The School of Dental Medicine evaluates each student’s academic
and clinical performance at the end of every 10-week quarter, and/or upon
the completion of every scheduled course usingthe following grading policies:
- Didactic and technique courses are graded A (Superior), B (Good),
C (Satisfactory), F (Failure).
- Patient care courses and seminars are graded H (Honors), S (Satisfactory),
- W (Withdrawal) grade may be used if a student is given permission
to withdraw from a course in progress.
- I (Incomplete) grades may be given in cases where students do not
complete the required coursework by the stated end of a course due to
circumstances beyond their control. This grade will be changed to an
appropriate letter grade upon completion of outstanding course requirements.
This grade must be resolved by the end of the next academic quarter
or start of the next school year (whichever comes first); otherwise
it will be automatically changed to an F unless these deadlines are
extended by written request of the course director.
- R (Requirements) grade may be used in cases where students do not
complete their clinical requirements by the end of any given year. Upon
satisfactory completion in the following year the student's grade will
be changed appropriately.
The Committee on Academic Standing also adjudicates reports of academic
dishonesty and reports its findings and recommendations to the dean. It
is the policy of the School of Dental Medicine to ensure the integrity
of its examination process, to promote ethical behavior in academic and
clinical situations, and to develop a commitment by students to the integrity
of the dental profession. Students have an obligation to refrain from
any act which is designed to obtain for themselves, or others academic
credit, grades, or other recognition which is not properly earned. They
also have an obligation to take an active role in ensuring that other
students refrain from such acts. Each student therefore has the responsibility
to prevent or report acts of academic dishonesty.
In cases of academic dishonesty, the student will be given an opportunity
to appear before the Committee on Academic Standing. Decisions of the
committee may be appealed to the Dean of Dental Medicine and the Vice
President for Health Sciences.
Advancement to succeeding academic years and recommendations for graduation
are made by the school's Committee on Academic Standing. Students who
receive final grades of C, S, or better, in all courses will be considered
for unconditional advancement.
If a student receives one or more grades of F, or U, the committee may
make the following recommendations to the dean:
- probational advancement
- placement on a modified (lightened) program of study
- academic dismissal.
Students who receive grades of I or R (with all other grades of C, S,
or higher) may be considered for conditional advancement pending completion
of those courses, at which time a grade listed in (1) or (2) above will
be given; students academic standing will then be reevaluated. Students
on probationary status or modified programs for academic reasons who receive
one or more grades of F, or U will be considered for academic dismissal.
These policies are subject to change by the Faculty Council of the school.
Students who develop medical problems that interfere with their dental studies
may be granted a medical leave of absence by the Dean. The Dean will indicate
the necessary documentation required to support the granting of a medical
leave and the criteria for resumption of studies. A complete copy of the
Academic Regulations and Procedures of the School of Dental Medicine is
given to each student at the start of each academic year for information
Joining us in 2009 - Be proud to be an alumni and give back to the School
of Dental Medicine. Volunteer to support dental alumni and educational programs.
- Encourage your patients and civic leaders to support patient care
programs and the educational experience offered by the Dental School.
- Commit yourself to enhancing dentistry as a career.
- Serve as a resource to the dental students at the school.
- Be willing to discuss, share, and provide ideas about dental meetings,
practice, and general experiences that could benefit our students and
- Encourage visits to your office, institution, and hospital.
- Recommend and help find opportunities for our future dental student
We wish to express our deepest appreciation to those graduates who have
participated in the Student Mentoring Interpersonal Learning Experience
(SMILE), those who have offered suggestions, have telephoned to say hello,
informed us of an address change, and those who dropped us a note to tell
us of your happenings at home and in your professional life.
Dr. Maria E. Ryan, ('89), President, Stony Brook Dental Alumni Association
Dean Strategic Planning and External Affairs
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