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The Duke School of Nursing is committed to serving and supporting students throughout their academic career. The lists below provide services and resources available within the School of Nursing and the broader Duke Community that are available to support you throughout your time here. If you are considering taking time away from Duke, are having personal or medical issues that are impacting your work, or just need guidance on services, the information below will be a good starting point in guiding you. We encourage students to seek out resources as needed and as always our Office of Admissions and Student Services is available to assist and support you as well.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I know when the semester begins?
A: Students can access the Academic Calendar to determine when classes begin each semester. The academic calendar also outlines important dates and holidays.
Q: I am interested in joining a Student Organization. How can I find out what student organizations currently exist at the School of Nursing?
A: The School of Nursing currently has several active student organizations. Visit the DUSON Student Organizations website for more information on joining or creating a new student group.
Q: Do I need to obtain a Student ID Badge?
A: Yes, you will need a Student ID Badge for your clinical site rotations. It is important that you are identified as a student of the School of Nursing. Your student ID Badge will also allow you certain access to things such as the building after business hours and student labs. Follow the guidelines for submitting your photo ID or contact the ID office and let them know you would like to use your current photo. Either way, a new Student ID Badge must be made for you as a requirement of the program you are enrolled.
Q: Do I need to submit my immunization requirements?
A: YES! You need to submit this information to student health unless you are a distance based/online student. If your records are housed with employee health, you will need to contact employee health and have them faxed over to student health so your information can be housed and tracked with student health as well. Employee Health and Student Health do not share the same information tracking system.
It is also important for students to follow the instructions on student health’s website to submit the application for new students and other required information by using the online student portal—The Student Gateway. Failure to remain compliant as a DUSON student could result in registration holds on your student account, as well as the inability to participate in your clinical rotations. Please visit http://studentaffairs.duke.edu/studenthealth/contact-us for more information on student health immunization requirements.
Q: If I fall behind in my work, or if I fail some of my tests, what are my options?
A: Students should reach out to the course instructor and/or their faculty advisor if they are falling behind to ensure that steps are taken early to resolve any issues with academic performance. Additional tutoring services may be advised in certain subject areas, both within the School of Nursing and the University.
Q: If I’m sick, what should I do about my exam or work missed when I’m able to return the next day?
A: Students should contact the instructor of the course(s) missed to notify the instructor of the absence and to ensure that all work is made up in a timely fashion. Failure to meet course objectives due to an absence could result in administrative withdrawal from the program.
Q: If I want to take time away from DUSON, will I be allowed to return?
A: Yes, students requesting a personal leave of absence should first complete the Leave of Absence Request form and talk with their Faculty Advisor concerning their situation. The request must be made prior to the beginning of the semester in which the leave is intended. Both the Faculty Advisor and Program Director will need to approve the leave of absence. A leave of absence may be granted for up to one year and can only be granted to students who are in good academic standing.
Q: Where should I start if I’m dealing with personal issues that are interfering with my work?
A: All students should reach out first to their faculty advisor to discuss their personal situation. For those eligible, Duke Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) helps Duke students enhance strengths and develop abilities to successfully live, grow and learn in their personal and academic lives. Students are encouraged to contact CAPS if personal issues are suddenly interfering with their ability to succeed.