As required by Title IX, Washington University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, in the student admissions process, or in the employment of faculty and staff. The Policy on Discrimination and Harassment prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, sex (including sexual harassment and sexual assault), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, disability, or genetic information. Such conduct may also violate federal, state, or local law. Full information can be found at the link above.
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.