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DPD Policies and Procedures

ASSESSMENT OF PRIOR LEARNING FOR UNDERGRADUATES

Undergraduate students who plan to transfer to OSU to earn a Bachelor of Science degree, Nutritional Sciences major, Dietetics option, will enter OSU through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The Admissions Office will determine the courses which will transfer into the OSU transcript. If dietetics courses do not transfer cleanly, admitted students may contact the DPD Director to have the courses evaluated. The DPD Director will need the syllabus showing the course objectives and may need projects and assignments which show the achievement of student learning outcomes. It is expected that students will take NSCI 4854/4864 Medical Nutrition Therapy 1 and 2 at OSU. Four thousand level NSCI courses should have been taken within the past 5 years with a “C” or better.  No course credit is given for prior work experience.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education website also provides information on the transfer equivalency of specific courses from specific institutions at https://admissions.okstate.edu/admission-requirements/transfer-credit-guides.

ASSESSMENT OF PRIOR LEARNING FOR POSTGRADUATES AND INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree should read the information  under “Information for Postgrads”. This section if for people who already have a bachelor's degree and want to return to college to complete the Dietetics curriculum and receive a DPD verification statement.

The OSU Didactic Program in Dietetics academic program consists of undergraduate courses. Completing the M.S. in Nutrition at OSU does not earn the DPD verification statement needed to apply to ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internships. The M.S. in Dietetics at OSU (part of GPIDEA) is for peope who are already registered dietitians or have completed a dietetic internship.

FORMAL ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING AND REGULAR REPORTS OF PERFORMANCE AND PROGRESS

The DPD follows the OSU policies regarding grading and advising.  

Students are graded throughout the semester (or the length of a short course) through assessment of student learning activities such as assignments, projects, quizzes, and exams. A final grade is recorded in Banner shortly after the end of the semester.

According to OSU policy, six-week progress reports are posted for all students in 1000- and 2000-level classes and for student athletes. The registrar also requires that faculty submit information through Banner on students who do not show evidence of attending a class. A student will receive a letter of concern after the semester if the GPA was less than 2.5 for the semester. For many courses, students will be able to follow their progress through the Grades section of course D2L websites. Faculty members may also file “Academic Alerts” to notify students who are in danger of failing a course and their advisers. It is better to “Withdraw” from a course before the deadline than to receive an “F” which will affect the grade point average (GPA).

Students will meet with their advisers in the Fall and the Spring semesters for advising to discuss their progress and their coursework for the coming semester. Students may make appointments with the advisers at any time during the semester or contact their adviser by phone or e-mail with questions. After this meeting, the adviser will lift the “Adviser Hold” in Banner so that the student may enroll. The date when enrollment opens for each student depends on the number of hours that the student has completed. This schedule is found in the “Enrollment Guide” found on the Registrar’s website, https://registrar.okstate.edu/Enrollment-Guides

Visit the registrar’s website for additional information on enrollment. Remember, that other holds such as bursar holds will delay enrollment and make it harder to get into courses. If a course is blocked due to prerequisites, the student should contact the instructor of the course in order to find out if it is possible to enroll in the course through an Instructor Prerequisite Override in Banner. Some courses are using a wait list system through Banner is a course is closed. If a student is on a wait list, it is important to check email frequently, because they may be notified by the department that it is their turn to enroll. This opportunity will expire so enrollment must be completed quickly.

The College of Human Sciences office of Academic Programs and Services (APS) will provide an electronic copy of the degree audit through the STAR system after each student has completed 70 hours.  Any questions should be addressed to the adviser.

Once the student has filed their Online Diploma Application through Banner, a graduation degree check will be completed in APS and the adviser and the student will be alerted to any deficiencies. Often, filing a course substitution form or waiver is all that is needed to bring courses taken into line with the degree sheet. Keeping track of courses taken on the degree sheet is a best practice for students. 

DPD RETENTION AND REMEDIATION PROCEDURES

DPD Students are subject to the criteria included on their degree sheet. The criteria on the current degree sheet states that students must pass all NSCI courses with at least a C, 2.5 GPA in major and departmental/college courses, and 2.5 overall GPA. Students who wish to retake courses in order to replace grades and raise their GPAs and, more importantly, to achieve mastery of the subject matter will follow the OSU policies on Academic Forgiveness. There is a limit to the number of grades which may be replaced. Students are encouraged to take all coursework seriously in order to build a solid foundation of knowledge and to be competitive in the dietetic internship application process.

DISCIPLINARY/TERMINATION PROCEDURES

As there is no admission process for the DPD program, there are no DPD-specific disciplinary or termination procedures. DPD students are subject to OSU disciplinary and termination procedures. The links are posted under the section on OSU Policies.

GRADUATION AND/OR DPD COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

From the University Academic Regulations https://registrar.okstate.edu/University-Academic-Regulations

3.1 Date of Matriculation. A student's matriculation date is associated with his or her first term after high school graduation as an admitted student in an accredited institution of higher education. That date will be used in calculating the time limit for the use of a given plan of study.

3.2 Changes in Degree Requirements. A student generally follows the degree requirements associated with his or her matriculation year. Although the curriculum may be revised before a student graduates, students will be held responsible for the degree requirements in effect at the time of matriculation and any changes that are made, so long as these changes do not result in semester credit hours being added or do not delay graduation. A student has the option of adopting the new degree requirements that have been established since matriculation. The time limit for following a given undergraduate degree program is six years.

The 2016-17 degree sheet for Dietetics requires 121 total hours including 43 hours of general education requirements, 8 college/departmental hours*, and 70 hours major requirements*. Forty upper-division hours required and 60 hours must be completed at a four-year institution. At least 30 semester hour credits must be earned at OSU.  *A 2.50 GPA Major GPA is required. This includes all college/departmental hours and major requirements. A grade of “C” or better is required in all NSCI 3000- and 4000-level courses. Degree sheets may be found at http://registrar.okstate.edu/Degree-Requirements.

Graduation: Seniors must submit the Online Diploma Application through Banner before the date of graduation in order for the degree to be conferred.  If the expected graduation term changes, students must file a "Diploma Application Extension" with the Office of the Registrar.

Students should become familiar with the information available in the "Graduation" section of the Registrar's website. https://commencement.okstate.edu/

VERIFICATION STATEMENT PROCEDURES

All students who successfully complete the DPD curriculum and graduate with a bachelor’s degree are entitled to receive a verification statement which is required to enter a ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship. The DPD Director will check SIS for the date when the B.S. degree was conferred and will confirm that the DPD courses were successfully completed. For students who have a B.S. degree from another institution and have completed DPD courses at OSU, the DPD Director will confirm the degree and completion of DPD requirements using all of the student’s official undergraduate transcripts and SIS information.

Four copies of the verification statement will be mailed 4-6 weeks after graduation to the contact information left by the student. It is the student’s responsibility to see that the NSCI office or the DPD Director has the correct post-graduate address. A form for this purpose is posted on this website and on the D2L “STW NSCI-Didactic Program in Dietetics” Community. If the student doesn't provide the contact information, the statements will be mailed to the permanent address listed in SIS. Statements are sent by US mail. The whole social security number will not be included on the form for the student’s security.

Students who need additional copies of the form should contact the DPD Director. This form is VERY IMPORTANT proof of achievement and should be kept with the graduate’s permanent records. One copy will be needed by the dietetic internship, and others may be needed for state licensure. If the original DPD Director is no longer in this position, the current DPD Director will sign statements with the current date.

Students who substitute other courses for required DPD coursework will NOT receive Verification Statements.  A copy of the Verification Statement Opt-out Form should be completed and returned to the DPD Director.

COMPLAINTS AGAINST THE DPD PROGRAM

Depending on the nature of the complaint, the first step is to discuss the complaint with the DPD Director. If the complaint is against the Director, the complaint should be communicated to the NSCI Department Head. If there is no satisfactory action or explanation, the complainant may proceed to the Human Sciences Dean or to the OSU Provost. Students are encouraged to take their complaints to the person closest to the problems and will not be penalized.

ACEND PROCEDURE FOR COMPLAINTS AGAINST A PROGRAM

ACEND has established a process for reviewing complaints against accredited programs in order to fulfill its public responsibility for assuring the quality and integrity of the educational programs that it accredits. Any individual, for example, student, faculty, dietetics practitioner and/or member of the public may submit a complaint against any accredited or approved program to ACEND. However, the ACEND board does not intervene on behalf of individuals or act as a court of appeal for individuals in matters of admissions, appointment, promotion or dismissal of faculty or students.It acts only upon a signed allegation that the program may not be in compliance with the accreditation standards or policies. The complaint must be signed by the complainant. Anonymous complaints are not considered. Where a complainant has threatened or filed legal action against the institution involved, ACEND will hold complaints in abeyance pending resolution of the legal issues and the complainant is so advised.

http://www.eatrightacend.org/ACEND/content.aspx?id=6442485390

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606, (800)877-1600 x 5400.

NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY

The DPD follows the nondiscrimination policies of Oklahoma State University. From the OSU catalog: 

Affirmative Action
Oklahoma State University is committed to creating an environment for all students and employees that is fair and responsible­—an environment where all members of the OSU community are treated with dignity and respect and distinctions are made on the basis of ability and performance. This commitment is based on our dedication to educational justice and the promise of each individual, as well as adherence to federal and state civil rights laws and University policies and procedures. It is the policy of OSU to be an equal opportunity University in all phases of operations, toward the attainment of the University's basic mission and goals.

OSU is committed to providing equal employment and educational opportunity on the basis of merit and in a manner which does not discriminate because of an individual's race, gender, national or ethnic origin, color, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status. All students are provided equal educational opportunity in all phases of the academic program and in all phases of the student life programs. No known form of illegal discrimination and/or harassment will be condoned or tolerated. Procedures are in place that assures equal treatment and equal access to the facilities and educational benefits of the University for all the members of its community.

OSU also has a policy prohibiting sexual harassment of students, staff and faculty. The University subscribes to the principle of the dignity of all persons and their labors. In support of this principle, sexual harassment is condemned in the recruitment, appointment and advancement of employees and in the evaluation of students' academic performance. OSU is committed to promoting equal opportunity in employment and education for all persons within its constituency in an environment free from sexual harassment.

Please contact the Office of Affirmative Action, 408 Whitehurst, at 405-744-5371 for information concerning unlawful discrimination and inquiries regarding OSU compliance with equal opportunity or affirmative action.

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender.

Faculty members receive letters each semester concerning students who are enrolled in their courses and are covered under American with Disabilities Act. These letters outline the accommodations that are needed for the individual student.  Students who are eligible for accommodations need to register with the Student Disabilities Office.