4.12 Submission of the Same Work to More than One Course

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4.12 Submission of the Same Work to More than One Course

Students who wish to submit the same or similar work to more than one course must get prior written permission from both or all of the instructors involved. Instructors expect that each paper or exercise submitted is written specifically for that assignment. Under that assumption, failure to obtain prior written permission can be deceptive, and students who fail to do so may be required to withdraw from the MD program at Harvard Medical School (HMS). Instructors do not always give permission, and, even if permission is granted, they may ask for a longer or a somewhat different product than they expect from students who produce work solely for the one course. Thus, clarifying the expectations for the assignment in advance of the work’s due date(s) is essential.


Each instructor should write a letter to the HMS Registrar giving permission for the student to submit the material to meet course requirements in more than one class. The student may draft a letter giving permission for the paper to be submitted to both classes and have both instructors sign the letter. These letters will be placed in the student’s academic folder.



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