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Learning Environment

Learning Environment FAQ

  • Who monitors the learning environment?

    The Teacher Learner Advocacy Committee (TLAC) is responsible for monitoring reports of mistreatment and other indicators of the learning environment. This committee is comprised of faculty, students, residents and staff with representation from the regional campuses, and functions in an advisory role on the prevention of mistreatment and enhancement of professionalism in the teaching and learning environment.

    In addition, the IU School of Medicine Ombuds Office serves as a resource where learners and faculty can discuss concerns, complaints, allegations of mistreatment and/or lapses in professionalism with a confidential, impartial, third party. The Ombuds Office serves faculty as well as learners from all nine campuses (including medical students, graduate students, residents, fellows and postdoctoral fellows). The Ombuds office provides periodic reports of aggregate information to TLAC and serves as an ex officio member of that committee.

  • What is the role and scope of the Teacher Learner Advocacy Committee (TLAC)?

    The Teacher/Learner Advocacy Committee (TLAC) provides a critical advisory role for the School’s efforts to foster and ensure a professional learning environment through monitoring reports of mistreatment, providing support and strategic feedback to School leadership and the Ombuds Office and sponsoring initiatives, outreach and educational programming aimed at enhancing professionalism in all learning environments. In this capacity, TLAC reviews aggregate form data from the IU School of Medicine Mistreatment Incident Report Form, the Graduated Response to Mistreatment System, Ombuds Office, and the annual AAMC Graduation Questionnaire. Using these data to inform their priorities, TLAC conducts outreach programming and educational activities and leads other efforts to enhance the teaching and learning environment.

  • What policies pertain to mistreatment and professionalism expectations?

    IU School of Medicine policies related to the learning environment include the Teacher-Learner Conduct Policy, Honor Code, and the Graduate Medical Education Policy on Unprofessional or Abusive Behavior and Sexual Harassment.

  • If an individual reports mistreatment, is (s)he protected from retaliation?

    Retaliation is strictly prohibited; IU School of Medicine believes strongly in protecting learners who report mistreatment in good faith. Explore the Mistreatment Reporting Process.

  • IU School of Medicine assumes that learners who submit mistreatment incident reports do so in good faith. What would happen if a complaint is found to be dishonest or malicious?

    A student who is dishonest and/or malicious in making an allegation of mistreatment will be referred to the Student Promotions Committee and may be subject to disciplinary action. Similarly, if a resident is dishonest and/or malicious in making an allegation of mistreatment, (s)he may face disciplinary action per policy and procedures of the IU School of Medicine Office of Graduate Medical Education.

  • Where can an individual get additional help with violations of the IU School of Medicine Honor Code and other guidelines related to the learning environment?

    Protecting the positive, inclusive and collaborative work and learning environment at IU School of Medicine is the responsibility of the entire community. Still, various groups can help provide assistance for specific types of issues that may arise:

    • Teacher Learner Advocacy Committee (TLAC) monitors reports of mistreatment and other indicators of the learning environment. This committee is comprised of faculty, students, residents and staff with representation from the regional campuses and functions in an advisory role on the prevention of mistreatment and enhancement of professionalism in the teaching and learning environment.
    • Faculty Steering Committee (FSC) is the principal representative body of the faculty and collaborates with school administration, campuses and the university.
    • Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development (OFAPD) seeks to develop a vibrant, diverse community where each faculty member has the optimal capability to make meaningful contributions to their career goals and the institution’s mission.
    • The Office of Diversity Affairs strives to make IU School of Medicine the leader in culturally competent education, care and research and to develop a culture where all individuals within our community feel included, valued and respected.
    • IU School of Medicine Human Resource Services orients and develops IU School of Medicine staff in order to retain qualified and engaged staff who are informed, valued and supported. The office staff serves as liaisons and consultants for the full spectrum of HR issues.
    • Office of Medical Student Education administers policies related to students, academic honesty and care of patients. Policies that govern students’ conduct can be found in the IU School of Medicine Student Handbook.
    • Office of Research Administration Compliance Services is a central resource to ensure IU School of Medicine conducts its educational, research and clinical activities in a manner that is consistent with regulatory, statutory and organizational requirements. This collaborative entity is designed to achieve compliance and to establish the highest ethical standards governing clinical and research activities.
    • IU Health Employee Relations staff educates, trains, advises and consults with managers and employees on the interpretation and application of employee relation policies and issues. They also work with managers to develop and implement strategies for maintaining positive employee relations. IU Health Employee Relations assists managers in developing appropriate actions to resolve any concerns.