Health & Safety Inspections

The GW Office of Health and Safety is responsible for safety and occupational health management and environmental management on campus and within the residence halls. 

Residential Health and Safety Inspections

The university takes student safety and health seriously and has established programs for students living in campus residence halls. The university's policies are based on the fact that most loss occurrences and unhealthy conditions are preventable and it's the responsibility of all members of the University community to support loss prevention and maintain a healthy living environment.

The Office of Health and Safety performs residence hall Health and Safety (H&S) Inspections four times a year, twice in the fall, once in the spring and once in the summer. Inspections will only be announced during the first round of the fall semester. All other inspections are unannounced. The H&S inspections are primarily designed to find and eliminate violations related to student behavior. Students are required to read and comply with the "Residential Community Conduct Guidelines" (RCCGs), which include the H&S inspections and all other rules and regulations for residential buildings. Ultimate responsibility for complying with the reasonable health and safety requirements rests with each resident; H&S inspections are not intended to be a substitute for that responsibility.

The inspection will include, but not be limited to, a visual examination of electrical cords, sprinkler heads, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and other life safety systems.

In addition, each room will be examined for the presence of prohibited items (e.g., candles, non-surge protected extension cords, halogen lamps, cooking appliances in non-kitchen areas, etc.) or prohibited activity (e.g., smoking in the room, tampering with life safety equipment, possession of pets, etc.). This inspection will also include a general assessment of food and waste storage and cleanliness of the room. Prohibited items will be immediately disabled with a locking device or confiscated and donated/discarded if found, without reimbursement.

For a complete list of prohibited items and activities, review