YSN Student Policies & Guidelines

The Yale School of Nursing expects students to understand and follow its set student policies and guidelines intended to help students navigate their academic career at YSN. The information provided here includes policies, procedures, guidelines, and resources available to YSN students and outlines the School’s expectations for students. We hope you will return to these resources often as you progress on the path to finishing your degree.

For questions, contact Erin Morelli, Associate Dean of Student Life and Belonging, erin.morelli@yale.edu, 203-650-6484.

As a student it is important that you read, understand and practice Yale School of Nursing’s Mission and Philosophy.

YSN 2023-2024 Bulletin
The bulletin holds essential material and information for the student, including the School’s history, program information, and course descriptions. It also identifies expected outcomes. It represents the agreement between the School and the student.

YSN 2023-2024 Academic Calendar 
Students must refer to the Academic Calendar for all pertinent dates for their respective academic programs.

Listing of Student Resources & Guidelines

Academic Integrity

Access Student Records

Academic Support for Success

Challenge Policy

Change in Specialty Policy and Process

Children in YSN Classrooms and Common Areas

Course Withdrawal

Disciplinary Procedures of the School of Nursing

Education Records

Emergency Suspension Policy

Grading System and Definitions of Honors, High Pass, Pass, Fail 

Inclement Weather Information

HIPAA and Yale Training Requirements

Leave of Absence and Withdrawal

Licensure and CPR

Mandatory Background Check

Non-Matriculated Auditors and Students

Notice of Privacy Practices

Part-Time Study for MSN and Post-Master’s Certificate Students

Personal Conduct and Academic Integrity Standards

Policy on Student Participation in Commencement before Completion of Requirements

Poster and Publicity Policy for YSN Student Organizations

Request for a Grade of Incomplete

Religious Observance

Satisfactory Academic Progress: Implications for Financial Aid

Sexual Misconduct Resources (see also Resources on Sexual Misconduct in the chapter Yale University Resources and Services) 

Student Building Use

Student Guidelines for Off-Campus Exams

Student NCLEX-RN Reporting Policy

Student Use of Degree Credentials

Summer Registration for Students

Technical Standards for Admission and Progression

Tobacco Free Yale

Tuition Rebate and Refund  

YSN Accommodations Protocol 

YSN Alcohol Policy for Student-Organized Events

YSN COVID-19 Building Guidelines

YSN Students in Academic Difficulty

Students in the PhD Program can access the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Programs and Policies Bulletin.

Additional Student Guidelines

Dean’s Procedure for Student Complaints
Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Guidelines in Case of Occupational Exposure
Service Animal Policy
Students must first register their service animal with the Student Accessibility Services before they are permitted to bring     their service animal to the building. Service animals registered with ROD are welcome here at YSN. This includes during classes, meetings, and other events. Non-service animals (pets) are not permitted with the exception of planned occasions, and require prior approval from YSN.
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Students With Associate Deg​rees in Nursing

All potential RN candidates whose highest degree in nursing is an associate’s degree and who also hold a BS degree in another field will be required to take a community health course in order to be enrolled into the Yale School of Nursing’s master’s degree program. An e-learn course that meets the objectives for N513, Community Health Nursing and Public Health, such as the one offered by the New York State Nurses Association Continuing Education, is acceptable. In addition to providing proof of community health content, the applicant will have to complete a community health related project that can be part of course work prior to graduation. The nature and extent of this project will be co-determined with the respective specialty coordinator. If you are interested in taking the course offered by the New York State Nurses Association Continuing Education, please contact the Office of Student Life and Belonging in order to gain access.