Office of the Dean

O’Dowd Hall, Room 428
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-3634

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Reporting Incidents of Inappropriate Behavior

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Reporting Incidents of Mistreatment, Harassment or Acts of Discrimination

 

Authorizing Body:

Office of the Dean

Author:

Robert J. McAuley, Ph.D.

Date Issued:

August 1, 2011

Last Update:

August 23, 2016

Scope and Applicability:

All students enrolled in the School of Medicine

Standard Practice Guideline:

Rationale:

The purpose of this guideline is to describe the formal process for reporting allegations of inappropriate behavior, harassment or acts of discrimination involving students, faculty or staff of Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and to provide a mechanism and procedure to allow individuals to report concerns without fear of retaliation. The School of Medicine, Oakland University and Beaumont Health System are committed to provide such safe spaces and to support a comprehensive reporting mechanism for incidents of inappropriate behavior so that we may better understand our campus climate and work continuously to improve it.

Procedures: 

In all instances the complainant should be prepared to provide the following:

  • Statement and description of the alleged event
  • Name(s) of person(s) involved
  • Date of event
  • Other facts considered to be relevant
  • Summary of steps student has already taken to resolve the problem
  • Signature of the complainant (optional)
  • Submit Report Here

Student Complaint Regarding a Student 

Students who believe that they have been affected by the inappropriate conduct of another medical student, as defined in the Standards of Conduct for the Learning Environment, should immediately notify either the Associate Dean for Student Affairs or Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Career Development, and must file a written report on-line within 30 business days of the alleged action and/or the completion of any consultation process in order for the allegation to be investigated in a timely manner.  The School of Medicine reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to investigate and act on complaints involving incidents that have occurred beyond the 30-day filing reporting period.  Such acceptance is not intended to, nor shall it, waive timeliness defenses the School of Medicine may otherwise have available to it in any judicial or administrative proceedings. 

The Associate Dean for Student Affairs or Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Career Development will gather information and may attempt to resolve the issue or forward the complaint to the SPRC for review as provided in the Student Performance Review Committee guidelines. A written notification will also be sent to the complainant letting him/her know the issue has been addressed. 

Safety Issues

If any inappropriate behavior arises that poses a threat to the safety of patients, faculty, staff, students or others, or disrupts the learning environment, the Dean may suspend the student immediately.

Student Complaint Regarding a Faculty Member, Resident, or Employee of either Oakland University or Beaumont Health System

Students who believe that they have been affected by the inappropriate conduct of a faculty member, resident or employee of OU or Beaumont Health System, as defined in the Standards of Conduct for the Learning Environment,  should notify the Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs at 248-370-3633, the Director of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development at 248-370-2741, or OU’s Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives at 248-370-3496 or visit the website (Office of Inclusionimmediately and must file a written report on-line within 30 business days of the alleged action and/or the completion of any consultation process in order for the allegation to be investigated in a timely manner.  The School of Medicine reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to investigate and act on complaints involving incidents that have occurred beyond the 30-day filing reporting period.  Such acceptance is not intended to, nor shall it, waive timeliness defenses the School of Medicine may otherwise have available to it in any judicial or administrative proceedings.

All records of the investigation and the resulting action will be maintained by the Office of Academic Affairs will be treated with appropriate confidentiality.

Regarding an allegation against a faculty, resident or staff member: A student may request the Associate Dean for Student Affairs to delay the forwarding of the complaint and resulting action or remedy until after the student is evaluated academically.

Faculty complaint Regarding a Student

Faculty who believe that they have been affected by the inappropriate conduct of a medical student, as defined in the Standards of Conduct for the Learning Environment, should immediately contact one of the following: the Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs, the Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, the Associate Dean for Student Affairs or Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Career Development and must file a written report on-line within 30 business days of the alleged action and/or the completion of any consultation process in order for the allegation to be investigated in a timely manner. The School of Medicine reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to investigate and act on complaints involving incidents that have occurred beyond the 30-day filing reporting period. Such acceptance is not intended to, nor shall it, waive timeliness defenses the School of Medicine may otherwise have available to it in any judicial or administrative proceedings.

Faculty who believe that they have been affected by the inappropriate conduct of a medical student, as defined in the Standards of Conduct for the Learning Environment, should immediately contact one of the following: the Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs, the Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, the Associate Dean for Student Affairs or Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Career Development and must file a written report on-line within 30 business days of the alleged action and/or the completion of any consultation process in order for the allegation to be investigated in a timely manner. The School of Medicine reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to investigate and act on complaints involving incidents that have occurred beyond the 30-day filing reporting period. Such acceptance is not intended to, nor shall it, waive timeliness defenses the School of Medicine may otherwise have available to it in any judicial or administrative proceedings.

Reporting Incidents of Discrimination

Students, faculty and employees of Oakland University are protected against discrimination in all aspects of education and employment. Discriminatory conduct at Oakland University occurs where individuals are treated differently on the basis of race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, height, weight, disability, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, marital status, familial status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law.

Such conduct detracts from the educational and work climate of the campus and will not be tolerated. Any student, faculty or staff member within the OUWB School of Medicine Community  who believes she/he has been discriminated against is encouraged to contact the Office of Inclusion immediately, 203 Wilson Hall, (248) 370-3496.

Reporting Incidents of Harassment

Students, faculty and staff are protected against discriminatory harassment that occurs due to race, sex, age, height, weight, disability, color, religion, national origin, marital status or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law.

 There are two forms of harassment:

  • Quid pro quo sexual harassment is where sex is explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's education or employment. The submission to or rejection of sexual favors may not be used as the basis for academic or educational decisions or for employment decisions.
  • Hostile environment harassment, the second form of harassment, occurs when the conduct is so severe or pervasive that it has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's academic performance, use of university services, or work that creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational or working environment. 
Any form of discriminatory harassment is against the law and university policy. Any student, faculty or staff member within the OUWB School of Medicine Community that believes she/he has been harassed by a university employee is encouraged to contact Office of Inclusion immediately, 203 Wilson Hall, (248) 370-3496.  

Definitions:

Related Policies and Forms: 

  • Oakland University- Administrative Guidelines Prohibiting Discrimination - Policy 710
  • Oakland University - Guidelines for Handling Discrimination Complaints - Policy 711
  • Beaumont Health System Professional Code of Conduct –Policy 265

 

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