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Policy on the Composition and Authority of the Student Professionalism Committee

The Student Professionalism Committee (SPC) is a standing committee of the faculty that recommends appropriate action and consequences for students whose professional performance is of concern.

The SPC consists of faculty educators from each of the following areas: the First 100 Weeks educational program, the Second 100 Weeks educational program, and graduate medical education. The membership of the SPC also includes at-large faculty members, selected by the Faculty Council and approved by the Dean, as well as student representatives from each class of the student body and dual-degree students, selected by the Student Council. The Associate Dean for Student Affairs serves as a non-voting member of the SPC, in support of the students. The chair is appointed by the Dean. The Dean’s Office may provide additional member(s) who are ex-officio, non-voting members of the Committee.

Terms for faculty members are three years with the option to renew for an additional three years. Terms for student members are two years, coinciding with their academic period (First 100 Weeks or Second 100 Weeks). Student members may reapply for an additional two-year term.

A quorum shall consist of at least nine voting committee members.

Members of the SPC must recuse themselves from the presentation, deliberation, and vote about a student with whom they have a conflict of interest, as defined in the Policy on Educational Conflicts of Interest and Recusal.

The meetings are closed, except for invitees. All deliberations are confidential.

The Chair of the SPC must convey, in writing, the committee’s recommendations to the Vice Dean who will render a decision and notify the student.

A student has the right to appeal the decision of the Vice Dean with regard to an adverse action relating to advancement, graduation, or dismissal.

References to Regulations and/or Other Related Policies:
Faculty Bylaws
LCME Element 9.9: Student Advancement and Appeal Process
Policy on Academic Advancement and Graduation
Policy on Due Process for Academic Adverse Action
Policy on Educational Conflicts of Interest and Recusal
Policy on Essential Capacities for Matriculation, Advancement, and Graduation
Statement of Professionalism

Last Updated: August 2018

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