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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I work as a police officer in the safety and security office on my school

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Our Emerg services are always doing their job whether it's early in the morning or late at night, they are actively looking out for the safety of the student body. There is little campus crime and the only thing that ever happens is a noise complaint every once in a while.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Students are required to take an online course about sexual harassment over the summer before starting as freshmen and then are required to attend a short seminar about it during their first semester. Sexual harassment is treated very seriously and awareness is greatly emphasized. Although it is advocated that security here is very strong, it is not entirely true. It is easy for people who do not attend here to get into residential buildings. For example, a couple weeks ago my friend's laptop and chargers were stolen straight out of her room by a random person who did not go here. There wasn't really any security at the door, so he easily came in with a resident of the building.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: It's a city so there is inherent risk, but I usually feel safe.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus PD seem always available to call and the community is together in preventing sexual assault so it's very easy to feel comfortable around campus.

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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)
gwired.gwu.edu/upd
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
gwired.gwu.edu/shs
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?
No
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 98 responses

  • 15% Criminal activity near campus
  • 15% Theft/robberies
  • 14% Non-students on campus
  • 9% Walking alone
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Excessive drinking
  • 8% None
  • 6% Dorm safety
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% 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 49 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 100 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 117 responses

  • 28% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 54% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 17% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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