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UNC School of Medicine Governance Policies

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UNC School of Medicine Policies for Clinical Education

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Frequently Searched Policies for Clinical Education

Below are a listing of frequently requested policies.

Responsibilities of Medical Students

Includes technical standards, responsibilities in clinical settings, duty hours guidelines, evaluations, and absence policy. More Information

Learning Environment Policy

The purpose of this policy is to enhance the learning environment for students in the UNC School of Medicine, residents, fellows, attendings, hospital staff and other trainees. As our institution adapts to a rapidly changing health care environment, we must support an atmosphere in which learning is encouraged and the roles of all participants in the system are respected and valued. Institutionally, we have an ethical responsibility both to affirm our aspirations for a positive learning environment and to specify procedures in case of mistreatment of trainees. What follows is consistent with the UNCHCS Code of Conduct and existing UNC policy on the relationships of students and faculty. More information.

Absence Policy for Application Phase

Students must obtain an administrative excuse for days missed by submitting a request via this electronic form. Students must also notify faculty, house staff preceptors, and site coordinators of their absences as soon as possible. All absences will be made up at the discretion of the course directors. Students who miss more than 4 days in a 16-week course are at risk for receiving a grade of Incomplete based on the quality of their make-up work and level of competence. In the event of extended absences, students must consult with the Course Directors. Students can check the number of excused absences in One45 at any time by clicking on Vacation/Leave in the To Do list

Mistreatment Policy (Appropriate Treatment of Medical Students)

Mistreatment of medical students is unacceptable in any UNC setting. More information about policy and important contacts.

Needle Stick

Blood and body fluids can be infected with Hepatitis or HIV. If you are exposed due to a needle stick or mucous membrane splash or splatter during the course of your clinical rotation, click on this link for what directions to follow. Wilmington Campus Contact and Procedure.

More information about UNC School of Medicine Health and Safety

Clinical Academic Resources

Clinical Academic Resources (CAR) is a program to help students improve clinical, communication, and professional skills. CAR provides counseling, resources, and remediation services for students in clinical courses. More Information.


The School of Medicine collaborates with the Accessibility Resources & Service (ARS) Office in order to provide reasonable accommodations for medical students with disabilities, chronic medical conditions, a temporary disability or pregnancy complications resulting in difficulties with accessing learning opportunities. All accommodations are approved through ARS and although you may be approved for testing accommodations, the nature of exams and assessments during your clerkship are different. Therefore, we ask that during the first week of each clerkship, selective or elective, students with approved accommodations should review the list of exams and assessments on the course website/Sakai page and contact the person listed below and list the exams and assessments for which accommodations are requested. More information.

Contact: Deborah Ingersoll at 919 843-6171 and

Grade Appeal

Information on the process and timeline for appealing a course or clerkship grade. More information