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Academic Policies and Procedures

  • Students must remain in good standing with Nova Southeastern University.
  • Students must remain in good standing with the Bursar's office.
  • Students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.0.
  • Cheating and Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Students may be suspended or expelled for such actions.
    • Students are expected to comply with the legal and ethical standards of the institution. Academic and non-academic dishonesty and/or misconduct will result in disciplinary action. Dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, knowingly furnishing false information to the institution, forging and/or altering institution documents or credentials. Misconduct can include but is not limited to theft, vandalism, disruptive behavior, sexual harassment, or abuse against other class members or NSU faculty or staff. This includes written or verbal threats against individuals. This includes improper use of technology resources. Students must abide by Nova Southeastern University and the College of Law's codes of conduct.
    • Plagiarism is generally defined as literary theft, representing the words or ideas of another as your own, and this is not tolerated by either the College of Law or the University. All sources must be acknowledged. Quotations from, and paraphrases and summaries of, the work of others must be referenced in an appropriate manner as required by the professor.
  • The program must be completed within five years of beginning the program.
    • A student has five calendar years to complete the program. If after five years you have not graduated students may need to retake courses that were taken before that point in time. Leaves of absences taken during the course of the program, even for medical reasons, do not extend the five-year time limit.
  • There is no grade appeal process at the College of Law. Final grades are only changed for calculation errors.

Satisfactory Academic Progress


Nova Southeastern University maintains a system of records that includes forms, letters of recommendations, application material, and transcripts from student's previous academic work. These records are available for review by the individual upon written request to the department. The original/official documents must be maintained by the university while the student is enrolled in the program.

NSU offers a 15% tuition discount for members of the military who have been fully accepted into the program. The student must contact NSU's Department of Veteran Affairs to complete all required documentation prior to receiving the discount on tuition.

Standards of Progress
A student receiving veterans' benefits must maintain satisfactory progress. Students will be considered to be making satisfactory progress as long as they meet the academic standards set by their school for retention in their degree programs.

A student who, at the end of any evaluation period, has not attained and maintained satisfactory progress will be certified, in a probationary status, for only one additional evaluation period. Should this student not attain and maintain satisfactory progress by the end of the probationary period (one evaluation period), the student's VA educational benefits will be terminated for unsatisfactory progress.

A student whose VA educational benefits have been terminated for unsatisfactory progress may petition the school to be re-certified after one evaluation period has elapsed. The school may re-certify the student for VA educational benefits only if there is a reasonable likelihood that the student will be able to attain and maintain satisfactory progress for the remainder of the program.

For VA payment of benefits purposes, an "I" (Incomplete) designation for a course must be converted to a credit grade counting toward graduation, or a failing grade, by the end of one calendar year unless permission for a delay is granted by the Academic Dean for that program. An "NG" (NO GRADE) designation for a course must be converted to a credit grade counting toward graduation, of a failing grade, by the end of one regular semester unless permission for a delay is granted by the Academic Dean for that program.

Grade/Progress Reports
Each VA student will be provided a grade/progress report at the end of every evaluation period (e.g. term, semester). A copy of each report will be placed in the student's permanent file maintained by the school. The university periodically furnishes each student with a working transcript that shows current status of grades and earned semester hours for all courses completed and/or attempted, plus grades for courses in which the student is currently enrolled.

Credit for Prior Training (CPT)
Nova Southeastern University complies with federal regulations for veterans' training that it is mandatory for all veteran’s benefit recipients to report either prior education and/or training. A student receiving veterans' benefits that has previous post-secondary educational training/experience must request official transcript(s) be sent to the school. If the transcript has not been received prior to the end of the student's second term here at Nova Southeastern University, the student cannot be certified for veterans' benefits for the upcoming term. The student can be certified for veterans' benefits after the transcript has been received.

The school will evaluate the student's previous training and/or experience and grant credit as appropriate. Should credit(s) be accepted and/or granted, the student's tuition and training time will be reduced proportionately, with the veteran and VA so notified.

Student Conduct
All students are expected to comply with the legal and ethical standards of this institution.

Academic dishonesty and/or non-academic misconduct will result in disciplinary action. Specific instances of misconduct include, but are not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, knowingly furnishing false information to the institution, and forging or altering institution documents and/or academic credentials.

The institution reserves the right to require a student to withdraw at any time for misconduct as described above. It also reserves the right to impose probation or suspension on a student whose conduct is determined to be unsatisfactory.

Students who feel their rights have been denied are entitled to due process. For additional information, please visit NSU's Department of Veterans Affairs.


  • Complete the Military Alliance Discount Form
  • Submit a copy of their Certificate of Release Form: DD-214 
    • The Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty is issued by the respective branch of the military when an individual completes a period of active duty. This document provides specific information on that period of service”
  • If the Veteran is on Active Duty then they should supply a letter from their Education Service Officer.

For tuition reimbursement documentation, please contact Nova Southeastern University’s Bursar’s Office at 1-800-541-6682, extension 25200.

All students are encouraged to review the following NSU resources regarding plagiarism

Resources:

To request student accommodations, please contact Nova Southeastern University’s Office of Student Disability Services at 1-800-541-6682, extension 27185 or disabilityservices@nova.edu
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