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Policies on Professional Behavior | Student Appeals for Adverse Actions

Policy and Procedure on Professional Behavior

Students enrolled in the School of Medicine must develop the professional behaviors expected of a physician.  Students will be evaluated in the areas of attentiveness, maturity, cooperation, responsibility, personal appearance, respect (for authority, peers, patients and other members of the health care team), communication, judgment, ethics, honesty, morality, as well as other characteristics of professionalism important for a career in medicine. 


The detailed Medical Student Professionalism Code can be found in the School of Medicine Student Handbook.



The detailed Covenant for Medical Education: The Teacher-Student Relationship can be found in the School of Medicine Student Handbook.

Student Appeals for Adverse Actions


Students shall be notified of adverse academic decisions such as requirements for remedial work, conditions upon withdrawal, or dismissal. Each student shall be notified of their right to appear before an appeals committee, composed of residency program directors and assistant directors, to appeal such decisions. Any request for appeal must be by written petition to the dean or designee within 14 calendar days of the recommendation of the sanction. Failure to make a written appeal within this time period shall constitute a waiver of the appeal right and shall result in the sanction becoming final as recommended. A member of the faculty also may appeal on behalf of a student. During an appeal hearing before the Executive Faculty the student shall be permitted, at their own expense, to have an adviser or legal counsel represent them at the hearing and through all other stages of the disciplinary process. The role of the counsel shall be limited to an advisory capacity only. They will not be permitted to make opening or closing statements, question witnesses, or make oral argument. The student is entitled to present witnesses or other evidence, question opposing witnesses, and make opening and concluding statements on their own behalf. All hearings shall be recorded, and recordings shall be preserved until the time for all avenues of appeal available to the student shall have expired. The appeals committee shall have the right to approve the recommended sanction, impose a lower sanction or no sanction, or impose a harsher sanction than recommended. Written decisions shall be rendered within ten (10) working days of the completion of the hearing and reported to the student. All decisions by the appeals committee concerning academic matters are final. The student shall have the right to file a procedural appeal in writing to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs/Provost within five (5) working days. In the case that a procedural violation is found to have occurred, the case will be returned to the point of procedural issue and readdressed. Students with complaints that are not academic can take the complaint directly to one of the deans or use the anonymous email system monitored by the Office of Student Affairs.