Learning Environment

Washington University School of Medicine is committed to providing a welcoming, supportive and effective learning environment for all.


Guidelines for Professional Conduct in Teacher/Learner Relationships and Policy Against Medical Student Mistreatment

Tools for Creating a Respectful Learning Environment

Office of Ombuds

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis provides off-the-record, confidential assistance to students and acts as change agent by monitoring trends and surfacing concerns.  Guiding principles for this office include confidentiality, neutrality, informality, an independence from the formal authority structure of the school or university.

Dr. Karen O’Malley is available to talk to any School of Medicine students who seek a safe place to discuss concerns about the School of Medicine, its policies or procedures, or to report any mistreatment.  The Ombuds seeks to understand cocnerns, answer questions and consider options.

Office Location: 161 Maternity Hospital, St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: 314-747-8819
Email: karen.ombuds@gmail.com


Diversity and Inclusion Initiative

Washington University in St. Louis values diversity, inclusion and human dignity, and strives to foster an environment in which all community members are respected and able to take part in academic, co-curricular and social activities.

Because of these values, the university developed a system through which students, faculty, staff and community members who have experienced or witnessed incidents of bias, prejudice or discrimination involving a student can report their experiences to the university’s Bias Report and Support System (BRSS) team. If you would like to report a bias incident that does not involve a student, please contact Human Resources.