Health and Safety Policy

Students and faculty are expected to apply safety/security principles in the clinical/community setting to assure protection of themselves and their possessions. Students and faculty are expected to use universal precautions at all times when in contact with the client or the client's bodily fluids. Transferring of clients safely requires proper transfer techniques, use of good body mechanics, and adequate assistance. Students are required to have faculty present when transferring clients who require more than one person to assist them. Students may transfer clients with the aid of nursing staff if so directed by the faculty. During their nursing education, students are required to participate in various experiences in community and/or inpatient settings where in they may be exposed to potentially unsafe situations. Attendance at college-sponsored personal safety programs is mandatory. 

Drug and Alcohol Policy

Use or abuse of alcohol or illegal drugs is opposed to the principles of safe care for patients and personal growth of students. Therefore, the college supports the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse in all settings and strictly prohibit use of either by students on college property. Students and employees must attend a mandatory drug and alcohol abuse prevention program offered by the college. Students will not be allowed to have drugs or alcoholic beverages on the premises and will not be permitted to remain on the premises under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The college reserves the right to use whatever mean appropriate to enforce possession and usage regulations. Such procedures shall be determined by the college administration. If a student is found to be in possession of, using, diverting, or selling a legally controlled substance, the student will be required to meet with the college administration. At that time the student may be requested to seek professional counseling, withdraw from the program or be dismissed from the college, depending on the gravity of the situation. The appropriate authorities will be notified. Clinical agency policies concerning drugs and alcohol will be in effect for students work in the clinical area. Any student convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving drugs or alcohol must notify the college administration within 5 days of such conviction. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action. (see Financial Aid Drug Policy). 

Campus Security Policies and Crime Statistics

St. John's College works with the security department of St. John's Hospital and local law enforcement agencies to provide a security program which promotes safety on college property for students and employees. St. John's College distributes policies and procedures concerning access to college property, maintenance of safety and prevention of drug/alcohol use or abuse on college properties as a component of the program. 

The safety/security program has the following components:

  1. Education for prevention of crime/injury and awareness of available resources for assistance and reporting of crime/injury. College rules and regulations concerning safety and alcohol/drug use or abuse are components of the educational program.
  2. Reporting mechanisms for incidents, emergencies and potential sources of injury.
  3. Monitoring/surveillance of college properties.
  4. Maintenance of properties to promote safety.
  5. Collections and analysis of statistical data concerning crime/injury.
  6. Promulgate safety and security policies/procedures in the appropriate faculty and student publications.

St. John's security offices or college of nursing officials investigate all reports of accident, injury, suspicious activity, infringement of law or violations of published rules and take appropriate action to maintain safety/security of individuals, including citizens arrest and/or reporting to appropriate law enforcement agencies.

A full report detailing security programs, policies and procedures is available on request in compliance with federal law. Security personnel can be called for assistance or escort service at any time by calling St. John's Hospital Security (217) 544-6464, ext. 44021.

Students who come in contact with law enforcement agencies are encouraged to call the Security Department or college officials should they need assistance. Any and all costs associated with an incident shall be the responsibility of the student. 

Emergency Operations Plan

Annual Security Report

Immunization Policy

In accordance with Illinois Law (Public Act) 8-1315 and St. John's College clinical agency agreements all students enrolled at St. John's College are required to provide proof of immunity. All students entering the nursing program are expected to be in compliance with all health requirements. These requirements include, but are not limited to the following: immunizations, a health physical evaluation, blood titers, TB screens, work test, fit test, and drug test. Those students not in compliance with these requirements by the specified time frames may NOT attend theory courses and/or clinical placements until deficiencies are completed. 

Proof of Health Insurance

St. John's College students are required to maintain their own health insurance. The college does not provide health insurance. Health insurance is required prior to the first day of classes. If a student is uninsured and needs assistance in obtaining insurance, he/she may contact the admission officer.

Services for Students with Disabilities

Learning support services and reasonable accommodation are available to students covered under the American with Disabilities Act. Applicants who meet the admission criteria for St. John's College must also be able to meet the core performance outcome standards as stated in the student catalog, with or without reasonable accommodations. For accommodation services, students with disabilities are required to identify themselves to the student development officer and provide documentation of the disability. 

In order to best meet learning needs, the student is encouraged to be proactive and meet with the student development office prior to the beginning of classes or as soon as possible thereafter. The academic dean reserves the right to determine if the requested accommodations are reasonable. 

An early and collaborative approach initiated by the student and planned with the student development officer, academic dean and course faculty will help foster a positive accommodation experience.

Voter Registration

St. John's College is required by the 1998 Amendment to the Higher Education Act to make a good faith effort to distribute voter registration information to all students who are enrolled in a degree program. The voter registration requirement applies to general elections and special elections for the election of governor or other chief executives within a state and for election of federal offices.

National and State Legal Requirements for Eligibility into the Nursing Profession

St. John's College of Nursing Bachelor's of Science and Masters of Science in Nursing programs meet the Educational State Requirements to be licensed in the state of Illinois. Our programs may or may not meet the educational requirements of all other states in the Unites States of America. To determine whether your degree meets other states' educational requirements, please visit the links below.