Matriculation in medical school is a privilege, not a right. Therefore, a student may be dismissed for any of the following reasons:

  1. Failure to exhibit the personal and professional qualifications prerequisite to the practice of medicine, such as acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to cheating on examinations or course work, and falsification of patient records/logs, verbal reports, or plagiarism
  2. Violation of MWU and AZCOM rules and regulations that have been stipulated to be grounds for dismissal
  3. Failure to achieve minimum academic standards in courses, rotations, or COMLEX-USA policies as described in the Student Promotion and Graduation Committee tables
  4. Falsification of admission records
  5. Failure to meet and maintain technical standards
  6. Irregular behavior during COMLEX-USA testing
  7. Conviction of a felony or other criminal offense
  8. Failure to report a criminal arrest
  9. Intentional release of patient medical records or other violation of HIPPA laws

Students who fail three or more courses/rotations cumulatively are recommended for dismissal. Students who have failed any combination of levels of COMLEX-USA three times are recommended for dismissal. The Student Promotions and Graduation Committee and the Preclinical Promotions Committee reserve the right to change the usual actions for reasons of additional consideration. The committee decision may be appealed to the Dean of AZCOM in accordance with policies found elsewhere in this catalog.

Readmission after Dismissal for Poor Academic Performance 

Students who have been dismissed are not eligible for readmission. Students who have withdrawn when facing dismissal are not eligible for readmission.