The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is committed to providing a learning environment that facilitates students’ acquisition of the knowledge, skills, and professional and collegial attitudes necessary for effective, caring and compassionate health care. Harassment or mistreatment of any kind is detrimental to such an environment and the school will not tolerate any incidents of discrimination, mistreatment or harassment of students.
The School of Medicine and Public Health encourages students, faculty and staff to report incidents of mistreatment.
Our online reporting form is secure and confidential, and reports may be made anonymously. UW School of Medicine and Public Health students can also report an incident online or in person through the means listed below.
The UW School of Medicine and Public Health defines mistreatment in eight general domains:
Mistreatment and harassment will not be tolerated. The UW School of Medicine and Public Health takes allegations of such behavior seriously and will investigate and respond to all reports of mistreatment or harassment. Examples of such behaviors include but are not limited to:
If you are a health professional student at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, you are encouraged to report any concerns about your own mistreatment or that of another. Regardless of where in the School of Medicine and Public Health statewide clinical campus the incident occurred, students may report any concern of mistreatment to the following:
For all UW School of Medicine and Public Health faculty and staff who would like to report a student mistreatment concern, please complete this form, which will be sent to the school's Student Mistreatment Triage Committee.
All reporters will be protected from retaliation.
First and foremost, it is important to note that all student concerns will be registered and investigated without fear of retaliation. No person shall be subject to retaliation for using or participating in an informal or formal complaint resolution process. State and federal laws and university policy protect against retaliation for reporting sexual harassment, sexual violence, stalking or dating or domestic violence. University policy prohibits retaliation against a person because he or she made a report, filed a complaint, participated in the investigation of a complaint or assisted others who raised a complaint.
Retaliation is a serious offense that can result in disciplinary action for students or employees. This protection from retaliation applies for any complaint made in good faith, even if it is eventually dismissed or found lacking in merit. A complaint will be presumed to have been made in good faith unless it is found to be a knowing falsehood or made with no factual basis whatsoever.
Outcomes that may occur for the party (or parties) that are found to be guilty of student mistreatment include:
Once a report is received through the reporting form, the School of Medicine and Public Health Student Mistreatment Triage Committee will review the report and notify the student that the concern will be investigated. The committee will then determine the appropriate party to investigate and resolve the concern and provide them with the information from the reporting form. The party is responsible for thoroughly investigating the concern and resolving it in a fair and timely fashion. They will then report the resolution information back to the Student Mistreatment Triage Committee, which will follow up with the student or reporter of student mistreatment when appropriate.
For all UW School of Medicine and Public Health faculty and staff who would like to report a student mistreatment concern, please complete this form, which will be sent to the Student Mistreatment Triage Committee. The School of Medicine and Public Health Student Mistreatment Triage Committee is a small committee comprised of senior leadership positions in the Deans’ Office at the school who are committed to promoting a positive learning environment.