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Student Government

Student Council

The Student Council of the School of Medicine consists of a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The group performs several tasks which are important to the proper functioning of the many student organizations. Social events for the entire medical school are organized and funded by the Council. The Council serves as liaison between the administration and the study body should the need for such arise. The most important role of the Student Council is the budgeting of Student Activities monies. The Council votes on the distribution of funds to the different student organizations based on many parameters. These include proposed costs of planned activities, benefit to the medical school community and the number of students involved in the organization. The Student Council is a central part of the proper functioning of the student organizations. The Student Council election is run by the Office of Student Affairs.

How Are Elections Handled?

Elections of all class officers, representatives and committee positions are handled by the Office of Student Affairs. Class elections are held, generally after the second examination in Structure and Development for first years. Elections for the following year are then held in late spring. Holding elected office can be a significant time commitment and affords a high level of responsibility for representing the views of a class effectively. Therefore, students holding elected office must maintain a minimum level of academic performance to continue in that role. To run for an elected position as a first-year student during the regularly scheduled fall elections, candidates must have earned a score of 80% or better on each Structure and Development exam administered prior to the election. Once elected, to maintain a position during the pre-clinical years, all candidates must have earned a final grade of “B” or better in Structure and Development. Each subsequent final course grade during the pre-clinical years must be 76% or higher without exception. In the clinical years, students must earn a B- or better in all clerkships and rotations in years 3 and 4 to remain in office. Further, students may fail no more than one shelf exam during year 3. Students not maintaining this level of academic performance must immediately step down from their position.

All students contemplating Class Council positions should have the intention of finishing medical school in four years to afford continuity of leadership for each class. Elected Class Council officers who decide to take a leave after committing to class leadership will be asked to step down when they transition out of the MD program. Should any elected officer or representative find it necessary to resign from office for academic or other reasons, a special election will be held in a timely fashion. Students leaving their positions because of this policy may be given the opportunity to run again for elected office in a subsequent academic year if approved in advance by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs in consultation with the Medical Education Advisory Committee. Approval will be based upon ongoing academic performance and professional conduct. A second set of elections will be held at the end of the first year, after the class has an opportunity to learn more about all of the elected members, and all students have had an opportunity to gauge their academic performance and required time commitments.


Last Revision: January 12, 2018