Bachelor of Science in Nursing Handbook 2019-2020 (2022)

At the end of each semester, the Undergraduate Studies Committee reviews the academic progress of undergraduate students. For students in academic difficulty, the action taken by this committee is governed by two sets of policies–those of the university and those of the College of Nursing. Any academic action (university academic warning or academic probation) is based upon the cumulative point-hour ratio for the entire time a student is enrolled at Ohio State (including pre-nursing and nursing course work). To remain in good standing in the university, a student must maintain a point-hour ratio of at least 2.00. Deficiency points are applied only to the records of students whose point-hour ratio is below 2.00 and are defined as the number of credit points a student would have to earn to bring her or his point-hour ratio up to that level [Faculty Rule 3335-9-23 Minimum scholastic requirements].

Warning and Dismissal

Faculty Rule 3335-9-23 Minimum scholastic requirements

Grade Forgiveness

3335-8-27.1 Grade Forgiveness Rule

Undergraduate students may petition the authorized representative of the dean or director of their enrollment unit to repeat a course and, after completing the course the second time, have the original course credit and grade excluded from the calculation of the student’s cumulative point-hour ratio, but remain on the student’s official permanent record. This action will be subject to the following conditions:

  • Permission to apply this rule must be obtained by the fourth Friday of the semester or summer term (the second Friday of a session during autumn or spring semesters, or a summer session; or the first Friday of a May session) in which the repeated course is taken.
  • The same course may be repeated only once under this rule.
  • This rule may be applied for a maximum of three courses.

Grade Forgiveness Form

Please note: While we will honor this policy in the College of Nursing, it does not supersede or replace our progression policy. Any grade earned in a required course still applies.


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As stated in Faculty Rule 3335-9-25(B), “if at any time the preparation, progress, or success of a student in an academic program is determined to be unsatisfactory, the college or school in which the student is registered shall be empowered to place the student on academic probation.”

Students are notified in writing of being placed on probation by special action. Special action probation alerts the student to the need for improved achievement in the area(s) of deficiency in order to continue in the program.

Students will be placed on probation by special action in the College of Nursing for the following:

  1. A cumulative point-hour ratio below a 2.00.
  2. A cumulative point-hour ratio below a 2.50 in the required course work in the nursing major.
  3. If a grade of “C, C-,” “D+,” “D,” “E,” “W,” “U,” or “NP”* is earned in one required nursing course during a semester; and students will be required to repeat the course(s) or an equivalent course accepted by the college, with a grade of “C+” or better

As stated in Faculty Rule 3335-8-32 students may withdraw from a course by a certain date, if a student withdraws failing, faculty will monitor and use this information when decisions are made regarding probationary terms or dismissal.

*Required courses: All required courses in Nursing, Microbiology 4000.01 or Microbiology 4000.02, Human Nutrition 2210 or 2310 and any of the designated courses in Data Analysis. Students must earn a “C+,” “PA”*or higher in all required courses.


Students on probation in the College of Nursing are restricted to enrolling for no more than 16 credit hours per semester during the warning or probationary term. Students on warning or probation may be required to meet with the Chair of the Undergraduate Studies Committee. Additional conditions and/or restrictions may be specified. Once you are placed on probation within the College of Nursing, you will remain on probation until graduation.

Disenrollment from the College of Nursing

Students may be disenrolled from the College of Nursing for any of the following reasons:

  1. Lack of progress evidenced by:
    1. two or more grades below “C+,” or “NP”* (2.00) in required courses and/or
    2. two or more withdrawals from required courses and/or
    3. failure to earn a cumulative point-hour ratio above a 2.00 or a 2.50 in nursing coursework and/or
    4. failure to meet the conditions of probation and/or
    5. earning a grade below “C+” or “NP”*along with two withdrawals from required nursing courses.

Students disenrolled from the College of Nursing have the option to transfer to another academic unit if their academic standing in the university is satisfactory. Students may petition for reinstatement to the college after one academic term. A petition is submitted to the Undergraduate Studies Committee and should provide verification that the student has strengthened him/herself in the areas of weakness that led to the disenrollment. The Undergraduate Studies Committee will evaluate a student’s ability to be successful in the program and make a decision on the request for reinstatement.

If a student is dismissed from the College of Nursing because the cumulative point hour ratio fell below a 2.0, the student is required to change their major and take non-nursing courses to raise their cumulative point hour ratio to 2.0 or better. Once a 2.0 cumulative point hour ratio has been achieved, the student can petition for reactivation.

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Progression in the College of Nursing, Nursing Major:

Prerequisite Requirements for Students in the Nursing Major:

To progress from sophomore to junior level courses, students must complete the following prerequisites with a grade of “C+,” “PA”* or higher :

Nursing 2420, 2100, 2270, 2410, 2450, 2460, 2470, 2780; Microbiology 4000.01 or Microbiology 4000.02; Human Nutrition 2210

To progress from junior to senior level nursing courses, students must complete the following prerequisites with a grade of “C+,” “PA” *or higher:

Nursing 3270, 3430, 4260, 4280

*The Ohio State University Senate approved a proposal allowing students to receive a pass/no pass instead of a letter grade in courses taken during the Spring 2020 semester. This decision was made to ease the transition to virtual classes and to support students during this unprecedented time. For more information about the pass/no pass proposal, please visit the Office of Academic Affairs website. Information specific to the College of Nursing related to the pas/no pass policy can be found here.

Progression and Remediation Policy

All course prerequisites must be met in order to progress to next courses in the program. A student who has not successfully completed a clinical course due to unsafe clinical practice is not eligible to repeat the course or progress to next clinical course(s) until remediation has been successfully completed. Remediation may not be done concurrently with any subsequent clinical course. The faculty will determine what remediation will be required in collaboration with the Assistant Dean for the Baccalaureate Programs.

A student may be considered for a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) if behaviors related to accountability, professionalism, and/or use of the nursing process are not being met. The objective of the PIP document(s) and meeting(s) is to delineate specific areas that a student must improve in order to succeed in the program and grow as a developing professional in the practice of nursing.

A student who has not successfully completed clinical course objectives is not eligible to repeat the course or progress to the next clinical course(s) until required remediation has been successfully completed.

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The faculty will determine what remediation will be required in collaboration with the student, the Supervisor for Student Success and the Director of Pre-licensure Programs. In the event a program-wide plan is developed, the Director of Pre-licensure Programs will be responsible for monitoring student success in collaboration with course faculty and the Supervisor for Student Success.

This general pathway can be implemented and/or modified at any time at the course faculty’s discretion in collaboration with Student Success Services in order to best serve the student’s needs and meet the desired BSN end-of-program outcomes.

Remediation Policy/Process:

  • If a student is failing to meet the clinical objectives of a course, a performance improvement plan will be initiated:
    • The student will meet with the course faculty to discuss areas for improvement.
    • The student will meet with the Supervisor for Student Success to establish goals, identify available resources, and determine a timeline for goal completion.
    • The course faculty will determine if the student has demonstrated sufficient attainment toward the agreed upon goals by the established timeline.
    • In the event the student does not successfully meet the goals of the PIP, a clinical grade of unmet will be documented resulting in a course failure.
  • If a student successfully meets the objectives of a performance improvement plan, but demonstrates reoccurring patterns of behavior in another course, a program-wide performance improvement plan will be initiated following the steps listed above. This plan will be transferred to each course for the remainder of the prelicensure program.

Leave of Absence from the College of Nursing

Once enrolled in the nursing major students are expected to complete the nursing curriculum in a timely and sequential manner. Students will be required to submit a petition seeking permission to deviate from the nursing curriculum and to re-enter the program. The Undergraduate Studies Committee must approve reentry and any deviation from the nursing curriculum. Upon return to the nursing major the student will be required to meet with the Chair of the Undergraduate Studies Committee and an academic advisor to develop a plan for re-entry. A re-entry plan is determined by enrollment size and course availability.

Students that end their studies in the College of Nursing to pursue a new degree program or major will be required to re-apply to the BSN program.

The Curriculum Petition is found here. The Petition to Reactivate can be found here.

Grade Grievance Procedures

If a student believes that a procedural error in grading was made, the student should meet with the instructor. If the instructor does not agree that a procedural error was made, the student may request a review by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. The Associate Dean of Academic Affairs shall respond to the student no later than thirty days after the student has requested a review. Upon receipt of the Associate Dean of Academic Affair’s response, if the issue is not resolved to the satisfaction of the student, the student may within two weeks request in writing, by duplicate submission to the Dean and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, review by a college faculty committee appointed by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. The Hearing Committee will report and make recommendations to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. The Associate Dean of Academic Affairs will send a written letter to the student notifying him/her of the Hearing Committee’s decision. For a complete copy of Faculty Rule 3335-8-23, students may refer to the Board of Trustees’ web site:


Any student wanting to request a modification in the required program of study must submit a petition form to the Undergraduate Studies Committee. Petition forms for various purposes can be obtained through the student web or in the Student Affairs Office. The student may wish to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor prior to submitting the petition. Petitions must be submitted at least one week before meetings of the Undergraduate Studies Committee where petitions are considered. A student will usually be informed in writing of the decision regarding a petition within two weeks after the request has been reviewed by the Undergraduate Studies Committee. This letter will be sent to his or her Buckeye Mail, the e-mail system for students. (See “Petition Guidelines” for detailed instructions.)

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Classroom Conduct

Honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility are expected student behavior. Cell phones, pagers, and other types of communication devices are to be turned off and stored out of sight. Any student found to be using a communication device during an exam will be given a grade of zero for the exam. For online exams and quizzes outside of the classroom, it is expected that students not share test questions, answers, or related exam materials. Students found to be in violation may be reported to the Committee on Academic Misconduct.

Procedures for Notifying Students of Changes in Program Policies

Program policies are reviewed annually and modified for the incoming class. Upon admission to the program all students receive a link to the student handbook with policies and procedures that are applied while a student is enrolled in the program.

Students will be notified of changes to program policies by the Office of Student Affairs, Equity and Inclusion. All nursing students will receive notification of changes to program policies to their OSU email address. Student handbooks available in electronic format on the student web site will be updated immediately. Program policy changes made during the academic year will include an effective date and indicate if the change impacts currently enrolled students. No program policy changes will be implemented retroactively that could negatively impact student progression or program completion.

Cell Phone and E-transmission Policy

Students now have unprecedented opportunities for enhanced learning supported by electronic technology and devices. The College of Nursing recognizes electronic devices are part of the learning process and that the internet and smart phone applications or “apps” provide learning tools necessary to be successful. The use of electronic devices in the classroom is dependent on the content, activity, assignment and instructor permission. The online classroom should be treated in the same manner as an on-campus classroom regarding avoiding the distraction of electronic device. Students who need to respond to personal emergencies during class should use their step away notification and contact the instructor after class. Screen capturing, recording, and/or downloading any pictures, videos, discussions, lectures, or test questions within the online classroom are prohibited without the consent of the instructor. Electronic transmission of data related to patient specific identifiers and student-to-student health information obtained in physical assessment labs with student identifiers is a violation of HIPAA. Students found in violation of this policy may be referred for review for Professional Misconduct (see Professional Misconduct Policy) and/or Office of Student Life: Student Conduct Board (see Chapter 3335-23 Code of Student Conduct).

Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students requesting accommodation for disability for classroom needs are responsible for notifying the course head by the end of the first week of the semester to discuss specific needs. Self-identification is the only way to assure that the faculty member can make the appropriate accommodation. Students should provide a letter from the Office for Disability Services (098 Baker Hall, 113 W. 12th Avenue; (614) 292-3307; VRS: (614) 429-1334 to verify the disability.

Students needing accommodation for temporary physical disabilities or health-related reasons should contact the course head in order to discuss placement options. Students must be able to perform all job functions as required by the clinical placement site. Students may be asked to provide the course head with a letter from their physician indicating physical restrictions or limitations.

Students with permanent or long-term physical disabilities should self-identify at the time of application to the major or as soon as the disability becomes known to the student.

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