Following notification of a decision for dismissal or extended track program, a student may appeal, in writing, the decision to the Dean. Such appeals must be received by the Dean within three working days after the student is officially notified of the dismissal or extended track program decision. A narrative explaining the basis for the appeal must accompany the request. An appeal must be based on one or more of the following premises:
- Bias of one or more members of the Student Promotion and Graduation Committee
- Material, documentable information not available to the Committee at the time of its initial decision
- Procedural error
The Dean will review the appeal request and decide if there is sufficient information to convene a meeting of the Student Promotion and Graduation Committee, which would be asked to provide a recommendation to the Dean on the appeal request. Once a decision is made to convene a Committee meeting, the student requesting the appeal shall be notified in writing (i.e., by email) by the Office of the Dean at least two working days in advance of the scheduled Committee meeting in which the student’s appeal will be heard. The student will be offered an opportunity to appear before the Committee (in person, virtually or by telephone) in order to present their case. In such instances, the student shall inform the Office of the Dean, in writing at least 24 hours prior to the meeting, of their desire to appear before the Committee or their intent to waive this right. If the student chooses to appear before the Committee, this prerogative extends to the involved student only and not to any other individuals.
Following the meeting, the Committee submits their recommendation to the Dean. Upon receipt of the Committee’s recommendation, the Dean makes the final decision on all appeals.
The student must attend all didactic classes in which they are registered until the appeal process is complete. Students registered in an experiential rotation course may be placed on a mandatory leave of absence until the appeal process is finalized.