Code of Conduct

Arts & Sciences Pre-College Programs

By deciding to attend one of our programs, students commit themselves to maintaining the highest academic and social standards. As a member of our community, students are expected to make a positive contribution by acting responsibly and by respecting the rights of other students, faculty, and staff.

The following are strictly prohibited and violations will result in immediate dismissal from the program with no refund of the program fee, withdraw from classes, and no credit earned:

  • Consumption, use, or possession of alcohol or unlawful drugs; abuse or distribution of prescription drugs; possession of paraphernalia that can be used for illegal drug use; under the Washington University policy on weapons, explosives, or fireworks, possession or use of weapons, explosives, or fireworks; sexual misconduct or harassment; physical altercations or bullying of any kind, including cyberbullying. Such conduct may also expose students to criminal prosecution by city, state, or federal authorities.
    • This policy also extends to objects or means employed to induce results or effects similar to intoxication or impairment but which are not necessarily illegal, e.g., “whip-its,” “bath salts,” use of over-the-counter medicines for such purposes, asphyxiation and so on. In such cases where means are not illegal to have in possession, intent to use for purposes of intoxication or impairment will be the determining factor in dismissal.
    •  If there is suspicion of consumption, use, procurement, or possession of alcohol, unlawful drugs, weapons, explosives, fireworks, paraphernalia, or items with intent to impair a room check will occur in the presence of Washington University police, Residential Life and pre-college personnel. Posts or photographs on social media as well as statements made by students or staff are considered grounds for suspicion. 

Violations of any of the following will result in disciplinary actions which may include including limitation of activities, withdraw from courses, or expulsion from the program with no refund of the program fee and no credit earned:

  • 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. It is our expectation that our students do not discriminate or harass others on such bases as well. 
  • Students are expected to conduct themselves in a responsible manner, with respect for the rights and property of others, and are expected to abide by all applicable federal, state, city laws as well as community guidelines established by program staff.
  • Students are expected to abide by all public health guidelines as outlined by the University. Current guidelines are available on the WashU Together website.
  • Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes and required program and course activities unless otherwise excused by staff or faculty. Over 3 unexcused absences from class or other required program or course activities is grounds for dismissal from the program and withdraw from courses.
  • Students are expected to be engaged, professional participants and complete all academic responsibilities and assignments by expected course and program deadlines. Not completing academic responsibilities or assignments is grounds for dismissal from the program and withdraw from courses.
  • Students should not photograph, videotape, audiotape or otherwise record themselves or other participants, instructors, or staff without their explicit consent. This includes course or program content (except as allowed as an accommodation for a disability).
  • Students must complete all required program activities which include: orientation activities, acknowledgment of academic integrity policy, submission of a midterm self-evaluation, and attending any scheduled academic support or disciplinary meetings. Residential students are also required to attend weekly group meetings and one-on-one meetings with a staff member.
  • Any damage to Washington University property or the private property of other students will be repaired at the expense of the student(s) responsible for that damage. 
  • Washington University prohibits smoking or the use of any tobacco products anywhere on campus. Students are not permitted to have tobacco products or tobacco paraphernalia of any kind including rolling papers, matches, or lighters.
  • Students are not permitted to possess or use electronic cigarettes or other vaping devices or products or other prohibited items as outlined on packing list.
  • Students are not permitted to possess or have unsupervised use of knives of any kind including pocket knives, x-acto knives, or kitchen knives.

Residential students must abide by the following additional guidelines. Violations of any of the following may result in disciplinary actions including limitation of activities or expulsion from the program with no refund of the program fee and no credit earned:  

  • A curfew for all students is strictly enforced. Students must be in the residence hall by 9:00pm every evening and in their individual rooms by 11:00pm until 7:30am the next morning.
  • Quiet hours are strictly enforced beginning at 11:00pm until 9:00am. Courtesy hours are in effect 24 hours a day. 
  • Student housing is organized based on gender identity, age, and year in school.
    • Students are not permitted to move from assigned rooms unless authorized by program director.
    • Only those students assigned to a particular suite are allowed in that suite.
  • Students are prohibited from loaning their student ID or residence hall key card to anyone.
  • Students are required to sign-out/in if leaving campus during approved off campus hours of Monday-Friday, 5:00-9:00pm/Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am-9:00pm. No exceptions are made for this curfew.
    • Students are not permitted to leave campus in a vehicle operated by someone other than their parent/legal guardian unless prior authorization from their parent/legal guardian is received.
    • Students may request an overnight absence only if they will be escorted by a parent/legal guardian or a parent/legal guardian approved chaperone over the age of 18. The student must be picked up prior to 9:00pm and may not return to campus until 8:30am. Parents/legal guardians must submit a request at least 24 hours in advance of this absence. 
    • For the health and safety of our students, we may adjust approved off campus hours due to inclement weather or other local safety concerns.
  • Visitors are not permitted to be in the residence hall with the exception of check-in and check-out times.
  • Students are not permitted to bring or have access to motor vehicles while residing on campus. 
  • Students are expected to respect the residential facilities and to keep them clean. This includes common areas, suites, restrooms, and individual rooms.  
  • Students are not permitted to host parties or get-togethers at their private home or other off-campus locations.

Student Accountability Chart

The Student Accountability Chart is meant to serve as a general guide to the accountability process to promote consistency in our pre-college community. This chart includes a list of program rules, policies, and regulations according to our Code of Conduct. Parents and students should review the chart before the start of the program.

Review Student Accountability Chart

Room Condition Report

The Room Condition Report (RCR) is a form that students complete upon arrival. It describes the physical condition of your room when you move in and when you move out. Staff have gone through and inspected the condition of each room and suite before students arrive, but is it is IMPORTANT that students also inspect the condition of their room. We use the RCR to fairly assess damages, if any, at the end of the program.


Room Entry

The pre-college program staff and other university personnel reserve the right to enter rooms for purposes of maintenance, to enforce University policy, address health or safety concerns, and/or for other institutional and program purposes.


Construction Sites

The campus is in the midst of major facility improvements. Construction has been a way of life in recent years. With this in mind, and for safety reasons, only authorized personnel are permitted to enter any area where construction is occurring. All unauthorized entry will be referred to the University Police.


Academic Integrity Violations

If a student is alleged to have committed an act of academic misconduct in an Arts & Sciences course, the case will be decided by the College’s Academic Integrity Committee (AIC). The AIC evaluates academic integrity complaints and renders decisions as to whether a student has violated the academic integrity policy. More information about this process is available on the Arts & Sciences website.