Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Phone: (301) 295-9669
FAX: (301) 295-3034
Consistent with the standards of its prospective accrediting body, the American Psychological Association (APA), the Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology at USUHS upholds and adheres to the APA "Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct". Upon arrival to the Department, students who have been accepted for admission to the Clinical Psychology program will, as a group, attend a scheduled orientation meeting, during which they receive copies of the following materials: USUHS Graduate Student Handbook, and the APA "Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct".
The following information reflects the formal procedures that have been established for resolving concerns, disagreements, and conflicts among students, faculty, and staff of the Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology.
1. Due Process for student performance evaluation, feedback, advisement, retention, and termination decisions
University policy for Doctoral Degree Requirements and Graduate Student Grading, Promotion, and Dismissal Procedures are listed in the USUHS Graduate Student Handbook.
In MPS, student evaluation is based on final course grades, comprehensive examination ratings, successful exemption from required courses due to demonstrated competence from prior coursework or degree completion, and formal evaluations from direct supervisors of clinical practica experiences. The core faculty convenes on an annual basis to review the progress and status of each registered and active student in the Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology. The Director of Graduate Studies provides direct feedback to each student in writing, summarizing the student's prior accomplishments, current standing, and future expectations for continued advancement in the program in which they are enrolled (Medical Psychology or Clinical Psychology). Recommendations for remediation also are provided in this letter, if required.
2. Grievances and avenues of recourse
Regarding questions of infringement of students' rights, Clinical Psychology students first discuss concerns with their faculty advisor. If resolution cannot be obtained with the faculty advisor, the next line of contact should be the Director of Clinical Training, followed by the Director of Graduate Studies, and then by the Department Chairperson. Medical Psychology graduate students first should discuss concerns with their faculty advisor, followed by the Director of Graduate Studies, and then by the Department Chairperson.
Regarding questions of faculty/student/staff interactions that do not meet the professional standards as determined by the APA "Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct": Resolution of such conflicts will be handled in accordance with APA principles 8.04 ("Informal Resolution of Ethical Violations") and 8.05 ("Reporting Ethical Violations"), following the same lines of contact as designated previously (faculty advisor, Director of Clinical Training, Director lines of contact as designated previously (faculty advisor, Director of Clinical Training, Director of Graduate Studies, Chairperson). Students are also advised that they may bring such matters to the attention of any faculty or University official with whom they are particularly comfortable.
The Department will assure that there is an appropriate redress for students, faculty, or staff who perceive they are being mistreated. This will include availability, willingness to listen, willingness to investigate, and follow-through by advising students, staff, and faculty about available actions that are responsive to the issue.
The Department will assure that there will be no retaliation for student complaints. Student, faculty, and staff making reports of mistreatment can expect their concerns to be addressed in a timely, respectful, and sensitive fashion. We all deserve an academic environment of openness, mutual respect, and tolerance, and we in the Department will also assure that these guidelines will be enforced.