The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) have encouraged a learning environment that encourages and inspires critical thinking, personal exploration, and professional development. All interactions should demonstrate mutual respect and should include collegiality, honesty, fairness, and equal treatment.
In order to uphold the standards of such a learning environment, the Medical College has a Teaching-Learning Environment and Student Mistreatment Policy whose purpose is to ensure an educational environment conducive for learning, define mistreatment of students, and describe the process of reporting, monitoring, and responding in the event mistreatment should occur. All students should familiarize themselves with the full policy.
The Teacher-Learner Committee is the body charged with monitoring, reviewing, investigating and aiding in the resolution of mistreatment issues at the Medical College.
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The College has a policy of zero tolerance for mistreatment. It takes all allegations seriously and encourages students to report any instances or perceived instances of mistreatment. There are three proposed mechanisms for reporting mistreatment; each mechanism will be collected via a structured intake form to collect the necessary information for the TLC to review. Because mistreatment issues can be complex and the TLC seeks to provide the student with advice and information, in-person meetings or phones calls are preferred over reporting incident details in the initial contact email or voice mail message.
1. Teacher-Learner Committee: Students wishing to report a violation, ask a question, or seek advice may contact the TLC by emailing TLC@med.cornell.edu. When emailing the TLC, students may, if desired, request follow-up from a specific member of the TLC. Students need not provide extensive detail regarding mistreatment or potential mistreatment in the initial contact. A member of the TLC will reach out to set up a meeting, phone call or continue the conversation via email.
Persons reporting mistreatment to the TLC are entitled to understand:
2. Course Evaluation System: Alternatively, students may report incidents of mistreatment anonymously through the Course Evaluation system. Reports that contain named individuals and descriptions of the incident will be reviewed by the TLC, and if warranted, be investigated and adjudicated; however, students who file reports using this method will not be able to learn about the resolution of the incident given the anonymity of the reporting mechanism.
3. Other: Students may also choose to discuss concerns or seek advice regarding the teaching-learning environment with the Weill Cornell Student Ombudsperson (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., course/clerkship directors or others; however, such individuals are NOT responsible for keeping records of student reports, reviewing or investigating alleged incidents, or working through resolution.
Students may also ask for a consultation with a student/peer member of the TLC to explain the facts of the incident and to explore the level of concern for mistreatment.
The range of possible mistreatment is wide; examples include:
The TLC will conduct an initial investigation and may refer the incident for additional investigation by other officials. Sanctions are related to the incident classification.
See the full Teaching-Learning Environment and Student Mistreatment Policy for additional information about the TLC, types and categories of mistreatment, the TLC review, investigation, resolution, and follow-up process and more.