: All assessments should be designed to allow the student to demonstrate competency in areas where s/he previously failed to meet required levels of knowledge, skills and/or attitudes. The assessment format can vary widely and may include a paper and pen assessment over specific areas, a cumulative evaluation, or a presentation. Although the number of assessment attempts is left to the discretion of each course director, this expectation must be specified in the syllabus.
Remediation Timing: Remediation is most effective if it takes place immediately after the semester has concluded. For example, if a student qualifies for remediation of a fall course, it is most effective if it takes place during the winter break (December/January). Alternatively, if a student qualifies for remediation of a spring course, it is most effective if it takes place during the 6-8 weeks after spring semester ends.
Student Responsibility - It is the student's responsibility to obtain their course grade, and to inform course coordinator of intent to remediate within the course policy's stated timeframe of notification.
Pass/No Credit (P/NC) Grade Option
Refer to the University General Academic Polices for General Academic Policies that apply to all students. P/NC grading is not available for courses taught in the CPPS. In addition to courses for which P/NC grading is used exclusively, a student may elect P/NC grading for an additional seven credit hours, excluding course work in the natural sciences and calculus. Once the petition is filed, the request is irrevocable.
Specific computer hardware/mobile devices and software are required of CPPS students and are described in the Student Handbook.
The emotional and psychological stability of those practicing or preparing to practice in pharmacy or the pharmaceutical sciences is considered to be very important for the proper performance of professional responsibility. The faculty of the CPPS recognizes that, if a student exhibits behavior suggesting an emotional or psychological abnormality bearing a reasonable relation to that student’s ability to function competently in health-care delivery systems, experiential education, and professional employment, such behavior may present a hazard not only to the student, but also to patients, coworkers and clients. If any behavior pattern provides reason to believe that a student’s psychological or emotional state may have rendered that student incompetent or unsafe, the dean of the college shall meet with that student and attempt to resolve the situation by referral to the University Health Service, University Counseling Center and/or withdrawal from the pharmacy program.
The most serious offense with which pharmacy students may become involved is the misuse of and/or dependence upon dangerous drugs. The CPPS views the admitted or proven personal abuse of such drugs, their transmittal or sale to other individuals, or the use of drug documents to illegally obtain controlled or legend drugs as unprofessional conduct, which may result in dismissal from the CPPS. In addition, boards of pharmacy may revoke the internship license and/or deny licensure for various drug offenses. Drug abuse in any form and/or misuse of drug documents must be avoided.