ADN Handbook, Section 5: Clinical and Laboratory Policies

Appeal of Withdrawal for Unsafe Clinical Practice or Unprofessional Behavior

The first step in the formal process is to provide a letter to the clinical faculty within seven 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 clinical instructor within seven calendar days from the date of the letter.

If not satisfied, the second step is to submit the appeal to the Clinical Coordinator, if the clinical instructor is not the clinical coordinator. The student will be notified of the decision by the clinical coordinator within seven calendar days.

Finally, if the student is not satisfied, he or she may contact the Director of Nursing within 10 days of receiving the clinical coordinator ruling. All materials and communications from previous contacts in the procedure should be assembled by the student and forwarded to the Director of Nursing with a cover letter. The cover letter should contain information which describes the situation in detail as well as the resolution sought.

The Director of Nursing will convene a committee composed of no more than 5 faculty other than the clinical instructor and the Clinical Coordinator. The committee includes at least one tenured faculty.

In addition, one student will be selected from those who have expressed an interest in serving on an appeals committee. The student will be from outside the complainant’s level. A graduate student may also be invited. He or she will be a voting member.

The committee will provide the student and the clinical faculty an opportunity to discuss the circumstances surrounding the incident. The Director of Nursing will be a nonvoting member unless there is a tie. The committee will issue a decision following the meeting. Notification to the student will occur in writing within seven calendar days from the meeting. The decision of the committee will be final.

Depending on the committee’s decisions, the following sanctions may be imposed:

  1. Verbal reprimand without an entry on the student's personal performance record.
  2. Written reprimand with an entry on the student's personal performance record.
  3. "F" in the course on his/her permanent transcript.
  4. Other actions as deemed appropriate by the committee.
  5. Dismissal or denial of re-entry.