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Grading System Policy

For RENAISSANCE Curriculum only

Grading System Policy

Scope and Purpose

The system of grades rewards academic accomplishment and simultaneously provides feedback to individual students regarding their progress toward graduation and further medical training. This new system replaces the previous letter-grade system and is designed to represent student achievement accurately and fairly as a part of a major curriculum revision.

Policy Statement

The medical education program employs both 2-tier (Pass/Fail) and 4-tier (listed below) grading systems. Specific criteria for each grade are determined by course leadership in conjunction with the Office of Medical Education and the Curriculum Coordinating Committee. Students will be informed of course grading rubrics at the start of each course.

4-Tier Pass/Fail Grades

LabelSymbolGPADescription
Honors MH 4.0 Honors; Exemplary
High Pass MHP 3.0 High Pass; Outstanding
Pass MP 2.0 Pass; Very Good
Fail MF 0.0 Fail - An F in a required course or clerkship mandates remediation. Both the original grade of F and the grade received after remediation will be recorded on the transcript.

2-Tier Pass/Fail Grades

LabelSymbolGPADescription
Pass P n/a Pass
Fail F n/a Fail - An F in a required course or clerkship mandates remediation. Both the original grade of F and the grade received after remediation will be recorded on the transcript.

Off-campus electives that do not supply a final letter grade following the UMSOM 4-tier grading system shall have those grades converted to 2-tier (Pass/Fail).

Incomplete

This designation is used when mitigating circumstances (e.g., illness) prevent the student from completing a course on time. A student who has not fulfilled all requirements for a clinical rotation by the end of the sixth academic week after the end of the course will receive an Incomplete. An I shall stand on the student's transcript even after a final grade has been assigned. This will be recorded as I/(final grade). If the Incomplete is not remedied within 1 year of the end of the course, the student will be withdrawn from the course, and a W will appear on the transcript.

History

Approved: CCC, March 17, 2020