Academic Calendar 2021-2022

Academic Regulation 16: Professional Conduct, Attendance and Course Work

16.1- Professional Conduct

All students are expected to develop and demonstrate the attributes of a professional nurse. Please see the School of Nursing Professional Behaviour Policy (April 2014). Students are accountable for their actions taken in the course of clinical practice with clients in accordance with the principles as described in the Professional Standards of the College of Nurses of Ontario. These expectations for professional behaviour are consistent with the level of competence of the student nurse. Specifically, students must practice within their level of competence and refrain from misrepresenting their level of competence or from practicing beyond that level without supervision by a faculty member or delegate.

16.2- Participation and Conduct in Classes

Students must be registered in a class to be eligible to attend or otherwise participate in lectures, clinical practice, seminars, laboratories, tutorials, tests, and examinations associated with the class. Students are expected to be present at all lectures, clinical practice, seminars, laboratories, tutorials, tests, and examinations in their classes and to submit essays, exercises, reports, and other assignments at the prescribed times. Student conduct in lectures, clinical practice, seminars, laboratories, tutorials, tests and examinations must conform to the Code of Conduct (Academic Regulation 15). Students whose conduct does not conform to the Code of Conduct (Academic Regulation 15) may be issued a warning in writing from the course instructor. Subsequent failure to conform to the Code of Conduct (Academic Regulation 15) may result in a written requirement to withdraw from the class.

16.3- Absence and Missed Course Work in a Theory Course

A student who receives medical care, who is ill or has compassionate grounds as a reason for missing lectures or other work is responsible for informing the course instructor as soon as possible. The student will be asked to present appropriate documentation to the Associate Director (Undergraduate Nursing Programs), School of Nursing or the instructor concerned.

If there is a significant effect on attendance or academic performance such that the student may wish to request an incomplete grade, the student is responsible for obtaining appropriate documentation at the time of treatment.

16.4- Compulsory Attendance In a Clinical Course

All clinical, seminar and learning lab experiences are compulsory. Absences prevent students from obtaining the required level of learning experiences needed to meet the objectives of the program. Students are responsible for notifying their instructor and their clinical area prior to the experience (as specifically instructed by the instructor) if they are unable to attend.

Students need to complete all clinical/laboratory work to receive a grade in the course. A student who has missed clinical practice due to illness or special/extenuating circumstances may be permitted an opportunity to make up this deficiency if permission is given by the course coordinator and the Associate Director (Undergraduate Nursing Programs), arrangements can be made to obtain a Clinical Instructor, and the clinical agency concerned gives its approval.

The student will be asked to present appropriate documentation to the Associate Director (Undergraduate Nursing Programs), School of Nursing or the instructor concerned.

Students are responsible for financing any absent clinical experience. The minimum fee for such experience is $45.00/hour.

16.5- Transportation

It is the responsibility of the student to provide their own transportation to required institutional or community clinical experience. Community placements may require access to suitable transportation.