Article 6: Student Services Table of Contents
Article 6.1 Policy on Harassment
Article 6.2 Students with Disabilities
Article 6.3 Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence
Article 6.4 Academic Advising, Career Advising, Tutoring
Baylor College of Medicine has designated certain College leaders as Responsible Employees based on either their administrative title (Director Level and above) or responsibilities by serving in a major education role. Responsible Employees have a duty to promptly report incidents of sex based discrimination, and Prohibited Conduct directly to the Title IX Coordinator. Additionally, Responsible Employees are not confidential reporting resources. View a listing of groups of College administrators designated by Baylor College of Medicine as Responsible Employees.
Article 6.1 Policy on Harassment – BCM prohibits sexual harassment or harassment of and by faculty, staff, students, post doctoral trainees, residents, fellows and non-employees. Violation of this policy by an employee shall subject him/her to disciplinary action, up to and including discharge. Other available remedies may be utilized for violation of this policy by a non-employee.
Harassment includes, but is not limited to:
Slurs, jokes, verbal, graphic, or physical conduct related to an individual's race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, or marital or veteran status.
Harassment also includes unwelcome sexual advances and requests for sexual favors from a party of the same or different sex. These behaviors constitute harassment when submission or rejection is a condition of:
Employment, promotion, evaluation, educational advancement, submission to or rejection of such is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions.
The College also prohibits retaliation against any faculty, staff, student, post doctoral trainee, resident, or fellow who rejects, protests, or complains about harassment. Retaliation is a violation of College policy.
Complaints of harassment will receive prompt attention. Information obtained during the course of an investigation of harassment will be maintained in a confidential manner to the extent possible and will be shared only with individuals who have a need to know for the purposes of the investigation and resolution of the complaint. Individuals who make false statements during the course of a harassment investigation may be subject to discipline, which may include discharge. All faculty, staff, students, post doctoral trainees, residents, and fellows are expected to cooperate fully with such investigations. There will be no discrimination, recrimination, or reprisal against any faculty, staff, student, post doctoral trainee, resident, or fellow for making a good faith report of harassment.
Any faculty, staff, student, post doctoral trainee, resident, or fellow who believes that he, she or another individual is being harassed in any manner by a supervisor, manager, co-worker, customer, vendor or other person should inform the alleged harasser that his or her actions are offensive, unwelcome, and/or inappropriate and immediately bring the matter to the attention of his or her supervisor or any of the following individuals:
Program Director of Doctor of Nursing Practice, Genetic Counseling, Orthotics and Prosthetics, or Physician Assistant Program, Dean, Chairperson of the Committee on the Prevention of Sexual Harassment, Office of Student Affairs, Departmental Administrator, Direct Supervisor/Manager, Human Resources/Employee Relations, or Vice President of Human Resources Corporate Officers of BCM.
Article 6.2 Students with Disabilities – Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) is committed to providing equal educational access for qualified students with disabilities in accordance with state and federal laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The full policy, including criteria for requesting reasonable accommodations and procedures for appeal, is available in the BCM Policy and Procedure Manual 23.1.07 (Baylor login required).
Article 6.3 Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence – Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §1681, prohibits discrimination based on sex in all programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX also prohibits sexual harassment, including same-gender harassment and student-to-student harassment. BCM does not discriminate based on sex and will not tolerate discrimination which includes sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. Incidents of sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking are taken seriously. Reports will be promptly investigated and appropriate actions will be taken to remedy the effects of the harassment or violence and prevent the reoccurrence.
A student who experiences sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence and/or stalking may contact the BCM Title IX Coordinator for assistance.
Elizabeth Hatfield, Interim Title IX Coordinator
Phone: (713) 798-5305
A student may also report to the BCM Security Office via the campus emergency line at 8811 or the non-emergency campus extension of 8-8300. The BCM Security Office can assist students with filing a report with local law enforcement and in the case of any emergency encourages you to call the police at 911. BCM complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and to the extent possible will protect the privacy of all persons involved in a report of sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence and/or stalking.
BCM does not tolerate acts of retaliation. Individuals responsible for retaliation against any person who provides information, participates in an investigation, or the adjudication of a report will be met with disciplinary action up to an including removal from the BCM community. http://intranet.bcm.edu/index.cfm?fuseaction=Policies.Display_Policy&policy_number=02.10.10
BCM provides prevention programs and education to faculty, staff and students in an effort to dispel the myths, address the effects, and reduce the occurrence of sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. More information on our efforts, options for reporting and available support services can be found by visiting the Office of Student Services webpage at /education/academic-faculty-affairs/student-services/administrative-support.
The full Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence policy is available in the BCM Policy and Procedure Manual 02.2.26. The policy can be found on the Academic Policies webpage.
Article 6.4 Academic Advising, Career Advising, Tutoring
Academic Advising: The PA, DNP and OP programs assign a faculty advisor to each enrolled student. The relationship continues throughout their education. The role of the faculty advisor is to provide a consistent academic and professional resource to the student. Periodic meetings with the faculty advisor are mandatory; optional additional meeting times are available and encouraged.
Tutoring and Academic Support: Health Professions programs provide faculty-directed timely review sessions throughout each academic term to prepare students for knowledge and skill-based examinations.
Career Advising: The DNP, GC, OP, and PA programs assign a faculty advisor to each enrolled student. The relationship continues throughout their education. The role of the faculty advisor is to provide a consistent professional resource to the students regarding discipline-specific career planning and initial employment in the field or post-graduate training opportunities. Mandatory and on-request meetings with the faculty advisor include career advising at key points as students progress toward graduation.
In addition, programs require participation in career development programs to assist with their preparation for the workforce. Students are given ample opportunity to meet with advisors or other faculty members to discuss employment opportunities and career advancement.