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What does "Institutional Action" on AMCAS mean

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Belle, Jun 6, 2002.

  1. Belle

    Belle New Member

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    I was wondering if you guys could clarify what AMCAS mean when it ask if we've ever been a recipient of an institutional action for unacceptable academic performance. My school had something called "academic probation". Would this be it? I was on academic probation once and it does not show anywhere on my transcript. If this is what they are looking for, will AMCAS find out if I don't report it? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    No, I don't think that would count. Institutional action is more of an expulsion sort of thing, or a punishment for cheating. Now if you do actually end up getting kicked out for your grades...then that'll need to be reported. The way I see it...the institution isn't yet taking any action against you, they're just warning you right now.
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Angel7:
    <strong>I was wondering if you guys could clarify what AMCAS mean when it ask if we've ever been a recipient of an institutional action for unacceptable academic performance. My school had something called "academic probation". Would this be it? I was on academic probation once and it does not show anywhere on my transcript. If this is what they are looking for, will AMCAS find out if I don't report it? Any help would be greatly appreciated.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Sounds like you'd better include it. Getting your application delayed for a few months is probably worse than including that.
     
  5. ttac

    ttac Trust me, it's still fun.
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    As far as I know, academic 'warnings' count... I went through this same issue last application cycle, and I called around various places, and yes, I believe you have to report it, even though it didn't show up on my final transcript.

    I had a really horrible semester once where I overloaded myself with classes, work, and ROTC, and I got a 1.25 GPA ==&gt; "Academic Warning".

    I only improved from that semester (it would be hard not to <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> ) and had everything else going for me, and finally, 8 years after that 'Warning', I was extremely fortunate to be accepted to 2 US allopathic schools this year.

    Best of luck, and remember: Honesty is the best policy.
    -ttac
     

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