Grading System - Legacy Curriculum

All core (non-elective) courses and clerkships are evaluated using a grade of Pass/Fail and a final percent score. Grades for Biennium I electives are reported as Pass/Fail with no percent score. Grades for Biennium II electives are reported as Pass/Fail with no percent score. Faculty may include narrative comments with year 3 & 4 clerkship/electives grades. Narrative comments are part of the student evaluation and included in the medical student permanent academic record 

The following abbreviations are used:

P = Pass. The student has successfully completed the course/clerkship

R = Remediation. The student must remediate the course. Remediation is a temporary grade, indicating that the student has not met the course objectives but might meet them with additional effort during the remediation period established by the course director. Failure to meet the objectives within this period results in a final grade of F. Satisfactory improvement that fulfills the course objectives results in a change to Pass.

F = Fail. The student has failed the course/clerkship and has not met the course objectives, and successful remediation is not academically feasible.

I = Incomplete. The student has not completed the course. Incomplete is temporarily assigned if the student files a request for additional time to complete the work, and the course director approves the request. The student must sign a contract specifying the work to be completed and a completion date within the academic year. In special circumstances, extensions may be granted. Course/clerkship work not completed in the approved time frame results in a grade of F.

WP = Withdrew Passing. The student withdrew after being enrolled for more than 2/3 of the course/clerkship with an average of 70% or greater.

WF = Withdrew Failing. The student withdrew after being enrolled for more than 2/3 of the course/clerkship with an average of less than 70%. Grades and narrative evaluations are submitted to the Office of Student Affairs and are placed in each student's permanent academic file. Class rank is determined by weighting the final percent score by the number of credit hours for each course. Transcripts include a Pass/Fail grade and a quintile designation (first, second, third, fourth, or fifth) for each course.

Transcripts & Permanent Grades

Students receive a grade of Pass/Fail and a percent score in each non-elective course. Final grades are permanently posted on official transcript

Remediation

  • The grade of R (Remediation required) is filed for internal use only. It does not appear on the official transcript.
  • Students who do not meet the minimum score as set by OME for the clerkship specific subject examination will have one (1) opportunity for a retake at a time determined by OME
    • Students will move on to the next clerkship while waiting to retake the subject exam
    • Students who pass the retake subject exam will receive the minimum passing grade on the exam, regardless of their actual score on the retake subject exam
      • The minimum passing grade on the exam will be used to calculate their final percentage score for the clerkship
  • After successful remediation of a course/clerkship, a final grade of Pass and the calculated percentage score will be posted on the transcript.
  • If the remediation of a course/clerkship results in a failure, a final grade of Fail will be posted on the transcript.
  • After remediation of a Year 4 elective, a final grade of Pass/Fail is posted on the transcript.
  • Unremediated R grades default to F, or Fail, at the end of the academic year unless otherwise arranged.

Incomplete

The grade I (Incomplete) is posted on the transcript until it is replaced by a permanent grade. Incomplete grades default to F (Fail) at the end of the academic year unless otherwise arranged.

Interim

Interim grades are filed for internal use only. They do not appear on the transcript.

Fail

All final F (Fail) grades are permanently posted on the official transcript. When the student retakes the course/clerkship and passes, the transcript will be adjusted in the following ways:

  • Course repeated at WSU-BSOM: The original F is labeled "Course Repeated."
    • Students who successfully repeat an individual clerkship will receive the minimum passing grade in each repeated clerkship
  • LCME-approved makeup courses: The original F is labeled "Course Repeated." The new grade is entered as P (Pass) and labeled "Equivalent Course."
    • Students who successfully pass an LCME-approved makeup course will receive a percentage score of 70.0%
  • Year repeated: The original F is labeled "Year Repeated."
  • Students who successfully repeat an individual clerkship will receive the minimum passing grade in each repeated clerkship

Appeal of Course Grades & Written Evaluations

Appeal to the Course/Clerkship Director

The first level of appeal of a course/clerkship grade and/or written evaluation is to the course/clerkship or elective director. The appeal must be submitted and received within 30 days of the grade distribution. If determined that there is reason to change the grade or written evaluation, the course/clerkship director will inform the Office of Student Affairs of the change. If there is no sufficient reason to change the grade/written evaluation, the course/clerkship director will inform the student in writing that the grade/written evaluation stands.

Final Appeal of a Course/Clerkship Grade and/or Written Evaluation

In Biennium I, a student may appeal the decision of a course director to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. In Biennium II, a student may appeal the decision of a clerkship director to the department chair. The student is given seven (7) business days from receipt of the letter from the course/clerkship director to submit a written notification of appeal. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or department chair may hear the appeal or appoint an ad hoc faculty committee as designee.

After reviewing all relevant documents and hearing the student's testimony and petition, the associate dean/chair will notify the student of the decision. The decision is final.

Grounds for appeal include: mathematical or clerical errors; arbitrariness, including discrimination based on race, gender, religion, age, physical disability, sexual orientation, national origin; and personal malice. An error in judgment by the student is not reason to be granted an appeal.

Updated by B2 on 9/19/17, updated by FCC on 9/27/17.

For information on the grading system in the WrightCurriculum, please refer to the Student Success Policy.

Last edited on 05/03/2018.