Grading Policies / Academic Honesty

Grading Policies: Undergraduate Students

Nursing students must follow all University educational policies and general regulations including those regarding academic progress.

Prerequisites

The science and psychology courses are sequential and are prerequisite to designated nursing courses. Strong foundational knowledge in the science courses is critical to success in the nursing program. Thus, students may not progress with an incomplete in a prerequisite course. BI 107-108 Human Anatomy and Physiology, BI 151 Microbiology, CH 84 Chemistry and PY 163 Developmental Psychology must be completed successfully with a minimum grade of C (73) for students to progress in the course sequence for the nursing major. Students unable to complete these courses successfully are expected to repeat coursework in the next semester or the summer session immediately following. Students unable to progress in the nursing major will be placed on Academic Warning and may be dismissed from the School of Nursing.

Minimum Passing Course Grade

The minimum passing grade for all nursing courses is C+ (77%).

Course Progression

Nursing students must follow all University educational policies and general regulations including those regarding academic progress.

The science and psychology courses are sequential and are prerequisites to designated nursing courses. Strong foundational knowledge in the science and psychology courses is critical to success in the nursing program. Thus, students may not progress to the next semester with an incomplete in a prerequisite course. BI 107 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, BI 108 Human Anatomy and Physiology II, BI 151 Microbiology, CH 84 Chemistry, and PY 163 Developmental Psychology must be completed successfully with a minimum grade of C (73) for students to progress to the next semester in the course sequence for the nursing major. The final grade for CH 84, Chemistry is calculated based on grades for both the lab and theory portion. Students unable to complete these courses successfully are expected to repeat coursework in the next semester or the summer session immediately following or they will be dismissed from the School of Nursing. Students consistently achieving minimum passing grades in prerequisite courses will be placed on Academic Warning. Students who do not obtain a grade of C or better in a prerequisite course may repeat the course once. A grade of less than C in three or more prerequisite courses will result in dismissal from the School of Nursing.

Nursing courses are sequential, beginning with foundational courses and progressing to increasing levels of complexity and challenge throughout the program. As students move through the curriculum, new content is integrated and builds upon previously learned material. Thus, all students must earn the minimum grade of C+ (77) in all nursing courses to progress to the next semester and continue in the program. Students who do not obtain a grade of C+ or better in a nursing course may repeat the course once. A grade of less than C+ in two nursing courses (including a repeated course) will result in dismissal from the School of Nursing. The clinical component of all clinical nursing courses is graded on a pass/fail basis. Students must pass the theory and clinical component of a course to pass the entire course, regardless of their grade in the theory component. Students who fail to earn the minimum grade in either component of a clinical course must repeat the entire course.

Grading Policies: Graduate Students

A student whose overall grade point average falls below 3.00 in any semester is placed on probation for the following semester. If the overall grade point average is again below 3.00 at the end of that semester, the student may be dismissed. Any student who earns less than a B- twice (including courses taken under "special status") may not be allowed to continue in the program. Practicum courses in the MSN program are given a letter grade. For the Nurse Anesthesia Program, any student who earns a grade below a C (2.0) will be dismissed from the program.

Special Student Status

Special student status may be granted to individuals who have not completed the admission process but wish to begin taking courses, or who are not seeking a degree or certification. Individuals wishing to enroll as special-status student must submit a completed application form with the accompanying fee and a written request to the dean, specifying the semester for which this status is requested. Students must provide a transcript verifying that they have an earned baccalaureate (or higher) degree, with an overall GPA of 3.0.

Special student status is granted for one semester only. Students seeking admission must complete the application process by the end of that semester. Any Incomplete grades must be resolved before admission applications can be processed. Individuals enrolled as special-status students may not enroll for more than six credits, may not register on a full-time basis, and are not eligible for any tuition aid or financial support. Credits earned while a special-status student will be applied toward the MSN degree, provided the courses are approved by the faculty advisor and the grade in each course is a B or better.

Appeals

Students who wish to seek a waiver from scholastic standards or academic regulations must submit a written appeal to the Dean and the School of Nursing Faculty. Formal appeal procedures are found in the University catalogue.

Use of Student Work for Assessment Purposes

As part of course requirements, students in the School of Nursing will be asked to produce scholarly papers and projects. The School of Nursing reserves the right to use these documents as sample work for program assessment purposes. Students who do not wish their work to be shared need to inform the professor in writing prior to the last day of class.

Academic Honesty

Fairfield University's primary purpose is the pursuit of academic excellence. Teaching and learning must occur in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. Such trust and respect can be developed and maintained only if truth and honesty prevail in the academic community. Moreover, it is the shared responsibility of all members of the University community to maintain this climate of honesty. Administrators, faculty, and students all benefit from the pursuit of academic excellence in an environment characterize by integrity, honesty, and mutual respect. Such community integrity is fundamental to, and an inherent part of, Jesuit education.

In keeping with this need for community integrity, students are expected to be honest in their academic work. The University reserves the right to penalize any student whose academic conduct at any time is, in its judgment, detrimental to the University.

Students in the Nurse Anesthesia Track are subject to all Bridgeport Hospital and Fairfield University policies and procedures and to enforce adherence to the same. Bridgeport Hospital and BAA have the right to remove a student from assignment at Bridgeport Hospital after it has been determined by Bridgeport Hospital that such removal is in the best interest of the Hospital and patient safety. The appeal of such removal of a student and all clinical and/or administrative grievances shall be addressed according to the policies and procedures set forth in the Bridgeport Hospital Nurse Anesthesia Program Student Handbook. Academic Grievances shall be addressed according to the policies and procedures set forth in the Fairfield University School of Nursing Graduate Program Catalog/Handbook.

Students are sometimes unsure of what constitutes academic honesty. In all academic work, students are expected to submit materials that are their own. Examples of dishonest conduct include but are not limited to:

Cheating, i.e., copying examination answers from materials such as crib notes or another student's paper.

  • Collusion, i.e., working with another person or persons when independent work is prescribed. inappropriate use of notes.
  • Falsification or fabrication of an assigned project, data, results, or sources.
  • Giving, receiving, offering, or soliciting information in examinations.
  • Utilization of previously prepared materials in examinations, tests, or quizzes.
  • Destruction or alteration of the work of another student.
  • The multiple submission of the same paper or report for assignments in more than one course without the prior written permission of each instructor.
  • Plagiarism, the appropriation of information, ideas, or the language of other persons or writers and the submission of them as one's own to satisfy the requirements of a course. Plagiarism thus constitutes both theft and deceit. Assignments (compositions, term papers, computer programs, etc.) acquired either in part or in whole from commercial sources or from other students and submitted as one's own original work will be considered plagiarism.
  • The unauthorized recording, sale, or use of lectures and other instructional materials.

In the event of such dishonesty, professors are to award a grade of zero for the project, paper or examination in question, and may record an "F" for the course itself. When appropriate, expulsion may be recommended. Moreover, a notation of the event is made in the student's file in the Academic Dean's office. Any faculty member encountering an academic offense such as, but not limited to, those listed above will file a written report with his or her Dean, indicating reasons for believing the student has committed an academic offense, and indicating the proposed academic sanction. The student will receive a copy. (If the student is in a school other that of the faculty member, a copy will be sent to the Dean of the student's school.) The student may, within 30 days following receipt of the faculty member's letter, request that the Dean investigate the allegations and meet with the (parties) involved. The Dean will issue a written determination within two weeks of the meeting, with copies to the student(s) and to the professor. If the student requests an appeal to the Academic Vice-President, an Academic Dishonesty Advisor Committee will be convened.

Professional Conduct: Graduate Students

It is the Program's policy to encourage the highest standards of conduct within the Hospital, University and the Community. Graduate students, as citizens, are subject to all federal and state laws in addition to all Program regulations governing student conduct and responsibilities. Students in violation of conduct policies may be subject to disciplinary action or dismissal. Violation of academic honesty will result in sanctions imposed under the Program and/or University's disciplinary system. The outcome of this behavior may result in a failing grade, suspension or dismissal from the program.

For students in the School of Nursing, the following policies apply in addition to the more general ones noted above:

  • During tests/examinations, bags, purses, etc., must be placed in an area in the front of the room.
  • Desks must be free from extraneous papers.
  • Student questions during an exam will be dealt with according to the discretion of the proctor.
  • There will be two forms of the test with a face sheet identifying the student, student ID number and form of the test.
  • Students will be seated in every other row when possible.