George Washington University
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|Public or Private:||Private|
|Federal Circuit:||DC Circuit|
|Head of Institution:||President Steven Knapp
George Washington University
Office of the President
2121 Eye Street, NW
Rice Hall, 8th Fl.
Washington, DC 20052
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On this page, FIRE has excerpted policies that address speech and expression. You may download the full policy in .pdf form, below.
Restrictions on Expressive Rights
Harassment Policies (Learn More)
Guide to Student Rights and Responsibilities: Policy on Sexual Harassment 11-12
and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature
when ... (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of
unreasonably interfering with an individual’s
academic or work performance or limiting
participation in University programs; or
(4) the intent or effect of such conduct is to create
an intimidating, hostile, or offensive academic or
Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility (Learn More)
Guide to Student Rights and Responsibilities: Code of Student Conduct- Disorderly Conduct 11-12
either inside or outside a building; verbally abusing
University officials acting in performance of their duties;
acting in a manner that annoys, disturbs, threatens or
harasses others; disrupting obstructing or interfering with
the activities of others; or behaving in a lewd or indecent
Free Speech Zones
Demonstrations Policy 12-13
which demonstrations occur on its campuses and at its facilities. Individuals and
organizations sponsoring demonstrations should contact Marvin Center and University
Conferences, Mount Vernon Campus Life, or the Chief Academic Operating
Officer/Virginia Campus, as appropriate, for information regarding compliance with
GW Housing Programs Poster/Flyer Distribution Policy 12-13
To assure that: ... Postings are not derogatory to any group.
Internet Usage Policies
Code of Conduct for Users of Computing Systems and Services 12-13
otherwise inappropriate manner.
Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
Guide to Student Rights and Responsibilities: Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities 12-13
pursuit of truth, the development of students, and the general well-
being of society. Free inquiry and free expression are indispensable
to the attainment of these goals. As members of the academic
community, students should be encouraged to develop the capacity
for critical judgment and to engage in a sustained and independent
search for truth.
Guide to Student Rights and Responsibilities: Pamphlets, Petitions, and Demonstrations 11-12
free speech, the freedom of assembly, and the safeguarding of the right of lawful protest on campus.
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The speech codes and policies above were last fully checked via internet and other research means by FIRE in September 2012. According to FIRE’s research the substantive policies are current at least until this date. Directory information, including the name of the president of the college or university, may have been updated more recently. If any policy has been revised, or if you believe that we are in error, please contact us.