Mistreatment and Title IX Policies

Mistreatment and Title IX Policies

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 misconduct.

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 Vice Dean for Medical Education 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 Vice Dean for Medical Education 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 Vice Dean for Medical Education. 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 Vice Dean for Medical Education 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 misconduct

UMMC prohibits sexual misconduct in any form, including sexual assault or sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and other forms of nonconsensual sexual conduct.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities. It is the position of UMMC that sexual misconduct in any form will not be excused or tolerated. Criminal, civil and university disciplinary processes are available to a student or employee with a complaint. UMMC is committed to prompt, effective and fair procedures to investigate and adjudicate reports of sexual misconduct and to the education of the university community about the importance of responding to all forms of sexual misconduct. Special emphasis is placed on the rights, needs, and privacy of the student or employee with the complaint, as well as the rights of the accused. At the same time, UMMC adheres to all federal, state, and local requirements for intervention and crime reporting related to sexual misconduct.

Students who believe they have been a victim of sexual misconduct are encouraged to contact the Associate Dean/Director of Student Affairs and should submit a complaint against the accused in writing or in person to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Human Resources, (601) 815-5150. Students also are encouraged to immediately contact the UMMC Police Department (601) 815-7777 and/or call 911 if they have been sexually assaulted and to seek immediate medical attention. Students should seek medical attention even if they do not wish to pursue criminal charges or otherwise pursue a complaint against their attacker.

Students are strongly encouraged to read the entire UMMC Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedure (Title IX) for Students and Employees. Additionally, the UMMC Office of Student Affairs provides a web-based version of a student comment box, https://www.umc.edu/Comments_and_Complaints/. This email account is used to collect and track student issues and concerns. Students are promised a response within 48 hours.