Grade Appeal

This policy is effective for courses running until December 31, 2019.
See Policies Governing Medical Student’s Academic Progress and Conduct from the policy navigation menu for courses beginning January 1, 2020.

When grade questions arise, the first step is discussion between the student and the course director.  The discussion needs to be initiated within 4 weeks of grade posting.   For Module 4 or 5 courses, students are not to contact the faculty and house-staff for evaluation feedback outside of the standard evaluation and assessment feedback mechanisms already in place.  If a student is found to have done so, the appeal process will stop and the initial grade will stand. 

If further discussion is needed for a Module 1, 2, 3, 5, or 6 grade, the student should contact the Associate Dean for Curriculum.

After meeting with a Module 4 course director, a student may decide to formally appeal a grade.    The first step of the formal process is a meeting with the Associate Dean for Student Affairs who will review the appeals protocol with the student and provide guidance during the process.  The Associate Dean for Student Affairs will alert the course director that the student wishes to pursue a formal appeal and a subsequent meeting with the student will occur.  If the student is dissatisfied with the outcome and wishes to pursue the appeal further, a Grade Appeal Committee consisting of the Senior Vice Dean of Education, the Associate Dean for Curriculum, and a Module 4 course director external to the department in question will review the matter.  The Grade Appeals Committee will independently interview the student and the course director. The Grade Appeal Committee’s decision on the matter will be final.