Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

Students of the Burnett School of Medicine must adhere to the TCU Code of Conduct.


Educator-Learner Compact

The school of medicine values mutual respect, compassion, professionalism and integrity and is dedicated to creating a safe and collaborative environment for learning while training the next generation of physicians. Teachers and learners share responsibility for the education process and pledge to uphold these principles. For more information, view Educator-Learner Compact.

Expectations Regarding Professionalism Statement of Foundational Principles

School of Medicine students are students of Texas Christian University (“TCU”), and are governed by all generally applicable rules, regulations, and policies of TCU, including those policies that set forth expectations regarding student conduct and academic integrity in the Code of Student Conduct. For more information, view Expectations Regarding Professionalism Statement of Foundational Principles.

View Professionalism Expectations and Procedures (.pdf)

View Professionalism Expectations for Students (.pdf).

Guidelines for Healthy Professional Relationships

Unfortunately, mistreatment of Medical Students has been repeatedly reported to be common in the domains of sexual harassment, discrimination, and abusive behaviors despite decades of efforts to address them. Given the unequal power dynamic between Preceptors and Medical Students, there is an inherent potential for exploitation of this relationship. Awareness of this power differential and active ongoing boundary assessment and management are key steps in helping both Preceptors and Medical Students navigate these professional relationships. For more information, view Guidelines for Healthy Professional Relationships.

Learning Environment and Student Mistreatment Policy 

The School of Medicine ensures that students, faculty and staff consistently demonstrate professional behaviors in order to create a safe and effective learning environment with a zero-tolerance for any form of mistreatment within the school, and notably against students. For more information, view Learning Environment and Student Mistreatment Policy.

Professional Resource Officer

The School of Medicine is committed to the highest professional standards for its students, faculty and staff. Identifying and addressing professionalism concerns at an early stage, and through multiple channels, is vital to ensuring support for all.

The Office of the Professionalism Resource Officer (PRO) exists to receive professionalism concerns at any time from anyone regarding our faculty, staff and students. In addition to opportunities to approach school of medicine leadership, faculty and staff at any time, the school of medicine also provides a clear and simple means for students, faculty and staff to share concerns confidentially and/or anonymously. The PRO serves an essential and confidential role in addressing these concerns.

The PRO seeks to address professionalism lapses directly with the individual involved in a constructive, non-confrontational and confidential setting. If a professionalism concern rises to the level of a SOM policy violation, an honor code violation or a Title IX violation, the matter will be forwarded to the appropriate investigating body and the person(s) bringing the concern will be so notified if their identity is known to the PRO.

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Mary Elizabeth Herring


Mary Elizabeth Herring, J.D.
Professionalism Resource Officer
Cell: 979-224-0824