Examples of unprofessional behavior and mistreatment may include*:
- Verbal abuse, such as public belittlement or humiliation of a student or fellow team member
- Being threatened with physical harm or being physically punished
- Abuse of power over another person on the health care team. This can include interactions with a faculty physician, nurse or a technician, or mistreatment of a patients.
- Being required to perform personal services (e.g., shopping, babysitting)
- Being subjected to offensive remarks/names because of your race, ethnicity or sexual orientation.
- Receiving lower evaluations or grades solely because of your gender, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation rather than your performance
- Being denied opportunities for training or rewards solely because of your gender, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation rather than your performance
- Sexual harassment (e.g., unwanted sexual advances, offensive sexist remarks/names directed at you personally)
- Discussing confidential information about a patient in an inappropriate setting
- Discriminatory treatment of a patient (or another person) due to that person's economic status, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation
Ombudsman services are available to help you with academic and non-academic concerns, questions and complaints (e.g., fee payment, housing, financial aid, grades, professors, parking and other university-related issues). An ombudsman is a neutral third party, and confidentiality is ensured. The Student Ombudsman Office is located in Suite 2.110, Lee Hage Jamail Student Center, (409) 747-4820. Visit http://www.utmb.edu/studentservices/ombudsman.html for more details.
Additional details on student non-academic grievance procedures can be found in the UTMB Handbook of Operating Procedures.
Note: Discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual assault are crimes that should be brought to the attention of your school's Student Affairs Dean and the Human Resources - Employee Relations. You are also encouraged to notify Campus Police at ext. 21111. Call 911 in the event of an emergency.
* Many of these examples of unprofessional behavior and mistreatment come from the AAMC medical school graduation questionnaire