Campus Safety

Office of Safety & Security

Seven Key Safety Tips for the GW Community

  1. Check the Campus Advisories web page often. The Office of Safety & Security is responsible for updating the university’s operating status online and Campus Advisories is the principal method the university communicates in a crisis.
  2. Call the GW Information Line at x4-5050 (on campus) or 202-994-5050 (off campus). The GW Information Line provides a summary of updates made to the Campus Advisories page as well as the university’s status.
  3. It is important that you know how to shelter-in-place in case of an incident. Visit the Campus Advisories site to learn how.
  4. You should always have two planned evacuation routes out of any building you in which you reside or visit. These routes should not involve using the elevator.
  5. You should carry your GWorld card with you at all times.
  6. Register with Alert DC site to receive emergency text notifications via email, cell phone and other mobile devices.
  7. Program an emergency contact phone number into your cell phone under I.C.E. (In Case of an Emergency).

GW Police Department

Besides providing emergency and safety services, the GW Police Department (GWPD) serves as a resource for information on emergency procedures, theft and crime prevention, and campus crime statistics.

Programs and Services

Emergency Medical Response Group (EMeRG)

EMeRG is a recognized basic life support, emergency response agency within the District of Columbia. EMeRG’s certified personnel are members of GW who provide quality emergency medical services.

4-RIDE Escort Service

GWPD coordinates two safe travel alternatives: 4-RIDE, a fleet of escort vehicles that will pick up and drop off students, faculty, and administrators anywhere within three blocks of campus, or the Colonial Express Shuttle Bus that runs two routes around campus stopping at different residence halls and major campus buildings. Route information is available on the GWPD site.

Bicycle Registration

GWPD provides the opportunity for any member of the George Washington community to register their bicycle. We provide District of Columbia registration stickers and record the serial number in our system.

Operation Identification

This service is offered to assist in the positive identification and/or recovery of lost or stolen items. The department will engrave driver’s license numbers on valuables to assist in the recovery of such items.

Rape Aggression Defense Program (R.A.D.)

This program is designed to instruct females in basic self-defense skills and techniques. The classes can be held over lunch periods and in the evenings. Classes are typically formed at the beginning of each semester and are open to all female members of the GW community.

Motorist Assistance

Jump-starts and vehicle lockouts are performed by GWPD to assist members of the George Washington University community.

Crime Prevention Programming

Members of the GWPD Uniformed Division conduct presentations for various groups in order to educate the community about current crime trends. The programs are also designed to educate community members about various ways to protect themselves from being victimized and to provide information about security and safety programs/services. Call 202-994-4014 to have an officer speak to your group.

Sexual Assault Response Consultative Team (202-994-7222)

The Sexual Assault Response Consultative (SARC) Team provides the same 24/7 assistance to GW students, faculty, staff and GW visitors who have experienced sexual violence on or off campus.  SARC Team members will discuss safety and the medical, reporting, and legal options available to a survivor and connect them to the resources they need either via phone or in person. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the SARC team if a survivor reporting sexual assault to needs assistance.

TIPS Line (202-994-TIPS)

GW’s Crime Tips Hotline at 202-994-TIPS (202-994-8477) is designed to give community members the opportunity to communicate directly with the Chief of GW Police, Kevin Hay. The TIPS line gives people who have information a way to report information with a promise of strict confidentiality.