Statement of Policy
NOTE: Repeating any Excelsior University source of credit will require students to pay all tuition and/or fees that are associated with repeating the requirement.
A. Repetition of an Excelsior source of credit for which a student earned a failing grade
Students enrolled in an Excelsior University degree program are allowed three attempts of an Excelsior University course, UExcel exam, or Excelsior University Examination for which they have received a failing grade (a grade below what is required by their program to meet the requirement).
Students are permitted three attempts to earn a passing grade for each nursing program requirement, regardless of the source of credit – course or examination – for the specific program requirement.
A student who fails a required capstone or a nursing requirement three times cannot complete the program. Excelsior offers the student the opportunity to transfer to an appropriate degree program within 60 days. Failure to transfer will result in academic dismissal from the program and administrative withdrawal from Excelsior. Prospective students who have failed the same nursing requirement three times will be denied admission to the nursing program (Refer to Policy 120 Administrative Withdrawal and Academic Dismissal for further details).
B. Repetition of sources of credit for which a student earned a passing grade
Students may repeat an Excelsior University source of credit where a passing grade has been earned. Credit which has been transferred in may also be repeated.
- Students who have passed an Excelsior Nursing Theory course, Excelsior University Examination in nursing theory, Nursing Theory Conference Examination, and/or the FCCA may not repeat those credits. If the student chooses to repeat one of these requirements it will not apply to the degree.
Note: Federal Student Aid [Title IV] can only pay for one repeat of a source of credit for which a passing grade was earned.
C. Waiting periods
Students who wish to retake a UExcel Exam or an Excelsior University Examination in nursing must wait one term (approximately 60 days) before repeating the examination and two terms (approximately 120 days) after any subsequent attempts. A UExcel Exam or Excelsior University Examination in nursing can be taken no more than three times in a given year from the first time the student tested.
In the event that an Excelsior University examination is administered beyond the third time, the examinee’s grade will not be reported, or if the grade has already been reported, the grade will be invalidated. In the latter case, any credit granted by Excelsior University will be withdrawn, and examination registration fees will not be refunded.
A student may withdraw (W or AW) from the same Excelsior University course a maximum of three times. After the third withdrawal, the student is not allowed to register for the course without seeking permission from the dean or designee. Military Withdrawals (MW) are exempt from this restriction.
E. Transcripting repeated sources of credit
All grades for repeated Excelsior University sources of credit will be listed on the My Academic Plan document and transcript, and the most recent grade earned for the course will be used in all GPA calculations. If a student repeats an external source of credit that has already been transcripted by Excelsior and wishes to use the newer source of credit, the original source of credit will be marked as duplicative in the student information system, removed from the My Academic Plan document and transcript, removed from GPA and hours earned and attempted calculations, and replaced with the replacement source of credit. Withdrawals (M/AW/MW) do not count as earned grades for the purposes of this policy.
A. Repeating Excelsior University sources of credit for which a failing grade was earned – The student can work with their advisor to take a comparable source of credit from another institution or take another Excelsior University source of credit to meet the requirement.
B. Repeating Capstone Course, Excelsior University Examination or Nursing Theory course, FCCA or CPNE – A student who fails one of these requirements may repeat this requirement two more times for a total of three attempts. If a student fails for a third time, the student may transfer to an appropriate degree program within 60 days. Failure to transfer will result in academic dismissal from the program and administrative withdrawal from Excelsior. (Refer to Policy 120 Administrative Withdrawal from Excelsior and Academic Dismissal from a Program for further details).
Nursing students are eligible to appeal to the dean of the School of Nursing to reenroll one year from the date of their dismissal from the nursing degree program. (Refer to Policy 120 Administrative Withdrawal from Excelsior and Academic Dismissal from a Program for further details).