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Frequently Asked Questions

CU Anschutz Office of Professionalism


 

 FAQ

 

 WHY SHOULD I FILE A REPORT OF MISTREATMENT WITH THE OFFICE OF PROFESSIONALISM?

In order to ensure a safe and healthy working and learning environment, it is imperative that employees and students conduct themselves in a professional manner. In the absence of a mechanism to report misbehavior, it is difficult for the institution to understand the extent and severity of unprofessionalism and to provide programs and resources that address the issues.​

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 HOW DO I FILE A REPORT OF MISTREATMENT WITH THE OFFICE OF PROFESSIONALISM?

To provide a safe environment for reporting a lapse in professionalism, there are a variety of confidential methods to report an issue.

To report a concern contact the Office of Professionalism at:


·       303-724-4PRO (4776)

·       Professionalism@ucdenver.edu

·       Confidential Report Form

·       You may also contact one of our staff members below. All correspondence is kept confidential.

o   Barry H. Rumack, MD, Director, Barry.Rumack@ucdenver.edu, 303-724-7854

o   Josette G. Harris, PhD, Associate Director​, Josette.Harris@ucdenver.edu, 303-724-6224​​​​

o   Abbie Beacham, PhD, Associate Director​, Abbie.Beacham@ucdenver.edu, 303-724-8494​

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 WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I FILE A MISTREATMENT REPORT? WILL I BE CONTACTED? WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

After an online report is submitted, the Office of Professionalism will contact the reporter for an initial assessment. The reporter can expect to be in a safe and confidential environment in which to share concerns. The purpose of the preliminary meeting is to gain a basic understanding of the nature and circumstances of the concerns. At this meeting the reporter will be provided with information about the Office of Professionalism resources and their process for resolution. This meeting will be private and confidential.​​​​​3

 IF I FILE A REPORT TO THE OFFICE OF PROFESSIONALISM, WILL MY NAME BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL? HOW WILL I BE PROTECTED? WHAT HAPPENS IF IS SUBMIT A REPORT AND I TELL YOU, “NO ONE CAN KNOW?”

Confidentiality is required for effective assessment and other appropriate action in cases of alleged unprofessionalism.

Information will only be disclosed as required by the legitimate needs of the assessment and/or university policy (e.g. sexual harassment).  The requirement of confidentiality extends equally to committee members, management, staff members and other personnel, assessment participants, and assessment subjects.  Retaliation is not tolerated.  ​​​​​

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 AFTER I FILE A REPORT OF MISTREATMENT, WHAT HAPPENS?

The Office of Professionalism assesses all reports of unprofessional behavior made by members of the Anschutz Medical Campus. Each school or college has appointed its own professionalism executive committee to review reports of mistreatment and unprofessional behavior and to assist with resolution. Concerns are presented to the committee members in order to reach consensus on recommendations that will help remediate a situation. Committee members commit to maintain all communication confidential. The committee assures that the Office of Professionalism does not act independently. ​​​​​​5

 I WANT TO REPORT MISTREATMENT, BUT I DO NOT WANT THE PERSON TO GET INTO SERIOUS TROUBLE? WHEN I FILE A REPORT, DOES IT MEAN THE PERSON I AM REPORTING WILL BE FIRED?

After an initial assessment is made, possible solutions and interventions are identified to address the reported concern. Interventions can range from a conversation with the respondent or respondent apology up to termination of teaching responsibilities or administrative leave, depending on the severity and pervasiveness of the unprofessional behavior. Policy violations are referred to Human Resources and Office of Equity for additional investigation. ​​​6

 WHY DON’T WE HAVE AN ANONYMOUS, ONLINE REPORTING SYSTEM?

Anonymous reporting is not used because it is important to validate and ask specific follow up questions in order to address the primary concern. An anonymous report is only reliant upon the initial report for all details – any missing information remains missing.​ ​​7


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