Grade Appeals and Narrative Assessment Appeals

Policy 540.60

Policy Statement

A student who disagrees with a final course or clerkship grade or examination performance, OSCE performance (clinical skills exam) and/or narrative assessment may appeal to the course director. The appeal must be initiated via email communication with the course director, within ten University business days of the release of the grade or narrative assessment. The director will bring the student’s concerns to those individuals involved in the grade or narrative assessment.

Policy Elaboration

A student may not contact any faculty member or resident (other than the course director) who contributed to their grades or narrative assessments to discuss their grade. Such contact is considered unprofessional behavior and could subject students who violate this provision to a formal review of their professional performance. The course director will have the final ruling on grading in a given course, unless the student alleges that there has been a violation of stated procedures. In this case the student may appeal the grade to the level director, who will have the final decision on the validity of the records under challenge. In the case where the level director is also the course director, the student will appeal to the Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education, who will have the final decision on the validity of the record under challenge.

Applicability of the Policy

All Medical Students

Related Larner College of Medicine Policies

Related University of Vermont Policies

Related Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Standard(s)

9.9 Student Advancement and Appeal Process


  • 7/16/2013 Policy Adopted/Affirmed [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 6/18/2019 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 1/21/2020 Reformatted [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 02/18/2020 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]

Policy Oversight

Associate/Assistant Dean for Students (Director of Academic Achievement)

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