School of Medicine (SOM) Mistreatment Reporting Process


Mistreatment Reporting

The faculty, administration, staff, and students of the University of Missouri-Kansas City are dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge and the acquisition of skills that will enable us to lead rich and full lives. We can pursue these ends only in a culture of mutual respect and civility. It is thus incumbent upon all of us to create a culture of respect everywhere on campus and at all times through our actions and speech. As a community of learners, we are committed to creating and maintaining an environment on campus that is free of all forms of harassment, intimidation, and discrimination.

Any form of discrimination or coercion based on race, ethnicity, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation, age, rank, or any other characteristic will not be tolerated. Should you, a friend, or a colleague ever experience any action or speech that feels coercive or discriminatory, you should report this immediately using this form and if comfortable, to the course/clerkship department chair or coordinator; to the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, (at 816-235-1780 in the Dean’s Office Suite); and/or the Title IX/Affirmative Action Office. The Title IX/Affirmative Action Office, which is ultimately responsible for investigating all complaints of discrimination or sexual harassment, is located at 212  Administrative Center, 5115 Oak Street; the office may be contacted at 816-235-6910.

All formal complaints will be addressed and appropriate action taken.

For more detailed information about the UMKC School of Medicine’s expectations regarding the conduct for faculty and learners, see the Policy on Standards of Conduct for Faculty/Learner Relationships.

 

Reporting Procedures
For Learners (Students)
  • In person reporting – Students (only if comfortable doing so) may address the situation immediately and non-confrontationally with the person engaging in such conduct. If the learner is not comfortable raising the matter with the person engaging in the conduct, or the conduct continues, the learner may discuss the issue with course directors, program directors, department chairs, the student’s education team coordinator (ETC), the student’s docent or the Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies, the Associate Dean for the Clinical Affiliate. If the issue cannot be addressed/resolved in this manner and/or if the issue is deemed to represent a significant violation of the responsibilities/conduct described in this policy, the student and/or the individual the student confided in should report the incident to the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion. Confidentiality of the student will be maintained to the extent possible according to the situation.
  • Online reporting – Anyone may use the online SOM Mistreatment reporting form; which has an option for anonymous reporting.
  • OASIS evaluation reporting – Students may use the end-of-course/clerkship evaluations in OASIS to report issues of student mistreatment. The evaluations are anonymous. The Council on Curriculum reviews the evaluation reports on a regular basis. Any reports of student mistreatment are taken very seriously and are investigated immediately.
  • Reporting to the University – Title IX concerns must be reported to Title IX Coordinator at the University of Missouri-Kansas City for investigation. Reports may be made to the Office of Affirmative Action and Title IX at (816) 235-6910. Reports may be made to the University’s Ethics and Compliance Reporting Line either online at https://www.compliance-helpline.com/UM.jsp or by calling 1-866-447-9821; reports to the Ethics and Compliance Reporting Line may be made anonymously.
For Learners (Residents/Fellows)
  • Each UMKC graduate medical education program sponsored by the SOM has a working and learning environment policy that should be followed. Additionally, the Graduate Medical Education Resident/Fellow Working and Learning Environment Policy describes the methods and procedures for residents/fellows to report concerns. If the issue cannot be addressed/resolved in this manner and/or if the issue is deemed to represent a significant violation of the responsibilities/conduct described in this policy, the resident/fellow and/or the individual that the student confided in should report the incident to the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion. Confidentiality of the resident/fellow will be maintained to the extent possible by the situation.
  • Online reporting – Anyone may use the online SOM Mistreatment reporting form; which has an option for anonymous reporting.
  • Reporting to the University – Title IX concerns must be reported to Title IX Coordinator at the University of Missouri-Kansas City for investigation. Reports may be made to the Office of Affirmative Action and Title IX at (816) 235-6910. Reports may be made to the University’s Ethics and Compliance Reporting Line either online at https://www.compliance-helpline.com/UM.jsp or by calling 1-866-447-9821; reports to the Ethics and Compliance Reporting Line may be made anonymously.
For Faculty
  • Faculty who feel that a learner or faculty has engaged in inappropriate behavior may address the situation immediately with that learner or faculty. Additionally, for student concerns, the faculty can report the concern to the course/clerkship director, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies, or the Council on Evaluation Chair for investigation. For resident concerns, the faculty can report to the program director or Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education for investigation. Forfaculty concerns, the faculty member can report to the Academic Department Chair and/or the Associate Dean for the Clinical Affiliates for investigation. If the issue cannot be addressed/resolved in this manner and/or if the issue is deemed to represent a significant violation of the responsibilities/conduct described in this policy, the faculty and/or the authority the faculty reports contact the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion. Confidentiality of the faculty will be maintained to the extent possible based on the situation.
  • Online reporting – Anyone may use the online SOM Mistreatment reporting form; which has an option for anonymous reporting.
  • Reporting to the University – Title IX concerns must be reported to Title IX Coordinator at the University of Missouri-Kansas City for investigation. Reports may be made to the Office of Affirmative Action and Title IX at (816) 235-6910. Reports may be made to the University’s Ethics and Compliance Reporting Line either online at https://www.compliance-helpline.com/UM.jsp or by calling 1-866-447-9821; reports to the Ethics and Compliance Reporting Line may be made anonymously.

 

Procedures for Investigating Mistreatment

Mistreatment Investigation Chart