Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Academic Policies and Procedures

Dismissal and Reinstatement


A student will be dismissed from the program when, in the judgment of the Admission, Progression, and Graduation (APG) Committee on the campus of enrollment, there is lack of progress toward the degree. Lack of progress will include, but not be limited to the following:

1. Failure to achieve a 2.0 semester grade point average in any two consecutive semesters;

2. Failure to earn a grade of C (2.0) or (S) in any two required nursing courses (didactic or practicum/clinical) on the first attempt.

3. Failure to achieve a minimum grade of C (2.0) in any required nursing didactic course or S (Satisfactory) in any required nursing practicum/clinical course by the second attempt.

4. Failure of more than three (3) general education courses required for the BSN degree. Of the three courses, only two (2) failures will be allowed in science course work. Any grade below a "C" is considered unsatisfactory (failing).

5. Failure to meet I.U.S.O.N. essential abilities expectations.

6. Failure to meet IU Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.

Falsification of records or reports, plagiarism, or cheating on an examination, quiz, or any other assignment is cause for dismissal. (See IU Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.)

The faculty reserves the right to dismiss any student whose personal integrity, health, or conduct demonstrates unfitness to continue preparation for the profession of nursing. Integrity and conduct will be judged according to the standards of the most recent Code for Nurses as adopted by the American Nurses' Association.

The dismissal of any student is contingent upon review by the Admission, Progression, and Graduation Committee on the campus of enrollment. Student dismissal is subject to the appeal process on the campus of enrollment. (Policy U-VI-A-18)


A student who has been dismissed from the School of Nursing for academic failure or any other reason may request reinstatement by petitioning the School of Nursing’s Admission, Progression, and Graduation (APG) Committee from the campus at which he or she was dismissed. Reinstatement by one campus is not binding on other campuses. Written request must be received by July 1 for fall reinstatement, April 1 for summer reinstatement, and October 1 for spring reinstatement. Reinstatement will be based on faculty recommendations at the time of dismissal and proposed plan for future success, as well as on availability of resources.

Students may progress to the next semester of courses upon the successful completion of all prior semester nursing courses designated on the campus enrolled. Students wishing exception to this practice must petition the Admission, Progression, and Graduation (APG) Committee.

Reinstatement is not guaranteed, and no student may be reinstated more than once. A reinstated student will be dismissed upon failure (a grade of C or lower) of one additional required course. Students who are reinstated must adhere to the policies and curriculum of the School of Nursing that are in effect at the time of reinstatement.

Last updated February 18, 2010