Guidance Regarding Student Employment

March 12, 2020

The university's decision to move to instructional continuity and reduce the population of on-campus residential students was made in an effort to slow the anticipated spread of COVID-19. Our primary concern is for the health and safety of our community as we make preparations to sustain essential services for individuals who are not able to go home.   

I want to remind you that no student should remain in the residence halls for the sole purpose of student employment. Students who have requested campus living solely on the basis of student employment will not be approved for on-campus housing during this period of instructional continuity and virtual instruction. GW understands this may cause financial hardship for those students who rely on the funds that student employment generates. In recognition of that, Federal Work Study students will be compensated for their regular work hours through April 6. In some cases, there may also be options for current work assignments to be completed remotely. 

We understand student life on campus is a diverse experience that for many includes employment in various facets of the university. Employers, please remember that student employees are students first. It is a priority for you to release on-campus undergraduate student employees from their on-site responsibilities and encourage students who can go home to do so. 

For questions regarding student employment, please call 202-994-8046. For questions regarding student housing, please call 202-994-2552. Representatives from the Division for Student Affairs, Human Resource Management and Development, Division of Safety and Security, and the Student Employment Office will be standing by to answer questions via GW’s Facebook page from 4:30-6 p.m. ET today.

Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate this rapidly evolving situation. 


M. Brian Blake

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs