Last updated on December 3rd, 2021

Standards for Professional Behavior

The faculty has established professional standards and requires all medical students to meet these standards in order to progress and successfully complete the Four-Year MD Program. The School reserves the right to issue a warning, to place on probation, suspend or to dismiss a student whose behavior renders the student unable to meet the required standards. All term 1-5 courses have professional behavior standards. Failure to meet professional behavior standards may result in up to a 10% penalty of the total available course points and may result in an F grade for the course in which the student is registered. During clinical rotations, professional behavior is worth 20% of the final grade.

Students are expected to abide by the University Code of Conduct and to demonstrate professional behavior at all times. University Code of Conduct can be found on our website. The Dean of Basic Sciences and/or the Dean of Clinical Years (US and UK) can suspend students at any time for serious breaches of the Code of Conduct.

All students are expected to read the entirety of the Student Manual prior to starting Term 1 of the Basic Sciences. All students are expected to read the entirety of the Clinical Training Manual prior to starting clinical rotations.


Probation is reflected in students’ progress files for students who violate the standards of professional behavior as defined by the Code of Conduct. Probation allows students who do not meet these standards to continue in the Doctor of Medicine program for a specified period with a prescribed course of action. Students will be monitored for adherence to stipulations specified in their probation letters. Although probation does not appear on a student’s transcript, the School of Medicine must supply this information if it is requested by external agencies, such as a state licensing board. While on probation, students’ behavior must improve in accordance with the specific written stipulations given to students. Students who fail to meet the prescribed course of action risk a recommendation of dismissal.

Information regarding University Disciplinary and Judiciary Policies and Procedures can be found on the  SGU Portal.