Campus Commitment & Policy

Those who have been authorized to return to GW campuses in-person in the fall, have a responsibility in fostering our shared good health and well-being. To that end, as I join GW’s in-person community, I commit to take the following steps within my power to protect myself and others from the harmful effects and spread of COVID-19. This is my commitment to:

Care for Myself

  • I will monitor myself for symptoms of COVID-19 and seek appropriate medical attention.
  • I will engage, as I am able, in routine hygiene practices such as washing my hands regularly with soap and water, using hand sanitizer and other measures to promote routine cleanliness.
  • I will receive available vaccines to reduce susceptibility to illness such as a flu vaccine unless an exemption has been granted.
  • I will seek clarification and support when I need it, including physical and mental health resources, and will address any difficulties I have with upholding this commitment. 

Care for Others

  • I will maintain appropriate physical distance, especially in group settings, and be mindful that other community members may have particular vulnerabilities.
  • I will stay home and isolate if I am ill or learn I have been potentially exposed to COVID-19.
  • I will wear a mask or face covering when in public areas and in the presence of others.
  • I will RaiseHigh and help others who may be struggling, including kindly reminding others of this commitment when needed.

Care for Our Community

  • I will take part in cleaning shared or communal spaces as well as my personal belongings and spaces regularly.
  • I will participate in testing and contact tracing for community wellness.
  • I will cooperate with directives, including signage from the university and public health officials.
  • I will support the diverse and valuable identities of the GW community by intervening in or reporting bias-related incidents at diversity.gwu.edu.

GW's commitment to health & wellbeing is also available for download (PDF).

The Campus Health & Well-Being Policy 

GW is committed to maintaining a healthy and safe environment for the GW campus community to the greatest extent possible. The Campus Health & Well-Being Policy is rooted in our GW values and service priorities, particularly the safety and care of the GW Community. All members of the GW community are expected to abide by this policy. 

 As a way to demonstrate and acknowledge our shared responsibility, authorized on-campus students must complete a mandatory “Keeping GW Healthy” training through Blackboard. Authorized on-campus faculty and staff must complete a "Keeping GW Healthy" training through Talent at GW. Contracted employees authorized to be on campus can view the "Keeping GW Healthy" training on Vimeo.

Although GW cannot guarantee zero cases of COVID-19 on campus, this policy is focused on COVID-19 prevention, infection control and mitigation following federal and local public health guidance and the university’s best judgment on reasonable and appropriate public safety measures.

The university requires that students, faculty, and staff adhere to the following directives to keep our community safe:

If you have been granted permission to be on-campus, you must:

  • Have no guests of any kind in the residence halls, including those who live in the same building.
  • Comply with testing and training requirements.
  • Wear a mask/face covering unless completely by yourself, eating, or vigorously exercising.
  • Quarantine or self-isolate as directed by university officials, including following travel to high-risk states.
  • Maintain 6 feet of distance from those who are not members of your residential unit.
  • Only attend gatherings of 10 people or fewer that also adhere to the above guidelines.
  • Follow other directives of university officials acting in their official duties.

If you have not been granted permission to be on campus and you live in the District of Columbia, you must:

  • Stay away from campus.
  • Wear a mask/face covering unless completely by yourself, eating, or vigorously exercising.
  • Quarantine or self-isolate according to local health directives, including following travel to high-risk states.
  • Maintain 6 feet of distance from those who are not members of your household.
  • Only attend gatherings of 10 people or fewer that also adhere to the above guidelines.

Those residing elsewhere should review and comply with directives of local health officials.

Failure to abide by the above may result in disciplinary action, including temporary or permanent removal, to maintain the health and well-being of our community.

Bias

GW is committed to fostering a healthy and safe environment free of hate or bias and in which every member of the community feels welcome. In particular, spreading misinformation and rumors that COVID-19 is being transmitted within certain communities serves only to harm and divide. 

If you are the target of, or witness a bias incident, please visit the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement website to learn more about your reporting options and to file a report. Additionally, consistent with GW’s Non-Retaliation Policy, retaliation against GW community members who make a good faith report of non-compliance, a bias incident, or who participate in an investigation under this policy is prohibited.

Non-Compliance

An individual engaging in non-compliance with the policy should anticipate having their behavior addressed by another member of the GW community or an authority figure with responsibility to manage a particular setting. It is the goal to remediate the situation without further escalation. However, repeated or elevated non-compliance with the policy may result in immediate corrective action such as exclusion from campus properties until compliance is achieved, as well as potential disciplinary action to address immediate and long-term cooperation with these necessary expectations.

In circumstances where accountability between community members does not succeed or is not safe, nor is the addressing of the behavior by an authority figure successful, the university has reporting mechanisms in place. Accountability processes will consider the severity of the behavior and impact on the community. Reports of student non-compliance will be managed by the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, and faculty and staff reports will be addressed within the established Faculty Affairs and Employee Relations processes. Response can range from a warning and education to exclusion from campus properties whether permanently or temporarily.

If an individual observing policy non-compliance is not able to directly address the behavior or needs assistance in addressing, an authority figure should be notified. The goal is to remediate the situation without further escalation. However, if needed, formal channels have been established for reports of non-compliance and are outlined in the policy.