A Guide to Prevent Sexual Misconduct by Campus Health Care Providers

March 2020 | 0 Comments  Average 0 out of 5

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Health care interactions at student health clinics, sports medicine facilities, and athletic training locations must be a focus in sexual assault prevention efforts. Patients treated by these providers are in an inherently vulnerable position due to the power differential in the provider-patient relationship, which is exacerbated during intimate health care interactions. Institutions must protect students and other patients by establishing and maintaining boundaries of appropriate behavior and implementing safeguards. This publication identifies key steps risk managers should take to ensure interactions between campus health care providers and patients are safe and free from sexual misconduct. Steps include implementing proper background screening, a chaperone policy, and patient rights and responsibilities guidelines. These procedures reduce risk by improving oversight, limiting opportunities for misconduct, empowering patients, and encouraging reporting of misconduct.


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