Student Mistreatment Policy

Student Mistreatment and Abuse

The University Of Nebraska College Of Medicine desires to foster a campus community where people can work and learn with respect, dignity, and freedom from discrimination.  Individuals deserve to be free from the threat or actuality of physical violence or verbal abuse. Especially intolerable in view of the University’s commitment to respect for the person are offenses against persons because of their age, religion, ethnicity, physical disability, gender, or sexual orientation.  Actions or expressions that may cause violent situations, create a clear and present danger of violent situations, or which represent a malicious or willful attempt to demean, degrade, or harass members of the University community or affiliated hospital settings will not be tolerated.  Such actions include, but are not limited to:

  • Physical attacks or acts of violence
  • Physical or verbal threats
  • Verbal harassment
  • Slurs
  • Degrading humor
  • Written materials such as epithets, graffiti, or other similar expressions
  • Public belittling or humiliation
  • Mandated performance of personal services outside of the educational environment (e.g. babysitting, shopping, etc)
  • Unnecessary or avoidable acts or words or a negative nature inflicted by one person on another person or persons with the intent to humiliate.  It is understood that pointing out during rounds, conferences, and the like, that a student has not adequately prepared for his/her assignments is not mistreatment unless done in an abusive manner or if such correction is disproportionately directed at specific individuals based on their race, ethnicity, gender, or other status.

 

  1. Procedure
    1. Persons who believe that they are victims of such actions are encouraged to resolve the matter themselves, since many situations such as these may be resolved informally.  If the student feels uncomfortable doing this or if the student has attempted to do this, but has not been successful, then they may proceed to the next step.
    2. When the matter cannot be resolved with the first step, the student is free to seek out assistance from the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs (559-2259) who may directly intervene with the accused party to resolve the situation. Depending on the alleged behavior related circumstances, the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs may consult with the Director of the Student Counseling Center, Chair of the involved department, the Core or Clerkship Director, the Year Director or the Dean of the College of Medicine to determine the appropriate handling of the matter. As appropriate, the case may be referred to the Scholastic Evaluation Committee.
  2.  Confidentiality and Protection from Retaliation
    1. All attempts will be made to maintain confidentiality of the complainant to the greatest extent possible.  Students are reminded that any complaint will be handled promptly and appropriate action taken with the goal of protecting the student from harm or any type of retaliation.  Likewise, personnel actions by the College against the perpetrator are often confidential.
  3. Malicious Accusations
    1. Any complainant or witness found to have been dishonest or malicious in making the allegation of mistreatment will be subject to disciplinary action and the matter brought before the Scholastic Evaluation Committee. 
  4. Education
    1. All faculty, fellows, residents, medical students, nurses and other healthcare personnel are reminded to use positive teaching strategies and to create a positive learning environment for our students.  All parties will be informed of this policy.

 

Implemented August 2006

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