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Oklahoma ABLE Tech abides by the following policies:
Oklahoma ABLE Tech values professionalism among its staff, students, and contracted instructional personnel in carrying out the mission of improving access to and acquisition of assistive technology for across the state. Professionalism includes demonstrating excellence, integrity, respect, compassion, accountability, and a commitment to altruism in all our work interactions and responsibilities.
It is the policy and expectation of Oklahoma ABLE Tech that staff, students, and instructional personnel will conduct themselves in a professional manner in all of their interactions with consumers, participants, members of the public and Oklahoma State University’s community, and each other. The purposes of this policy are to promote excellence, integrity and altruism in all of our activities; to assure that all persons are treated with respect, dignity and courtesy; and to promote constructive communication and collaborative teamwork.
It is the policy of Oklahoma ABLE Tech to provide services to those in Oklahoma regardless of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, qualified disability, or veteran’s status. Any participant of an Oklahoma ABLE Tech training/course has the right, without retaliation, to discuss with staff of Oklahoma ABLE Tech or Oklahoma State University, the terms of any complaints or conditions that are deemed discriminatory in nature.
Excellence represents a dedication to the continuous improvement of the quality of care, research inquiry, and teaching effectiveness. Pursuit of excellence should be accompanied by integrity, empathy, compassion, and respect for the diversity of values and opinions of others.
Accountability refers to taking responsibility for ones’ behavior and activity.
Altruism reflects a commitment to advocate for the interests of others over ones’ own interests.
Unprofessional behavior means behavior that: violates laws or rules regarding discrimination and harassment; violates rules of professional ethics, including professionalism in clinical, educational, research or business practices; or is disrespectful, retaliatory or disruptive.
Discrimination and harassment means discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or military status.
Rules of professional ethics means ethical standards that have been established by external professional societies or associations.
Professionalism in education includes, but is not limited to a commitment to the highest standards of scholarship, innovation in teaching methods, respect for the student-teacher relationship, and leadership through modeling of life-long learning.
Ethical business practices means the wise use of resources and practices that are compliant with and appropriate under laws and regulations governing conflicts of interest, sponsored research, or the delivery of and reimbursement for healthcare services.
Disrespectful, retaliatory, or disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to behaviors that in the view of reasonable people impact the integrity of the health care team, the care of patients, the education of trainees, or the conduct of research such as:
Incorporating the principles of professionalism into applicable documents. This policy is intended to provide a common definition and set of principles regarding professionalism throughout Oklahoma ABLE Tech. Oklahoma ABLE Tech staff, students, and instructional personnel should incorporate these principles of professionalism as appropriate in their policies, procedures, and practices.
Mechanisms for addressing unprofessional behavior. The Oklahoma ABLE Tech Policy on Professional Conduct, Complaints Policy, and Complaint form are listed in full at this site and also available upon request via email or mail.
Instructors, whether Oklahoma ABLE Tech employees or contracted, are advised to read the policies. Where individuals have complaints against employees or regarding trainings/courses, including complaints alleging violation of Oklahoma ABLE Tech and Oklahoma State University non-discrimination policies, individuals may address these through local investigation and resolution. Complaints may be submitted electronically, by fax, or by mail and may be anonymous.
Adapted from the Physician Ethics and Integrity in the Workplace Task Force Implementation at the University of Washington
What information is collected?
When participants register for a course, the following information is requested:
How is the information collected?
Information is primarily collected through an online registration process. Alternative methods of collection are via fax, regular mail, email, face-to-face, and phone conversations.
Where is the information kept?
The information is kept in a spreadsheet on a shared drive with which the CE Unit has access.
How long is the information kept?
The information is kept for 7 years and then deleted from the shared drive.
How is the information used?
First and Last Name, Title, and School District information is printed to produce name tags and sign-in sheets for on-site registration purposes.
Is the information shared?
First and Last Names, Addresses, Phone Numbers, and Email addresses are not shared under any circumstances with anyone outside of the CE Unit. School District names and Titles are shared with the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) for reporting purposes as Oklahoma ABLE Tech holds a contract for Assistive Technology and Information Services with OSDE. School District names are also shared with those who inquire about which school districts are participating in trainings.
Oklahoma ABLE Tech views complaints as an opportunity to learn and improve for the future, as well as a chance to put things right for the person or organization that has made the complaint.
Our policy is:
Definition of a Complaint
A complaint is any expression of dissatisfaction, whether justified or not, about any aspect of Oklahoma ABLE Tech.
Where Complaints Come From
Complaints may come from those who attend workshops and trainings organized by Oklahoma ABLE Tech. A complaint can be received verbally, by phone, by email or in writing.
All complaint information will be handled sensitively, telling only those who need to know and following any relevant data protection requirements.
Overall responsibility for this policy and its implementation lies with Oklahoma ABLE Tech.
This policy is reviewed regularly and updated as required.
Publicized Contact Details for Complaints:
The complaint policy can be found on this page of the Oklahoma ABLE Tech website. Copies of this complaint policy can be requested and will be sent to those who request it.
Written complaints may be sent to Oklahoma ABLE Tech at 1514 W Hall of Fame, Stillwater, OK 74078 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Verbal complaints may be made by phone to 888.885.5588 or in person to any of Oklahoma ABLE Tech’s staff at 1514 W Hall of Fame, Stillwater, OK 74078 or at any of our events or activities.
Complaints may arrive through channels publicized for that purpose or through any other contact details or opportunities the complainant may have. Complaints received by telephone or in person need to be recorded.
The person who receives a phone or in person complaint should:
What to Include with the Complaint Form
What to Include in the Statement of Complaint
In many cases, a complaint is best resolved by the person responsible for the issue being complained about. If the complaint has been received by that person, they may be able to resolve it swiftly and should do so if possible and appropriate.Whether or not the complaint has been resolved, the complaint information should be passed to the Program Manager of Oklahoma ABLE Tech at Oklahoma State University within one week.On receiving the complaint, ABLE Tech staff records it in the complaints log. If it has not already been resolved, they delegate an appropriate person to investigate it and to take appropriate action. If the complaint relates to a specific person, they should be informed and given a fair opportunity to respond. Complaints should be acknowledged by the person handling the complaint within one week. The acknowledgement should say who is dealing with the complaint and when the person complaining can expect a reply. A copy of this complaints procedure should be attached. Ideally complainants should receive a definitive reply within two weeks. If this is not possible because for example, an investigation has not been fully completed, a progress report should be sent with an indication of when a full reply will be given. Whether the complaint is justified or not, the reply to the complainant should describe the action taken to investigate the complaint, the conclusions from the investigation, and any action taken as a result of the complaint.
If the complainant feels that the problem has not been satisfactorily resolved at Stage One, they can request that the complaint is reviewed at Board level. At this stage, the complaint will be passed to the Associate Director of Sponsored Programs at Oklahoma State University. The request for Board level review should be acknowledged within one week of receiving it. The acknowledgement should say who will deal with the case and when the complainant can expect a reply. The Associate Director of Sponsored Programs at Oklahoma State University may investigate the facts of the case themselves or delegate a suitably senior person to do so. This may involve reviewing the paperwork of the case and speaking with the person who dealt with the complaint at Stage One. If the complaint relates to a specific person, they should be informed and given a further opportunity to respond.The person who dealt with the original complaint at Stage One should be kept informed of what is happening. Ideally complainants should receive a definitive reply within two weeks. If this is not possible because for example, an investigation has not been fully completed, a progress report should be sent with an indication of when a full reply will be given. Whether the complaint is upheld or not, the reply to the complainant should describe the action taken to investigate the complaint, the conclusions from the investigation, and any action taken as a result of the complaint. The decision taken at this stage is final, unless it is decided appropriate to seek external assistance with resolution.
Variation of the Complaints Procedure
Oklahoma ABLE Tech may vary the procedure for good reason. This may be necessary to avoid a conflict of interest, for example, a complaint about the Associate Director should not also have the Associate Director as the person leading a Stage Two review.
Monitoring and Learning from Complaints
Complaints are reviewed annually to identify any trends which may indicate a need to take further action.
Appendix 1 - Practical Guidance for Handling Verbal Complaints
Adapted from the Code of Good Governance for Smaller Organisations: Useful Resources