Arizona College of Optometry

Glendale, AZ Campus

Externship Failure (refers to OPTO 1800, 1810, 1820, and 1830 Clinical Services XI-XIV)

Arizona College of Optometry

Externships are completed sequentially.   If a student receives an "F/WF" in an externship he/she may appeal the failing grade, in writing, to the course director.  This must be within 2 calendar days after the grade is posted.  The course director will act on this appeal and must inform the student, in writing, within 2 business days of this decision. If the appeal is accepted the course director may place the student on an individualized education plan (IEP) under the direction of the course director and may require that the student take coursework.  The course director's options are not limited to the above and can be modified on a case-by-case basis.  If the course director decides to uphold the "F/WF", the matter will be forwarded to the Student Promotion and Graduation Committee who may exercise any combination of the following sequence:

    1. Place the student in an extended program, if eligible;
    2. Put the student on a leave of absence to undergo a period of independent study;
    3. Require the student to repeat the failed externship rotation; or
    4. Be dismissed from the program.

If the student does not successfully complete the assigned options or receives an "F/WF" in the reassigned or repeated externship he/she will be dismissed from the program.  Students are allowed only one failed or withdrawn failed externship, and only one retake of the failed or withdrawn failed externship while enrolled at the College.