Statement of Ethical Principles
The ethical principles of Washington and Lee University derive from one of the two fundamental objectives of the University, as set forth in its Statement of Philosophy:
" . . .to pursue its educational mission in a climate of learning that stresses the importance of the individual, personal honor and integrity, harmonious relationships with others, and the responsibility to serve society through the productive use of talent and training."
Faculty and staff employees of the University are expected to commit themselves to these fundamental institutional objectives and to uphold the highest ethical standards while acting on behalf of Washington and Lee University in discharging its business and academic affairs.
Approved by President Ruscio - August 2008
Revised January 31, 2018 to cite to the Statement of Philosophy (contained in the University Catalog) instead of the expanded Mission Statement.