General Policies - Good Samaritan College of Nursing

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General Policies

Academic Year

The academic year is based on a semester system. The College operates Monday through Friday. While the majority of classes are held during the daytime, evening courses may be offered. Clinical experiences in nursing courses may extend into evening hours. Clinical hours in some courses will require 12 hour shifts throughout days, nights and/or weekends. Summer, Christmas and spring breaks are scheduled.
Holidays are observed on Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Friday following, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Martin Luther King Day and the 4th of July.

Credit Hour

One semester credit hour will be awarded for a minimum of 750 minutes of formalized instruction that typically requires students to work at out-of-class assignments an average of twice the amount of time as the amount of formalized instruction (1,500 minutes). It is acknowledged that formalized instruction may take place in a variety of modes.
While awarding semester credit hours typically occurs for instruction delivered in accordance with an institution's standard semester calendar, it may also occur for instruction that may not follow the typical pattern of an institution's standard semester calendar as long as the criteria for awarding such credit is met.


It is the intent of Good Samaritan College to treat its students in a fair and equitable manner. With appropriate, consistent, and considerate handling, student – College related problems can and should be resolved without undertaking a formal grievance. If a student wishes to undertake a formal grievance procedure, he/she should follow the procedure detailed in the COMPLAINT/GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE - GENERAL , COMPLAINT/GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE - DISABILITY , and COMPLAINT/GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE – Student-on-Student Sexual Misconduct, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, or Stalking Policies.

FERPA Compliance

The Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science complies with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended (FERPA). FERPA is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. This law applies to all institutions that receive funds administered by the Department of Education. FERPA is administered through the Registrar’s Office and enforced by: Family Policy Compliance Office U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20202- 8520; 202-260-3887; 202-260-9001 (fax);

General Administration Policy

The College reserves the right to change without notice rules, policies, tuition and fees, curricula, courses or other administrative or educational policies. You may contact the College at (513) 862-2743 for the most up-to-date information.

Campus Security

Campus Security Policies and procedures are in place to maintain a safe and secure campus. A complete report is available to the general public online at Go to this web site. On the right side of the page, click Get Data for one Institution/Campus. Then, under Institution/Campus, follow the instructions.

View the video below for important information regarding Campus Safety.

Run,Hide,Fight - Surviving an Active Shooter Event

Nursing Uniforms

Nursing students in the Associate Degree program are required to wear the GSC nursing uniform for clinical nursing courses. RN-BSN students are required to wear the GSC uniform lab coat for practicum courses. GSC uniforms can be purchased at Roberts Medical Uniforms.

Technical Requirements for GSC Courses

GSC prohibits the use of any electronic resource that is in any way unlawful, harmful, or interferes with the use of the College’s network or systems or any network or system integrated with the College’s resources. Usage must not interfere with the use of services for others, infringe on any intellectual property rights, issue any threatening or offensive material, or engage in spam/email abuse, any security risk, or violation of privacy. Failure to adhere to any of the rules, policies, and agreements for subscription services, search engines, communication methods, bulletin boards, web pages, mobile applications, or other services accessed using College resources is also considered a violation of this policy. GSC users shall not use College IT resources for personal financial gain, commercial, political, and/or illegal purposes. GSC faculty and staff who operate using the College’s learning management system are responsible for disclosing the current technology specifications to students, discussing appropriate use of College electronic resources, and effective and appropriate use of social media according to the College’s purpose. For more information, see the Acceptable Use Policy. (PDF)

It is the recommendation of the College that all students have access to a personal computer and internet outside of classroom hours. A laptop which can be used both off and on campus is preferred. For students who do not have access to a personal computer, there are computers available for use on campus. These computers are located in the student lounges on the 8th, 9th, and 10th floors, as well as the 9th floor Media Center.

System Requirements

NOTE: The College IT Staff does not support personal devices.

PC Hardware

  • Dual Core Processor
  • Windows 7 Home or Professional or later (Windows 10 Recommended)


Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 11 or Edge

NOTE: The College uses several web-based applications, some of which are not compatible with certain browsers. It is recommended that students have a combination or Internet Explorer and either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Ensure that JavaScript and cookies are enabled on your browser


GSC Email

Every student will have a GSC Email account. Students are expected to check their email everyday as this is the primary method of communication for staff and faculty. If you have a cell phone or tablet and would like email delivered to the device automatically, please see one of the IT staff members.

Microsoft Office 365

While enrolled at GSC, students will have access to Microsoft Office 365, a cloud-based office suite, as well as a downloadable copy of Office Professional Plus 2016.

The Office365 account also includes OneDrive storage for school documents.

Accepted File Format

All assignments must be submitted in Windows compatible file formats, which include:

  • Word – .doc, .docx
  • Excel - .xlsx, .xls
  • PowerPoint - .ppt, .pptx
  • Text formats - .txt, .rtf

To ensure compatibility, it is strongly recommended that all students download Microsoft Office 2016 Professional Plus from

If you have a question regarding file compatibility, please contact the IT Department at

Macs and Mobile Devices

Mac computers and mobile devices may not be fully compatible with College applications. Compatible computers can be found in Computer Labs on the 9th floor, in the lounge areas on the 8th, 9th, and 10th floors, and in the Good Samaritan Library of Health Sciences located on the 4th floor. Students using Mac computers or Apple iOS devices (i.e. iPads) can download a copy of Office 2016 Professional Plus for Apple from, as well as Chrome and Firefox from the Apple Store.


Booklists and textbook purchase information are published on the GSC website at

Textbook information including ISBN and cost can also be found in the Student SONIS account with the schedule and book tab upon registration.


All students of the College are assigned an official college email address through the College’s IT Department. Official correspondence will be through the College email. It is the student’s responsibility to check their email on a daily basis.