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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 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.

 

More Information on Mistreatment

 

How does the UW School of Medicine and Public Health define student mistreatment?

The UW School of Medicine and Public Health defines mistreatment in eight general domains:

  • Public belittlement or humiliation
  • Threats of physical harm or actual physical punishment
  • Requirements to perform personal services, such as shopping
  • Being subjected to unwanted sexual advances
  • Being asked for sexual favors in exchange for grades
  • Being denied opportunities for training because of gender, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation
  • Being subjected to offensive remarks/name based on gender, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation
  • Receiving lower grades or evaluation based on gender, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation

What are some examples of student mistreatment?

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:

  • Belittling or humiliation
  • Discrimination on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ethnic background, age or physical ability
  • Disregard for the safety of others
  • Insults or verbal attacks
  • Sexual harassment
  • Taking credit for another individual’s work
  • Threatening to assign a lower grade or to write a poor evaluation as a means of intimidation
  • Threats of physical harm or physical attacks

How can student mistreatment be reported?

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:

  • School of Medicine and Public Health 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. The School of Medicine and Public Health Student Mistreatment Triage Committee is tasked with just that - objectively triaging reports of student mistreatment and ensuring the reports are thoroughly investigated and resolved in a fair and timely fashion by the appropriate party. The Student Mistreatment Triage Committee is also responsible for gathering the resolution information and informing the student (or reporter of student mistreatment) of the outcome when appropriate.
  • UW School of Medicine and Public Health personnel:
    • Dean for Students, gkmcinto@wisc.edu
    • School of Medicine and Public Health Human Resources, ammekschun@wisc.edu
    • Director of Student Services, cmstillw@wisc.edu
    • Your health professional program director
    • Any member of Student Academic Support for your program
    • Any member of the Office of Student Services for your program
    • Any member of the Office of Multicultural Affairs
    • Any member of the Office of Medical Education (MD students)
    • Any of the House Mentors (MD students)
    • Any course director
    • Any course instructor
    • Any course administrator
    • Medical Student Ombudsperson (This “UWSMPH Confidential Report/Consultation on Mistreatment Concern” reporting format is located in Oasis under “Evaluations to Complete.” These reports are confidential, but not anonymous.)
    • School of Medicine and Public Health Student Mistreatment Triage Committee 
  • UW-Madison personnel:

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.

What consequences may occur as a result of reporting a student mistreatment incident?

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:

  • Students found to be in violation of the harassment and mistreatment policy will be referred to the Student Promotions Committee (SPC) for review and sanctions up to and including dismissal.
  • Graduate trainees found to be in violation of the harassment and mistreatment policy will be referred to their Graduate Medical Education (GME) office for review and disciplinary action.
  • Faculty and staff found to be in violation of the harassment and mistreatment policy will be reported to the appropriate body at their sponsoring institution for review and disciplinary action pursuant to the rules and policies of their institution.
  • The Dean and/or the UW Health CEO or equivalent at other health care systems, as appropriate, may review complaints and concerns if the matter is not resolved.

How are concerns of student mistreatment handled once they are reported?

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.

 

Student Mistreatment Reporting Process

mistreatment reporting process

 

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.

More Information About Mistreatment

 

Mistreatment of Students or Unprofessional Behavior

Last updated: 08/07/2017
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