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The University of Minnesota recognizes its obligation to its faculty, staff and the community to maintain the highest ethical standards.

To facilitate this process the University has chosen EthicsPoint to provide you with an anonymous way to report activities that may be violations of the University's policies or other laws, rules and regulations.

Reporting an incident of mistreatment, harassment, or abuse of a medical student can be reported 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Mistreatment in the Learning Environment

The University of Minnesota Medical School and School of Medicine are committed to maintaining an environment where there is mutual respect between student, teacher, and between peers. Behavior that is abusive or mistreats students or others in the learning environment is prohibited.

Examples of inappropriate behaviors are:

  • Physical punishment or physical threats
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression
  • Repeated episodes of psychological punishment of a student by a particular superior (e.g., public humiliation, threats and intimidation, removal of privileges)
  • Grading used to punish a student rather than evaluate objective performance
  • Assigning tasks for punishment rather than to evaluate objective performance
  • Requiring the performance of personal services
  • Taking credit for another's work
  • Intentional neglect or intentional lack of communication

Resources for Counseling, Advice and Informal Resolution

Concerns, problems, questions, and complaints may be discussed without fear of retaliation, with anyone in a supervisory position within the Medical School Community including a faculty member, lab director, course director, residency training director, division chief, department head, dean or director. The assistance provided may include counseling, coaching or direction to other resources at the Medical Schools. Students are encouraged to report possible sexual, racial, or ethnic discrimination, including harassment, to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

Process for Handling Allegations of Mistreatment

  • EthicsPoint is a confidential reporting service for the University of Minnesota (all campuses – TC, Duluth, Crookston, Morris and Rochester and other location)
  • Anyone can report or use the EthicsPoint service (students, faculty, staff, University and non-University)
  • You may file an online report or call. If calling, you will get a live person that will ask you the questions. The questions the person will be asking are required from the online reporting system. Calls can be made 24/7.
  • Anonymous reporting is available with this service. You do not have to report your name.
  • EthicsPoint will restrict the person mentioned in your report from access to the report information.
  • A document or documents that support your report can be uploaded or attached to your report.
  • When reporting, it is helpful to provide all details regarding the alleged violation, including witnesses and any other information that could be valuable in the evaluation and ultimate resolution of this situation.
  • When you submit a report, you will be issued a report key. Write down this information. You will be asked by EthicsPoint to use your report key along with the password of your choosing to return to EthicsPoint through the website or hotline in 5-7 business days. By returning in 5-7 business days, you will have the opportunity to review any follow-up questions or submit more information about the incident.

More Resources

Contact

Mary Tate, Director of Minority Affairs and Diversity
tatex001@umn.edu | (612) 625-1494

Michael Kim, MD, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
mikekim@umn.edu | (612) 625-5180 

Robin Michaels, PhD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
rmichael@d.umn.edu | (218) 726-8872

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action