If you believe you have been mistreated, or if you know of a student who has been mistreated, please review the consultation and reporting process available in the UCF COM Student Mistreatment Policy


Medical Student Mistreatment Defined

UCF College of Medicine has defined mistreatment as any behavior that is harmful or offensive and unreasonably interferes with a student’s learning. Such behavior may be verbal (swearing, humiliation, insults), emotional (neglect, a hostile environment), and physical (threats, physical harm). Students should be aware that medical student training is a rigorous process and feedback may occasionally be uncomfortable. For example, the Socratic method is frequently utilized in medical education, to not only assess knowledge, but also to promote synthesis and application of that knowledge. In and of itself, the Socratic method does not constitute mistreatment. (However, once it is clear that a student has reached the limit of his/her knowledge, it is not appropriate to continue berating students with questions or with denigrating comments about his/her knowledge base.) Students should take this into account when assessing potential cases of mistreatment.

Examples of mistreatment include but are not limited to:

  • verbal attacks or speaking insultingly to or about a person
  • public belittling or humiliation (e.g., beyond the appropriate use of the Socratic method)
  • threat of harm or being physically attacked (e.g., hitting, slapping, or kicking a person, or throwing instruments at a person)
  • requiring performance of personal services (e.g., shopping, babysitting)
  • intentional neglect or lack of communication (e.g., neglect, in a clerkship, of students with interests in a different field of medicine) or other instances that cause unwarranted exclusion from reasonable learning or professional opportunities
  • disregard for student safety
  • denigrating comments about a student’s field of choice
  • threat of grading and other forms of assessment as a reward or punishment other than course/clinical performance
  • assigning duties as punishment rather than education
  • other behaviors which are contrary to the spirit of learning and/or violate trust between the teacher and learner.

Other mistreatment behaviors such as sexual harassment, discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran status are covered under this and other College and University policies. When a medical student is alleged to have engaged in medical student mistreatment, the case may be referred to the Honor Council (aka Student Professional Conduct Council) if it represents a violation of professionalism standards. Disputes over grades are handled by M.D. Program academic polices.


Other resources for reporting student mistreatment or getting help:


University Ombuds Office (located on main campus)

Ombuds officers

Shreya Trivedi, University Ombuds Officer

Daniel Thompson, Assistant Ombuds

Phone: (407)-823-6440
Millican Hall, Suite 243, Room 247

Victim Services

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (407) 823-1200
Other victim resources can be found here: http://victimservices.ucf.edu/resources

Title XI – Sexual Misconduct and/or Interpersonal Violence

Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities – Student Development and Enrollment Services




For student-on-student sexual misconduct, contact:

Dana Juntunen | Dana.Juntunen@ucf.edu
Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Sarah Laake | Sarah.Laake@ucf.edu
Lead Title IX Investigator

For University-employee-on-student sexual misconduct, contact:

Dawn Welkie | Dawn.Welkie@ucf.edu
Title IX Coordinator