Code of Conduct Policies

Code of Conduct policies focus on topics related to ethical behavior and creating a safe and respectful environment for all members of the university community. 

The intended audience for these policies includes students, faculty and staff.

General Code of Conduct Policies

Demonstrations (PDF)

Members of the university community may demonstrate in support of or in opposition to any issue of interest to them, provided that such activities do not endanger the safety or security of the university community, infringe upon the rights of other members of the community, obstruct access to university facilities or spaces, damage property, or disrupt normal university operations. Accordingly, the university maintains the right to define the time, place and manner in which protests, rallies, or equivalent activities (hereinafter “demonstrations”) occur on its campuses and at its facilities.

Disruption of University Functions (PDF)

No member of the university shall: a) engage in conduct that obstructs teaching, research or learning; b) engage in conduct that obstructs free access to members of the university or to university buildings; c) disobey general regulations of the university; or d) damage university property, or injure or cause of risk injury to members or guests of the university.

GWorld Card Policy (PDF)

The GWorld Card is the official identification card of the university, and is required for access to certain campus buildings (such as residence halls, libraries, and athletic facilities), and to university events.  The card also provides a declining balance account for purchases at on and off campus merchants. Anyone issued a card agrees to be bound by the requirements set forth in this policy. Violations may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment or enrollment, and card confiscation.

Sleeping in Public Areas of University Owned, Controlled or Leased Property (PDF)

Public areas of university owned, controlled or leased properties are not to be used for sleeping.

Ethical Standards

Non-Retaliation (PDF)

Retaliation against members of the university community who make good faith reports regarding potential university-related violations of laws, regulations or university policies is prohibited.

Policy on Prohibited Relationships with Students (PDF)

The university is committed to maintaining a safe, positive, and respectful environment in which students, faculty and staff study, learn and work without concern that potentially exploitative or coercive sexual relationships may damage the associations essential to our educational mission, create real or perceived conflicts of interest, or jeopardize the fair treatment of members of our community.

Political Activity (PDF)

It is the policy of the university to comply with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Regulations that prohibit the use of university resources in connection with political campaign activities in support of or in opposition to candidates.

Disabilities (PDF)

The university is committed to diversity and nondiscrimination, and supports the employment and enrollment of qualified individuals with disabilities.

Equal Opportunity (PDF)

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) employer committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory, diverse work environment. The university does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law in any of its programs or activities.

Religious Accommodation (PDF)

At the employee’s request, the university will attempt to provide a reasonable accommodation for sincerely held religious beliefs and practices of the employee if to do so does not impose an undue hardship on the employee's department, or interfere with the employee's ability to perform the essential functions of his or her position.

Safety and Security

Barring People from Campus (PDF) 

The university reserves the right to bar from university property or facilities any non-university affiliated person to whom the university does not wish to allow access. Further, any person, whether affiliated with the university or not, who is determined to be violating applicable laws or university policies, procedures or practices, may be barred from university property or facilities as a consequences of his or her actions.

Firearms and Weapons (PDF) 

All members of the university community, as well as visitors, are prohibited from possessing firearms, explosives or weapons (hereafter referred to as “weapons”) on the premises of the university without the explicit advance authorization of the university, regardless of whether a federal or state license to possess the same has been issued to the possessor.

Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Interpersonal Violence Policy (PDF) 

The George Washington University is committed to maintaining a positive climate for study and work, in which individuals are judged solely on relevant factors, such as ability and performance, and can pursue their activities in an atmosphere that is free from coercion, intimidation and violence. The university mission statement provides that the university "values a dynamic, student-focused community stimulated by cultural and intellectual diversity and built upon a foundation of integrity, creativity, and openness to exploration of new ideas." The university is committed to free inquiry, free expression, and the vigorous discussion and debate on which advancement of its mission depends. Sexual harassment is destructive of such a climate and will not be tolerated in the university community.

Threats and Acts of Violence (PDF) 

The university prohibits all threats and acts of violence on its campuses and other property and in connection with its programs and activities. Any university student or member of the faculty or staff who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion or termination.