Appropriate Treatment in Graduate Education

This document is intended to define the behaviors expected by community members of the Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS) at Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine in the workplace, laboratory, clinic and classroom.  GMS is committed to providing a work and educational environment that is supportive of all personnel, and is professional, collegial, and conducive to providing exceptional training in teaching, research and patient care. We strive to provide environments in which our students, trainees, staff and faculty can flourish.

The school places a high priority on the appropriate treatment of its community and affiliated members, and provides a mechanism for both open and confidential resolution of complaints  from students, post-doctoral fellows, staff and faculty by conducting thorough, prompt, and impartial investigation.  The following list is not exhaustive, but represents fundamental expectations for appropriate conduct by GMS community members on campus or at off campus sites:


GMS community members who feel that one or more of these expectations are disregarded can seek assistance and advice from BU, GMS, CAMED department or program leaders directly, or by making a formal complaint (with the opportunity to submit anonymously).

GMS community members are encouraged to reach out to their supervisor, mentor, advisor, dean, program director, chair, clinical coordinator or trusted colleague for resolution of conflicts regarding unprofessional behavior or mistreatment in the workplace, laboratory, classroom or clinic.  Keep in mind, this process is not intended for complaints around academic issues such as grading unless it relates to unprofessional conduct or deliberate obstruction to learning opportunities.