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GW 101 SAFETY AT GW. Colonial Inauguration . Office of Safety and Security. Safety at GW: Working TOGETHER. The mission of the Office of Safety and Security is to maintain a comprehensive safety and security program for t he George Washington University.

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Gw 101 safety at gw

GW 101


Colonial inauguration

Colonial Inauguration

Office of Safety and Security

Safety at gw working together
Safety at GW: Working TOGETHER

  • The mission of the Office of Safety and Security is to maintain a comprehensive safety and security program for the George Washington University.

  • This mission is achieved through active cooperation with all university members and partnerships with local law enforcement and community organizations.

Office of safety and security
Office of Safety and Security

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GW Police Department (GWPD)

  • Enforces DC laws, federal statutes and university policies

    • Officers are commissioned by the District of Columbia and have the ability to make arrests on GW property

    • The university has the benefit of two systems to (address issues):

      • Legal system

      • Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities

    • Accredited law enforcement agency

      • Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)

    • Patrols university community 24/7

Crime reporting
Crime Reporting

  • GWPD Emergency Line

    • (202) 994-6111

  • TIPS Line

    • Anonymous voicemail for reporting crime tips

    • (202) 994-TIPS (8477)

  • Blue Light Phones

    • 39 phones throughout Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon

  • Daily Crime Log & Fire Log

  • Annual Security & Fire Safety Report

Safety and security teams
Safety and Security Teams

Threat Assessment Team

Sexual Assault Response Consultative (SARC) Team

Provides information to survivors of sexual assault so they can make informed decisions

Explains medical, reporting options and provides referrals for services available at GW and in DC

(202) 994-7222

  • Addresses concerns about threatening or potentially threatening behavior

  • Includes representatives from GWPD, Student Affairs, Human Resources, Office of General Counsel and University Counseling Center

    (202) 994-6111

Crime prevention
Crime Prevention

  • Operation Identification & Bike Registration

    • Free engraving of valuable possessions

    • National Bike Registry

  • Free Self Defense Classes

  • CONNECT Program

    • Officers spend time in residence halls and with students through other activities to build community, answer questions, and address concerns

  • Lost and Found

    • Rome Hall 101 ▪ ▪ (202) 994-6948

Safety tips
Safety Tips

  • Lock your residence hall door when you leave

  • Do not hold doors open for people unless you know them

  • Always carry your GWorld ID Card

  • Do not leave your items unattended

    For more tips visit:

Safety in dc
Safety in DC

  • When going out at night, travel with friends

  • Don’t leave friends behind when you leave a party

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Instead of texting or looking down at the ground, watch the cars and people around you.

Transportation services
Transportation Services

Colonial Express Shuttle Service

Two shuttles drive fixed routes each night

Shuttles pick up students waiting at each stop and drops them off at other stops on the route

Identified by a yellow light on top of the van

4-RIDE Escort Van Service

4-RIDE Requests

  • Provides a safe ride to and from locations on the Foggy Bottom campus and surrounding area

  • Operates daily from 7:00PM - 5:30AM

  • Online

    • MyGW portal, also accessible on laptops and mobile devices

  • Phone

    • (202) 994-RIDE (7433)

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Emergency Medical Response Group (EMeRG)

  • Volunteer EMTs are certified by the DC Department of Health

  • Available on the Mount Vernon and Foggy Bottom Campuses

  • Free medical treatment and hospital transportation

  • On call 24/7 during the fall and spring semesters

    • Emergency: (202) 994-6111 ▪ @gwEMeRG▪

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Office of Health and Safety (H&S)

  • The Office of Health and Safety develops and promotes programs that provide for the continued health and safety of the students, faculty, staff and visitors to the George Washington University

  • These programs are divided into two categories:

    • Environmental and Occupational Health

    • Health and Safety Inspections

Health safety inspections
Health & Safety Inspections

Office of Health and Safety conducts individual room inspections at least 3 times/year

What do inspectors look for during safety inspections?

What happens if they find a prohibited item?

Prohibited Items

Candles, halogen lamps, flammable liquids, weapons, non-surge protected extension cords, and cooking appliances in rooms without kitchens

Fire Safety Devices

Damaged and obstructed smoke detectors and sprinkler heads

Plug Locks

  • Disable unapproved electrical devices

  • $25 fine if not returned by move out


  • Returned to students if they agree to remove the item from campus

  • Donated to relief organizations

Gw aed program
GW AED Program

  • Over 165 AED units across GW campuses

  • Civil immunity granted by DC to anyone who uses an AED in good faith and without compensation in the act of providing emergency treatment to a victim suffering from sudden cardiac arrest

  • AED Quick Tip:The device will not allow a shock to be administered unless the person is actually experiencing a cardiac arrest

Fire prevention
Fire Prevention

  • 80% of fatal fires involving college students will happen in off campus housing

  • How to prevent this:

    • Have a working smoke detector

    • Know two ways out

    • Never leave cooking unattended

    • Make sure any candles, open flames and smoking materials are properly extinguished

Office of emergency management oem
Office of Emergency Management (OEM)

The mission of the Office of Emergency Management is to ensure that the George Washington University works together to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from all hazards.

Make a plan
Make a Plan

Take an “all-hazards” approach to personal preparedness:

  • Plan for your risk

  • Plan for your needs

  • Plan for your location

Build a kit
Build a Kit

Suggested items for emergency preparedness kit:

  • Water

  • Food

  • Flashlight & extra batteries

  • First aid kit

  • Radio & extra batteries

  • Medication

  • Cash & some change

  • Clothes & comfortable shoes

  • Cell phone charger

Stay informed
Stay Informed

  • Campus Advisories:

  • GW Alert (update contact information at

    • Text messages

    • Email alerts

    • Web alerts

  • University Information Line

    • Foggy Bottom & Mount Vernon: (202) 994-5050

  • GW Facebook and Twitter

  • Local Media:

Community partnerships
Community Partnerships

  • Law Enforcement & Emergency Management Partners

    • Metropolitan Police Department

    • DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services

    • Homeland Security Emergency Management Agency

    • FEMA National Capital Region Coordination

  • Neighborhood Preparedness Consortium

    • Public-private emergency management partnership

    • Improve communication, coordination and collaboration

  • Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area

    • Comprised of 12 university and 2 colleges

    • Meets to develop plans, coordinate resources and share information

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Office of Safety and Security

Darrell Darnell

Senior Associate Vice President for Safety and Security

▪ Rice Hall, Suite 701 ▪ (202) 994-7649 ▪

▪ @GWDarrellD ▪

GW Police Department

(202) 994-6111 (emergency)

(202) 994-6110 (non-emergency)

Twitter: @GWPolice

Facebook: GW Police

Office of Emergency Management

(202) 994-4936


Office of Health and Safety

(202) 994-4347


Twitter: @GWFireSafety