Professional Behavior, Student Mistreatment and Harassment

Our mission requires respecting all individuals, creating and maintaining a supportive learning environment, and consciously adhering to model standards of behavior and interaction that are consistent with our institution's Catholic and Jesuit heritage. Students are expected to refrain from any action or conduct that may be considered unprofessional, unethical, embarrass or detract in any manner from the reputation of our school, faculty, and students. Loyola University Chicago is committed to maintaining an environment that respects the dignity of all individuals. Accordingly, the Stritch School of Medicine does not tolerate mistreatment by or of its students, faculty, and staff.

Reporting Process
All reports are taken seriously and attempts made to respect confidentiality, although this may not be fully feasible at all times given the nature of some events. As a medical student you may then be reluctant to discuss issues of professional misbehavior or mistreatment for fear of reprisal, but still desire that incidents undergo proper investigation, beyond including them in your end of course/clerkship assessments.

To address these concerns, SSOM provides both formal and informal channels for you to discuss your concerns and a formal reporting mechanism through which an incident can be investigated and appropriate remedies applied. Complete details of process are provided within the academic policy manual, but the following mechanisms for reporting (email, phone or direct communication) should be used:

  1. The deans within the Office of Student Affair's can be contacted:
    Office of Student Affairs:
    1. Associate Dean - James Mendez, PhD ( or at 708/216-8140).
    2. Assistant Dean - Beth Sonntag, MAdEd ( or at 708/216-8140)
    3. Assistant Dean Sunny Nakae, PhD ( or at 708/216-5325 or 312/731-6201)

  2. Other groups that can informally discuss your concerns include the Office of Campus Ministry, chaplains, Pastoral Care chaplains, and personal counseling services. (Consultation and counseling with chaplains functioning within the scope of their capacity as pastoral counselors may remain confidential at the student's request.)

  3. In regards to an incident that involves a student, resident, healthcare worker, faculty member or staff, the incident can also be brought to the attention of the Course/Clerkship director or your immediate faculty supervisor.

  4. Formal process: Gender-Based Misconduct and Title IX: Under Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972, LUC Stritch School of Medicine has a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively when SSOM becomes aware of sexual misconduct and/or any other conduct motivated by sex, gender, or gender-expression that creates a hostile educational environment. While such an event can be reported to any of the above individuals, if such an incident occurs it will be formally addressed by the Title IX officer for our HSD campus (James Mendez, PhD; or at 708 216-8140).
    1. EthicsLine: Students can also choose to report incidents directly through the EthicsLine reporting hotline (855) 603-6988 or website ( Reports submitted through EthicsLine go directly to the LUC Title IX Deputy Coordinator. Students can expect follow up within three business days of filing a report.
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