Policies and Resources

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University and SMHS Policies

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program strives to provide every student with a wide range of resources allowing them to successfully meet their academic and career goals. Resources offered include student policy handbooks, University Assistance offices, as well as academic and professional conduct policies and resources. All applicants to the program are expected to review and to familiarize themselves with University and program policies and procedures prior to matriculation into the program. Knowing these policies and procedures is your responsibility.


Academic policies for Health Sciences graduate students, including those related to admission, transfer credits, academic standing, degree requirements, and enrollment status are provided in the following documents:

Program Policies and Procedures

Program policies, including those related to clinical education experiences, can be found in the Guide to Success: Physical Therapy Student Handbook:

University Policies 

Visit the GW Division of Student Affairs to review University policies and procedures related to the topics below:

  • Guide to Student Rights and Responsibilities
  • Residential Community Conduct Guidelines
  • Alcoholic Beverage Consumption & Distribution Policy
  • Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Policy & Procedures
  • Threats and Acts of Violence Policy
  • Drug-Free Schools & Communities Act
  • Other University Policies

Within the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities (SRR), the following policies and procedures are outlined:

  • Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities
  • University Policy on Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination
  • University Policy on Sexual Harassment
  • Student Grievance Procedures
  • Student Conduct
  • Additional Conduct Regulations
  • Code of Academic Integrity
  • Privacy of Student Records

Visit the Office of the Registrar University Policies page for additional information regarding the topics below:

  • Class Attendance
  • Collection of Student Address Information
  • Electronic Mail and Official University Communication
  • Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement
  • FERPA and the Release of Student Information
  • Graduation Retention Information
  • Military Duty
  • Police Statement
  • University Policy Regarding Religious Holidays
  • Request to Amend Student Records
  • Student Consent Form

GW Campus Health and Safety

The George Washington University is committed to the safety and well-being of all members of its community. The University reports information to the community about incidents of crime, violence, and fire that occur on campus. To sign up for emergency text messages or for additional information on emergency communication resources at GW, visit Campus Advisories. Visit the GW Office of Safety and Security  to review policies and procedures related to the items below:

  • Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report
  • Off-Campus Statistics, Information, & Policies
  • GW Emergency Response Handbook
  • Crime Prevention Resources and Services
  • Health and Safety Resources
  • Protection of Minors Policy
  • Crime Log
  • Fire Log

GW Higher Education Act Disclosures 

GW annually distributes a notice to all enrolled students regarding the availability of consumer information for prospective and current GW students, faculty and staff in compliance with the Higher Education Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.  Please visit the Office of Ethics, Compliance, and Privacy website to review GW's policy on Privacy of Student Records.

GW Policy Finder

Please visit the GW Policy Finder website to review other University policies not listed above.