Academic Appeals

The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry’s academic appeals policy and procedures establish informal and formal academic appeal procedures and clarify the Faculty's added responsibility for final grade appeals for undergraduate students and graduate students enrolled in courses provided by the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry. A separate policy and procedure was created for resident and fellow final grade and academic appeals. 

Denial of admission/re-admission to the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry is not subject to appeal. For University-wide policy in this area see the University of Alberta Calendar Appeal from Admissions and Readmission Decisions.

All academic appeals are coordinated through the Office of the Vice-Dean of Education. The vice-dean can be reached through the executive assistant, Ms. Jocelyn Plemel at (780) 492-5995. All students are encouraged to seek assistance through their program office, the Office of Learner Advocacy and Wellbeing or the Office of the Student Ombuds.

Academic Appeal Policy for Undergraduate and Graduate Students applies to:

  • Final course grades for undergraduate and graduate students taking courses offered by the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry; and
  • Final course grades and academic standing appeals applying to undergraduate students registered in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry professional programs (MD, DDS, DH, MLS and RT).


Academic Appeal Policy for Postgraduate Medical Education Students (residents and fellows) applies to:

  • A final grade assigned for a Postgraduate Medical Education (PME) rotation or course taken by PME Students that are offered by the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry; and
  • Academic Standing matters for Postgraduate Medical Education (PME) students in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry.


Faculty's Practicum Intervention/Appeal Policy and Hearing Procedure outlines:

The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry is responsible to ensure its students do not place public interest, public safety or public health concerns (including the working and learning environment) in jeopardy or harm's way. The Practicum Intervention Policy gives the Faculty the mechanisms necessary to protect the public, other health professionals, and colleagues from actions and behaviours that are perceived to be causing harm.

Intervening in a practicum, or a clinical rotation, of Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry professional program students, residents or fellows, is considered in the Practicum Intervention Policy.


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