Washington University encourages and gives full consideration to all applicants for admission, financial aid and employment. The university does not discriminate in access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, disability or genetic information. Inquiries about compliance should be addressed to the university’s Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, Washington University, Campus Box 1184, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130.
The School of Medicine is committed to recruiting, enrolling and educating a diverse student body.
Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening
Incoming students in the School of Medicine must undergo criminal background checks and drug screening before matriculation because of requirements of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Organizations (JCAHO). These confidential procedures are required of all health care workers, students and volunteers who participate in patient-related health care activities at the hospitals and health care facilities with which Washington University School of Medicine is affiliated. In order to matriculate, a student who has accepted admission must consent to criminal background checks, which must be completed successfully before he or she can matriculate in the School of Medicine. Consent forms will be distributed to applicants who are offered positions in the incoming class. Similarly, at the time of orientation, all incoming pre-matriculant students must submit to screening for the following substances: THC-cannabis, cocaine, opiates, amphetamines, and PCP-phencyclidine. A confirmed positive test will preclude enrollment into the School of Medicine. All costs for U.S. background checks and drug screenings are included in the stated tuition and fees. The student will be responsible for any costs associated with international background checks required for matriculation and/or practicum placements.