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The West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses has found Salem International University's Nursing Program deficient in multiple areas after a June 12 meeting.

The board has withdrawn the SIU School of Nursing Associate Degree program, which goes into effect August 31, 2013, after the school has failed to comply with necessary requirements, said the board.

The board sent a letter to the school in February 2013 and instructed the school to correct the deficiencies. The board alleges that Salem International failed to cease and desist all admissions to all nursing programs representing progression toward earning a nursing degree, according to a letter to Dr. Susie Wilson, Nursing Program Director at SIU. The school failed to notify all students that were to begin nursing courses in April 2013 that classes would be delayed until SIU demonstrates that deficiencies have been corrected, according to the letter.

The board cites that SIU's nursing program suffers from a lack of decision making authority for the nursing program. The director doesn't possess the authority to make needed decisions for the program and hasn't been supported by university administration, said the board. The program also failed to maintain at least an 80 percent passing rate on the licensure examination by first-time candidates, said the board.

SIU President John Luotto addressed students in a meeting Monday afternoon and said he believes this is a "miscommunication or misunderstanding".  Luotto declined to provide a comment to WBOY.

SIU is required to assist enrolled students with transferring credits to an accredited university.