Academic Progress and Graduation

University Policy

School of Medicine Policy

Student Evaluation and Promotion Committee

The SEPC meets monthly, or as necessary, to assess student readiness for evaluation and promotion for all four years of MD curriculum. In accordance with BUSM policies and standards, the SEPC:

  • Monitors a student’s entire academic and professional record and performance, and takes appropriate action;
  • Acts upon written petitions from students who request a waiver from promotion policies;
  • Reviews any student’s deficient performance and takes appropriate action;
  • Reviews students who may not meet the maximum time for BUSM degree completion;
  • Acts on requests for more than one reexamination, including end-of-clerkship exams; and
  • Reviews all medical students with two or more Fail grades in any curricular year.

Committee Bylaws

Student Evaluation and Promotion Committee (SEPC) shall:

  1. Comprise 10 faculty members and chair, all appointed by the Dean. Eight members (representing all four curricular years) and the chair shall be appointed after consultation with the Associate Deans of Medical Education, Student Affairs, and Diversity & Inclusion. The remaining two, a Course Director and a Clerkship Director, shall be appointed after consultation with the Pre-Clerkship Curriculum Subcommittee (PCS) and Clerkship Curriculum Subcommittee (CCS) chairs, respectively. No other member can be a course, course module, or clerkship director. The Associate Deans of Student Affairs, Medical Education, Admissions, and Diversity & Inclusion, and the Director of Academic Enhancement shall serve ex officio, without vote. The Registrar shall act as secretary without vote.
  2. Meet monthly, if required, during the academic term, and otherwise as needed at the call of the chair.
  3. Act in accordance with the Policies and Procedures for Evaluation, Grading, and Promotion of Boston University School of Medicine MD Students.

For the rules governing promotion, view the “Policies and Procedures for Evaluation, Grading, and Promotion of Boston University School of Medicine MD Students.”