Criteria for Good Standing, Probation, and Suspension

As a student proceeds through the medical curriculum, progress is monitored at the completion of each semester by the Student Promotions/Special Program Subcommittee. Recommendations regarding academic standing are made to the APC and are then forwarded to the Executive Dean.  A student will be placed in one of the following categories:

A. Good Standing ­ A student is in Good Standing if she/he has:

  1. attained a cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0 or higher OR maintained a semester Grade Point Average of 2.0 or higher for two (2) consecutive semesters after having been placed on Academic Remediation; AND
  2. remediate any Unsatisfactory grade in a required module or clerkship; AND
  3. passed the appropriate step of the USMLE (when applicable); AND
  4. maintained acceptable academic and professional behavior and ethical standards.

B. Stage I Academic Remediation ­ A student will be placed in Stage I Academic Remediation and will enter a closely monitored remediation program if she/he has:

  1. a cumulative Grade Point Average less than 2.0; OR
  2. received a single Unsatisfactory grade in any module or clerkship; OR
  3. failed to pass the appropriate step of the USMLE; OR
  4. unacceptable professional behavior or violation of the honor code.

This category does not preclude the student from participation in subsequent modules or clerkships except in the following situations: 

  1. an Unsatisfactory grade in a Year One module must be remediated before the student will be allowed to enroll in Year Two modules;
  2. an Unsatisfactory grade in a Year Two module must be remediated before the student will be allowed to progress to Phase II;
  3. an Unsatisfactory grade in a required clinical clerkship must be remediated as determined by the
    ADFSA; and
  4. a student may not enroll in an elective that requires satisfactory completion of a prerequisite module, clerkship or elective until the educational experience is satisfactorily completed.

C. Stage II Academic Remediation ­ A student will be placed in Stage II Academic Remediation if she/he has:

  1. a cumulative Grade Point Average less than 2.0 for two consecutive semesters; OR
  2. received Unsatisfactory grades in two different modules or clerkships (required or elective); OR
  3. continued unprofessional behavior, demonstration of egregious unprofessional behavior or violation of
    the honor code.

Stage II Academic Remediation requires that the student's entire academic record and other relevant information be reviewed by the APC.  A decision to permit continuation in the curriculum, to recommend remedial experiences, or for a motion for dismissal will be made by the APC.

All academic remediation will be coordinated by the ADSA.  Identification of the student’s barriers to success may include but are not limited to psychological and medical evaluations, and/or consultations with learning specialists.  The ADSA will monitor student compliance with remediation recommendations.

Last modified: Aug 13, 2012
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