Protest Behavior & Support Resources

GW affirms our commitment to “the protection of free speech, the freedom of assembly, and safeguarding the right of lawful protest.”  This includes a commitment to safeguard the rights of different viewpoints to engage in speech and the right of others to peace and safety.

To support our students in making thoughtful and deliberate decisions about if and how they engage in protest and civil disobedience, we want to remind students of the following:

  • The Code of Student Conduct may apply to student behavior both on and off campus.
  • Students who violate the law may be held accountable by both the legal system and GW’s conduct process.
  • The Code of Student Conduct prohibits the following behaviors that sometimes occur in protest:
    • Access without authorization
    • Community disturbance
    • Discriminatory harassment
    • Disorderly conduct
    • Misconduct related to property
    • Physical abuse
  • For a more complete list of prohibited behaviors, we encourage students to review the Prohibited Conduct section of the Code of Student Conduct.


Over the next few weeks, students may experience a number of reactions. Having a reaction is both normal and expected. Sometimes emotional aftershocks or stress reactions appear immediately and some may appear in a few hours or several days/weeks after.  If and when this happens, we encourage you to reach out to talk to someone. It may be helpful to talk to an empathetic, neutral listener.

Our mental health professionals are available to speak to GW students and can consult with faculty, staff, or families about any mental health-related concerns, if desired. 

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)  is available by phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 202-994-5300.

Students can call from anywhere for a phone consultation or for a crisis call. If additional services are needed, next steps will depend on your needs.

Services are free, including the initial consultation, 24/7 crisis support, and the first individual counseling sessions. Everyone who needs care and support receives it. Additional self-help resources are also available on the Student Health Center website

Division for Student Affairs






AcademicLiveCare offers on-demand urgent care and scheduled virtual telehealth appointments for psychiatry, therapy, and nutrition counseling, at no cost to full-time GW students*.

*Excludes full-time SMHS students

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Division for Student Affairs | GW Celebrates Black History Month 2023




GW Black Heritage Celebration

The Division for Student Affairs is proud to support the 2023 Black Heritage Celebration, “Black to the Future: Our Revival and Rebirth,”. Follow @gwubhc on Instagram for all the event updates.

While there’s plenty to keep you occupied on campus, you can also browse some events in the wider Washington, D.C., area that celebrate Black life, history, art and accomplishment.