WashU’s Commitment to a Safe Working and Learning Environment

Dear Washington University Employees,

Washington University is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for students, faculty, staff, trainees and visitors. As part of this ongoing commitment, I want to remind our campus community of the university’s policies of ways we can continue to foster a nurturing and inclusive environment. Please read and pay attention to each policy and how you can help our community thrive. Similar policies were shared in The Record last week.

Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action

It is our policy to employ and advance in employment all qualified persons regardless of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or genetic information. You can also view Chancellor Martin’s statement online (pdf).

Discrimination and Harassment Policy

Washington University is committed to having a positive learning and working environment for its students, faculty and staff. This Policy 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. View the policy in its entirety online.

ADA Accommodation Process

These guidelines set out the process for making and assessing employee requests for accommodation of disabilities. The process is a collaborative and interactive one that fosters information sharing, constructive communication, and thoughtful decision making. 

A “disability” is generally defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. In order to be covered by applicable law, a disabled employee must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.  Employees who believe that a reasonable accommodation of their disability is necessary to enable them to perform the essential functions of their job may request an accommodation by submitting a Request for Disability Accommodation form to Human Resources at Find the guidelines and full process online.

Drug and Alcohol Policy

Washington University is committed to maintaining a safe and healthful environment for members of the University community by promoting a drug-free environment as well as one free of the abuse of alcohol. Violations of this policy will be handled according to existing policies and procedures concerning the conduct of faculty, staff and students. This policy is adopted in accordance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act.

Your Role in Our Community

All of us play a role in understanding and fostering a safe and secure campus. Below are helpful resources and support mechanisms for your awareness should you want or need to report any concerns.  

  • HR Confidential Concern Portal: Raise concerns confidentially with regard to Human Resources policy violations or your workplace environment. Access online or
    call 1-844-484-5957.
  • Title IX Coordinator:
  • Employee Relations:

Thank you as we work toward compliance with these university policies.