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Student & Clinical Placement Policies

The following policies apply to all UCQ students and can also be found in your student handbook.

Attendance at lectures is not mandatory

Attendance at all scheduled labs and clinical placements is mandatory

  • Absence may result in course failure
  • Contact your instructor immediately in case of illness or unforeseen circumstances that prevent your attendance


Attendance is not mandatory for lectures, but some courses will include participation marks that can only be obtained by attending class

Non-attendance is linked to poor performance and lower grades

Sponsors receive regular attendance reports

  • Justified absences are to be discussed with your sponsor. It is your responsibility to provide appropriate supporting evidence
  • Travel/social/recreational activities will not be accepted as justified reasons for absence
General Policy In keeping with the culture in Qatar, students will ensure coverage of shoulders, chest, upper legs and knees at all times.
Laboratory Lab coats must be worn for all clinical laboratory sessions.
When you are handling sensitive materials or engaged in some clinical procedures you will be required to roll your sleeves up to just below the elbow.
You are responsible for keeping your laboratory coats in good repair and for ensuring that they are freshly laundered and pressed for each clinical laboratory session.

Clinical Placement Policies

Important to remember:

  • Students may be required to complete clinical experience at sites other than the location of their residence including urban or rural settings
  • Clinical placements may be scheduled at various hours, including evenings, nights, and weekends
  • Nursing students are responsible for all travel, parking, and accommodation costs related to clinical practicums

Participation in all activities that are related to clinical courses is mandatory.

Failure to fully participate in clinical and tutorial sessions will be reviewed by the instructor and may result in a failing grade.

Missing one or more lab/clinical days will put you at risk of failing the course.

Non-attendance may result in your removal from the course.

Nursing Clinical and Lab Practice Attendance Policy

Normally, students will not be permitted to withdraw from a clinical/lab course in order to avoid a failing grade.

Assessment of clinical performance is based largely on day-to-day performance.


  • are accountable for the standard of care they provide
  • are expected to have knowledge, skill and judgement to perform safely, effectively and ethically in the clinical settings
  • are expected to know and acknowledge the limits of their competence and to seek assistance, direction and supervision as necessary
  • should be familiar with the policies and procedures of the clinical area
  • must not use mobile phones in the clinical area

Faculty members have the authority to remove a student from the clinical area for unsafe clinical practice or inappropriate behaviour. The Associate Dean will be consulted or informed about any such situation or action. A student who wishes to appeal such a decision will follow the appeals process as outlined in the Calendar.

The nurse to patient/client relationship places nurses and nursing students in a privileged position of accessing confidential information concerning patients, clients and classmates. Nurses and nursing students have a professional, moral and legal obligation to maintain strict confidentiality of any client/patient information or data. Students admitted to the University of Calgary in Qatar are required to sign a "Schedule B Acknowledgement and Undertaking" form.

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