Academic Progression Policies

Students should discuss academic issues about specific Midwifery Program courses with their Course Leader, and overall program issues should be discussed with the Program Director. Appointments can also be made with the Student Services Manager, as appropriate.

Academic Misconduct is viewed seriously by the Midwifery Program and the University. Students and faculty are required to review the UBC Academic Calendar, specifically the section on Academic Misconduct.

The Midwifery Program fully supports the University’s view that plagiarism represents academic misconduct of a most serious nature. The UBC Library provides resources to help students understand what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid it.

Students are encouraged to approach their instructors if in any doubt regarding the academic integrity of their own work. All actions of plagiarism have an automatic temporary or permanent suspension from the University.

All courses with the prefix MIDW are required for the degree. Academic performance is reviewed at the end of each term. Students must achieve a grade of 65% in all MIDW courses and achieve a Pass/Satisfactory performance in the clinical portion of each MIDW course at each review to continue in Good Standing in the Midwifery Program.

A student is considered to be in Good Standing when all of the following criteria are met:

  • Achieves a cumulative average of 65% in graded courses.
  • Achieves a minimum grade of 65% in all MIDW courses
  • Achieves a Pass/Satisfactory performance in the OSCES, Specialty Certification courses including NRP, FHS, ALARM, MESP and ACORN and clinical portion of all courses.
  • Receives a passing grade (minimum 50%) in all other university-graded courses.

The Midwifery Program reserves the right, at any point during the term, to remove a student from a clinical placement or laboratory setting if the student exhibits unsafe clinical practice or behavior that places clients or others at risk and/or violates the by-laws of the College of Midwives of British Columbia or the University Code of Conduct. Such removal will lead to in the student receiving an “F” grade and may result in dismissal from the Midwifery Program.

The Midwifery Program reserves the right at any point during the program to terminate the student’s participation in the program. Although satisfactory academic performance is prerequisite to advancement, it is not the sole criterion in the consideration of the suitability of a student for promotion or graduation. The Program reserves the right to require a student to withdraw from the program if considered to be unsuitable to proceed with the study or practice of midwifery.

A student will be required to withdraw from the Midwifery Program for any of the following criteria:

  • Fails two courses in an academic year.
  • Fails any two clinical courses at any time throughout the Midwifery Program.
  • Fails the second attempt at a course.

In instances where a student does not agree with a decision regarding a course or program fail relating to academic standing as determined by the Program Director, a student has recourse to an appeal process within the Faculty of Medicine.

Students are encouraged to resolve complaints informally, by direct communication with Midwifery faculty and staff before using the formal procedures contained in the University Student Appeal Procedures.

Informal Mechanism
  • Bring the concern to the person who is directly involved in the complaint as soon as possible after the event and preferably in private. Take responsibility for the reaction and use respectful and non-threatening language. Experience shows that the majority of problems and complaints can be resolved through informal mechanisms.
  • If the issue remains unresolved with an Instructor / Tutor / Preceptor, bring the issue to the attention of the Program Director if that is a different person from the Instructor / Tutor / Preceptor.
  • The Program Director may meet and/or convene a meeting that includes the student, a support person identified by the student and the persons involved in the complaint in order to facilitate a resolution.
  • In addition to these informal approaches, the Midwifery Academic Review Board as part of their review process may consider academic issues. It may be possible to submit documentary material to the Academic Review Board for their consideration.

In extenuating circumstances students may seek approval to complete written exams at an accredited educational institution. Students are responsible for making arrangements and must do so at least four weeks in advance of the exam date so the Midwifery Program can approve the exam invigilator and location. This option is not available for students in MIDW 440.

The following criteria must be met:

  • The exam is delivered concurrently with the same exam at UBC.
  • A recognized professional will act as the exam invigilator.
  • The invigilator cannot be a relative, friend, or in any relationship with the Midwifery Student.
  • Invigilators are instructors, professors, principals or assistant principals, teachers or an assigned invigilator for the educational institution.
  • A confidentiality agreement must be signed prior to the exam being administered.
  • The accredited educational institution is a University or community college. If there is no post-secondary institution within the community, an elementary or secondary school and some continuing education agencies may be acceptable.

Students are responsible for all costs associated with the off campus proctored exam including:

  • Invigilator and venue.
  • Courier expenses for delivery and return of Exam if applicable.
  • Any other fees as determined by the Midwifery Program.

When a student fails a course during their Midwifery education, the course instructor may choose to grant the student the option to write a supplemental examination or do extra course work in an attempt to receive a passing grade. Failure to pass a course does not guarantee a student the option to write a supplemental exam or do additional course work. Please see the policies and regulations regarding this option below:

  • Permission to write a supplemental exam or complete extra course work must first be approved by the Course instructor. If approved by the instructor, the student will be asked to present a letter requesting permission to do supplemental work to the Academic Review Board for approval.
  • If approval is granted, all possible costs to sit the supplemental exam such as invigilator, room booking or other expenses will be the responsibility of the student. UBC Midwifery Student Services will be available to assist the student with these arrangements.
  • All supplemental work must be completed prior to the start of the next term, with the exact date to be determined by the instructor and Academic Review Board.
  • Students who pass the supplemental exam or course work will receive a passing grade (65%) for the course.

Student evaluations of Program, Faculty, and Preceptors

Students are required to evaluate courses, instructors, tutors, preceptors, peers, and themselves. Student evaluations will be integrated in an ongoing way in periodic reviews of the curriculum and development of courses. With the exception of Student evaluation of clinical preceptors, evaluations are anonymous and cannot be traced to any student. These evaluations are very valuable to the program and are critical for curriculum development, faculty development, as well as appointment and promotion purposes. They are reviewed by the Program Director each term and by the Head of the Dept. of Family Practice and University Deans of the Senior Appointments Committee when faculty are being considered for promotion or tenure.

Program Evaluations of Students

Students will be formally evaluated as they progress through the program.

Academic courses

Each course syllabus provides a detailed marking guide for that course. The passing grade for all midwifery courses is 65%. There may be components within each course that require a higher pass mark such as the ALARM, ACORN, NRP and Fetal Health Surveillance courses.

Clinical Courses

A Pass/Fail is assigned for each clinical course. The following process ensures that the clinical course evaluations by the Preceptors and Students are completed in a timely way.

Student Responsibilities
  • Provide the course evaluation tool to the preceptor at the beginning of every term.
  • Take primary responsibility for scheduling the midterm and final evaluations several weeks in advance based on the course syllabus. This must be done with the preceptor and course tutor.
  • Complete a self-evaluation at least 48 hours prior to meeting with the clinical preceptor.
  • Provide examples to substantiate evaluation.
  • Confirm all births are entered in T-Res including
    • Births attended: all Observed, 2nd attendant, or primary total.
    • Continuity from all births attended (COC = attended birth plus 6 other visits)
    • Births in Primary role: student hands on baby at delivery as expected for level of program, or student managed care and intended to deliver but a transfer of care was required;
    • Place of Birth of all Primary births: Home or Hospital
    • Ensure year to date and term birth numbers are accurately recorded on evaluation tool.
  • Provide copy of the self-evaluation to the preceptor.
  • Review preceptor evaluation of student received from the preceptor.
  • Meet with the preceptor to discuss both self-evaluation and preceptor evaluation of student prior to meeting with the Course Tutor.
  • Ensure evaluations are completed and verified on T-Res at least 24 hours prior to formal evaluation with Tutor.
Preceptor Responsibilities
  • Review the Preceptor Evaluation of Student tool provided by the student at the beginning of the term.
  • Work with student to schedule the midterm and final evaluations at the beginning of the term based on the course syllabus.
  • Verify the student’s experience log weekly, just prior to completing mid-term and final evaluations. This must include confirming all births based on the definitions outlined on the evaluation tool:
    • Births attended: all Observed, 2nd attendant, or primary total.
    • Continuity from all births attended (COC = attended birth plus 6 other visits)
    • Births in Primary role: student hands on baby at delivery as expected for level of program, or student managed care and intended to deliver but a transfer of care was required;
    • Place of Birth of all Primary births: Home or Hospital
  • Review the student’s self-evaluation on T-Res. The student is required to post this 48 hrs prior to meeting with the preceptor.
  • Complete the preceptor evaluation of student form on T-Res at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting with the course tutor.
    • Comments and examples should be documented.
    • Ensure Birth numbers accurately reflect verified T-Res log.
    • Recommend Pass, P minus, or Fail.
      • Ensure all concerns are clearly documented with descriptive examples are provided.
  • Meet with the student to review the evaluation PRIOR To meeting with tutor.
  • Meet with the course tutor and student as scheduled. Review materials, make revisions as needed, ensure mid-term and final grade noted. Sign the final page.
Course Leader / Tutor Responsibilities
  • Schedule the formal evaluation in person or by teleconference:
    • Formal evaluations periods are established in the course syllabus twice per term.
  • Review the written appraisal of the student and preceptor.
  • Meet with the preceptor and student for the midterm and final evaluations in person or via teleconference.
  • Ensure the adequacy of the supporting documentation including clinical experience log tally.
  • Assign the final course grade.
  • Ensure all signatures are on the preceptor evaluation of the student and arrange to have placed in the student’s file.
  • Ensure student learning plan reflects any issues identified during the evaluation process.
Grade Categories

Pass
Pass - (minus)
Fail

Meets requirements. Student consistently performs at the appropriate level; has few areas where competence is deficient; shows steady progress in addressing competencies not yet achieved.
Requires improvement. The student requires significant improvement in any area. This triggers remedial attention to assist the student to improve. If the student cannot address this in the timeline indicated it will result in a fail.
Does not meet requirements. Serious, consistent deficiencies in any one area will result in a fail.

See Midwifery Clinical Evaluation Process

See Marking Criteria Level 1 (Year 1 & 2), Marking Criteria Level 2 (Year 3), and Marking Criteria Level 3 (Year 4) Tables.

Formal Mechanisms to be Followed in Cases of Decisions Related to Academic Standing

In instances where a student does not agree with a decision regarding a course or program fail relating to academic standing as determined by the Program Director, a student has recourse to an appeal process within the Faculty of Medicine.

Students are encouraged to review The Appeal Process for Appeals on Academic Standing for Undergraduate Medicine, Undergraduate Medical Laboratory Sciences, and Midwifery Programs in the Faculty of Medicine.

Last Reviewed February 1, 2017