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It is part of the State Universities of New York? Would that be considered a public school? School policy on such matters is vague to non existent. Here is what has happened to date. Please advise?
December 31, 2010
Dear Mr Winderl and Members of the Committee,
Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter. First, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name isXXXXX was a Project Manager for a Fortune 500 company for over fifteen years and hold a business degree from Pace University. I am a forty-nine year old student challenged with reading dyslexia and have chosen to pursue a second career in nursing. I am in my second year of the nursing program and over the past year and a half have shown both dedication to this program and my motivation to excel in patient care. I just completed NUR2020, in the lecture portion of the class taught by Instructor Christine Sachakov I received a 72.4, just below the passing grade of 75. I am writing to ask that you consider the circumstances of the semester which I describe below, and allow me to continue pursuing my nursing degree so that I may affect the lives of those patients and families in need of our devoted care.
The course catalogue describes NUR2020 as consisting of four components:1. Clinical Calculations (graded, 90% grade required) 2. Nursing Lab ( pass/fail) 2hours3. Clinical Lab (satisfactory/ unsatisfactory) 10 hours4. Lecture ( graded, 75% grade required) 3 hoursMy final grades in the three components, excluding lecture, exceed the minimum required for those sections with no issues. I believe my failure of the lecture component was a result not of an inability to master and practice the knowledge required of the course (exhibited in part by my successful completion of the Lab and Clinical portions of the course) but of the course's execution, as I will discuss below.
According to the syllabus the lecture grade was to be comprised of :Twelve Quizzes (2 to be dropped) + Literacy Assignment = two quizzesFive exams plus quiz average = 70% of final grade Cumulative Final = 30% of final gradeLectures were divided into five units of study corresponding with the five exams. It is important to highlight that the execution of the course was not only inconsistent with the description provided, but also not inclusive of that material required to complete the course. Illustrating these points is: (i) the provision of only href="http://www.justanswer.com/law/4i7rb-nuring-instructor-changed-course-outline-not-adhere.html quizzes, of which none were dropped; (ii) only half the completion of Unit V; and (iii)the fifth unit exam although weighted equally to the other four, contained only half the number tested in the prior four exams. The class was further informed Unit VB: Nursing Process Related to Alterations in Peripheral Circulation would be covered in the NUR2030 spring semester and the remaining twenty-five questions of exam five would be given at that time. I must exert that I believe it is imprudent to (i) test material required for NUR2020 in a following semester; (ii) weight a twenty-five question test equivalent to fifty question tests; (iii)and most importantly have a cumulative final consist of 90% of the required course material.
Instructor Christine Sachakov was brought on board to teach the NUR2020 shortly before the semester began. She has wonderful academic credentials but little classroom experience. On November 2nd we had our second of five exams, leaving 60% of the required material to be covered in the remaining one third of the semester. In terms of the learning environment through the course Ms. Sachakov consistently gave verbatim definitions and explanations from the "Iggy" textbook with little personal input. Sadly, reciting the text is extraordinarily time consuming and decidedly the worst teaching method for a critical thinking course. Pointedly, the class average on the final was below 75, an F; however Ms. Sachakov gave back points for high miss questions and the average was subsequently raised to just above passing. High miss questions are questions that a certain percent of the class gets incorrect inequitably; therefore those students submitting a correct response received no "give back" points. I discovered this policy when I answered two high miss questions correct on the first exam.
Personally, given my disability. I am constantly challenged to overcome changes in learning logistics and course execution. To overcome these challenges, I have continuously and continue to work privately with a learning disability psychologist, XXXXX XXXXX (see attached). I am registered with the Learning Center on campus and have A's and B's in nearly all the required courses. I have worked extremely hard over the past year and a half to succeed in this program despite these in-class challenges. Ms. Sachakov states in her course outline that "Certain students with disabilities may want to plan to visit me regularly throughout the semester for help and advice with schoolwork." (see attached). As a result, I consistently scheduled appointments during office hours to go over all incorrect exam questions. Our sessions were rushed and incomplete. Ms. Sachakov would not stay beyond her 2:00PM scheduled office hours and due to Clinical Calculations class I could not arrive before 1:30PM. In preparation for the final exam I requested to review the previous five exams as was permitted in the previous two semesters for all students, she declined. I asked to go over exam five, again she declined. I emailed her (see attached) for advice regarding the literacy assignment and clarification on test questions. I received a prompt response but she never followed up with an answer. I believe this to have produced needless frustration and exacerbated my exam scores.
Lecture is but one of four components necessary to complete NUR2020. My hard work and dedication in Calculations and both Lab sections have led to passing the other three required components. It appears the failure to adhere to grading policy and the lack of accessibility from the instructor to review course material has lead me to undershooting the 75% minimum lecture grade. Unfortunately, the poor execution of this course has caused an unnecessary burden on the entire fall 2010 NUR2020 class, of which because of my disability, I felt more intensely than most.
I humbly and enthusiastically ask the board to consider my request to adjust my lecture grade two and a half points to a 75 and find in favor of allowing me to complete my final semester of the nursing program and become a Registered Nurse. If you have any questions or wish to further discuss this case prior to your decision, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank You, XXXXX (href="http://www.justanswer.com/law/4i7rb-nuring-instructor-changed-course-outline-not-adhere.html45) 692-41href="http://www.justanswer.com/law/4i7rb-nuring-instructor-changed-course-outline-not-adhere.html4 home(href="http://www.justanswer.com/law/4i7rb-nuring-instructor-changed-course-outline-not-adhere.html45) href="http://www.justanswer.com/law/4i7rb-nuring-instructor-changed-course-outline-not-adhere.html20-1href="http://www.justanswer.com/law/4i7rb-nuring-instructor-changed-course-outline-not-adhere.html59 [email protected] Letter from XXXXX XXXXX
Ron Turner PhD <[email protected][email protected]Dec 30 Hi Cosmo,The issue to summarize on is that they failed to adhere to their own assessment procedures.This leads to a loss of reliability in their assessment method.With a loss in reliability comes a loss in validity of the assessment procedures.If the assessment procedures are not valid, then judgements as to competency based on the assessment contains an increased degree of error.Given the 2.5 points that are in dispute this degree of error mauy in fact be due to loss of assessment accuracy, rather than the student's ability.As I mentioned yesterday, I think your analysis of the test where everyone else recieved increased points for overly difficult test items in a sence penalized you and the others that got it right. Awarding everyone else points for those items, essentially held your score constant while everyone else got credit for not being able to answer a difficult question. As a result your standing remained stationary, while everyone else who got it wrong was elevated. as a result your standing on the test relative to your peers was dimished. So you were harmed in that proceedure as well.Given these two inappropriate use of statistics and testing I believe there is enough error in the departments proceedures, and given you documented learning disability, I believe inapproriate conclusions are being reached, on poorly applied statistics, and unreliable assessment procedures. Given this I would hope the department would look at performance based criteria to assess your ability to progress as a nurse.I am happy to help in any way. I believe you have what it takes to be a nurse. Fuzzy proceedures and a few points are not sufficient to determine your ability for a career.SincerelyRonald L. Turner, PhDNYS Psychologist 011019Health, Rehabilitation, & NeuropsychologyRephuah Health Psychology, P.C.href="http://www.justanswer.com/law/4i7rb-nuring-instructor-changed-course-outline-not-adhere.html25 Route 211 EMiddletown, NY 10941(href="http://www.justanswer.com/law/4i7rb-nuring-instructor-changed-course-outline-not-adhere.html45)(NNN) NNN-NNNNbr />REPHUAHPSYCH.COMEmails from Ms, Sackakov
Date:10/3/2010 11:27:13 AMFrom:SACHAKOV, CHRISTINETo:Bartoli, CosmoSubject:RE: IMPORTANT INFORMATION Hi Cosmo,Great that you got your Flu shot, you are one step ahead! I did mark the tests and will try to post them later today. I had trouble with the internet over the weekend! I believe you got a 76. See you tomorrow!Ms. S
Date:10/3/2010 12:39:06 PMFrom:Bartoli, CosmoTo:SACHAKOV, CHRISTINESubject:RE: Exam #1 Grades PostedProfessorSince I did poorly on the exam I would like to go over it with you tomorrow after class, if you have time? I'm free until 2pm since I have lab. Please adviseRegards Cos Date:10/3/2010 12:57:16 PMFrom:SACHAKOV, CHRISTINETo:Bartoli, CosmoSubject:RE: Exam #1 Grades Posted Cosmo,My office hours are tomorrow href="http://www.justanswer.com/law/4i7rb-nuring-instructor-changed-course-outline-not-adhere.html:30-10:30. I will be leaving after lecture, so please see me in the morning during my office hours to go over the test.Thanks,Ms. S
Date: 10/19/2010 7:36.26 PMFrom:SACHAKOV, CHRISTINETo:All course students (201011-SUL-UG-NUR-2020-01) (01 - Health Problems in Life Cycle - Section Unavailable)Subject:Mid-term gradesTo all,Hope clinical is going well for all of you this week. I wanted to inform you that mid-term grades were submitted today. If you did poorly or are failing NUR 2020 at this time, DON'T panic!!! If you are failing come see me, but remember, grades are based on one Exam and 2 quizzes so far & we have plenty to go and plenty of time to make up the grades. Do not be discouraged and stay focused so we can move forward. See you all Friday!Ms. S Date:10/25/2010 6:39:02 PMFrom:Bartoli, CosmoTo:SACHAKOV, CHRISTINESubject:Quiz 3 ConfusionThis concerns question 12 a brain attack. There is some confusion about the correct answer. The rational for this is that you would put the patient in a supine position (flat) or no more than 30 degrees elevated. (Iggy p. 1043) and then call the doctor. The reason is to increase the blood flow to the ischemic brain in order to keep the head in a midline (neutral position) to help with the venous drainage from the brain., Increasing the blood flow is the first prioty immediatly followed by calling the MD.I used critical thinking to decrease the risk for injury to the patient. When in the hospital the nurse takes care of the patient first and than calls the doctor.Please respond.
Date:10/2href="http://www.justanswer.com/law/4i7rb-nuring-instructor-changed-course-outline-not-adhere.html/2010 12:36:34 PMFrom:SACHAKOV, CHRISTINETo:Bartoli, CosmoSubject:RE: Quiz 3 Confusion Hi Cosmo,I am correcting quizzes today and will look into this question. See you tomorrow!Ms S Date:11/1href="http://www.justanswer.com/law/4i7rb-nuring-instructor-changed-course-outline-not-adhere.html/2010 9:37:22 AMFrom:Bartoli, CosmoTo:SACHAKOV, CHRISTINESubject:ExamProfessorI am so upset that I blew the exam.. I would like to see you tomorrow after math class at 1:30 to go over the test.Is that possible?Regards Cosmo Date:11/1href="http://www.justanswer.com/law/4i7rb-nuring-instructor-changed-course-outline-not-adhere.html/2010 3:5href="http://www.justanswer.com/law/4i7rb-nuring-instructor-changed-course-outline-not-adhere.html:42 PMFrom:SACHAKOV, CHRISTINETo:Bartoli, CosmoSubject:RE: ExamThat's fine...as long as the slot is open for 1:30...sign up outside my office in the am. see you tomorrow!Ms S Date:11/5/2010 6:47:42 PMFrom:Bartoli, CosmoTo:SACHAKOV, CHRISTINESubject:Champane Question ProfessorAs per our conversation today our book reads on p. 954 Chart 44-2Teach patients to avoid the foods, medications and other factors that may trigger a migraine attack.Food and beverages (tyramine containing)Alcoholic drinks: beer, wine and hard liquor. How would we know that champagne doesn't have tyramine from the book?I know champagne contains alcoholic, and would have no way of knowing from lecture or the text that champagne is excluded.I feel we should have received this question back. You mentioned in the class to go by the book.After reading the book again I feel I deserve that href="http://www.justanswer.com/law/4i7rb-nuring-instructor-changed-course-outline-not-adhere.html0. I look forward to hearing from you over the weekend. What are your thoughts? Date:11/21/2010 11:51:39 AMFrom:SACHAKOV, CHRISTINETo:All course students (201011-SUL-UG-NUR-2020-01) (01 - Health Problems in Life Cycle - Section Unavailable)Subject:Exam #3 GradesHello All,Hope you are all enjoying the weekend! The grades for exam #3 are posted! See you tomorrow!Ms S
Date:11/21/2010 2:53:37 PMFrom:Bartoli, CosmoTo:SACHAKOV, CHRISTINESubject:RE: Exam #3 GradesProfessor Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX to go over he test tommorrow if you are available.I will sign up, Were they any questions given back? Date:11/27/2010 10:30:22 PMFrom:Bartoli, CosmoTo:SACHAKOV, CHRISTINESubject:Literacy Assignent Please HelpProfessorSince I have never written an annotated bibliography before is this okay. I need an A. Here are the two I finsihed. Please advise. Thanks for your help. Lee, I.S. (2010) Nurses Role In The early Defibrillation of Cardiac Patients: Implications for nursing in Hong Kong. Contemporary Nurse, 35 (1): href="http://www.justanswer.com/law/4i7rb-nuring-instructor-changed-course-outline-not-adhere.htmlhref="http://www.justanswer.com/law/4i7rb-nuring-instructor-changed-course-outline-not-adhere.html-94The article proposes a nurse's training to include defibrillation of sudden cardiac arrest in hospital resuscitation efforts. Advance defibrillator technology eliminates the necessity of a skilled cardiac specialist. Nurses are generally either present or first responders to emergency cardiac conditions in the hospital environment. According to the American heart association survival rate of sudden cardiac arrest is heavily dependant on the response time for treatment. Due to studies showing the loss of skills for CPR training over time a program for maintaining defibrillation knowledge and skill should be implemented to ensure the continued competency of the nursing staff. Positive outcomes for sudden cardiac arrest patients should be realized if defibrillation becomes a practiced Kelly,J. & Timmons, F. (200href="http://www.justanswer.com/law/4i7rb-nuring-instructor-changed-course-outline-not-adhere.html) Spiritual Assessment In Intensive Cardiac Care Nursing, Nursing In Critical Care 13 (3) 124-131The article looks at several methods of collecting information for spiritual assessment and its significance in the care of CCU and ICU patients. The crisis of critical illness often produces anxiety, uneasiness or may cause the patient to become dispirited which can be compounded by the overwhelming environment of the ICU or CCU. A variety of nursing interventions ie. Therapeutic touch, guided imagery, music therapy, praying can be usefully employed with prior knowledge from a patients spiritual assessment. The tools discussed for spiritual assessment are a combination of questions and observations the nurse performs while evaluating the five R's of spiritual assessment. Reason, reflection, religion, relationship and restriction. Several examples of pertinent open ended questions are contained in the article which may be useful patient evaluation. Understanding the patients spiritual needs may enable the nursing staff to provide appropriate interventions to provide comfort to the ICU or CCU patient. Date:11/2href="http://www.justanswer.com/law/4i7rb-nuring-instructor-changed-course-outline-not-adhere.html/2010 10:51:40 AMFrom:SACHAKOV, CHRISTINETo:Bartoli, CosmoSubject:RE: Literacy Assignent Please HelpCosmo,I wanted to get back to you so you weren't waiting on me. I will not have a chance to look at this today! If you still have questions before I can get back to you, please stop by the library and they should have a copy/handout on an example of an annotated bibliography. Thanks.Ms S Official Catalog Course Description:This course provides the student with content to assess the individual for health illness alterationsthroughout the life cycle. The concept of nurse as teacher is further developed. The nursing processprovides the framework for practice and the ability to promote client's adaptation within a therapeuticenvironment. The role of the associate degree nurse, as a provider of care and member within thediscipline of nursing, is further developed.Measurable Student Learning Outcomes:Following successful completion of this course, students will be able to1. Define the impact of socio-cultural factors on health alterations throughout the lifecycle.2. Analyze the relationship between developmental levels and adaptation tophysiological and psychosocial stressors.3. Utilize the nursing process when caring for clients and families in health restoration.4. Provide nursing care to culturally diverse clients, whose ability to adapt iscompromised by major health alterations.5. Implement teaching plans that are specific to the client learning needs.6. Demonstrate safe performance of nursing skills incorporating principles of universalprecautions and provide a safe physical and psychosocial environment.7. Communicate verbally, and in writing, pertinent client behaviors and responses tonursing interventions.href="http://www.justanswer.com/law/4i7rb-nuring-instructor-changed-course-outline-not-adhere.html. Utilize skills of therapeutic communication that assist the client and family to adaptto health alterations throughout the life cycle.9. Describe the role of the Associate Degree nurse as a collaborative and accountablemember of the health care team.10. Demonstrate ability to establish priorities for planning and organizing care in a timeefficient and cost effective manner.11. Practice within the ethical, legal and regulatory framework of nursing whenproviding nursing care throughout the life cycle.12. Utilize health and social resources in the community that can facilitate healthrestoration for clients/family13. Incorporate nursing research as it applies to nursing practice.Required Text, Software, and Materials:Cox, H., et al Clinical Applications of Nursing Diagnosis, F.A. Davis Company.Daniels/Smith. . Clinical Calculations: A Unified Approach (Delmar Publishers.Deglin, J.& Vallerand, A. Davis's Drug Guide For Nurses F.A. Davis.Fischbach, F. Nurse's Quick Reference to Common laboratory and Diagnostic Tests.LippincottFrisch, N. and Frisch, L. Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Delmar Publishers.Ignatavicius, D. & Workman, M. L. (200href="http://www.justanswer.com/law/4i7rb-nuring-instructor-changed-course-outline-not-adhere.html). Medical - Surgical Nursing: Critical Thinking forCollaborative Care ( 6th ed). SaundersLilley, L. & Aucker, R. Pharmacology and the Nursing Process Mosby.Lutz, C., Przytulski, K. Nutrition and Diet Therapy F.A. Davis.Metheny, N. Fluid and Electrolyte BaXXXXX XXXXXppincott-Raven.Pillitteri, A. Maternal & Child Health Nursing: Care of the Childbearing & Childrearing Family.B. Lippincott.Schuster, P. A., Concept Mapping: A Critical Thinking Approach to Care Planning F.A.Davis Company.Taber Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary .F.A. Davis.Other ResourcesAcademic Computing LabSCCC Library and Computer CenterLearning/Counseling CenterMath LabNursing LabCourse Requirement and Grading:COLLEGE LABORATORYBasic nursing skills will be taught by nursing faculty in the college laboratory. Audio-visual material,CD-ROM, interactive software and hospital equipment will be provided to assist students with learningthe basic psychomotor nursing skills necessary to provide safe nursing care to clients in the clinicallaboratory setting.Psychomotor objectives are evaluated in the college laboratory and in the clinical laboratory setting.Testing of psychomotor skills will be done in the college laboratory both by written and practicalperformance evaluation. Skill checks must be done within two weeks of instruction. Peer review shouldbe completed prior to setting up appointments for skill checks. Peer review should not be completed onthe same day the skill is taught.COMPUTER ASSISTED INSTRUCTIONStudents are required to utilize the ANGEL online classroom, CAI and CD-ROM as determined by coursecontent. These assignments will be given separately.1. COMPETENCY FOR CLINICAL CALCULATIONSA minimum score of 90% is required in order to administer medications in the clinical area. Two retakeswill be permitted. Remediation will be required before retake and the competency must be completedwithin two weeks of Clinical Competency Test I. Failure to meet this requirement will result in aclinical failure.2. CLINICALResponsibility for travel to and from the clinical facilities must be assumed by the student. All studentsmust be aware that the clinical facilities are dispersed throughout Sullivan, Orange, and Ulster counties. Itis not possible for students to be assigned to an area near their home or their area of preference.Participation in pre and post conference is required to ensure competent nursing practice. Application ofthe nursing process will be demonstrated by providing appropriate nursing care within an establishedframework. Successful completion of assigned nursing process papers and concept maps, as well asdirect observation and evaluation by nursing faculty comprise the evaluative component of the clinicalexperience. Specific information regarding clinical assignments will be distributed separately.3. STUDENT PORTFOLIOStudents will be required to maintain a folder for all written nursing process papers and clinicalassignments. This portfolio should be available for faculty review any time during the semester and at thecompletion of the nursing course.4. AMOUNT OF WORK EXPECTED OF THE STUDENTIn-Class Outside-ClassLecture 4 hours href="http://www.justanswer.com/law/4i7rb-nuring-instructor-changed-course-outline-not-adhere.html hoursCollege Laboratory 2 hours 4 hoursClinical Laboratory 10 hours 4 hoursGRADING POLICYThe cognitive component of the nursing curriculum will be tested in writing. In case of absence from anycourse exam, administration of a make-up exam is at the discretion of the instructor. In addition:1) The absence must be verified by written excuse2) The highest grade given will be 75%3) The student will have one week to make up a missed examThere will be 12 quizzes administered per semester. There will be NO make up of a quiz. Two quizzeswill be dropped. The remaining 10 quizzes will be averaged to equal one unit exam. Students absent froma quiz will take a zero.Methods of Evaluation GradingClinical Calculation Competency Satisfactory (90% mastery)Quizzes (minimum of href="http://www.justanswer.com/law/4i7rb-nuring-instructor-changed-course-outline-not-adhere.html) Quiz Average = 1 Unit ExamUnit Exams (5 exams plus Quiz average) 70% of final gradeCumulative Final Exam 30% of final gradeAssessment and Skills Competency Pass / FailClinical Satisfactory/UnsatisfactoryInformation Literacy Assignment - Equal to 2 quizzesGrading Structure for CourseA = 90-100 B+=href="http://www.justanswer.com/law/4i7rb-nuring-instructor-changed-course-outline-not-adhere.html6-href="http://www.justanswer.com/law/4i7rb-nuring-instructor-changed-course-outline-not-adhere.html9 B = href="http://www.justanswer.com/law/4i7rb-nuring-instructor-changed-course-outline-not-adhere.html0-href="http://www.justanswer.com/law/4i7rb-nuring-instructor-changed-course-outline-not-adhere.html5 C = 75-79 F = below 75A final grade of "C" must be achieved in order to complete the nursing program. COLLEGE LABORATORYSelected nursing skills taught in the college laboratory will be evaluated by nursing faculty during openlaboratory hours or by appointment. The student is expected to demonstrate competency in a selected skillprior to performance in the clinical setting, on a pass or fail basis. If the student is repeatedlyunsatisfactory in skill performance, he/she may receive an unsatisfactory clinical evaluation. Failure tocomplete a skill check within the specified time frame (two weeks), will constitute a laboratory failureand may constitute a clinical failure.All students will be required to successfully complete a random Assessment and Skill CompetencyEvaluation at the beginning of NUR 2020. The student must complete two randomly selected skills within30 minutes. Failure to competently perform selected skills will result in referral to the campus laboratorycoordinator for on-campus remediation. The student will be allowed to retest one additional time. Failureto remediate satisfactorily will result in campus laboratory failure and a final grade of "F" for the course.Clinical Grading/EvaluationThe evaluative component of the clinical experience is comprised of:
The category of an automatic unsatisfactory is given when:
jeopardy to the client.
clinical unprepared. Each unprepared day will constitute a clinical failure for that day. If thestudent receives three clinical failures they will receive an automatic unsatisfactory.
receive a failing grade.Clinical GradingThe final clinical evaluation is either satisfactory or unsatisfactory. The grade assigned isSatisfactory/Pass or Unsatisfactory/Fail. The student must attain a Pass "P" in the clinical grade in orderto progress in the Nursing Courses.Students must pass BOTH theory and clinical in order to pass the course.The student who receives an unsatisfactory clinical evaluation at the end of the semester may notprogress to the next nursing course.Attendance Policy:It is the clear responsibility of the nursing students enrolled in the nursing program to maintain health andwellness in order to meet the high demands and rigors of the nursing courses, including the clinicalexpectations for satisfactory performance of nursing skills.Due to the concentrated nature of the curriculum, it is expected that students in the nursingprogram attend ALL classes on time, as scheduled. This includes lecture, college laboratory, andeach clinical rotation.Absence from LectureIf unavoidable absence from lecture occurs, it is the student's responsibility to do the reading, any casestudies covered in the lecture, and obtain any handouts and notes from the lecture. If the student missesmore than 3 lectures, he/she must meet with the lead instructor. If the student knows in advance that alecture will be missed he/she should notify the instructor.Absence from LabStudents are expected to attend all labs. If there is an unavoidable absence the student must make-upthe missed lab. One lab make-up a semester will be permitted. The student must make an appointmentwith the lab instructor to make-up the lab. The student must view any videotapes, present completed prelabassignments and review the skill learned. The student will be responsible to make-up the lab in orderto have a peer check and a skill check done in the allotted two weeks. Failure to make-up the lab andcomplete the skill check in the allotted time will result in failure for the clinical days that thestudent is unprepared.Absence from ClinicalStudents are expected to attend all clinicals. When absences do occur; due to illness, familyemergency, another unavoidable situation, the student must call the clinical instructor two hours beforethe start of clinical. The following is the policy concerning clinical absences:
clergy, court etc. explaining the absence and obtain the permission of the Lead Instructor &the Director before approval is given for a make-up assignment.
clinical will not be negotiable and must be attended. If the make-up clinical is missed, thestudent will receive an "F" in clinical and will not progress.
time and in uniform and stay until post-conference is finished.
When a lab absence or clinical absence is not made-up the student may:
clinical or college laboratory participation which will result in a final grade of "F" forthe course.Students with Special Needs:Any student who may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should speak to meprivately to discuss specific needs. Also, please contact Ms. Eileen Howell within The Department ofLearning and Student Development at (href="http://www.justanswer.com/law/4i7rb-nuring-instructor-changed-course-outline-not-adhere.html45)(NNN) NNN-NNNNx 432href="http://www.justanswer.com/law/4i7rb-nuring-instructor-changed-course-outline-not-adhere.html to establish eligibility and to coordinatereasonable accommodations. Certain students with disabilities may want to plan to visit me regularlythroughout the semester for help and advice with schoolwork.ANGEL Course Management System (CMS):All course handouts (ie: assignments, unit outlines, powerpoints, case studies, etc.) will be posted onAngel. The expectation is that everyone log on at least twice weekly to check for schedule changes,announcements, etc,)Additional Information:Clinical Agencies:Catskill Regional Medical Center, Harris, NYBon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, NYSullivan County Public Health, Liberty, NYOrange Regional Medical Center, Middletown, NYOutline of Topics:Unit IA: Course Overview and Role of the Nurse in Health RestorationUnit IB: Nursing Process Related to Muscular-Skeletal FunctionThroughout the Life CycleUnit IIA: Nursing Process Related to Sensory-Neural Function Throughoutthe Life CycleUnit IIB: Nursing Process Related to Alterations in Cognition/PerceptionThroughout the Life CycleUnit III: Nursing Process Related to Alterations in Metabolism Throughoutthe Life CycleUnit IV: Nursing Process Related to Alterations in OxygenationThroughout the Life CycleUnit VA: Nursing Process Related to Alterations in Tissue PerfusionThroughout the Life CycleUnit VB: Nursing Process Related to Alterations in Peripheral CirculationThroughout the Life Cycle
Attendance Policy:It is the clear responsibility of the nursing students enrolled in the nursing program to maintain health and wellness in order to meet the high demands and rigors of the nursing courses.If unavoidable absence from lecture occurs, it is the student's responsibility to do the reading and complete the worksheets. If the student misses more than 3 lectures, he/she must meet with the instructor. If the student knows in advance that a lecture will be missed he/she should notify the instructor. ANGEL Course Management System (CMS):Additional course information that is common to all courses and specific to this course is found in the Course Information Folder located in the Learning Modules Tab. Log in to ANGEL at http://sullivan.sln.suny.eduAdditional Information:Withdrawal PolicyStudents with two or more weeks' absences (two or more classes, in a class that meets once a week) before the tenth week of the semester may be withdrawn from the course, fail the course, or receive a lower grade, depending on the instructor's policies written in this course outline. Students whose excessive absences occur after the tenth week of class will receive a W for the course grade only in unusual circumstances and with the approval of the Chair of Health, Social, and Behavioral Sciences. In other words, students who continue to attend and participate in class after the tenth week of class will not, except in unusual circumstances, receive a withdrawal.Academic Dishonesty/Plagiarism"Plagiarism, the use of another's words or ideas without giving proper credit, and cheating, are violations of ethical behavior within the academic community." Plagiarism or other acts of academic dishonesty, will not be tolerated. Violations of the code of student conduct must be reported to the Chair of the Division, and disciplinary action will be taken. If the act is caught after the semester has ended, action may still be taken with a grade change. Unless the instructor authorizes otherwise, all assignments must be original work created for this specific class. Students who commit acts of academic dishonesty will be penalized in the following capacity: First infraction will result in a score of 0 for the assignment; a second infraction will result in a grade of F for the course. All assigned papers must be submitted through a Turnitin Dropbox in the course ANGEL site:Hi Cosmo, The Committee finds that the grade you received in NUR 2020 last semester is justified. After reviewing the grade sheet for the course, it was evident that the two lowest quiz grades were dropped and that the final grade was calculated according to the course outline. Please contact me via email if you have any questions regarding the Committee's finding. Mr. PollackMr. Pollack The missing quizzes was only one small part of my appeal. I addressed time mismanagement. I address bias due to my dyslexia. I addressed not adhering to her course outline. Just to name a few of the issues I had. What were the findings regarding those ?I request a formal hearing. I also request in writing SCCC grounds for grade appeal with examples.A double standard is clearly evident in regard to student responsibilities versus the instructors. Cosmo On Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 5:49 PM, Dave Pollack <[email protected]Hi Cosmo, I did receive your email. The claim of time mismanagement and bias due to a learning disability is not relevant to an academic grade appeal. Any concerns you have regarding the way the course was taught need to be addressed with Professor Belgard as Director of the Nursing Program and/or Professor Art Riegal as Division Chairperson. Any concerns you have regarding bias due to a learning disability need to be addressed with Ms. Sharon Sand, Director of Human Resources. After reviewing the grade sheet for the course, the Committee found that the course outline was adhered to and recommends that you contact Professor Belgard or Professor Sachakov to review your grades and how your final grade was calculated. I also have a copy of Professor Belgard's written response to your appeal and suggest you come in to pick it up next week when I'm on campus on a regular basis. I am attaching a copy of the academic grievance procedures which outlines the grade appeal process. Examples of grade appeals are given in paragraph 2 on page 1 under the heading INDIVIDUAL FINAL GRADE APPEALS. The purpose of a formal hearing is to introduce new facts and evidence not previously considered during the informal interviews or to address concerns of procedural violations with respect to the grievance procedures. While it is your right to request a formal hearing, any information the Committee already considered at the informal interviews will not be reconsidered at the formal hearing. The next available date the Committee can meet for a formal hearing is Thursday 1/27. I am copying Professor Belgard and Professor Riegal on this email. Mr. Pollack
Date:1/23/2011 11:44:53 PMFrom:Bartoli, CosmoTo:BELGARD, DONNASubject:Letter From Mrs. Bartoli
Dear Mrs. Belgard,The appeals committee has informed Cosmo of their inconsequential finding and have tossed the ball back to your court. Although they consider cases of "serious academic injury" to students, They have informed us that course mismanagement is to be addressed to the department head and the Chair.There are no second chances for Cosmo. He is not a young man in a position to put his education on hold for five years. The harsh reality of our life makes it financially impossible for him to take NUR2020 again in September. Frankly, We are supporting and caring for his seventy-seven year old mother and have borrowed from family to cover household expenses the past year. When his company downsized leaving Cosmo jobless we decided it was a blessing in disguise. Cosmo grabbed the opportunity to pursue a career in nursing he has desired in the years since my mother's passing. She became chronically ill many years ago. We became her primary care givers. He showed an aptitude and passion for nursing I never dreamed he possessed. He cared for her until that last night when all hope was gone, her respirator was finally disconnected and her wonderful heart gave up. How sad it is for the nursing profession to never realize such an asset.Simply a 72.4 is a 72.4, how is it possible to appeal a final grade for any reason other than miscalculation?Course Mismanagement. As you are fully aware the course was not executed with a predetermined lesson plan for the semester or any dates scheduled for exams. As a result of poor planning practice Ms. Sachakov was very behind in covering the material as she states often during numerous lectures (which is on Cosmo's video recorder if you require verification). She also repeatedly advises the students to read the text for further explanation and refuses to answer student questions (again recorded). However, she continued to arrive at class href="http://www.justanswer.com/law/4i7rb-nuring-instructor-changed-course-outline-not-adhere.html-10 minutes late and gave liberal ten minute breaks wasting precious lecture time. In speaking with numerous other students they concur they relied heavily on reading and rereading the assigned chapters to pass the latter exams not lecture. As you know her last three exams were exactly two weeks apart. Let us consider the magnitude and ramifications of her poor planning. For example, Unit IV (Respiratory) had reading assignments for six chapters (29-34) , one chapter (40) Pillitteri and Cox various pages over 210 pages in all. Most students can read a textbook at 150-1href="http://www.justanswer.com/law/4i7rb-nuring-instructor-changed-course-outline-not-adhere.html0 words per minute, on average a text book page contains 600-700 words or the ability to read about 4 minutes per page. The students first time reading the material has an approximate 50% comprehension. The second reading jumps to 70% (according to numerous websites). There were approximately 210 pages of assigned reading, multiplied by 4 minutes per page equals href="http://www.justanswer.com/law/4i7rb-nuring-instructor-changed-course-outline-not-adhere.html40 minutes, read twice equals 16href="http://www.justanswer.com/law/4i7rb-nuring-instructor-changed-course-outline-not-adhere.html0 minutes or twenty-eight hours of reading to prepare for this exam. The course outline states href="http://www.justanswer.com/law/4i7rb-nuring-instructor-changed-course-outline-not-adhere.html hours of work per week outside the lecture is expected. To overcome Cosmo's learning disability, he must outline, highlight key words and reread two or three times for him to attain the same 50% comprehension and repeat the process yet again for the 70% comprehension or somewhere between fifty-six and eight-four hours. Cosmo needed approximately 35 hours per week to complete this exams assigned reading. Considering Lecture, Clinical, Lab, Lab practice, Clinical Calculations, Commuting, Eating, Sleeping, Showering, Etc.. He had about thirty-eight hours a week to devote to study for all his classes, there was no recreational time. Clearly for Cosmo there was little time to study or practice questions. Let me now contrast the difference from Unit II (Neuro) where the material was covered over 4 weeks and had a reading assignment of five chapters or 139 pages or five hours of reading per week. Less material in twice the time. Truly in your opinion as the director is Neuro very difficult material? Is Respiratory easier? The text doesn't seem to validate that assumption can you?, or are we back to poor planning and unreasonable expectations. Excuse me for I digress, simply, Cosmo did poorly as direct result of unreasonable condensing the course material that was compounded by his dyslexia not his ability. I was a biology major in college with a minor in chemistry. I have been his study buddy for almost two years. He has mastered all the material with hard work and unfailing determination. The nature of the nursing questions are difficult for a student with reading dyslexia, his problem is not possessing the knowledge for the correct answer but the question. His challange to answer nursing questions is not applicable to the practical application of the nursing process.This next subject does not relate to course mismanagement but to bias toward a student resulting in serious academic injury. I feel strongly Ms Sachakov clearly displayed unwarranted prejudice towards Cosmo. She was often short and rude to him belittling him as related to me and witnessed on several occasions by fellow students. On one such occasion she abruptly told Cosmo after he wished to discuss his first failing exam score, " You are still passing the course. Cosmo, I have students who are failing and still haven‘t seen me." Whether due to his sex or his disability only she can answer. He always scheduled appointments and as a reward every time was kept waiting five to ten minutes. At each meeting he was then informed they had to hurry up for a variety of reasons. On their last appointment not only was he kept waiting, but she had other students who did not have an appointment present, although she always required him to have an appointment.Correct me if I am wrong but aren't students entitled to review their exams? Isn't this a required responsibility along with timely grading of exams and papers for all Instructors? Why was Cosmo denied the right to review all his exams? Why was he not permitted to review the full exam not just a hurry up and look at his wrong answers in fifteen minutes or less? What possible justifiable reason would teacher deny a learning disabled student the tools they need to succeed or any student? Has this institution any ethical standards or codes of conduct required of an instructor? How is this permitted? He would come home so disheartened and frustrated. He was determined to move forward and pass despite her treatment. He would read, reread and study.Both of these issues addresses "series academic injury" to Cosmo.Ms. Sachakov ran so far behind in her course outline of the material she was required to cover you (the Nursing Department) approved the movement and testing section VB into NUR2030. Which is unfair on so many levels but a reasonable solution. You have adjusted the rules to compensate for Ms Sachakov's course mismanagement of NUR2020 for a variety of excuses; she is new, she works so hard, she has such potential etc...Back to Cosmo, again we return to a 72.4 is still a 72.4. How can you change that? I submit: If you change the requirement of this one semester of NUR2020 due to special circumstances to compensate for course mismanagement that the Nursing Department will accept a C to be 72 or a 70. Cosmo will move forward in his pursuit. I believe this is a fair and equitable solution. Cosmo should not give up his dream for the events of this past semester. You have the power to help dreams come true, Will You?Thanks for your time,Joan Bartolips. I have not read your written response to Cosmo's appeal letter yet. He will pick it up today. I have not discussed this letter with Cosmo.
The Committee on the Standing of Students and Academic Appeal (hereafter referred to as the Committee) handles appeals regarding a course final grade, appeals of dismissals for academic reasons, and withdrawal of federal financial aid due to unsatisfactory progress.
In the case of appeals of student dismissals or withdrawal of federal financial aid due to unsatisfactory progress, the decision of the Committee is final.
The Committee will transmit its decision to the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, the Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Development, the Office of Registration Services, and the student. If the appeal is successful, then the student should contact an Academic Advisor to select courses for the upcoming semester and register. Sullivan County Community College Academic Policies and Procedures Fall 2006 College Catalog Part 7 of href="http://www.justanswer.com/law/4i7rb-nuring-instructor-changed-course-outline-not-adhere.html 5
In the case of a final grade received prior to the end of the semester as a result of violating a class attendance policy, the Committee will consult with the faculty member to determine if the student may be allowed to continue with the coursework until the grievance is resolved. (
In order to provide a means to seek and obtain redress for grievances affecting a student individually, the following procedures should be followed. These are not intended and shall not be used to provide sanctions against faculty members. (Faculty Council February 2href="http://www.justanswer.com/law/4i7rb-nuring-instructor-changed-course-outline-not-adhere.html, 2006)
Where an individual student alleges, with particularity, that the actions of a faculty member have resulted in serious academic injury to the student, the matter shall be presented to the Committee on the Standing of Students and Academic Appeal for adjudication in accord with the following procedures. Serious academic injury includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the awarding of a lower course grade than that which the student has earned or suspension from a class.
It is the responsibility of the student, before seeking to have a grievance adjudicated, to attempt to resolve the matter by personal conference with the faculty member concerned. If this is unsuccessful, the student must communicate with the Chairperson of the appropriate Division for consideration and adjustment by informal means. If assistance is desired at any point in this process, the student is free to contact the Assistant Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. If the matter remains unresolved after five (5) working days after referral to the Division Chair has been made, the following grievance procedures shall be employed:
1. The aggrieved student will file a written statement of the grievance to the Chair of the Committee on the Standing of Students and Academic Appeal, who will notify the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. During vacations, the student will file the grievance with the Committee member in the Financial Aid Office. Normally, the Committee will not consider grievances after one full semester (eg, if a grade was given in the Spring semester, the appeal should be filed prior to the end of the following Fall semester).
2. The Chair of the Committee will send a copy of the grievance to the faculty member together with a copy of these regulations. The letter to the faculty member shall also be sent to the student and the appropriate Division chair. The faculty member will have five (5) working days to respond to the Chair of the Committee.
3. If clarification is needed, the Committee shall convene separate interviews with the student and the faculty member concerned within five (5) working days of receipt of the faculty member's response. These interviews shall not constitute a hearing and shall be
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preliminary in nature. Both parties have the right to the presence of a procedural advisor and/or an advocate. The Committee may consult with any other parties who may assist in its work to effect an adjustment. The Chair of the Committee shall notify the student, the faculty member, the appropriate Division Chair, and the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs of the Committee's findings. Failure of the student to attend the informal interview may result in the grievance being dismissed with no further right to appea
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