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  • Mistreatment Policy

    All mistreatment is of serious concern to this institution and is strictly prohibited. It is the policy of the Medical Center and the School of Medicine to maintain an educational environmental and workplace free from any type of mistreatment. The School of Medicine recognizes that in some instances, the perception of the individual who believes he/she was mistreated and the intent of the other person(s) involved are conflicting. Whatever the circumstance, students who believe they were mistreated are strongly encouraged to bring it to the attention of appropriate institutional officials (see below). Categories of mistreatment include: general mistreatment, discrimination and sexual harassment.

    General mistreatment

    The individual considering making a report of general mistreatment should first, if at all possible, attempt to resolve the matter directly with the alleged offender. Students may consult the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and/or the Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs at any time for assistance. Such informal consultation will always be confidential, unless precluded by safety of the student or institutional policy. Students have the right to report such incidents without fear of retribution or retaliation. General mistreatment comes in many forms, including but not limited to: verbal abuse, public humiliation, intentional neglect, assignment of tasks in retaliation, belittlement, and unreasonable/intentional exclusion from an educational opportunity.

    For conduct to violate this policy and be considered general mistreatment, it must be more than merely offensive; it must be so objectively offensive and/or repeated, pervasive or severe that it effectively denies the victim access to UMMC's resources and opportunities, unreasonably interferes with the victim's environment, or deprives the victim of some other protected right. Formal complaints of general mistreatment regarding faculty, residents and staff are made through the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and/or the Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs to the director of human resources or the assistant director for equal employment opportunity.

    Formal complaints of general mistreatment regarding other students are handled through the School of Medicine's Policy on Professional Behavior and made through the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and/or the Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs. All formal complaints must be in writing and will be investigated. The institution investigates and responds to all reported incidents in a timely fashion.

    Discrimination

    Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act and their implementing regulations, no individual may be discriminated against solely on the basis of age, race, gender, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status. Allegations of discrimination (in any category) against a student must be reported immediately through the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and/or the Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs to the director of human resources or the assistant director for equal employment opportunity. All formal complaints must be in writing and will be investigated. The institution investigates and responds to all reported incidents in a timely fashion.

    Sexual harassment

    Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances; educational or job advancement or lack thereof based on sexual favors or lack of such favors; nonconsensual touching or sexual jokes; requests for sexual favors; verbal or physical conduct of a sexually harassing nature; physical aggression creating a hostile educational or work environment; inappropriate non-verbal conduct, such as displaying sexually suggestive objects, pictures, or obscene gestures; failure to cease any such act upon request from any other person; etc. Any employee, faculty member, or student who engages in such conduct is subject to discipline, up to and including immediate discharge or dismissal. This policy applies equally to men and women. Any complaint by a medical student against a Medical Center employee, faculty member, visitor, vendor, contractor, or other person (except another student - see next paragraph) of sexual harassment on campus must be reported immediately through the Associate Dean for Student Affairs to the Director of Human Resources or the Assistant Director for Equal Employment Opportunity. All complaints must be in writing and will be investigated by Campus Police.

    Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulations, no individual may be discriminated against on the basis of sex in education programs receiving federal financial assistance.

    Peer sexual harassment (student-to-student) is a form of prohibited sex discrimination when such conduct creates a hostile environment. Thus, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when the conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive to limit a student's ability to participate in or benefit from the education program, or to create a hostile or abusive educational environment.

    A medical student with a complaint of sexual harassment by another student on campus should report the incident(s) to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. The student may also report this to the Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs or to a faculty member; if the student discusses an incident(s) of sexual harassment with a faculty member, the faculty member will refer the student to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. The Associate Dean, with the assistance of the appropriate Medical Center officials, will investigate the incident(s) including statements by witnesses to the alleged incident(s) and evidence about the relative credibility of the allegedly harassed student and the alleged harasser.

    If it is determined that there is sufficient cause to believe that incident(s) ofpeer sexual harassment have occurred, a written report will be given to the Dean with recommendations for appropriate steps to be taken to end the harassment in accordance to federal guidelines. If there is insufficient evidence of the alleged harassment, the Associate Dean for Student Affairs will take steps to ensure that there are no negative consequences to either the student making the report or the student alleged to have been harassing the former.

    UMMC will not tolerate retaliation against any employee or student who reports a claim of sexual harassment and/or participates in the investigation of a complaint. A person bringing a frivolous allegation of sexual harassment may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination.

    Additionally, the UMMC Office of Student Affairs provides a web-based version of a student comment box, http://studentservices.umc.edu/comments.html. This e-mail account is used to collect and track student issues and concerns. Students are promised a response within 48 hours.