Grade Appeals

COM Appeal Policy

UNMC College of Medicine students desiring to appeal grades and other evaluations of their academic performance, not involving academic dismissal or suspension, shall proceed as follows (each step follows the previous if there is not satisfactory resolution for the student):

Results of individual assessments (i.e. examination performance, OSCE performance, narrative assessments)

  1. Within two weeks of assessment results being made available, a written appeal should be made to the Block, Clerkship, or Elective Director.
  2. A written appeal should be made to the relevant Phase Director.

Grades

Phase 1:

  1. Within two weeks of the issuance of a block grade, students submit a written appeal to the chair of Phase 1 Grading Committee.  He/she may choose to review the record, meet with the student, and/or act summarily.
  2. A written appeal should be submitted to the College of Medicine through the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.  An Appeal Committee in the College of Medicine will be convened. All of these steps and the appeal process must follow the UNMC Appeals of Academic Evaluations guidelines.

Phase 2/3:

  1. Within one month of grade posting, a written appeal should be made to the clerkship or elective director with copies sent to the phase director and department chair.
  2. A written appeal should be made to the relevant phase director within one month of the clerkship or elective director’s decision.
  3. Within one month of decision by the Phase Director, a written appeal should be submitted to the College of Medicine through the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.  An Appeal Committee in the College of Medicine will be convened. All of these steps and the appeal process must follow the UNMC Appeals of Academic Evaluations guidelines.

Rulings made by above Committees regarding final block, clerkship, or elective grades may be further appealed to the Dean of the College of Medicine who may choose to review records of proceedings and interview the students.  The Dean will uphold or overturn the Committee’s ruling and in all cases, this decision is final.

Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)

Senior medical students assist members of the Office of Student Affairs in the drafting of the MSPE and are allowed to suggest edits to the document.  Any appeals related to its content following this process should be directed to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs.

 

Approved by the Curriculum Committee: February 25, 2020