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Learning Environment Office

Fostering a climate of respect and inclusion.

Contact Information

Physical Address
Reginald Heber Fitz Hall
Room 187

Mailing Address
MSC08 4720
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone Numbers
Office: 505-272-7867

Acknowledge Teaching Excellence

Counseling & Psychotherapy Guide

Report Mistreatment

Our mission is to foster an inclusive learning environment where teachers, staff, and learners thrive, and relationships are mutually respectful and beneficial to each other and to our institutional climate.

The primary goals of the Learning Environment Office are to increase exemplary behavior exhibited by teachers and staff and decrease incidents of learner mistreatment.

Who We Are

Diana Martínez, MPH – Learning Environment Office Director

Emma Naliboff Pettit, MA – Assistant Director

Joanna Fair, MD, PhD – Senior Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education and DIO

Felisha Rohan-Minjares, MD – Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education

John Paul ‘J.P.’ Sánchez, MD, MPH – Director of Learning Environment Fellowship

Joyce Pang, MD – General Surgery Fellow (PGY-3)

Lynn Lessard, MA – Program Coordinator

Roger Jerabek, MA Systems Information Manager

LEO’s Acknowledging Teaching Excellence Initiative

LEO wants to hear from you!

We are interested in collecting your stories about faculty members, residents, and fellows who have impacted or influenced you in a significant way. Please tell us about what those teachers did that resulted in an teaching excellence and how it changed you. Please help us recognize an exemplary teacher and/or learning experience!

Creating Positive Learning Environment Modules and Seminars

LEO is working to build content to help both learners and teachers create and maintain positive learning environments. Please see the links below.

Focusing on RESPECT in the Learning Environment

Learning Environment Speaker Series

What is Mistreatment?

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), mistreatment – either intentional or unintentional – occurs when behavior shows disrespect for the dignity of others and unreasonably interferes with the learning process. Examples of mistreatment include:

  • Sexual harassment
  • Discrimination or harassment based on race, religion, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation
  • Humiliation
  • Psychological or physical punishment
  • Use of grading and other forms of assessment in a punitive manner

How to Report Mistreatment

There are many options available to you if you experience or witness mistreatment.

If you are unsure whether a behavior rises to the level of mistreatment, you are encouraged to contact Diana Martínez, Director of the Learning Environment Office, at 505.272.7861 or for a confidential discussion. You are also encouraged to speak with a trusted advisor.

There are several procedures for reporting mistreatment:

  • Contact the Learning Environment Office
  • Contact a trusted advisor (e.g. clerkship or program director)
  • Complete an evaluation
    • Medical students: Complete a course or clerkship evaluation and answer mistreatment questions
  • Report Online
    • Complete the online reporting form. When you use the online reporting tool, you have the option of remaining anonymous.  

All reports are reviewed by the Learning Environment Office. 

See a printable flowchart of what to do if mistreatment occurs.

Anonymity: When reporting via course, clerkships, or faculty evaluations and when reporting online, reporters have the option of remaining anonymous.

Confidentiality of students is always respected within the limits of the law and policy.

When a Mistreatment Report is Made

All reports of mistreatment will be registered and investigated without fear of retaliation. All reporters will be protected from retaliation. UNM has strong protections against and zero tolerance for retaliation through the UNM Reporting Suspected Misconduct and Whistleblower Protection from Retaliation.

University policy is that no person shall be subject to retaliation for using or participating in a complaint process. State and federal laws and University policy protect against retaliation for reporting mistreatment, harassment, and/or discrimination. University policy further prohibits retaliation against a person for filing a complaint, participating in the investigation of a complaint' or assisting others who raised a complaint.

Once the Learning Environment Office receives a report of mistreatment, the report is reviewed and triaged by the Office. If the report is discrimination or harassment against protected classes, it is sent to the UNM Office of Equal Opportunity, per UNM policy.  UNM OEO maintains confidentiality to the extent allowable by law and UNM policy.

“Protected class” means those personal traits or characteristics, statuses, and/or beliefs that are defined by applicable law and policy, as protected from discrimination or harassment including age, ancestry, color, ethnicity, gender, gender identity (including gender expression), genetic information, national origin, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, race, religion, serious medical condition, sex, sexual orientation, spousal affiliation, and veteran status.

If not sent to OEO, the report is investigated by the Learning Environment Office and classified using the Stanford Mistreatment Response Pyramid, which classifies mistreatment issues into four levels of action, based on the number of reports received about mistreatment concerning the same person or the severity of the mistreatment incident:

  • Level 1: Based on a single mistreatment incident
  • Level 2: Second mistreatment incident
  • Level 3: For more than three mistreatment incidents
  • Level 4: For severe or egregious incidents

When severe or egregious issues take place, even as a first violation, they may be escalated to a higher level.

When mandated-reporting issues occur, mandated reporting supersedes all other levels.

When no mistreatment is identified, learner coaching takes place.

Mistreatment reports that rise to level 3 or 4 are sent to the Mistreatment Response Committee, a small committee comprised of senior leaders, for investigation, review, and recommendation of action.

See a printable flowchart of what happens when mistreatment is reported.