Last updated: July 26th, 2022 at 12:17 pm

Standards of Conduct for Medical Students

Students of WAUSM are expected, at all times, to behave in a way exemplifying the following professional attributes, which have been identified by the faculty as behaviors and attitudes that medical students are expected to develop. Learning experiences related to these attributes occur throughout the curriculum and student attainment of each attribute is assessed in a variety of ways:




ethical conduct



Responsibilities of Teachers and Learners

Students and teachers should recognize the special nature of the teacher-learner relationship, which is in part defined by professional role modeling, mentorship, and supervision. Because of the special nature of this relationship, students and teachers should strive to develop their relationship to one characterized by mutual trust, acceptance, and confidence. Both must recognize the potential for conflict of interest and respect appropriate boundaries.

WAUSM has adopted the AAMC Compact between Teachers and Learners of Medicine. Preparation for a career in medicine demands the acquisition of a large fund of knowledge and a host of special skills. It also demands the strengthening of those virtues that undergird the doctor/patient relationship and that sustain the profession of medicine as a moral enterprise. This compact serves as a pledge and as a reminder to teachers and learners that their conduct in fulfilling their mutual obligations is the medium through which the profession inculcates its ethical values.

Guiding Principles

a. DUTY: Medical educators have a duty, not only to convey the knowledge and skills required for delivering the profession’s contemporary standard of care, but also to inculcate the values and attitudes required for preserving the medical profession’s social contract across generations.

b. INTEGRITY: The learning environments conducive to conveying professional values must be suffused with integrity. Students learn enduring lessons of professionalism by observing and emulating role models who epitomize authentic professional values and attitudes.

c. RESPECT: Fundamental to the ethic of medicine is respect for every individual. Mutual respect between learners, as novice members of the medical profession, and their teachers, as experienced and esteemed professionals, is essential for nurturing that ethic. Given the inherently hierarchical nature of the teacher/ learner relationship, teachers have a special obligation to ensure that students and residents are always treated respectfully.

Commitments of Faculty

a. We pledge our utmost effort to ensure that all components of the educational program for students and residents are of high quality.

b. As mentors for our student and resident colleagues, we maintain high professional standards in all interactions with patients, colleagues, and staff.

c. We respect all students and residents as individuals, without regard to gender, race, national origin, religion, or sexual orientation; we will not tolerate anyone who manifests disrespect or who expresses biased attitudes toward any student or resident.

d. We pledge that students and residents will have sufficient time to fulfill personal and family obligations, to enjoy recreational activities, and to obtain adequate rest; we monitor and, when necessary, reduce the time required to fulfill educational objectives, including time required for “call” on clinical rotations, to ensure students’ and residents’ well-being.

e. In nurturing both the intellectual and the personal development of students and residents, we celebrate expressions of professional attitudes and behaviors, as well as achievement of academic excellence.

f. We do not tolerate any abuse or exploitation of students or residents.

g. We encourage any student or resident who experiences mistreatment or who witnesses unprofessional behavior to report the facts immediately to appropriate faculty or staff members; we treat all such reports as confidential and do not tolerate reprisals or retaliations of any kind.

Commitments of Students and Residents

a. We pledge our utmost effort to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors required to fulfill all educational objectives established by the faculty.

b. We cherish the professional virtues of honesty, compassion, integrity, fidelity, and dependability.

c. We pledge to respect all faculty members and all students and residents as individuals, without regard to gender, race, national origin, religion, or sexual orientation.

d. As physicians in training, we embrace the highest standards of the medical profession and pledge to conduct ourselves accordingly in all our interactions with patients, colleagues, and staff.

e. In fulfilling our own obligations as professionals, we pledge to assist our fellow students and residents in meeting their professional obligations, as well.

Professional Appearance and Dress Code

WAUSM students are expected to exhibit dress and appearance that is clean, neat, and presentable based on the teaching and learning environment. Proper hygiene and attire are expected of all students. It is important to maintain a situational awareness regarding dress in the campus and clinical environments as students and representatives of WAUSM.

Pre-clerkship: Patient Centered Care (PCC) Course

a. Physical Exam (PE) Skills Labs and Simulation Sessions:

i. Blue scrubs, closed-toe shoes, hip length white coat with ID visible ong hair tied back, fingernails trimmed short, clean and no nail polish

b. Patient-facing activities such as interview skills training, integrated patient encounters and community clinic visits. Professional dress to include:

i. Collared dress shirt and dress slacks, neck-tie optional, closed-toe shoes, dress or blouse and dress slacks or blouse and skirt. Clothing must allow sitting, bending over, squatting, and kneeling during routine and emergent patient care without impeding movement or compromising modesty

ii. Hip length, clean and pressed white coat with ID visible

iii. Long hair neatly tied back, fingernails trimmed short, clean and no nail polish for hygiene purposes


a. Collared dress shirt and dress slacks, neck-tie optional, closed-toe shoes, dress or blouse and dress slacks or blouse and skirt.

i. Clothing must allow sitting, bending over, squatting, and kneeling during routine and emergent patient care without impeding movement or compromising modesty

b. Hip length, clean and pressed white coat with ID visible

c. Clean scrubs with closed toe shoes and white coat may be appropriate for certain clerkships

d. Long hair neatly tied back, fingernails trimmed short, clean and no nail polish for hygiene purposes

e. Fragrance use is discouraged as patients may have sensitivities

f. Jewelry should be minimal and not interfere with tasks

WAUSM Freeport Campus

a. Students are allowed to wear casual, comfortable clothing on campus for study, and during classroom activity sessions, unless otherwise instructed for a certain activity. This can include pants, jeans, shorts, skirts, T-shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts, sandals, sneakers.

i. Excessive show of skin should be avoided

ii. Jewelry and fragrance should be kept to a minimum

iii. Scrubs should not be worn in classrooms or in the community unless for specific activities where they are allowed. Note that the tradition of wearing scrubs in hospital and clinic is part of managing cleanliness and contagion. Scrubs are supposed to be cleaned after each wearing and this isn’t expected with street clothing. Scrubs are also considered a kind of identifying uniform and we do not want to encourage their casual wear.

b. Special requirements may be necessary for health and safety, such as wearing scrubs for activities (clinical skills or anatomy) or other personal protective equipment (PPE) in certain environments. Scrubs should be cleaned after each wearing, as per convention.

c. Special requirements may be necessary for sitting for examinations. Leadership, faculty and exam proctors may instruct students to not wear certain clothing items (i.e., hoodies, hats, watches, etc.) as it aligns with assessment rules and regulations. 

Student Code of Conduct

a. WAUSM students are expected to exhibit personal and professional behavior that aligns with the American Medical Association’s Ethical Principles and the mission and core values of WAUSM as outlined below.

b. Mission: Drawing on the collective success of distinguished medical educators and administrators who have recruited, educated, and trained thousands of practicing physicians in North America, WAUSM is committed to offering opportunity for qualified and diverse US, Canadian, and international students who seek to acquire the knowledge and skills to succeed in medical school, earn residency positions, and become outstanding, patient-centered MDs serving the public.

c. Core Values:

i. Excellence in medical education and student services.

ii. Commitment to our local and global communities.

iii. Diversity that is reflected in actions inclusive of all individuals.

iv. Integrity that embraces the highest standards of ethical behavior and moral character.

v. Respect for all individuals who are affiliated with WAUSM students, staff, faculty, partners, communities, patients, and families.

vi. Cooperation that is manifested in all interpersonal communication and collaboration in pursuit of medical education.

Student Rights & Responsibilities

a. WAUSM students are entitled to certain rights and privileges and have certain responsibilities as WAUSM community members.

i. Speech/Expression: Students have the right to express themselves freely on any subject provided they do so in a manner that does not violate the Student Code of Conduct. Students have the responsibility to respect the rights of all WAUSM community members.

ii. Non-discrimination: Students have the right not to be discriminated against by any WAUSM employee or Agent of WAUSM for reasons of race, color, religion, creed, ethnic or national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, political or social affiliation, domestic violence victim or veteran status. Students have the responsibility not to discriminate against others.

iii. Assembly/Protest: Students have the right to assemble in an orderly manner and engage in peaceful protest, demonstration and picketing which does not disrupt the function of the University, threaten the health or safety of any person, or violate the Student Code of Student Conduct, local, state, or federal law.

iv. Religion/Political Association: Students have the right to exercise their religious convictions and associate with religious, political or other organizations of their choice provided they do so in a manner that does not inhibit the legal rights of other members of the community, complies with the Student Code of Conduct, and is consistent with university policies on use of facilities for religious and political purposes. Students have the responsibility to respect the rights of other WAUSM community members to freely exercise their religious convictions and to freely associate with organizations of their choice.

v. Academic Interests: Students have the right to receive accurate and clearly stated information relating to maintaining of acceptable academic standing, graduation requirements, and individual course objectives and requirements. Students can expect instruction from competent instructors and reasonable access to those instructors. Students have the right to a productive learning environment and the responsibility to attend class and know their academic requirements.

vi. Safe Environment: Students have the right to expect a reasonably safe environment, supportive of the University’s mission and their own educational goals. Students have the responsibility to protect and maintain that environment and to protect themselves from all hazards to the extent that reasonable behavior and precaution can avoid risk.

vii. Governance/Participation: Students have the right to establish representative governmental bodies and to participate in university governance in accordance with the rules and regulations of the University. Students who accept representative roles in the governance of the University have the obligation to participate responsibly.

viii. Conduct Process: Students have the right to participate in the conduct process before formal disciplinary sanctions are imposed by the University for violations of the Student Code of Conduct. No change in the status of any student shall occur for disciplinary reasons until after the student has been given written notice of, and opportunity for, a formal hearing—except instances in which the student’s conduct constitutes a threat to persons, property, or the operation of university programs. A description of the Conduct Process is contained within the Student Code of Conduct or other Official University policies or publications.

ix. Confidentiality: Students have the right to access and to control access of their education records as outlined by the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, also known as the Buckley Amendment. These include the rights to view and challenge the content of specified records, to control the release of certain personal and academic information to third parties, and to suppress all or some information identified as “directory information” by the University.

Violation of Student Code of Conduct

a. The following behaviors, or attempts thereof, by any student, or group of students, are considered in violation of the Student Code of Conduct. Alleged violations will be adjudicated via the conduct process and/or other applicable processes. Disciplinary action may be taken by the University against a student, or group of students, accused of violating any part of the Student Code of Conduct or engaging in unprofessional or illegal behavior regardless of where such behavior occurs.

i. Academic dishonesty. The following represents examples of academic dishonesty and is not intended to be an exhaustive or complete list:

1. Cheating on exams or assignments using books, electronic devices, notes, or other aids when these are not permitted, or by copying from another student.

2. Two or more students helping one another on an exam or assignment when it is not permitted.

3. Taking an exam for someone else or permitting someone else to take one’s exam.

4. Submitting the same paper in more than one course without permission of the instructors.

5. Copying someone else’s writing or paraphrasing it too closely, without proper citation, including instructor notes and presentation slides.

6. Falsifying documents or records related to credit, grades, status, or other academic matters.

7. Stealing, concealing, destroying, or inappropriately modifying classroom or other instructional material, such as posted exams, library materials, laboratory supplies, or computer programs.

8. Preventing relevant material from being subjected to academic evaluation.9.Presenting fabricated excuses for missed assignments or tests.

ii. Unprofessional behavior, including but not limited to dishonesty, disrespectful behavior, failure to demonstrate integrity, compassion, and empathy; failure to maintain the duty and responsibility required of the medical profession.

iii. Breaching confidentiality by disseminating information that on legal or professional grounds should remain confidential.

iv. Providing false information to the University.

v. Forgery, alteration, transferring, unauthorized lending, unauthorized borrowing, altering, unauthorized use, unauthorized possession of, or misuse of university documents, records, identification cards, and equipment.

vi. Theft or other abuse of the computer facilities and resources including but not limited to:

1. Unauthorized entry into a file to use, read, or change the contents, or for any other purpose.

2. Unauthorized transfer of a file.

3. Use of another individual’s identification and/or password, including the unauthorized sharing of this information.

4. Use of computing facilities and resources to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member, or University Official.

5. Use of computer facilities or resources to send obscene or abusive messages.

6. Use of computing facilities and resources to interfere with normal operations of the University computer system.

7. Use of computer facilities and resources in violation of copyright laws.

8. Any violation of the Information Technology Policies.

vii. Misuse of communication equipment (e.g., cellular telephones, camera, computer, computer systems, text messaging) including, but not limited to:1.In educational setting not approved by an instructor or by institutional policies.2.For invasion of privacy, harassment, or abuse.3.For academic dishonesty.

viii. Hazing or any action which endangers the mental, emotional, or physical health of any person for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in an organization or team whose members are, or include, students of the University.

ix. Failure to leave University property after appropriate warning by a university employee or any law enforcement officer.

x. Use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages except as expressly permitted by law and University policy. Possession, use, delivery, manufacturing, or sale of controlled substances as defined by local law (See WAUSM Policy on Drug-Free Environment).

xi. Smoking on the University Campus, which includes all building and grounds (See WAUSM “Tobacco Free Environment” Policy).

xii. Verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, repeated and willful conduct which causes the reasonable person to be fearful or to experience significant emotional distress, sexual harassment of another person(s), actions which are committed with disregard of the possible harm to individual(s) or group(s), or which result in injury to individual(s) or group(s).

xiii. Bias related incidents, acts of bigotry, harassment, or intimidation directed at a member or group based on national origin, ethnicity, race, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, color, creed, or marital status.

xiv. Intentionally, recklessly, or negligently causing physical harm to any person on campus or at university sponsored activities. This includes engaging in any form of fighting.

xv. Unwanted sexual behavior, including but not limited to the implied or threatened use of force to engage in any sexual activity against a person’s will and/or engaging in such behavior with a person who is unconscious or mentally impaired (including intoxication); intentionally touching another person’s genitals, buttocks, or breasts without the person’s consent; indecent exposure; voyeurism.

xvi. Violations of any university policies.

xvii. Any act that obstructs or disrupts teaching, research, administration, or interferes with the educational process and/or the daily operation within the University.

xviii. Failure to comply with generally accepted safety regulations. Such failure shall include, but is not limited to:

1. Falsely reporting a bomb, fire, or any other emergency by means of activating a fire alarm or by other means.

2. Unauthorized possession, use, or alteration of any University owned emergency or safety equipment.

3. Failure to evacuate a building or other structure during an emergency, or during emergency drills.

4. Actions that create a substantial risk such that the safety of an individual is compromised.

5. Misuse of a self-defense spray devise.

6. False threats or reports of a destructive devices or substance.

7. Flammable Materials, Explosives – Possession or ignition of combustible material for the purpose of cooking, heating, lighting, or display is prohibited on WAUSM premises or at WAUSM functions. Examples of these items include candles, incense, oil burning lamps, and Sterno. Fireworks, explosives, harmful chemicals, and flammable liquids (including oil-based paints, turpentine, and gasoline) are not to be stored in/around campus buildings.

8. Possession of weapons on WAUSM premises or at WAUSM functions including, but not limited to, guns, projectile weapons, switchblades and blades longer than a normal pocketknife.

xix. Violation of any disciplinary sanction.

xx. Abuse of the Conduct Process, including but not limited to:

1. Failure to obey the summons of a conduct body of the University.

2. Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information before a conduct body.

3. Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a conduct proceeding.

4. Institution of a conduct proceeding knowingly without cause.

5. Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in, or use of, the conduct process.

6. Attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of a conduct body prior to, and/or during, the conduct proceeding.

7. Harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of a member of a conduct body prior to, during, and/or after a conduct proceeding.

8. Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the Student Code of Conduct or other University regulations.

9. Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the conduct system.10.Retaliation against any person for participation in the Conduct Process.

xxi. Failure to comply with the university’s Student Mistreatment Policy.

Conduct Process

a. The purpose of the WAUSM Conduct Process is to determine if WAUSM policies or the Student Code of Conduct has been violated and if so, to determine the appropriate outcome for such infractions.

b. Violations of the Student Code of Conduct may also be violations of the law. A criminal investigation will not take the place of a WAUSM Conduct Process, although a criminal investigation may supplement a WAUSM investigation. WAUSM will initiate its conduct process as outlined below, whether a criminal investigation has concluded.

c. Reports and Investigations

i. Any person or WAUSM itself may make a misconduct report against a student. Reports are made to the Office of Student Affairs in writing and are encouraged to be made as soon as possible. Reports of misconduct may be investigated by the University whether the impacted WAUSM Community Member wants to proceed or not.

ii. Upon receipt of a misconduct report, the Conduct Official will investigate to determine if there is enough information to support an alleged violation of the Code.

iii. The Conduct Official may ask the Respondent to appear at an investigative meeting to discuss the report or gather additional information.

iv. If it is found that a violation of the Code has occurred, the Conduct Official will notify the Respondent of the allegations in writing via an Allegation of Misconduct Letter. The Letter will include a summary of the complaint, the alleged policy violation(s), the next steps in the conduct process, and any interim measures. The Letter will be sent to the Respondent no less than two (2) business days prior to a scheduled meeting.

v. The Allegation of Misconduct Letter will be sent to the Respondent’s Official WAUSM email address. For Registered Student Organizations, the Notice will be emailed to the organization’s primary representative (typically the President on file with the Office of Campus Life). Failure to read and comply with the Letter is not grounds for an appeal.

vi. Student Conduct Meetings, Restorative Conferences or Formal Hearings are scheduled by the Conduct Official. The time and date of these events are determined by each party’s class schedule and the availability of the Conduct Panel, Hearing Board members, and witnesses. Prior to Student Conduct Meetings, Restorative Conferences or Formal Hearings, the Respondent(s) and Complainant may contact the Conduct Official to review all information relevant to the allegations.

d. Restorative Resolution Options

i. Student Conduct Meeting

    1. The Respondent may be provided with an informal meeting to resolve the allegations. Meetings are closed meetings that permit the Respondent to discuss the report informally with the Conduct Official and others as appropriate. During the meeting, the Conduct Official and the Respondent will discuss the report.
    2. After reviewing the referral and meeting with the Respondent, the Conduct Official may determine that adequate information does not exist to prove an alleged violation and may dismiss the report.
    3. If the Conduct Official determines that adequate information exists to prove an alleged violation, and the Respondent accepts responsibility for the alleged violation, the Conduct Official and the Respondent will discuss restorative actions. The Respondent can either:

a. Agree to fulfill the restorative action as discussed in the meeting; or

b. Disagree with the proposed restorative action and request a restorative conference or a formal hearing on the issue of appropriate restorative actions only.

4. If the Conduct Official determines adequate information does exist to prove an alleged violation, and the Respondent does not accept responsibility, the case will be referred for a formal hearing.

5. An agreement by the Respondent as to either responsibility or the restorative action which is reached during the student conduct meeting may not be appealed.

6. If the Respondent is a student organization, the organization may have its charter suspended as a consequence.

ii. Restorative Conference

    1. A restorative conference provides an opportunity for interaction between the Respondent and Complainant and may involve the community in the decision-making process. Community participants may be any WAUSM Community member concerned about the behavior. Restorative conferences encourage collaboration in deciding the consequences of the alleged misconduct and addresses underlying problems that may have contributed to the behavior.
    2. Participation in a restorative conference is voluntary. All parties must willingly agree to attend. The Respondent must have previously accepted responsibility for the behavior in question for a restorative conference to occur. Restorative conferences may or may not result in additional restorative actions, depending on the outcome of the conference.
    3.  If a resolution is not met through the restorative conference, a formal hearing will be scheduled to resolve the matter.
    4. When a report could result in suspension or expulsion, or when a restorative conference is inappropriate, the Conduct Official may send the report directly to a Hearing Board for a formal hearing.

e. Formal Resolution Option

i. Formal Hearing

    1. Student Affairs solicits WAUSM Community Members to serve on Hearing Boards. Annual and ongoing training of Hearing Board volunteers is facilitated by Student Affairs. When a student conduct matter is referred to a Hearing Board for a formal hearing, the Conduct Official will determine which Hearing Board will address the allegation(s) based on the type of the allegation(s), whether the allegation(s) is grounds for disciplinary suspension or expulsion, whether the allegation(s) is grounds for suspension or revocation of Registered Student Organization status, and other relevant factors. The Conduct Official will notify the Respondent, Complainant(s) and Hearing Board members of the individuals selected for the Hearing Board at least 7 business days before the hearing.
    2. The Complainant and Respondent have the right to be assisted by any advisor they choose, at their own expense. The Complainant and Respondent are responsible for presenting their own case: advisors are not permitted to participate directly in any hearing.
    3. The university, the Complainant, the Respondent, and the Hearing Board shall be allowed to present witnesses, subject to the right of questioning by the Hearing Board.
    4. Pertinent records, written statements, and other relevant items may be accepted as evidence for consideration by the Hearing Board.
    5. After the hearing, the Hearing Board shall deliberate in private and determine, by majority vote whether the Respondent has violated the Student Code of Conduct.
    6. The determination of the Hearing Board shall be made based on whether it is more likely than not that the Respondent violated the Student Code of Conduct.
    7. There shall be a single record of all Hearing Board meetings. The record shall be the property of the University. Suspensions and non-academic dismissals will be noted in the Respondent’s academic file.
    8. Failure to appear before the Hearing Board does not constitute a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. The evidence in support of the misconduct report shall be presented and considered whether the Respondent is present or not at the Hearing Board proceedings. A Respondent may be found to have violated the Student Code of Conduct in instances where the Complainant has not participated in the conduct process.
    9. The conduct Official shall notify the Respondent of the outcome in writing, and in appropriate cases, shall also notify the Complainant. In specific types of cases, such as those of sexual misconduct allegations, the Complainant and Respondent will be informed simultaneously. When safety concerns exist, the Complainant may be given appropriate notice prior to formal notification.

f. Appeals

A Respondent may appeal the Restorative Conference outcomes and Hearing Board decision within seven (7) business days of the date the decision was rendered to the Senior Associate Dean, Student Affairs in writing. Reasons for appeals are limited to the following:

1.Whether the Conduct Process was altered in a manner that would have altered the outcome.

2.The sanction(s) are disproportionate to the violation(s).

3. Whether new information, or other relevant facts not presented at the hearing, would have altered the outcome of the hearing and if such information and/or facts were not known to the person appealing at the time of the original hearing.

Drug and Alcohol-Free Environment

WAUSM is committed to creating a healthy and safe environment that is free of illicit drugs, alcohol use and abuse, and all tobacco products, for all MAPP students, WAUSM students, faculty, staff, consultants, and other affiliates.

WAUSM prohibits the use of tobacco (to include snuff and chewing) and smoking of any type of burnt and smoked products including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, tobacco, and non-tobacco cigarette, or vaping products on university premises.

WAUSM prohibits the unlawful cultivation, manufacturing, dispensing, distribution, possession, use or sale of illicit drugs, and the use or abuse of alcohol on campus, university property or in university vehicles. Students should not attend classes and clerkship shifts, or be on campus, while under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs. WAUSM colleagues should not attend or be on campus while under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs. In certain situations, including some WAUSM sanctioned or celebratory events, alcohol may be available, but should be limited and used responsibly.

Illicit drug use/abuse and alcohol abuse carry serious health risks including:

High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, and digestive problems

Various cancers

Weakening of the immune system

Learning and memory problems

Depression and anxiety

Social problems

Alcohol use disorders, or alcohol dependence

Substance use disorders

WAUSM sanctioned events (campus, classes, clerkship, etc.) may occur in the Bahamas, the United States, and other geographic locations. Illicit drug definitions may vary depending on location. WAUSM community members are responsible for understanding local laws surrounding the use of drugs and alcohol, including prescription medications. Information about drug laws and prescription medications in Bahamas can be found here: Chapter 228 Dangerous Drugs Act of The Bahamas and Bahamas Drug Formulary.

WAUSM is committed to providing resources to WAUSM community members impacted by alcohol or drug abuse. WAUSM community members may email for more information on treatment resources. Below are some resources for treatment options:

a. Alcoholics Anonymous

b. Narcotics Anonymous

c. Alcohol Treatment NIH

d. SAMHSA – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Failure to comply with this policy may result in disciplinary sanction on students and employees that are consistent with local, State, and Federal law. These sanctions may include but are not limited to mandatory leave of absence, alcohol and substance abuse assessment and treatment recommendation conducted by a qualified health profession not employed by WAUSM, completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program, expulsion, or termination of employment.

Unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol may result in legal sanctions as outlined in local laws, such as Chapter 228 Dangerous Drugs Act of The Bahamas, and State or Federal laws, including imprisonment.

Drug testing will be required for some educational experiences. The school reserves the right to require drug testing at any time. Individuals with illegal substances in their system are subject to disciplinary action and maybe prohibited from participating in educational activities.

Firearms or Other Weapons

Unauthorized possession, use, or distribution of any type of rifle, shotgun, pistol, pellet gun, ammunition, slingshot, or knife when threatened or used as a weapon, and explosives or fireworks of any kind, on any WAUSM property is prohibited.



The academic catalog describes the educational program and activities available at WAUSM. WAUSM’s curriculum is designed to build a solid foundation and positions students for success.



The information contained in the student handbook serves as a guide for students throughout their academic, clinical,  and extracurricular life as members of the WAUSM community.