AE 3.1 Academic Recognition (Honors)

POLICY STATEMENT

This policy establishes the criteria by which undergraduate students are recognized and awarded for their excellent academic performance at Nevada State College.

DEFINITIONS

Cumulative Grade Point Average: The Grade Point Average as calculated for all higher education institutions attended.

Latin Honors: Levels of distinction with which an academic degree may be earned.

PROCEDURES

I. Dean’s List

To be placed on the Dean’s list, students must meet the following requirements:

A. Be a degree-seeking student at NSC;
B. Complete twelve (12) or more letter-graded (A-F) credits in an academic semester (not counting any remedial credits);
C. Earn a semester grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher.

A notation is added to eligible students’ academic transcripts indicating their status as a member of the Dean’s list. The lists are generated at the end of each semester after final grades posting and repeat course processing and are not recalculated based on grade changes or the removal of Incomplete grades.

II. President’s List

To be placed on the President’s list, students must meet the following requirements:

A. Be a degree-seeking student at NSC;
B. Complete twelve (12) or more letter-graded (A-F) credits in an academic semester (not counting any remedial credits);
C. Earn a semester grade point average (GPA) of 4.0.

A notation is added to eligible students’ academic transcripts indicating their status as a member of the President’s list. Students who are placed on the President’s List receive a commendation from the President of the College. The list is generated at the end of each semester after final grades posting and repeat course processing and is not recalculated based on grade changes or the removal of Incomplete grades.

III. Latin Honors

Students are eligible to receive Latin Honors at the time of graduation if:

A. At least half of the required degree credits are letter graded (A-F);
B. The student completed a minimum of thirty (30) upper-division credits at Nevada State College;
C. The student’s Cumulative GPA, as calculated by the Office of the Registrar, is 3.5 or higher.

Graduation honors are designated as follows:

  • Cum Laude: GPA of 3.5 to 3.69
  • Magna Cum Laude: GPA of 3.70 to 3.89
  • Summa Cum Laude: GPA of 3.90 to 4.0

HISTORY

  • Academic Recognition policy approved September 2008; updated 1/25/2013.

APPROVALS

Approved by Provost Vickie Shields, October 21, 2019.
Approved by President Bart Patterson, December 9, 2019.

AE 11.2 Required Immunizations Policy

POLICY STATEMENT

This policy identifies required Immunizations for students at Nevada State College, as well as the process for documenting these Immunizations.

DEFINITIONS

Immunity: Protection from an infectious disease.

Immunization: Process through which a person is made Immune or resistant to an infectious disease, typically by the administration of a Vaccine by a licensed medical provider.

Vaccine: Substance used to stimulate the production of antibodies and provide Immunity against a disease; typically administered via injection, but may also be administered via mouth or nasal spray.

PROCEDURES

I. Required Immunizations

As of Fall 2020, Nevada State College requires proof of the required Immunizations listed in A-C below for two groups of students: 1) new first-time and transfer students entering their first term at the College and 2) any students, regardless of academic standing or status, who are approved to live in campus residential housing.

These two groups must provide proof that they have received the following Immunizations:

A. Two doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) Vaccine; the first dose must be on or after the student’s first birthday;

B. One dose of the tetanus/diphtheria (Td or TDAP) Vaccine, taken in the last ten (10) years;

C. All incoming first-year students who are under twenty-three (23) years of age must also provide proof of Immunization for meningococcus. The meningococcal Vaccine must have been administered when the student was sixteen (16) years of age or older.

      1. The meningococcal Vaccine must target serogroups A, C, W, and Y; examples include Menactra or Menveo (MenACYW-135).
      2. Vaccines that target serogroup B, such as Bexero or Trumemba (MENG B) and HIB Meningitis Vaccines, do not fulfill the meningococcus Immunization requirement.
      3. If you are not sure whether your meningococcal Vaccine fulfills this requirement, contact the Office of the Registrar for more information.

D. To enroll in classes for the Spring 2022 semester and thereafter, all students (new and continuing) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless the student qualifies for an exemption.

E. All students are required to show proof of Immunization against any other disease specified by the State Board of Health. Information about such Immunization requirements will be distributed to students as they are mandated.

Required Immunizations are subject to change according to federal and state law. If additional Immunization requirements are imposed by law after a student has enrolled at Nevada State College, the student must provide updated documentation in a timely manner indicating the student has met the new Immunization requirements. The College may set deadlines for presenting updated documentation; students who do not meet these deadlines will not be allowed to register or enroll for the following term.

Students should contact their medical provider or a Southern Nevada Health District Vaccination Clinic to inquire about scheduling any needed Immunizations.

II. Acceptable Proof of Immunization

The following are accepted by Nevada State College as proof of Immunization:

  • A childhood Immunization card signed by a physician or nurse, which includes the Vaccinating facility name and address;
  • High school or college records that document Immunizations;
  • Military, state, or county records that document Immunizations;
  • A lab report that indicates Immunity (e.g., titer test for measles, mumps, and rubella);
  • Health department records that document Immunizations.

III. Submitting Immunization Records

Students shall submit Immunization documentation records to MedProctor by following the instructions at https://nsc.edu/immunizations/.

The Office of the Registrar shall retain Immunization documentation records for all matriculated students (e.g., upon enrollment and attendance) and will retain the records for three (3) fiscal years after the fiscal year of graduation or for three (3) fiscal years after the year of the student’s last term of active enrollment.

IV. Failure to Provide Immunization Documentation

New first-year or transfer students who do not submit all required Immunization documentation will not be allowed to register or enroll in classes after their first term of enrollment at Nevada State College.

Students approved to live in campus residential housing will not be issued a key until all required Immunization documentation is received.

If the health authority determines that there is a case at Nevada State College having a communicable disease against which immunity is required for admission, and a student who has not submitted proof of immunity to that disease is attending Nevada State, the president shall require that:

A. The student be immunized; or

B. The student be excluded from Nevada State College until allowed to return by the health authority.

V. Exceptions to Immunization Requirements

A student shall not be required to provide proof of Immunization if any of the following apply:

A. The student (or, if the student is a minor, the student’s parent or guardian) submits a written statement indicating that the student’s religious beliefs prohibit Immunization;

B. The student (or, if the student is a minor, the student’s parent or guardian) submits a statement written by a licensed physician who has examined and/or treated the student, stating that the student has a medical condition that prevents the student from being Immunized to the extent required;

C. The student is enrolled only in online/distance education programs and does not attend any class sessions on campus.

Exception forms should be uploaded to MedProctor following the instructions at https://nsc.edu/immunizations/. Nevada State College shall keep all written statements related to exemptions on file for three (3) fiscal years after the fiscal year of graduation or for three (3) fiscal years after the year of the student’s last term of active enrollment.

In the case of a public health outbreak, non-Immunized students will not be admitted onto campus (including residential housing associated with the College), regardless of exemption status. Such removals do not warrant a refund of tuition, fees, or expenses related to housing.

VI. Additional Requirements for Select Programs

All students enrolled in health care fields of study or teacher education programs are required to provide documentation of Immunization and health screenings (e.g., tuberculosis test) as established by applicable state licensing agencies or clinical or fieldwork placement sites.

Academic programs or campus-sponsored activities may require additional Immunizations if students may be at increased risk of exposure (e.g., study abroad programs).

Students should contact the specific program supervisor for information on any additional required Immunizations or screenings.

VII. Recommended Immunizations

Based on American College Health Association guidelines, Nevada State College also recommends that students be Immunized against the following:

  • Influenza (flu);
  • Pertussis (whooping cough);
  • Varicella (chickenpox);
  • Hepatitis A;
  • Hepatitis B;
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV).

Students should contact a medical care provider or a Southern Nevada Health District Vaccination Clinic to discuss appropriate Immunization schedules and any medical conditions that might prevent the student from receiving a particular Immunization.

FORMS/INSTRUCTIONS

ADDITIONAL CONTACTS

Office of Admissions & Recruiting
Andrea Martin, Director
702-992-2503
admissions@nsc.edu

RELATED INFORMATION

HISTORY

Replaces AE 11.1, approved August 11, 2021.

APPROVALS

Approved by Dr. Vickie Shields, Provost, August 31, 2021.
Approved by Dr. DeRionne Pollard, President, August 31, 2021.

AE 10 Academic Standing Policy

POLICY STATEMENT

This policy updates and clarifies the thresholds for each level of Academic Standing and associated Academic Actions. These changes allow the College to more quickly identify students who are struggling academically, provide appropriate support, and set meaningful indicators of success for students attempting to return to Good Academic Standing.

DEFINITIONS

Academic Action: Action taken by the College based on a student’s academic progress and Academic Standing.

Academic Dismissal: Academic Standing in which a student is no longer allowed to enroll at the College.

Academic Probation: Academic Standing that indicates a student has failed to meet minimum requirements while on Academic Warning.

Academic Standing: Classification that indicates whether a student is meeting minimum NSC Grade Point Average (GPA) requirements and determines any required actions on behalf of the student and Academic Actions taken by the College.

Academic Suspension: Academic Standing in which a student is temporarily prohibited from enrolling at the College after failing to meet minimum requirements while on Academic Probation.

Academic Warning: Academic Standing that indicates a student has failed to meet minimum College GPA requirements.

Attempted Earned Credits: Courses graded with letter grades of A, B, C, D, and F.

Continued Standing Status: Condition in which a student earns a 2.0 NSC Semester GPA but fails to raise their NSC Cumulative GPA above a 2.0, and is allowed to maintain their current Academic Standing.

Good Academic Standing: Academic Standing that indicates a student has performed at a level that meets minimum NSC GPA requirements.

NSC Cumulative GPA: Overall Grade Point Average calculated using only courses taken at the College.

NSC Semester GPA: Grade Point Average for a specific term calculated using only courses taken at the College during that term. Calculated at the end of fall and spring semesters and each August for summer coursework.

PROCEDURES

I. Calculating Academic Standing

All levels of Academic Standing are considered part of a student’s academic record and are noted on official transcripts.

A. Incomplete grades: For students receiving grades of Incomplete (I), the GPA shall be calculated for the semester or summer term in which the Incomplete grade was assigned, with an “I” assigned for the course. Any change to Academic Standing that is necessary due to a change from an Incomplete grade to a letter grade shall be calculated at the end of the semester or summer term in which the Incomplete grade is changed.

B. Withdrawing from courses: Courses from which a student has withdrawn and received a “W” shall not impact Academic Standing calculations.

C. Grade appeals: If a student’s final course grade is adjusted as a result of a grade appeal, the student’s Academic Standing will immediately be re-calculated.

II. Academic Warning

A student who fails to earn a minimum 2.0 NSC Semester GPA based on Attempted Earned Credits at the end of 1) any fall or spring semester or 2) any summer in which the student was enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credits in all summer terms combined, is placed on Academic Warning.

A registration hold will be placed on the student’s account for the enrollment period following placement on Academic Warning. The student is required to meet with an advisor in the Academic Advising Center in order to remove this hold. This meeting is intended to help the student identify changes that will allow the student to improve the student’s academic performance and return to Good Academic Standing.

A student on Academic Warning whose NSC Cumulative GPA is below 2.0 but who earns an NSC Semester GPA of 2.0 or higher based on Attempted Earned Credits shall remain on “Continued” Academic Warning until the point at which their NSC Cumulative GPA rises above 2.0.

III. Academic Probation

Any student on Academic Warning who fails to earn a minimum 2.0 NSC Semester GPA based on Attempted Earned Credits at the end of 1) any fall or spring semester or 2) any summer in which the student was enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credits in all summer terms combined, is placed on Academic Probation.

A registration hold will be placed on the student’s account for the enrollment period following placement on Academic Probation. The student is required to meet with an advisor in the Academic Advising Center to remove the hold.

A student on Academic Probation who has an NSC Cumulative GPA below 2.0 but who earns an NSC Semester GPA of 2.0 or higher based on Attempted Earned Credits shall remain on “Continued” Academic Probation until the point at which their NSC Cumulative GPA rises above 2.0.

IV. Academic Suspension

Any student on Academic Probation who fails to earn a minimum 2.0 NSC Semester GPA based on Attempted Earned Credits at the end of 1) any fall or spring semester or 2) any summer in which the student was enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credits in all summer terms combined, will be placed on Academic Suspension until the end of the following full fall or spring semester. During this time they are not allowed to enroll in courses at the College.

A. Return from first Academic Suspension: To enroll in classes after a first Academic Suspension, a student is required to meet with an advisor in the Academic Advising Center prior to the term in which the student wishes to return. Once re-enrolled, a student whose NSC Cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 but who earns an NSC Semester GPA of 2.0 or higher based on Attempted Earned Credits shall be allowed to enroll the following semester or summer term on Probationary Enrollment Status.

B. Second Academic Suspension: A student who re-enrolls subsequent to a first Academic Suspension and fails to earn a minimum 2.0 NSC Semester GPA at the end of any semester or summer term based on Attempted Earned Credits shall be placed on renewed Academic Suspension and will be prohibited from enrolling at NSC until two (2) consecutive full academic semesters (fall and spring terms) have passed.

V. Academic Dismissal

Any student who returns to the College after a second Academic Suspension who fails to earn a minimum 2.0 NSC Semester GPA in any semester or summer term based on Attempted Earned Credits will be Academically Dismissed from the College. Any student who is Academically Dismissed is prohibited from enrolling at the College for three (3) full academic years from the date of dismissal.

A. Return after Academic Dismissal: A student may reapply for admission to the College at the end of the dismissal period. The student must provide evidence that the student is capable of performing at the level required to meet College standards.

B. Early return from Academic Dismissal: A student who has been Academically Dismissed may apply for early reinstatement from Academic Dismissal if:

    1. The student earns an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution after Academic Dismissal from NSC;
    2. The President approves a petition for an exception to policy based on exceptional circumstances. Such approvals are granted at the President’s sole discretion on a case-by-case basis and are not subject to appeal.

VI. Return to Good Academic Standing

Any student who has been placed on Academic Action shall return to Good Academic Standing when the student earns a NSC Semester GPA of 2.0 or higher and has an NSC Cumulative GPA above 2.0.

Once a student returns to Good Academic Standing, the student’s Academic Action progression resets (i.e., the student must progress through Academic Warning and Probation prior to being Academically Suspended). If a student returns to Good Academic Standing and subsequently is again Academically Suspended, the student shall fall under section IV.B of this policy, “Second Academic Suspension.”

VII. Financial Aid Implications

This policy defines calculations for Academic Standing. It does not apply to calculations of eligibility for financial aid. Students should contact the Office of Financial Aid to discuss how their Academic Standing impacts their financial aid packages and whether they have made satisfactory progress. Refer to Financial Aid’s policy on  Satisfactory Academic Progress for information on financial aid calculations.

ADDITIONAL CONTACTS

Academic Advising
Alex Kunkle, Director
702-992-2162
Alexander.kunkle@nsc.edu

RELATED INFORMATION

HISTORY

Replaces Academic Action policy published in 2018-19 and prior catalogs.

APPROVALS

Approved by Faculty Senate Chair Dr. Abby Peters, April 18, 2019.
Approved by Provost Dr. Vickie Shields, May 30, 2019.
Approved by President Bart Patterson, July 23, 2019.