Essential Behaviors for Admission, Continuation, and Graduation

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For UW Tacoma BA in Healthcare Leadership students:  Essential Behaviors for Admission, Continuation, and Graduation

The following amplifies requirements found in the University of Washington Student Conduct Code. For admission, continuation, and graduation in their programs, students need to abide by the following specifications for behaviors and abilities. In this document, "student" pertains to all UW Tacoma Healthcare Leadership students.


Students must communicate effectively and sensitively with other students, staff, faculty, professionals, agency personnel and others relevant to their areas of study. Expression of ideas and feelings must be clear and appropriate. Students must demonstrate a willingness and ability to give and receive feedback.


Students must be able to reason, analyze, integrate, synthesize and evaluate in the context of activities of their programs/areas of study.


Students must possess the emotional health required for the full utilization of intellectual abilities, the exercise of sound judgment, and the timely completion of responsibilities in their programs/areas of study. Further, students must be able to maintain mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with students, faculty, staff, other professionals, agency personnel and others under all circumstances including highly stressful situations. Students must have the emotional stability to function effectively under stress and adapt to environments that may change rapidly without warning and/or in unpredictable ways as relevant to their programs or areas of study. Students must be able to demonstrate empathy for the situations and circumstances of others and appropriately communicate that empathy. Students must acknowledge that values, attitudes, beliefs, emotions, and experiences affect their perceptions and relationships with others. Students must be able and willing to examine and change behaviors when they interfere with productive individual or group/team relationships. Students must demonstrate effective and harmonious relationships with the diverse academic, professional, and community environments relevant to their chosen programs of study.

Professional Conduct

Students must possess the ability to reason morally and conduct themselves in an ethical manner. Students must demonstrate the attributes of compassion, integrity, honesty, responsibility and tolerance.

Reasonable accommodation for disabilities

Students must be able to perform all the essential functions of the program with or without accommodation. A student who discloses a disability and requests accommodation will be referred to Disabled Student Services (Seattle) or Disability Resources for Students (Tacoma). The student may be asked to provide documentation of the disability for the purposes of determining appropriate accommodations. UW Tacoma will provide reasonable accommodations, but is not required to make modifications that would substantially alter the nature or requirements of the program. If you have questions regarding reasonable accommodation, contact Disabled Student Services (Seattle, phone 206-543-8924) or Disability Resources for Students (Tacoma, phone 253-692-4522).

Implementation of Essential Behaviors

Potential students will be advised of the Essential Behaviors for Admission, Continuation, and Graduation by including this information in the application packets. Incoming students will be alerted to the Essential Behaviors expectations during program orientation and told where to locate them. The Essential Behaviors will be placed on the Healthcare Leadership program's Website or student handbook under policies for academic programs.

If and when a student does not meet expectations for the essential behaviors, the following will occur:

  1. Problematic behavior documented. Problematic behavior will be documented by faculty in the student's record.
  2. Problematic behavior results in Warning letter and a Performance Improvement Plan. If a pattern of problematic behavior or a single, very serious lapse in the essential behaviors becomes evident, the steps below should be followed so that the student is apprised of a Warning letter indicating that the student's continuation in the program is in jeopardy.
    • Composing the Performance Improvement Plan. The student's faculty or faculty advisor in consultation with an official of the academic program will prepare an individual student Performance Improvement Plan that must accompany the Warning letter identifying what needs to be demonstrated in order to meet the essential behaviors and thus remain in the program.
    • The appropriate Healthcare Leadership Committee approves the Performance Improvement Plan. The individual student Performance Improvement Plan is reviewed and approved by the Committee. The documentation of the lapses in the essential behaviors must accompany the Performance Improvement Plan.
    • Student apprised of Warning letter and given the Performance Improvement Plan. An official of the academic program (the Director) and the involved faculty and/or chair of the Committee meet with the student to present the Warning letter and individual student Performance Improvement Plan. After the student reads and signs the Warning letter (signature indicates that the student has read it), the letter is placed in the student's academic record.
  3. Performance Improvement Plan monitored quarterly by Committee. If the Performance Improvement Plan is not upheld by the student, the student may be dismissed from the major.

Approved by faculty 2-23-10

Campus resources

Student Counseling Center offers free, confidential counseling to currently enrolled students. You, as a student, can seek counseling for a variety of concerns. Examples of these concerns can be depression, academic difficulties, grief, relationship difficulties or stress. For more information or an appointment, call 253-692-4522.

Office of the Ombud provides client-focused services for preventing, managing and resolving conflict among students, staff, and faculty of the University. Through active participation in the mediation process, clients develop competencies for preventing, managing, and resolving future conflict. For further information or an appointment, call 253-692-4476.