Policies and Procedures Specific to Undergraduate Students

Academic Advisement

The Academic Advisement Program is administered by the Registrar. All students are assigned an academic advisor upon admission to the college. College faculty serves as academic advisors. Academic advisors maintain contact with the student throughout the program. Students are encouraged to schedule individual academic advisement conferences upon admission to the program, during the preregistration period each semester and as needed.

Advisement Program

The Academic Advisement Program is directed toward assisting students with accomplishment of the following goals throughout their program of study:

● Development of suitable educational plans, which are compatible with career goals and program requirements
● Selection of appropriate courses and other educational experiences
● Interpretation of program requirements, policies and procedures
● Student awareness of available educational resources
● Evaluation of student progress toward established goals
● Referral to and use of college and community resources

During the initial academic advisement conference, an official program of study is developed. This program of study is kept by the advisor and a copy will be given to the student.

Subsequent to the development of the official program of study, the following procedure is recommended:

● The student may make an appointment with their academic advisor to discuss courses desired, future plans and review the official program of study.
● The student will proceed to register at the appropriate date and time.

Note: Throughout the program, a student may request a change in academic advisor by petitioning the registrar.

Academic Honors and Awards

Each semester full-time students with a grade point average from 3.5 to 4.0 qualify for one of the following academic honors.

The President's List includes students who achieve a 4.0 semester point average.

The Academic Dean's List includes students who achieve a semester grade point average between 3.5 and 3.99.

Commencement Honors

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is conferred upon those individuals who have completed the requirements for graduation during the current academic year. Graduates making no grade lower than a C in any course as recorded on the transcript and earning a cumulative grade point average in the following categories will be recognized:

● 3.90 or above will graduate Summa Cum Laude
● 3.75 to 3.89 will graduate Magna Cum Laude
● 3.50 to 3.74 will graduate Cum Laude

Student Excellence Awards

Recognition of Saint Luke’s graduates is given in the following areas of excellence:

● Academic Excellence, to the person in each graduating class with the highest cumulative grade point average.
● Clinical Excellence, to the person in each graduating class who demonstrates the highest clinical performance as determined by faculty.
● Professional Excellence, to the person in each graduating class who demonstrates high potential for the profession of nursing including being a mentor to peers and a client advocate as determined by faculty.

Academic Requirements for Graduation

Upon recommendation of the faculty, the College will confer the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing upon students who have fulfilled the following requirements.

● Completion of the 124 hours of the required program of study for the B.S.N. degree.
● Completion of the 61 semester hours of nursing coursework within four years of enrollment at Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences.
● A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 with no grade below C counting towards graduation.
● B.S.N. students must earn a minimum of 38 credit hours from Saint Luke’s College and R.N. to B.S.N. students must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours to receive a degree from Saint Luke’s College.

Additional Requirements for Graduation

● Students must make satisfactory arrangements for all financial obligations to the College.
● All books, supplies, and equipment belonging to the College must be returned prior to graduation.

Auditing a Course

Currently enrolled students may audit a non-clinical nursing elective provided the prerequisites for the course have been met. After the initial registration is completed, a student may not change class status either from audit to credit or credit to audit.

Enrollment priority will be given to students taking the course for credit. Course tuition and fees for credit and audit are the same. A course enrollment, class attendance and scope of class participation will be at the discretion of the lead teacher.

Course Grading System

The grading system of the college is based on a 4.0 scale. Course grades are recorded according to the following system.

Points per Semester Credit Hour

A Excellent 4 90-100%
B Superior 3 80-89%
C Satisfactory 2 75-79%
D Unsatisfactory 1 67-74%
F Failing 0 0-66%

I Incomplete
DR Drop
W Withdrawal without assessment
PP Associated with N342
AU Audit

Class and Lab Absences

In the event of an absence, students are responsible for material presented and for any announcements made regarding changes in schedule, content, location, or similar information. Individual course policies regarding instructor notification, tardiness, coursework makeup provisions and any associated grade penalties are determined by faculty for each course (see course syllabus).

Directed Study for Nursing Elective Courses

Directed study for elective courses is limited to those students who have irreconcilable schedule conflicts and is subject to the agreement of a faculty member to direct the study. Directed study for an approved elective course will carry the same number of credit hours but will not be offered during the semester in which the course is being taught. Enrollment requires the approval of the faculty member directing the study, the academic advisor and the Academic Dean.

Dismissal from College

A student may be dismissed from the undergraduate nursing program at Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences for the following reasons:

● A student does not enroll for two consecutive semesters, excluding the summer term.
● A student fails to complete the nursing curriculum in four calendar years.
● A student fails to achieve a satisfactory grade in a repeated nursing course, including elective courses.
● A student withdraws from more than three nursing courses.
● A student who receives unsatisfactory grades in any two nursing courses throughout the curriculum will be dismissed from the program. Although a student who received an unsatisfactory grade in a course may retake the course and earn a passing grade, the original grade will still be counted in the dismissal policy.
● Additional reasons for dismissal appear in the Professional Conduct section.

Student Academic Progression will be determined each semester by the Registrar.

A list of students who fail to maintain academic progression in the graduate program will be provided to the Academic Dean at the end of each semester.

Disciplinary Policy

Section 1: Notice of Disciplinary Action

The college will provide students with written notice of any disciplinary action for academic and/or nonacademic misconduct pursuant to the Code of Academic Integrity. Such notice will be delivered to the student by (1) Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences e-mail and (2) mailing the notice to the student by registered mail to the student’s last known address. Such notice will be delivered within a reasonable time after the College first learns of the conduct-giving rise to the disciplinary action. The notice to the student will include a brief written statement of the facts serving as the basis for the disciplinary action.

Section 2: Student’s Opportunity to Contest the Disciplinary Action and the Facts Serving as Basis for Disciplinary Action

If the student disagrees with the college’s disciplinary action pursuant to the Code of Academic Integrity above, the student may contest the disciplinary action by contacting the Academic Dean. To contest disciplinary action, the student must give written notice to the Academic Dean stating the reason or reasons that the student believes the disciplinary action was improper or unsupported by facts or College policy within five college business days of the date of the notice to the student, as set forth in Section 1 above. The student also may dispute the facts that serve as the basis for the disciplinary action. The student must submit a written statement explaining the reasons that the student contests the facts serving as the basis for the disciplinary action. This statement must be delivered to the dean of the academic program within five College business days of the date of the notice to the student set forth in Section 1 above.

Section 3: Notice of Final Decision

Notice of final decision by the Academic Dean shall review the information presented by the student pursuant to Section 2 above and determine whether to overturn the original decision to discipline or discharge the student. The Academic Dean’s written decision will be delivered to the student by (1) Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences e-mail and (2) mailing the written decision to the student by registered mail to the student’s last known home address. Such decision shall be delivered to the student within 15 College business days following the receipt of the notice set forth in Section 2 above.

Section 4: Appealing the Decision

Appeal of the Academic's Dean’s Decision If the student disagrees with the final decision of the Academic Dean, the student shall have the opportunity to appeal the decision. To appeal the Academic Dean’s decision, the student must submit written notice of the appeal to the President within five College business days of the date of the Academic Dean’s final decision pursuant to Section 3 above. The President will appoint a committee which shall consist of the following membership: three faculty members and two members of the Student Services staff. All actions by the committee shall be by majority vote. The Committee shall review all information presented to it, and determine whether or not to overturn the decision of the Academic Dean. The Committee’s written decision will be delivered to the student by Saint Luke’s College of Health Science e-mail and mailing the written decision to the student by registered mail to the student’s last known home address. Such decision shall be delivered to the student within 15 College business days following the receipt of the notice set forth in Section 2 above.

Eligibility for Licensure

Graduates of the B.S.N. program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-R.N.). Eligibility of the graduate to take the NCLEX-R.N., and therefore become licensed as a registered professional nurse, is determined by the state in which the graduate applies for registration.

Completion of the Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences BSN curriculum does not guarantee eligibility to take the NCLEX-R.N.

The Missouri State Board of Nursing outlines specific criteria for licensure applicants in the State of Missouri Nurse Practice Act (2001). Chapter 335.066 (1-15) outlines grounds for denial, revocation, or suspension of licensure indicating that the Missouri State Board of Nursing may refuse to issue a license to applicants who have been convicted of a crime involving unlawful use or possession of any controlled substance, any offense involving moral turpitude, use of fraud, deception, misrepresentation of themselves, or any other condition outlined by the Nurse Practice Act.

Enrollment Status

Full-time enrollment is defined as 12 hours for fall and spring semesters and six hours for the summer semester. Part-time enrollment is considered anything less than 12 hours. Students who have earned at least 96 credit hours toward completion of the nursing major will be accorded senior standing. All other students admitted and enrolled in the B.S.N. degree program shall have junior standing.

Enrollment status for financial aid purposes include:

● Three-quarter time is enrollment of nine to 11 hours for fall and spring semesters and four hours for the summer semester.
● One-half time is enrollment of six to eight hours for fall and spring semesters and three hours for the summer semester.
● Less than half time is considered any enrollment less than six hours for fall and spring semesters and less than three hours for the summer semester.

Grade Reports

Grade reports are available on mySLC at the end of each semester. Academic advisors are informed of an advisee’s achievement.

Grade reports may be sent to students at their permanent address upon request.

Incomplete Grade Policy

A student must be in satisfactory standing in a course to be eligible for an Incomplete. A student cannot enroll in a course if he or she has an Incomplete grade in a prerequisite course.

A grade of I may be given at the discretion of the course faculty when all course requirements have not been met and there is reason to believe that the student will be able to complete the work within the time specified by the instructor. The Incomplete grade will be changed to an F grade if the required work is not completed by the due date determined by the instructor or no later than the end of the following semester including summer semester.

An “Incomplete Course Grade Form” must be completed by course faculty and a copy given to the student, the Academic Dean, student’s advisor and the registrar. The course faculty member retains the original.

Independent Study for Elective Nursing Courses

Independent Study is provides the student with the opportunity to explore material outside the regular curriculum. Independent Studies are initiated and organized by the student.

Students who have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 are eligible to take Independent Study and are subject to the willingness of a faculty member to supervise the study. Enrollment requires the approval of the supervising faculty member, the academic advisor and the Academic Dean.

It will be the responsibility of the supervising faculty member to determine what, if any, prerequisites are required prior to undertaking the Independent Study.

1. The student is to submit the idea for the Independent Study course in writing to the Curriculum Committee Chairperson following approval of their academic advisor. Enough information about the course should be provided to allow the Committee to adequately evaluate the appropriateness of the content. This should be done at least two months prior to the beginning of the course.

2. The Curriculum Committee will review the information and will make a recommendation to the Academic Dean regarding the course. In addition, if preliminary approval is given, two or three qualified faculty members will be recommended as faculty supervisors.

3. From the recommendation, the student is to select a faculty supervisor, confirm their willingness to serve as faculty supervisor, and work with them in determining specific course content and requirements.

4. Prior to submission to the Curriculum Committee for final approval, the student (in consultation with the faculty supervisor) is to prepare a syllabus using the established guidelines.

5. The final syllabus should be submitted to the Curriculum Committee Chairperson no later than one month prior to the beginning of the course.

Non-Degree Seeking Student

A non-degree seeking student is one who has not been accepted into the Saint Luke’s College B.S.N. program. Non-Degree seeking students may enroll in coursework subject to the following provisions:

● Priority for enrollment in courses will be given to degree seeking students.
● Enrollment will be on a space available basis.
● Students must fulfill pre-requisites for the course in which they wish to enroll.
● Non-degree seeking students may enroll in no more than two courses, not to exceed eight credit hours.

The appropriate form is to be secured from the Admissions Office. The Admissions Office must receive the Non-Degree Status Enrollment Form for courses with pre-requisites including the following:

● A letter from the nursing program attended validating the student is or was enrolled and is/or left, the program in satisfactory standing.
● For courses with a clinical component the following is required:
● A letter from the home nursing program attended validating the person is current in CPR, Hepatitis B immunizations, TB skin test results, and immunity to Rubella or current Rubella vaccination.
● The Academic Dean will review applications to enroll in courses with pre-requisite requirements.
● The Academic Dean of the College and the Lead Teacher for the course must approve enrollment in the course.
The non-degree seeking student is eligible for the following services: Nursing Skills Lab and Library. The non-degree seeking student is not eligible for the following services: Financial Aid Counseling/EAP or Student Activities Health Services


Nursing Practice Act

The State of Missouri Nursing Practice Act ( http://www.moga.mo.gov/STATUTES/C335.HTM ) governs licensure and the practice of professional nursing in Missouri. Section 335.066 of the Nursing Practice Act which describes grounds for denial, revocation or suspension of license, states:

The board may refuse to issue or reinstate any certificate of registration or authority, permit or license required pursuant to chapter 335 for one or any combination of causes stated in subsection 2 of this section or the board may, as a condition to issuing or reinstating any such permit or license, require a person to submit himself or herself for identification, intervention, treatment, or rehabilitation by the impaired nurse program as provided in section 335.067. The board shall notify the applicant in writing of the reasons for the refusal and shall advise the applicant of his or her right to file a complaint with the administrative hearing commission as provided by chapter 621, RSMO.

The board may cause a complaint to be filed with the administrative hearing commission as provided by chapter 621, RSMO, against any holder of any certificate of registration or authority, permit or license required by sections 335.011 to 335.096 or any person who has failed to renew or has surrendered his or her certificate of registration or authority, permit or license for any one or any combination of the following causes:

• Use or unlawful possession of any controlled substance, as defined in chapter 195, RSMO, or alcoholic beverage to an extent that such use impairs a person’s ability to perform the work of any profession licensed or regulated by sections 335.011 to 335.096;
• The person has been finally adjudicated and found guilty, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, in a criminal prosecution pursuant to the laws of any state or of the United States, for any offense reasonably related to the qualifications, functions or duties of any profession licensed or regulated pursuant to sections 335.011 to 335.096, for any offense an essential element of which is fraud, dishonesty or an act of violence, or for any offense involving moral turpitude, whether or not sentence is imposed;

Use of fraud, deception, misrepresentation or bribery in securing any certificate of registration or authority, permit or license issued pursuant to sections 335.011 to 335.096 or in obtaining permission to take any examination given or required pursuant to sections 335.011 to 335.096; State of Missouri Nursing Practice Act The State of Missouri Nursing Practice Act governs licensure and the practice of professional nursing in Missouri. Section 335.066 of the Nursing Practice Act which describes grounds for denial, revocation or suspension of license, states:

The board may refuse to issue or reinstate any certificate of registration or authority, permit or license required pursuant to chapter 335 for one or any combination of causes stated in subsection 2 of this section or the board may, as a condition to issuing or reinstating any such permit or license, require a person to submit himself or herself for identification, intervention, treatment, or rehabilitation by the impaired nurse program as provided in section 335.067. The board shall notify the applicant in writing of the reasons for the refusal and shall advise the applicant of his or her right to file a complaint with the administrative hearing commission as provided by chapter 621, RSMO.

The board may cause a complaint to be filed with the administrative hearing commission as provided by chapter 621, RSMO, against any holder of any certificate of registration or authority, permit or license required by sections 335.011 to 335.096 or any person who has failed to renew or has surrendered his or her certificate of registration or authority, permit or license for any one or any combination of the following causes:

 Use or unlawful possession of any controlled substance, as defined in chapter 195, RSMO, or alcoholic beverage to an extent that such use impairs a person’s ability to perform the work of any profession licensed or regulated by sections 335.011 to 335.096;
 The person has been finally adjudicated and found guilty, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, in a criminal prosecution pursuant to the laws of any state or of the United States, for any offense reasonably related to the qualifications, functions or duties of any profession licensed or regulated pursuant to sections 335.011 to 335.096, for any offense an essential element of which is fraud, dishonesty or an act of violence, or for any offense involving moral turpitude, whether or not sentence is imposed;
 Use of fraud, deception, misrepresentation or bribery in securing any certificate of registration or authority, permit or license issued pursuant to sections 335.011 to 335.096 or in obtaining permission to take any examination given or required pursuant to sections 335.011 to 335.096;
 Obtaining or attempting to obtain any fee, charge, tuition or other compensation by fraud, deception or misrepresentation;
 Incompetency, misconduct, gross negligence, fraud, misrepresentation or dishonesty in the performance of the functions or duties of any profession licensed or regulated by sections 335.011 to 335.096;
 Violation of, or assisting or enabling any person to violate, any provision of sections 335.011 to 335.096, or of any lawful rule or regulation adopted pursuant to sections 335.011 to 335.096;
 Impersonation of any person holding a certificate of registration or authority, permit or license or allowing any person to use his or her certificate of registration or authority, permit, license or diploma from any school;
 Disciplinary action against the holder of a license or other right to practice any profession regulated by sections 335.011 to 335.096 granted by another state, territory, federal agency or country upon grounds for which revocation or suspension is authorized in this state;
 A person is finally judged insane or incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction;
 Assisting or enabling any person to practice or offer to practice any profession licensed or regulated by sections 335.011 to 335.096 who is not registered and currently eligible to practice pursuant to sections 335.011 to 335.096;
 Issuance of a certificate of registration or authority, permit or license based upon a material mistake of fact;
 Violation of any professional trust or confidence;
 Use of any advertisement or solicitation which is false, misleading or deceptive to the general public or persons to whom the advertisement or solicitation is primarily directed;
 Violation of the drug laws or rules and regulations of this state, any other state or the federal government;
 Placement on an employee disqualification list or other related restriction or finding pertaining to employment within a health-related profession issued by any state or federal government or agency following final disposition by such state or federal government or agency;
 Failure to successfully complete the impaired nurse program.

After the filing of such complaint, the proceedings shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of chapter 621, RSMO. Upon a finding by the administrative hearing commission that the grounds, provided in subsection 2 of this section, for disciplinary action are met, the board may, singly or in combination, censure or place the person named in the complaint on probation on such terms and conditions as the board deems appropriate for a period not to exceed five years, or may suspend, for a period not to exceed three years, or revoke the license, certificate, or permit.

For any hearing before the full board, the board shall cause the notice of the hearing to be served upon such licensee in person or by certified mail to the licensee at the licensee’s last known address. If service cannot be accomplished in person or by certified mail, notice by publication as described in subsection 3 of section 506.160, RSMO, shall be allowed; any representative of the board is authorized to act as a court or judge would in that section; any employee of the board is authorized to act as a clerk would in that section.

An individual whose license has been revoked shall wait one year from the date of revocation to apply for re-licensure. Re-licensure shall be at the discretion of the board after compliance with all the requirements of sections 335.011 to 335.096 relative to the licensing of an applicant for the first time.

The board may notify the proper licensing authority of any other state concerning the final disciplinary action determined by the board on a license in which the person whose license was suspended or revoked was also licensed of the suspension or revocation.

Any person, organization, association or corporation who reports or provides information to the board of nursing pursuant to the provisions of sections 335.011 to 335.259* and who does so in good faith shall not be subject to an action for civil damages as a result thereof.

If the board concludes that a nurse has committed an act or is engaging in a course of conduct which would be grounds for disciplinary action which constitutes a clear and present danger to the public health and safety, the board may file a complaint before the administrative hearing commission requesting an expedited hearing and specifying the activities which give rise to the danger and the nature of the proposed restriction or suspension of the nurse’s license. Within fifteen days after service of the complaint on the nurse, the administrative hearing commission shall conduct a preliminary hearing to determine whether the alleged activities of the nurse appear to constitute a clear and present danger to the public health and safety which justify that the nurse’s license be immediately restricted or suspended. The burden of proving that a nurse is a clear and present danger to the public health and safety shall be upon the state board of nursing. The administrative hearing commission shall issue its decision immediately after the hearing and shall either grant to the board the authority to suspend or restrict the license or dismiss the action.

If the administrative hearing commission grants temporary authority to the board to restrict or suspend the nurse’s license, such temporary authority of the board shall become final authority if there is no request by the nurse for a full hearing within thirty days of the preliminary hearing. The administrative hearing commission shall, if requested by the nurse named in the complaint, set a date to hold a full hearing under the provisions of chapter 621, RSMO, regarding the activities alleged in the initial complaint filed by the board.

If the administrative hearing commission refuses to grant temporary authority to the board or restrict or suspend the nurse’s license under subsection 8 of this section, such dismissal shall not bar the board from initiating a subsequent disciplinary action on the same grounds. (L. 1975 S.B. 108 § 12, A.L. 1981 S.B. 16, A.L. 1995 S.B. 452, A.L. 1999H.B. 343, A.L. 2007 H.B. 780 merged with S.B. 308) *Section 335.259 was repealed by S.B. 52 § A, 1993. (2000) Allegation of violation of drug laws requires State Board of Nursing to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that a nurse knowingly and intentionally possessed controlled substances. State Board of Nursing v. Berry, 32 S.W.3d 638 (MO.APP.W.D.) (2001) Statements made in incident report by hospital to State Board of Nursing about nurse were not, in absence of actual proceedings pending against that nurse, entitled to absolute immunity from nurse’s libel claim. Haynes-Wilkinson v. Barnes-Jewish Hospital, 131 F.Supp.2d 1140 (E.D.MO).

Missouri State Board of Nursing's Position Statement Regarding HIV or HBV Infection

The Missouri State Board of Nursing recognizes the serious implications the spread of HIV or HBV has on the health, safety and welfare of the public and the Board's mandated responsibility to the public for assuring safe and competent nursing care.

As mandated by Section 191.694 RSMO, 1992 all licensed nurses and nursing students shall immediately implement and adhere to the universal precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control in the care of all clients.

All licensed nurses and nursing students who discriminate against a client on the basis of HIV or HBV infection or make HIV or HBV testing a condition of treatment shall be subject to the denial of licensure or the disciplinary processes of the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

All licensed nurses and nursing students with HIV or HBV who perform invasive procedures are encouraged by the Missouri State Board of Nursing to voluntarily participate in the Department of Health's evaluation process. All licensed nurses and nursing students whom violate a restriction or limitation placed on their practice by the Department of Health shall be subject to denial of licensure or the disciplinary processes of the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

It is the position of the Missouri State Board of Nursing that all licensed nurses and nursing students with HIV or HBV are entitled to the same reasonable accommodation guaranteed by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Repeating a Course

A student may repeat a course only once. A student receiving an unsatisfactory grade of D or F in a nursing course at Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences must repeat the course at the college.

Guidelines: If the student drops a course (refer to the Dropping a Course policy) the next enrollment in the course is not considered a repeat. If the student withdraws from a course (Refer to the Withdrawing from a Course Policy) or completes the course to the point of receiving a grade, the next enrollment in the same course is considered a repeat of the course. If the student received a grade the first time enrolled in the course, this grade, as well as the second or repeated grade, will be recorded on the transcript. The student’s cumulative grade point average will reflect the grade received when the course is repeated. Nursing electives with a grade of D or F may be repeated either through retaking the same course or taking another elective. If another nursing elective is taken, the grade for each course will be recorded on the transcript, and the cumulative grade point average will include each course completed.

Students who receive an unsatisfactory grade in any two nursing courses within their program of study will be dismissed from the program. Although a student who received an unsatisfactory grade may retake a course and earn a passing grade, the original grade will still be counted in the dismissal policy.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Satisfactory completion of prerequisite coursework with a grade of C or better is required for progression through course offerings and the available enrollment for that course. The college cannot guarantee enrollment into any course. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with his or her Academic Advisor and the Academic Dean in order to discuss academic progression. All courses required for graduation must be completed within four years from the original date of entry into the College.

Semester Hours

Credit at Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences is recorded in the semester credit hour. The semester length is 16 weeks.

● Theory clock hour equals 50 minutes. One clock hour equals one semester credit hour.
● Lab clock hour equals 60 minutes. Two clock hours of lab equals one semester credit hour.
● Clinical clock hour equals 60 minutes. Three clock hours of clinical equals one semester credit hour.
● One clock hour of simulation equals two hours of clinical.

In the B.S.N. curriculum three clock hours of clinical equals one semester credit hour.
Saint Luke’s College offers courses in varying formats and lengths equivalent to the 16-week semester.

Sexual Harassment Policy

Sexual harassment is illegal under Federal, State and County Laws and will not be tolerated by the Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences.

Definition of Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors and other verbal or written communications or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

● Submission to or rejection of these behaviors is made implicitly or explicitly a term or condition of instruction, employment, or participation in any College activity or benefit; or
● Submission to or rejection of these behaviors by an individual is used as a basis for evaluation in making academic or personnel decisions; or
● These behaviors are sufficiently severe and/ or pervasive to have the effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s educational experience or working conditions by creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.
● Sexual harassment refers to behavior that is not welcome, that is personally offensive, that fails to respect the rights of others, that lowers morale or creates an intimidating, hostile or otherwise offensive work or academic environment.
● Sexual harassment can occur between individuals of different sexes or of the same sex.
● Consensual relationships between a faculty member and student, or persons in supervisory-subordinate positions, are strongly discouraged. They give rise to legal concerns as well as ethical concerns. Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences strongly discourages consenting romantic or sexual relationships between members of the College community when one person has power or authority over the other. The College considers such power relationships to be improper. Where such a power differential exists, if a charge of sexual harassment is brought, the defense of mutual consent will be difficult to prove.
● The academic or work relationship between parties extends at times beyond the physical College site and beyond College work hours. Therefore, evidence of harassment can include, but is not limited to, conduct at offsite or after-hours functions and events under the aegis of the College.
● Listed below are examples of behavior that can constitute sexual harassment. The list is not all-inclusive. Each situation must be considered in light of the specific facts and circumstances to determine if sexual harassment has occurred.
● Pressure for sexual activity or sexual favors
● Unwelcome touching of a person’s body, hair, or clothing
● Unwelcome sexual jokes or comments (including favorable comments about someone’s gender, body, clothing, appearance, etc.)
● Disparaging remarks to a person about his/or gender or body;
● Asking about a person’s sexual fantasies or sexual activities
● Repeatedly asking for a date after the person has said “no”
● Nonverbal behavior, such as making sexual gestures with hands or through body movements
● Displaying sexually explicit posters or pictures
● Electronic communications, such as email, text messaging and InteR.N.et use that violates this Policy.

Reporting of Suspected Sexual Harassment

Any individual who believes they may have experienced sexual harassment, or who believes that they have observed sexual harassment taking place, should report this information immediately to the Director of Enrollment Management and Human Resources of Saint Luke’s College.

Balancing Anti-Harassment Policies with Freedom of Speech/Expression

Saint Luke’s College policies and procedures relating to harassment are not intended to inhibit or restrict free speech or the expression of ideas. The College strives to be an educational community in which all members can participate fully and equally, in an atmosphere free from all manifestations of bias and forms of harassment, exploitation, or intimidation. The College seeks to promote the full inclusion of all members and groups in every aspect of college life.

Test Average Requirement

In designated courses within the curriculum, students must also achieve a weighted test average of at least 75 percent in order to pass the course. In the event the earned weighted test average is below 75 percent, the earned weighted test average becomes the final course grade.

Weapons Policy

No weapons of any kind are allowed on campus. Weapons include, but are not limited to firearms, including facsimiles which have the capabilities to discharge pellets and/or darts, ammunition, explosives, dangerous chemicals, knives, switchblades, paint-ball guns, “Air-soft” guns, BB guns, potato launchers, bows and arrows, slingshots and similar devices.

Discipline for unacceptable conduct will depend upon the circumstances. The College will exercise its discretion in determining a proper response up to and including the immediate termination of employment or student suspension without advance notice. Any relevant licensing or certifying boards will be notified.