Undergraduate Co-Curricular Learning Goals

  • Display a heightened understanding of social responsibility and apply that knowledge toward active citizenship and humanitarianism
  • Develop an integrated sense of personal identity, a positive sense of self, and personal code of ethics
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of leadership and utilize that understanding to identify and advance personal leadership
  • Acquire and utilize cognitive and practical skills that will enable ability to live healthy, productive, and purposeful lives
  • Exhibit connection and application of knowledge developed across classroom, co-curricular, and other learning

Undergraduate Academic Policies

This section describes policies that apply across the undergraduate curriculum. Faculty may establish other course specific policies.

Academic year

Classes do not meet on certain holidays which are listed on the academic calendar published prior to the start of each academic year.

Traditional B.S.N.

The academic year for the Traditional B.S.N. is divided into two semesters, with each semester approximately sixteen weeks in length. Some classes are offered during summer sessions of varying lengths.

Accelerated B.S.N.

The academic year for the Accelerated B.S.N., which runs from January to December, is divided into three terms with two 8-week sessions in each term. An Accelerated B.S.N. calendar is published each year which shows the specific sequence of courses and the schedule of breaks that occur between each term.

Assignment of credit hours

Traditional B.S.N.

Each theory credit hour is equivalent to one clock hour per week. Each clinical credit hour is equivalent to three clock hours per credit hour per week. Each lab credit hour is equivalent to two clock hours per credit hour per week. There is a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work per credit hour per week. For courses offered in 8-week formats, clock hours per week are increased to be equivalent with the standard 15 week semester. Using the ratios above, total clock hours are calculated, then divided by the number of weeks allocated to that specific course.

Accelerated B.S.N.

Each theory credit hour is equivalent to one clock hour per week. Each clinical credit hour is equivalent to three clock hours per credit hour per week. Each lab credit hour is equivalent to two clock hours per credit hour per week. There is a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work per credit hour per week. Since the courses are offered in 8-week sessions, clock hours per week are increased to be equivalent with the standard 15 week semester. Using the ratios above, total clock hours are calculated, then divided by the number of weeks allocated to that specific course.

Academic advising

Upon admission, students are assigned to Research College of Nursing faculty advisors who assist them in selecting courses, reviewing grade reports and completing degree requirements. Academic advising is under the general supervision of the Undergraduate Program Directors. While students are responsible for meeting program requirements, faculty advisors facilitate the progression of students through their program of study. Students experiencing problems may consult their faculty advisor, course faculty, and the Learning Resource Center at Research College of Nursing. Traditional B.S.N. students also have access to the Learning Center and Counseling Center at Rockhurst University.

Academic adjustments for english language learners policy (approved UGCC 11/2019)

Students who are English language learners (ELL) may request academic adjustments, such as:

  1. Extended testing time for RCoN teacher-made exams; adjustments are designed to decrease over time and cease prior to Capstone theory course
  2. Alternate testing setting
  3. Use of a student-provided, hard copy, bilingual dictionary

Procedure:

  1. Students are required to self-identify as an ELL.
  2. Students must contact the Program Director in order to request testing adjustments. Students should not make requests directly to faculty members.
  3. The College encourages the timely request of adjustments prior to the start of a semester; however, requests will be considered at any time. Approved academic adjustments are not retroactive.
  4. If a student has been approved for adjustments, the Program Director will provide the student’s name to the College’s Registrar who will then send letter to appropriate course faculty.

During testing:

  1. Students must present their hard copy bilingual dictionary to the exam program upon entry to the testing room for the evaluation of supplemental notes.
  2. All other testing policies apply.
  3. Extended testing time will be as follows:
    1. ABSN Term 1 and TBSN Semester 1 students receive two times the allotted testing time.
    2. BSN Term 2 & 3A and TBSN Semesters 2 & 3 students receive one and a half times the allotted time.

Attendance policy

(approved FGA 12/8/17; revised 8/17/18)

Students are required to attend classroom, lab and clinical sessions. Any class missed as a result of delayed or incomplete registration, failure to meet Research College of Nursing policies, or absences accrued during suspension, are subject to the Attendance Policy.

For courses offered online, students are expected to log in and participate as outlined by the course faculty in the syllabus. Failure to log in and participate as assigned may be deemed an absence for that week at the discretion of the instructor. The tools in the Learning Management System are used to determine level and frequency of participation.

Excessive absences

Absence is considered excessive when the total number of contact hours (classroom, lab, clinical) missed exceeds two times the number of credit hours assigned to the course. (See Assignment of Credit Hours in Undergraduate Academic Policy.) Program Directors and the Dean will be notified when students have excessive absences.

A student may receive an Incomplete "I" for excessive absences due to illness or special circumstance. A student may be given a failing course grade (F) for excessive absences.

Example of excessive absences in theory:

3 credit hours = 45 contact hours.
If absent more than 6 hours in theory class, student may fail.

Example of excessive absences in laboratory:

1 credit hour = 30 contact hours.
If absent more than 4 hours in laboratory, student may fail.

Example of excessive absences in clinical:

3 credit hours = 135 contact hours.
If absent more than 18 hours in clinical, student may fail.

Classroom absences:

Students are expected to arrive promptly and stay for the entire class period. When absent, the student is responsible for contacting the course faculty as soon as possible to obtain all missed information and plan for meeting course requirements.

Laboratory/clinical absences:

All laboratory/clinical hours are required for successful completion of the course. Any student absent from laboratory/clinical must notify the instructor prior to the start time. The date/time of the make-up will be determined by RCoN. For laboratory/clinical courses with a letter grade, all absences result in 0 points for the day. Students who notify faculty of absence prior to start time may earn up to 50 percent of the points for the make-up. Students who fail to notify faculty of absence will earn 0 points for the make-up.

Assessment

Research College of Nursing assesses student abilities, achievement, and satisfaction at various times throughout its academic programs. The purpose of assessment is ongoing improvement in student learning, in their overall college experience, and the overall function of the college in meeting its mission. Students are required to complete assessment tests and other measures as part of this effort. Time is provided as part of the regular course schedule to minimize any inconvenience to students. Rockhurst University has a similar assessment process appropriate to its mission and purposes which nursing students participate in as Rockhurst University students. Assessment activities begin during the orientation program and continue to graduation. Alumni are also asked to complete surveys and program evaluation measures.

Absence for an Approved Activity

On exceptional occasions, students may miss a class, lab or clinical to participate in a college-approved extra-/co-curricular activity. The College supports learning experiences afforded by involvement in such activities. These activities require students to represent RCoN “on location”, for both participation in the event as well as travel to and from the location.

This policy only applies to activities that have been approved by the Dean’s office. In all cases, students should communicate with instructors in advance, where possible, and discuss the implications of any absence. Students should be prepared to provide documentation for participation in college-approved activities, when requested by the instructor, as false claims of legitimate or unavoidable absence may be considered a violation of the academic honesty policy.

Student Expectations

  1. The student who will miss a class, lab, or clinical must inform the instructor as soon as possible and, except in unavoidable situations, at least one week in advance of a planned absence.
  2. It is the student’s responsibility to complete work in advance, or to make alternate arrangements with the instructor, if an evaluative event will be missed because of a college-approved absence.
  3. This policy does not include departure preparations prior to the time a group or student is expected to leave on a trip.
  4. The student should recognize not all work can be made-up and absences can ultimately affect student performance in a class. Therefore, the instructor reserves the right to deny the request for the approved absence. If the student believes the request denial or make-up is unreasonable, they should contact their program director and provide documentation describing the unacceptable situation.
  5. A false claim of legitimate or unavoidable absence may be considered an academic honesty policy violation.

Academic requirements prior to enrollment in nursing courses

  1. Students must fulfill all prerequisite courses.
  2. Students must achieve a minimum of:
    1. a grade of C in all Science and Math courses, and
    2. a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or a 2.8 to 2.99 GPA with a B- or better in Anatomy and Physiology.

Academic requirements for progression

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better to progress in the nursing curriculum; a grade of less than C (C-, D+, D, F, WF) or an AU is not satisfactory for progression. Students whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 will not be allowed to enroll in any other nursing course until they have raised their cumulative GPA to 2.0.

  1. No nursing course may be repeated in which the student receives an original grade of C or better.
  2. A student who receives a grade of C- or below is placed on academic probation. The Program Director shall determine when a student may repeat a course based on space available. No student will be permitted to repeat a course more than once in an attempt to achieve a grade of C or better.
  3. A student who receives a grade of C- or below in any nursing course must repeat the entire course and achieve a minimum grade of C or better.

A student who receives two course grades below C (including C-, D+, D, F, NP, WF) whether in the same course or another nursing course will be dismissed from the nursing program.

Interruption in enrollment

Traditional B.S.N. program

Traditional BSN nursing students who are academically eligible to continue in the program but had an interruption in enrollment must apply for readmission through Rockhurst University. There is no application fee. The student seeking readmission should:

  1. Traditional BSN students must complete the readmission application form located on the Rockhurst University website.
  2. Contact the Director of Admission at Research College of Nursing.
  3. Have up-to-date official transcripts of credit sent to Research College of Nursing from each college attended since the last enrollment at Research College of Nursing or Rockhurst University.
  4. In all cases of re-enrollment following an interruption in continuous enrollment, the program director and appropriate course faculty will make a determination regarding repeating courses or additional requirements to assure current knowledge, on a space available basis.

Changes in enrollment

Changes in registration for students enrolled in nursing courses must be initiated in the Office of Registrar at Research College of Nursing. Class additions will not be allowed after the first week of the semester. Students who stop attending class(es) without processing the official withdrawal forms will receive grades of F. No credit will be allowed for a course in which the student is not appropriately registered.

Classification of students

Traditional B.S.N. degree-seeking students are classified as follows:

  • Juniors 60-89 earned semester hours
  • Seniors 90 and above earned semester hours

Enrollment status and changes in enrollment

Traditional B.S.N.

Full-time status as an undergraduate student is defined as a minimum of 12 semester hours of credit during a regular Fall, Spring or Summer semester. An undergraduate student is considered to be attending full-time if the minimum 12 semester hours is taken over the course of multiple sessions within a regular semester. Half-time status as an undergraduate student is enrolled in 6 to 11 semester hours during a regular Fall, Spring or Summer semester.

Undergraduate enrollment status is considered to be less than half time if the student is enrolled in less than six semester hours during a regular Fall, Spring or Summer semester.

Visiting status as an undergraduate student is defined as a non-degree seeking student who may be admitted to specific courses based on certification from another school that the student is in good standing there. In addition, the student must have permission to take courses at Research College of Nursing to apply toward the program at the primary school.

Traditional B.S.N. and Accelerated B.S.N. Students

Changes in registration for students enrolled in nursing courses must be initiated in the Registrar’s Office at Research College of Nursing. Class additions will not be allowed after the first week of the semester. Students who stop attending class(es) without processing the official withdrawal forms will receive grades of F. No credit will be allowed for a course in which the student is not appropriately registered.

Incomplete Grades

Under unusual circumstances, when a small portion of a course cannot be completed by the last day of class, students may request, in writing, an incomplete grade, or ‘I’. If approved, the student will be given six weeks to complete the coursework, or the ‘I’ grade will be changed to an ‘F’. Incomplete grades may not be extended beyond six weeks without the approval of the Program Director and Dean. For students at risk of dismissal, coursework and the grade change must be completed and submitted by the 6 week deadline or the drop/add deadline of the next semester, whichever comes first.

The Incomplete Grade Request and Extension of Incomplete Grade Request forms can be obtained from the Registrar’s Office. Students are expected to initiate contact with their instructors to arrange for timely completion of outstanding work. Instructors may require periodic progress reports.

Graduating seniors who have incomplete grades in any course used to satisfy a graduation requirement must resolve those incomplete grades by the middle of the following semester (summer for spring graduates, fall for summer graduates, and spring for fall graduates) or they will not graduate that semester and must reapply for a future semester of graduation.

Leave of Absence

A leave of absence will be considered on an individual basis but does depend on space availability at the College. Students’ requests for a leave of absence should be submitted to the appropriate Program Director in writing. The Leave of Absence Request form can be obtained from the Registrar’s Office Students are responsible for ensuring that all graduation requirements are met. Questions on these matters should be directed to the student’s faculty advisor or the Program Director.

Undergraduate students who are granted a leave of absence and are academically eligible to continue in the program, must submit a request for readmission to the Director of Admission at Research College of Nursing. The student seeking to return should:

  1. Contact the Director of Admission at Research College of Nursing.
  2. Complete the readmission form obtained from the Director of Admission.
  3. Send official transcripts to Research College of Nursing from each college attended since the last enrollment at Research College of Nursing.
  4. In all cases of re-enrollment following an interruption in continuous enrollment, the Program Director and appropriate course faculty will make a determination regarding repeating courses or additional requirements to assure current knowledge, on a space available basis.

Course progress

Using the Learning Management System Grade Book

Students may view their progress and grades in all nursing courses using the grade book feature of the Learning Management System at any time during the academic term. It is the student’s responsibility to remain aware of progress in courses and consult with course faculty if additional assistance is needed.

Using Rockhurst University Rockweb

Currently-enrolled undergraduate students may view their midterm and final semester grades on Rockhurst University’s Rockweb in a secure environment after obtaining a Personal Identification Number (PIN) from Rockhurst University Computer Services. Final grades are available for viewing after the close of the academic session or semester. Midterm grades, issued for undergraduate students, are progress reports only and do not affect the student's GPA. Undergraduate advisors may also view their advisee's midterm grades on Rockweb. Midterm grades provide an opportunity for students and advisors to discuss academic progress.

Undergraduate grading scale

Traditional B.S.N. and accelerated B.S.N.

Course requirements and the methodology for assigning grades are the prerogatives of the teaching faculty of each nursing course. One letter grade is recorded on the transcript for each course.

The grade schedule and equivalent numerical percentages for Research College of Nursing is as follows:

Grade LetterGrade Score
A 93-100%
A- 90-92%
B+ 88-89%
B 84-87%
B- 80-83%
C+ 78-79%
C 75-77%
C- 70-74%
D+ 68-69%
D 65-67%
F 0-64%

Grade rounding policy

Grades determined by percentages involving decimals will be rounded up to the next whole number when equal to 0.5 or greater. When the decimal is less than 0.5, the grade will be rounded down.

The quality point values for each grade are listed below. Plus and minus grades indicate upper and lower ranges of each grade category. A+ and D- are not recognized grades. Grades marked with an asterisk (*) do not allow progression in nursing courses.

Grade LetterGPADefinition
A 4.00 indicates the highest level of achievement and outstanding level of intellectual scholarship
A- 3.67 indicates high achievement and unusual degree of intellectual initiative
B+ 3.33 indicates a consistently good level of achievement and intelligent fulfillment of course requirements in a manner that approaches the quality of the highest grade
B 3.00 indicates a good level of achievement, intelligent understanding and application of subject matter
B- 2.67 indicates attainment well above the average
C+ 2.33 indicates a level of achievement and fulfillment of course requirements that somewhat exceeds average requirements
C 2.00 indicates a [work of average or] satisfactory level of work
C-* 1.67 indicates a below average, unsatisfactory and unacceptable level of work
D+* 1.33 indicates unsatisfactory and unacceptable level of work
D* 1.00 indicates work of inferior, unacceptable quality
F* 0.00 indicates work which lacks even the minimum level of understanding and is unacceptable
AU* (Audit Status) means no credit given. Students are expected to attend all class sessions, but are not required to complete assignments or to take examinations
I* (Incomplete) means incomplete and may be assigned only for serious reasons. Program Directors and the Dean of Nursing will be notified. An incomplete must be removed within six weeks or it will automatically become an F
NP* (No Pass) means an unsatisfactory performance in a clinical course that will not add credit and will not affect the grade point average but will count as a failure in a nursing course
P (Pass) means a satisfactory performance in a clinical course that will add credit but will not affect the grade point average
X* means absence from final examination; may be assigned only when an extension of time has been granted for serious reasons; must be removed within six weeks or automatically becomes an F
W* (Withdraw) means the student was allowed to withdraw without penalty
WF* 0.00 (Withdraw Fail) means the student was failing at the time of withdrawal and will not affect the grade point average, but will count as a failure in a nursing course

All grades are part of the student's academic record and are computed in the student's cumulative GPA (except those indicated above) and are applicable under any dismissal policy. Grades of C-, D+, D or F are not calculated in a student's cumulative GPA after the student has successfully repeated the course with a grade of C or above. Course grades of C-, D, D+, F, WF, or NP remain part of the academic record and are subject to the dismissal policy.

Assignment of grades for undergraduate courses

(approved FGA 12/8/17; revised FGA 11/8/19)

Theory courses

The student must achieve at least a 75% exam average to successfully complete the course. The final course grade for students who earn at least 75% will be determined by the total course points. The final course grade for students who earn less than 75% will be the exam average. Students will receive a C- if the average is 70-74%; a D+ if the average is 68-69%; a D if the average is 65-67%; and, an F for a grade equal to or below 64%, as noted in the undergraduate grading scale.

Combined theory and laboratory/clinical courses

The student must achieve at least a 75% exam average in theory and at least a 75% performance evaluation in laboratory/clinical to successfully complete the course. The final course grade for students who earn at least 75% in both theory and laboratory/clinical will be determined by the number of theory points plus 50% of laboratory/clinical points. Students who do not earn a 75% exam average in theory or 75% performance in laboratory/clinical will receive a final course grade that reflects the lowest percentage of the two (theory or 50% laboratory/clinical). Students who do not earn a 75% in both theory and laboratory/clinical, will receive a final course grade that reflects the highest percentage of the two (theory or 50% laboratory/clinical). Students will receive a C- if the average is 70-74%; a D+ if the average is 68-69%; a D if the average is 65-67%; and, an F for a grade equal to or below 64%, as noted in the undergraduate grading scale.

Transcripts of records

No transcript, official or unofficial, or Certification of Education will be issued to or for a student or alumnus who is delinquent in financial obligations to Rockhurst University or Research College of Nursing. Undergraduate students wishing transcripts of records to transfer from Research College of Nursing to another college or for other purposes should submit a written, signed request to the Registrar at Rockhurst University.

Withdrawal from the nursing program

Students desiring to withdraw from courses during a semester must secure a withdrawal form from the Registrar’s Office and have it signed by the student’s academic advisor, course coordinator(s), and Dean.

Courses dropped during the Drop/Add period (first 7 days) are not recorded on the student’s academic record.  Courses dropped after the Drop/Add period are recorded with grade notations of W (withdrawal) or WF (withdrawal failing).  The assignment of the grade when withdrawing is determined by the student’s academic performance at the time of withdrawal.  The last date for withdrawal is the date established by the Rockhurst University Registrar’s Office and published on the Academic Calendar (2/3 of the scheduled term) unless otherwise noted in the course syllabus and calendar.  Following the 2/3 date, course withdrawal will not be allowed. 

Tuition and fees paid by a student authorized to withdraw are refundable only as indicated under Refunds from the “Tuition and Fees” section of this catalog. Failure to process withdrawals prior to the last date of withdrawal will result in a grade of F.

A student who withdraws during the semester/term or before final examinations forfeits credit for work done that semester/term. Any student who wishes to withdraw from a course should confer with the course faculty and advisor. The student's right to withdraw remains regardless of the course faculty or advisor's recommendation.

This policy applies regardless of the length of the course.  The procedures and deadlines for withdrawal from individual courses also apply to changes to audit status in any class.

Academic probation

An undergraduate student who receives a final course grade of C- or below in one nursing course, assuming their GPA is above a 2.0, is placed on academic probation until such time as the course is successfully repeated. If a student earns a grade of C- or below in the repeated course or in another nursing course, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Suspension

A student may be suspended from any classroom, lab or clinical session for inappropriate or unsafe behavior or failure to adhere to any Research College of Nursing Academic Policies. Suspension may last from several hours to one calendar year. Suspension results in denied access to the Learning Management System for quizzes, exams, assignments or other course related materials in every course in which a student is enrolled. Suspension means that the student may not attend class, lab or clinical AND will not be allowed to make up any work or assignments or exams that are due during the suspension.

Faculty imposed: Faculty are solely responsible for making the immediate decision to suspend a student from classroom, clinical, or lab sessions in progress for inappropriate or unsafe behaviors. At the time of a suspension by the faculty, conditions for reinstatement are explained. Failure to meet the conditions of reinstatement may result in course failure.

College imposed: The Dean of Nursing is solely responsible for imposing suspension for failure to adhere to Research College of Nursing academic policies. At the time of a suspension by the Dean of Nursing, the conditions of reinstatement are explained. Failure to meet the conditions of reinstatement may result in course failure or dismissal from the nursing program. The student cannot attend classroom, lab or clinical sessions during the suspension.