Student Treatment and the Learning Environment

LSU Health Shreveport is dedicated to providing its students, residents, faculty, staff, and patients with an environment of respect, dignity, and support. The diverse backgrounds, personalities, and learning needs of individual students must be always considered to foster appropriate and effective teacher-learner relationships. Honesty, fairness, evenhanded treatment, and respect for students’ physical and emotional well-being are the foundation of establishing an effective learning environment.

Harassment or mistreatment of any kind is detrimental to such an environment and the school will not tolerate any incidents of discrimination, mistreatment, or harassment of students. Mistreatment of students by faculty, staff, or peers is prohibited.

LSUHS Student Mistreatment Policy

LSU Health Shreveport encourages students, faculty, and staff to report incidents of mistreatment. All reporters will be protected from retaliation.

Our online reporting is secure and confidential. Students may also file complaints by visiting the Office of Student Affairs or by using the complaint boxes located in the Library and outside the 4th and 8th floor lecture halls.

How does LSUHS at Shreveport define student mistreatment?

Mistreatment is generally defined within the medical education context as intentional or unintentional behavior that shows disrespect for the dignity of others. Mistreatment can involve a single incident or a pattern of behavior and can range from subtle gestures and/or comments to egregious actions. Any behavior involving the mistreatment of another person compromises the learning environment.

Mistreatment also includes ‘micro-aggressions’ that are frequently unintentional, but can be experienced as a pattern of snubs, slights, put-downs, and gestures that demean or humiliate individuals based on their belonging to a group, particularly those identified by gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, immigration status, and/or socioeconomic class.

Mistreatment and abuse include, but are not limited to, berating, belittling, or humiliation; physical punishment or threats; intimidation; sexual harassment; harassment or discrimination based on race, gender, sexual preference, age, religion, physical or learning disabilities; assigning a grade for reasons other than the student’s performance; assigning tasks for punishment or non-educational purposes; requiring the performance of personal services; or failing to give students credit for work they have done.

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