Grievances, Complaints, and Code of Conduct

Redress of Grievances and Handling of Complaints

In the event that students have any complaints or grievances related to their academic program, the functioning of the Elmezzi Graduate School, or any other issues (including sexual harassment), the following steps should be taken to address the problem.

  1. Discuss the problem with a member of the faculty or with the student’s mentor. Resolve the problem in this way if possible.
  2. If the problem cannot be resolved, or the student is uncomfortable discussing the problem with the faculty member, the problem should be brought to the attention of the Dean’s office. This can be done verbally or in writing. Within five (5) business days, a meeting will then be scheduled between the Dean and any individuals involved, including the student if they so wish, to investigate the problem and determine an appropriate solution.
  3. If the problem remains, the student should bring it to the provost or president of the Graduate School, who will meet with the Dean and any other appropriate individuals to resolve the situation within five (5) business days.
  4. If none of the steps defined above resolve the problem, students have access to the Human Resources department of Northwell Health, which has a formal complaint and grievance process. This process could take up to 30 days.

In addition to the special policies and procedures that relate to the PhD program, each student is also an employee of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research at Northwell Health. Correspondingly, each student is subject to the policies and procedures of Northwell Health and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, which stress excellence at all levels and adherence to the highest ethical principles in the conduct of research and the communication of results. For issues such as health care benefits, holidays and personal days, sick leave, short-term disability, and infractions of personnel rules such as smoking regulations, use of alcohol on premises, harassment in any form, disciplinary action and grievance procedures, students should refer to the policies and procedures guide of Northwell Health.

No retaliatory action will be taken against any students because of disclosure of information.

Security and Crime Reporting

The Elmezzi Graduate School does not have a separate campus. The offices of the Elmezzi Graduate School and the offices and laboratories of The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research are located on the grounds of North Shore University Hospital. All aspects of security, including public order, safety and protection against crimes including assaults are provided by the Security Officers of the hospitals. As all graduate students are employees of the Feinstein Institute, they are governed by the Human Resources policies of Northwell Health regarding bias crimes including harassment and discrimination, sexual harassment, and protection from sexual assault or violence in the workplace.

In the event that the student is a victim of, or a witness to verbal abuse, physical violence, sexual assault or any other crime or security incident, the student should report the incident immediately to the Security Officer of the Feinstein Institute, their supervisor, administration of the Institute, or to the main Security Office in the hospital. For information on crime statistics within the Institute facilities, students can contact the Provost (Dr. Bettie Steinberg, at 516-562-1159) or the President of the Institute (Dr. Kevin J. Tracey, at 516-562- 2813).

The Code of Ethical Conduct

The Code of Ethical Conduct and the associated Northwell Health policies and procedures apply to all students of the Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine. The Code reflects Northwell Health’s core values which are:

  • Patient and member experienceAlways put our patients and members first
  • IntegrityBe professional, honest and protect privacy
  • TeamworkWork together and communicate effectively
  • InnovationInitiate change and promote creativity
  • CaringBe compassionate, respectful and supportive
  • ExcellencePursue greatness with passion and promote quality

The Elmezzi Graduate School is in compliance with all aspects of Title IX, including the policies and procedures to prevent and respond to gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence.

Click here for details about the Northwell Health Code of Ethical Conduct.

Any student who violates the Code or related policies and procedures will be subject to disciplinary action. The discipline imposed will be determined on a case-by-case basis and will depend upon the nature, severity and frequency of the violation.