4.04 Appellate Review
A Standing Committee on Rights and Responsibilities (SCRR) comprised of fifteen voting members of the Faculty of Medicine of diverse experience is appointed by the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. Each member serves a three-year term, with the possibility of reappointment. These terms are staggered so that each year approximately one-third of the Committee will retire and new members will be appointed. The Chair and Vice Chair of the HMS Promotion and Review Board (PRB) and the Dean for Students serve as ex-officio members of the SCRR. The remaining 12 members comprise a diverse group drawn from the voting members of the Faculty who have demonstrated interest and involvement in training or teaching of medical students.
Members of the SCRR will be designated, as needed, to function as members of the following reviewing bodies:
- Appeals Panel under the Procedures for Consideration of Academic Performance (Section 4.07);
- Appeals Panels under the Procedures for Consideration of Unprofessional Conduct (section 4.08); and
- Grievance and Appeals Panels under the Procedures for Resolving Complaints of Discrimination, Harassment, or Unprofessional Relations and Abuse of Authority (section 7.16);
When additional or special expertise would be useful, the Dean may designate other members of the senior faculty of the University to serve on these Panels.
Note on cases involving allegations of sexual and gender-based harassment:
As set forth in Section 7.16 of the Handbook, HMS has adopted the University Policy on Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment (the “University Policy”) and allegations of sexual or gender-based harassment against students will be handled in accordance with the University’s Procedures for Handling Complaints Involving Students Pursuant to the Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment Policy (“University Procedures”), which can be found here. In such cases, the Harvard University Office for Sexual and Gender-Based Dispute Resolution (“ODR”) is responsible for determining whether a violation of the University Policy by a student took place. Whenever a formal complaint of sexual or gender-based harassment against an HMS student results in the issuance of a final report from the ODR, the PRB must accept as final and non-reviewable the report’s findings of fact and its conclusions as to whether a violation of the University Policy has occurred. The only opportunity to appeal the findings related to the University Policy is provided by the ODR. Appeals within HMS pertain only to the decision of the PRB in determining discipline.
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