Advisement and Program Planning
Planning of Student Programs
The Department of Nutrition, Food Science, and Packaging at SJSU offers an outline of curricula that should be followed by students each semester. In addition, students should consult an advisor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Science, and Packaging when planning their programs of study and selecting courses. In order to help students choose their program of study, an advising day is held each semester and summer. New students should have their programs approved by departmental advisors during orientation before registration. Major and minor requirements are approved by the student’s advisor and the chair of the department. Information on advisors and the advising schedule are available from the Nutrition, Food Science, and Packaging Department office (phone number: 408-924-3100), or on the Nutrition, Food Science, and Packaging Department advising webpage.
Change of Objective
Students wishing to change their major to Nutritional Science must obtain a Change of Major Form from the department in which they are currently majoring or from the Undergraduate Studies office. The form requires the signature of the Chair of the Department of Nutrition, Food Science, and Packaging. The completed form needs to be returned to the Office of Admissions and Records. The change of objective is not official until the completed form is on file. Incoming students should ask for their file when leaving their old major and bring it to the Nutrition, Food Science, and Packaging Department department in order to assure continuity of the student’s records.
Applications to the concentration in Dietetics are accepted twice a year, for more information and instructions visit Change of Major to the BS Nutritional Science/Packaging Degree [PDF].
Assessment of Student Learning
Assessment of prior learning and credit toward program (Didactic Program in Dietetics) requirements are decided based on curriculum articulation agreements with other colleges/universities. If there are no articulation agreements then an analysis of the course description, prerequisites and number of semester or quarter units/credits is noted and a decision is made by the DPD Director. For international students, an international transcript evaluation by a creditable organization is required for the transcript evaluation involved in completing a Declaration of Intent form for the students.
All DPD courses are given a letter grade from A+ to F except for NUFS 192 Field Experience course where students receive a Credit/No Credit grade. The course catalog course descriptions indicate prerequisite requirements and often times a minimum grade of a “C” is required before one can progress to the next course in the sequence. For example, in order to progress to enrolling in NUFS 108A - Nutrition and Metabolism, the student must complete the prerequisites of NUFS 106A - Human Nutrition in the Life Span with a minimum “C” grade, CHEM 132 - Biochemistry with a “C” grade, as well as the junior writing course for health professions majors HPRF 100W and BIOL 66 - Physiology. If the student doesn't achieve the minimum “C” grades in NUFS 106A and CHEM 132, then they can retake the courses to improve their grade or be counseled to change majors and leave the dietetics concentration to pursue another curriculum offered within the department (e.g. specialized areas in Nutrition Education, Food Management, Environmental Food and Environmental Food and Health Specialist, or the Packaging concentration; all of which do not require biochemistry; or less likely the specialized area in sports nutrition and nutrition science or the concentration in food science which do require biochemistry as part of the curriculum, but don’t specify a minimum “C” grade to continue the sequence of courses in the major). Please see appendix I. for DPD Advisement sheet, course listings, and suggested 4-year plan for completion of DPD program.
Retention and Remediation
Advisement is provided by the DPD Director as well as graduate student peer advisors and other full time faculty in the department. Office hours are posted by the Department Office door and those of the graduate student peer advisors are also posted on the website. Student learning assessment is continuously reviewed and those students not reaching the expected benchmarks are counseled, offered remediation, and advised regarding the most appropriate course for them.
Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Student recruitment and admissions to the Didactic Program in Dietetics follow San José State University and California State University policies, procedures, and practices which comply with state and federal laws and regulations ensuring nondiscrimination and equal opportunity. See SJSU Catalog for non-discrimination policy and explanation of due process. There are no separate application forms for dietetics from the online university application. Since the University is recently considered impacted, the admission criteria are very high: for transfer students 3.5 GPA. Change of major to Dietetics once admitted to SJSU requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 and completion of CHEM 1A with a grade of “C” or better and the best students are selected based on the target number of majors assigned. Rules are in place to limit a student’s ability to change majors once they have completed 90 units (out of 120 units total for the dietetics concentration). At 90 units, the student is required to file paperwork toward graduation progress.
Disciplinary and Termination Procedures
Disciplinary/termination procedures are covered in the university catalog. Faculty members are obligated to report all instances of academic misconduct to the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The university handles notification of probation and disqualification for students falling below a 2.0/4.0 Grade Point Average. Students who wish to be reinstated need to show that they can achieve “B” grade work in relevant courses that have been identified as pertinent to their major.
For more information, visit:
- SJSU Catalog
- University Admission Information
- SJSU Articulation
- SJSU Policies and Procedures, Class Schedule, Final Exam Schedule
- Department of Nutrition, Food Science, and Packaging
Complaints about the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)
Date issued: July 31, 2012
The DPD program at San José State University strives to uphold the ACEND accreditation standards. In the event that a student believes that there has been a violation of the ACEND accreditation standards, he or she should follow the procedure below.
Students who believe there has been a violation of the ACEND accreditation standards should follow these steps:
- The student should first make an appointment with the DPD director, Ashwini Wagle, MS, RD to speak with her in person or by phone. In the event an appointment cannot be made in person or by phone, then another medium may be used as agreed upon between the student and the DPD director.
- If a resolution cannot be made with the DPD director, or if on a rare occasion the student is not comfortable speaking with the DPD director in person, the student may request that the department chair be present to act as a mediator.
- If no resolution is reached after steps 1 through 2, the student may initiate a final request to the Accreditation Council of Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) directly. Students should follow the procedures outlined in Appendix F.
Grievance Policy and Procedure (DPD)
On occasion a student enrolled in the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) may view their treatment by a faculty and/or staff member as unjust or unfair. The following procedures offer guidance to the student for presenting their grievances, which will be filed.
Students who have concerns about problems that arise in the classroom, instructor behavior or capricious grading practices should follow the basic steps below as well as read the University Policy for guidance on addressing these concerns.
- The student should first make an appointment with the instructor of the course to speak with him/her in person, by phone, or another medium that is mutually agreed upon between the student and the instructor.
- If a resolution cannot be made, or if on a rare occasion the student is not comfortable speaking with the instructor in person, the student may request that the DPD Director be present to act as a mediator. If the instructor is the DPD Director, the student should follow step #3.
- If a resolution cannot be made with the presence of the DPD Director, the student may request that the person acting as department chair be present to act as a mediator.
- If no resolution is reached after steps 1 through 3, the student may initiate a final request to the college Dean to whom the instructor reports by filling out the appropriate documents for the situation.
Students are advised to read the University Policy and to read the additional details provided in the manual to ensure they fully understand the procedure prior to addressing their concerns. These policies are available on the Faculty Senate website under the Undergraduate Programs tab. See policies: S97-8 Student Fairness Committee; Grades and Grade Appeals: Student Grievances; Student Rights [PDF].
Students who feel they have been discriminated against should see the University's procedure to follow to file a complaint.
Students who feel the Didactic Program in Dietetics has violated the guidelines set by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) should read the Complaints about the Didactic Program in Dietetics policy and procedures in this handbook [PDF].
ACEND Procedure for Filing a Complaint against Accredited Programs
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND),
120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190,
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (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.
- ACEND staff forwards all written complaints to the ACEND chair within three weeks of receipt of the complaint.
- If the ACEND chair determines that the complaint does not relate to the accreditation standards or policies, the complainant is notified in writing within two weeks of the Chair's review that no further action will be taken.
- If the ACEND chair determines that the complaint may relate to the accreditation standards or policies, the complaint is acknowledged in writing within two weeks of the chair's review and the complainant is provided a copy of the process for handling the complaint.
- At the same time as the complainant is notified, the complaint is forwarded to the program by express mail second day delivery for tracking purposes. The administrative officers of the institution or organization sponsoring the program, currently on file with ACEND, receive copies of the correspondence by first class mail. At the request of the complainant, the name of the complainant is "blocked out" within the body of the written complaint that is sent to the program.
- The ACEND chair requests the program to conduct a preliminary investigation and submit a report addressing the relevant accreditation standards or policies postmarked no more than 30 calendar days from receipt of the notification, as documented by the record of second day delivery.
- The ACEND chair may also request further information or materials relating to the complaint from the complainant, the institution or other sources.
- The ACEND chair appoints a review committee to consider the complaint, along with all relevant information. The review committee recommends appropriate action to the ACEND board at its next scheduled meeting.
- In determining the appropriate action, the ACEND board considers the complaint, materials relating to the complaint, the review committee's recommendation, if any, and additional evidence provided by the program, if any.
- The ACEND board or the ACEND chair may determine that legal counsel is needed to address the complaint. Staff works with the ACEND board and legal counsel to identify a plan to address the complaint.
- If the complaint is determined to be unsubstantiated or not related to the accreditation standards or policies, no action is taken.
- If the complaint is substantiated and indicates that the program may not be in compliance with the accreditation standards or policies, appropriate action is taken, which may include, but is not limited to, scheduling an on-site visit of the program. If the complaint is substantiated and the ACEND board determines that the program is not in compliance with the accreditation standards or policies, the ACEND board may place the program on probation or withdraw accreditation or approval.
- The program director and administration of the sponsoring institution are notified of the ACEND board's decision and action in writing within two weeks of the decision. The complainant is notified of the final decision and action when the reconsideration and appeals process expires.
- The program has the right to request the ACEND board to reconsider a decision to place the program on probation or to withdraw accreditation or approval.
Insurance and Liability
The university catalog covers withdrawals and refund of tuition and fees policy, scheduling and program calendar, including vacations and holidays, protection of privacy of student information, access to personal files, and access to student support services such as the health center, counseling, financial aid, the disability resource center, and the writing center. The state of California is self-insured and therefore students are not required to take a separate insurance for professional liability and also for travel purposes of field trips, and other assigned areas.