1.1 Learning Environment Values and Standards

Values Statement
The University of Washington School of Medicine is committed to maintaining the highest standards of academic performance, professional behavior, personal integrity, and mutual respect as a community and as individuals. These standards apply to all individuals associated with the educational experience, including administrators, faculty, staff and students. Please see the UW Medicine Policy on Professional Conduct.

The provision of an atmosphere in which individuals can learn from each other in a supportive environment and in which there is recognition of the dignity and worth of each person is essential to the School’s mission. Individuals associated with the educational experience come from many different backgrounds, including different races, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, ethnic ancestries, and socioeconomic status. Learning to understand the differences and similarities between people, the existence, nature and impact of implicit bias, and how to practice cultural humility in communications are important dimensions of medical education and training. The School is committed to creating an environment in which all individuals associated with the educational experience seek to appreciate the richness and personal growth that this diversity contributes to the institutional environment. Please see the UWSOM Policy for Promoting a Diverse and Inclusive School of Medicine.

The School strives to provide a learning environment that supports self-assessment, inquiry and lifelong learning. Graduates are expected to achieve a level of competence in the prescribed curriculum and to demonstrate appropriate professional behavior in all interactions with faculty, staff, student peers, patients and administrators. Upholding these standards of personal conduct and integrity is expected in the academic setting and within the community.

Effective: Current and Under Review
Last updated: August 11, 2020
Policy Contact: UW School of Medicine, Student Affairs Office, adminSA@uw.edu; Education Quality Improvement Office, eqi@uw.edu