How the University Responds to Bias, Hate Crimes, and Discrimination

How will the university respond to a bias-related act?

Bias-related acts will generally be addressed through educational interventions unless the conduct is a violation of the university's Code of Student Conduct, Policy on Equal Opportunity, or Sexual and Gender Based Harassment and Interpersonal Violence Policy. Not all acts of bias violate university policy. Students, staff, and faculty who report bias-related acts can expect that their report will be acknowledged within 48 business hours and that a Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) representative will be assigned to meet with the reporter to collect details of the bias-related act and to discuss options for addressing the behavior.

In situations where the accused may be personally identified, privacy laws and confidentiality of student and employee records may prevent the university from disclosing specific details about the resolution of a report. Reports that are submitted ­­­­­­­­anonymously and/or that do not identify the accused will still receive a response and consideration from the BIRT, although the university’s ability to respond may be severely limited by those circumstances.

How will the university respond to a hate crime?

A hate crime is a violation of the law and can be investigated by GW Police and/or other law enforcement agencies as necessary and appropriate. To report a hate crime, contact GWPD at 202-994-6111. The BIRT can also provide support and services to a person affected by an alleged hate crime.

How will the university respond to discrimination?

Students should raise their concerns about non-Title IX related discrimination to Enrollment and the Student Experience, Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (SRR).

Call:  202-994-6757
Email:  [email protected]
Website:  https://studentconduct.gwu.edu/student-rights-responsibilities

Students will be offered the opportunity to meet with an SRR staff member to talk about the different reporting and complaint options available, including the processes outlined in the Student Grievance Procedures, if the complaint is being made about a faculty member, staff member, or about a chartered student organization, and the processes outlined in the Code of Student Conduct, if the complaint is being made about another student or student organization.

Employees should bring their concerns about the conduct of a non-faculty employee to the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Employee Relations (EEO/ER Office).

Call: 202-994-9656

Email: [email protected]

Website:  https://hr.gwu.edu/equal-employment-opportunity

In person: 2033 K Street, NW, Suite 205, Washington, DC 20006

Employees should bring their concerns about the conduct of faculty member to the Office for Faculty Affairs.

Call:  202-994-5884

Email:  [email protected]

In person:  1918 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052

Allegations will be reviewed and/or investigated by the Office for Faculty Affairs or designee.  

Employees should bring their concerns about the conduct of a student to the Office of Students Rights and Responsibilities.

Call:  202-994-6757

Email:  [email protected]

Website:  https://studentconduct.gwu.edu/student-rights-responsibilities