Learner Resources

Students wearing white coats.

Our school is home to students in varying phases of their educational journeys. Learning environment policies apply to undergraduates, graduate and medical students, fellows, residents, visiting students and post-doctoral fellows.

We create safe and inclusive learning and research environments free of mistreatment, harassment and discrimination in order to attract and retain the best and most talented students.

Our environment needs to be conducive to learning. Mutual respect is paramount among community members representing multiple and diverse backgrounds (i.e., age, race, creed, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military status, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, familial status, marital status, pregnancy, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction, and all other protected categories under federal and state laws).

To achieve excellence, we must all do our part to foster an inclusive research and learning environment.

We encourage you to participate in safe learning workshops, report incidents of harassment or discrimination, and educate yourself on safe learning policies.

Who is Considered a Learner or Trainee?

Trainees or learners are undergraduates, graduate students, professional students (such as medical students), post-doctoral students, medical residents / health professionals and fellows.

Basically, anyone training at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is a trainee or learner. 

Our Expectations for Trainees

If you’re a trainee, we expect you to:

  • make your utmost effort to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors required to fulfill the educational objectives established by the faculty
  • value the professional virtues of honesty, compassion, integrity, fidelity and dependability
  • treat all individuals with behavior and language that shows respect and sensitivity
  • maintain the highest standards of the medical and biomedical professions, and conduct yourself accordingly in all interactions with faculty and staff members, other learners, members of our community and those we serve
  • assist fellow learners in fulfilling professional obligations

Reporting Options

Reporting discrimination or harassment is not always easy for a person who is experiencing it. However, you should be aware that reporting inappropriate situations is welcomed by the university as a way for us to remedy behavior that violates our policies.

That’s why we need your help. Please report any incident in which you have experienced harassment, discrimination or mistreatment. Additionally, if you have witnessed another person being victimized by harassment, discrimination or mistreatment, please report the incident.

All reporting is confidential, and retaliation is prohibited.

Learn about reporting options specific to each learner group:

Workshops and Learning Resources

Our safe learning workshops help everyone gain a fuller understanding of how a number of issues — including unconscious bias, microaggressions and lack of cultural competence — undermine diversity and inclusion, as well as collaboration.

We encourage you to attend multiple workshops.

Safe Learning Policies

Our policies reflect our commitment to excellence through diversity and inclusion. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with all our guidelines and policies on diversity, inclusion and specific misbehaviors such as harassment, discrimination and mistreatment.

Every student has something to offer, and every student deserves a nurturing learning environment.

Ilhan Omar
Represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives