At GW, we conduct our activities with the highest standards of conduct in mind. The Code of Ethical Conduct presents the ethical standards to which all persons acting on the university’s behalf should aspire. The Code should be used as a general guide in making ethical decisions in all situations, especially those where the “right” answer is not always clear. Policies at GW are created and maintained with the purpose of encouraging a culture of ethical, social, professional and legal behavior. Policies serve to communicate GW’s values and mission while protecting its people and reputation.
Members of the university community are expected to report violations of the Code and non-compliance with laws, regulations, and university policies. The university's Non-Retaliation policy states that retaliation against members of the university community who make good faith reports regarding potential university-related violations of law, regulations or university policies is prohibited. The university will review complaints of retaliation, and any attempted or actual retaliatory action covered under the policy may subject the violator to disciplinary action.
You can report a concern 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via EthicsPoint managed by the Office of Ethics, Compliance, and Privacy. Reports submitted to EthicsPoint can be anonymous, if preferred.
Other Reporting Avenues
- Management: Reports can be submitted to an employee's supervisor, department head, or, where applicable, head of other pertinent academic unit.
- HR Representative: Reports can be submitted to an employee's HR Business Partner.
- Student Behavior: Reports of alleged student misconduct (including academic misconduct but excluding Title IX related matters - see below) can be submitted to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.
- Student Grievances: Grievance procedures outline the channel for resolution of grievances of students who feel they have been discriminated against on the basis of protected characteristics.
- Sexual Harassment: The Title IX Office responds to reports of sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, and dating and domestic violence and provides supportive measures to individuals affected by these issues.
- Bias Incident: Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to report possible bias incidents.
- Accessibility: The university is committed to making our physical and digital spaces accessible and usable to everyone, including people with disabilities. Barriers experienced that affects someone's ability to access GW facilities, services, websites, or other digital content should be reported.
- Equal Employment Opportunity and Access: The Equal Employment Opportunity and Access office (EEOA) provides consultative services and reporting mechanisms to assist staff with situations that involve allegations of unfair treatment, discrimination and affirmative action, as well as disability and religious accommodations.
- Faculty Concerns and Grievances: Faculty can submit reports to their department head, or, where applicable, head of other pertinent academic unit, Dean, or Faculty Affairs at [email protected] or 202-994-1620. The process for filing a formal grievance is outlined in the Faculty Code.
- Grade Appeals: Each school/college has a grade appeal process. Students should contact their dean's office for the process specific to their school/college.
- Research Misconduct: Reports of observed, suspected, or apparent misconduct in research should be submitted to the Research Integrity Officer.
- Privacy: Privacy provides online forms to report a data incident or privacy concern and for European Union data subject requests.
If you are unsure what to do, let the Office of Ethics, Compliance, and Privacy help you! For consultation or inquiry please email [email protected] or call 202-994-3386.
If your report is an emergency, please call 911 or GW Police at 202-994-6111.
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