It is hoped that no student will have scholastic difficulties. Those who do experience trouble with one or more courses are urged to request a conference with the instructor or instructors involved. The Academic Affairs Committee, the Dean for Academic Affairs, and the Dean for Student Affairs are also available to advise and assist students.
No student may be admitted later than 10 days after the opening of an academic session except by special permission of the Dean. It is very much to the advantage of each student to register and be in attendance for classes at the very outset of each semester.
No credit is granted to any student for matriculation or attendance where such attendance is less than one semester in duration. Moreover, each student must remain in continual attendance during each semester for which credit is sought. If, for any reason, a student leaves the program and subsequently returns to the University, the student must satisfy all requirements for graduation as exists at the time of the continuation of his/her studies.
Attendance at all regularly scheduled classes and clinical sessions is required. There is no University policy permitting class cuts and attendance in class and clinic will be monitored. Each course director determines the method of monitoring attendance for his/her course. Failure to attend class or clinic could result in failure of a course.
Planned absences should be worked out in consultation with course directors, appropriate clinical staff and patients as necessary.
For situations involving unplanned absence from class or clinic, appropriate arrangements are made directly by the student with any patients scheduled and the College is to be called at 472-1301 to report the absence. The clinic receptionist will notify the registrar’s office and the clinical clerks of the absence. Students are responsible for all course requirements regardless of the reason for the absence, so it is important that instructors are informed and that students maintain a clear understanding of what must be done to meet course requirements.
For unusual circumstances, a temporary leave of absence may be recommended by the Academic Affairs Committee to the Dean, who shall determine the granting of such status. Such leave does not excuse a student from meeting all course requirements. In case of illness, a student will usually need a written statement from the University Health Center or a private physician. Neither absence nor an excuse relieves anyone from meeting all course requirements. Excessive absences may result in a lowered or failing grade in the course.
As part of the educational experience and professional responsibility, each dental student must be available for emergency treatment of assigned patients during other than regular hours. Students are encouraged to live in the area.
Some courses are graded differently. The grading system will be presented at the beginning of each course.
W - Withdrawal‒Authorized withdrawal
P - Pass: Acceptable achievement for course enrolled under pass/fail option
NR - No Report: Administrative entry for a grade not submitted by an instructor. Temporary assignment only. The entry NR may be used by an instructor at the end of a term to designate that requirements of the course were not met for reasons beyond the control of the instructor or student or for situations in which the instructor determines that the entry of NR is appropriate. The entry of NR is not to be used when a legitimate grade has been earned or when an incomplete should be assigned. When an entry of NR is used, the instructor must specify the requirements for completing the course and the date by which the course is to be completed which may be no later than the end of the next semester. Failure to complete the requirements by the date specified will result in the NR being automatically changed to an F unless an extension is granted by the dean. An F grade assigned in this way is not subject to the grade appeal process. The College of Dentistry NR Report Form is used for this purpose and must accompany the official grade sheet when it is submitted to the registrar’s office.
I - Incomplete: Temporary assignment only. The grade of I may be used by an instructor at the end of a term to designate incomplete work in a course. It may be used only when a student is unable to complete the requirements of the course in which he/she is registered for credit because of illness, military service, hardship, or death in the immediate family. Incompletes should be given only if the student has already substantially completed the major requirements of the course.
If a grade of incomplete is received in the first (fall) semester, it must be removed by the end of the first eight weeks of the following second (spring) semester. When a grade of Incomplete is received in the second (spring) semester, the incomplete must be removed during the summer session, before the student can register for the subsequent academic year. A student failing to remove an incomplete in the allotted time will automatically receive a grade of F. An F grade assigned in this way is not subject to the grade appeal process.
Standards for Academic Performance
If a student does not:
- achieve a semester/session grade point average (GPA) of 2.0, or
- maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0, or
- receive a passing grade in a course,
the student will be placed on academic probation for a length of time determined by the Academic Affairs Committee or may be dismissed from the College after due hearing by the Academic Affairs Committee. Probation ordinarily will not last longer than three (3) semesters/sessions.
A failed subject must be absolved by registration in, and satisfactory completion of, the course at a time approved by the department chairperson and the course director. If, by the end of academic probation, the student does not:
- achieve a semester/session GPA of 2.0, and
- maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0, and
- pass the course the next time it is offered or remove the deficiency, the student is not eligible for registration and will be dismissed from the College.
A student who has failed the same subject twice, here or elsewhere, or who fails more than one course in any academic semester or session, or has a cumulative GPA below 2.0 for two (2) consecutive semesters/sessions, or does not resolve probation within the time limits as specified, will be dismissed from the College of Dentistry.
Any student dismissed for academic reasons may petition for readmission. The Academic Affairs Committee shall act on the petition for readmission and shall recommend the academic readmission level. This recommendation shall be forwarded to the dean for final approval.
Under unusual circumstances, a student may petition for permission to repeat the entire year. This petition must be received at least two weeks before the end of a semester or the summer session. It shall be the responsibility of the Academic Affairs Committee to recommend to the dean the granting of this privilege.
Incidents of poor patient management, major deficiencies in technical skills, unprofessional or disruptive conduct and unnecessary damage to treated or adjacent teeth and soft tissue may result in suspension from clinic, laboratory, or class as well as failure of the course.
Students who exhibit deficiencies in didactic and clinical areas may be required to complete remedial training before regaining attendance privileges.
The faculty reserves the right to dismiss a student from the College of Dentistry whenever he/she does not, in its judgment, show sufficient promise to justify allowing him/her to continue studies regardless of grades. Students at all times are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner. Misconduct, both in or out of the College, will not be tolerated and may serve as grounds for dismissal.
The faculty of the College of Dentistry has determined that violation of the Academic Integrity and Professional Guidelines such as cheating, academic misconduct, fabrication, and plagiarism shall automatically result in failure of the course.
The faculty of the College has also determined the following program requirements and time limits
- There will be a time limit of six (6) years in attendance to earn the D.D.S. degree. A student will be allowed only three years to complete the first two years of the dental program and only three years to complete the last two years of the dental program.
- There will be a time limit of three (3) years in attendance to earn the B.S. in Dental Hygiene degree.
- Successful completion of all prior coursework and Part I of the National Dental Board examination will be required for promotion to and registration for any courses in the D-3 year.
- Successful completion of Part II of the National Dental Board examination will be required for D.D.S. graduation.
- There will be required review courses offered for students preparing for the board examinations.
- Students must be in Good Academic Standing to graduate.
A request for, or notice of, withdrawal from a course must be:
- made in writing to the Office of Academic Affairs
- accompanied by supporting reasons
- specific as to the desired date of effect
- specific as to re-registration for the course
- approved in writing by the Office of Student Affairs.
Students who drop a course during the first seven calendar days of the term will not receive a grade and the course will not appear on their transcript. Students who drop a course after the first seven calendar days of the term will receive a grade of W on their transcript. Students may not drop a course after 70% of the course has been completed; a grade other than W must be assigned
Upon approval, the Office of Academic Affairs shall inform the registrar that withdrawal has been approved.
A request for notice of withdrawal from the College of Dentistry must:
- be made in writing to the Office of Academic Affairs
- be specific as to the desired date of effect
- be accompanied by proof that all obligations to the University have been satisfied
- be approved in writing by the dean
The Office of Academic Affairs shall inform the registrar that withdrawal has been approved.
Any matriculated student who withdraws from the College of Dentistry may petition for readmission. It shall be the responsibility of the Academic Coordinating Committee to recommend to the dean the granting of readmission and the academic level of readmission.
Access to Student Records
In accordance with federal law as established in 1974 by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the University of Nebraska Medical Center maintains the confidentiality of student records and allows students to inspect and review information in their educational records at the College of Dentistry. The UNMC policy statement concerning student records may be found in the current Student Handbook or in the Office of Student Services at UNMC.
Dress and Grooming Code
Dress and grooming requirements apply to all student and faculty personnel connected with the College of Dentistry. Violations that result in unsanitary grooming or poor taste that is emotionally objectionable to patients will not be allowed.
Personal dress in lectures is at the discretion of the individual student. In clinics and laboratories, a neat, clean, approved dental gown must be worn at all times. All other clothes must be neat and clean.
Clinical Attire and Grooming
The College of Dentistry has a formal Clinical Attire Policy which is published in the Policies and Procedures Manual. All students, faculty and staff of the College must abide by this policy.
The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) defines student rights relative to student information. FERPA requires that we notify you of your rights under this act.
FERPA grants you the right to:
- Inspect and review your educational record.
- Seek to amend incorrect educational records.
- Provide written consent before the university discloses personally identifiable information from your record except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
- Limit the disclosure of directory information.
Please see http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html to read and learn more.