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Policy on Grading for Courses in the MD/PhD and PhD Programs

Students earn a final grade at the end of each course. A student's grade in each course will be based on examinations (as applicable), oral/written presentations (as applicable), and attendance/participation.

Final Grade

The final grade for each course is Pass or Fail. The final grade will be reported to the student, the Zucker School of Medicine, and the student's advisory committee.

The first time a student earns a final grade of Fail, the student will be required to remediate (repeat and pass) the course (or its equivalent) to earn credit and student's mentor will meet with the MD/PhD and PhD Program Director ("Program Director") to discuss the circumstances under which the grade was earned.

The second time a student earns a final grade of Fail, the student will be considered for immediate dismissal by the Program Director.

Reassessment

If a student earns a temporary designation of Conditional Pass, the student must reassess by a repeating an examination and/or by rectifying unsatisfactory assignments or coursework to earn a final grade and to be eligible for advancement or graduation. A plan and timeline for reassessment must be developed in consultation with the course director.

If reassessment is successful, a student will earn a final grade of Pass for the course. If a reassessment does not take place within the time specified by the course director, or if reassessment is unsuccessful, the student will earn a final grade of Fail.

Appeal

A student has the right to appeal a final grade of a course in the MD/PhD or PhD Programs.

References to Regulations and/or Other Related Policies:
Policy on Grade Appeals in the MD/PhD and PhD Programs

Last Updated: March 2019


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