Director of Medical Student Learning Environment

Tim Lacy

Tim Lacy

Tim Lacy

The Director’s overall mission is to support the College of Medicine’s strong commitment to identifying and addressing medical student mistreatment and other learning environment concerns.

The Director’s duties include:

  • Building relationships with students, staff, and faculty at all UI COM campuses;
  • Teaching students about the circumstances of mistreatment–about how to recognize it, avoid it, report it, and rectify it;
  • Providing those who experience, witness, or become aware of student mistreatment with access to a neutral, impartial, and private resource to report and seek assistance with concerns;
  • Monitoring reports of microaggressions and implicit bias, and observations about systemic racism;
  • Assisting in fostering an overall feeling of safety and security for our students;
  • Receiving and monitoring student mistreatment reports from all campuses, and using those reports to identify trends or patterns involving a specific teachers, departments, or experiential sites;
  • Being a resource to teachers (faculty, residents and others in a teaching role), staff and administration in discussing, and resolving, learning environment concerns;
  • Developing and implementing Policy, Procedures and Guidelines for fostering a positive learning environment free from student mistreatment;
  • Relaying feedback to UI COM administration to improve the student learning environment; and
  • Creating and implementing educational activities, information, and resources to promote a positive student learning environment.

To report incidents of student mistreatment, racism, or safety, as well as general learning environment concerns, the Director can be reached directly via email ([email protected]) or phone (312-413-9632). Reports may also be submitted–anonymously or with identifying information–using the Student Mistreatment Report Form. [Important Note: That link is for students in Chicago, Peoria and Rockford. Urbana students should use the Urbana Student Mistreatment Report Form.]