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Health & Safety


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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Since orientation, the presence of health and safety are well known around campus.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Pretty safe but it is in downtown DC, so be careful

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are blue lights everywhere. I constantly see GW police patrolling the area. The GW Alert system informs students, faculty, and staff of an alert through email, text, social media, and website. From my experience, I have felt very safe on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: GW sends out alerts whenever something happens on or near campus. I always feel safe walking home late at night.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: They do send out safety alerts (texts and emails) and I think that's a good touch.


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The University places great emphasis on security and safety. The security presence on campus is three-fold, with University Police, Metropolitan Police, and the Secret Service constantly monitoring the area. There is a UPD force that patrols the campus 24-hours-a-day by foot and van. GW also has a 4-RIDE escort van service, which operates from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. daily. Students can call 4-RIDE when they want a ride from one point on campus to another, and a van will also take students up to about three blocks off-campus. The only complaint about the service-and it's a big one-is that 4-RIDE is very slow. Students may wait for a van for up to an hour or so on a Saturday night. GW makes a good effort in trying to keep its students safe, but even with all the precautions, crime occurs. The larger freshman dorms have the best security on campus-each has a "three-swipe system." Residents must first swipe their GWorld ID cards outside the dorm before entering, then in front of a UPD officer at the desk, and finally at the stairwells and elevators. Visitors must be signed into the building. This may seem like unnecessary measures, but it makes students feel secure.

After all, the campus is located in the middle of Washington, which has one of the highest crime rates in the country. Within the past few years, some students have even been held at gunpoint. However, most students will never encounter even a petty crime firsthand while on GW's campus. Foggy Bottom is a safe neighborhood compared to the rest of the city; nevertheless, being in the nation's capital, problems do arise. Overall, GW makes an effort, and the majority of students feel secure on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 1
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
University Police Department
Woodhull House, 2033 G. St. NW
(202) 994-6111 (emergencies) (202) 994-6110 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • 4-RIDE escort van
  • Blue-light emergency phones
  • Crime prevention programs
  • Fingerprinting
  • Free taxi service to the Mount Vernon campus
  • Lost and found
  • Motorist assistance
  • Rape Aggression Defense Systems classes
  • Tips Hotline (994-TIPS)
Health Center
Student Health Service
2141 K St. NW, Suite 501
(202) 994-6827
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Ancillary care
  • Basic medical treatment
  • Crisis intervention
  • Emergency contraception
  • HIV Testing
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory and x-ray
  • Medication dispensing
  • Orthopedic consultation
  • Psychiatric evaluations
  • Referrals for specialty care
  • STD testing
  • Travel immunizations and advice
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • GW often hires outside security officials and forbids non-GW community members from entering residence halls during major protests near campus.
  • Once a semester, during the World Bank/International Monetary Fund (IMF) spring and fall conferences, many of the roads on the east side of the Foggy Bottom campus are closed, and police forces dot the area due to protests that usually occur in objection to World Bank/IMF policies.
  • For students needing to be transported to the hospital as a result of alcohol poisoning, the University provides an amnesty policy that allows students hospitalized for the first time to not face formal non-academic disciplinary action and therefore not have that incident listed on their disciplinary record.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 101 responses

  • 15% Criminal activity near campus
  • 15% Theft/robberies
  • 13% Non-students on campus
  • 9% Walking alone
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Excessive drinking
  • 8% None
  • 6% Dorm safety
  • 4% Drugs
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 59 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 103 responses

  • 24% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 59% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 12% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 3% Not very visible.
  • 2% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 127 responses

  • 30% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 54% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 16% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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