Debarment and Suspension Policy

Policy Summary

The Board policy for trustees, officers, and management employees is that any suspension, debarment, or charge of criminal activity shall be reported, in writing, to the President. As a nonprofit institution serving the public good, the university and its constituencies have the right to expect that trustees, officers and management employees who have been suspended, debarred or charged with criminal activity will not be allowed to administer federal funds on behalf of the university.  

Who is Governed by this Policy 

  • Staff
  • Faculty


Each member of the Board of Trustees, officer and management employee of The George Washington University shall certify that he or she: 

1. Is not presently debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment, declared ineligible, or voluntarily excluded from covered transactions by any federal department or agency; 

2. Has not within a three-year period preceding this certification been convicted of or had a civil judgment rendered against him or her for commission of fraud or a criminal offense in connection with obtaining, attempting to obtain, or performing a public (federal, state, or local) transaction, contract, or subcontract under a public transaction; for violation of federal or state antitrust statutes; or for commission of embezzlement, theft, forgery, bribery, falsification or destruction of records, making false statements or receiving stolen property;  

3. Is not presently indicted for or otherwise criminally or civilly charged by a governmental entity (federal, state, or local) with commission of any of the offenses enumerated in paragraph (2) above; and  

4. Has not within a three-year period preceding this certification had one or more public transactions (federal, state, or local) terminated for cause or default. 


Suspension: A disqualification from government contracting and subcontracting for a temporary period of time because a company or individual is suspected of engaging in criminal, fraudulent, or seriously improper conduct. Suspension is to be used on an interim basis pending debarment proceedings.

Debarment: In general, an exclusion from government contracting and subcontracting for a reasonable, specified period of time because an individual or vendor failed to perform or their performance was inadequate.  


Contact Phone Number Email Address
Office of Ethics, Compliance, and Risk 202-994-3386  [email protected]


Responsible University Official: Associate Vice President, Ethics, Compliance, and Risk
Responsible Office: Office of Ethics, Compliance, and Risk

Noncompliance with this policy can be reported through this website.