A student may be placed on probation, suspended, or dismissed from Baylor College of Medicine for non-academic reasons such as: unethical or unprofessional acts; violations of the regulations concerning conduct of students at the Baylor College of Medicine; dishonesty; negligence; nonpayment of bills owed to the Baylor College of Medicine; criminal acts; failure to meet clinical responsibilities; and any other conduct not in keeping with the ethical standards of the College or the medical profession. Information regarding the possibility that a student is engaged in conduct inappropriate for one seeking to enter the medical profession shall be brought to the attention of a dean in Student Affairs or the dean, School of Medicine.
Conduct inappropriate to the profession of medicine may include but is not limited to dishonesty, willful destruction of property, substance abuse, violence or threat of violence, or serious breech of trust or confidence. Serious misconduct, misrepresentation, or failure in personal actions, or in meeting obligations that raise serious unresolved doubts about the integrity, character and faithfulness of the student in meeting the overall obligations of a medical career are all considered inappropriate behavior. If the student engages in illegal, unethical or behavior inappropriate to the medical profession outside the medical school community these issues may be considered and addressed under the following procedures.
If a student is engaged in conduct inappropriate to the medical profession, it shall be brought to the attention of a dean in the Office of Student Affairs or the dean, School of Medicine. A dean in conjunction with the course director and or other relevant faculty members when appropriate, will investigate and review the allegations. If allegations prove to be frivolous, lacking in credibility or/are personal in nature, the matter may be dismissed or handled informally.
If the allegations are deemed to be of a serious nature and the charges appear to be valid, then the dean may require the student to refrain from clinical activities or restrict contact with certain individuals and will convene an ad hoc Committee of three faculty members, some or all of whom may be from The Committee on Student Promotions and Academic Achievement (MDPC). This ad hoc Committee will investigate the allegations via interviews, evaluation of the record, and all pertinent information. The student will be informed of the charges and the committee will meet with the student to hear the student's response to the charges. At that meeting the student may be accompanied by an advisor, who may be a student, faculty member, or administrative official of the College, but that person may not directly participate in the proceedings.
Documentation of the charges and records pertaining to the investigation will be held in the office of the associate dean in Student Affairs. If the allegations are determined to be without merit the case will be dropped. If the charges brought before the committee are true and deemed serious in nature, the committee may recommend warning, probation, suspension or dismissal. This committee will forward its findings and recommendations to the MDPC. The MDPC will review the findings and the recommendations of the ad hoc Committee to take final action.
In the case of a student whose non-academic performance or behavior and conduct is unsatisfactory, the MDPC may:
- Reprimand the student and require corrective action or restriction
- Place the student on warning with remedial work required
- Place the student on probation with restrictions, corrective actions, or remedial work required
- Suspend the student
- Dismiss the student from the College
Placement on warning, probation or suspension may continue until satisfactory performance has been demonstrated, remedial work has been completed, correction of deficiencies have been shown or appropriate professional evaluation, counseling and treatment has been sought and successfully completed to the committee's satisfaction. Students placed on probation or suspension for non-academic reasons may have to meet specific standards or have their activities restricted during the period of probation or suspension while he/she appeals the action depending on the nature of the offense.
Any student may be dismissed from enrollment in the College of Medicine if, in the opinion of the Committee of Student Promotions and Academic Achievement his or her knowledge, character or mental and physical fitness cast grave doubts upon his/her capabilities as a physician. Any student who exhibits personal characteristics which seem inappropriate to one seeking to become a physician is considered for dismissal regardless of academic performance.
A student who has been suspended or dismissed from the College of Medicine for academic or non-academic reasons has the right to an appeal.