So I was recently admitted into an accelerated nursing program and the rule is that you have to do a pre-term before starting nursing classes and clinicals the following semester. One of the pre-term classes that I took was patho and long story short I did not pass the class due to my own lack of focus and studying. I went to meet with the program director early last week to see where to go from there and she basically explained to me that I would have to re-take patho in the upcoming spring semester instead of beginning my nursing classes and on top of that I would have to move from the accelerated path down to the traditional path. Well today I called the office to have one of the advisors enroll me into the patho class for the spring. Everything was fine and she said to give her a call in the morning and she would enroll me. Not even 20 minutes later the same program director that I met with last week who told me that I had the option of doing the traditional track at the school informed me that I would not be allowed to continue in the program at all. The reason being that someone else at the head of the program, can't remember her position, re-evaluated my file and 'discovered' that for one of my pre-reqs (bio-chem) I had a W and then later retook the class and received a B. Well according to her there was a new policy implemented just this fall that says that students are not allowed to continue in the program if they do not have a passing grade in two science courses. She basically said that the bio-chem withdrawal counted as the first class and the patho counted as the 2nd, so I'm out. The thing is, I have never once heard about this rule/policy until today! She said that it was written in the handbook but I would think that a policy this important that they would have informed students about it prior to the program starting or at the initial orientation that we had. The program director herself clearly did not know about this policy either until today when she was informed about it, she states so herself, otherwise she obviously would have brought it up during our meeting last week. Now I understand that nursing programs are strict with their policies and do not usually budge and to be honest, after this I'm not even really interested in this program anymore. How are they allowed to not inform students about a policy this important especially if it was just implemented this fall semester and especially after I had already been accepted and they knew of the W that I had on my transcript? Perhaps I missed the memo but I'm sure something like this I would remember. I knew about the passing grade of 77% and having a 2.75 to remain in the program or you would have to re-take the course, and a workshop and then drop into the traditional track as they made sure to touch on that during orientation and state it multiple times in our program packet but this came completely out of no where. What if I did pass patho but ended up failing or withdrawing a course later on? They would have still dismissed me due to this 'new' rule and I don't think that is fair. Note that I am not arguing against not passing patho as I know that is my own fault but are they really allowed to suddenly include a new policy that could drastically affect a student's placement in the program without telling all of the students?