Undergraduate Student Assessment Policy

Academic Progression
Effective September 2013 for Bachelor of Nursing Program students:

Students are required to obtain a minimum of “C” grade in every letter grade course, a “Pass” in every Pass/Fail course, and a Program GPA of 2.5 to graduate. A final grade of “D” or “F” in a letter grade course or “Fail” in a Pass/Fail course taken to complete the degree requirement is considered a failure.

Academic assessments will be based on student performance in letter grade courses. The Term Grade Point Average (TGPA) will be calculated at the conclusion of each academic term in which the student has completed a minimum of 6 credit hours. Students who do not complete the minimum credit hours in one term will be assessed as “too few credit hours to assess”. These students will be assessed over two terms or more at the end of the term in which they reach the threshold of 6 credit hours.

The final term of the Bachelor of Nursing Program (NURS 4290/NURS 4580) will be excluded from assessment providing the student meets graduation requirements. Students are required to have a minimum Program GPA of 2.5 to be eligible for graduation.

Good Academic Standing

A student with a TGPA of 2.5 or higher will be assessed "College Minimum Met".

Academic Warning

The first time a student’s TGPA drops below 2.5, the student will receive an Academic Warning.

Procedures:

  • Students who receive an academic warning will be given the option of remediation, and will be required to meet with a Nursing Student Advisor at least once during the following term of study.

Academic Probation

The second time that a student’s TGPA drops below 2.5, the student will be placed on Academic Probation.

  • A formal remediation plan will be mandatory for students on academic probation.

Procedures:

  • The remediation plan will be developed by the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs) or designate with the active participation of the student.
  • The remediation plan will be based on an assessment of the student’s current academic status and identified learning needs.
  • The student may be required to repeat selected Nursing courses.
  • The student may be required to repeat or register for the first time in selected non-Nursing courses (not elective courses). For example, students may be required or permitted to take or repeat select Statistics, Nutrition, or Native Studies course(s) from years 2 or 3. 
  • If any courses are repeated, the student will be subject to all academic regulations related to final grades in repeated courses and the number of failures allowed in any given course or sequence of courses in the Bachelor of Nursing Program. 
  • Students will be allowed to register in courses that they are required to repeat after students who are taking the course for the first time have had the opportunity to register and availability of space in the course can be confirmed.
  • The student will be required to meet with a Nursing Student Advisor at least twice during the following term of study.
  • Students on probation will not be permitted to register in any new nursing courses until they are removed from probation. 
  • If there are non-academic issues interfering with the student’s academic progress, the student will be required to make every effort to deal with and resolve those issues during the period of academic probation.
  • Where indicated, a student will be referred to the student services unit for information and guidance. Any student subsequently registered with Student Accessibility Services and requiring accommodation by the College of Nursing will be referred to the College of Nursing Accommodation Team.

Academic Suspension

The third time that a student’s TGPA drops below 2.5, the student will be placed on Suspension. Students who are suspended shall be ineligible to take any courses at the University of Manitoba or on a letter of permission for a minimum of eight and a maximum of 15 calendar months.

Procedures:

  • The time period for the suspension actually served by the student is contingent on the program timetable and course availability.
  • Students who wish to continue their studies in the Bachelor of Nursing Program must submit a written application for reinstatement to the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs) by May 1 of each calendar year.
    • The written application must specifically address the academic and non-academic issues that had affected their academic standing prior to their academic suspension and describe how these issues have been addressed and/or resolved. This information should include, at a minimum:
      •  An outline of what they have been doing during their time away from Nursing (e.g., developing good study habits, attending counseling, etc.);
      • An explanation of what has changed to make it more likely that they will be successful, and their plan for success if reinstated; and
      • An academic plan for the rest of their program.
  • The College of Nursing will consider each request on a case by case basis and reserves the right to deny a student’s request for reinstatement. 
  • Students who are reinstated or who are actively under consideration for reinstatement will be subject to the following procedures with respect to their course registrations: 
    • Students who are suspended at the end of Fall Term (January) will:
      • Request reinstatement by May 1 of the same year in which they were suspended;
      • Be given a final decision by May 15;
      • Register for courses during the College’s registration period; and
      • Proceed to course work in Fall term subject to space availability.
    • Students who are suspended at the end of Winter Term  (May) will:
      • Request reinstatement by May 1 of the following year;
      • Be given a provisional decision by May 15;
      • Register for Fall term courses during the College’s registration period; and
      • Proceed to course work in Fall term subject to space availability.
    • Students who are suspended at the end of Summer Term will:
      • Request reinstatement by May 1;
      • Be given a provisional decision by May 15;
      • Register for summer term, or the subsequent Fall term, courses during the College’s registration periods; and
      • Proceed to course work in summer term subject to course/space availability.
    • Students who do not apply for reinstatement by this deadline will be considered as having withdrawn from the College of Nursing and will not be permitted to return. 
    • Students who are permitted to return from suspension will be required to meet with a Nursing Student Advisor to plan their program.

Required to Withdraw

Students who have been permitted to return from Suspension and whose TGPA drops below 2.5 a fourth time will be Required to Withdraw. Students who are Required to Withdraw are ineligible for re-admission to the College of Nursing.

November 2017