Policies and Procedures

Student Handbook

The Policies and Procedures covered in this section of the website align with the Policies and Procedures outlined by the University of Washington Graduate School.  Together with the the content covered in the section on Curriculum, these pages constitute your Student Handbook.  They cover the policies and procedures needed for satisfactory degree completion, academic progress, and maintenance of student status.

If you have any questions regarding the Policies and Procedures outlined for the MA in Policy Studies, or the University of Washington Graduate School, please consult with the IAS Graduate Office or the Program Director. 

Student Conduct

Admission to the University carries the responsibility to respect the rights, privileges, and property of other members of the University community and refrain from any conduct that interferes with University functions or endangers the health, welfare, or safety of other persons.

The Student Conduct Code outlines standards of law and ethics, as well as processes for addressing violations.   The Student Conduct Code applies to all University of Washington students from point of admission through graduation.

Prohibited conduct includes but is not limited to abuse, assault, or harrassment of others; discrimination; retaliation; academic misconduct (eg, cheating or plagarism); acts of dishonesty or theft; and disruption or obstruction of the teaching and learning enivronment.

Student Responsibilities

As a student, you are responsible for the following tasks:

  • Review Policy Studies web site. You are responsible for knowing Policies and Procedures and Curriculum content as they relate to degree completion, academic progress, and student status.
  • Contact the IAS Graduate Office for general advising or answers to specific questions.
  • Refer to the degree completion requirements to ensure that you are making satisfactory progress toward degree completion.
  • Register on time for appropriate required and elective courses.
  • Submit the master’s degree request by the deadline during the quarter of degree completion. Note: neglecting this step will result in the need to register for an additional quarter even though you may have completed all degree requirements.
  • Make sure your contact information is up to date in your MyUW profile.
  • Check your UW email regularly.