Mistreatment Policy

Student Mistreatment Policy

The Medical College has a Student Mistreatment Policy, whose purpose is to prevent the mistreatment of students and to identify mistreatment and respond appropriately should it occur. The Policy can be found in the Student Handbook in the section entitled Teacher-Learner Environment, which is presented below.

Teaching-Learning Environment

The Medical College is committed to providing an environment that fosters mutual respect and the values of professionalism, ethics, and humanism in the practice of medicine. An environment conducive to learning requires that faculty, students and administrative and support staff treat each other with civility. Faculty must treat students fairly and with respect in all settings where students are educated and maintain an academic environment conducive to the pursuit of free inquiry, academic integrity and the advancement of patient care. The standards of conduct set forth below are intended to prohibit teaching and other practices that are discriminatory, generally offensive and that undermine professionalism, without limiting appropriate teaching techniques and styles that advance and stimulate the educational environment.

Examples of conduct that is not appropriate include:

  • Verbally abusing a student, including belittling and/or humiliating a student, or speaking disparagingly about a student’s economic or cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or preference, race or religion;

  • Exploiting students in any manner, including requesting that students perform personal errands or directing students to perform a large number of routine hospital procedures on patients not assigned to the student, particularly where performing the procedures interferes with a student’s attendance at educational activities such as teaching rounds and classes;

  • Intentionally singling out a student for arbitrary or selective treatment;

  • Pressuring a student to perform medical procedures for which the student is insufficiently trained;

  • Interfering with a student’s need to attend properly to a potentially serious health problem, including not permitting a student to leave a hospital unit or operating room to seek attention for a needle stick injury or a splash with bodily fluids; or

  • Committing an act of physical abuse or violence of any kind.

Faculty shall educate and advise students about the specific standards that govern professional conduct in a clerkship, a course or in a hospital setting, and, by his or her own conduct, set an example of the standards expected of the student.

If a student believes that a faculty member has violated the standards of conduct, the student may file a written request for an investigation with the Senior Associate Dean (Education) or Vice Provost and Executive Vice Dean ("Executive Vice Dean"). The Senior Associate Dean (Education) or Executive Vice Dean, as appropriate will notify the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, who shall serve as the student’s advocate, and the Chairperson of such faculty member’s department of the complaint and, together with such Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Chairperson, investigate any such complaints. The Department Chairpersons and the Senior Associate Dean (Education) or Executive Vice Dean, as the case may be, are committed to establishing the facts fairly and promptly and will respect the rights and confidentiality of the involved parties. Students who wish to come forward and report inappropriate behavior on the party of a faculty member may do so without fear of retaliation or reprisal. The Senior Associate Dean (Education) or Executive Vice Dean, as the case may be, and the Chairperson of the relevant faculty member’s department and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs will take prompt action, normally within ten days from the written request for an investigation, in resolving the matter.

Faculty members are also required to inform the Senior Associate Dean (Education) or Executive Vice Dean, in writing, of any alleged violation by a faculty member of the standards of conduct outlined above. Faculty members, upon appointment to the Faculty, shall be bound by the standards of conduct set forth in this section and shall be presumed to be familiar with its provisions.

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