Progress Board

The Progress Board is a standing subcommittee of the Educational Policy Committee (EPC) consisting of 9 members: 5 clinicians and 4 basic scientists which meets ONLY when a recommendation of the Basic or Clinical Science Academic Evaluation Board which is considered an “adverse recommendation” is made (see definition above).  This Board will recommend remediation or repetition of courses, entry into a less than full-time program (when this request is not made by the student), or dismissal, to the Dean of the School of Medicine.

Requirements for membership on the Progress Board:

  • Senior member of the faculty (associate professor or above)
  • NOT a current course coordinator and has not been a course coordinator for at least 12 months before date of appointment. Faculty members who teach in a course but are not the course coordinator may be members of the committee.
  • A member of the committee who has a relationship to the student as a mentor must recuse him/herself from voting in any decision about that student.
  • If the case concerns a particular course, faculty teaching in that course must recuse themselves from voting in any decision about that course.

Members are appointed by the Dean of the School of Medicine.  Faculty may apply for this position to the Dean. If an insufficient number of faculty apply, the Dean shall appoint the members from the general faculty. Members of the Progress Board will select their own chair; the position of chair may be different for different cases but will be the same for the duration of a case. The member serving as Chair will continue to have a vote. The role of the chair will be (1) to convene and conduct the meetings and (2) to report the findings of the Board to the Dean of the School of Medicine and to the appropriate Academic Evaluation Board. Decisions of the Board will be by majority vote; the standard used will be “preponderance of the evidence” rather than the criminal standard of “beyond a reasonable doubt.”

If the Basic or Clinical Science Academic Evaluation Board makes an Adverse Recommendation, this recommendation will be presented by the chair of that Academic Evaluation Board to at least 3 of the 9 members of the Progress Board of which at least 2 members are basic scientists if it is a basic science issue or at least 2 are clinicians if it is a clinical years issue. The members of the Progress Board who are hearing a case will not include any member of a course involved in the adverse recommendation of the Evaluation Board and will not include any mentor of the student. At least 3 of the members of the Progress Board must meet to decide on a given case.

When a Progress Board is to be convened because of an Evaluation Board or Honor Board recommendation or due to an issue concerning the school’s Criteria for Academic Review and Advancement, the Associate Dean for Student Affairs shall notify the student at minimum by email in time to provide at least 10 working days’ notice before the date on which a board is convened. The Associate Dean for Student Affairs will inform the membership of the Progress Board of the need to meet and will assist in arranging meetings but will not participate in deliberations or voting.

The Progress Board will receive the minutes of the AEB meeting(s) and any other pertinent information and may call on the chair or other members including ad hoc members (e.g. the Associate Dean for Student Affairs) for clarification of process and issues. A student must be invited but is not required to attend any Progress Board meeting at which an adverse recommendation is being considered. The student must be notified by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs in writing by hard copy or email that the Progress Board is meeting to consider a case in which the student is involved at least 10 days before the meeting. Furthermore, any student may request to meet with the Board. If the student wishes to meet with the Board, the student’s request must be given in writing to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs at least two working days prior to the Boards’ meeting. A student who elects to meet with the Progress Board may bring an advocate into the hearing room with him or her. In a case in which no criminal charges are pending, the advocate can be any member of the university community. However, no parties shall be represented by legal counsel (this restriction includes faculty members and students other than the accused student who also have formal legal training). The role of the advocate is to assist the student in presenting his/her side of the case as effectively as possible. If criminal charges are pending, the student may bring an attorney as an advocate and the University may also choose to be represented by legal counsel.