College of Health Solutions

The College of Health Solutions is dedicated to developing the health care workforce of the future. The college equips students to influence healthier lifestyle choices; develop creative interventions to improve the health of people and populations; analyze and translate large amounts of health data into solutions; maximize the technology, science, business and application of diagnostics; and address the critical and complex needs of the health care system. The college’s programmatic focus, at the pulse of health, is on behavioral health, biomedical diagnostics, biomedical informatics, executive education, exercise science, health promotion, health sciences, kinesiology, medical studies, nutrition, population health, public health, the science of health care delivery, and speech and hearing science.

Academic Integrity

Academic honesty is expected of all students in all examinations, papers, laboratory work, academic transactions and records. The ASU Student Academic Integrity Policy is strictly enforced, and for students found in violation of this policy possible sanctions include appropriate grade penalties, loss of registration privileges, disqualification and dismissal. More information is available at https://provost.asu.edu/academic-integrity.

For more information on graduate-specific policies, students should refer to the specific graduate program manual, and they should see https://graduate.asu.edu/academic-integrity.

Procedure:

Any student, staff member or faculty member may report a suspected violation of the university's academic integrity policy. If a student is suspected of violating the academic integrity policy, the individual who suspects the violation will contact the college's academic integrity officer to discuss details and proposal of a sanction. The academic integrity officer will communicate to the student regarding the alleged violation, giving the student the opportunity to respond. Once an investigation has taken place and a determination made as to whether it is more likely than not that the student did violated the academic integrity policy of the university, the officer will send communication of the official sanction to the student along with steps by which the student may appeal the decision. If the student decides to appeal, he or she must meet with the officer to discuss hearing procedures.

After meeting with the academic integrity officer following the receipt of the sanction, a student may appeal to the College of Health Solutions Academic Standards and Grievance Committee. Students should be aware that if an appeal is heard, the committee could award a sanction more severe than that originally proposed. Students have 10 working days from the date of the meeting with the AIO to initiate an appeal. After the 10 days, the sanction determined by the academic integrity officer is imposed and the matter will be closed.

The college's academic standards and grievance committee is a body composed of faculty from across the college and includes one student member. It meets no more than once a month during regular fall and spring semesters but not during summer, winter or the midterm breaks. After hearing the case, the committee deliberates and makes a written recommendation to the dean for her review. The final decision of the dean is communicated to the student and all appropriate parties in writing.

Unless a student successfully appeals the finding that an academic integrity policy violation has occurred, the academic integrity officer will maintain a record of the incident and the sanctions on the university database. If students are found to have committed prior academic integrity violations, the intensity of sanctions will increase beyond the level which might have been warranted by the current offense.

Undergraduate Policies

Academic Good Standing

For the purpose of retention, university academic good standing for degree-seeking students is defined as maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00. This standard is in effect for all students, regardless of catalog year, beginning in fall 2013.

An ASU student who does not achieve the minimum GPA standard at the completion of the first term of study will receive an academic warning. If after one term with an academic warning a student still does not achieve the minimum GPA standard, the student will be placed on probation for at least one additional term. If a student's minimum GPA first falls below the standard in a term that is not the student's first term at ASU, the student will be placed on probation. Failure to return to good academic standing after being placed on probation may result in disqualification.

A student with an academic warning or on academic probation is considered in conditional good standing and is permitted to enroll.

Whether a student's status is an academic warning or probation, the student must meet with an academic success specialist to discuss academic success strategies for the subsequent semester and develop a success plan for returning to university academic good standing. At the discretion of the student’s college or school, that plan may require successful completion of UNI 220 Academic Refresher. In addition, students who have fewer than 24 credit hours are required to participate in the ASU Pathway for Achieving Student Success program

Continuing Probation

Students are placed on continuing probation when their cumulative GPA is less than 2.00 for two consecutive semesters but they have shown academic progress and not earned less than a "C" in any course in the most recent semester.

eAdvisor Tracking

In addition to being in university good academic standing, all students in the College of Health Solutions must adhere to ASU critical tracking coursework, per the pertinent major map. For more information on critical tracking courses, students should review the major map for their degree program. Students are off track if they fail to meet ASU critical tracking requirements for two consecutive semesters. All off-track students will receive a hold requiring them to meet with their academic advisor and set a plan for getting back on track with their degree program.

Examples:

  • Speech and hearing science majors must maintain a GPA of 2.80 in ASU critically tracked courses.

  • Nutrition (dietetics) students must maintain a GPA of 3.00 in critically tracked courses.

  • Medical studies students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00.

  • Kinesiology students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00.

  • Exercise and Wellness students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 by term 3.

  • Sports Science and Performance Programming students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.50 by term 3.

Students who remain off track for two or more consecutive semesters may be required to change majors to a program that does not have the same critically tracked courses. For example, students not succeeding in chemistry may not change into another major that also critically tracks chemistry courses.

Disqualification

Students are disqualified from the College of Health Solutions and ASU if their cumulative GPA remains less than 2.00 for two consecutive semesters after being placed on probation. Students who are disqualified cannot enroll in classes at ASU for a minimum of two semesters (fall and spring). Disqualified students may take courses during the summer to raise their GPA, however, this does not guarantee reinstatement for the following fall semester. Disqualified students must apply for readmission or reinstatement for the semester they wish to return to the university. The college will not reinstate a student into any major whose purpose is to prepare students for professional school or professional credentialing nor will the college reinstate students into majors where they have failed to complete a required course twice at ASU.

Remediation

Students are required to meet with an academic advisor if they are placed on probation, continuing probation, off-track status or are at risk for disqualification, at which point an appropriate remediation plan will be discussed.

Advising

The Student Services Office in the College of Health Solutions is committed to maximizing the personal, social and academic experiences of students by providing high-quality, student-centered academic advising, ensuring the accuracy and accessibility of information and resources, and partnering with students to help them reach their career goals in health and the health care industry. Advisors are available to meet with students in each of the undergraduate programs in person, by email and by phone.

Academic advising is required for the following students:

  1. All freshman and new transfer students are required to meet with an academic advisor prior to course registration.
  2. Students not in satisfactory academic standing (i.e., probation, continuing probation, off-track status, disqualification, etc.) are required to meet with an academic advisor to discuss a remediation plan.

Faculty and staff utilize Academic Status Reports to provide student feedback over the course of the academic semester. The ASRs may be used to identify students who are struggling academically or professionally or to recognize students who are doing well. Academic advisors and faculty mentors may access ASRs to provide students with valuable insight into performance improvement.

In order to be successful in the College of Health Solutions, students are strongly encouraged to be proficient in the basic concepts in writing, math and science. Students are encouraged to use the following resources.

Tutoring and Academic Support

Student Success Centers, located on all ASU campuses, offer free academic support resources for all students including:

  • tutoring – In-person and online tutoring options are available.
  • writing support – Students may receive help with a class writing assignment, a resume and all other writing needs, from structuring a paper to proofreading.
  • structured study groups – Classmates get together to discuss concepts, compare notes and share strategies.

ASU Libraries, located on all ASU campuses, offer free online and in-person research support for all students including:

  • subject librarians – Research experts in each major are available to work one-on-one, and students are encouraged to make an appointment.
  • ask a librarian – Students receive help via chat (24/7), email, phone or by visiting one of the library information desks.
  • library guides – Quick access to the best library resources is available online for specific majors, subjects and courses.

Career Services

ASU Career and Professional Development Services offers students, alumni and employers services on four university campuses across the Phoenix metropolitan area. Each location offers services such as career advising, interview and resume preparation, class and group presentations, on-campus recruitment and interviewing space, and recruitment and networking events.

Credit/Registration

For fall or spring semesters, a minimum full-time course load for an undergraduate student is 12 credit hours. The maximum course load for which a student may register is 18 credit hours during a fall or spring semester, with a maximum of nine credit hours in session A and B, and the load limit may not exceed a total of 18 credit hours for any combination of sessions. A student wishing to register for more than the maximum must petition the college standards committee and must obtain an approved overload prior to registration. The summer session credit hour load limit is seven credit hours for each six-week session and nine credit hours for the eight-week session, and the load limit may not exceed a total of 14 credit hours for any combination of sessions.

Graduate Credits Earned by Undergraduate Students

ASU undergraduate students who have achieved senior status (cannot be postbaccalaureate) with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater may count up to 12 graduate-level credit hours with grades of “B” or better that were not used toward a previous degree toward their graduate degree at ASU (preadmission credit hours) with the approval of the degree program and the Graduate College. Preadmission credits must have been taken within three years of admittance to the ASU degree program to be accepted.

Accelerated bachelor’s/master’s programs may use a maximum of 12 preadmission credits which may include up to a maximum of 12 hours shared between the programs. Students in accelerated programs should contact their advisor to ensure proper sharing of credit hours. If a student has been accepted to an accelerated degree program, they do not have to petition the standards committee to take the shared courses.

Before registering for a graduate level course, students must petition the College of Health Solutions Standards Committee through the Academic Advising Office for permission to enroll in a specific course.

Degree Requirements

Concurrent Degrees

Students at Arizona State University are permitted to pursue concurrent degrees as long as they meet the requirements for both programs and receive permission in advance from the colleges offering their chosen majors. For example, a student in the exercise and wellness degree program may also petition to pursue a degree in Spanish. A student interested in pursuing a concurrent option may petition the College of Health Solutions Standards Committee if both degrees are offered by this college. If the second degree is offered by another college, the standards committees of both colleges must be petitioned separately.

Students earn a separate diploma for each degree. Degrees may not be too closely related.

Minimum Requirements

  1. sophomore standing or higher
  2. minimum GPA of 3.00
  3. minimum of 12 hours of coursework completed in the first major
  4. minimum of nine hours of coursework completed in the second major
  5. minimum of 30 unique hours of coursework in each major

In order to begin the process in the College of Health Solutions, students must petition the college standards committee.

Reinstatement/Readmission

Disqualified students who have missed a fall or spring semester must follow ASU procedures for readmission. Students are also required to meet with a College of Health Solutions academic advisor prior to course enrollment. Exceptions may apply, including for students on leaves of absence and students who serve in the military. The college will not reinstate a student into any major that is meant to prepare students for professional school or professional credentialing nor will the college reinstate students into majors in which they have failed to complete a required course twice at ASU.

Other Special Requirements

Clinical Requirements

Some degree programs offered in the College of Health Solutions require clinical training in hospital or ambulatory care settings. These clinical sites may require criminal background checks and proof of medical insurance or proof of immunizations or both.

Special Considerations

Medical or Compassionate Withdrawals
Medical or compassionate withdrawals are available for students needing to withdraw from a semester due to a personal mental or physical health condition or the death or serious illness of a close family member. More information concerning medical or compassionate withdrawal requests can be found here. Students must meet specific criteria for a medical or compassionate withdrawal and must be able to provide the college's medical or compassionate withdrawal designee with supporting documentation. Students who are eligible or have questions about eligibility are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor.

Incomplete Grades
The College of Health Solutions requires faculty and students to complete a Request for Grade of Incomplete prior to having an incomplete grade posted for a class. The student requesting the incomplete must be passing, have completed a majority of the coursework and must have had an extenuating circumstance occur that prevents timely completion. If qualified, students have one calendar year to complete course requirements. If requirements are not met per the standards agreed upon with the course instructor after one calendar year, the incomplete grade adjusts to a course failure.

Military
Students with military or veteran status should utilize the Pat Tillman Veterans Center.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The College of Health Solutions is supportive of and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable accommodations are made for qualified students. Reasonable accommodation is defined as the provision of an auxiliary aid or modification to the course or program which will allow access to the job duties, the educational process, program and degree, or activity. Students are encouraged to visit the Disability Resource Center.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 1990 provides comprehensive Civil Rights protection and is designed to remove barriers which prevent persons with disabilities from accessing the same educational and employment opportunities as persons without disabilities. The law also provides access to public accommodations, state and local government services, transportation, and telecommunications. The Americans with Disabilities Act also prohibits discrimination against a qualified individual with a disability with regard to admission to educational institutions or vocational training programs (public or private); employee compensation; job training; and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment.

Title IX Policy
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects individuals from discrimination based on sex in any educational program or activity operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. Sexual harassment, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. ASU does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the employment, education programs or activities it operates. ASU and the College of Health Solutions are committed to providing an environment free from discrimination based on sex and provide a number of resources and services to assist students, faculty and staff in addressing issues involving sex discrimination, including sexual violence. Victims of sexual violence, sexual harassment, stalking and relationship violence are encouraged to seek support and report the incident.

Graduate Policies

Academic Integrity

Academic honesty is expected of all students in all examinations, papers, laboratory work, academic transactions and records. The ASU Student Academic Integrity Policy is strictly enforced for students found in violation. Possible sanctions could include appropriate grade penalties, loss of registration privileges, disqualification and dismissal. For more information, students should refer to the specific graduate program manual.

Academic Standing

Each graduate program in the College of Health Solutions adheres to specific academic requirements. Students are strongly encouraged to become familiar with the expectations listed in their respective graduate program manual.

Academic Advising

It is important for graduate students in the College of Health Solutions to cultivate the following skills in their development as a health professional:

  1. Proactively identify problems and possible solutions.
  2. Accept feedback in a positive manner.
  3. Modify performance in response to feedback.
  4. Communicate with others in a respectful and confident manner.
  5. Assume responsibility for learning.

Academic advising at the graduate level is facilitated by graduate support staff located in the Student Success Hub on the 4th floor of the Health North building.

Faculty advisors meet with students in the academic area of concentration.

Special Considerations

Medical or Compassionate Withdrawals

Medical or compassionate withdrawals are available for students needing to withdraw from a semester due to a personal mental or physical health condition or the death or serious illness of a close family member. More information concerning medical or compassionate withdrawal requests can be found here. Students must meet specific criteria for a medical or compassionate withdrawal and must be able to provide the College's medical or compassionate withdrawal designee with supporting documentation. Students who are eligible or have questions about eligibility are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor.

Military

Students with military or veteran status should utilize the Pat Tillman Veterans Center.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The College of Health Solutions is supportive of and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable accommodations will be made for qualified students. Reasonable accommodation is defined as the provision of an auxiliary aid or modification to the course or program which will allow access to the job duties, the educational process, program and degree, or activity. Students are encouraged to visit the Disability Resource Center.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 1990 provides comprehensive Civil Rights protection and is designed to remove barriers which prevent persons with disabilities from accessing the same educational and employment opportunities as persons without disabilities. The law also provides access to public accommodations, state and local government services, transportation, and telecommunications. The Americans with Disabilities Act also prohibits discrimination against a qualified individual with a disability with regard to admission to educational institutions or vocational training programs (public or private); employee compensation; job training; and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment.

Students must fulfill all requirements of their individual graduate programs to remain in good academic standing and abide by all university policies including those of the Graduate College and the College of Health Solutions.

Title IX Policy

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects individuals from discrimination based on sex in any educational program or activity operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. Sexual harassment, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. ASU does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the employment, education programs or activities it operates. ASU and the College of Health Solutions are committed to providing an environment free from discrimination based on sex and provide a number of resources and services to assist students, faculty and staff in addressing issues involving sex discrimination, including sexual violence. Victims of sexual violence, sexual harassment, stalking and relationship violence are encouraged to seek support and report the incident.