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School of Medicine (M.D. and M.S. in PAS) Grading System

In general, the following grades are used in reporting on the performance of students in the M.D. program and students in the M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies program:

Grade Description
+ Pass. Indicates that the student has demonstrated to the satisfaction of the department or teaching group responsible for the course that he or she has mastered the material taught in the course.
- Fail. Indicates that the student has not demonstrated to the satisfaction of the department or teaching group responsible for the course that he or she has mastered the material taught in the course.
I Incomplete. Indicates that extenuating medical or personal circumstances have prevented the student from completing the course requirements. This grade shall be given when requested by the student with the prior approval of the Advising Dean in the School of Medicine.
N Continuing. Indicates that the course has not concluded and the student is continuing the course.
EX Exempt. Indicates a course that is exempted by examination. No units are awarded for courses completed.
GNR Grade Not Reported. (Effective Autumn 2009-10.)

In general, a 'Fail' grade can be cleared by repeating and passing the particular course or by other arrangement prescribed by the department or teaching group. An 'Incomplete' grade can be made up in a manner specified by the department or teaching group within a reasonable time; if the deficiency is not made up within the specified time, the 'Incomplete' grade becomes a 'Fail' grade. The opportunity to clear a 'Fail' grade or an 'Incomplete' grade cannot be extended to individuals who are not registered or eligible to register as students in the M.D. program. For more specific information, see the School of Medicine's Grading System web page.