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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

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. Chain of Communication (Guideline)
  7. Curricular Organizational Framework
  8. Clinical Facilities
  9. College Handbook, Policy Format, Review and Revision
  10. Communicable Disease Guidelines
  11. Continuing Nursing Education
  12. Events, College
  13. Exposure Determination, CON Student or Employee
  14. Guest Speakers in Classroom
  15. Harassment
  16. Laboratory Safety
  17. Management of Acute Traumatic Stress: Workplace & Educational Settings (SDBoR)
  18. Ownership of College Materials and Books
  19. Petition Process
  20. Poster Template (guideline)
  21. Records, Retention and Destruction
  22. Regulatory Compliance Assurance
  23. Reimbursement for Additional State Licenses
  24. Social Media
  25. Students as Research Participants
  26. Student Participation in Conducting Research
  27. Syllabus
  28. Travel - Student
  29. Use of Mobile Devices in a Clinical Setting
  30. Work-Study Assistance

Section III

  1. Computer Technology Training and Support

  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)
  7. Leave Request/Payroll Information/SNAP Timesheet Submission
  8. Library Resources
  9. Photocopying and Copyright
  10. Purchases
  11. Scheduling of Rooms and Video-Conference Systems
  12. Test Scoring and Analysis


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

Section IV

Faculty Performance: Promotion and Tenure, Annual Evaluation

  1. CON Standards for Quality and Excellence in Faculty Roles
  2. Faculty Annual Review Process
  3. University Faculty Handbook:  Tenure and Promotion Criteria and Guidelines
    • College of Nursing Tenure and Promotion Committee Approved Procedures (pending)
  4. Terminal Degree Adjustment Plan

Faculty Workload

  1. Clinical Faculty and Teaching Assistant Dress Code and Appearance Guideline
  2. Outside Professional Activity
  3. Professional Development
  4. Semester Coordinator Role
  5. Work Assignment Principles and Guidelines

Faculty Responsibilities/Expectations

  1. Behavioral Intervention (BIT) (guideline)
  2. Liability and Malpractice Insurance
  3. Testimony
  4. University Code of Teaching Responsibility

Faculty Support

  1. CV Guidelines
  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  
  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. References, Releases of Information, Recommendations
  12. Student Health Services
  13. Student Professional Performance Improvement
  14. Student Representative Role
  15. Tardiness Guidelines (Under Review)
  16. Textbook Adoption

Section VI

  1. Academic Advising
  2. Graduate Nursing Grading Policy
  3. Graduate Student Academic Progression
  4. Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Physical Assessment  
  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 Managementwebsite.  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.