Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
MD Program

Student Mistreatment Portal

This portal collates all information to define what is and is not mistreatment, to provide easy access to effective mechanisms that ensure a prompt response to any complaints, and to support educational activities aimed at preventing mistreatment.

PSOM is is committed to the principle that the educational relationship should be one of mutual respect between teacher and learner.

Submit a Safety Net Report

Email the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Wellness

Reporting Mistreatment

Reporting Mistreatment


Behavior showing disrespect for the dignity of others which unreasonably interferes with the learning process.
Open for more.

  • Includes physical punishment, sexual harassment, psychological cruelty, and discrimination based on race, religion, ethnicity, sex, age, or sexual orientation.
  • Includes witnessing unprofessional behavior by faculty/housestaff/staff towards another person that creates an unsafe or unhealthy learning environment for the student(s). 
  • Unwanted or threat of physical contact or purposeful harm (i.e. touching, hitting, kicking, pushing).
  • Sexual harassment, sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking (see the Penn Policy on Sexual Misconduct), or discrimination based on gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status (see Penn Nondiscrimination Statement).
  • Requiring learners to perform personal chores (e.g., running errands).
  • Verbal harassment, including humiliation or belittlement in public or privately.
  • Use of grading and other forms of assessment in a punitive or self-serving manner.
  • Romantic or sexual relationships between faculty/housestaff/staff and students (see Consensual Romantic and Sexual Relationships in the Workplace and Educational Setting Policy).

Open for examples of supervisor or superior behavior that might be unpleasant for a trainee but NOT considered mistreatment.

  • Feedback and/or pointing out that a student’s summary of a patient is incomplete in front of a group of peers.
  • Feedback and/or pointing out that a student’s research seminar is difficult to follow in front of a group of peers.
  • Asking a student to stand for 45 minutes observing a surgical or laboratory procedure without assisting (as long as it was not defined as a "punishment" and as long as there are other learning opportunities).

 Use the University Bias Reporting Tool

Contact the Title IX Office directly

Formal Resolution Process