UVA SOM Policy on Student Mistreatment and Other Unacceptable Behaviors 

All faculty and staff must adhere to the School of Medicine Code of Conduct. The environment in which students learn must be free from mistreatment and other unacceptable behaviors that may be used adversely to control, influence, or affect the well-being of any student; exhibiting such behaviors conflicts with the mission and values of the School of Medicine. Allegations and complaints of the occurrence of these behaviors will be quickly and fully investigated and, if the allegations are founded, appropriate disciplinary or other actions will be initiated. The terms “mistreatment” and “unacceptable behaviors” include but are not limited to:

  • threatening or abusive language, profanity or language that is perceived by students to be demeaning, berating, rude, loud or offensive, publicly belittling or humiliating, and/or
  • actual or threatened inappropriate physical or sexual contact, and/or
  • other forms of behavior that are perceived as intimidation or physical or sexual harassment by students, and/or
  • behaviors perceived by a student to be a pattern of disruptive behavior or interaction that could interfere with teaching, learning or adversely impact the quality of care render to any patient, and/or
  • bias, defined as a threat or act of harassment or intimidation – verbal, written or physical – which is personally directed against or targets a student because of that student’s race, age, color, disability, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Medical students can make reports about mistreatment or unacceptable behaviors in person, by phone or email. Medical students can also make reports about mistreatment or unacceptable behaviors in person or by phone or email to the Office of Educational Affairs, through the Assistant Dean for Medical Education, Lesley Thomas, available at (434) 924-1864 or  llt6p@virginia.edu. Anonymous reports to the Office of Educational Affairs can be made using the “Student Listening Post” web site.

The University also has a web site for all students for reporting bias complaints: Just Report It

The Medical Center Policy Manual  policy 0262 provides another means by which to note complaints of unacceptable behavior involving members of the Clinical Staff, GME Trainees, or Allied Health Professionals.

Additionally, the University Ombuds, Brad Holland, holds weekly office hours within the Health System. The services of the Ombuds are independent of the University administration and confidential to the extent permitted by law. Note that the Ombuds must report sexual misconduct disclosures (Title IX). For more information, visit  http://eocr.virginia.edu/ombuds.