Office of the Dean

O’Dowd Hall, Room 428
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-3634

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Academic Probation


Academic Probation


Authorizing Body:

Student Performance Review Committee


Robert Noiva, Ph.D.

Date Issued:

August 1, 2011

Last Update:

April 7, 2014


Academic probation is, as the name implies, a probationary status that still allows a student to enroll and attend classes, but requires that a student take steps towards remediating academic deficiencies and improving academic performance.

Scope and Applicability:

All students enrolled in the School of Medicine

Standard Practice Guideline:

A student with significant academic deficiencies as determined by the SPRC shall be considered on academic probation.


Students placed on academic probation are informed that there is serious concern about their academic performance and that they may be subject to discipline and/or other requirements up to and including dismissal should their unsatisfactory academic performance continue. Students shall be notified in writing by the SPRC why they have been placed on probation and the requirements for removal from probationary status. Students on probation may not register for, or receive credit towards the M.D. for courses/clerkships at other institutions. Students on probation may also have conditions placed upon their probation by the SPRC including mandatory tutoring and limitations on participation in school-sponsored activities.

Criteria for placement on probation

  • Failure of two (2) or more courses within a semester.
  • Failure of a single required clerkship.
  • Failure to pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), Step 1 within one (1) year of completion of M2 coursework.
  • Any medical student deemed by the SPRC to demonstrate deficiencies that the SPRC, in the sole and exclusive exercise of its discretion, determines to be significant.

Removal from probation

A student shall remain on academic probation until all academic deficiencies have been made up and any other requirements established by the SPRC have been met. Requirements for removal from academic probation during the pre-clinical years shall include, but not be limited to, the successful remediation of all failed coursework plus one (1) additional semester with no additional course failures or incompletes. During the clinical years, removal from academic probation shall include, but not be limited to, the successful remediation of the failed clerkship plus successful completion of all additional clerkship rotations for the remaining academic year.


Related Policies and Forms:

Student Performance Review Committee Guidelines