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Student Status

Academic Probation

Students who are not meeting BA/MD Arts & Sciences continuous eligibility requirements will be placed on academic probation by the CCSP Eligibility & Professionalism subcommittee. The student must meet with their academic advisor to generate a plan for improvement and expected date of compliance with continuous eligibility requirements.  The CCSP E&P subcommittee may mandate an academic plan to include, but is not limited to: a minimum number of tutorial hours, meetings with instructor and/or TA’s, early alerts, etc.  Academic probation varies in length depending on each student’s situation.  The CCSP E&P subcommittee notifies the student in writing of their probation status in the program.  If a student disagrees with BA/MD CCSP E&P subcommittee, please see the BA/MD Due Process Policy and Procedure for more information.

Educational Prescription

BA/MD A&S students who are not meeting the continuous eligibility requirements can be placed on an educational prescription.  This is individualized action and support which acts as a contract between the student and the Program.  The intention of the educational prescription is to assist students in generating a plan for improvement in the area identified, whether academic or professional.

The educational prescription is announced and initiated within official correspondence from BA/MD CCSP E&P subcommittee stating student's status in the Program.  It will state what is required, suggested, or a resource.  Educational prescriptions can vary in length depending on each student's needs.

Program Release

Students who fail to meet continuous eligibility requirements, including any phase outlined in the Student Progress & Evaluation (SPE) policy, will be released from the Program. Students may be released from the Program without prior incident dependent upon the individual case. The CCSP E&P subcommittee will notify the student in writing of their released status in the Program.  If a student disagrees with BA/MD CCSP E&P subcommittee, please see the BA/MD Due Process Policy and Procedure for more information.

Program Withdrawal

If a student wishes to voluntarily withdraw from the Program at any time, the student should submit a written statement to their BA/MD academic advisor. The written statement should include the following in an attached word document and sent to their BA/MD academic advisor via email.

  • Date of statement
  • Address to the “BA/MD Directors”
  • Date of withdrawal is in effect
  • Reason the student wishes to withdraw (if comfortable with stating so)
  • Include closing with UNM email
  • Student ID number

Withdrawn students will be offered an optional exit interview with any BA/MD faculty and/or staff member(s) of their choice to discuss any aspect of the Program. They will also be offered continued advisement during their undergraduate career by the BA/MD advisors.

Leave of Absence

BA/MD students may request a Leave of Absence (LOA) for personal reasons only. LOA for academic reasons will not be considered.

For non‐emergency LOA, students must be meeting BA/MD A&S continuous eligibility requirements. All LOA requests must be approved in advance, a minimum of one semester in advance, by the BA/MD Student Petition Committee (SPC). LOAs totaling more than two years, either consecutively or in parts, will not be granted. Please see the BA/MD Due Process policy for more information on student petitions.

In case of an emergency, the BA/MD Advisor in consultation with CCSP Eligibility & Professionalism subcommittee and/or BA/MD Administration, may grant an emergency LOA, and will assist student with withdrawal from the University.

LOA will most likely result in a delay in graduation date and may affect financial aid agreements. Students on scholarship and financial aid should meet with a financial aid and/or scholarship officer to determine the impact of the LOA on financial agreements. If a LOA is granted after BA/MD funds have been awarded for the semester, that funding will apply toward the 8‐ semester limit of BA/MD funding.

No student will be allowed to take a LOA after their sixth academic semester unless they have passed Phase Three of the Student Progress and Evaluation policy and have earned a score on the MCAT exam consistent with the minimum acceptable threshold for admission into the MD program at the UNM School of Medicine by August 1st before the student’s seventh semester.

Note: Students who successfully petition the Student Petition Committee for additional time in the program will not be allowed to take a LOA after their eighth academic semester unless they have passed Phase Three of the Student Progress and Evaluation policy and have earned a score on the MCAT exam consistent with the minimum acceptable threshold for admission into the MD program at the UNM School of Medicine by August 1st before the student’s ninth semester.