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Student Government

Student Council

The Student Council of the School of Medicine consists of a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The group performs several tasks which are important to the proper functioning of the many student organizations. Social events for the entire medical school are organized and funded by the Council. The Council serves as liaison between the administration and the study body should the need for such arise. The most important role of the Student Council is the budgeting of Student Activities monies. The Council votes on the distribution of funds to the different student organizations based on many parameters. These include proposed costs of planned activities, benefit to the medical school community and the number of students involved in the organization. The Student Council is a central part of the proper functioning of the student organizations. The Student Council election is run by the Office of Student Affairs.

How Are Elections Handled?

Elections of the Class Council and various committee positions are handled by the Office of Student Affairs. The initial elections are held after the second examination in Structure and Development for first years. A second set of elections will be held at the end of the first year after the class has an opportunity to learn more about all of the members, and students have had an opportunity to gauge their academic performance and outside obligations.

Holding elected office can be a significant time commitment and affords a high level of responsibility for representing the views of a class effectively. Therefore, students holding elected office must maintain a minimum level of academic performance in order to continue in that role. To run for an elected position as a first year student during the regularly scheduled fall elections, candidates must have earned a score of 80% or better on each Structure and Development exam administered prior to the election. Once elected, to maintain a position during the pre-clinical years, all candidates must have earned a final grade of “B” or better in Structure and Development. Each subsequent final course grade during the pre-clinical years must be 76% or higher without exception. In the clinical years, students must earn a B- or better in all clerkships and rotations in years 3 and 4 to remain in office. Further, students may fail no more than one shelf exam during year 3. Students not maintaining this level of academic performance must immediately step down from their position.  

Should an elected officer or representative find it necessary to resign from office for academic or other reasons, a special election shall be held in a timely fashion. Students leaving their positions as a result of this policy will be given the opportunity to run again for elected office in the subsequent academic year if approved in advance by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs in consultation with the Medical Education Advisory Committee. Approval will be based upon ongoing academic performance and professional conduct. Students who are not registered in the School of Medicine for the entirety of an academic year are not eligible to hold office.

In order to maintain continuity of the class leadership, the pool of candidates for the five Class Council positions (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Historian) will be drawn from students anticipating completion of the MD program within four years of the date of matriculation. Should such a student be elected who is subsequently granted a leave of absence, he/she will be asked to step down.

Last Revision: January 12, 2016