Student Policies and Procedures

Students are responsible for adhering to Columbia Nursing and Columbia University policies.


Learn more about the Essential Policies for the Columbia Community.

Essential Qualifications for Students

The professional curricula of Columbia Nursing requires that students engage in diverse, complex and specific experiences essential to the acquisition and practice of nursing at basic, master’s and doctoral levels. Unique combinations of cognitive, affective, psycho-motor, physical and social abilities are required to perform satisfactorily these functions. In addition to being essential for successful program completion, these qualifications are necessary to ensure the health and safety of patients, fellow students and faculty, and other healthcare providers.

Columbia Nursing Student Handbook

Students should review and acquaint themselves with the services, procedures, and policies of Columbia Nursing. The Columbia Nursing Student Handbook is updated once a year and is linked from this website. The Columbia Nursing Student Handbook is maintained by the Office of Student Services. Please send questions and/or suggestions related to the Student Handbook to

Transfer of Credit

Courses taken at another institution prior to enrollment at Columbia Nursing may be eligible for advanced standing (transfer credit, course exemption, and credit by exam). This policy outlines the requirements and process of requesting advanced standing.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is used to define successful completion of coursework to maintain eligibility for federal financial aid. Federal regulations require the University to establish, publish and apply standards to monitor your progress toward completion of your degree or certificate program. Failure to maintain these standards may result in suspension of a student’s financial aid eligibility.

Essential Policies for the Columbia Community

University-wide resource that contains valuable information to help students, faculty, and staff understand some of the policies and regulations of the University.

Discrimination, Harassment, and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy and Procedure

Columbia University is committed to providing a learning, living, and working environment free from discrimination, harassment and gender-based and sexual misconduct.

Major Religious Holidays

It is the policy of the University to respect its members' religious beliefs. In compliance with New York State law, each student who is absent from school because of his or her religious beliefs will be given an equivalent opportunity to register for classes or make up any examination, study, or work requirements that he or she may have missed because of such absence on any particular day or days. No student will be penalized for absence due to religious beliefs, and alternative means will be sought for satisfying the academic requirements involved.


Officers of administration and of instruction responsible for scheduling of academic activities or essential services are expected to avoid conflict with religious holidays as much as possible. If a suitable arrangement cannot be worked out between the student and the instructor involved, they should consult with the appropriate dean or director. If an additional appeal is needed, it may be taken to the Provost.