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The Heersink School of Medicine is committed to a working and learning environment in which people are treated with dignity, decency, and respect. We do not tolerate harassment or discrimination of any kind.

The UAB Equal Opportunity and Discriminatory Harassment Policy can be found here.

Below you will find specific and detailed information that will guide you through the options available to report concerns regarding possible discrimination, harassment, or other forms of misconduct or mistreatment.

Heersink School of Medicine Office for Diversity and Inclusion (ODI)

The Heersink School of Medicine Office Office for Diversity and Inclusion is available to meet with Heersink School of Medicine employees to discuss any issues of harassment, bias, discrimination, microaggressions, misconduct, or mistreatment. This is a *private system for faculty, staff, trainees, and medical students to report concerns regarding possible discrimination, harassment, or other forms of misconduct at the Heersink School of Medicine. This is an informal process and may include methods to resolve the complaint through unofficial means such as mediation and dialogue.

File a Report with ODI Office 

File a Report–the link above will open the reporting form. After completing the form, the individual filing the complaint will hit the “submit” button which will then forward the complaint to the Heersink School of Medicine Office for Diversity and Inclusion complaint designated email address.

*In all cases, reports made through the Heersink School of Medicine ODI form are treated with the greatest degree of discretion possible and maintained on a strict need-to-know basis, with reports received by specially assigned ODI staff. However, privacy of the information is maintained to the degree that it does not interfere with the University’s obligation to investigate allegations of misconduct.

*Meeting with the Heersink School of Medicine Office for Diversity and Inclusion does not preclude individuals from using other reporting options.

University Ombudsperson’s Office

The University ombudsperson provides confidential, neutral, impartial and independent conflict resolution assistance to UAB faculty, staff, mentored graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows (“visitors”) for university related conflicts between two or more parties. The University Ombudsperson discusses different options for conflict management, reduction, or resolution. They serve as an alternative not a replacement of other University resources for voicing concerns.

Schedule an Appointment with Ombudsperson

UAB Human Resources - Employee Concerns

UAB Employee Relations believes that prevention and fair resolution of problems are critical elements of a productive, harmonious work environment. To achieve this, we provide employees with counseling, advice, policy interpretation, and collaborative solutions in an effort to create and maintain the best workplace for UAB faculty and staff.

Learn More or Report a Concern

University Title IX Office

The Title IX Office investigates incidences involving an alleged violation of the UAB Title IX Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence Policy (including gender-based assault, harassment, exploitation, dating and domestic violence, stalking, as well as discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, and related retailiation).

Individuals may file a report on their own behalf or someone may wish to file a report on behalf of a member of the University community.

Report with Title IX

Ethics Hotline

UAB is committed to prompt and thorough review of good-faith concerns of wrongful conduct. The UAB Ethics Hotline is administered by Navex, a third-party organization, and is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by trained professionals who take calls and ensure reports are made to appropriate University personnel for follow-up. Individuals may call the UAB Ethics Hotline toll-free at the number below or submit a report to the UAB Ethics Hotline at the link below. Reports may be submitted anonymously, although providing contact information helps to facilitate an investigation. For more information, visit www.uab.edu/ethics.

Call: 1-866-362-9476

Report Using Ethics Hotline (Online)

All complaints of discrimination and/or harassment should be filed as soon as possible after the alleged incident or conduct. 

Anti-Retaliation Policy

Retaliation against any individual who reports, in Good Faith, Wrongful Conduct or who participates in the investigation of Wrongful Conduct is prohibited. Any UAB Member who Retaliates against an individual, who has reported in Good Faith, Wrongful Conduct, or who has participated in the investigation of Wrongful Conduct has violated this policy and the UAB Enterprise Code of Conduct. Concerns of Retaliation are to be immediately reported.

Read full Duty to Report and Nonretaliation Policy