Learning Environment and Mistreatment
At VCU School of Medicine, we strive to foster an equitable, inclusive environment that is free from bias, discrimination and harassment, where our students can safely learn and thrive. We hold our students, trainees and faculty to high standards, and expect professionalism and mutual respect among all learners and educators.
With a commitment to transparency at all levels, when issues arise that deviate from our values, we provide the support and advocacy students need to address and resolve their concerns.
Not sure if you have experienced mistreatment and want to consult with someone?
For issues unrelated to patient care, use the following chain of command to raise the concern. If you feel it is significant and not adequately addressed, move the issue further along the chain. If you are concerned about retaliation, speak with whomever you feel would be most appropriate.
- Peer advocates for your class
- Supervising resident
- Chief resident
- Attending physician
- Clerkship director or coordinator
- Assistant dean for clinical medical education or associate deans for student affairs
- Senior associate dean for medical and education and student affairs
- Dean of the School of Medicine
If the concern remains unresolved after discussions with the above individuals, or if you are interested in alternative options, the resources below are available to students.
This includes sexual misconduct, sexual or other forms of harassment, gender, racial and other forms of discrimination and retaliation.
- Physical health: Contact your primary care physician or University Student Health Services at 804-828-8828
- Mental health: Contact University Counseling Services at 804-828-6200
- Suicide prevention
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
- Crisis text line: text TALK to 741741
- Virginia Department of Health Suicide Prevention