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  The Future of Nursing is Here!

  Graduate Nursing
  Student Handbook

                               Table of Contents

Welcome and Purpose of Student Handbook……………………………………………………………..1
Corridor Information……………………………………………………………………………………………2
       School of Nursing Mission
       School of Nursing Diversity Statement
Responsibilities, Student Conduct, Code of Student Rights...…………………………………………3
       Sex Offenders (Zachary’s Law)
       Limited Criminal History
Essential Abilities Policy…………………………………………………………………………………….3-4
       Writing Expectations
Required Documentation and Health Expectations…………………………………………………….4-6
       CPR Requirements
       HIV or HBV Positive
            Patient Rights
            Student Rights
       Occupational Health
       Bloodborne Pathogen
       Universal Precautions
       Health Insurance
       Latex Allergies
       Liability Insurance
       Use of Email as Official Correspondence with Students
Appropriate Computer Conduct and Email Etiquette…………………………………………………….6-7
       Legal Use
       Ethical Use
       General Policies
       Emergency Preparedness
       Other Resources
Academic and Related Information…………………………………………………………………………..7-8
       Academic Integrity
       Academic Difficulty
       Academic Misconduct
       Grading Scale for Nursing Major Courses
       Course Grades
       Incomplete Grades
       Satisfactory/Fail Grades (S/F)
       Student Consent for Retention and Use of Course-related Work
       Class/Practicum Attendance
Student Assistance……………………………………………………………………………………………….9
       Process for Resolving Conflict
       Students with Learning Disabilities
                          (Table of Contents continued)

Student Support and Opportunities…………………………………………………………………….9-10
        Alumni Association
        Life-Long Learning
        Development Office
        Research Center
        School of Nursing Student Activities
        Student Nurses’ Association
Progression Policies and Procedures……………………………………………………………………..10
        Interruption of Progress toward the Degree
        Clinical Absence Policy
        Withdrawal Policies
        Repeating Nursing Courses
        Intercampus Transfers
        Academic Appeals
        Guidelines for Submission of Requests to APG Subcommittee
        Grade Changes
Alternative Credit……….………………………………………………………………………………………13
        Nursing Major Course Equivalency considerations
        Curricular Sequencing
        Portfolio Review Process
        Independent Study
Graduation and Licensing………………………………………………………………………………......13-14
        National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX)
        Legal Limitations for Clinical Placement(s) and/or Licensure
        Recognition of Academic Excellence
Programs and Requirements……………………………………………………………………………….15-22
Campus-specific Information……………………………………………………………………………….23-36

Welcome to the Indiana University                        Purpose of Student Handbook
School of Nursing!                                       The purpose of this handbook is to assist nursing
                                                         students in understanding more fully the policies,
                                                         practices, and procedures of the School of Nursing.
We are thrilled that you have cast your fate and
                                                         This handbook is not all-inclusive nor does it replace
future with us for the next several years. Many          the Indiana University School of Nursing Bulletin
exciting opportunities and challenges await you.         (http://bulletin.iupui.edu/) Indiana University’s Code of
                                                         Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, nor
We offer a variety of services, activities and           any nursing course syllabus. In instances where
                                                         there is a conflict between this handbook and any
supports to help you succeed. Although we have           University or School document (i.e., Code of Student
tried to anticipate your needs, please contact a         Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, syllabus, etc.),
                                                         the University or School document shall take
staff member in the Center for Academic Affairs          precedence. http://www.iupui.edu/code/

(NU 122) if you have any questions or needs.             Efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the
All of us wish you success!                              material in this handbook. However, some types of
                                                         information, such as office hours and phone numbers,
Warmly,                                                  are subject to change without notice. The curriculum
Chandra Dyson                                            may also change due to our ongoing effort to provide
Assistant Dean for Student Services                      you with the best nursing education possible. Please
                                                         check with the School of Nursing academic
                                                         counselors to inquire about changes and updates.
                                                         The handbook will be updated each year, so if errors
                                                         are found, or if you have ideas for additions or
                                                         changes that would be helpful to students or if you
                                                         have general comments about the handbook, please
                                                         Chandra Dyson, Assistant Dean for Student Services,
                                                         (317) 274-8094 or email cbaskin@iupui.edu . This
                                                         handbook is in effect for students admitted for the
                                                         2009-2010 academic year.

                                        OVERVIEW INFORMATION

                                                                  To serve as a model for collaboration and
School of Nursing - Mission                                        interdisciplinary work
Indiana University School of Nursing on the                       To build understanding and respect in
campuses of IUPU-Indianapolis/Columbus and IU-                     academic and human relationships through
Bloomington functions in most respects as one                      the appreciation and celebration of diversity.
administrative unit, known as the Corridor. The
mission of the Corridor is to create a community of        School of Nursing – Diversity Statement
learning that addresses society’s need for caring and      Recognizing the rapidly increasing diversity of
scientifically prepared nurse professionals, as well as    America and of higher education, and in support of
the educational and developmental needs of students,       the mission of Indiana University School of Nursing,
faculty, staff, and alumni from diverse backgrounds.       faculty and staff are committed to promoting an
Through the scholarship of creative pedagogy,              educational environment that values, respects, and
discovery, application, and integration, the Corridor      reflects a global view of diversity.
will improve the health and quality of life for the
citizens of central Indiana, the state, the nation, and    Diversity includes consideration of socioeconomic
beyond by meeting society’s need for nurses at             class, gender, age, religious belief, sexual orientation,
different educational levels prepared to be effective in   and... disabilities, as well as race and ethnicity.
a range of practice settings.                              Diversity recognizes that individuals learn from
                                                           exposure to and interaction with others who have
The Corridor seeks to have top-ranked programs in          backgrounds and characteristics different from their
nursing education and research. Toward that end, we        own. Recognizing and valuing diversity.... also means
emphasize:                                                 acknowledgment, appreciation, and support of
    Superior and innovative teaching                      different learning styles, ways of interaction, and
    Health behavior research                              stimulating forms of discourse derived from interaction
    Interdisciplinary collaboration                       and collaboration with persons from diverse
    Partnerships with the community                       backgrounds and experiences. (American Association
    Lifelong learning                                     of Colleges of Nursing’s Statement on Diversity and
                                                           Equal Opportunity, 1997, (p.1).
The Corridor seeks to be known for:
    Creative problem-solving through critical             In order to fulfill this commitment, Indiana University
       thinking and innovative use of information          School of Nursing:
       technology                                               Promotes curriculum content that reflects
    Best practice models for culturally appropriate                diversity.
       health services, from local to international             Develops a comprehensive academic
       arenas                                                       success model.
    Nursing knowledge development related to                   Recruits, retains, and graduates students
       healthy lifestyles, self-care, functional                    from diverse backgrounds in all programs with
       enhancement, effective symptom                               attention to transition across degrees.
       management, and delivery systems                         Recruits and retains faculty and staff from
    Leadership in health policy                                    diverse backgrounds.
                                                                Establishes and maintains linkages with the
The mission and values of nursing are consistent with               diverse communities of the city, the state, the
campus aspirations toward quality, collaboration,                   nation, and the world.
centrality, and identity. They further the overall              Identifies local, regional, national, and
mission:                                                            international resources that support diversity,
    To raise educational achievement and                           promote academic excellence, and enrich the
         intellectual aspiration in Indianapolis, the               academic environment for all members of the
         state, and beyond through leadership,                      School of Nursing community.
         access, and commitment to lifelong learning            Promotes research that reflects cultural
    To develop and apply knowledge to ever-                        diversity.
         changing issues of health and economic and             Promotes culturally competent practice
         social well-being through teaching, research,              among students, graduates, and faculty.
         and service
    To enhance the professional and personal
         lives of students by offering the state’s most
         comprehensive range of effective academic

Responsibilities, Student Conduct and Code                   Essential Abilities Policy
of Student Rights                                            The School of Nursing faculty has specified essential
Students are subject to the standards of conduct as          abilities critical to the success of students in the IU
defined in Indiana University's Code of Student              nursing program. Students must demonstrate these
Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct. Due process           essential abilities to succeed in their program of
will be followed for any student found to be in violation    study. They expected to meet all progression criteria,
of this code. All Indiana University students are            as well as these essential abilities with or without
responsible for acquainting themselves with and              reasonable accommodations. Each student who
adhering to policies outlined in this document.              enters the program must sign an Essential Abilities
(http://www.life.iupui.edu/help/code.asp)                    form, which will be kept in the student’s permanent
Drugs/Alcohol                                                       Essential judgment skills to include: ability to
Indiana University has specific and strict policies and                identify, assess, and comprehend conditions
penalties regarding alcohol and other drugs. The                       surrounding patient situations for the purpose
policies are described in the ―Code of Student Rights,                 of problem solving around patient conditions
Responsibilities, and Conduct‖. For a list of specific                 and coming to appropriate conclusions and/or
campus and community groups that can be helpful                        courses of action.
with questions, concerns, or counseling needs in                    Essential physical/neurological functions to
relation to drug or substance abuse, please see the                    include: ability to use the senses of seeing,
Assistant Dean for Students Services on the IUPUI                      hearing, touch, and smell to make correct
campus, the Alcohol-Drug Information Center (812-                      judgments regarding patient conditions and
855-5414) on the Bloomington campus, or the director                   meet physical expectations to perform
of student services on the Columbus campus. Any                        required interventions for the purpose of
student showing evidence of alcohol/drug use and/or                    demonstrating competence to safely engage
behaviors that might be related to such may be                         in the practice of nursing. Behaviors that
dismissed from scheduled learning experiences,                         demonstrate essential neurological and
subject to disciplinary procedures.                                    physical functions include, but are not limited
                                                                       to observation, listening, understanding
Sex Offenders (Zachary’s Law)                                          relationships, writing, and psychomotor
During the Fall 1996-97 semester, the School of                        abilities consistent with course and program
Nursing implemented the Sex Offenders Screening                        expectations.
Policy. This policy simply states that any student                  Essential communication skills to include:
enrolled in an undergraduate nursing program who                       ability to communicate effectively with fellow
has been convicted of a sex offense against children                   students, faculty, patients, and all members of
shall be dismissed from the program. Further                           the health care team. Skills include verbal,
declarations of this policy include:                                   written, and non-verbal abilities as well as
     The School of Nursing will review the Indiana                    information technology skills consistent with
         Sex Offenders Registry for each nursing                       effective communication.
         student prior to admission and may do so                   Essential emotional coping skills: ability to
         periodically after admission.                                 demonstrate the mental health necessary to
     Any student whose name appears in the                            safely engage in the practice of nursing as
         Registry will be ineligible for admission to any              determined by professional standards of
         undergraduate or graduate nursing program.                    practice.
     Any student requesting transfer to another                    Essential intellectual/conceptual skills to
         nursing program whose name appears in the                     include: ability to measure, calculate, analyze,
         Registry will be denied transfer.                             synthesize, and evaluate to engage
     Any student already admitted to an                               competently in the safe practice of nursing.
         undergraduate nursing program, whose name                  Other essential behavioral attributes to
         appears on the Registry during the time of                    include: ability to engage in activities
         enrollment in the nursing major, shall be                     consistent with safe nursing practice without
         ineligible for continuation or completion of                  demonstrated behaviors of addiction to,
         his/her current course work.                                  abuse of, or dependence on alcohol or other
Students affected by this policy shall be notified of                  drugs that may impair behavior or judgment.
their ineligibility and the reason for such ineligibility.             The student must demonstrate responsibility
Students having questions or concerns regarding this                   and accountability for actions as a student in
policy are encouraged to discuss specific issues with                  the School of Nursing and as a developing
an Academic Advisor.                                                   professional nurse consistent with accepted
                                                                       standards of practice.
Limited Criminal History
Students are responsible for furnishing an up-to-date
limited criminal history at any time during their
program if requested.

Students questioning their ability to meet the essential     Tetanus           Required: Must have been
abilities criteria are encouraged to speak with an                             immunized within the last ten years.
Academic Counselor. Students failing to meet these
criteria at any point in their academic program may
have their progress interrupted until they have              Rubella           Required: Either a Rubella
demonstrated these essential abilities within                                  Titre or Rubella Vaccine must be
negotiated time frames.                                                        documented. (The current
                                                                               standard at IU - rubella
―Students will be dismissed from their program of                              immunization is required if the titre
study if the faculty determines students are unable to                         indicates susceptibility to the
meet these essential abilities even if reasonable                              disease.)
accommodations are made. Students failing to
demonstrate these essential abilities may appeal this        Rubeola           Required: Anyone born after
adverse determination in accordance with Indiana             (measles)         December 31, 1956,
University's appeal procedures‖. (IUSON Essential                              must document proof of one
Abilities Policy U-VI-A-15)                                                    measles vaccine after 1980. A
                                                                               positive antibody titer to measles is
Writing Expectations                                                           acceptable as proof of
(Also see campus specific information)                                         immunization
                                                             Mumps             Immunization/titer or history of
Writing competency is an expected outcome of the                               disease for students born
nursing program, and the University. In an effort to                           after December 31, 1956.
prepare students well in this area, faculty have
developed the following writing criteria to be used in       Tuberculosis      Required: All students must have
assessing all student writing:                                                 PPD Tuberculin Skin Test within
    The writing has a focus.                                                  three months of beginning their
    The writing should be organized with an                                   clinical experiences. Must be
        introduction, purpose, sense of audience,                              updated annually. If you have a
        thesis, and conclusion.                                                newly positive reaction to the skin
    The writing shows development, organization,                              test, a chest x-ray is required and a
        and detail; the writing reveals the student's                          report of the results included with
        ability to develop ideas with balanced and                             your immunization record. Your
        specific arguments.                                                    physician should indicate what
    The writing is clear.                                                     treatment, if any, has been
    There is coherence within and between                                     prescribed for you as a result
        paragraphs.                                                            of a positive skin test or chest x-ray.
    The writing reflects critical thinking, linking the
        specific to the general.                             Hepatitis B       Required: The vaccine is
    The writing contains appropriate sentence                                 administered in a series of three
        structure, variety, punctuation, and spelling; it                      injections over a six-month period.
        is free from errors in grammar and                                     The series only needs to be started
        punctuation.                                                           (i.e., received the first shot) prior to
    The writing follows APA style and format                                  beginning the major.
        unless another style and format is specified
        for a particular purpose.                            Chicken Pox       Recommend vaccine if student has
    The writing demonstrates original work, and                                  not had disease.
        where ideas or materials of others are used,
        appropriate credit is given to original sources.     All immunizations are at the student's expense.

Required Documentation and Health                            CPR Requirements
Expectations                                                 Current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation
Immunizations                                                (CPR) is required. To meet this requirement,
Immunizations are required to protect both students          students must be certified through an approved
and clients. Additionally, clinical agencies and the         course or instructor. The approved courses are
School of Nursing also require updated                       American Red Cross Professional Rescuer and
immunizations. Each student must have a current              American Heart Association Health Care Provider.
copy of his/her immunization record on file with the
School of Nursing. Students who do not have a                CPR training must include:
record on file or do not have all required                      Infant.
immunizations will be administratively withdrawn                Child.
from all nursing classes. Below is a list of the                Adult.
required and recommended immunizations:                         Individual rescue.
                                                                Two-person rescue.
                                                                Automated external defibrillation.

CPR certification must be current throughout the             Occupational Health
student’s entire nursing program. Evidence of                Contaminated Injury Care and Follow-Up (Also see
certification must be filed with the School of Nursing       Bloomington and IUPUI sections for campus specific
(NU122) prior to beginning the clinical experiences.         information)
Students must also file evidence of recertification prior    A contaminated injury is an unprotected contact with
to entering the second year of the major. Students           blood or body fluid from a patient by: penetration of
must have current CPR certification on file in               skin with a needle or other object; splash to mucus
order to participate in clinical settings.                   membranes (eyes, nose or mouth); or contact with an
                                                             open lesion (e.g., dermatitis).
HIV – or HBV Positive
Patient Care                                                 Contaminated injuries involving students are handled
No nursing student may refuse to treat a patient solely      differently by each campus. On the Bloomington
because the patient is at risk of contracting, or already    campus please call (812) 855-4011, IU Health Center
has contracted, an infectious condition such as HIV,         For either the Columbus or IUPUI campus, please call
AIDS, or hepatitis B. Appropriate use of universal           (317) 274-5887, Occupational Health Services.
precautions (see Universal Precautions in this               Please refer to specific campus.
section) should prevent exposure to infection and
should be incorporated into clinical practice as             Universal Precautions
appropriate. Students are held responsible for               (Also see campus specific information)
appropriately implementing universal precautions in          "Universal precautions" is the term used for particular
caring for patients.                                         procedures that must be followed by healthcare
                                                             workers, including students, during patient care
Student Rights                                               activities in order to prevent transmission of human
Qualified individuals will not be denied admission to        immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or Hepatitis B Virus
nursing courses solely because they have positive            (HBV). Universal (Standard) Precautions is the
HIV or hepatitis B status. According to the U.S.             primary strategy for preventing the transmission of
Centers for Disease Control, there is no scientific          infectious agents, including blood borne pathogens
evidence that health care workers infected with HIV or       from one person to another in the process of
hepatitis B place patients at risk, as long as: 1) they      providing health care related services.
do not perform specific invasive procedures                  Students must receive training in these precautions
considered to be "exposure-prone" (as defined by             before beginning their nursing courses and every year
each clinical agency); and 2) they adhere to universal       thereafter. This mandatory training (usually in new
precautions (see Universal Precautions in this               student orientation) will include the appropriate use of
section) while caring for patients.                          hand washing and protective barriers (such as masks
                                                             and gloves), as well as proper disposal of needles
The appropriate procedures to be followed in this            and other sharp instruments. Students are required to
situation are as follows:                                    update their training annually and do so through our
     Any student involved in clinical practice who          website.
         believes that he/she may be at risk of HIV or
         HBV infection is encouraged to seek
         voluntary testing for confirmation.                 Health Insurance
     The student who is seropositive for HIV or             Health insurance is mandatory and students are
         hepatitis B infection is encouraged to              expected to demonstrate insurance coverage upon
         voluntarily report this status to the Assistant     entrance to the program and continued coverage
         Dean for Student Services at the IUPUI              throughout the program.
         campus, director on Bloomington campus, or
         the coordinator on the Columbus campus.             Latex Allergies
         Effort will be made to ensure that:                 Latex allergies involve any physical reaction from the
             All infection information is kept              exposure to latex products (including rubber
              confidential;                                  products). The symptoms may range from localized
             The student is receiving appropriate           skin reactions to nonlocalized reactions. Symptoms
              treatment and counseling from a qualified      may include any of the following:
              healthcare professional;                              Contact dermatitis (skin reactions) including
             The student uses universal precautions                 dry, crusting, thickening, or peeling skin,
              consistently in clinical practice;                     scabbing sores, swelling and raised areas of
             Responsibilities of the infected student               skin that may be pink or blanched (white).
              do not require the performance of                     Nonlocalized reactions such as the
              exposure-prone invasive procedures.                    development of hives over parts of the body
        Any modifications in clinical activity must take            that did not come into contact with the latex,
         into account the nature of the clinical activity,           tearing, itchy eyes, swelling of the eyelids, lips
         the technical expertise of the infected student,            or face, runny nose, cough, or wheezing.
         the risks imposed by HIV or HBV carriage,                  Increased symptoms of a nonlocalized
         functional disabilities, and the transmissibility           reaction may include nausea, abdominal
         of simultaneously carried infectious agents.                cramps, difficulty breathing, rapid heart rate,

         sudden decreased blood pressure, and                   completed toward a degree, current course
         shock.                                                 enrollments and their cumulative grade point average.
                                                                All information regarding billing will be on this system.
Anyone has the potential to be latex sensitive.
However the following seem to have an increased risk            Use of Email as Official Correspondence with
of being latex sensitive:                                       Students
        Anyone who is frequently exposed to latex              Indiana University in December 2003 initiated the
         products such as healthcare workers or                 following policy regarding official corresponding with
         persons with a history of several surgical or          students via email. ―Email shall be considered an
         urological procedures.                                 appropriate mechanism for official communication by
        Persons with chronic conditions requiring              Indiana University with IU students unless otherwise
         continuous or intermittent catherization.              prohibited by law. The University reserves the right to
        Persons with Myelomeningoule or                        send official communications to students by email
         Meningocele.                                           with the full expectation that students will receive
        Persons with a history of allergies or asthma--        email and read these emails in a timely fashion.‖
         allergies to avocados, bananas, chestnuts,             Students are expected to check their email on a
         kiwi, and other tropical fruits are at particularly    frequent and consistent basis in order to stay current
         high risk for a latex allergy.                         with university-related communications. Students
        Persons with a history of reactions to latex           who choose to have their email forwarded to a
         products (balloons, condoms, gloves).                  private (unofficial) email address outside the
        Those who are female gender - 75% with                 official university network address, do so at their
         latex allergy are female.                              own risk.
Many people believe that they are allergic to powder
because they have had problems (coughing,
wheezing, skin reactions) when they are around                  The School of Nursing in keeping with university
powdered latex gloves. It is actually the latex proteins        policy, does not send out official school information to
that are carried by the powder through the air that             students’ private e-mail addresses. The official means
causes reactions in most people.                                of communication with students is through their official
                                                                IUPUI e-mail address. Each student is issued a
Once a person has developed a latex sensitivity of              University network ID and email account for use
any form, it is impossible to predict if the allergy will       throughout the time the student is registered for
continue to cause only localized symptoms or if more            classes at the University. Accordingly, email is an
serious reactions may occur at a later date.                    available mechanism for formal communication by the
                                                                University with students. If a student chooses to
Anyone who experiences symptoms that may indicate               forward his/her mail to another email address (AOL,
a latex allergy should complete an accident/exposure            Hotmail, departmental server, etc.), the student’s
report form and report to IU Occupational Health                primary campus email address remains the official
Services or IU Health Center for evaluation as soon             destination for official university correspondence.
as possible.
                                                                Students are expected to check their email on a
The student should notify clinical faculty about                frequent and consistent basis in order to stay current
the need for accommodations.                                    with university-related communications. Students
                                                                must insure that there is sufficient space in their
Liability Insurance                                             accounts to allow for email to be delivered. Students
Indiana University provides liability insurance to each         have the responsibility to recognize that certain
nursing student while in the clinical setting, provided         communications may be time-critical. Students will not
that the student is enrolled in clinical course work.           be held responsible for an interruption in their ability
Students not enrolled in clinical courses are not               to access a message if system malfunctions or other
covered by liability insurance and will not be allowed          system-related problems prevent timely delivery of, or
into the clinical setting.                                      access to, that message (e.g., power outages or
                                                                email system viruses).
Students who are employed in a health care facility
should check with their employer regarding liability            Forwarding of Email
insurance requirements. IU School of Nursing does               Students who choose to have their email forwarded to
not cover students beyond classroom and/or                      a private (unofficial) email address outside the official
clinical settings!                                              university network address, do so at their own risk.
                                                                The University is not responsible for any difficulties
Communications                                                  that may occur in the proper or timely transmission or
                                                                access of email forwarded to any unofficial email
The OneStart System https://onestart.iu.edu/my-                 address, and any such problems will not absolve
prd/Portal.do is a means by which students can                  students of their responsibility to know and comply
conveniently check their academic progress toward a             with the content of official communications sent to
degree through the IU computer system. Through the              students’ official IU email addresses.
OneStart System students may obtain information,
for example, about which courses they have

Updates                                                              Intentional use of computer
Updates on the MSN programs are placed on the                         telecommunication facilities in ways that
website listed with the MSN Frequently Asked                          unnecessarily impede the computing activities
Questions. Students can check the site for the latest                 of others (randomly initiating interactive
information about changes in classes, graduation                      electronic communications or e-mail
ceremonies etc.                                                       exchanges, overuse of interactive network
                                                                      utilities, and so forth).
Bulletin Boards                                                      Use of computing facilities for private
Bulletin boards are located on every floor in the                     business purposes unrelated to the mission of
School of Nursing, and students new to the school                     the University or University life.
might find it helpful to take a walking tour to familiarize          Academic dishonesty (plagiarism, cheating).
themselves with their locations. Specific types of                   Violation of software license agreements.
information are posted in the following areas:                       Violation of network usage policies and
        General school-related or professional                       regulations.
         information - 1st floor by the Dean's Office.               Violation of another user’s privacy.
        University news and calendar of events - 1st
         floor, north hall.                                   General Policies
        Information specific to departments - on             Computer and network use has become an essential
         bulletin board nearest each department's             part of many University activities. While much
         office complex                                       computing is now done on privately controlled
        Open bulletin board - There is one large,            computers (personal computers, workstations, and so
         accessible bulletin board by the Student             forth) most information sources and
         Lounge on which students may post                    telecommunications systems reside on shared,
         miscellaneous types of information or ads            central computers, or use shared networks.
         (e.g., books for sale). Material should be           Distributed resources such as microcomputer clusters
         dated, and will be removed after one month.          provide additional computing tools. University
        Timely campus or School of Nursing                   Information Technology Services (UITS), together
         announcements (such as classroom changes)            with computing centers at each campus, as well as
         - in entryways by each of the five outer doors       many academic departments and administrative units,
         on first floor. Postings on these bulletin           have responsibility for providing and maintaining
         boards are by faculty, staff, and                    shared computing tools. General policies regarding
         administration only; other material will be          the resources IU provides are outlined below.
In addition - There are changing display cases on the
1st floor related to The Honor Society of Nursing,                   Access – Indiana University will provide
Sigma Theta Tau International, faculty activities, and                access to appropriate central and campus
other topical subjects                                                computing resources, and to their attached
                                                                      networks, to all members of the University
Appropriate Computer Conduct and E-mail                               community whose work requires it. Fees are
Etiquette                                                             charged for some services.
                                                                     Availability- Indiana University will make its
Legal Use                                                             central and campus computing resources and
Computing resources and network capacity may not                      networks available to users with fewest
be used for illegal purposes. Examples of illegal                     interruptions possible.
purposes include:
      Intentional harassment of other users.                 Emergency Preparedness
      Intentional destruction of or damage to                Indiana University has created a web page to provide
       equipment, software, or data belonging to IU           resources for you about emergency preparedness.
       or other users.                                        Information will be updated as needed.
      Intentional disruption or unauthorized                 IUPUI: http://www.iupui.edu/~prepared/
       monitoring of electronic communications.
      Unauthorized copying of copyrighted material.          Security
                                                              Central and Campus Resources
Ethical Use                                                   http://www.police.iupui.edu/dept_profile/security.html
Computing resources and network capacity should be
used in accordance with the high ethical standards of         Indiana University will help users of its central and
the University community as described in the ―Code of         campus shared computing resources protect the
Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct‖ and            information they store on those resources from
the ―Academic Handbook‖. Examples of unethical use            accidental loss, tampering, or unauthorized search, or
follow; some of them may also be illegal.                     other access. Appropriate information on the security
      Violations of computer system security.                procedures implemented on each central or campus
      Unauthorized use of computer accounts,                 shared computing resource will be made available by
         access codes, and network identification             the system administrator.
         numbers assigned to others.

In the event of inadvertent or non-malicious actions                  Insufficiently documenting sources.
resulting in the loss of or damage to that information                Doing a project with a classmate after being
or the invasion of the user’s privacy, the IU computing                told collaboration is not allowed.
centers will make a reasonable effort to mitigate the                 Signing in for someone else.
loss or damage. The University will provide an                        Submitting someone else’s work as your own.
industry-standard level of system security on                         Violating course rules as stated by the faculty
University-maintained systems. Users are responsible                   member teaching the course.
for maintaining properly the protections under their                  Downloading exams and other materials
control, specific to files associated with their computer              expressly prohibited by faculty.
accounts. Users may request that arrangements be
made to protect information stored on such resources.          Some important definitions related to academic
These requests will be honored at the discretion of            integrity:
the unit that manages the resource.
                                                               Cheating           ―to deprive of something valuable
Other Resources                                                                   by the use of deceit or fraud; to
The system administrators of departmental and                                     influence or lead by deceit, trick, or
individual computing resources are responsible for the                            artifice.‖
security of information stored on those resources
making appropriate information on security                     Dishonesty         ―characterized by lack of truth,
procedures available to users of those systems and                                honesty, or trustworthiness; unfair,
keeping those systems free from unauthorized                                      deceptive.‖
                                                               Fabrication        ―invent, create; to make up for the
Confidentially                                                                    purpose of deception.‖
In general, information stored on computers is
considered confidential, whether protected by the
computer operating system or not, unless the owner             Plagiarism         ―to steal and pass off (the ideas or
intentionally makes that information available to other                           words of another) as one’s own:
groups or individuals. Indiana University will assume                             use (another’s production) without
that computer users wish the information they store                               crediting the source; to commit
on central and campus shared computing resources                                  literary theft: present as new and
to remain confidential. IU computing centers will                                 original an idea or product derived
maintain the confidentiality of all information stored on                         from an existing source.‖
their computing resources.                                     (Definitions from Merriam-Webster Online, 2007)

Academic and Related Information                               All instances of academic misconduct will be pursued
                                                               and may result in dismissal from the nursing program.
Academic Integrity
Indiana University and the School of Nursing are               Grading Scale for Nursing Major Courses
obligated to protect the integrity of the University and       A+         97-100       C+       77 - 79
view academic misconduct as a serious issue. The
                                                               A          93 - 96      C        73 - 76
Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and
                                                               A-         90 - 92      C-       70 - 72
Conduct expressly prohibits academic misconduct
                                                               B+         87 - 89      D+       67 - 69
and students who fail to follow the Code risk severe
                                                               B          83 - 86      D        63 - 66
penalties, such as course failure, suspension, or
                                                               B-         80 - 82      D-       60 - 62
expulsion from IU. Students who commit academic
                                                                                       F        59 or below
misconduct face great personal loss and jeopardize
their future.                                                  Course Grades
                                                               Any questions about the transcript record campus
Academic Difficulty
                                                               should be addressed to your Academic Advisor.
Students having academic difficulties in a particular
course are strongly urged to contact their professor as        Incomplete Grades
soon as possible for advice and assistance.
                                                               In accordance with University policy, a grade of "I" (or
                                                               Incomplete) may be given in unusual situations such
Academic Misconduct
                                                               as serious illness or unusual circumstance beyond a
Academic misconduct includes cheating, plagiarism,
                                                               student’s control. Incomplete grades are given at the
unauthorized collaboration, facilitation, and
                                                               discretion of the faculty after appropriate consultation.
fabrication. Below is a non-comprehensive listing of
examples of student academic misconduct:
        Copying another person’s test.                        Evaluations of Students
        Downloading a paper from the WEB.
                                                               Faculty evaluation of each student’s performance in
        Writing a paper for another student.
                                                               the clinical setting, highlighting strengths and
        Handing in the same paper for more than one
                                                               weaknesses, occurs throughout the semester with the
                                                               majority of this feedback being verbal. If, at any time
        Fabricating data to fit your results.
                                                               during the semester, a student is identified as failing

to meet course and/or program standards, the faculty          Class/Practicum Attendance
will complete a written assessment contract with the          The nursing profession is challenging and complex,
student. After the faculty member and student sign            as is the nursing curriculum. Class and practicum
the assessment, the faculty member will make two              attendance are critical to a student’s ability to succeed
copies of the form. One copy will be maintained by            in the nursing program. School of Nursing faculty
the faculty in the student’s folder. The second copy          expect students to attend class and to be prepared to
will be given to the student.                                 participate in classroom discussions or practicum
Student Evaluation of Faculty and Courses
                                                              School of Nursing policy specifies that students who
Students are expected to evaluate both the faculty            are absent from 20% of their practicum experiences
member and the courses that they complete. Student            will either need to withdraw from the course or receive
evaluation of faculty is administered by the office of        a failing grade. Individual courses may require more
the Associate Dean for Evaluation. Faculty                    stringent attendance.
evaluations are conducted by the IUPUI Testing
Services. Evaluations are reported as aggregate data          Faculty members feel that education is the beginning
and individual student identifiers are not disclosed.         of each student’s nursing career. Therefore faculty
                                                              expect to be notified of all absences (regardless of
In addition to evaluation of faculty, students are            reason), prior to the scheduled class time. This
regularly asked to evaluate course content and                mirrors the professional requirement of notifying an
course materials. These evaluations are used to               employer of absences from work.
define and make improvements in graduate curricular
offerings. Again, the evaluations of courses are              Each student will comply will all policies and
conducted by the IUPUI Testing Service and                    procedures of the clinical site assigned. (This may
information is shared with the Associate Dean for             include HIPAA, OSHA, and other training as specified
Evaluation, who in turn shares aggregated information         by clinical agency.)
with the Graduate Faculty.
                                                              Students assigned to clinical learning experiences in
                                                              community-based settings must adhere to the dress
Student Exit Evaluation                                       code of the respective agency.

Upon graduation, students are expected to complete
                                                              Cancellation of Classes
an exit evaluation. When students complete the
                                                              If Indiana University announces that classes are
intent to graduate form they will be sent an email link
                                                              canceled, then all classes including theory, laboratory,
to a national organization called Educational
                                                              and clinical, are canceled for nursing majors.
Benchmarking (EBI). All students must complete the
survey related to their educational experiences at
                                                              In the event that the University cancels classes but
IUSON and achievement of program outcomes.
                                                              students and faculty have already left for or arrived on
Completion of this national standardized assessment
                                                              the clinical unit, the faculty and students will mutually
tool enables the IUSON to benchmark achievements
                                                              determine whether to complete the educational
of its students and program outcomes with other
schools of nursing nation-wide. This information is
critical to evaluation of the graduate program
                                                              In the event that a decision must be made before a
                                                              formal university announcement is delivered, the
                                                              following will apply:
Student Consent for Retention and Use of Course
                                                                      Within guidelines of reasonable safety, each
Related Work
                                                                       person will have to evaluate conditions in
In order to comply with national and state
                                                                       relation to his/her locale and make the
accreditation guidelines, it is necessary for the School
                                                                       decision to attend or not to attend the
of Nursing to retain samples of student work.
                                                                       scheduled learning experience.
Additionally, faculty may hold student work as an
example for a future class. Regardless of the
                                                              Upon the decision not to attend, the student will notify
purpose, retention and use of a student's work by a
                                                              the faculty and/or clinical setting staff according to the
faculty member requires the student's written consent.
                                                              plan established at the beginning of the course.
This consent may be obtained by using the Student
Consent for Retention and Use of Course Related
Work form. The permission form requires the                   Process for Resolving Conflict
signature of the student and faculty member. The              There may be times when students and/or members
faculty member will make three copies of the form.            of the faculty have concerns regarding a particular
One copy is kept with the student's work, the second          academic situation. It is extremely important for
is placed in the student’s personal folder, and the third     individuals to have a process where conflict can be
is given to the student. Consent to retain student            resolved in a constructive manner. The following are
work is voluntary and refusal of consent will not affect      identified as constructive steps to be used in resolving
the student’s grade(s).                                       conflicts that may arise:

       Identify and document the essence of the             the Center for Academic Affairs (NU 122) by the
        problem, clearly stating objective as well as        deadline indicated on the applications.
        subjective data.
       Meet with the person(s) involved in the
        conflict to seek resolution of the issue(s) at
        hand. If the conflict is with a faculty member,      Graduate Scholarships
        it is recommended that the student meet with
        faculty during office hours or arrange an            The IU School of Nursing in Indianapolis (IUPUI)
        appointment at a mutually convenient time.           administers over $700,000 in scholarships annually to
       If the conflict is not resolved after the initial    aid undergraduate and graduate nursing students in
        meeting, consult the Code of Student Rights,         paying for their education. Scholarships are usually
        Responsibilities, and Conduct or contact the         awarded based on financial need in conjunction with
        Academic Advisor for assistance with the next        academic performance and potential for future
        level of the appeals process.                        success. Scholarship applications will be made
        http://www.iupui.edu/code/#part_5                    available during the spring semester. Several
                                                             scholarships become available during the fall
Remember that objective information, a constructive          semester and current students will be notified about
approach, and seeking the appropriate resource               opportunities to apply.
person are most likely to result in constructive conflict
resolution.                                                  Some scholarships target nursing students who
                                                             are at a specific point in their studies (i. e., junior
                                                             year, nurse practitioner program, or returning
Students with Learning Disabilities                          adult student, etc.). Some also look at
If students feel they need any special                       leadership, extracurricular involvement,
accommodations due to a disability, please contact:          community service or other special criteria. As
          Adaptive Educational Services                      you prepare your personal statement, it will be
          Cavanaugh Hall, Suite 001E                         critically important that you write a statement
          425 University Blvd. Indianapolis, IN 46202–       that will help the scholarship committee
          5140                                               understand the following: why you chose to
          Tel: (317) 274 3241 TDD/TTY:                       pursue a career in nursing; your future career
          (317) 278 2050 Fax: (317) 278 2051                 aspirations; academic achievements/honors;
          aes@iupui.edu                                      how you will benefit from receiving a
                                                             scholarship. In addition, you may also submit an
                                                             additional statement addressing any issues that
Student Support Opportunities                                you did not address in your personal statement,
Scholarships                                                 i.e. change in financial status or family
Students interested in financial aid should consult with     hardships.
the Office of Student Financial Aid Services
http://www.iupui.edu/~finaid/                                To be eligible for scholarship consideration:

In addition a number of nursing scholarships are             All applicants are required to submit a FAFSA
available to IU School of Nursing students, awarded          for the 2009-2010 academic year. Failure to
on an annual basis. Scholarships are awarded on the          submit the FAFSA will make you ineligible for
basis of the availability of funds in each scholarship       consideration for the IUSON scholarships.
account. The amount of each scholarship may vary
from year to year and, furthermore, if adequate funds
are not available, some scholarships may not be              You must be registered for classes for the
awarded every year.                                          upcoming fall 2009 semester by the deadline of
                                                             June 24, 2009. (Exceptions must be approved
All scholarship applications are reviewed and                by the Scholarship Coordinator.)
recipients selected by the Scholarship Committee of
the School of Nursing.                                       Descriptions of the scholarships available for
                                                             graduate nursing students can be found by
Scholarship application forms and further information        visiting IUSON Graduate Scholarships.
may be obtained on the IUSON web site in late
January and again in the late summer or early fall.          IUSON Scholarship Application Process for 2009-
www.nursing.iupui.edu/cost/ugrad.shtml                                           2010

To apply for a scholarship, read the introduction and
application carefully, applying only for those for which     To enter the site, you must have an IU
you completely qualify; complete the form, making            username and passphrase. First you will be
certain that you include attachments and other               prompted to enter in your student information. If
documentation required and return the application to         a field is not applicable please type in N/A.

Once you have submitted your student data,                   proposed dissertation research as well as a
you will be able to view the scholarships                    budget outlining how the monies will be
available. Carefully review the eligibility criteria         used must accompany this application.
before selecting the scholarship.                            Students also need a letter of support from
                                                             the Chair of their Dissertation Committee.
To apply, it will be necessary for you to select
each scholarship you wish to apply for and                   The application deadlines are February 1
choose ―submit‖ to complete the application.                 and October 1 each year. It is the
Some scholarships require completion of an                   applicant’s responsibility to submit a
additional essay that must be included to be                 complete application packet on or before the
eligible for consideration. If you have any                  deadline. Incomplete applications will not be
questions please contact Pat Williams at                     considered.
patwilli@iupui.edu or 274-2806.
                                                            Department of Environments for Health Awards
To Apply for IUSON Scholarships please visit this
                                                             For more information about these faculty-
                                                             nominated awards, please contact the
IUSON Scholarship Deadline: June 24, 2009
                                                             department administrative assistant at (317)
Note: Deadline means the date the scholarship
application must be submitted by midnight of                 Dart-Opie Award
June 24, 2009. Students will be able to update
                                                             Acknowledges the outstanding graduate
their scholarship application until the deadline.
                                                             work by an RN to MSN student whose
                                                             primary focus is care of the mentally ill. The
Scholarships and Tuition at IUPUI                            award is to be granted upon completion of
                                                             the student’s MSN graduate education. The
Scholarships are credited to the student’s bursar            student selected must have provided a
account, usually with the award amount being                 significant contribution to the mental health
split between fall and spring semesters. They                community of the school and have a
are applied against the balance on the student               minimum GPA of 3.5.
account after registration and any remaining
balance is sent to the student for use for other             Lee D. Fuller Award
educational expenses such as books, etc.                     Given to a PhD student in the doctoral
                                                             psychiatric mental health nursing program
For questions about the scholarships listed                  who is at the proposal stage of writing
below, please call (317) 274-2806.                           his/her dissertation. The award is to help
                                                             fund the student’s research.
Additional Scholarships for Graduate Students
                                                              Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships
    * The William and Doris Rodie Dissertation
    Scholarship Award listed below has its own               A variety of financial resources are available
    application and requirements, including                  to admitted graduate students:
    application deadlines; please review
    carefully.                                               Department of Veterans Affairs
                                                             Fellowship announcement
    William and Doris Rodie Dissertation                     Applications may be submitted at any time
    Scholarship Award                                        during the year. The fellowship program may
    The William and Doris Rodie Dissertation                 start at any time after approval of application
    Scholarship Award scholarship was created                and completion of the appointment process.
    to provide financial assistance to doctoral              More information is available at the Veterans
    candidates in the Indiana University School              Affairs Web site.
    of Nursing who are working on dissertations.
    Awards of $2000.00 will be made based on                 Educational opportunity fellowships
    monies available each academic year. The                 Awarded to encourage graduate students
    funds are to be used to offset dissertation              who are enrolled in a minimum of six credit
    expenses. All PhD students’ who have                     hours per semester and who come from
    achieved candidacy and are actively working              disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in
    on their dissertation research are eligible to           graduate studies. The fellowships average
    receive the award once. PhD Students may                 $500 to $1,500 per year and are awarded
    apply for this award once they have                      based on financial need and academic
    successfully defended their dissertation
    research proposal. An abstract of the

ability. For more information, contact the               faculty mentor six to eight hours a week on a
Graduate Office.                                         research project. A proposal must be
                                                         submitted with the application. Applications
Graduate work-study positions                            should be submitted to the associate dean
These positions are funded by the federal                for graduate programs by May 1.
work-study program; students are employed
as clinical faculty members, learning lab                Teaching assistantships
instructors, or technical research assistants.           A limited number of teaching assistant (TA)
Fee scholarships may be provided in                      positions are available through the School of
addition to salary earned. For more                      Nursing departments only. Students in these
information, review the Federal Work-Study               positions assist faculty in meeting their
(FWS) Program Web site.                                  teaching responsibilities and gain teaching
                                                         experience. The salary and teaching
Professional nurse traineeships (PDF)                    responsibilities depend on the type of
Government stipends are available to full-               position and on the student’s previous
time MSN and PhD students, registered for                learning experiences. Every effort will be
eight or more credit hours in each of the fall           made to provide partial fee scholarships for
and spring semesters. Students must be                   TAs in addition to the salary earned. Part-
U.S. citizens or have permanent resident                 time and full-time students are eligible. Only
status in the state of Indiana. Nursing                  in-state tuition is paid.
administration majors are not eligible.
Applications forms can be downloaded April               The Adam W. Herbert Graduate
1 through May 1 each year. Completed                     Fellowship (PDF)
applications should be returned to the                   The Adam W. Herbert Graduate Fellowship
associate dean for graduate programs by                  was created through an endowment from
May 1.                                                   the President’s Fund for the purpose of
                                                         supporting graduate study at Indiana
Research assistantships (PDF)                            University for graduates of Historically Black
Students filling research assistant (RA)                 Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). This
positions provide general support to faculty             endowment reflects the strong commitment
engaged in research and scholarship that is              of Indiana University’s 17th President, Adam
consistent with the research mission of the              W. Herbert, for enhancing opportunities for
School and assist faculty in their research              underrepresented students and increasing
efforts to gain hands-on research                        diversity of the graduate student body,
experience. Students must be enrolled for a              especially in the fields of science,
minimum of six credit hours in each of the               technology and mathematics. The fellowship
fall and spring semesters and be in good                 will be awarded each year to students who
standing to be eligible. Research assistants             demonstrate strong academic excellence,
are required to work six hours per week in               high potential for success, and a
exchange for a maximum of six credit hours               commitment to the graduate study in the
of in-state tuition reimbursement per                    sciences. It is anticipated that up to five (5)
semester (fees not included). A minimum                  multi-year fellowships for doctoral students
commitment of 2 semesters is required; 12-               and three (3) single year fellowships for
month commitment preferred. Research                     masters students will be supported each
assistants may be required to attend training            year.
sessions to learn to conduct literature
searches, use library resources, enter data,             University fellowships
develop and maintain reference                           Graduate fellowships are available from
management databases, and other                          Indiana University for full-time study during
research-related duties as assigned.                     the first year. These awards are competitive.
Application forms for RA positions can be                PhD candidates are eligible and are
downloaded from April 1 through June 1                   nominated by the School of Nursing.
each year. Completed application materials
should be returned to the Center for
Research and Scholarship, NU 338, by June
1.                                                    Alumni Association
                                                      The School of Nursing Alumni Association, which now
                                                      has over 26,000 members, is a constituent member of
Research incentive fellowships (PDF)
                                                      the Indiana University Alumni Association. It meets
These fellowships are available to support
                                                      several times a year and is open to all persons with a
research projects of full-time PhD students.
                                                      degree from the School of Nursing. Its purposes are
Students must be registered for eight or
                                                      to advance the goals of the School of Nursing,
more credit hours in each of the fall and
                                                      promote and fund activities appropriate to the needs
spring semesters and must work with a
                                                      of the school and the profession, participates in the

recruitment and retention of students, promote                participate in these courses. For more information
research and other scholarly endeavors, and meet              about technology requirements visit the following
selected individual needs through a broad                     sites:
comprehensive program. The Alumni Association                 Nursing Online:
presents awards annually to students and graduates            http://nursing.iupui.edu/About/default.asp?/About/CTL
for outstanding accomplishments in the school, the            L/Online/rilo.htm
profession, and the community. It also publishes the          Web Course Interactive Training Seminar:
Pulse, a periodical newsletter featuring news about           http://nursing.iupui.edu/About/default.asp?/About/CTL
current School of Nursing and alumni activities. The          L/Online/rilo.htm
IU Alumni Association office on the IUPUI campus is           Breeze Information:
located on the 2nd floor of the University Place              http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobatconnectpro/
Conference Center, (317) 274-5060.                            http://www.indiana.edu/~breeze/

Life-Long Learning
The School of Nursing's Office of Life-Long Learning
located at IUPUI (NU 347)                                     School of Nursing Student Activities
offers non-credit continuing education programs to            (ADD) A volunteer is solicited annually to
registered nurses and other health-related personnel          represent the IU School of Nursing on the IUPUI
from around the state and nation. If you practice             Graduate Student Organization (GSO). Interested
nursing in the state of Indiana after graduation, you         students may contact Chandra Dyson in the
will no doubt be attending many of these programs.            Center for Academic Affairs, cbaskin@iupui.edu.
Students are invited to the all-day research
conference that the department co-sponsors each fall
with University Hospitals and others. Lectureships
                                                              Progression Policies and Procedures
each year, feature an address and discussion period           Interruption of Progress Toward the Degree
with a prominent national nursing leader, and                 Any period of absence that prevents a student from
students are invited to this presentation. Students           meeting course objectives may result in withdrawal or
usually find these events very interesting and                an incomplete grade in the course. Sustained
educational.                                                  absence, as defined by campus nursing faculty, may
                                                              result in course failure. Failure to register in each
Development Office                                            sequential semester, excluding summer sessions,
The School of Nursing Development Office located at           also constitutes an interruption in the student's
IUPUI (NU 101) collaborates with the Indiana                  program. Students are given a maximum of 6 years
University Foundation in fundraising efforts.                 to complete the MSN program.
Objectives of the office are to promote an active
School of Nursing alumni association, promote                 Students who have interrupted their program of study,
involvement of School of Nursing faculty in community         for any reason, must submit a written request to
service and external relations, and participate in            re-enter the program to the chairperson of the
building a financial base for endowed chairs, visiting        Graduate APG Committee of the School of Nursing
professorships, scholarships, and development                 and plans for completion of the program. Such
activities. The office maintains records, accepts gifts       requests will be evaluated on the basis of the
for the school, and assumes responsibility for                availability of resources. Re-entry of students who
ensuring that these gifts are used for the purpose            have interrupted their study, for any reason will be on
requested by the donor.                                       a space available basis and may require a refresher
                                                              course and/or documentation of current
Research Center                                               competencies.
The Center for Nursing Research located at IUPUI
(NU 338) http://www.nursing.iupui.edu/research/               Curriculum changes during the interruption may result
 is the central location for all research-related             in review and revision of programs of study based on
information at the School of Nursing. Information             evaluation of individual situations. Students who are
about educational opportunities, upcoming                     readmitted must adhere to the current policies and
conferences, research assistant positions, faculty            curriculum of the School of Nursing in effect at the
research activities, grant application procedures, and        time of re-entry. Readmitted students will be
other materials may be obtained there. The Center is          expected to apply all knowledge and skills from
responsible for school research programming and               previous courses.
hosts two Student Research Days each year. The
Center library contains nursing dissertations and             Clinical Absence Policy
thesis.                                                       It is expected that students will participate in all
                                                              required (regularly scheduled or substituted)
Internet Based Technologies                                   practicum/clinical experiences (orientation). Students
The School of Nursing uses several internet                   absent from more than 20 percent of scheduled
technologies and platforms to reach students who              experiences at any point in during the semester, will
prefer to live at a distance. Students are required to        receive a failing grade, allowed to take an incomplete
have appropriate technology in order to fully                 or to withdraw (see information below).

At the discretion of the respective faculty, students        Program
absent from clinical learning experiences including          Withdrawal from the masters nursing program
orientation may be required to make up any or all of         requires that a student seek reinstatement to the
the missed clinical time.                                    major. Additionally, students who wish to withdraw
                                                             from all courses are required to make an appointment
Withdrawal Policies                                          and meet with their academic advisor.
Students must complete the official withdrawal form          Repeating Nursing Courses
by the deadline dates printed in the current class           A student who receives a grade lower than B- in
schedule to withdraw from any course. A ―W‖ will             nursing courses will be required to repeat the
appear on the student transcript once the student            courses. Students will be placed on academic
completes the official withdrawal form(s) and obtains        probation with a service indicator until they achieve a
necessary signatures. Once the deadline for course           B- or above grade. They will be monitored by the
withdrawals has passed, the student will need the            Graduate APG Committee.
permission of the Faculty of Record to withdraw and a
grade of either ―F‖ or ―W‖ will be awarded as                Admission, Progression, Graduation (APG)
determined by the instructor. ―W‖ is an option after
                                                             Students who do not register for three consecutive
the withdrawal deadline only if the student is passing
                                                             semesters without an approved leave of absence will
with a didactic grade of B (3.0). If a student stops
                                                             be dismissed from the program. Students desiring to
attending but does not officially withdraw from the
                                                             resume their program of study will need to apply for
class, an ―FX‖ will be recorded on the transcript.
                                                             re-admission to the master's program.
More than three academic withdrawals in a semester
                                                             Students who do not regain good academic standing
are considered lack of progress toward the degree. If
                                                             after completion of three semesters of probation will
a student withdraws from a clinical course alone, the
                                                             be dismissed from the program.
withdrawal is counted as one withdrawal. If a student
withdraws from a didactic course it requires an
                                                             Students who do not complete all degree
automatic withdrawal from a concurrent clinical
                                                             requirements within the six year period following initial
course, considered as one withdrawal.
                                                             enrollment in a graduate nursing course will be
Failure to remain continuously enrolled for 3                dismissed from the program, unless granted an
consecutive terms results in deactivation of graduate        extension of course deadlines by the Master's
student status.                                              Admission, Progression and Graduation (APG)
Leave of Absence (LOA)
Students admitted to the graduate programs can               Students who wish reinstatement to the program or
petition for up to one year leave of absence for             extension of course work deadlines may appeal in
personal or health reasons. Students                         writing to the Graduate APG Subcommittee for
 must obtain their advisor's approval and petition           consideration.
the Graduate Admission, Progression and
Graduation (APG) Subcommittee in writing.                    Letters of appeal need to be addressed:

Students need to address a letter requesting a               Chairman, Graduate APG Subcommittee
leave of absence to:                                         IU School of Nursing
                                                             1111 Middle Drive NU 317B
 Chairman, Graduate APG Subcommittee                         Indianapolis, IN 46202-5107
IU School of Nursing                                         Attention: APG Committee
1111 Middle Drive,
NU 317B                                                      Letters must include the student's current mailing (not
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5107.                                 employment) address, a discussion of their current
                                                             goals, and how they plan to complete their program.
Letters must include the student’s current mailing (not      Requests for extension of course work deadlines
employment) address, a discussion of their current           need to include a discussion of how the student has
goals, and how they plan to complete their program.          maintained current knowledge and competencies in
                                                             courses for which a waiver is sought.
The student should send the request letter as an e-
mail attachment to the student’s advisor, who will           Student petitions should be accompanied by a letter
forward the letter and their recommendation for action       of support from the student's advisor. Students may e-
to the Graduate APG Subcommittee chairman.                   mail their request letter to their advisor as an
To extend time required for completion of a                  attachment. The graduate advisor will forward the
program, students must obtain the leave prior to             student's letter and an indication of their support for
extended absence.                                            the request to the Chairman of the APG

                                                                   accordance with the deadline outlined above in the
                                                                   Academic Appeals Policy.

Academic Appeals                                                   Alternative Credit
Problems related to a student's academic and                       Nursing Major Course Equivalency
professional status that emerge during enrollment in               Credit for courses required by Indiana University
the undergraduate nursing program are handled                      School of Nursing will be awarded when courses from
through an appeals process.                                        other programs are judged to be comparable to the IU
                                                                   courses. Course faculty teaching in the relevant
The appeals process is designed to assist in                       course(s) will participate in the course comparability
academic and/or professional-standing problems. An                 review and evaluation. See your academic advisor
appeal is appropriate in a situation in which a student            for further details. (Equivalency review of courses
believes that he or she has been treated in a way that             from other institutions: Policy U-III-A-1).
has negatively affected HER/HIS grade or
professional image. The formal appeals procedure
can be summarized as follows: NOT UP TO DATE                       Portfolio Review Process
       The student attempts to resolve the problem
        with the faculty member involved within 21                 Portfolio Purpose: The portfolio review process is
        calendar days of the incident.                             available to all MSN students who believe that they
       If the problem is not resolved in a manner                 can meet the learning objectives/competencies
        satisfactory to the student, he or she may                 required of a specific nursing course within their
        request mediation by the faculty member’s                  program of study. The portfolio is a mechanism used
        immediate administrative supervisor. The                   to validate the acquisition of knowledge and skills
        student should begin this process within 21                congruent with course expectations and student
        calendar days after the initial meeting.                   learning outcomes. The portfolio provides objective
       If the situation is still not resolved                     evidence that students have acquired the content and
        satisfactorily, the student should contact,                skills through prior learning and/or practice
        within 21 calendar days, the Associate Dean                experiences.       The decision to accept the
        for Graduate Programs who will discuss with                documentation provided is based on determination of
        the student how to proceed at that point.                  the equivalency of this prior knowledge and skills that
                                                                   the student would be expected to demonstrate at the
The appeals process is for matters related to student              completion of a specific course. The portfolio review
academic and/or professional performance.                          option does not take the place of course equivalency
Academic problems are defined as those that                        reviews or transfer credit.
threaten the quality of a student’s academic standing.
Professional problems are defined as those that                    Portfolio Policy:
threaten the student’s professional reputation or                  1.       The portfolio review option does not take the
status. Problems involving personality conflicts                   place of course equivalency reviews or transfer credit.
should be handled on the student-faculty level, unless
directly related to academic or professional matters.              2.       Students may exercise the portfolio option
                                                                   for a course or courses as long as it does not interfere
Students who need assistance in filing an appeal or                with other standing university or school course/credit
clarifying the appeals process should consult with the             hour policies related to progression or graduation.
Academic Advisor or Associate Dean for Graduate
Programs.                                                          3.         Graduate students seeking a MSN degree in
                                                                   nursing must complete 33 graduate credit hours at
Grade Changes                                                      Indiana University. Courses/credits, which are
Occasionally, errors are made during the calculation               reviewed for portfolio credit, do not count toward the
of a student’s exam and/or course grade. The School                33 hours of nursing graduate residency requirements.
of Nursing encourages all nursing students to monitor              Exceptions to this policy may be made with respect to
their academic performance and to bring any such                   degrees awarded in collaboration with other
calculation errors to light immediately.                           institutions. Post-master’s students may not portfolio
Nursing faculty will only change a student’s exam                  out of more than one-half of the credits for an
and/or course grade if there is evidence that a                    individual program of study.
miscalculation was made in the computing of the
grade. Faculty are responsible for informing students              4.        Portfolio policy and procedure applies to all
of their performance on each test, assignment, and/or              MSN nursing courses, including the RN to MSN
learning assessment as the semester progresses.                    transition courses, listed for the degree.
Students are responsible for knowing their standing
within each class, based on the grading scale outlined             5.       Students wishing to apply for portfolio credit
in the course syllabus.                                            for a course must:
Given that faculty members may retire, resign, take a leave
of absence, etc., it is imperative that any student who feels a         a.   be in good academic standing
semester grade is incorrect seek to correct such an error in            b.   be admitted to the graduate program.
                                                                        c.   Demonstrate satisfactory progression toward

         degree requirements.                                     contacting the appropriate faculty or Department
6.        Students pursuing the portfolio option must
do so the semester before the course is required to          2.   Faculty will assign a grade based on evaluation
be taken for normal progression toward the degree.                of portfolio.
Students will negotiate with the faculty a deadline for
submission of the portfolio to assure sufficient time for    3.   Students prepare the portfolio materials the
the faculty to review prior to enrolling in the course.           semester before the course is required to be
                                                                  taken for normal progression toward the chosen
7.        Once the faculty have reviewed the portfolio            degree.
the following decisions are possible:
     a. Award credit for the course petitioned based         4.  Students constructing a portfolio for review must
     on the evidence provided. The faculty must                  put together a comprehensive document that
     assign a grade for the course. A pass/fail option           clearly shows how the course objectives/critical
     is not available for graduate credit.                       learning experiences and student learning
     b. Request additional requirements before                   outcomes have been achieved through prior
          deciding the disposition of the portfolio.             alternative experiences.        This requires the
     c. Deny the granting of credit because the                  preparation of a persuasive personal statement
          evidence presented was not strong enough               and an explanation of the written documents and
          to validate the consistency of prior learning          evidence submitted for portfolio review.
          with course expectations. The student must             Portfolios must include:
          then register for and successfully complete        a. Statement about how the alternative experiences
          the designated course.                             contribute to their professional and personal
     d. Require the student to register for the course       development.
          and complete some but not all of the                        b.         Statement explaining how prior
          requirements. This option is for students                   learning      and     experience     supports
          who met some, but not the majority of the                   achievement of learning outcomes for the
          course requirements.                                        course for which portfolio credit is being
8.   Decisions of the faculty are final. There is no                  c.         Current resume.
     appeal process.
                                                                  5. Additional documentation that may be
9.   Portfolio Review decisions are forwarded by the              included to provide persuasive evidence includes
     faculty to the student's academic advisor for                but is not limited to:
     appropriate action relative to program planning.                  a.         Job descriptions
     The review outcome is also forwarded to the                       b.         Performance evaluations
     Associate Dean for Graduate Programs.                             c.         Documentation of participation in
                                                                       professionally      sanctioned        continuing
10. Students enroll in the course for which portfolio is               educational programs
    approved and the faculty submits the grade                         d.         Other    recognized       educational
    assigned to the portfolio at the end of the                        programs or offerings
    semester. If credit by portfolio is denied, students               e.         Government       service     (military,
    enroll in the course and complete the                              foreign, other)
    requirements.                                                      f.         Course syllabi/outlines that address
                                                                       similar content. Only those courses that
                                                                       have not been applied to the fulfillment of the
                                                                       requirements for a previously awarded
Procedure:                                                             degree may be considered
These procedures apply for MSN graduate nursing                        g.         Published or presented scholarship
    courses including RN-MSN Transition I and II                       related to course content and skills
    (B490, 492)                                                        h.         Summary of funded and unfunded
                                                                       professional investigative projects
1.   Graduate students including RN-MSN mobility                       i.         Evidence of professional activities
     students have the responsibility for contacting                   and how activities developed/refined skills
     their academic faculty advisor who will assist the                and knowledge required in course being
     student in determining: (1) the feasibility of                    reviewed for portfolio credit. Examples may
     undergoing a portfolio review; (2) the                            include        designing        patient-teaching
     appropriateness of student expectations for                       information packets, producing a video tape,
     developing the portfolio;     (3) faculty role in                 public speaking opportunities, participation in
     assisting the student through the portfolio review                peer mentoring, designing and special
     process; (4) the time frame for completing the                    project for nursing unit, assisting with health
     portfolio, conducting the review, and making the                  fair projects, working on a volunteer basis
     decision to accept or deny the portfolio. If the                  with the homeless or other groups.
     student and advisor feel that portfolio is a viable               j.         Documentation                        of
     option, the faculty will assist the student in                    leadership/management skills

         k.        Documentation of nursing practice
         skills consistent with those expected in              All students must complete an intent to graduate form
         course being reviewed for portfolio credit            and the exit survey. The intent to graduate form must
         l.        Letters of testimony to the                 be filed with the graduate recorder. Deadline dates for
         acquisition of knowledge and skills required          application to graduate are September 30 for
         in courses being challenged                           December graduation, and February 15 for May,
         m.        Copies of certifications received           June, and August graduation. The School of Nursing
         and criteria met for certification                    will not be responsible for the graduation of students
                                                               who fail to file this application, or who fail to file it on
    PLEASE NOTE THE ABOVE DOES NOT                             time. If you do not graduate on the date you check on
    REPRESENT AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST OF                            this form, YOU MUST complete another application
    ACCEPTABLE DOCUMENTS.                                      form for subsequent graduation date(s). NOTE: The
                                                               way your name appears on your grade reports is
Portfolio Review                                               the way your name is in the University system. If
Students are invited to submit other supporting                you wish to have it printed differently on your diploma,
evidence validating the meeting of course objectives           please go to One Start and do a name change form in
and learning outcomes through prior learning                   there (*or you may download a
experiences.                                                   form from the Registrar’s office).
    3. Submit the portfolio and portfolio review
    form to the faculty member of record for the
    course for which credit is desired, according to
    the negotiated submission date. The degree of
    completeness and explicitness of the portfolio
    reviewed will affect the time taken to complete
    the review process and reach a decision.

Independent Study
Students interested in taking a nursing course on an
independent study basis should obtain an agreement
form in the Center for Academic Affairs on the IUPUI
campus, and the academic advisor on the
Bloomington campus. Students must make formal
arrangements for independent study courses with the
faculty member with whom they wish to study. Both
must sign the agreement form and return the
completed form to Center for Academic Affairs on the
IUPUI campus before the student may register for the

All students in the graduate MSN program need a
current unencumbered nursing license. If a student’s
license becomes encumbered, the student must notify
the Graduate Dean and his/her Academic Advisor. A
service indicator will be placed on the record.

Legal Limitations for Clinical Placement(s) and/or
Some criminal offenses could limit a student’s clinical
placement opportunities and/or jeopardize earning a
Registered Nurse license. Additionally, some clinical
agencies require limited criminal background checks
to be completed prior to student placement in that

Recognition of Academic Excellence
An outstanding MSN and PhD graduate student is
recognized at the annual Student awards.
The students are selected by the faculty.

Intent to Graduate Form


Student Records                                              Purpose
Certain student information maintained in the Office of      The IUSON MSN programs educate nurses to
the Registrar is considered public and will be released      become leaders within dynamic healthcare
upon request. This information includes name,                environments. As nurse leaders they are prepared to
address, whether currently enrolled, whether full- or        provide and improve care to patients, families and/or
part-time, class standing, dates of previous                 communities and to lead educational and complex
enrollment, and degree received. Name, dates of              healthcare systems.
attendance, enrollment status, and degrees cannot be
restricted by the student and, furthermore, IU faculty       Program Outcomes
and staff with a legitimate need to know cannot be
restricted from access to the other information. With        The goal of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
these exceptions, however, a student who wishes to           program is to prepare graduates for leadership roles
restrict the release of particular information may file a    in advanced nursing practice, those of clinical nurse
"restrainer" with the Office of the Registrar.               specialist, nurse practitioner, nurse educator, and
                                                             nurse administrator. Students select one of 8 major
A detailed description of the policies and procedures        areas of study when they apply for admission. In
followed by the University in its attempts to provide        addition, graduate certificates are offered in nursing
appropriate access to student records, while                 informatics and teaching in nursing. Post-master’s
protecting their confidentiality, can be found in "IU        study options are available in all majors. All degree
Code of Student Ethics and IUPUI Code of Student             requirements must be met within six years of initial
Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct"                       enrollment. The pattern and duration of a program of
(http://life.iupui.edu/rights/docs/codeofconduct.pdf) or     study for individual students is determined in
―Access, Confidentiality and Disclosure of Student           consultation with a faculty advisor. Degree
Records‖                                                     requirements can be met through a combination of
(http://registrar.iupui.edu/confiden.html )                  distance-accessible and on-campus learning
Student Rights
                                                             All graduates of the master’s degree program are
The legal rights of Indiana University students are          expected to achieve the following outcomes:
described in detail in Parts I and II of the
"IU Code of Student Ethics and IUPUI Code of
Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct"                   1.    Model excellence in nursing leadership to
(http://www.life.iupui.edu/help/docs/Part_1all.html).                  improve nursing practice within a complex
These rights include freedom from discrimination or                    health care system.
harassment based on age, color, disability, ethnicity,           2.    Conduct advanced nursing practice within
gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion,               ethical–legal guidelines, professional
sexual orientation, or veteran status. Students who                    policies and regulations, and standards of
believe one of these rights has been violated and who                  practice associated with a specialty area of
have not been able to resolve the issue informally                     practice.
may file a formal complaint by following the                     3.    Synthesize knowledge from nursing as well
procedures guidelines in Part II. Students also may                    as biological, behavioral, social,
contact the Affirmative Action Office on campus for                    administrative, educational, and
assistance in such situations.                                         communication sciences for application to a
                                                                       chosen domain of advanced practice
Masters Degree Program Philosophy, Purpose                             nursing.
and Outcomes                                                     4.    Demonstrate scholarly inquiry and reflection
                                                                       that exemplifies critical, creative, and
Philosophy                                                             systems thinking to advance the practice of
Nursing is a scientifically and theoretically based              5.    Frame problems, design interventions,
service profession. By embracing the contextual                        specify outcomes, and measure
nature of practice through integration of multiple ways                achievement of outcomes while balancing
of knowing including critical thinking, research,                      human, fiscal, and material resources to
reflection and intuition, MSN graduates become                         achieve quality health outcomes.
expert nurses who provide holistic, ethical, evidence-           6.    Use information technology and knowledge-
based care within an interdisciplinary environment.                    based resources to manage and transform
Through the educational process, students become                       data that inform clinical practice.
visionary leaders who advance the profession of                  7.    Systematically apply evidence from
nursing and influence the future of healthcare.                        research findings to answer clinical

        questions, solve clinical problems, and                   3.   Achieve a 3.0 grade point average by the
        develop innovative nursing interventions                       time the student has completed 42 credit
        and health policies for selected patient                       hours of course work, as required by the
        populations                                                    major department. Credit hours toward the
    8. Demonstrate collaborative practice and                          degree are not granted for courses with a
        interpret nursing science within an                            grade below B-. All grades are included in
        interdisciplinary context.                                     computing the grade point average.
    9. Articulate the effects of culture, diversity,              4.   Complete all degree requirements within six
        values, and globalization in the design,                       years of the date the student begins course
        delivery, and evaluation of health services.                   work.
    10. Engage in life-long learning activities that              5.   Apply for the degree at the time of program
        contribute to professional development as                      planning for the final semester of study.
        well as to the advancement of nursing.                         Reapplication must occur if the graduations
                                                                       date changes. Application forms of ―Intent to
                                                                       Graduate‖ may be obtained from and filed
Dismissal                                                              with the Graduate Recorder.
Policy: A student will be dismissed from the program
when, in the judgment of the Graduate Admission,             The School of Nursing is not responsible for
Progression, and Graduation (APG) Committee there            certification for the degree if the student fails to file the
is lack of progress toward the degree. Lack of
progress will include, but not be limited to the             Students are responsible for meeting all degree
following:                                                   requirements. The requirements of each major are:
Falsification of records or reports, plagiarism, or
cheating on an examination, quiz, or any other               Acute Care Nurse Practitioner:
assignment is cause for dismissal. (See IU Code of           http://www.nursing.iupui.edu/degrees/msn/acute.shtm
Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.)              l

The faculty reserves the right to dismiss any student        Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist:
whose personal integrity, health, or conduct                 http://www.nursing.iupui.edu/degrees/msn/adultcns.sh
demonstrates unfitness to continue preparation for the       tml
profession of nursing. Integrity and conduct will be
judged according to the standards of the most recent         Adult Nurse Practitioner:
Code for Nurses as adopted by the American Nurses'           http://www.nursing.iupui.edu/degrees/msn/adult.shtml
                                                             Adult/ Child Psychiatric/ Mental Health Clinical Nurse
The dismissal of any student is contingent upon              Specialist:
review by the Graduate Admission, Progression, and           http://www.nursing.iupui.edu/degrees/msn/adultmhn.s
Graduation Committee.                                        html

Masters Degree Requirements                                  Family Nurse Practitioner:
Degree Requirements
Candidates must meet both the general requirements           Nursing Administration:
of the master’s program in the School lf Nursing and         http://www.nursing.iupui.edu/degrees/msn/nursing_ad
the specific requirements of the major. Students must        min.shtml
be enrolled the semester they are to graduate.
                                                             Nursing Education:
All candidates for the degree of Master of Science in
Nursing must fulfill the following requirements:             Pediatric Nurse Practitioner:
     1. Complete a minimum of 42 credit hours of             http://www.nursing.iupui.edu/degrees/msn/nursing_ad
         courses, depending on the major, and fulfill        min.shtml
         department requirements. A maximum of 3
         credit hours may be taken at the
         undergraduate level. Courses meeting the
         requirement of advanced nursing practice
         must be taken in or through the School of
         Nursing.                                            Certification Exams
     2. Remove all conditions, deficiencies,                 If students are seeking certification in a nursing
         probation and Deferred or incomplete                specialty through a masters or post- master’s option
         grades.                                             they should seek clarifcation about requirments from

                                                                     meeting requirements specified above may
their departmental academic advisor or through the                   apply toward this requirement.
American Nurses Credentialing Center ( ANCC) .                      Statistics course
http://www.nursingworld.org/ancc/                                   Two RN to MSN transition courses:
                                                                         B492—RN to MSN Transition I: nursing
                                                                          research, nursing theory,
                                                                          communication skills, professional role
Honor Society Of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau                                 (four credit hours)
International                                                            B490—RN to MSN Transition II:
Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is the only                          community health, leadership and
honor society of nursing. It is considered the Phi Beta                   management, and trends in health care
Kappa of nursing. Its mission/ purpose is to foster                       (four credit hours)
excellence, scholarship and leadership in nursing to
improve health care worldwide. Alpha chapter was
founded at Indiana University in 1922 by six nursing
students. STTI is one of the largest nursing                 Options for meeting program requirements
organizations in the world with over 320,000 inducted        RN to MSN students have several options for meeting
members in over 94 countries around the world.               the program requirements:
Students in the graduate program are invited to                      Transfer academic credits from a previously
membership in STTI when they have demonstrated                        attended college or university
excellence in their nursing programs and have shown                  CLEP or other equivalency exams approved
superior academic and personal records of                             by Indiana University
achievement. .                                                       Other options approved by academic units or
                                                                      schools within the Indiana University system
RN-MSN Program                                                       Course enrollment at Indiana University
Program Statement                                                    Portfolio review procedures as approved by
The RN to MSN option creates educational and                          the School of Nursing and other academic
career mobility for registered nurses (RNs) whose                     units within Indiana University
highest academic credential is an Associate of
Science in Nursing (ASN) degree or a nursing
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As a student in the RN to MSN option, you will select
one of our nine MSN majors at the time you apply for
admission. You will complete undergraduate general
education requirements and transition courses, and
then you will begin studies in the MSN major of your
choice. Upon successful completion of the required,
you will graduate with an MSN degree.

Degree Requirements

Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing
               Degree Requirements
Those admitted to the MSN program as RN to MSN
option students are initially classified as
undergraduate students. The following undergraduate
requirements must be met with a grade of B- or
        Humanities: 15 credit hours (subjects might
         include English, communications, foreign
         languages, religion, music, and/or art)
        Social sciences: 15 credit hours (subjects
         might include psychology, sociology, and/or
        Biophysical sciences: 15 credit hours
         (subjects might include anatomy, physiology,
         biology, and/or astronomy)
        Completion of at least 9 credit hours at the
         upper division level. Credit earned in

                                                          Assistance contacting instructors – see the
Who to See About What                                     secretary or office manager.
Advising, course offerings, School of Nursing
scholarships – First Access Onestart to see if you        Transcripts – obtain from the Office of the Registrar
can get your questions answered:                          http://registrar.iupui.edu/transcript/index.html
                                                          General Financial Aid – see the Student Office of
Registration procedures and forms – see the               Financial Assistance. http://www.iupui.edu/~finaid/
graduate academic advisor or recorder.
Immunization/CPR records – see the graduate               Tuition Information – see the Office of the Bursar
recorder.                                                 http://www.bursar.iupui.edu
Intercampus transfers – see the graduate academic

                                                                  Frequently Called Numbers
Campus Specific Information                                       General Information
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis                 Computerize Directory Assistance for
(IUPUI) is one of eight campuses around the state                          IUSON                           274-8371
that comprise the Indiana University system. IUPUI                Computer Laboratory          NU 342      274-3493
has nearly 30,000 students, many of whom are "non-                Departments
traditional," i.e., older and/or part-time. It is an urban        Adult Health                     NU 408 274-0024
and primarily commuter campus, which is an                        Family Health                    NU 451 274-4839
                                                                                                   NU 317 274-1848
advantage in some ways (such as more
                                                                  Environments for Health          NU 403 274-8040
evening/weekend course offerings and a very                       Center for Academic Affairs      NU 122 274-2806
interesting and diverse student body) and a                        (See following section for individual counselors.)
disadvantage in other ways (students have to make                 Learning Laboratory NU 341                274-4585
special efforts to get to know their peers and to
participate in campus activities).                                Center for Academic Affairs

In 2003-04, there were over 800 undergraduate and                 Office Hours
540 GRADUATE nursing students at IUPUI. The IU                    Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Please note
School of Nursing at Indianapolis offers the following            scheduled meetings might occur throughout the academic
nursing programs: baccalaureate, masters, and                     year, requiring CAA to be closed for a period of time. Every
doctoral.                                                         effort will be made to announce this in advance.

Physical Organization of the Building                             Receptionist
There are four floors and a basement in the School of             Angela Collier            NU 122 274-2806
Nursing Building, as well as stairways at all four                Associate Dean for Graduate Programs
corners of the building and elevators at the NE and               Dan Pesut                 NU 136 274-4413
SE corners. Directories on each floor by the elevators            Administrative Assistant to Associate Dean for
list names and office numbers. The room numbering                 Graduate Programs
system is not easy to memorize, but there are signs               Linda Viegas              NU 137 274-4413
with arrows at every hallway corner throughout the                Assistant Dean for Student Services
building, and these are helpful in finding particular             Martel Plummer             NU 144 274-8094
room numbers. Restrooms can be found on all floors.               Director of Diversity/Enrichment
A general guide to what can be found on each floor                Dr. Lillian Stokes        NU 147 278-2206
follows:                                                          Administrative Secretary for Student
        Basement - ground floor entrance to the                  Services/Diversity/Enrichment:
         large lecture hall (NU103), student locker               Pat Williams              NU 146 274-1550
         rooms - men's and women's;                               Associate Dean for Evaluation
        1st Floor - administrative offices, Center for           Dr. Donna Boland          NU 117 278-8105
         Academic Affairs, student lounge, vending                Administrative Assistant to Associate Dean for
         machines, faculty lounge, main floor                     Evaluation
         entrances to large lecture hall (NU 103), three          Donna Anderson            NU 116 278-8105
         classrooms;                                              Academic Advisor (Graduate, MSN)
        2nd Floor - mostly classrooms, a few faculty             Janet Moon                NU 143 274-2806
         offices;                                                 Coordinator of Ph.D. Student Services, Evaluation
        3rd Floor - Learning Laboratory, computer                and Service Learning
         cluster, Center for Research, Office of                  Marla Zimmerman           NU 123 274-2806
         Continuing Education, main office of
         Department of Family Health, and a few                   Resources
         faculty offices;                                              Courses and academic advisement:
        4th Floor - most faculty offices; conference                   academic counselor for your program.
         rooms, main offices for the Departments of                    Emergency short-term loan: academic
         Adult Health and Environments for Health.                      counselor or Assistant Dean for Student
                                                                       Scholarships from the School of Nursing:
                                                                        Assistant Dean for Student Services.

       General Financial Aid: Financial Aid Office,        day. A safety escort is available by calling 274-SAFE
        Cavanaugh Hall, 317-274-4162                        (7233).
       Student Accounts: Bursar’s Office 317-274-          Health Services
        2425 or http://www.bursar.iupui.edu                 Student Health Services (SHS) is a primary care clinic
       Graduation: For questions about graduation          that serves the entire student population (including
        procedures not answered in this handbook            graduate, part-time, or full time) of the IUPUI campus.
        see the Assistant Dean for Student Services.        All services are on a fee for service basis. This
       Instructor names and courses: OneStart              means that payment is expected at time of service.
        online; academic counselor for your program.        They are aware of student budget constraints and
       Locker assignments: CAA receptionist.               therefore set their fees as low as possible. They
       Registration procedures and forms:                  accept cash, checks, Visa, and Mastercard.
        OneStart online; academic counselor for your
        program.                                            The hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and
       Transcripts: Office of the Registrar                Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Thursday
        http://registrar.iupui.edu/ Cavanaugh Hall          from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you have questions, or
        133, 317-274-1508.                                  need to schedule an appointment, please call 274-
        http://registrar.iupui.edu/transcript/index.html    8214. A member of the nursing staff is also available
                                                            24 hours a day on pager 591-2760. You can also
Emergency Phone Numbers                                     look up us on our web site: www.iupui.edu/~iupuishc.
Fire     274-2311
Police 274-7911                                             Lost/Found
Safety at IUPUI is available on the Web at:                 The receptionist in the Center for Academic Affairs
http://www.police.iupui.edu/safety.html or email:           (NU 122) is the person to contact about lost and
police@iupui.edu.                                           found articles at the School of Nursing. There is no
                                                            campus-wide lost and found service at IUPUI. You
                                                            may turn in items found or report/look for lost items at
Medical/Ambulance        9-911
                                                            the campus police (1232 West Michigan Street.), the
      Wishard Ambulance Service (634-1313) and
                                                            office or desk nearest the main entrance of each
       the IUPUI Public Safety Dispatch Center
                                                            building, the building supervisor, or the Student Affairs
                                                            Office in each school.
      Student Health Service, 1140 W. Michigan,
       between 8:30a.m. and 5:00p.m. weekdays or            Lounge
       to the Wishard Hospital Emergency Room at
                                                            The Student Lounge at the School of Nursing is in NU
       other times.
                                                            109. It contains food vending machines, a microwave
                                                            oven, and limited seating. A Sagamore student
Tornado Watches/Warnings                                    newspaper rack is located near the south entrance of IUSON
The School of Nursing has a mechanism in place to           along with copies of the Indianapolis Star.
directly receive tornado warning alert messages in the
administrative offices area, and these will be              Notary
announced over the loudspeaker immediately. If you          There are two notaries in the School of Nursing
hear this announcement or have any reason to                Building: Donna Anderson (NU 116) and Mary Ramp
believe that a tornado is nearby, seek shelter in a         (NU 130). They do not charge a fee. Notary service
sturdy building, away from windows and exterior             also can be obtained for a small fee at the IUPUI
doors. If possible, go to a basement or a small             Registrar's Office, Cavanaugh Hall, Rm 133.
interior room on a lower floor of the building.
Other Adverse Weather Conditions                            There are two coin- or card-operated (10¢/page)
http://www.iupui.edu/alert/                                 photocopy machines available for student use at the
Class cancellations will be announced by means of           School of Nursing, both in the Learning Resource
area television and radio. We have established a            area on 3rd floor. These machines accept bills,
special phone number, (317) 278-1600, which will            change, or copy cards. Cards may be bought at
give the latest open or closed status for the campus.       campus bookstores. Public use copy machines are
Please understand that none of these options will           also located at all libraries and elsewhere throughout
address individual courses. Be sure to keep your            the IUPUI campus.
phone number current and check your IUPUI e-
mail for announcements from individual faculty              Printing
who may not be able to make it to campus.                   The cost for printing, campus-wide is 4 cents per
                                                            copy, with the exception of the IU School of Medicine,
Safety Escort Service                                       which charges a higher fee.
Upon request, the University will provide safety
escorts to your car or on-campus housing 24 hours a

Cash Policy                                                 Computer Cluster: NU 342
The CAA has implemented a cash policy that adheres          The computer cluster, supported in part by student
to University policies regarding the safeguarding of        technology fees, has IBM and Macintosh computers
University funds. The following practices are followed      connected to the campus computer network. A
when receiving money from students for locker rental,       consultant is available during open hours. The cluster
diploma mailing or tutorial services.                       has an extensive collection of software, including
       Students are encouraged to pay any charges          word processing, spreadsheets, databases,
        by personal check or money order.                   presentation systems, computer-assisted instruction
       The CAA receptionist in NU 122 is                   (CAI) case studies, and review software for the
        responsible for collecting all monies except        nursing licensure exams. Students may use the
        tutoring. Transactions involving the collection     computers to complete writing assignments, access
        of cash or checks can only be made                  the library or Internet, use electronic mail (E-Mail)
        between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.              complete required assignments such as case studies,
        Monday through Thursday.                            and register for classes. Computer area hours are 8
       The receptionist will issue the student an          a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
        official university receipt.                        Friday. There are no weekend hours.
       Checks can be mailed to the Center for              Summer schedule is Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
        Academic Affairs, Indiana University School
        of Nursing, 1111 Middle Drive, Indianapolis,        Study Room (IS THIS GONE DUE TO
        IN 46202. Be sure to include information            RENOVATION?)
        about the purpose of the check.                     A Quiet study room IS available on the third floor (NU
  Effective August 14, 2006, the entire IUPUI               Chi-Eta Phi Sorority, Inc.
  campus is smoke free. Please check with a                 This international nursing sorority, although it has
  CAA staff member for smoking cessation                    primarily an African-American membership, welcomes
  information, should you need such a                       nursing students of all cultural backgrounds who
  program.                                                  demonstrate excellence in the practical application of
                                                            nursing, maintain an acceptable grade point average,
                                                            demonstrate leadership, and participate in campus
Shuttle Services                                            and community activities. Chi Eta Phi affords
The Campus Shuttle service operates during the              students an opportunity to engage in service activities
academic year when classes are in session. The              and to promote interest in the field of nursing.
shuttle runs 3 different routes between the hours of
6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. making stops at the                Minority and International Student Support
following locations about every 15 minutes. See             Seasonal gatherings are currently held four times
website for up to date schedule.                            each academic year.
http://registrar.iupui.edu/campus-shuttle.html              IUPUI Office of International Affairs website:
Support Services
Learning Resources Center
The School of Nursing at IUPUI provides extensive
                                                            Guidelines for Nursing Major
learning resources to support classroom and clinical
learning. The resources include instructional media,        Advising and Counseling
computers and copy machines, as well as the support         Once admitted to the MSN program, students are
staff to assist students in accessing the resources.        assigned School of Nursing faculty advisors who help
The Learning Resources Center is located on the             in program planning, follow student progress, and
third floor of the nursing building, and its component      provide academic advising. The School's Director of
parts are as follows:                                       Diversity and Enrichment is available to assist
Learning Laboratory: NU 300                                 minority students with special needs plus coordinates
The Learning Lab is a multi-media resource center           the undergraduate tutoring program. In addition,
where students have access to audiovisual material.         students may consult the Career Center, Counseling
The lab has eight simulated patient care units where        and Psychological Services, or other IUPUI
students can practice nursing skills. It also houses a      departments for specialized counseling.
collection of books, pamphlets, videotapes, and
articles. When your professor makes assignments to          OSHA
use these resources, they will be held on reserve for       Here are the technical specs on using OSHA Online:
you to check out and read or duplicate. Learning Lab        To access the OSHA Online training,
hours during the school year are 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.           http://www.ehs.iupui.edu/ehs/train_bloodpatho2005.a
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, and 10            sp
a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.                                       Click on ―Online BBP Training‖
                                                                Register as a first-time user (next year you will
                                                                    be able to simply Log in)

      Complete the registration form, entering                Occupational Health
       ―IUSON‖ in the Department text box                      Contaminated Injury Care and Follow-Up
      Click the ―Submit‖ button                               Phone number: (317) 274-5887.
      At the log in screen, enter your username and           All contaminated injuries involving students should be
       password (the same ones you use to log into             handled in the following manner:
       your IU e-mail account)                                         Report to your supervisor.
      Proceed through the OSHA training and testing                   Page 12-OUCH (12-6824) immediately. You
       as directed by the program                                       may also go through the Medical Center
      At the end of the training and testing, the                      operator (274-5000, ask for pager #6824).
       program will notify you that you are within the                  This pager is carried 24 hours a day by a
       IU School of Nursing. So that your completion                    member of the IU Occupational Health
        is accurately documented, click on the link                     Services (formerly Student Employee Health
       https://nursing.iupui.edu/OSHA/osha.aspx                         Services) nursing or medical staff. The OHS
            –    Log in with your IU username and                       staff member will ask for the following
                 password                                               information:
            –    Complete the data as requested                         Index patient’s name (if known). (The index
            –    Click the ―Submit‖ button. If you are                   patient is the individual who is the source of
                 located on the Columbus or                              the blood or body fluid.)
                 Bloomington campus, print and read                     Index patient’s medical record number (if
                 the campus-specific information for                     known).
                 your site                                              Hospital/location where injury was sustained.
                                                                        Nature of the injury
HIPAA                                                                   Pertinent medical history of the index patient
All graduate nursing students are required to                            (if known).
complete HIPAA annually. To access the HIPAA                            Pertinent medical history of the injured
training, visit the Nursing Online Web site:                             student.
                                                               An OHS staff member will counsel the student as to
                                                               the risk represented by this injury and appropriate
                                                               treatment (if any) and follow up. Because some
What You Need                                                  treatments of contaminated injuries are time sensitive,
In order to access the OSHA and HIPAA Online                   it is imperative that the student contact OHS
training, you must                                             immediately after the injury is sustained.
        Use a PC-compatible computer
        Use the latest version of Internet Explorer or
         Netscape Navigator browser (IE 4 or
         Netscape 4 or above)                                  Sagamore
                                                               The Sagamore is the free IUPUI weekly student
Trouble shooting                                               newspaper, published each Wednesday during the
If you are unable to access the OSHA and HIPAA                 school year. The papers are available at various sites
Online training, check the following:                          around campus, including the south entrance of the
        Web browsers running on Macintosh                     School of Nursing (near the loading dock).
         computers do not appear to work
        Be sure you have JavaScript enabled                   Final Grades
        Be sure you have cookies enabled                      The assigned grade is available in OneStart the day
                                                               after grades are submitted and the roster is
If you are still unable to access OSHA and/or HIPPA            approved. Typically, students can expect final grade
Online, you will need to complete the training in              submittal to occur one week after final exams end.
person at the school.                                          See more information at the Registrar’s web site:
Record of Completion
If you successfully complete the training and the test
                                                               Student Assistance
at the end of the training, you will receive an
electronic certificate certifying that you have                IUPUI Support Resources
completed the training. A record of this completion            For IUPUI support resources please consult your
will automatically be reported to the Center for               IUPUI Bulletin on line at http://bulletin.iupui.edu/
Academic Affairs. You should print out the electronic
certificate as proof of your completion in case                Student Technology Centers; Adaptive
technical problems prevent CAA from being notified             Technology Centers and Adaptive Educational
automatically.                                                 Services

Please see the following web sites for more
information about ATC and AES:                                Announcements
http://stc.iupui.edu/                                         Students will receive an order form from the School's
http://www.indiana.edu/~iuadapts/                             representative WITH INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT HOW
http://life.iupui.edu/aes/                                    to order graduation announcements after the student
                                                              submits the Intent to Graduate Application to the
Graduation and Certification                                  CAA. THIS IS optional.
All students must complete an intent to graduate
application. The application is found at:                     Student Awards Program, Recognition and
http://nursing.iupui.edu/students/graduating.shtml            Commencement Ceremonies
 Those students graduating May or August must                 The Student Awards Program occurs in the spring
submit the form by February 1. Students graduating            semester and recognizes students receiving awards
in December must submit them by September 15.                 through the IU School of Nursing and IU School of
Removal of incomplete grades, deferred grades,                Nursing Alumni Association.
grade changes, and/or independent study
(correspondence) grades must be received no later             Graduating students have the opportunity to attend a
than three weeks before the end of classes during             "Recognition Ceremony", which, although not an
the final semester.                                           official graduation ceremony, is sponsored by the
The student must notify the School of Nursing's               School of Nursing. Each student is recognized
Graduate Recorder if the expected degree date                 individually. The University commencement
changes.                                                      ceremony (May only) includes students from all IUPUI
                                                              schools. Students are encouraged to attend both
Please note degree requirements are listed under the          ceremonies. Graduating students will receive an
Program section of this handbook.                             email from the Center for Academic Affairs with
                                                              details regarding dates, times, and places for these
Caps, Gowns and Hoods                                         ceremonies. Please note that IUPUI has only one
After the Intent to Graduate form is completed by the         official commencement ceremony, which takes place
student and electronically submitted to the Center for        at the completion of the spring semester. IU policy
Academic Affairs (CAA), the Indiana University                stipulates that students completing degree
Alumni Association Office will send the student an            requirements between May and August can
order form for cap and gown. Caps, gowns and                  participate in May ceremonies. Those who finish
hoods are then ordered through the Alumni                     degree requirements in December can participate in
Association.                                                  December recognition ceremonies.

Diplomas                                                      Transcripts
Diplomas can be picked up in the                              Each student may receive an official transcript for the
Center for Academic Affairs, NU122                            price of $8.00. Requests for transcripts can be made
according to the following time frames:                       through the IUPUI Office of the Registrar, 420
                                                              University Blvd., Campus Center Suite 250.
May graduates –first week of July                             Online:
August graduates— November                                    http://www.registrar.iupui.edu/eDoc/eTranscript.html
December graduates—February                                   Request Form:
The CAA will send your diploma to you via certified
mail for a nominal fee (phone 317-274-2806 for
current charge), if you are unable to pick it up from
their office. Checks should be made payable to the
Indiana University School of Nursing and will only be
accepted Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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