Examinations: General Requirements

Policy 540.20

Policy Statement

General Requirements Applicable to All Examinations
  1. Students are expected to follow the instructions provided in advance by the curriculum coordinators, including, but not limited to, preparation and use of their Larner College of Medicine-provided computers, on-time arrival, communication during exams if a technical issue occurs, and exam logistics.
  2. Students who arrive late for any examination will not be allowed to enter without the permission of the Course/Clerkship Director or Level Director. The time it takes to acquire that permission will be subtracted from the total exam time. Failure to arrive on time may result in a grade of zero for the exam.
  3. A student who is unable to take an examination at the scheduled time because of serious illness or family emergency must notify the Associate/Assistant Dean for Students or their designated staff member in the Office of Medical Education in accordance with Policy 540.24 Examination Delays.
  4. Students with approved Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations for summative exams are expected to follow implementation instructions provided to them in their current accommodation letter issued from University of Vermont Student Accessibility Services.
  5. Students who have finished the examination are not permitted to communicate information about the examination with any student who has not completed it.
  6. Students must finish an examination within the designated time (with or without approved accommodations). Failure to finish the exam within the designated time may result in a grade of zero for that exam.
  7. Students must follow the academic honor code and may be required to attest to following the code.
Clinical Skills Examinations (CSE)
  1. Students must report at the assigned time and may not exchange assigned days or times with another student without permission of the Director of Education and Operations for the Clinical Simulation Laboratory.
  2. Students may not bring any study materials into the Clinical Skills Laboratory prior to the CSE.
  3. Students may not begin to write any reminders or notes until the signal is given to begin.
  4. Students may not discuss the content of clinical skills assessment cases or tasks with other students.
  5. Students must adhere to the General Guidelines for Medical Student Appearance (Policy 640.00) and exhibit professional behavior during the entire Clinical Skills Examination, including both the assessment sessions and the breaks and transitions between assessment sessions.

Applicability of the Policy

All Medical Students

Related Larner College of Medicine Policies

Related University of Vermont Policies

Related Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Standard(s)

Not Applicable


  • 5/20/2014 Policy Adopted/Affirmed [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 11/17/2014 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 12/8/2015 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 6/19/2018 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 8/20/2019 Gender Neutral Language Edit [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 12/17/2019 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 2/16/2021 Policy Edited [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 4/26/2022 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 2/21/2023 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]

Policy Oversight

Director of Foundations and Pre-Clinical Assessment/Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education

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