The Process of Reporting

Reports of Mistreatment and Unprofessional Behavior

Documentation of mistreatment or unprofessional behavior or other concerns may be submitted through several mechanisms:

  • One45, an evaluation system for students, which goes to the senior dean for academic affairs;
  • an anonymous submission through The BEACON, which goes to the vice dean;
  • an anonymous submission through Blackboard, which goes to the associate dean for student affairs; or
  • submission directly to a member of the Learning Environment Advocacy Committee or any member of the dean's leadership team in person, by email, or by phone.

Students in years 1 and 2 may also submit feedback through the Lecturer Evaluation, Facilitator Evaluation, or End-of-Block Evaluation.

Students in years 3 and 4 may also submit feedback through the Student Evaluation of the Attending, Resident, or Other Heath Professional Form. This report alerts the assistant dean for clinical science years 3 and 4.

The appropriate deans will review the complaint and present it to the committee, which will decide on a plan to correct the issue. The committee will then present a summary report to the dean of the medical school.


Potential Committee Actions

Committee actions may take several forms, such as:

• Serving as a sounding board for students uncertain of the seriousness of a complaint

• Counseling a student should a similar situation occur again

• Offering discussion with the faculty, program director, Graduate Medical Education trainees, designated institutional official, or staff members who have engaged in mistreatment or inappropriate behavior with request for follow-up

• Maintaining a record to determine whether there are repeat offenders.


Confidentiality and Required Reporting

A student reporting mistreatment may request that he or she not be identified, and the committee will agree to that request, except in cases of sexual misconduct for which the committee is required to report.

In cases in which a student has made a complaint and has chosen to identify himself or herself, the committee will take no action without that student's expressed consent, unless a federal law has been violated. In some cases, the action related to an incident may be delayed until the student has completed and received a grade for a block, clerkship, or elective.

All anonymous complaints submitted to the committee are investigated, acted upon, and reported to the dean.