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Policies and Procedures

This page is intended to serve as a source for NMC policies and guidelines. Our policies have broad application throughout the institution, that help ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations; promotes efficiency; enhances the NMC mission; or reduces institutional risk.

General Policies

Students are expected to be familiar with the policies found below, in any supplements and any subsequent updates. These policies are subject to change without notice, obligation or liability. By enrolling at NMC, students agree to accept and abide by the terms stated in these institutional policies. Any changes also apply to currently matriculated students. Updates, notifications and changes to these policies can be found here.

Students must also familiarize themselves with and agree to accept and abide by the terms stated in the Student Housing Handbook (as applicable), Financial Aid policies & procedures (as applicable) and the handbook for the program in which you they enrolled.

Chosen Identity

Cohort Default Rate Notification

College Delay and Closure Policy

Concerns and Complaints

Conference/Business Travel Policy

Conference/Business Travel Policy PDF - including Checklist and Authorization Form

Confidentiality of Patient Records (HIPAA)

Copyright Policy

Determination of Student Location

Emotional Support Animal Policy

Equal Opportunity/Non-Discrimination

Facility Rental Policy

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Graduation Rates

In compliance with the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Nebraska Methodist College is pleased to report a 4-year graduation rate for bachelor's degree programs of 67%.

Guide to Maxient Reporting Links

Harassment Policy

Identity Theft

In accordance with the Fair and Accurate Transactions Act, Nebraska Methodist College has established a required Red Flags Rule/Identity Theft Prevention Program with comprehensive procedures intended to prevent, detect, and mitigate student identity theft. The detection of "red flags" is central to the program. A red flag is defined as a pattern, practice, or specific activity that indicates the possible existence of identity theft. NMC service providers (e.g., lenders, collection agency, etc.) are also required to be in compliance with the Red Flags Rule.

If a student experiences identity theft unrelated to business at Nebraska Methodist College, he or she should immediately contact the Dean of Students. A student who wishes to change his/her name or address on file at NMC should contact the Registrar's office for assistance.

Independent Contractor Authorization

Institutional Statement on Diversity

Medical Amnesty Policy

Minors Involved in Nebraska Methodist College Programs

Non-Academic Suspension/Dismissal

Partisan Political Activity Policy

Parenting & Pregnancy Policy

Peer-To-Peer (P2P) File Sharing Policy

Pet Policy

Photography and Video Use Policy

Policy Establishment, Approval and Review Policy

Social Media Policy

NMC supports the use of social media to reach audiences important to the College such as students, prospective students, faculty and staff. The College presence or participation on social media sites is guided by College policy. This policy applies to all use of social media by NMC students, faculty and staff, unless otherwise provided, to represent or discuss matters concerning the College and/or members of the NMC community, whether or not such use involves the College's network or other computer resources, including online communications related to interactions in or about clinical and didactic course activities. Read the Entire Online Communications Policy below.

Student Record Management and Retention Schedule

Services and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Student Health Policies

The health of our students is very important to success in and out of the classroom. All students must maintain and adhere to the student health policies and procedures.

Student Property and Liability Policy

The College does not assume any liability for loss, damage, or injury resulting from theft, explosion, fire, mechanical failure of either gas or water lines, loss of electricity, defective wiring, or negligence of any occupant of the building. It is strongly urged that students purchase appropriate insurance policies to protect themselves from loss or damage to personal possessions.

All students participating in off-campus programs and/or activities sponsored by the College are required to sign and submit a waiver of liability and hold harmless agreement.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

All members of the academic community have the responsibility to create and support an educational environment which will achieve the basic purposes of an institution of higher learning. Each member of the community should be treated with respect and dignity. Each has the right to learn which imposes a duty not to infringe upon the rights of others.

The academic community environment is designed to encourage a variety of thoughts, behaviors, and values within the educational goals of the community. An important aspect of the community is the recognition of differences between individuals. In all instances, including informal College activities and associations, each individual should be treated in a fair and unbiased manner. Each member of the academic community shall actively encourage practices that insure that all persons are welcome at the College and are extended all the privileges of the academic community to which they are entitled.

Decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court, while guaranteeing a student's freedom, have assigned two responsibilities to a student that are congruent with the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution:

  • First Amendment: Students have a right to free speech and to assemble and petition to air grievances. Students may not interfere with another person's right to participate or decline to participate in this manner. Students have the right of expression in the classroom and the responsibility to learn from the course of study according to the standards of performance established by the faculty. Student behavior in a classroom should contribute to the learning process
  • Fourteenth Amendment: Section 1 - Students may not "materially or substantially" interfere with the requirement of appropriate discipline in the operation of a school. Violations of these constitutional amendments are subject to disciplinary action.

Unauthorized Access Policy

Unauthorized access is defined as gaining access to space, materials and information without the consent and permission of designated personnel who have responsibility for the specified space, materials and information. In accordance with College policies and rights to privacy, only authorized personnel may have access to designated College space, materials and information. Authorized personnel include designated personnel with responsibility for the specified space, materials and/or information and students and College employees who have obtained permission and consent from designated personnel.

Unauthorized entry or use of College facilities (including residence hall and/or resident rooms, either through forced entry or other means), the reproduction or unauthorized use of College keys, unauthorized accessing, destruction of or interference with computer programs, data bases, files or information stored in College computer systems is prohibited. Further inappropriate use of a computer system and/or medical records at any clinical site for the purpose of accessing a patient's protected health information is prohibited. Students violating this policy are subject to disciplinary action.

Admissions

Below you will find general information and policies about the admissions department and the admissions process at Nebraska Methodist College.

Application/Enrollment Fees

Applicants pay a non-refundable application fee. Applicants who are granted admission pay an enrollment fee that is applied to the tuition for the first semester at the College. This fee will not be refunded to students who withdraw prior to the start of the semester. The enrollment fee is encouraged within thirty (30) days of admission.

Background Investigation and Drug Screening

Clinical facilities require that Nebraska Methodist College perform drug screenings and background investigations on all students before they are allowed to participate in clinical experiences. Therefore, students will be required to have a background investigation performed and submit to drug screening before being allowed into clinical practice. Further information about the requirements is online and provided at new student orientation. Students enrolled in exclusively online undergraduate and graduate programs may be required to have a background investigation performed and submit to drug screening based on the policies of clinical practice sites used in their communities.

Persons who have criminal records, substance abuse problems or health problems that could interfere with safe clinical practice in their chosen discipline may be ineligible for student clinical practice, licensure and/or professional certification, or employment. However, students with a history of these difficulties are not necessarily precluded from a career in healthcare, and will therefore be considered for continued enrollment on a case-by-case basis. The College always keeps the interest of the student as a top priority, and reserves the right to dismiss any student that the College feels will not be able to secure a career in their chosen profession as a result of a history of past legal or behavioral difficulties.

Certificate Admission Criteria

Phlebotomy Career Certificate

Admission Criteria

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is preferred. Students with higher cumulative GPA's will be more competitive. 
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Demonstration of success in science and math courses (from either high school or college).
  • Demonstration of good physical health.
  • Demonstrate good written and verbal communication skills.

Note:  A medical terminology course is recommended, but not required. 

Application Process

To be considered for admission to a certificate program, an applicant must provide and complete all of the following items:

  • NMC application.
  • Written statement.
  • Official high school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Official college transcripts from all colleges attended.
  • Program/Career Awareness Questionnaire.

Confidentiality of Application Records

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, any individual who is or has been in attendance at NMC is considered a "student." In harmony with FERPA regulations, an individual applying to NMC is not considered a "student" unless and until they are admitted and in attendance. Once an individual is admitted and begins attending NMC, thereby becoming a "student", NMC will treat any application records as confidential to the extent permitted by FERPA. NMC considers an admitted student to be attendance when they attend their first day of classes.

Doctoral Credit Transfer Policy

Nebraska Methodist College (NMC) Doctoral Program faculty will evaluate all coursework submitted by the transfer applicant and reserves the right to accept or deny any of the credits offered for transfer. Please refer to the Doctoral Credit Transfer Policy below.

Doctoral Credit Transfer Policy

Graduate Admission Criteria

Admission to a graduate program at NMC is a selective process. All aspects of a student's record are evaluated in making an admission decision, with an emphasis placed on a student's academic success and potential. All components of the application must be submitted before an application will be reviewed. Official transcripts must contain evidence of good standing from the last school attended. There is no requirement to have a GRE or other standardized exam for admission to the Graduate Programs.

Final selection of applicants to be admitted shall be made by the College, which reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant for any lawful reason. NMC does not obligate itself to admit all students who meet the minimum admission criteria. Qualified students are admitted in compliance with federal and state non-discrimination laws. In compliance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, NMC endeavors to provide qualified students equal access to the College's educational opportunities, facilities, programs and activities.

Health Professions (non-nursing)

Admission Criteria

  • Bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally-accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above.

Application Process

  • NMC Application.
  • Written statement.
  • Resume.
  • Official transcripts from graduating institutions. (Unofficial transcripts or copies are acceptable through the admissions process; official transcripts are required at the time of enrollment.)
  • Professional consultation with an admissions representative.

Master of Science in Nursing

Admission Criteria

Option 1 - BSN prepared applicants

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from a state approved program of nursing or a program professionally accredited by NLNAC or CCNE.
  • Current unencumbered licensure as a Registered Nurse.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above for admission consideration.
  • GPA below 3.0 will be considered on an individual basis.

Option 2 - RN to MSN

  • Graduation from an associate degree or diploma RN state approved program of nursing or a program professionally accredited by NLNAC or CCNE.
  • Current unencumbered licensure as a Registered Nurse.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above for admission consideration.
  • A GPA below 3.0 will be considered on an individual basis.

Application Process

  • NMC Application.
  • Written statement.
  • Resume.
  • Official high school transcripts.
  • Official college transcripts from graduating institutions.
  • Current unencumbered licensure as a Registered Nurse.
  • Professional consultation with an admissions representative.

Post-Master's Certificate - Nurse Educator/ Nurse Executive

Admission Criteria

  • Master of Science degree from a state approved program of nursing or a program professionally accredited by NLNAC or CCNE.
  • Applicants who have a master's degree (MA or MS) in other healthcare fields will be considered on an individual basis for the Nurse Educator and Nurse Executive programs.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Application Process

  • NMC Application.
  • Written statement.
  • Resume.
  • Official college transcripts from master's degree.
  • Copy of unencumbered licensure as a Registered Nurse (if applicable).
  • Professional consultation with an admissions representative. 

Immunizations

All students must show proof of required immunizations and complete a pre-entrance health assessment. Please refer to student health requirements on the Campus Health webpage

LPN Advanced Placement and RN to BSN Admission Process

Applicants are evaluated based on Undergraduate Admission Criteria and follow the admissions process and the following:

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

  • Proof of unencumbered LPN licensure.
  • Graduation from a state-approved diploma program or a program professionally accredited by NLNAC or CCNE.

Registered Nurse (RN)

  • Proof of unencumbered RN licensure.
  • Graduation from an associate degree or diploma RN state approved program of nursing or a program professionally accredited by NLNAC or CCNE.
  • Resume

Math Placement Prior Credit Policy

Matriculation Date

The matriculation date is the desired initial enrollment date. Students indicate on the application their intended start date. If a student wishes to defer the matriculation date, a written request for a change of admission must be submitted to the Admissions Office. Due to the competitiveness of some programs, a change of admission may be denied and a student may be required to re-apply.

Non-Degree Seeking Admission and Enrollment

Students may enroll at Nebraska Methodist College for purposes of personal enrichment, professional growth or transfer to another institution. Students are required to complete the Non-Degree Application and submit appropriate application and enrollment fees. Non-degree seeking students may enroll in a course on a space-available basis. Permission of the administrator directly responsible for the course is required. The registration process and payment of fees are completed prior to enrollment in a course as a non-degree seeking student. Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid. A student wishing to transfer to degree-seeking status must submit a formal application to the College. An application to a degree program may be submitted at any time, but must meet application deadlines. Up to nine (9) semester credits earned as a non-degree seeking student may be applied toward a degree. The Admissions Office can provide details regarding moving to degree-seeking status.

Re-Admission of Former Students

A student who withdraws from the College and returns within one year must have a Leave of Absence/Withdrawal Request Form requesting a leave of absence on file with the Office of the Registrar. If this form was not submitted, or if the student has not been in attendance longer than one year, the student must reapply to the College. A student will be subject to the policies and curriculum in effect at the time of readmission.

Request to Waive Admission Application Fee

The College will waive the $25 admission application fee for individuals who are supported by or participating in an agency or program that seeks to guide first-generation, prospective students to post-secondary education. An applicant must provide written requests from the agency/program to validate their eligibility and participation for support and services.

Retention of Records

In compliance with federal regulations the following retention of records is required. 

  • One year for received application materials. 
  • Three years for students who apply for admission and do not matriculate.

Transfer Credit Policy

The College is committed to working with potential students to maximize transfer credit. The Admissions Office can provide an initial evaluation during the application process. Applicants granted admission will have an official evaluation completed by the Registrar's Office. Credit for courses taken elsewhere may be accepted for transfer from another college provided:

  1. Course credits are listed on the official, electronically verified or raised-seal transcript mailed to the College from the former institution.
  2. The educational institution is accredited by a regional accrediting body and, where applicable, the program is approved by the state and is accredited by professional organizations.
  3. Course is determined to be comparable to one required in the curriculum or is considered to be appropriate as an elective.
  4. Grade of "C -" or better is achieved at the certificate and undergraduate levels and a grade of "B" or better at the graduate level.

Grades earned in transfer courses will not be used in determining the student's cumulative grade point average, unless the student has already matriculated and has been given permission to enroll at another institution. All courses accepted for transfer will be noted on the transcript. Such transfer courses will be included in the total number of hours passed.

Undergraduate Admission Criteria

Admission to a degree program at NMC is a selective process. All aspects of a student's record are evaluated in making an admission decision, with an emphasis placed on a student's academic success and potential. All components of the application must be submitted before an application will be reviewed. Official transcripts must contain evidence of good standing from the last school attended.  Final selection of applicants to be admitted shall be made by the College, which reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant for any lawful reason.

NMC does not obligate itself to admit all students who meet the minimum admission criteria. Qualified students are admitted in compliance with federal and state non-discrimination laws. In compliance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, NMC endeavors to provide qualified students equal access to the College's educational opportunities, facilities, programs and activities.

Applicants are evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • High school record (minimum unweighted cumulative GPA of 2.5)
  • ACT/SAT exam scores (ACT Composite of 20 or higher or SAT combined score of 950 or higher)
  • College record (evidence of good standing from most current school)
  • Written statement
  • Success in prior Math and Science courses
  • Program technical standards
  • Shadowing experience as recommended by program

Refer to the program webpage for the most current program requirements and recommendations.

Application Process

To be considered for admission to an undergraduate degree program, an applicant must provide and complete all of the following items:

  • NMC application.
  • $25 non-refundable application fee.
  • Written statement.
  • An official high school transcript.
  • If appropriate, official GED test scores.
  • ACT/SAT exam scores required for all applicants within two years of high school graduation.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended.
  • Program/Career Awareness Questionnaire.

Homeschooled Applicants

Completion of application items listed above.

  • Home school educational transcript.
  • ACT/SAT exam scores are required for all applicants within two years of home school completion.
  • Exempt status notice (copy of letter signed by the Commissioner of Education "acknowledging" choice to receive exempt status).
  • Students with home school completion of more than two years and no results of ACT or SAT are required to show success in a minimum of 12 college credit hours. 

When to Apply

Application for admission should be made several months in advance of an applicant's intended enrollment date. Application deadlines vary by program and are listed under the academic programs pages.

Academic Policies

The Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) is the official representative of the College in matters pertaining to the scholastic life of the student body. Regulations made by the VPAA in addition to, in abrogation of, or in interpretation of the following regulations have the same force as the regulations themselves.

In case of discrepancy between the College catalog and other publications or academic information provided by any faculty or staff member other than the VPAA, the catalog takes precedence.

The College reserves the right to terminate or modify program requirements, content and sequence of courses, and program offerings. Students withdrawing from the College completely for a period of one calendar year or more are bound by the catalog in effect when they re-enter.

It is the responsibility of each student to be acquainted with all requirements for his or her degree program and to assume responsibility for meeting those requirements. In case of ambiguity, discrepancy or disagreement, the regulations and requirements stated here and any subsequent modifications or interpretations by the Vice President for Academic Affairs will prevail.

In many situations related to academic issues, the Vice President for Academic Affairs has delegated decision-making authority to the Council of Academic Deans. The Council of Academic Deans is comprised of the Deans of Nursing, Health Professions, Arts & Sciences and Professional Development. The Council of Academic Deans is authorized to make decisions for the Vice President for Academic Affairs, with the same authority as the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Vice President for Academic Affairs retains the right to rescind the authority of the Council of Academic Deans at any time.

To file a report of a potential Academic Integrity violation, please click here.

If you have a Student Academic Concern, please click here. Student Academic Concerns cover grade disputes and/or a decision perceived to be arbitrary, capricious, or applied unequally and impacts one's academic progression.

For all other Compliment, Concerns or Comments, please click here.

Academic Calendar, Holidays and Recesses

Students should be advised that the Academic Calendar may vary among programs and ground versus online courses. The on campus and online academic calendars are posted to the College website. Calendars for specific academic programs can be obtained from the respective Program Director or Dean.

Students of all races, cultures and heritages bring to the College a rich and valuable perspective. We welcome the attendance of all students and will endeavor to be supportive of various faiths and practices. Although the designated holidays for the College are New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, we expect that students of various faiths will request excused absences for other religious holidays. Please direct requests to the instructor. Refer to the Academic Calendar for specific recess periods.

See the Academic Calendar

Academic Concerns Resolution Policy

Academic Enrollment Status

Student enrollment status at the college is classified as active or inactive.

Active Status

Active students are:

Certificate Students:

  • Full-time when enrolled in a minimum of 240 clock hours per term.
  • Part-time when enrolled in fewer than 240 clock hours per term.

Undergraduate Students (not including accelerated BSN students):

  • Full-time when enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester.
  • Part-time when enrolled in fewer than 12 credit hours per semester.

Undergraduate Accelerated BSN Students:


Graduate Students:

  • Full-time when enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours per semester.
  • Part-time when enrolled in fewer than six credit hours per semester.

Inactive Status

Students are classified as inactive when they do not register for and enroll in at least one course per semester.

Updated: July 2013

Academic Honors

Honor Roll

Upon completion of a term, all certificate students earning a grade point average of 3.75 or above will be listed.

Dean's List

All full-time undergraduate students earning a semester grade point average of 3.75 or above will be listed. Students with an incomplete on their semester grade report are not eligible for the list.

Graduation Honors

Graduates with an Associate Degree or a Certificate in Medical Assistant will be awarded honors based on cumulative grade point averages as follows:

Highest Distinction

3.87 - or above

Distinction

3.64 - 3.86

Honorable Mention

3.50 - 3.63

 
Graduates with a Baccalaureate Degree will be awarded honors based on cumulative grade point averages as follows:

Summa Cum Laude

3.87 - or above

Magna Cum Laude

3.64 - 3.86

Cum Laude

3.50 - 3.63

 
Graduates who complete exemplary portfolio and portfolio presentation will be enrolled in the Educated Citizen Honor Society.

Updated: July 2013

Academic Integrity

Academic Progression

Attendance and Course Participation Policy

Background Investigation Policy

The purpose of this policy is to assure the safety and well-being of patients, students, faculty and staff in the clinical and academic environments and to attest to clinical agencies the students' eligibility to participate in clinical activities. This policy applies to all undergraduate and graduate students, on-ground or online, enrolled in a program of study that has a clinical component. Read the full policy by clicking on the link below.

Updated: July 2013

Background Investigation

Course and Grading Policies

Grading Policy

To ensure consistent awarding of course grades throughout the College, the grading system is as follows:

Symbol Quality Points Percentages
A+ 4.0 96-100
A 4.0 90-95
B+ 3.5 86-89
B 3.0 80-85
C+ 2.5 76-79
C 2.0 70-75
D 1.0 60-69
F 0.0 <60
WF 0.0 (withdrawal after deadline)  
     
CR Credit *
NC No Credit *
S Satisfactory (must be equivalent to a grade "C" or better) *
U Unsatisfactory *
I Incomplete *
AU Audit *
W Withdrew *
WIP Work in Progress *
WX Administrative/Medical Withdrawal *


*Not used in calculating grade point averages.

  
Every undergraduate course uses the "70" mark as the minimum grade required for passing the course as a whole. However, certain assignments within a course may carry additional requirements that are more stringent (e.g., a required minimum '75' on all tests), and are determined at the discretion of the instructor. Students must meet all requirements of the course at the level determined by the instructor in order to successfully complete the course.

Certificate and Undergraduate Students: A grade of unsatisfactory or a letter grade less than "C-" in any course is unacceptable and must be repeated. See specific course grading policies in program handbooks.

Graduate Students: A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation. A grade below "B" in any course triggers an automatic progression review by the program. A student receiving a course grade of "C" for the first time will receive credit for the course*. A grade below "B" in two courses is unacceptable and results in dismissal from the college. All required coursework for a Master's degree must be completed within six calendar years from the program matriculation date.

*In the MSN program, any grade below "B" for NRS 523, NRS 524, NRS 558, NRS 559, NRS 568, NRS 569, NRS 592, or NRS 594 is unacceptable, and results in the student having to retake the course.

Cumulative Grade Point Average

Cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is computed based on final course grades. The CGPA is not affected by "S", "U", "AU", "CR", "NC", "NR", "I", "W", "WX". When a student repeats a course, the better grade will be computed in the CGPA. Both grades will appear on the official transcript. Each letter grade equals the quality points per credit hour as shown above.

AU = Audit

CR = Credit

I = Incomplete

NC = No Credit

NR = Not Reported

S = Satisfactory

U = Unsatisfactory

W = Withdrew

WX = Administrative/Medical Withdrawal

 
The Registrar will compute the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) based on quality points and credit hours earned for courses completed after matriculation to this campus. Only courses in which quality points are assigned are computed in the CGPA. The CGPA is computed by dividing total quality points earned by total credit hours attempted in didactic class work.

Course Incomplete

An "I" is given to a student who has substantially completed a course, but who as a result of serious illness or other justifiable cause cannot complete all requirements of the course by the end of the term. The "I" is not granted to a student who has been excessively absent during the term or who has simply failed to complete the work of the course before the end of the term without an exceptionally good reason. The student faced with extenuating circumstances that prevents satisfying course requirements according to the established schedule must contact the faculty in the course. The faculty reviews the situation and agrees or disagrees with the student request. If a faculty member agrees, the student and the faculty member will complete and endorse an Incomplete Approval Form (available from the Registrar) detailing the requirements and plan for completion of the course. This agreement will specify the final grade to be assigned if course work is not completed by the deadline specified. The faculty member will forward the agreement to the appropriate Academic Dean for final approval. Upon approval, the faculty member will provide the student and Registrar with a copy of the Incomplete Approval Form.

The responsibility for completing all coursework rests with the student. The maximum time allowed for clearing a grade of "I" is one year from the START of the course. If, after one year, the student has not completed the necessary requirements to finish the course, the instructor will assign the final grade as agreed to in the Incomplete Approval Form. The student must be passing the course at the time of the request for the incomplete. Completion of the course material should be done within a month of the last day of class if at all possible. When the course is completed, a Change of Grade Notice must be filed.

Change of Course Grade

A permanently recorded grade may be changed by the person(s) who assigned it or, in case of change of personnel, by the appropriate Academic Dean.

If a student believes a grade is recorded incorrectly, it is the responsibility of the student to notify the course faculty within 30 days of receipt of the grade report from the Registrar. If a change in personnel has occurred, the appropriate Academic Dean is to be contacted. Evidence should be reviewed. If a grade change is indicated, a Change of Grade Notice is initiated by the faculty member, forwarded for appropriate signatures and then entered in the student's permanent record by the Registrar. The Registrar replaces the course grade with the corrected grade.

Repeating Courses

When certificate or undergraduate students have an unsuccessful academic experience resulting in a final course grade of "D" or "F," students may be allowed to repeat the course depending on the progression policy of the program. However, the initial grade remains on the official transcript. If a student is granted special permission to repeat a course at an institution other than NMC, that course repeat will be calculated into the student's semester grade point average and cumulative grade point average, and probation/suspension/dismissal policies will apply if the student is not successful. The student is responsible for having official transcripts forwarded to the Registrar within thirty (30) days of course completion. Graduate students should refer to "Grading Policy."

When a course is failed, the student must meet with his/her Academic Advisor to facilitate a written Academic Development Plan. The Academic Advisor will consult with faculty and Student Services personnel as appropriate. Refer to the Academic Development Plan Policy below.

The plan must be implemented prior to the student's re-enrollment in the course. Re-enrollment in the course is on a space-available basis and the student must wait until general registration to register for the course to be repeated.

Academic Development Plan

The academic advisor will contact the student to initiate the Academic Development Plan (ADP) for any student who fails a course or is placed on academic probation. Students placed on academic suspension are required to initiate the creation of the ADP by contacting their academic advisor. Failure to maintain an active ADP once it is established may negatively impact financial and/ or result in dismissal from the college.

The academic advisor or appropriate college personnel will facilitate the development of the ADP and may consult with faculty, college personnel or agents of the college (such as clinical instructors/preceptors). Copies of the ADP will be provided to the student, the academic advisor and the program director, and will be placed in the student's academic advising file. Each student's ADP will be reevaluated according to the timetable established in the plan at a minimum, but also as needed based on student needs or changes in performance. The Financial Aid Office will be notified of student failure to meet the terms of the ADP in the established time frame who will notify the student of any changes to their financial aid status. In addition, students may end up on financial aid suspension due to withdrawing from courses rather than failing them. If students choose to appeal financial aid suspension, they must contact their academic advisor to initiate the ADP. The ADP must be submitted with the letter of appeal for consideration of reinstatement of financial aid.

Updated: July 2015

Course/Program Changes/Withdrawals

Credit for Prior Learning

Credit Hour Definition

Rationale:

The Department of Education requires that all institutions comply with the definition of the credit hour as provided in section 34 CFR 600.2 (11/1/2010), which defines the credit hour as:

A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than:

(1)  One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester or trimester hour of credit, or ten to twelve weeks for one quarter hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time;

(2)  At least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (1) of this definition for other academic activities as established by the institution, including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.

Compliance Statement:

To comply with 34 CFR 600.2 definition of credit hour, the College, with the foundation of the "Carnegie Unit", calculates credit hour as demonstrated in Table 1 below. While the length of a course may vary, the Carnegie definition is used to calculate the equivalency. Thus, a unit of credit equates to a minimum of three hours of student work per week (1 hour lecture plus 2 hours of homework) for 15 weeks. In certain circumstances, it is possible to have more hours, but not less. A unit of credit equates to 3 hours of lab. Clinical hours are based on programmatic accreditation standards.

 

Table 1

Course Type

Unit Value (Cr. Hr.)

Lecture Hours per Week

Student Homework Hours per Week

Totals for Course Design
(Lecture & Homework)

Lecture

1

1 hour in class

2 hours homework

3 hours minimum/week

45 hours

Lecture

2

2 hours in class

4 hours homework

6 hours minimum/week

90 hours

Lecture

3

3 hours in class

6 hours homework

9 hours minimum/week

135 hours

  

Alternative Format Courses

Lecture Courses:

Alternative format lecture courses are prorated so they contain the same number of hours as if the course were scheduled for a full 15 weeks. Table 2 below provides examples of calculated credit hours for alternative format lecture courses in accordance with the compliance statement above irrespective of whether a course is delivered on-ground, hybrid, or online.

Laboratory Courses:

For laboratory courses, one unit value is equal to 4.5 contact hours minimum per laboratory course. However, contact in labs may vary where pre-lab and assigned projects/experiments happen outside of the scheduled lab time.  Table 3 below provides examples of calculated credit hours for laboratory courses.

Clinical or Fieldwork Experiences:

Clinical or fieldwork hours are based on programmatic accreditation standards.

 

Table 2

NMC Course Type

Unit Value (Cr. Hr.)

Carnegie Totals(Min. Contact Hrs. per Course)

15 Week Course(Min. Contact Hrs. per Week)

10 Week Course(Min. Contact Hrs. per Week)

8 Week Course(Min. Contact Hrs. per Week)

5 Week Course(Min. Contact Hrs. per Week)

4 Week Course(Min. Contact Hrs. per Week)

Lecture

1

45

3

4.5

5.6

9

11.25

Lecture

2

90

6

9

11.3

18

22.5

Lecture

3

135

9

13.5

16.9

27

33.75

  

Table 3

NMC Course Type

Unit Value(Cr. Hr.)

Carnegie Totals (Min. Contact Hrs. per Course)

15 Week Course(Min. Contact Hrs. per Week)

10 Week Course(Min. Contact Hrs. per Week)

8 Week Course(Min. Contact Hrs. per Week)

5 Week Course(Min. Contact Hrs. per week)

Lab

1

67.5

4.5

6.75

8.44

13.5

Lab

2

135

9

13.5

16.9

27

Lab

3

202.5

13.5

20.25

25.31

40.5

 

Updated: July 2017

Credit Hour Definition Policy (PDF Download)

Clock to Credit Hour

Drug Screening Policy

The purpose of this policy is to provide a safe working and learning environment for patients, students, clinical and institutional staff and property in the clinical programs of Nebraska Methodist College. Healthcare accreditation organizations mandate that hospitals and other healthcare agencies require students who participate in the care of patients be subject to the same standards as their employees. Accordingly, submitting a negative urine drug screen is a condition for participation in the clinical component of all programs.

Applicability and timing

For all programs, submitting a negative drug screen will be a requirement prior to the start of clinical courses. Testing is done through the NMC Campus Health Center. Repeat testing may also be required for cause or to retest a dilute sample. Failure of the drug test, tampering or attempting to tamper with a specimen, or refusal to cooperate with any aspect of this policy, or any health system policy on substance abuse, will result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal, refusal of enrollment or denial of clinical course progression.

Cost

The student shall be responsible for paying any and all associated costs of urine drug screening including necessary retesting for any reason. Charges will be added to the students' account.

Use and care of information

Test results will be kept confidential with disclosure of results provided only to approved persons involved in evaluating qualifications for clinical programs. Because of the mandate to comply with health system policies, disciplinary actions against students may be imposed without the customary mechanisms of academic warning and probation. Any records generated by an adverse sanction levied against a student's   will be considered College property, and will not be provided to the student unless requested.. All student drug screening records will be kept in confidential in Student Development Services for at least ten (10) years.

Updated: July 2013

Graduation Requirements

NMC retains the exclusive right to judge academic proficiency and may decline to award any degree, certificate or other evidence of successful completion of a program, curriculum or course of study based thereupon. All College and Program requirements must be satisfied prior to commencement in order to participate in the ceremony.

Certificate Programs

Successful completion of Certificate Programs includes student compliance with program and College policies. Students must also satisfy all classroom, laboratory, clinical, and examination requirements. Students must also complete appropriate clinical requirements.

Undergraduate

Undergraduate study comprises two areas: arts and sciences and professional/technical education requirements. Students are expected to assume responsibility for understanding the requirements of the program and for seeking appropriate assistance to do so. Students must complete the arts and sciences and professional education requirements described in the program section of this catalog.

Students should expect to fulfill the requirements for the program under which the initial enrollment occurred. However, students taking longer than six (6) academic years to meet the requirements of a baccalaureate or three (3) academic years of an associate program of study may be required to meet curriculum changes and/or modifications regardless of the coursework previously completed.

Graduation is dependent upon a student attaining a "C" (2.0) minimum cumulative grade point average for the required course of study. A minimum grade of "C" (2.0) must be attained for each course. Additionally, the student must satisfactorily complete all requirements for the Student Portfolio Assessment in order to graduate.

The minimum credit hours required per program are as follows:

Program

AS Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Multispecialty

AS Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Cardiovascular

AS Health Studies

AS Physical Therapist Assistant

AS Radiologic Technology

AS Respiratory Care

AS Surgical Technology

BSN Nursing

BSN Accelerated Nursing

BS Health Studies

BS Healthcare Administration

BS Respiratory Care

BS Imaging Sciences

BS Women's Medical Imaging

Minimum Credit Hours

76

72

61

75

80

79

62

127

124

120

123

124

119

124

Graduate

The following graduation requirements apply to the NMC Master's Degree Programs:

  • Students in the NMC Master's Programs must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to graduate.
  • Graduate students in MBH, Family Nurse Practitioner, Health Promotion Management and Nursing are allowed to incur a grade below "B" in no more than one course. In the MSN Program, students are not allowed to incur a grade below "B" in NRS 523, NRS 524, NRS 558, NRS 559, NRS 592 or NRS 594. In the Healthcare Operations Management program, students are allowed to incur a grade below "B" in no more than two courses.
  • Students must complete the minimum number of credit hours required for the program in which they are enrolled.
  • All work for the Master's degree must be completed within six calendar years from the date of credit for the first graduate course in the program.

 

Program

BSN-DNP (Family Nurse Practitioner

APRN-DNP (Advanced Nursing Practice)

MS Health Promotion Management

MS Healthcare Operations Management

MSN Nursing

Master in Business Administration

Post-Master's Certificate, Healthcare Operations Management

Certificate, Wellness & Health Promotion

Minimum Credit Hours

75

34

33

32

36

33

10

9

  
Residency Requirement

Undergraduate students must complete 30 of the last 36 hours in residence to receive a baccalaureate degree.

Students must complete 15 of the last 18 credit hours in residence to receive an associate's degree. One exception to this policy is for those who graduated with a 12-month certificate from NMC and return to the College having not attended an institution of higher learning in between earning the certificate and returning to complete an associate of science degree in health studies. For these students, a minimum of 9 out of 21 arts and sciences credits must be taken at NMC.

Graduate students may transfer in a maximum of nine credits toward their master's degree.

Students in graduate-level certificate programs must complete the prescribed plan of study in residence to receive the certificate of completion for the program.

Doctorate students in the BSN-DNP (Family Nurse Practitioner) program may transfer in a maximum of 18 credits, and students in the APRN-DNP (Advanced Nursing Practice) program may transfer in a maximum of six credits.

Exceptions to the residency requirement can be made in extenuating circumstances but require the approval of the Academic Dean.

Graduation Application

All students (certificate and degree-seeking) must submit an application for graduation. This will initiate a degree audit to ensure that the student is on track to complete all required coursework. Graduation applications are due:

  • Fall graduation: due by May 15th
  • Spring graduation: due by October 15th
  • Summer graduation: due by February 15th

The Registrar's Office will audit the student's academic record to ensrue compliance with graduation requirements. If all degree requirements are not completed by the anticipated graduation date, the student must resubmit a graduation application in a later term.

Licensure and Certification

While the academic programs described herein are designed for the purpose of qualifying students for licensure, certification or registration in a profession, successful completion of any such program in no way assures licensure or certification by another agency. For specific programs, certification examinations are a program requirement for graduation. (See specific program handbooks.)

Updated: July 2015

Medical Hardship & Compassionate Withdrawal

Recording of Classroom Sessions Policy

Reason for Policy: To prohibit or limit recording of class activities or re-distribution of classroom materials in order to:

  • Respect the integrity and effectiveness of the classroom experience;
  • Protect students and faculty dignity and privacy;
  • Respect faculty and College rights in instructional materials, and
  • Comply with copyright law.

Policy Statement: Nebraska Methodist College prohibits recording and transmission of activities (e.g., lectures, discussions) that occur as part of a classroom session by a student unless written permission from the course instructor has been obtained and all students in the course as well as any guest speakers have been informed that audio/video recording may occur. A recording is defined as a video or audio replication or photographic image recorded on devices, including, but not limited to, audio recorders, video recorders, cellular phones, digital cameras, MP3 players, computers, tablets, and other handheld devices that records images and/or sound. If a student is granted permission to record any portion of a classroom session, that student understands that the recording is for the sole use of the individual student and may not be reproduced, sold, posted online, or otherwise distributed. A student does not have permission to reproduce or post the information on any social media (e.g., YouTube, FaceBook, etc), or other public or private forum that would infringe on the privacy rights of others represented in the recording.

Public distribution of such materials may constitute copyright infringement in violation of federal or state law, or College policy. Violation of this policy may subject a student to disciplinary action under the College's Student Code of Conduct and Resolution Process policies.

Exception: It is not a violation of this policy for a student determined by the College's Academic Skills Specialist to be entitled to educational accommodations, to exercise any rights protected under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, including needed recording or adaptations of classroom lectures. Qualified students with a disability should follow the College's Services for Students with Disabilities Policy. The restrictions on third party sharing and external distribution apply in such cases.

Destruction of Approved Recordings: Students must destroy recordings at the end of the semester in which they are enrolled in the class unless they receive the instructor's written permission to retain them or are entitled to retain them pursuant to authorized accommodations.

Procedures: A student should review the course syllabus for instructions regarding the instructor's policy on class recordings. Unless directly authorized by the syllabus, any student wanting to record a classroom session must discuss the request with the instructor and obtain written permission and inform others in the class that a recoding is being made.

Updated: July 2013

Testing Center Course Examination Policy

Visitors in the Classroom Policy

REVIEWED/REVISED:

7/2016; 8/2017

PURPOSE:

To ensure a proper environment for learning for all NMC students.

Visitors in the Classroom Policy

Withdrawal Policies for Financial Aid Recipients

Although financial aid funds are typically posted at the start of a payment period or term, a student earns funds as they complete the period. When a student withdraws or otherwise ceases attendance before completing the entire payment period, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of assistance that was originally offered or received.  This policy describes how NMC determines the amount of financial aid that was earned and unearned at the time the student ceased attendance.

Refund Policy

The U.S. Department of Education requires that institutions participating in Title IV federal financial aid programs must have a fair and equitable refund policy.  NMC's policy for refunding of tuition and housing charges is available online.  The College's refund policy applies only to institutional charges and does not affect the amount of a student's earned or unearned financial aid.  However, depending on the circumstances, refunds may be issued to the student or returned to federal financial aid programs in compliance with federal regulations.  In many cases, financial aid must be returned to the respective funding source even after the College's refund period has ended.  This can result in the student having a new or larger balance owed to the College.

What is a Withdrawal?

For the purpose of this policy a withdrawal occurs when a student:

  • Drops or withdraws from all NMC classes during a semester or payment period, or
  • Is enrolled in modules (courses that do not span the entire term) and drops all subsequent courses in the term, or
  • Drops a course offered in modules without providing written confirmation of the intent to return in a module within the same term that begins no later than 45 calendar days after the end of the module the student ceased attending, or
  • Ceases attendance in all courses without officially dropping or withdrawing. 
  • In some cases, a grade of incomplete that is not converted to a passing grade within 45 days may be considered a withdrawal under this policy.

Exemptions - a student who meets one of the following conditions before ceasing attendance for the term is not considered to have withdrawn:

  • Successfully completed the requirements for graduation from the program for which financial aid was received before completing all the hours the student was scheduled to attend in the term, or
  • Successfully completed* Title IV eligible coursework in one module or a combination of modules which contains 49% or more of the "countable days" in the payment period (term), or
  • Successfully completed* Title IV eligible coursework equal to at least half-time enrollment (6 credits for undergraduate and 3 credits for graduate), or
  • The student provides written confirmation that they plan to attend a later module in the same term that begins no later than 45 calendar days after the end of the module the student ceased attending. This written confirmation must be provided near the time that would have been considered a withdrawal.

*For these exemptions, successful completion is a passing grade based on NMC's general grading policy, which requires at least a "C" or higher for undergraduates, a "B" or higher for graduates, and an "S" for courses graded on an S/U basis. 

"Countable days" include all days in the term, excluding scheduled breaks of 5 or more consecutive days and all breaks between modules. To be excluded, breaks must be common to all students in the program. Countable days are the same for every student in the program.  

Withdrawal Process

The process to withdraw is outlined on the College website under Academic Policies.  Students who cease attending but do not complete the official withdrawal process may be charged for a greater portion of the semester than the time the student was actually in attendance.  Therefore, it is always in the student's best interest to follow the official withdrawal process.

Withdrawal Date

This date is used for several purposes. It determines the student's charges and refunds for the term, the amount of financial aid the student has earned, and the amount that must be returned to federal aid programs. In addition, this date will be reported to the student's educational loan lenders and servicers where it will be used to determine interest charges and repayment dates. The date that is used depends on the type of courses and whether the withdrawal is official or unofficial.  

  •   For an official withdrawal from credit hour courses, the withdrawal date is the earlier of the date that the student began the withdrawal process, or the date the student officially notified the institution, in writing or orally, of their intent to withdraw.  
  •   For an unofficial withdrawal from credit hour courses, the withdrawal date is the last documented date that the student either attended classes or completed an academic-related activity, as determined by the faculty teaching the course. If the last date of attendance is not available, the withdrawal date will be the midpoint of the payment period.

Payment Period

For credit hour programs the payment period is the term or semester (fall, spring or summer). The number of days the student is scheduled to complete in the payment period is based on the modules/courses the student is enrolled in as of the R2T4 Freeze Date. 

Freeze Date

NMC utilizes a Freeze Date to determine the number of days the student was scheduled to complete in the payment period. The R2T4 Freeze Date (RFD) will be the second Wednesday after the start of the term

  • For withdrawals that occur before the RFD, the number of scheduled days will include days associated with any course the student began attendance in, and any course the student was enrolled in as of the withdrawal. If there is no evidence of attendance or participation, the course or module must be excluded. 
  • For withdrawals that occur on or after the RFD, the number of scheduled days will include days associated with courses the student was registered for on the RFD and any courses that the student began attendance in but was not registered for on the RFD.

Treatment of Aid When a Student Withdraws or Does Not Complete the Scheduled Days in the Payment Period

NEBRASKA METHODIST COLLEGE & STATE AID

For NMC scholarships or grants and the Nebraska Opportunity Grant, recipients will be allowed to keep the amount earned at the end of the first week of the term or payment period. However, the amount the student is allowed to keep will not exceed the amount of tuition, fees and other charges which NMC retains. 

NURSE FACULTY LOAN PROGRAM (NFLP)

The NFLP loan amount is typically a specific amount per credit hour. Therefore, if a recipient does not begin attendance in a course or drops a course during the 100% refund period, the amount will be reduced based on the number of remaining credits. This includes the book allowance portion, so the reduction could be greater than the amount of refunded tuition. If a recipient begins attendance in a course and receives a partial tuition refund, the refund will be returned to the NFLP program. 

FEDERAL AID (Title IV Programs)

Federal law specifies how the College must determine the amount of Title IV assistance a student has earned if the student withdraws from school during a payment period or term. Title IV programs covered by this law are: Federal Pell Grants, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants, Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized, Unsubsidized, PLUS), and Federal SEOG Grants. The amount of assistance that is earned is determined on a pro-rata basis. 

Percentage of the payment period completed at the time of withdrawal -

  • For credit hour programs, the percentage of the payment period completed is based on the number of days completed divided by the number of days the student was scheduled to complete in the payment period. See Freeze Date information above.
  • The percentage of the payment period completed then determines the amount of aid the student earned. For example, if a student completed 30% of the days they were scheduled to complete in the payment period, the student earned 30% of the assistance that they were originally scheduled to receive. Once a student completes more than 60% of their scheduled days in the payment period the student is considered to have earned 100% of the funds scheduled to be received for that period. 

A student who received less assistance than was earned may be eligible to receive those additional funds through a post-withdrawal disbursement.

  • A post-withdrawal disbursement of grant funds will be automatically credited toward any unpaid charges for tuition, fees, and room within 45 days of determining that the student withdrew. Funds in excess of those charges will be disbursed to the student no later than 14 days after the calculation of earned and unearned aid is completed.
  • If the student is eligible for a post-withdrawal disbursement of loan funds, NMC will notify the student within 30 days of determining that the student withdrew, and the student shall have 14 days to respond. NMC must obtain the borrower's permission before we can disburse those funds.  Any credit balance remaining after payment of allowable charges for tuition, fees and room will be issued to the borrower within 14 days. 

In some cases, a student may have been offered Title IV funds that the student is no longer eligible to receive after the withdrawal. For example, if the student did not complete the Direct Loan application process by the last date of attendance, the Financial Aid Office is unable to originate the loan and request funds.

If a student received more assistance than was earned, the excess funds must be returned by NMC and/or the student. It is possible that NMC charges once paid by federal financial aid may now become a debt that the student is responsible for paying. If the amount of aid disbursed exceeds the amount of earned aid, the unearned portion of the funds must be returned to the Title IV programs from which the student received aid during the term, in the following order:

  1. Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan  
  2. Subsidized Federal Direct Loan
  3. Federal Direct PLUS Loan
  4. Federal Pell Grant
  5. Iraq & Afghanistan Service Grant
  6. Federal SEOG Grant

The school must return a portion of the excess equal to the lesser of:

  1. The student's institutional charges multiplied by the unearned percentage, or
  2. The entire amount of excess funds.

If the total amount to be returned exceeds the amount that NMC is required to return, the student has an obligation to return the remaining amount.  Any loan funds that must be returned by the student are repaid according to the terms of the promissory note.  That is, the student makes scheduled payments to the holder of the loan over a period of time.  If a repayment is due to a grant program, the maximum amount of grant funds to be repaid is half of the grant funds the student received or was scheduled to receive.  No repayment is required if the original amount of grant overpayment is $50 or less.

Upon notification that a student has withdrawn, the Financial Aid Office will calculate the student's earned and unearned aid. Funds that are required to be returned by NMC are promptly returned to the respective financial aid program, but not later than 45 days after determining  that the student has withdrawn. The student will be notified of any funds returned by NMC to the respective financial aid programs, as well as any repayment for which the student is responsible.  If the College is required to return funds that were used to pay the student's charges, NMC will bill the student for those charges that are no longer considered paid. Notification will be sent by mail and/or an email to the student's personal account. 

Students who owe a repayment to a federal grant will have 45 days from the date the school sent the notification to take one of the following actions. 

  1. Repay the overpayment in full to the school.
  2. Sign a repayment agreement with the school.  Maximum repayment period is two years.
  3. Sign a repayment agreement with the US Department of Education. 

If the student fails to take one of these actions within 45 days, the school is required to report the overpayment to the US Department of Education's Debt Resolution Services for collection, and the student will be ineligible to receive additional federal financial assistance.

Tuition Refund Policy

Tuition Refund Policy

Instructions for Electronic Refunds

  1. Instructions to set up your eRefund with our service provider ECSI:
  2. Get your “YOUR HEARTLAND ESCI KEY” (if not available call the NMC Business Office, (402) 354-7105) 
  3. If you already have registered then click on Sign In or Register at the top of the page
  4. Use your Heartland Key to connect our school
  5. Select the eRefund delivery method for your refund
  6. You may need to enter your student ID to validate your account – DO NOT use the “s” this is an all alpha field

Returning Unearned Military Tuition Assistance Funds

Military Tuition Assistance is a U.S. Department of Defense program. Tuition Assistance rules vary by branch of service and even vary between different units within the same branch depending on whether the unit is active, reserve, or National Guard. Tuition Assistance funds will be applied to tuition costs only. 

Military Tuition Assistance Recipients

Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded.  When a student withdraws, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of TA funds originally awarded. To comply with the U.S. Department of Defense policy, NMC will return any unearned TA funds on a proportional basis through at least 60% portion of the period for which the funds were provided.  If a service member stops attending due to a military service obligation, NMC will work with the affected service member to identify solutions that will not result in a student debt for the returned portion.

Withdrawals

A student's official withdrawal date is used as the last date of attendance and to calculate earned percentage of TA. A student's official withdrawal date is determined by using the last date of attendance that is documented and submitted to the Office of the Registrar.

Once the last date of attendance has been determined, NMC will recalculate a student's TA eligibility based on the following formula:

The amount of TA funding that is earned is determined on a pro-rata basis. For example, if a student completed 30% of the course, s/he earned 30% of the TA funds that s/he was originally scheduled to receive. The remainder of the unearned funds (70%) would be returned to the TA program. If this results in an unpaid tuition balance, payment would be the responsibility of the student. Once a student has attended at least 60% of the period for which TA funds were approved, the student is considered to have earned 100% of the TA funds.

Updated: March 2016

Returning Unearned Military Tuition Assistance Funds

Personal Conduct

Behavior is recognized as a reflection of professional and personal integrity, which conveys to the community an image of the College and ultimately of healthcare professions. All policies apply to on campus and online students. 

If you wish to report a Student Concern (SOS) or a potential Code of Conduct violation, please click here.

If you wish to file a Title IX Sexual Misconduct report, please click here.

College Code of Conduct Policy

Drug Prevention Program

Guidelines for Disciplinary Procedures

Individuals found to be in violation of various rules and regulations may be subject to disciplinary sanctions.  It is the belief of the College that sanctions should maximize safety for all students and College constituents, relate to the nature of the behavior, and provide an opportunity for growth and learning. Thus, these examples are not meant to represent the only sanctions that may be used by the College.

Reprimand: A written warning to a student for a violation of College policy. The warning shall include notice that further violations of the same or other regulations will result in a more severe disciplinary sanction. A copy of the warning letter is placed in the student's academic file.

Apology: A required formal apology, given either verbally or in writing (as designated by the sanction), either private or public, to an individual, outside agency, or the College. Evidence of the offering of the apology may be required.

Restitution: In the event of damage, destruction, or theft, a student may be required to make a full and complete reimbursement to the College or others. Restitution for College property, damage, or theft may take the form of financial payment, appropriate service, or other compensation. Failure to make arrangements to pay may result in a hold being placed on the student's NMC account.

Monetary Fine: The student is required to pay a specific monetary fine to the College.  Failure to pay or to make arrangements to pay such fines may result in a hold being placed on the student's NMC account.

Work Project: The student is assigned a specific work or service project, as outlined in a work agreement. This sanction will normally be assigned to help the student reflect upon the negative implications of his/her behavior.

Disciplinary Warning: This sanction is administered to serve as a notice to the student that his/her behavior was unacceptable and inconsistent with the College's values and standards of behavior. The Warning will note that any future violations of the policy could result in the imposition of more severe sanctions. In some cases, it may be the preliminary step to Disciplinary Probation. This sanction may also involve specific conditions that may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Removal from campus housing or relocating within the apartments.
  2. Restriction of access to specific campus facilities.
  3. Loss of privileges, to include, but not limited to, the following:
    1. Active participation in any or all public events sponsored by the College or by students;
    2. Attendance at any or all public events sponsored by the College or by students;
    3. Normal visitation rights.
  4. Work project requirements/assignment.

If a student is found responsible for a violation of the College's Title IX-Sexual Misconduct Policy, a Disciplinary Warning could also include one or more of the following:

  1. Required consultation with a member of the College's counseling staff, as well as required participation in any on-going counseling and/or educational programming recommended by the counselor.
  2. Issuance of a public apology by the student.
  3. Prohibited contact for a specific period of time between the violator and the victim.

Disciplinary Probation: This sanction may involve specified conditions that may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Removal from campus housing or relocating within the apartments.
  2. Restriction of access to specified campus facilities.
  3. Loss of privileges to include, but not limited to, the following:
    1. Active participation in any or all public events sponsored by the College or by students;
    2. Attendance at any or all public events sponsored by the College or by students;
    3. Representation of the College in specified manners;
    4. Holding office in a College-approved organization;
    5. Participating in specific extracurricular activities;
    6. Normal visitation rights.
  4. Required participation certain groups and/or educational programs as they relate to the violation.
  5. Required period of appropriate work project.

Disciplinary Probation can also carry other sanctions imposed by certain campus organizations and academic departments. For example, a student on Disciplinary Probation may be ineligible to hold positions in Student Senate, participate in clinical rotation, or hold positions on the student housing staff. Any such sanctions are considered independently by those organizations or departments and may be imposed in addition to the sanctions identified above. Notification of Disciplinary Probation may be sent to a minor student's parents, subject to regulations governing a student's right to privacy.

Suspension: Suspension from classes and/or the College property may occur for a period of up to one (1) regular semester. A student wishing to re-enroll at the end of the suspension period must notify the Vice President of Enrollment and Student Success in writing six (6) weeks prior to the start of the semester.

Dismissal: Dismissal constitutes expulsion from the College. Students who have been dismissed are not eligible for return or reapplication.

Required Assessment and/or Counseling: In the event a student's conduct creates safety concerns and/or violates the NMC Code of Conduct Policy, he or she may be required to receive counseling, not necessarily as a disciplinary measure, but as an attempt to facilitate growth and/or safety. The student's conduct will be individually evaluated based on observations of his or her actions that indicate safety concerns or violations of the Code of Conduct. Following this individual assessment, College, at its discretion, will determine whether the student will be required to obtain treatment or evaluation from a qualified healthcare professional. Based on the results of the student's assessment, the College, using careful judgment, will determine whether the student is otherwise qualified to take classes.

Before the College concludes that the student's conduct merits suspension or other appropriate disciplinary measures, student will be provided with a forum in which he or she will be given a reasonable opportunity to be heard and respond. However, in exigent circumstances, the College may take immediate measures to dismiss or withdraw the student. Any decision to suspend or withdraw a student will be made by the Vice President of Enrollment and Student Success or the Vice President of Academic Affairs and the College President. If the College takes immediate action to dismiss or withdraw the student, the student will be given the opportunity at a reasonable time afterwards to be heard and to present his or her position.

Updated: August 2015

Guidelines for Disciplinary Procedures PDF

Matters of Conscience

A student may be assigned to a situation that may pose an ethical dilemma for them.  The student who objects to providing care for assigned patients based on matters of conscience will notify the instructor as soon as possible. The student will remain aware that their first responsibility is to the patient, and that they should complete the necessary care to meet the immediate needs of the patient. The student shall not abandon the patient. The faculty will attempt to provide individual guidance to the student in the immediate situation.

Updated: November 2015

Romantic and Sexual Relationships Between Students and Staff Policy

The relationships between students and their teachers, advisors, and others holding positions of authority over them should be conducted in a manner that avoids potential conflicts of interest, exploitation, or personal bias. Given the inherent power differential, the possibility of intentional or unintentional abuse of that power should always be borne in mind. For example, a conflict of interest arises when an individual evaluates the work or performance of a person with whom he or she is engaged in a romantic or sexual relationship. In addition, relationships between students and others holding positions of authority can also lead to possible Title IX sexual harassment claims.

Romantic or sexual relationships between students and persons in positions of authority compromise the relationship between students and the College. No member of the College community should simultaneously be romantically or sexually involved with a student whom he or she teaches, advises, coaches, or supervises in any way. Individuals in such positions of authority must not allow these relationships to develop or continue.

Updated: November 2015

Sexual Harassment/Assault Prevention Programs and Resources

REVIEWED/REVISED:

7/2013; 7/2015; 9/2017

RELATED POLICIES:

Title IX-Sexual Misconduct Policy

PURPOSE:

To communicate the College's programs and resources available concerning sexual harassment/assault prevention.

Sexual Harassment/Assault Prevention Programs and Resources

Sexual Misconduct Policy (Title IX)

REVIEWED/REVISED:

10/13; 11/13; 9/14; 2/15; 10/15; 4/16; 9/17

RELATED POLICY:

Minors Involved in NMC Programs; College Code of Conduct

PURPOSE: 

To provide the NMC community (faculty, staff, administrators and students) and members of the public visiting a work place and educational environment free of harassment, interference and intimidation, NMC has adopted and published the following policy and grievance procedures for complaints under Title IX.

Nebraska Methodist College (NMC) strives to create a respectful, safe and non-threatening environment for its students, faculty, staff, administrators and visitors. This policy sets forth the resources available to students, describes prohibited conduct and establishes procedures for responding to sexual misconduct incidents that includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and other unwelcome behaviors.

Sexual Misconduct Policy

Online Communications Policies & Guidelines

NMC supports the use of social media to reach audiences important to the College such as students, prospective students, faculty and staff. The College presence or participation on social media sites is guided by College policy. This policy applies to all use of social media by NMC students, faculty and staff, unless otherwise provided, to represent or discuss matters concerning the College and/or members of the NMC community, whether or not such used involves the College's network or other computer resources, including online communications related to interactions in or about clinical and didactic course activities.

Distribution of sensitive and confidential information is protected under HIPAA and FERPA whether discussed through traditional communication channels or through social media.  

"Social Media" are mechanisms for communication designed to be disseminated through social interaction, created using highly accessible and scalable publishing techniques. Examples of social media include, but are not limited to, collaborative projects (e.g, Wikipedia), blogs and microblogs (e.g., Twitter), content communities (e.g., YouTube), social networking sites (e.g., Facebook), virtual game worlds (e.g., World of Warcraft), and virtual social networks (e.g., Second Life).  

While this policy may need to be modified as new technologies and social networking tools emerge, the spirit of the policy will remain the protection of sensitive and confidential information and guidelines for proper etiquette. Social media often spans traditional boundaries between professional and personal relationships and thus takes additional vigilance to make sure that one is protecting personal, professional, and college reputations.  

Regardless of how the forms of social media are used, faculty, staff and students are responsible for the content they post or promote. Content contributed on these platforms is distributed and accessible immediately.

Section 1: Policies for all social media sites, including personal sites

Copyright Use

Respect copyright and fair use: When posting, faculty, staff, and students must respect and adhere to any copyright and intellectual property rights of others and of the college.  See also NMC's Copyright Policy.  

Endorsements

All Nebraska Methodist College logos and/or the Methodist Health System logos are trademarked and the property of the Methodist Health System.  No person is allowed to use any logos for endorsements or other purposes without the express written permission of the appropriate authorizer. No NMC logo or any other college images may be used on personal social media sites. The Nebraska Methodist College name may never be used to promote a product, service, cause, or political party or candidate.  

College Property

Respect College time and property: College computers and time on the job are reserved for college-related business as approved by supervisors.  

Terms of Service

Obey the Terms of Service of any social media platform employed.  

Section 2: Policies for blogging, including personal blogs

Important Considerations

Before creating a blog or making any entries using College resources such as computers, internet, software, etc., students, faculty or staff must contact the Marketing department. Blogs that engage students, alumni, faculty, donors, and other constituents must receive prior approval.  

Blogging Recommendation

Anything posted on a blog may have repercussions in the future. People have been sued, refused jobs or fired from their jobs because of material they posted on their blogs.  

In addition to controlling what you post on your blog, you can monitor the comments that other people post. While your credibility as a blogger depends in large part on your openness to comments by others, you can set your blog so that all comments come to you for review prior to appearing on your blog. Some bloggers post their policy directly on their blogs.  

For your own protection, you should never give information that identifies you, such as your full name, your address or phone number. Don't make yourself a target to scam artists or predators.

Section 3: Email Etiquette Guideline

All employees are expected to use email for college business communications only.

Employee, faculty and student NMC e-mail accounts are the primary sources for distributing important college information.  Information for students will also be posted on MyMethodist, the College student portal.  

Although there are a variety of distribution lists available within the Nebraska Methodist Health System network, it is important to use good tact.  When sending emails outside of the college, employees, faculty, and staff must abide by the CAN-SPAM Act.  

Employees and students may not communicate via email any material that violates the privacy or publicity rights of another. Policies concerning privacy, confidentiality, including FERPA and HIPAA regulations, shall be strictly enforced for communications involving patients, employees, volunteers, employees, customers, visitors and other constituents.

In addition, published email communications may not disclose any sensitive, proprietary, confidential, or financial information about the Nebraska Methodist College.

Section 4: Institutional Social Media

If an employee, student, or agent of the College posts any material on behalf of an NMC department, the following policies must be adhered to in addition to all policies found herein:

Notify the college: Departments or college departments that have a social media page or would like to start one must contact Marketing at NMCmarketing@methodistcollege.edu.  

All institutional pages must have a full-time appointed employee who is identified as being responsible for content. Current students can help manage pages but there must also be a staff member or faculty with administrative privileges.  

Acknowledge who you are: If you are representing Nebraska Methodist College when posting on a social media platform, acknowledge so.  

Have a plan: Departments should consider their messages, audiences, and goals, as well as a strategy for keeping information on social media sites up-to-date.  

Link back to the college: Whenever possible, link back to the NMC Web site. Ideally, posts should be very brief; redirecting a visitor to content that resides within the Nebraska Methodist College website. When linking to a news article about NMC, check first to see whether you can link to a release on the NMC News page instead of to a publication or other media outlet.  

Protect the institutional voice: Posts on social media sites should protect the College's institutional voice by remaining professional in tone and in good taste. No individual NMC department should construe its social media site as representing the college as a whole. Consider this when naming pages or accounts, selecting a profile picture or icon, and selecting content to post-names, profile images, and posts should all be clearly linked to the particular department rather than to the institution as a whole.

Section 5: Best Practices

Faculty, staff and students are strongly encouraged to follow the recommended practices below so that they may bring their online social media communications and presence in compliance with this and other applicable policies:

Be careful.  Privacy does not exist in the world of social media. If you wouldn't say it on the front page of the newspaper, consider whether you should post it online. If you are unsure about posting something or responding to a comment, ask your supervisor for input or contact Marketing at nmcmarketing@methodistcollege.edu. In all instances, think twice before posting  

Be accurate.  Get your facts straight before posting them on social media. Review content for grammatical and spelling errors. This is especially important if posting on behalf of the college in any capacity because regardless of who is posting content, it is the institutional voice.  

Be respectful. Understand that content you and others contribute to a social media site could encourage comments or discussion of opposing ideas. Responses should always be considered carefully in light of how they would reflect on the 'poster' and/or the college and its institutional voice.  

Be aware. Remember your audience and who you're talking to with your posts.  This includes prospective students, current students, alumni, donors, current employers and colleagues, peers and other constituents. Consider this before publishing to ensure the post will not alienate, harm, or provoke any of these groups.  

Own Your Viewpoints. On personal sites, identify your views, opinions, and other comments as your own. If you identify yourself as a Nebraska Methodist College faculty, staff member or student online, make it very clear that your views are yours and not those of Nebraska Methodist College or its affiliates.

Section 6: Response to Comments/Feedback on Social Media

Social media has the opportunity to create positive interactions with students, alumni, healthcare professionals and the community at large.  However, there may be instances where an individual or group posts negative comments pertaining to Nebraska Methodist College and its constituents online. This could take place on blogs, social media outlets, aggregate review sites, comments sections on mass media publications, NMC's own internet holdings, and more. This policy is not intended as a means of infringing upon freedom of speech or silencing constructive criticism of the College.  NMC is devoted to the concept of free speech, but recognizes that the safety and well-being of its students, faculty, and the community may require a response.

NMC takes each online comment made toward or about the College and its constituents seriously. While many such comments can be construed as frivolous, there some comments may inflict actual harm upon the College and members of the community. When a negative or inappropriate comment, review, blog post, or similar communication is posted about the College or its constituents and comes to the attention of the College, NMC will take the following action:   

  1. The employee or student who reads the post initially should not respond.
  2. The post should be printed and saved for record keeping. This information should include the date and author of the original post.
  3. The post will be referred to the NMC Marketing Department for immediate review with copy forwarded to the Compliance Director.
  4. Depending on the sensitivity of the publication, the post may be subject to deletion, the author subject to discipline, or the author will be invited to file a formal complaint.

If the comment is not serious in nature, the NMC Marketing Department will offer the individual or group to file an official complaint.  This response may appear as follows:  

"We're sorry that you feel that way and we are looking into the situation. If you wish to file a formal complaint with Nebraska Methodist College, please visit the website here."  

Although this will remain the primary response for the majority of situations that may arise, the NMC Marketing with the assistance of the Compliance Director is given the authority to approach each comment on its own merits so as to be able to adequately respond to the extraordinary nature of some forms of online communication.  This may include requests for takedown made to the forum hosting the comment, disciplinary action of the writer if such person falls under the authority of the College and is found to be in violation of College policies, or if the post could be perceived as dangerous, filing a report about the person to the proper authorities (to be done only in situations deemed to pose an actual danger to the College or its constituents) as well as any additional action deemed appropriate to the specific situation being addressed.

Campus Health Policies

The health of our students is very important to success in and out of the classroom. All students must maintain and adhere to the student health policies and procedures. 

Degree- and Certificate-Seeking Students

Health Insurance Policy

Immunizations

Infectious Disease Policy

Return to Clinical, Class, and Lab Following Illness or Injury Policy

Student Exposure to Illness

Tuberculosis Policy

Drug Screening

Title IX Policies

Title IX of the Education amendments of 1972 is a landmark federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education.
 
"No person in the United States, shall on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to, discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance." See Title IX of the education Amendments of 1972. 

Facts

  • Title IX does not apply only to female students.
  • Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual assault.
  • If NMC knows about sexual harassment or sexual assault Title IX requires NMC to take action immediately.
  • All Title IX complaints must be processed.
  • Title IX investigations are separate from law enforcement investigations.  Even if you file a police report, NMC is required to independently investigate the assault.

Campus Sexual Assault Victim's Rights

Nebraska Methodist College students or employees reporting victimization of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking will be provided their written rights, which are:

(i) To be assisted by campus authorities if reporting a crime to local law enforcement;

(ii) Change academic, living, transportation, or working situations to avoid a hostile environment;

(iii) Obtain or enforce a no contact directive or restraining order;

(iv) Have a clear description of NMC's disciplinary process and know the range of possible sanctions; and

(v) Receive contact information about existing counseling, heath, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, and other services available both on-campus and community.

Please see the NMC Title IX policy including definitions: Under Sexual Misconduct Policy.

Reporting Assault

Title IX coordinator Lindsay Snipes (402) 354-7259 lindsay.snipes@methodistcollege.edu

Prompt reporting of a complaint is strongly encouraged as it allows for rapid response to and resolution of objectionable behavior. Contact 911 if you are in immediate danger.

To file a Title IX complaint, please click here.

Resources, Guidance and Support

You are not alone:

The following resources can provide guidance and support:

Confidential Resources:

Student Counseling:  Kathy Dworak - (402) 354-7080
Campus Health Center: (402) 354-7210 / (402) 354-7260

Campus Resources:

Campus Security(402) 354-7000 / (402) 740-6368 (cell)
Lead Title IX Coordinator:  Lindsay Snipes - (402) 354-7259 or lindsay.snipes@methodistcollege.edu

Community Resources:

Methodist Emergency Room SANE/SART(402) 354-4000

Locations:

8303 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE
717 N. 190th Plaza, Omaha, NE

Women's Center for Advancement (WCA) - (402) 345-6555 or 24/7 Crisis Line (402) 345-7273

24/7 Hot Lines:

National Domestic Violence Hotline-(800) 799-SAFE (7233) and (800) 787-3224
National Sexual Assault Hotline - (800) 656-HOPE (4673)

Websites:

Not Alone:  www.notalone.gov
Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition:  www.ndvsac.org
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network):  www.rainn.org
LGBTQ:  The Survivor Project:  www.survivorproject.org

Sexual Harassment/Assault Prevention Programs and Resources

REVIEWED/REVISED:

7/2013; 7/2015; 9/2017

RELATED POLICIES:

Title IX-Sexual Misconduct Policy

PURPOSE:

To communicate the College's programs and resources available concerning sexual harassment/assault prevention.

Sexual Harassment/Assault Prevention Programs and Resources

Sexual Misconduct Policy (Title IX)

Program Handbooks

Click below for a list of program handbooks, which will include one per program at Nebraska Methodist College. Your handbook describes the details about program study and requirements in your specific program.

The policies and procedures contained in these handbooks are subject to change without notice at the discretion of the Program Director, with the approval of the Dean. Any changes made will be communicated to students in a timely manner. It is the responsibility of each student to be acquainted with all requirements, policies and procedures for his or her degree program and to assume responsibility for meeting those requirements.

See All Program Handbooks

Syllabus Addendum

Purpose

The purpose of this syllabus addendum is to provide students with information that supplements the College Catalog and other institutional policies. It is the student's responsibility to become familiar with these items and abide by all policies while enrolled at NMC.

NMC Email Address

All NMC students are provided with an NMC email address. It is the responsibility of the student to check this email account on a regular basis to receive important information from faculty and other NMC personnel. In general, email communication with a faculty member MUST be only through your NMC email account.

Disability Accommodations

Reasonable accommodations may be provided to students who have a documented physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Students who qualify for a reasonable accommodation are encouraged to follow the "Services for Students with Disabilities" policy found in the College Catalog and make the appropriate arrangements with the Coordinator of Academic Success (Clark 2243, 402-354-7029). It is the student's responsibility to notify the College of need for accommodations. Please note that accommodations will not be granted retroactively, and late notification of a qualifying disability does not excuse the student from work already completed in the course. Additional details on the NMC's policy for services for students with disabilities are published in the College Catalog.

Military Friendliness Academic Policy

See policy under Military section below

Technology Privacy, Use & Support

NMC instructors may incorporate a variety of technologies, i.e. online websites, tools, etc., into their online or physical classrooms.  For questions regarding the privacy policies of these technologies, please contact NMC Help at nmchelp@methodistcollege.edu.

All students are provided with login details that permit access to the MyMethodist portal Outlook Web Access (for email), and campus computer log on. For a list of technical requirements for online courses, please visit the our technology requirements page.

  • Password Reset: If you have a password question or need to have your password reset for any of the above functions, contact  the Methodist Health System IT Help Desk (anytime, 24 hours a day) at (402) 354-2280or support@nmhs.org and refer specifically to your "Network" password (if you reference MyMethodist, they will not know how to help you).
  • Other support: If you need technical help with MyMethodistor other technology issues, please contact NMC help at nmchelp@methodistcollege.edu or call the NMC HELP LINE at (402) 354-7008.  If you need assistance after hours (after 4:30 M-F or weekends) email is the best form of communication. Response will occur within 24 hours.

Student Course Evaluations

The faculty and administration of NMC value constructive and professional feedback of students. Information from the course evaluation is used for program and college accreditation. This information also provide faculty with formative feedback that could be used to impact and improve future instruction. The course evaluation is completely anonymous and will be completed electronically by the student. Before completing a course evaluation, a student should reflect on their learning experience in order to provide thoughtful responses to the questions asked in the evaluation. The faculty and administration expect students to adhere to the tenets of professionalism and the College Core Values when rating the course and faculty, especially when providing written comments. Any irrelevant or inappropriate comments will not be considered in relationship to impacting course instruction or as evaluative of faculty performance.

Brightspace

NMC utilizes D2L Brightspace as our Learning Management System. You can access your courses through the online platform here.

NetTutor

Free online tutoring services from NetTutor are available through My.Methodist portal for currently enrolled students. Available subjects include: Writing, Patho/Pharm, Math, Medical Terminology, Statistics, Anatomy &Physiology I and II, Pathophysiology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Nutrition, Pharmacology, Radiographic Imaging Physics, and Advanced Anatomy & Applied Physiology. For more information, please visit the Tutoring site in MyMethodist.

NMC Library

Click here for information about the John Moritz Library

Student Participation & Engagement

Students must demonstrate academic engagement in a course within 48 hours of the course start date. Academic engagement must be demonstrated by logging into the course and completing one or more of the following academically related activities: attending a synchronous class where the student and instructor can interact, submitting an academic assignment, taking a quiz or exam, participating in an interactive computer-assisting instruction, participating in a study group, group project or online discussion assigned by the instructor, and/or interacting with the faculty regarding academic matters. The following are not considered academic engagement: logging into an online class or tutorial without further participation, downloading or viewing the syllabus, reviewing course material. Student eligibility for financial aid will be based on the aforementioned criteria. See Attendance and Course Participation Policy.

Recording of Class Sessions

NMC prohibits audio/video recording of classroom activities by students without the written permission of the instructor. You may not record class sessions or portions thereof unless the Coordinator of Academic Success has authorized recording as an academic accommodation for a qualified student with a disability and has notified the instructor of that authorization. All such recordings are for the sole use of the individual student and may not be reproduced, sold, posted online, or otherwise distributed. See also Recording of Classroom Sessions Policy.

Communication Etiquette

Students are to use appropriate and professional etiquette when communicating with College faculty or personnel, or any representative of a Program including clinical instructors. Treat e-mail the same as a face-to-face meeting ¬ your "tone" and language should be befitting the professional relationship. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • Appropriate salutation or greeting by name (e.g. Hello, Dr. Smith; Hi Jane)
  • Full sentences with appropriate grammar. Do not use text message shortcuts, shorthand notation or acronyms (such as "TTYL"," LOL", or "IMO")
  • Closure statement (e.g., Thanks, Mary; Regards, Tom)
  • Netiquette Core Rules excerpted from the book Netiquette by Virginia Shea.

Military

Air Force ROTC

Military Member Benefits

Re-Admission of Service Members

A student who is called to active duty in the United States Armed Forces (including the National Guard or Reserve) for a period of more than 30 days is entitled to reenroll at Nebraska Methodist College, providing the following conditions are met:

The student gives advance written notice of the call to active duty or, upon seeking readmission, submits written verification that such service was performed, necessitating their absence.Both the advance notice of the call to active duty and verification of service performed should be submitted to the NMC Director of Registration and Records;
The cumulative length of the student's absence from NMC because of active duty service does not exceed five years;
The student submits a notification of intent to reenroll within three years after the completion of service or within two years after recovery from an illness or injury incurred during the service; and
The separation from service was not a dishonorable or bad conduct discharge.
Institutional determination of a student's preparedness to be readmitted with the same academic status will be made on a case-by-case basis. Should Nebraska Methodist College determine that the student is not prepared to be readmitted with the same academic status, the College will make reasonable efforts, at no cost to the student, to help the student become prepared (e.g., refresher courses).

During the first academic year, the student will be assessed the same tuition and fee charges that were in effect during the academic year he/she left Nebraska Methodist College. Veteran or other service member education benefits may be considered as well.

Students Called to Military Service

Returning Unearned Military Tuition Assistance Funds

Military Tuition Assistance is a U.S. Department of Defense program. Tuition Assistance rules vary by branch of service and even vary between different units within the same branch depending on whether the unit is active, reserve, or National Guard. Tuition Assistance funds will be applied to tuition costs only. 

Military Tuition Assistance Recipients

Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded.  When a student withdraws, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of TA funds originally awarded. To comply with the U.S. Department of Defense policy, NMC will return any unearned TA funds on a proportional basis through at least 60% portion of the period for which the funds were provided.  If a service member stops attending due to a military service obligation, NMC will work with the affected service member to identify solutions that will not result in a student debt for the returned portion.

Withdrawals

A student's official withdrawal date is used as the last date of attendance and to calculate earned percentage of TA. A student's official withdrawal date is determined by using the last date of attendance that is documented and submitted to the Office of the Registrar.

Once the last date of attendance has been determined, NMC will recalculate a student's TA eligibility based on the following formula:

The amount of TA funding that is earned is determined on a pro-rata basis. For example, if a student completed 30% of the course, s/he earned 30% of the TA funds that s/he was originally scheduled to receive. The remainder of the unearned funds (70%) would be returned to the TA program. If this results in an unpaid tuition balance, payment would be the responsibility of the student. Once a student has attended at least 60% of the period for which TA funds were approved, the student is considered to have earned 100% of the TA funds.

Updated: March 2016

Returning Unearned Military Tuition Assistance Funds

Military Friendliness Academic Policy