Medical Sciences 

Students are expected to attend class. The policies that govern attendance and dress code requirements are described in writing in the syllabus for each course at the discretion of the faculty member. Keep in mind that RUSM is non-sectarian and does not close for religious holidays. Attending examinations and other required exercises is mandatory. Missing a mandatory activity can result in a zero, except for the following: 

Anatomy Policy on Lateness 


Lateness occurs when a student arrives to the anatomy session after the signs to say “teaching session in progress“ have been placed on the outer doors to the anatomy labs. This will normally be less than five minutes after the scheduled start time. Students arriving late for the session will be denied access to the session. Students are responsible for all information in any missed activity. 79 


Attendance at all gross anatomy laboratories/clinical skills sessions is mandatory. Failure to do so will result in the following penalties unless the student has an excused absence: 

Excused Absences

Absences from gross anatomy labs are acceptable with prior approved leave arranged through the Office of Student Affairs. Applications for approved leave from campus are reviewed by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. Absences resulting from health or other emergencies are reviewed by the Vice-Chair Department of Medical Foundationson a case-by-case basis, and students are required to forward documentation of visits to local health care services (via email to the Administrative Assistant Department of Medical Foundations) as early as possible after their absence, but no later than 5 pm on the day of the session.

Mandatory Activities (non-exam center activities, See Examinationssection):

Note: Students WILL NOT be excused when a verification of visit is obtained from health services provider or physician for a previously unreported student illness or after a missed mandatory academic activity has occurred.

Petitions to Miss a Medical Sciences Exam or Miss/Reschedule a Mandatory Medical Sciences Academic Activity

The Associate Dean of Student Affairs or authorized designee will consider petitions for excused events that are not addressed by the above exceptions or course syllabus. Proper documentation and supporting documents must be submitted to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs or authorized designee prior to the event for review and consideration on the basis of extraordinary personal circumstances.

Clinical Sciences

Students in the Clinical Sciences curriculum are expected to be in attendance 100% of the time and comply with the dress code established by their respective preceptor. It is up to each individual hospital to enforce its attendance rules, and RUSM students are expected to abide by those rules.


Students are required to inform the hospital coordinator and/or preceptor of any absence due to illness or emergency. Additionally, students are required to email the Office of Clinical Clerkships at may be required to provide documentation for an absence (i.e., note from physician). Students may be required to make up the time missed.


RUSM defers to the clinical site to determine whether or not students should attend clinical clerkships during inclement weather. Students may be required to make up time missed for inclement weather.

Duty Hours

Ross University School of Medicine will follow the duty hour guidelines set by the ACGME in 2017.Duty hours are defined as all clinical and academic activities related to the education of the medical student.

Duty hours must be limited to 80 hours per week, averaged over a four-week period, inclusive of all in-house call activities.

Continuous on-site duty, including in-house call, must not exceed 24 consecutive hours. Students may be on site for up to 4 additional hours in order to participate in didactic activities.

Time Away from Clerkships and Electives

RUSM permits students to take time off of clerkships and electives for residency interviews, conference attendance, and examinations. For every week of the clerkship/elective, a student may take a total of one half day for off for interviewing, conferences, and/or examinations; therefore, students on four (4) week clerkships are permitted a total of two (2) days off for these activities, students on six (6) week clerkships are permitted a total of three (3) days, and students on 12 week clerkships are permitted a total of six (6) days for interviewing, conferences, and/or examinations.

Please note that time away for interviews, conferences, and examinations must be pre-approved by the student’spreceptor.  Students are required to inform the hospital coordinator and/or preceptor in writing of any time away from clerkships and electives as well as email the Office of Clinical Clerkships at

Students must obtain prior approval by both RUSM and the clinical site for any absences that exceeds three days.  Students who experience a major life event that impacts their ability to meet the attendance requirements for any clerkship or elective must notify RUSM as soon as possible.  Students who are reported absent by the preceptor or clinical site and do not have prior approval will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and may be subject to administrative withdrawal.