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General Information

Tuition, Special Fees, and Costs

Full-time tuition for master’s students is $19,915 per term in the fall 2017 and spring 2018 terms. Students in the first year of the Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing also have a summer tuition fee of $15,834. Tuition for the part-time D.N.P. program is $13,239 per term in the fall 2017 and spring 2018 terms. Tuition for part-time study is determined per term according to the total number of years it takes to complete the degree requirements. The Post-Master’s Certificate program and nonmatriculated part-time study are available at $1,575 per credit. More information is available from the Office of Student Affairs (OSA).

Acceptance Fee

A nonrefundable fee of $600 is required within three weeks of the receipt of an offer of admission in order to secure a place in the entering class. For matriculating students, $300 will be credited to the fall-term tuition.

Required Fees

The University requires hospitalization insurance for all students. Students are billed $2,332 per year for single student coverage with Yale Health. This fee may be waived with proof of alternative coverage for each year of enrollment. Students are also responsible for the cost of equipment, uniforms, books, photocopying, transportation to and from clinical sites, and on-site parking, if needed. All GEPN and first-year M.S.N. students are assessed a lab fee of $400. Every student also pays a technology fee of $600. Students in the incoming (fall 2017) GEPN class are assessed a $1,750 technology fee. All students in all programs pay a $100 student activities fee.

Other Fees

Service fees are charged for late registration, course schedule changes after the add/drop period, Internet connectivity from a student residence, late return of library materials, and the like.

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Student Accounts and Bills

Student accounts, billing, and related services are administered through the Office of Student Financial Services, which is located at 246 Church Street. The office’s website is student-accounts.yale.edu.

Bills

Yale University’s official means of communicating monthly financial account statements is through the University’s Internet-based system for electronic billing and payment, Yale University eBill-ePay. Yale does not mail paper bills.

Student account statements are prepared and made available twelve times a year at the beginning of each month. Payment is due in full by 4 p.m. Eastern Time on the first business day of the following month. E-mail notifications that the account statement is available on the University eBill-ePay website (student-accounts.yale.edu/ebep) are sent to all students at their official Yale e-mail addresses and to all student-designated proxies. Students can grant others proxy access to the eBill-ePay system to view the monthly student account statements and make online payments. For more information, see sfas.yale.edu/proxy-access-and-authorization.

Bills for tuition, room, and board are available during the first week of July, due and payable by August 1 for the fall term; and during the first week of November, due and payable by December 1 for the spring term. The Office of Student Financial Services will impose late fees of $125 per month (up to a total of $375 per term) if any part of the term bill, less Yale-administered loans and scholarships that have been applied for on a timely basis, is not paid when due. Nonpayment of bills and failure to complete and submit financial aid application packages on a timely basis may result in the student’s involuntary withdrawal from the University.

No degrees will be conferred and no transcripts will be furnished until all bills due the University are paid in full. In addition, transcripts will not be furnished to any student or former student who is in default on the payment of a student loan.

The University may withhold registration and certain University privileges from students who have not paid their term bills or made satisfactory payment arrangements by the day of registration. To avoid delay at registration, students must ensure that payments reach Student Financial Services by the due dates.

Payments

There are a variety of options offered for making payments. Yale University eBill-ePay (student-accounts.yale.edu/ebep) is the preferred means for payment of your monthly student account bill. The ePayments are immediately posted to the student account. There is no charge to use this service. Bank information is password-protected and secure, and a printable confirmation receipt is available. On bill due dates, payments using the eBill-ePay system can be made up to 4 p.m. Eastern Time in order to avoid late fees.

For those who choose to pay the student account bill by check, a remittance advice and mailing instructions are included with the online bill available on the eBill-ePay website. All bills must be paid in U.S. currency. Checks must be payable in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank. Payments can also be made via wire transfer. Instructions for wire transfer are available on the eBill-ePay website.

Yale does not accept credit card payments.

A processing charge of $25 will be assessed for payments rejected for any reason by the bank on which they were drawn. In addition, the following penalties may apply if a payment is rejected:

  • 1. If the payment was for a term bill, late fees of $125 per month will be charged for the period the bill was unpaid, as noted above.
  • 2. If the payment was for a term bill to permit registration, the student’s registration may be revoked.
  • 3. If the payment was given to settle an unpaid balance in order to receive a diploma, the University may refer the account to an attorney for collection.

Yale Payment Plan

The Yale Payment Plan (YPP) is a payment service that allows students and their families to pay tuition, room, and board in ten equal monthly installments throughout the year based on individual family budget requirements. It is administered by the University’s Office of Student Financial Services. The cost to enroll in the YPP is $100 per contract. The deadline for enrollment is June 25. Additional details concerning the Yale Payment Plan are available at student-accounts.yale.edu/ypp.

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Financial Aid for the Master’s Program

Students are admitted to degree programs without regard to their ability to pay. All full-time degree candidates are eligible for financial aid in the form of loans, scholarships, and employment. U.S. citizens must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at fafsa.ed.gov. Graduate Entry Prespecialty Nursing applicants and R.N. applicants to the master’s program must complete the FAFSA by February 1, 2018. All continuing students in the master’s program must file for aid by March 15, 2018. Late applicants may not be eligible for maximum funding. All financial information and files are kept strictly confidential.

Types of Aid

Financial aid is awarded based on demonstrated financial need. U.S. citizens are awarded federal student loans, work-study, and scholarship according to federal regulations and school policy. The School offers the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, and Nursing Student Loan to the maximum eligibility the funds allow. International students are eligible for School scholarship, but not federal student loans. Part-time students are eligible for loans only.

School of Nursing scholarships are awarded to full-time students with demonstrated need beyond federal loans. The Yale School of Nursing also offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships to incoming students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, leadership capacity, and overall excellence. These merit scholarships are awarded upon matriculation into the program and are renewed each year as long as students are enrolled full-time and maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.40 or higher. These scholarships are awarded in addition to the School’s need-based scholarships.

The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan for graduate students is available up to a limit of $20,500 per year. Students will be responsible for the interest payments on the loan while in school (the interest may be paid monthly or it may be capitalized, adding the accrued interest to the principal loan amount). The unsubsidized Direct Loan has a fixed interest rate and an origination fee. Borrowers receive a six-month grace period, which means that they do not have to begin repayment until six months after they graduate or when their enrollment drops below half-time status. There are no payments due while enrolled in school, during the grace period, and during any approved deferments (e.g., attendance at graduate school). The standard repayment term is 120 months with a $50 minimum monthly payment.

Nursing Student Loans are awarded after Federal Direct to a limited number of students with demonstrated need. The loan is subsidized, interest rate is 5%, and students have ten years to repay. A unique feature of the Nursing Student Loan is that a percentage of the loan is cancelled each year the student works full-time as a nurse; and after five years, the entire loan is cancelled.

The Direct Graduate PLUS Loan is a federal student loan with a fixed interest rate and an origination fee. A credit check is performed, but denial is only for adverse credit such as bankruptcy or default. Graduate students are eligible for any amount up to the Cost of Education minus other financial aid. Repayment can be deferred while the student is enrolled, but interest accrues from the date of disbursal.

Jobs are available to students working on faculty research, administrative support, or in the School’s Reading Room. Additional employment is available throughout the University campus. Visit the student employment website, yale.edu/seo.

Students are encouraged to seek outside scholarships from their employer or alma mater, from organizations with which they are affiliated, and via website searches. A list of opportunities is available on the School’s website. Students must inform the Financial Aid Office of any outside support, as awards may need to be revised. Revisions begin with loans, not scholarships, whenever possible.

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Financial Support and Visa Process for International Students

International students are also offered admission without regard to their ability to pay. International students seeking aid must complete the International Student Financial Aid Application available on the School’s website. Students demonstrating financial need are eligible for scholarships to cover a portion of their tuition.

U.S. immigration regulations require that the University have proof of full financial support before an I-20 can be issued. If additional family members are coming to the United States, financial support is required for their health insurance and living expenses as well. More information is available at Yale’s Office of International Students and Scholars, oiss.yale.edu.

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Refund and Rebate

Withdrawal and Leave of Absence, Including Tuition Rebate and Refund

A leave of absence must be requested in writing and is subject to approval by the associate dean of student affairs. A request for withdrawal must also be in writing and presented first to the specialty director and then to the associate dean of student affairs. For both leave and withdrawal, the general rules of the University and other policies of the School are applicable. An exit interview is required at the School of Nursing, arranged through the office of the associate dean of student affairs. See the section Leave of Absence and Withdrawal, in the chapter Master’s Program.

Students who withdraw from the School for any reason during the first 60 percent of the term will receive a pro rata rebate of tuition. No adjustment is made after 60 percent of the term has expired. In 2017–2018, no portion of tuition will be rebated in the fall term after October 25, 2017, for students in the D.N.P. program; after October 29, 2017, for students in the GEPN program; and after October 26, 2017, for students in all other programs. In the spring term, the dates are March 26, 2018, for students in the D.N.P. program; March 31, 2018, for students in the GEPN program; and April 3, 2018, for students in all other programs. In the summer term, the dates are June 29, 2018, for students in the GEPN program and July 7, 2018, for students in the M.S.N. program.

The death of a student will cancel charges for tuition as of the date of death, and the tuition will be adjusted on a pro rata basis.

A student who withdraws from the School of Nursing for any reason during the first 60 percent of the term will be subject to the proration of the student’s federal Title IV student aid. A student who withdraws after the 60 percent point has earned 100 percent of the federal Title IV student aid. In order to comply with federal regulations, the School must return to the U.S. Department of Education any unearned federal Title IV student aid. In 2017–2018, the last days for refunding federal Title IV student aid are the same as noted above for tuition. Aid will be refunded in the order prescribed by federal regulations, namely, first Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, then Federal Perkins Loan, and finally Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan.

For purposes of determining the refund of all other sources of student aid (federal non-Title IV, state, private, or institutional scholarships and loans), a student who withdraws from the School of Nursing for any reason will be subject to the same pro rata schedule as for federal Title IV student aid.

All recipients of federal and institutional student loans who leave the School are required to complete an exit interview. Graduating students are required to complete the process before participating in commencement. Students leaving the School receive instructions on completing this process from Yale Student Financial Services.

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Personal Conduct Policy

The Yale School of Nursing is an academic and professional community committed to the education of students and socialization of professionals for a variety of clinical and scholarly roles. The ultimate goal of the School is to contribute to the better health care of people, and this goal requires that all members of the YSN community contribute to the creation of a work and learning environment that maintains the highest standards of academic integrity, values honesty and free expression, and respects individual differences and viewpoints. All members of the community are expected to abide by the regulations of the University as well as to obey local, state, and federal laws. Students in the School of Nursing are expected to adhere to high standards of behavior in the following areas, and failure to do so will lead to appropriate disciplinary action.

  • 1. Academic Integrity It is expected that students’ work represents their own efforts. Behaviors such as cheating on exams or other forms of tests, the falsification or fabrication of data, and plagiarism are prohibited. Students witnessing cheating are expected to contact the appropriate faculty member.
  • 2. Personal Integrity It is expected that students honestly represent their credentials, abilities, and situation. Behaviors such as altering transcripts or work history or misrepresenting one’s financial situation in order to obtain financial aid are prohibited.
  • 3. Professional Integrity It is expected that students behave in clinical settings in a way that is consistent with the goal of providing optimal patient care. Students’ interactions with clients and other professionals in these settings should respect differences, maintain confidentiality according to federal and state privacy standards, avoid stereotyping, and reflect nursing’s ultimate commitment to caring. Abuse or excessive use of drugs, including alcohol, narcotics, or chemicals, is considered improper professional conduct under the laws of the State of Connecticut Nurse Practice Act.
  • 4. Respect for Person and Property It is expected that students respect individual differences, welcome diverse viewpoints, and avoid stereotyping. In addition, it is the students’ responsibility to contribute to the maintenance of the physical environment of the School and the University. Behaviors such as harassment, disruption of class, misuse of materials or facilities of the University library, and unauthorized use of services, equipment, or facilities are prohibited. Students are also expected to respect their classmates and professors by adhering to general classroom decorum (e.g., punctuality, refraining from cell phone usage, addressing faculty and students in a respectful tone). The possession or use, on or around campus, of explosives, incendiary materials, or weapons (including guns, ammunition, air rifles, paintball and pellet guns, Tasers, and knives) is absolutely prohibited.

Failure to adhere to the above principles will be referred to the YSN Committee on Discipline, and students who have violated the above principles will be subject to one or more of the following actions: counseling, reprimand, probation, suspension, dismissal, fine, restriction, or referral for prosecution. This policy allows for the consideration of infractions on a case-by-case basis. Final actions will depend on the seriousness of the infraction and the circumstances surrounding the case.

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Freedom of Expression

The Yale School of Nursing is committed to the protection of free inquiry and expression in the classroom and throughout the school community. In this, the School reflects the University’s commitment to and policy on freedom of expression as eloquently stated in the Woodward Report (Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression at Yale, 1974). See studentlife.yale.edu/guidance-regarding-free-expression-students-yale.

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Student Grievances

The Yale School of Nursing has a policy and procedure that governs any case in which a student has a complaint, including but not limited to a complaint of discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, or handicap, against a member of the faculty or administration of the complainant’s School. Since an instructor’s evaluation of the quality of a student’s work is final, this procedure does not apply in any dispute about a grade assigned to a student by a member of the faculty, unless it is alleged that the determination of the grade resulted from discrimination as described above or failure to follow published policies or procedures. Similarly, this procedure does not apply to any matter inherent in the academic freedom of an instructor, such as, for example, in regard to the syllabus or contents of a course of instruction. It is also not a procedure that may be used when there is a complaint about the quality of a course or the quality of instruction in a course; such concerns may be addressed directly to the department in question. The policy and procedure can be found on the School’s Student Policies Web page (nursing.yale.edu/policiesindex) under Policy No. 4, Dean’s Procedure for Student Complaints.

Complaints of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment and sexual assault, may be brought to a Title IX coordinator or to the University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct. For more information on the University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct, see Resources on Sexual Misconduct in the chapter Yale University Resources and Services. The University-Wide Procedure for Complaints of Sexual Misconduct can be found at provost.yale.edu/uwc.

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Leave of Absence and Withdrawal

It is to the School’s advantage to have enrolled students complete the course of study. When extenuating circumstances require a student to be absent, all reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate the situation and enable the individual to meet the requirements for the degree.

It is understood that this policy and these procedures apply to situations in which the student will be absent from the School for the remainder of a term or longer.

Leave of Absence

A leave of absence is permission granted to a student to interrupt the program of study for a specified time. Since the purpose of a leave is to relieve a student of educational obligations, students will not normally be allowed to enroll in or audit courses during the period of leave.

A student on leave of absence is not eligible for the use of any University facilities normally available to enrolled students.

A student on leave of absence is not eligible for financial aid, including loans; and in most cases, student loans are not deferred during periods of nonenrollment.

International students who apply for a leave of absence must consult with the Office of International Students and Scholars regarding their visa status.

Granting of a Leave of Absence

Students must complete the appropriate form, available on the School’s website, before a request can be considered.

The request for a leave of absence must be approved by the specialty coordinator after consultation with the student, and by the division chair and the associate dean of student affairs. Once the leave is approved, the associate dean notifies the student’s academic adviser, the financial aid officer, and the YSN registrar.

The granting of a student leave must be in accordance with the Academic Progression Policy. There must be sufficient evidence that circumstances, medical or otherwise, exist that make it impossible or difficult for the student to continue with a program of study; and there must be evidence that once these circumstances are resolved, the student would be able and committed to continuing the program of study.

This determination is made by the specialty coordinator or Ph.D./D.N.P. program director after an interview with the student, consultation with the associate dean of student affairs and division chair, and review of the clinician’s recommendation when indicated.

A leave of absence is granted for a fixed and limited term, which will ordinarily be two terms or less. The specific length of the leave of absence is determined by the associate dean of student affairs, upon receipt of recommendation from the division chair and specialty coordinator/program director, with appropriate consultation with the student.

When a leave is granted, appropriate materials will be filed in the student’s folder regarding date and length of leave. The associate dean of student affairs will notify Student Financial Services, Yale Health, and other offices as deemed necessary. They will follow the same procedure if the leave is extended and/or ended by the student’s return or termination of the student’s association with the School.

Leave of Absence for Parental Responsibilities

A student who wishes or needs to interrupt study temporarily for reasons of pregnancy, maternity care, or paternity care may be granted a leave of absence for parental responsibilities. The general policies governing all leaves of absence are described above. Any student planning to have or care for a child is encouraged to meet with the specialty coordinator as soon as possible to discuss individualized leaves or other short-term arrangements. For many students, short-term arrangements rather than a leave of absence are possible.

Medical Leave of Absence

A student who must interrupt study temporarily because of illness or injury may be granted a medical leave of absence with the approval of the associate dean of student affairs, and the student’s division chair and specialty coordinator/program director, on the written recommendation of a clinician on the staff of Yale Health and of the student’s department.

The School reserves the right to require a student to take a leave for medical reasons when, on recommendation of the director of Yale Health or the chief of the Mental Health and Counseling department, the dean determines that the student is a danger to self or others because of a serious medical problem, or that the student has refused to cooperate with efforts deemed necessary by Yale Health to determine if the student is such a danger. An appeal of such a leave must be made in writing to the dean no later than seven days from the date of withdrawal.

Before re-registering, a student on medical leave must secure written permission to return from a clinician on the staff of Yale Health. The determination will be based on the School’s judgment of whether the student is able to fully engage in the program of study.

Return after Leave

A student on leave of absence has the right to return to the School to complete the requirements for the degree at the date the leave expires, provided that: (1) the student notified the School, in writing, by the date specified in the original letter granting the leave, of the intention to return; (2) the student has complied with any written conditions of the leave by the time the leave has expired; and (3) in the case of a medical leave, a medical statement has been provided in accordance with the above terms, and the division chair, specialty coordinator/program director, and associate dean of student affairs have determined that the student is eligible to return. A student who, for any reason, does not enroll at the termination of the leave shall be determined to have terminated association with the School, and will be ineligible to return.

Withdrawal

Withdrawal is termination of the student’s association with the School. It may or may not be renegotiated, depending on the circumstances of withdrawal.

Students must complete the appropriate form, available on the School’s website, before a request for withdrawal can be considered.

Students may withdraw on their own initiative, or upon recommendation of faculty, and may be eligible or ineligible to return.

The student who is eligible to return must petition the School for readmission by February 1 prior to the start of the academic year. The written petition should be sent to the associate dean of student affairs, along with updated transcripts and a résumé or CV. Petitions will be forwarded to the School’s Admissions Committee for review and determination. The Admissions Committee can seek input from the division chair and specialty coordinator/program director to inform their decision. If the student is readmitted, the School may determine that the student needs to retake certain courses due to curriculum revisions during the student’s absence.

Notification of withdrawal will be made to the associate dean of student affairs, who will in turn notify the bursar and Yale Health. Tuition charges will be adjusted as specified in Refund and Rebate, in the chapter General Information.

Transcripts will note “Withdrawn—eligible to return” or “Withdrawn—ineligible to return.”

Requirements for Return

All students in clinical programs who are away from YSN for more than two consecutive terms are required to pass a reentry assessment to demonstrate clinical safety and proficiency, as well as the core performance standards for admission and progression detailed earlier in this chapter. The assessment will normally consist of a written exam, written cases, and demonstration of a comprehensive history and physical exam with relevant SOAP note documentation. The faculty have the option of using simulation as a method of retesting proficiencies and competencies. The assessment will include content from the student’s specialty area encompassing relevant didactic and clinical courses completed prior to the leave of absence. Reentry into the program is contingent upon successful achievement (74 percent grade or higher) on each of the three components of the reentry assessment. The reentry assessment may be taken one time only; a student who does not pass the reentry assessment will be withdrawn from the program.

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U.S. Military Leave Readmissions Policy

Students who wish or need to interrupt their studies to perform U.S. military service are subject to a separate U.S. military leave readmissions policy. In the event a student withdraws or takes a leave of absence from YSN to serve in the U.S. military, the student will be entitled to guaranteed readmission under the following conditions:

  • 1. The student must have served in the U.S. Armed Forces for a period of more than thirty consecutive days;
  • 2. The student must give advance written or oral notice of such service to the associate dean of student affairs. In providing the advance notice the student does not need to indicate an intent to return. This advance notice need not come directly from the student, but rather, can be made by an appropriate officer of the U.S. Armed Forces or official of the U.S. Department of Defense. Notice is not required if precluded by military necessity. In all cases, this notice requirement can be fulfilled at the time the student seeks readmission, by submitting an attestation that the student performed the service.
  • 3. The student must not be away from the School to perform U.S. military service for a period exceeding five years (this includes all previous absences to perform U.S. military service but does not include any initial period of obligated service). If a student’s time away from the School to perform U.S. military service exceeds five years because the student is unable to obtain release orders through no fault of the student or the student was ordered to or retained on active duty, the student should contact the associate dean of student affairs to determine if the student remains eligible for guaranteed readmission.
  • 4. The student must notify YSN within three years of the end of the U.S. military service of the intention to return. However, a student who is hospitalized or recovering from an illness or injury incurred in or aggravated during the U.S. military service has up until two years after recovering from the illness or injury to notify YSN of the intent to return; and
  • 5. The student cannot have received a dishonorable or bad conduct discharge or have been sentenced in a court-martial.

A student who meets all of these conditions will be readmitted for the next term, unless the student requests a later date of readmission. Any student who fails to meet one of these requirements may still be readmitted under the general readmission policy but is not guaranteed readmission.

Upon returning to YSN, the student will resume education without repeating completed course work for courses interrupted by U.S. military service. The student will have the same enrolled status last held and with the same academic standing. For the first academic year in which the student returns, the student will be charged the tuition and fees that would have been assessed for the academic year in which the student left the institution. YSN may charge up to the amount of tuition and fees other students are assessed, however, if veteran’s education benefits will cover the difference between the amounts currently charged other students and the amount charged for the academic year in which the student left.

The requirements for return are noted in the previous section, under Requirements for Return.

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Grading System

The grading system is Honors, High Pass, Pass, and Fail. The School employs a standard set of definitions for each grade. Criteria for each grade are the prerogative of individual faculty; however, the School uses a standard numerical system for converting scored tests and assignments to the grading system: Honors, 92–100; High Pass, 83–91; Pass, 74–82; Fail, 73 and below. Satisfactory progress is defined as a grade of Pass or higher in all required courses. Satisfactory completion of all required courses in a given term is prerequisite for progression in the program of study. More information on satisfactory progress can be found on the School’s Student Policies Web page under Policy No. 23, Students in Academic Difficulty. Students who withdraw or are withdrawn for unsatisfactory grades or progress may be considered eligible to return only upon recommendation of the faculty, the program chair, and the associate dean of student affairs. At the discretion of the faculty, a challenge or waiver may be available for students who wish to demonstrate competence or mastery of the particular subject matter offered in required courses, or modules of required courses. It is understood that students who challenge or waive a particular module or course are expected to replace it with another learning opportunity. Tuition will not be reduced. In the final term, course work must be completed and grades reported one week prior to Commencement for students to qualify for the degree.

The School of Nursing has policies and procedures that govern student complaints and dismissal for unsatisfactory conduct. The School of Nursing reserves the right to withhold the degree or to request the withdrawal of any student for any reason deemed advisable by the faculty of the School.

Student records are kept in the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) and are available to an enrolled student upon request.

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Housing

Edward S. Harkness Memorial Hall

Harkness Hall, located only steps away from the School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Hospital, houses students from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, the Physician Associate program, and other graduate and professional schools at Yale. Residents of Harkness Hall live in a secure building with single-occupancy bedrooms. Yale administrative offices occupy the first through third floors of the building. The great advantages of living in Harkness Hall are its close proximity to classes and the opportunity it provides in bringing together students from the various medical-related fields in a relaxed social setting. For additional information visit housing.yale.edu.

Yale Housing Office

The Yale Housing Office has dormitory and apartment units available for graduate and professional students. Dormitories are single occupancy of varying sizes and prices. They are located across the campus, from Edward S. Harkness Memorial Hall, serving the medical campus, to the Hall of Graduate Studies and Helen Hadley Hall, serving the central/science campus. Unfurnished apartments consisting of efficiencies and one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments for singles and families are also available. The office’s website (housing.yale.edu) is the venue for graduate housing information and includes procedures, facility descriptions, floor plans, and rates. Applications for the new academic year are available beginning April 1 and can be submitted directly from the website.

The Yale Housing Office also manages the Off Campus Living listing service (offcampusliving.yale.edu; 203.436.2881), which is the exclusive Yale service for providing off-campus rental and sales listings. This secure system allows members of the Yale community to search rental listings, review landlord/property ratings, and search for a roommate in the New Haven area. On-campus housing is limited, and members of the community should consider off-campus options. Yale University discourages the use of Craigslist and other third-party nonsecure websites for off-campus housing searches.

The Yale Housing Office is located in Helen Hadley Hall (HHH) at 420 Temple Street. It is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday; 203.432.2167.

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Dining Services

Café Med

Café Med, located in Harkness Hall at the School of Medicine, is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. The menu enhances convenience and choice, with a customizable salad, soup, and rice bar utilizing local and seasonal ingredients; specialty coffees and fresh pastries; a grab-and-go selection of freshly made salads, sandwiches, and entrées; and a daily hot food option. For additional information visit hospitality.yale.edu/retail/cafe-med.

Yale West Campus Dining

Yale West Campus Dining is located on the first floor of the West Campus Conference Center. Breakfast (8–10:00 a.m.), lunch (11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.), and dinner (5–8 p.m.) are served daily, Monday through Friday. West Campus offers a unique dining plan, which costs $6 per meal and includes salad, bread, a hot entrée du jour, beverage, and dessert with the purchase of West Campus Eli Bucks. Anyone wishing to establish a West Campus dining plan should contact Yale Hospitality for initial set-up. Non-dining plan users pay $8 per meal.

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The Student Government Organization

The Student Government Organization (SGO), open to all enrolled, was formalized in 1969. The SGO mission statement was revised in 2000 to state: “The mission of the Yale School of Nursing Student Government Organization is to enhance the quality of life and education for the whole community by fostering student vision, leadership, advocacy, and action.” In recent years the SGO has focused on strengthening School-wide communication, providing social activities, and representing a student voice in policy making at YSN. The SGO is responsible for coordinating the Big Sib/Little Sib program and providing support to the class representatives. Additionally, the SGO is committed to supporting community outreach activities within the New Haven area.

Each spring the SGO elects officers for the next term of office, which is from May to May. General meetings are held biweekly, and all students are invited to attend. Students can contact their SGO Board representative by e-mailing ysn-sgo@yale.edu.

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Awards

Nominations are sought from the community for the following awards, and selections are made by the Commencement Awards Committee.

The Connecticut Holistic Health Association Prize for academic excellence at YSN is given to a deserving student demonstrating academic excellence in a holistically oriented research or clinical project of significant social relevance. This annual award was conceived to recognize scholarly endeavors in holistic methods for students in the health professions.

Each year the D.A.I.S.Y. Faculty Award for excellence in education and influence within the YSN community is presented to a faculty member chosen by the Commencement Awards Committee. Nominations are solicited from students for this award.

The Anthony DiGuida Delta Mu Research Prize is awarded to a graduating doctoral student who loved doctoral study at YSN and whose love of clinical scholarship has resulted in a dissertation that best exemplifies the goals of Sigma Theta Tau and YSN to advance nursing knowledge through superior clinical scholarship and leadership. Faculty submit student nominations for this prize.

Each year, the Annie Goodrich Award for excellence in teaching is presented to a faculty member chosen by the students.

The Charles King, Jr., Memorial Scholars’ Aid Prize is awarded to a member of the graduating class who has demonstrated outstanding performance in scholarship, research, and clinical practice and who, through accomplishments and leadership, has inspired an admiration for professional work. Nominations are solicited from faculty and students.

The Leadership in Nursing Practice Prize is awarded annually to a graduating Doctor of Nursing Practice student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the capstone project. Nominations are solicited from faculty and students.

The Milton and Anne Sidney Prize is awarded to the graduating student whose scholarly inquiry praxis, in the judgment of the faculty, best exemplifies YSN’s commitment to clinical study and its mission to contribute to better health care for all people through systematic study of the nature and effect of nursing practice. Nominations are solicited from faculty.

Each year the YSN Community Service Award is given to a student who has made outstanding contributions to the New Haven community in the delivery of health care or volunteered his/her time through other community outreach efforts. Nominations are solicited from faculty and students.

Each year the YSN Staff Recognition Award for outstanding service to the YSN community is presented to a staff member chosen by the students.

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