Elmwood Park, NJ asked in Education Law for New Jersey

Q: Can a college nursing program change rules after you are admitted that would in effect remove you from the program?

I am currently a student at RCNJ and have been kicked out the nursing program. The rule was you can only fail one science class in the program, and then you have to retake it, pass it, and then you can continue with the program. They created a new rule that counts anatomy as two sciences because it is part lab and part lecture. This rule was not disclosed to me. Because i failed both lab and lecture, they removed me from my major. I believe the past rule of counting anatomy as only 1 science should count because that was the rule when I was admitted into the program, I basically should be "grand fathered in" and have the old rules apply to me. Is there anything I can do

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1 Lawyer Answer
Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
  • Clifton, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: The school can change the rules when it sees fit to do so, as long as it is in compliance with State law. You need to see the handwriting on the wall and I'm sorry to tell you this, but you need to choose another field.

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