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A Note from Dean Petty

M.L. "Cissy" Petty, Ph.D. is Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

M.L. "Cissy" Petty, Ph.D.

Dear GW Students:

This time of year, I think about graduation ceremonies. The ceremonies are full of symbolism from medieval flowing robes to a flip of tassel from right to left.  It is a joyous occasion for so many. Although in the academy we do this yearly, I am reminded that this is your lifelong memory-making moment.

This year, though our commencement activities may be virtual, the celebration continues. Your achievements at GW deserve recognition and you deserve to be lauded in whatever form that takes. I look forward to joining you—virtually for now, in person when we can safely do so—to commend the hard work and dedication you put in to achieve this milestone. Thank you for contributing so much to our institution. Our GW community is better and stronger because of you.

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How do you Raise Up GW?

Student Well-being

As we navigate through uncertain times, it's more important than ever to focus on our own well-being.

Take time to take care of yourself. Practice self-care.

GW can help! We've assembled virtual well-being tips and information, so that no matter where you are in the world, you have the resources you need right at your fingertips.

How will you #RaiseUpGW?

Virtual Well-being Initiatives

Welcome to the Colonial Health Center

Colonial Health Center

We’re here to help. The Colonial Health Center (CHC) is available for phone triage, medical consultations, and mental health counseling and support 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (202) 994-5300. 

The Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campus CHC locations are closed until further notice.

If you are concerned about a student’s well-being, please submit a CARE Report

Visit the Colonial Health Center

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Virtual Engagement

Now more than ever, maintaining our connection to each other is so important. Social distancing asks us to be physically apart, but there are still many ways to stay engaged with the GW community.

The Office of Student Life is here to share opportunities for engagement at a distance by curating thoughtful ways to connect with each other throughout the summer.

Take a look at what's happening and let us know if you have an activity or idea to be featured. We look forward to connecting with you from wherever you are in the world as we #RaiseHigh from afar!

View Virtual Events and Resources

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Campus Living and Residential Education

Our number one priority is ensuring the safety of our community and we stand ready to support our students through this difficult time. On campus students were asked to vacate GW residence halls and only a limited number of exceptions were made. 

With government stay-at-home instructions issued to limit the spread of COVID-19, we do not believe it will be safe for students to return to campus in the coming weeks to move out of the residence halls.

Our focus is on packing and storing student belongings through the start of the Fall 2020 semester at no cost. We are exploring options for the shipping of some items or the retrieval of stored belongings.

Visit Campus Living and Residential Education

Academic Integrity and Online Learning

During the instructional continuity period, it's important to think about academic integrity in online learning environments.  The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities has put together a useful guide for students and faculty


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Campus Recreation

Follow @gwcampusrec for weekly workout challenges, tips, and resources to stay healthy!

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GW Trails

Follow @gwtrails to get outside and learn how you can explore the outdoors responsibly. 

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Residential Life

Follow @homeatgw to stay connected to the residential community, your home at GW.

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