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The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy faculty intends that every student admitted to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) curriculum achieves excellence in their professional knowledge, skill, and aptitude. The objectives, abilities, and/or outcomes defined for the curriculum and for each course within it provide the framework for assessment of student achievement. 

Students enrolled in the PharmD curriculum receive a grade reflective of their achievement of the acquisition of knowledge and/or skills based on the grading schemes outlined above. The grade F indicates unacceptable achievement and/or performance and requires further study and/or practice by the student. 

In view of its responsibility to the people of North Carolina and to the profession, the faculty reserves the right to dismiss a student from the PharmD program who does not in its judgment show sufficient promise to justify continuation, regardless of her/his academic record. If a student’s performance, including academic record, promise, or professional conduct is considered unsatisfactory, the Scholastic Achievement and Progression Committee will make appropriate recommendations regarding the student’s continuation to the Executive Vice Dean – Chief Academic Officer. The Committee will decide whether a student should be allowed to enter a review program (including appropriate reexamination), enter a decelerated curriculum, repeat a portion of an academic year or entire year, take a leave of absence with conditions upon return, or be dismissed. The recommendation for a dismissal or for a leave of absence will be transmitted to the Executive Vice Dean – Chief Academic Officer for final dispensation. Decisions may be appealed to the Dean of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy within 5 business days to be considered. 

  1. Academic Guidelines for Progression
  2. Policy on Final Grade Appeal
  3. Appropriate Grounds for Final Grade Appeal
  4. Policy on Non-Academic Progressions
  5. Academic Probation
  6. Decisions Rendered by the Scholastic Achievement and Progression Committee
  7. Dismissal
  8. Due Process for Dismissal Based on Academic Performance
  9. Due Process for Dismissal (or Sanction) Based on Non-Academic Performance
  10. Due Process Policy for Appeal of Decision Made by Scholastic Achievement and Progression Committee