Students declared academically ineligible due to grades may petition the Graduate School for reinstatement after endorsement from the Director of the Master’s Programs.
Students seeking reinstatement must notify their Advanced Practice Coordinator and academic advisor as soon as they are aware of their academic ineligibility or the potential for academic ineligibility. The Advanced Practice Coordinator will notify the Director of Master’s Programs of the names and the semester for which any student in their specialty area is seeking reinstatement.
In order to determine whether a student’s request for reinstatement is eligible for endorsement, the Director of Master’s Programs will convene a committee made up of the student’s academic advisor, advanced practice coordinator, and one other graduate faculty member from the student’s specialty area, the program director, and the Director of Admissions and Student Services (ex-officio). The Director of Master’s Programs will chair the meeting and be a nonvoting member. The student will be notified of the day and time of the meeting and be invited to meet with committee members.
In collaboration with the student, the committee will develop a plan to support the student’s success that may include student activities and program supports. A simple majority of the voting members of the committee is required for any decision or recommendation regarding a student’s progression in the program. If the committee’s judgment is that no plan is likely to support success, reinstatement will be denied. However, such a decision will not be made without offering the student the chance to personally meet with the committee.
The Director of Master’s Programs will prepare a brief summary indicating the decision of the committee. This summary should include any conditions for continuance in the program, which may include, but are not limited to, extended study and tutorial assistance. A copy of this statement will be sent to the student and placed in the student’s folder.
Students have the right to appeal the progression decision in writing to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Nursing within 10 working days of notification by the Director of Master’s Programs.
Students who are reinstated are on academic probation and are automatically declared academically ineligible if they receive a grade below P.
Second reinstatements are only granted by the Graduate School in exceptional situations and with strong endorsements from the program director. Therefore, the review committee for a student requesting a second reinstatement will be made up of the student’s academic advisor, advanced practice coordinator, and one other graduate faculty member from the student’s specialty area, the program director (nonvoting member), the director of Admissions and Student Services (ex-officio), and two uninvolved graduate faculty members suggested by the Chair of the Master’s Executive Committee. A simple majority of the voting members of the committee is required for any decision or recommendation regarding a student’s progression in the program.
Students who fail comprehensive examinations twice are not eligible for reinstatement but may appeal directly to the Administrative Board of the Graduate School.
Students may appeal the denial of reinstatement to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Graduate School (in that order). The only grounds for appeal are procedural; denial of due process, arbitrariness, or discrimination.
Policy on Prohibited Harassment and Discrimination
The University’s Policy on Prohibited Harassment and Discrimination (www.unc.edu/campus/policies/harassanddiscrim.pdf) prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of an individual’s race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Appendix B of this Policy provides specific information for students who believe that they have been discriminated against or harassed on the basis of one or more of these protected classifications.
Students who want additional information regarding the University’s process for investigating allegations of discrimination or harassment should contact the Equal Opportunity/ADA Office for assistance:
Equal Opportunity/ADA Office
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
100 E. Franklin Street, Unit 110
Campus Box 9160
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599
Telephone: (919) 966-3576
Fax: (919) 962-2562
Any administrator or supervisor, including a department chair, associate dean or other administrator, who receives a student’s complaint about prohibited harassment or discrimination must notify the Equal Opportunity/ADA Office within five (5) calendar days of receiving the complaint. If a student raises a claim of prohibited harassment or discrimination during an academic appeal, an investigation of the student’s claim must be performed under the direction of the Equal Opportunity/ADA Office. The school or department must await the results of the harassment or discrimination investigation before deciding the student’s academic appeal.
Updated February 2014