Appeals of Withdrawal for Unsafe Clinical Practice

Students wishing to appeal a clinical failure (withdrawal) for unsafe clinical practice as defined in the CNA Handbook, or violation of standards of practice, should file a formal written appeal.

The first step in the formal process is to provide a letter to the lead instructor and CNA Coordinator within 7 days of the occurrence of the concern.

It is important that the initial letter includes a written statement of appeal, as well as a cover letter. It is suggested that the student retain a copy of all correspondence. The letter should contain a clear outline of the history of the incident(s) including a review of the problem and actions taken to avoid or resolve it.

The student(s) will be notified of the decision in writing by the CNA Coordinator within 7 calendar days from the date of the letter.

If the student is not satisfied, they may contact the Dean of the Sciences Division within 10 days of receiving the course coordinator ruling. All materials and communications from previous contacts in the procedure should be assembled by the student and forwarded to the Dean with a cover letter. The cover letter should contain information which describes the situation in detail as well as the resolution sought.

The Dean will convene a faculty committee composed of faculty other than the CNA Coordinator. The committee should include at least one senior faculty. The committee may offer to provide the student an opportunity to discuss the circumstances surrounding the incident. The Dean will be a non-voting member unless there is a tie. The committee will issue a written ruling following the meeting.

The notification to the student will occur in writing within 7 calendar days from the meeting. The decision of the committee will be final.