All students are responsible for maintaining their own health, protecting themselves and the clients/research participants with whom they interact from communicable/infectious disease, and attaining and maintaining competency with identified practice standards.
Students admitted to the School must achieve compliance with all health, safety and legal requirements applicable to the program to which they have been admitted prior to the first day of classes. Continuing students must maintain full compliance with all renewable requirements throughout their tenure with the School. Student compliance is required of all enrolled students. This includes those enrolled in clinical and non-clinical courses. Students should retain all original documentation pertinent to each requirement in a personal file and provide a legible quality copy of each document to the Office of Admissions and Student Services (OASS) for entry into the student database and placement in the student’s compliance program file. Documents may be submitted in person, via US mail, via fax or as a PDF via email.
Further, supplementary requirements may be contractually mandated by any clinical agency to which students may be assigned. These additional elements are required, non-negotiable and deemed as critically important as School/University requirements. Students are informed of their clinical assignment through student registration or communication with the Clinical Site or Advanced Practice Area Coordinators. Students are then responsible for meeting all applicable elements described in the Health and Safety Database (HSR; described elsewhere in this document). Students must check their status in the HSR as often as necessary to ensure all submission deadlines are met and no item expires, as there is no grace period. It is the sole responsibility of each student to maintain a current knowledge of his/her compliance standing.
Consequences of Non-Compliance:
Upon program entry, any student who fails to attain compliance by the first day of class, will not be permitted to matriculate. (Exception: students admitted less than two weeks prior to the first day of class must meet compliance by end of the first week of class).
Continuing students deemed non-compliant by the first day of class in any term, may be withdrawn from the affected clinical course(s), and, following advisement by the appropriate Program Director, will establish an alternate study plan and re-enroll in needed clinical courses in a later semester.
Students who attain compliance initially but fail to properly maintain compliance with School, University or agency-specific requirements will jeopardize their access to course information via Blackboard, incur an academic hold on their University account, and have their clinical privileges revoked. If a student is deemed non-compliant for more than five business days, the student will be reported to the appropriate Program Director and Academic Standards Committee for formal review and action. Note: Students are accountable for all course content, assignments or tests missed during the period their Blackboard access privileges are withdrawn. Faculty are not responsible for disseminating missed content, or providing alternative assignments or testing opportunities.
Failure to attain or maintain compliance with the School’s health, safety and legal requirements may result in student disenrollment. Note: no grace period exists following the confirmed expiration date or posted submission deadlines.
BLS-CPR certification for newly admitted pre-licensure undergraduate students may be obtained via classes offered by the School twice each year, however, all must meet this requirement by the last date on which the School-based CPR course is taught.
Due to the limited clinical engagement of students in the RN-BSN option, compliance with all requirements is not necessary until six weeks prior to the first day of class for NURS 494. At all other times, RN-BSN students must comply with HIPAA training/testing and the Universal Confidentiality Statement requirements only. A statement attesting to the student’s understanding of this compliance procedure is signed during orientation.
Master’s and Post-Master’s students may request exemption from professional liability insurance coverage for any semester in which they are not registered for a clinical course. The request shall be made to the Asst. Director for Student Compliance and, if approved, shall NOT extend to any other requirement.
Master’s students registered for N992 or N993 only and NOT engaged in data collection involving human subjects may request waiver of renewable compliance requirements (annual TB testing, OSHA, CPR renewal and professional liability insurance coverage). The waiver must be signed by the student and his/her thesis/project advisor, and submitted to OASS promptly for approval.
Doctoral students must meet compliance requirements commensurate with the intensity of client/human subject contact they experience through research or employment activities. These students submit a waiver, signed by both the student and his/her faculty advisor, at the start of each semester denoting the extent of contact the student expects to have in academic activities. If the student’s situation changes, as it may with employment as a Teaching or Research Assistant, or in the course of dissertation work, the student must submit a revised waiver, and simultaneously attain full compliance with all applicable requirements prior to engaging in an elevated level of client contact.
Requirements by level of client/subject contact:
No contact or indirect contact: demonstrated MMR, DPT, and TDaP immunity; annual HIPAA training/testing; confidentiality statement, and health insurance;
Non-invasive direct contact: As above plus two-step TB screening; demonstrated Varicella immunity; and OSHA training/testing;
Invasive direct contact: As above plus demonstrated Hepatitis B immunity. If serving as supervising Clinical Faculty/Teaching Fellow, must additionally evidence BSL certification and an unrestricted NC RN license. If conducting data collection for the dissertation, professional liability insurance is required.