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Policy

Deferred Exams

Categories: defer exams UGME

Introduction

1. Purpose:

To ensure students have the ability to request deferred or supplemental assessment for in-term and final exams in the Undergraduate Medical Education Program.

2. Principles:

2.1. Consideration will be given to reasonable request for time away for deferred or supplemental assessment for in-term and final exams.

2.2. All requests for deferred or supplemental assessment for in-term and final exams, when granted, will not compromise the student and program goal for a successful outcome of their Undergraduate education.

3. Scope of this Policy:

3.1. Pertains to all Undergraduate Medical Education Students in the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine.

3.2. Includes all current sites (Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert).

3.3. This option for deferred or supplemental assessment exists in conjunction with the current policies guiding both MD Program Attendance and Absence in regards to the in-term assessment.

3.4. Policy is to consider a deferred or supplemental assessment for in-term and final exams (related to significant health issues and/or exceptional personal situations)

Policy

4. Policy:

The UGME Program reserves the right to grant deferred or supplemental assessment for in-term and final exams while maintaining expectations and rigors of a professional program. There are two kinds of requests:

4.1. In-term Assessment – Deferred or supplemental assessment may be granted due to a pre- approved absence, significant health or personal issues. Requests must be accompanied by supporting documentary evidence. Documentation may be submitted to the Office of Student Affairs to protect confidentiality if required.

4.2. Final Assessment – Deferred or supplemental assessment may be granted due to significant health or personal issues. Requests must be accompanied by supporting documentary evidence. Documentation may be submitted to the Office of Student Affairs to protect confidentiality if required.

Procedures

5. Procedures:

5.1. Students will apply in writing to the UGME Administrative Staff , Year Chair, and Year Site Coordinator, with a Carbon Copy sent to the Module Director and Course Director.

5.2. This request must be made as soon as the significant health issue and/or exceptional personal situation arises, whenever possible.

5.3. UGME Administrative Staff, Year Chair, Year Site Coordinator and Module/Course Director will consider all documentation and information in order to consider an approval or an amended recommendation of a deferred exam or supplemental assessment. The student will be advised as soon as a decision has been made whether the deferral request is approval, denied, or amended.

5.4. College of Medicine reserves the right to determine that a student may have to repeat portions of the program, if the deferral requested exceeds reasonable expectation for retaining required clinical skills. The process for return to the program will be outlined in writing to the applicant.

Contact

6. Contact:

6.1. Submit by email to the attention of:
UGME Administrative Staff, Year __
B526 Health Sciences Building
107 Wiggins Rd, Saskatoon SK  S7N 5E5

Cc: Module Director, Year Chair, Year Site Coordinator

Responsibility: Associate Dean, Undergraduate Education, College of Medicine
Approval: Student Academic Management Committee
Date: Aug 2016