Examinations

Medical Sciences Examinations

Locations of Exams

All examinations in the Medical Sciences semesters are taken on campus or at RUSM approved settings.

Examination Protocol

All students must bring their official RUSM identification card to all exams, and be at their assigned locations 15 minutes prior to the beginning of an examination.

Students are required to attend the exam groups and sequestration groups to which they are assigned.

Students, who arrive late for an exam will be subject to a 25% point reduction in their exam score for the 1st offense, and a 50% reduction for a 2ndoffense. More than two instances of lateness to an exam or sequestration, in a semester, will result in an exam score of “0”.  Students, arriving no more than 15 minutes late, for the 1stexam group, will be sent to sequestration, if scheduled, with a point reduction. They will take their exam with the 2ndgroup. Students, assigned to the 1stexam group, who arrive more than 15 minutes late, for the 1stexam group will be considered as an unexcused absence and will not be allowed in sequestration, nor allowed to take the exam.

Students, who arrive late for sequestration will be subject to a 25% point reduction in their exam score for the 1st offense, and a 50% reduction for a 2ndoffense. More than two instances of lateness to an exam or sequestration, in a semester, will result in an exam score of “0”. Students, arriving no more than 15 minutes late, for sequestration will take their exam with the 2ndgroup. Students, assigned to the sequestration group, who arrive more than 15 minutes late for sequestration will be considered as an unexcused absence and will not be allowed in sequestration, nor allowed to take the exam.

If a student suspects a fellow student of cheating during an exam, the student should discreetly alert an exam proctor. A student found cheating on an examination receives a grade of zero for that examination. Further, a student found cheating on an examination may be subject to dismissal following a conduct hearing. No bags, books, electronic devices, or cellular phones may be brought into the examination room.

During electronic examinations, if there are unavoidable human/technical difficulties that occur, the Executive Chief Proctor may offer student(s) a choice of accepting the results of the exam(s) or immediately retaking the exam. Make-up exams are not conducted after scheduled exam dates; therefore, student(s) who choose to re-test will re-test immediately upon conclusion of the scheduled exam and after a 15 minute supervised break.

Mid-term and Final Examinations Scheduling

Students are required to complete all exams as scheduled. There are no make-up exams. A student may be excused from one mid-term examination per semester in an emergency. In the case of a single approved absence from a mid-term exam, the student’s scores on their Final exam will be substituted for those on the missed mid- term exam. In cases where there are local and NBME sections on the Final exam, the student’s scores on the entire Final exam will be substituted.

Students who are unable to complete all mid-term exams, with the exception of a single approved absence, may be administratively withdrawn. The student will receive a grade at the time of withdrawal which is based on a percentage of the weighted exams which the student has completed before withdrawal. Students with a cumulative weighted score of 70%, or higher, will receive a “WP”. Below 70% will  receive a “WF”. RUSM will not modify exam group assignments, for either written or clinical exams, to accommodate a student’s travel itinerary booked in advanced. Do not book a flight on the same day as the exam.

In order to be excused from a mid-term examination, the student must present valid documentation prior to the exam describing the nature of the emergency to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs or authorized designee, and must include appropriate supporting documentation. Approval is at the discretion of the Associate Dean of Student Affairs or authorized designee. A mid-term examination missed without prior approval will be assigned a grade of zero. (See exceptions in Attendance section)

Medical Sciences final examinations must be taken as scheduled; failure to do so could result in a failing grade for the course. On the rare occasion a student is excused from taking a Medical Sciences final examination, a grade of Incomplete (“I”) will be assigned for the course. The student will not be eligible for enrollment and will not be promoted to the next semester until the incomplete has been rectified and a passing final course grade is assigned. The “I” grade will revert to a No Pass/F ilure (“NP” or “F”) if the final grade is not submitted within one year from the date of the “I” grade is assigned.