Academic Standing & Progress

Good Standing and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Good Standing: Students maintain good standing by displaying SAP as defined below, complying with all other academic rules and regulations, and by remaining current with financial obligations. RUSM reserves the right to withhold services, transcripts and certifications from students who are not in good standing.

Satisfactory Academic Progress: SAP represents an acceptable level of performance in meeting degree requirements within specified time periods. It is used in both academic evaluation and in determination of financial aid eligibility. Students maintain SAP by meeting the requirements listed under the Promotions Policies as well as the qualitative and quantities measures described below.

SAP is evaluated at the end of the student’s academic year (normally two semesters) according to the following criteria:

At the end of each semester, each student’s academic progress is evaluated by RUSM. This evaluation involves two metrics, one quantitative and one qualitative.

If the results of the SAP evaluation indicate that a student has not met either one of the qualitative or quantitative measures, the student will be notified in writing that they are is not eligible for federal financial aid and is subject to dismissal from RUSM. A student receiving such notification will be placed on academic/financial aid probation and will be required to complete an academic plan with an advisor and/or complete an appeal, based on RUSM’s guidelines.

Foundations of Medicine:

Students on academic/ financial aid probation are required to complete an academic plan with an advisor from the office of Student Affairs. The academic plan will include:

Clinical Clerkships:

Additional Standards of Academic Progress Information for Students Receiving Veterans Education Benefits RUSM notifies the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) of those students who are receiving veterans’ education benefits and whose status is academic warning, which is considered the first probationary period.

Students are placed on academic warning for failure to meet minimum cGPA, pace of progress toward graduation and other minimum requirements outlined in Satisfactory Academic Progress. Students on academic warning are eligible to receive veterans’ education benefits for their academic warning semester. If at the end of the academic warning semester such students do not return to good standing, they are dismissed. Students who are dismissed may appeal. Those with approved appeals may continue on probation for another semester and remain eligible for veterans’ education benefits. Students who do not successfully appeal their dismissals are dismissed and have their veterans benefits terminated for unsatisfactory progress. The VA is notified of such dismissals.

After the second probationary period, veterans’ education benefits are terminated for students who fail to meet the minimum cGPA required for graduation, pace requirements and other RUSM standards noted in Standards of Academic Progress. These students may continue enrollment without VA benefits for another semester if satisfactory incremental progress is made. Veterans’ education benefits may resume if students meet the minimum cGPA required for graduation and pace requirements, as well as return to good academic standing, at the end of the third probationary semester.

Veteran students must notify the chief location administrator/academic advisor immediately upon withdrawal from school or from a course. For students receiving veterans education benefits, RUSM notifies the VA of changes in student status within 30 days of the official last date of attendance.

RUSM notifies the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) of those students who are receiving Veterans education benefits and whose status is academic probation, which is considered the first probationary period. Students are placed on academic probation for failure to meet minimum cGPA, pace of progress toward graduation, and other minimum requirements outlined above.

Academic Progress. Students on academic probation are eligible to receive Veterans education benefits for their academic probation semester. If at the end of the academic probation semester such students do not meet their academic plan or return to good standing, they are dismissed. Students who are dismissed may appeal. Those with approved appeals may continue on probation for another semester and remain eligible for Veterans education benefits. Students who do not successfully appeal their dismissals are dismissed and have their Veterans benefits terminated for unsatisfactory progress. The VA is notified of such dismissals.

After the second probationary period, Veterans education benefits are terminated for students who fail to meet the minimum cGPA required for graduation, pace requirements and other RUSM standards noted in Standards of Academic Progress. These students may continue enrollment without VA benefits for another semester if satisfactory incremental progress is made. Veterans’ education benefits may resume if students meet the minimum cGPA required for graduation and pace requirements, as well as return to good academic standing, at the end of the third probationary semester.

Veteran students must notify the chief location administrator/academic advisor immediately upon withdrawal from school or from a course. For students receiving Veterans education benefits, RUSM notifies the VA of changes in student status within 30 days of the official last date of attendance.

Special Note:

Academic Progress Standards for Clinical Students

In addition to the SAP criteria above, the following are additional required criteria for measuring good academic standing for students in the clinical phases of their training:

Maximum Timeframe for SAP

Students who completed their first semester prior to May 2013 must complete the entire MD program in a maximum of 210 instructional weeks of attendance. Students who completed their first semester on or after June

2013 must complete the entire MD program in a maximum of 225 weeks. Any student who does not complete the program within the appropriate timeframe will no longer be eligible to receive federal financial aid. Once it becomes mathematically impossible for a student to complete within the maximum timeframe, the student will be subject to dismissal.

Note: This refers to actual attendance in regular or remedial semesters, as well as actual instructional weeks of attendance in the clinical training segment. It does not include the following:

Students who do not meet the standards for SAP are subject to dismissal. However, under very unusual circumstances, the Student Promotions Committee may determine, on an individual basis, that a student may continue at RUSM for one more semester (on Probationary status).

Probation

Students may be placed on academic probation for academic issues. Academic Probation is based on both course work and professional behavior, and is recommended by the Promotions Committee to the Dean. Academic Probation may be imposed in any semester, including clinical semesters.

RUSM grants professional degrees, and thus professional behavior is as important as academic performance. Students may also be placed on Non-Academic Probation for professionalism or behavioral problems. Non- Academic Probation is based on a student’s behavior which does not meet one or more of the requirements in this Student Handbook (See Code of Conduct), and can be imposed in any semester, including the clinical semesters.