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College Handbook


The College of Nursing Handbook (below) provides policies and guidelines for the entire college.

Undergraduate students may also refer to the Undergraduate Nursing Student Handbook for additional information not found here. Graduate students, faculty and staff may refer to the Graduate Nursing Handbook for a wealth of information on the different degree programs and requirements.

Section I

  1. Mission Statement
  2. Vision Statement and Core Values
  3. Bylaws
  4. Organizational Chart
  5. CCNE Accreditation
  6. Board of Nursing Approval
  7. American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Membership
  8. College Personnel
  9. Committees
    1. 2021-22 Committee Members
    2. Agenda and Minutes Preparation for Committees
    3. End of year Report Templates for Committees and Teams

Section II 

  1. Academic Integrity and Appeals (SDSU and SDBoR policies)
  2. Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
  3. Air/Ground Transport of Patients
  4. Awards, Recognitions and Honor Societies
  5. Cancellation of Classes/Clinical Laboratories
  6. Curricular Organizational Framework
  7. Clinical Facilities
    1. Health/Community Agency Agreement Request Form
  8. College Handbook, Policy Format, Review and Revision
  9. Communicable Disease Guidelines
  10. Continuing Nursing Education
  11. Events, College
  12. Exposure Determination, CON Student or Employee
    1. Exposure Procedure
    2. Exposure Determination Guideline
    3. Exposure to Body Fluids Report and Consent for Drawing Blood (Guidelines: Form to be filled out online and printed for signatures)
    4. Exposure to Clean Needle Stick in Clinical & Lab Report Form (Guidelines: Form to be filled out online and printed for signatures)
  13. Guest Speakers in Classroom
  14. Harassment
  15. Laboratory Safety
  16. Management of Acute Traumatic Stress: Workplace & Educational Settings (SDBoR)
  17.  NFE and ACES Evaluation Via Docusign Instructions
  18. Ownership of College Materials and Books
    1. Book Requests
  19. Petition Process
  20. Poster Template (guideline)
    1. Student Poster/Podium Presentation Form (Guidelines: Student to fill out form online and sign, then send to faculty for signature)
  21. Records, Retention and Destruction
  22. References, Releases of Information, Recommendations
  23. Regulatory Compliance Assurance
  24. Reimbursement for Additional State Licenses
  25. Social Media
  26. Student Complaint Process for Graduate and Undergraduate Programs (Guideline)
  27. Students as Research Participants
  28. Student Participation in Conducting Research
  29. Syllabus
    1. Graduate Syllabus Template
    2. RN to BSN Course Syllabus Template
    3. Undergraduate Theory Course Syllabus Template
    4. Undergraduate Clinical Course Syllabus Template
  30. Travel - Student
  31. Use of Mobile Devices in a Clinical Setting
  32. Work-Study Assistance

Section III

  1. Computer Technology Training and Support

    1. Computer Software and Copyright
  2. Facilities and Services
  3. Grades-Submission
  4. Submitting via WebAdvisor
  5. Inclement Weather-Emergency Closing (SDBoR) (Exception: Clinicals)
  6. Instructional Design Services (Support for online teaching) (Guideline)
  7. Leave Request/Payroll Information/SNAP Time-sheet Submission
    1. Electronic Leave Request Instructions
    2. SNAP Instructions for Faculty  (payroll)
  8. Library Resources
  9. Photocopying and Copyright
  10. Purchases
  11. Scheduling of Rooms and Video-Conference Systems


  1. Automobile Accident Reporting (SDBoR)
  2. In-state and Out-of-state, Faculty and Staff Travel Guidelines
  3. Local, Employee Travel

Section IV

Faculty Performance: Promotion and Tenure, Annual Evaluation

  1. CON Standards for Quality and Excellence in Faculty Roles
  2. Faculty Annual Review Process
    1. Faculty Annual Review Form
    2. FAR Approval and Retention Process
  3. University loop Faculty Handbook:Tenure and Promotion Criteria and Guidelines
    1. College of Nursing Tenure and Promotion Committee Approved Procedures
  4. Terminal Degree Adjustment Plan

Faculty Assignments/Responsibilities/Expectations

  1. Clinical Faculty and Teaching Assistant Dress Code and Appearance Guideline
  2. Outside Professional Activity
  3. Professional Development
  4. Semester Coordinator Role
  5. Faculty Workload
  6. Behavioral Intervention (BIT) (guideline)
  7. Liability and Malpractice Insurance
  8. Testimony
  9. University Code of Teaching Responsibility

Faculty Support

  1. CV Template (guideline)
  2. Faculty Learning Resources and Events (guideline)
  3. New Faculty Mentorship Program
  4. Research and Scholarship Resources for Faculty
  5. Serving as a preceptor (guideline)
  6. Career Progression Plan for Non-Tenure Faculty (guideline)

Section V

  1. Advising
  2. Advising, International Students  
    1. Guidelines: English as a Second Language
  3. Guideline: Attendance
  4. Computer, Laptop Requirements
  5. Final Exam Schedule
  6. Guideline for Billing Procedure for Unexcused Absence from Clinical/Simulation/Community Experience
  7. Grading Scale, Progression and Program Requirements
  8. Impaired Students
  9. Malpractice Insurance-Student Requirements
  10. Nursing Student Uniform and Appearance
  11. Student Health Services
  12. Student Professional Performance Improvement
    1. Student Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) Form (Guidelines: Faculty to fill out form and then print to meet with student. Will not need signatures until meeting with student)
  13. Student Representative Role
  14. Tardiness Guidelines (Under Review)
  15. Textbook Adoption

Section VI

  1. Academic Advising (Currently Unavailable)
  2. Graduate Nursing Grading Policy
  3. Graduate Student Academic Progression
  4. Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Physical Assessment  
    1. Coursework Expiration for APRN Students (Currently Unavailable)
  5. Readmission

Section VII

General university response protocols are available in site specific College of Nursing Emergency Action Guides for all faculty and staff to have in an accessible location. This information is also located on the Emergency Management website. Please contact the College of Nursing Dean’s Office at 605-688-5178 for questions or a copy of a site specific College of Nursing Emergency Action Guide.