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
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 Professional Excellence at:
Meredith Funke, MHA, Business Service Professional, 303-724-4PRO (4776)
After an online report is submitted, the Office of
Professional Excellence 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 Professional Excellence resources and their process
for resolution. This meeting will be private and confidential.
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
The requirement of
confidentiality extends equally to committee members, management, staff members
and other personnel, assessment participants, and assessment subjects. Retaliation is not tolerated.
The Office of Professional Excellence 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
will help remediate a situation. Committee members commit to maintain
all communication confidential. The
committee assures that the Office of Professional Excellence does not
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.
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
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