Policies & Guidelines of the School of Medicine

The policies and guidelines listed here relate to Washington University’s and the medical school’s educational mission. These policies, procedures and guidelines exist to assist Washington University students, faculty and administrators with doing the business of Washington University in St. Louis in ways that are effective, consistent and compliant and to provide a safe, effective and supportive environment in which to learn, teach and work.

Washington University Policies & Guidelines

Some universitywide policies are available on the University Policies page of this Bulletin. A more complete list is available on the Washington University Compliance and Policies page.

School of Medicine Policies & Guidelines

Washington University School of Medicine is committed to providing a safe, professional and supportive environment in which to learn. These policies and guidelines pertain to professionalism, appropriate conduct and student rights. They exist to protect students and employees as they conduct their daily responsibilities.

  • Demonstrations and Disruption
  • Liability Insurance
  • Needle Stick and Blood and Body Fluid Policy and Procedure
  • Policy on Student Rights Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

    Definition of the Academic Record for MD Students: This policy is designed to comply with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. Student academic records at Washington University School of Medicine consist of the following: AMCAS application (including personal statement, experience history, MCAT scores, transcripts from previously attended institutions); documents signed by the student (including the WUSTL confidentiality non-disclosure agreement and the BJC Healthcare third-party electronic information access confidentiality agreement); criminal background check information; student biographic and demographic information; transcripts of all medical school course work, program(s) of study, and dates of enrollment in medical school (including matriculation date, start and end of each academic period, dates of leaves of absence, withdrawal, dismissal, and/or graduation); USMLE scores (including exam date and notation of pass/fail); final performance evaluations (final end-of-clerkship patient care narratives, competency determination notification letters of the Competency Attainment Committee, and promotion notification letters from the Committee for Academic Promotion); documentation of determination appeals; change of status forms (related to leaves of absence, participation in joint degree programs, academic remediation requiring delay, name change, and documentation of dismissal or withdrawal); final disposition of disciplinary action records; the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE); a copy of the medical school diploma and an English translation; awards and prizes; and residency specialty and placement.

MD Program Policies & Guidelines

These policies and guidelines pertain to the four- and five-year medical degree programs as well as to the MD portion of joint degree programs. Full information about the Student Constitution and Bylaws can be found in Canvas.

Please note that the MD Program Policies & Guidelines are subject to change as needed; effective dates will be noted.

All MD Students

Gateway Curriculum Students

Promotion and Appeals for the Gateway Curriculum

Legacy Curriculum Students

Non–Curricular-Related Policies

Health Professions Policies & Guidelines

For information regarding the policies and guidelines of the following degrees and programs, please visit these sites:

PhD & Joint Degree Program Policies & Guidelines

For policies and guidelines relating to any joint degree program, please refer to the MD program section of this page and the polices and guidelines for the respective program areas.

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