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Undergraduate Program Policies


Undergraduate Program Policies
Undergraduate Program Policies

Application Process

Prospective students will submit their application materials to Bisk Education/University Alliance. Once all required documentation has been received, Bisk will forward the complete application package to Villanova’s Program Administrator, who will submit the application to the Academic Advisory Committee for review. Refer to the Undergraduate Admissions Requirements page for additional information.

Transfer Credits

RN to BSN Students: As a student, you will complete up to 60 credits of academic work through Villanova. You may transfer up to 80 credits from your previous educational programs. A minimum of 42 credits (including the 12 credit Clinical Decision Making Assessment) must be complete through Villanova University. There are no time limits on credits and Villanova College of Nursing may accept CLEP and AP credits for some courses which will be subject to grade evaluation.

College of Professional Studies Students: A student may transfer up to 60 credits, which include AP credits, CLEP, study abroad and summer courses taken elsewhere. The last 30 credits, senior year, 50 percent of all courses required for the degree and at least 50 percent of major courses must be earned at Villanova University. Grades of "C" or better (not "C-") are required to be considered for transfer credit. Villanova core has a few “non-transferable” courses: PHI 1000, ACS 1000, ACS1001, ETH2050, THL1000, ENG1975, & Core History.

Academic Requirements, Grades and Grading Policies

Students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA for all undergraduate-level courses. Grades are recorded at the end of each term as soon as they are posted by faculty. Students who require a printed grade report should contact the University Office of the Registrar. Any inaccuracies should immediately be reported to the Registrar in writing.

Equivalent GPA ratings for each letter grade are as follows:

Grade GPA
A 4.00
A- 3.67
B+ 3.33
B 3.00
B- 2.67
C+ 2.33
C 2.00
F 0.00

Students who earn a letter grade of “F” in any one of the required courses must re-take the class to earn a passing grade. The original “F” grade always stands and is not removed from the transcript when the course is re-taken.

Academic Probation: Students placed on academic probation will be informed by email and by hard-copy letter to their home address that they are on academic probation, and they will be told the conditions of their probation. They must be able to bring their GPA back up to a minimum of 2.0 in 6 credits of additional coursework in order to qualify for this status. Students are only permitted one period of academic probation. Students must bring their GPA above 2.0 to remain in the program. If they rise above a 2.0 GPA after 6 credits, but fall below a 2.0 again in any subsequent term, they will be automatically dismissed at that time.

Dismissal: Students whose cumulative GPA has dropped so far below a 2.0 that is mathematically impossible for them to bring their GPA back up above 2.0 in 6 credits will be dismissed from the program without possibility of continuing. They will be notified via email and by hard-copy letter to their home address and may not appeal for re-instatement or re-apply to the program.

The Program Administrator will contact students whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 and alert them to the conditions that must be met for them to remain in the program.

A grade of "N" represents "incomplete" and indicates the instructor has agreed to give the student an extension for completion of any remaining assignments. If the student does not complete and submit the remaining coursework within one month after the term has ended, the "N" grade will automatically convert to an "F" (failing) grade.

A grade of "WX" signifies that the student was permitted to withdraw from the course without academic penalty. An approved withdrawal may be granted in cases such as a prolonged serious illness or significant employment difficulties, and requires official documentation.

Academic Integrity

Graduate students are expected to adhere to Villanova University’s policies and regulations. Please refer to the Villanova Academic Policies section on Academic Integrity for complete details. Students who exhibit dishonesty in any exam or assignment may receive a failing grade (“F”) for either the exam/assignment or for the entire course. Punishment for egregious cases may include suspension or dismissal from the undergraduate program.

Code of Conduct

In addition to maintaining a 2.0 GPA, Villanova undergraduate students must exhibit a consistently high level of professional behavior at all times. They must adhere to the values and principles of their chosen career field and treat all faculty, staff and fellow students with respect. Repeated or severe violations of reasonable performance expectations may result in dismissal from the University.

Course Materials

Students can order all required textbooks, study guides and other course materials through University Alliance and have them shipped directly to their address of record. Each student is assigned a program representative, who is available to assist with the enrollment and ordering processes and answer any questions the student may have.

Library Resources

Students enrolled in the online undergraduate program will have access to online library materials and services through Villanova's Falvey Memorial Library. Available materials and services include electronic books, online reference sources, interlibrary loan services, electronic document delivery services, assistance from reference and research librarians, and more. For additional information, visit library.villanova.edu.

Full-Time and Part-Time Status

Students enrolled in six (6) credit hours per term are considered to be enrolled on a half-time basis. Students must meet this criteria, and must be fully matriculated:

  • Must be enrolled in 6 credits for Session I OR
  • Must be enrolled in 6 credits for Session II OR
  • Must be enrolled in 3 credits Session I, 3 credits Session II for that term. (Example, student is enrolled in Summer I for 3 credits, and Summer II for 3 credits)

Please note "half-time" status cannot be defined by combining sessions from other terms. For example, a student who enrolls in 3 credits Summer II, and then 3 credits Fall I cannot combine those sessions to qualify for "half-time" status. That student would be considered to be enrolled less-than half-time.

Students MUST be enrolled in 6 credits at the time of disbursement in order for disbursement to occur. The exception to this rule is those students using VA Benefits.

Crossover Requests for Campus-Based and Online Degree Programs

Villanova University does not permit crossover program enrollments. Students accepted to the online undergraduate program will not receive credit for courses taken on campus, and students accepted to the ground-based program will not receive credit for courses taken online.

Transient/Visiting Students

Transient/visiting students are defined as those who wish to enroll in undergraduate-level courses but do not intend to pursue a degree from Villanova. The University does not permit transient or visiting students to enroll in online undergraduate classes.

Waiver Exams

Waiver exams are not administered for any course in Villanova's online undergraduate program.

Adding or Withdrawing From a Course

Students are not permitted to add a course after the registration deadline has passed. Students who wish to drop a course may do so within the first seven days of class without penalty and it will not reflect on the transcript. After that date, students can withdraw by using MyNova, which will result in a grade of "WX."

Withdrawal Policy/Refund Chart for 8-Week Courses

Week Withdrawal Permitted Tuition Refunded Deadline For Students who are Maryland Residents Only
1 Yes - course dropped 100% By Sunday at 11:59 PM ET 100%
2 Yes - grade of WX 60% By Sunday at 11:59 PM ET 80%
3 Yes - grade of WX 40% By Sunday at 11:59 PM ET 60%
4 Yes - grade of WX No Refund By Sunday at 11:59 PM ET 40%
5 Yes - grade of WX No Refund By Sunday at 11:59 PM ET No Refund
6 Yes - grade of WX No Refund By Sunday at 11:59 PM ET No Refund
7 No No Refund - No Withdrawal   No Refund - No Withdrawal
8 No No Refund - No Withdrawal   No Refund - No Withdrawal

 

Withdrawal Policy/Refund Chart for NUR4113

NUR4113 is one 16-week course which is offered over Sessions 1 & 2 in the Fall, Spring and Summer terms. 

Week Withdrawal Permitted Tuition Refunded Deadline For Students who are Maryland Residents Only
1 Yes - course dropped 100% By Sunday at 11:59 PM ET 100%
2 Yes - Grade of WX 80% By Sunday at 11:59 PM ET 80%
3 Yes - Grade of WX 60% By Sunday at 11:59 PM ET 60%
4 Yes - Grade of WX 40% By Sunday at 11:59 PM ET 60%
5 Yes - Grade of WX No Refund By Sunday at 11:59 PM ET 40%
6 Yes - Grade of WX No Refund By Sunday at 11:59 PM ET 40%
7 Yes - Grade of WX No Refund By Sunday at 11:59 PM ET  20%
8 Yes - Grade of WX No Refund By Sunday at 11:59 PM ET 20%
9 Yes - Grade of WX No Refund By Sunday at 11:59 PM ET 20%
10 Yes - Grade of WX No Refund By Sunday at 11:59 PM ET No Refund
11 Yes - Grade of WX No Refund By Sunday at 11:59 PM ET No Refund
12 Yes - Grade of WX No Refund By Sunday at 11:59 PM ET No Refund
13 No No Refund - No Withdrawal   No Refund - No Withdrawal
14 No No Refund - No Withdrawal   No Refund - No Withdrawal
15 No No Refund - No Withdrawal   No Refund - No Withdrawal
16 No No Refund - No Withdrawal   No Refund - No Withdrawal

 

Withdrawing From the University

Students who wish to withdraw from Villanova University’s online undergraduate programs must submit a written request to the Dean. Those who completely withdraw from the university may not resume their studies unless and until they have formally been readmitted to the program. Students who withdraw without approval will receive an “F” grade for any courses not completed at the time of withdrawal.

Procedures for Student Complaints and Appeals

Academic Integrity Violation Appeals: Students who receive an academic integrity penalty may, if they believe that they have not committed an academic integrity violation, take their case to the Board of Academic Integrity. The appeals procedure is described in this document

Admissions Decisions Appeals: Any applicant wishing to appeal an admission decision by the Advisory Committee must send the written appeal, along with any additional pertinent application materials, to the Dean for final decision.

Grade Complaint or Faculty Performance Decisions Appeals: In the extraordinary case when a student or faculty member is unwilling to accept the decision of the Advisory Committee with respect to a grade complaint or a faculty performance complaint, she or he may appeal the decision in writing to the Dean within seven days of that decision but only on the following grounds: 1. material procedural defect in the Committee, or 2. material procedural defect in the handling of the matter, or 3. new material evidence not reasonably available at the time of the original review of the matter. All written deliberations concerning the complaint shall be forwarded to the Dean to aid in the decision. In the course of his or her review of the appeal, the Dean may, but shall not be required to, consult with others, interview the complainant, faculty member, Chairperson, committee members or others. The decision of the Dean shall be final. See more information.

Academic Dismissal Appeals: A student who is dismissed from the program for failing to maintain their GPA may appeal the dismissal in writing to the Dean.