Generating Economic Activity

The George Washington University is an economic engine as well as an academic and cultural resource for the Washington area. More than 2,000 faculty members and nearly 20,000 students make their academic home at our Foggy Bottom/West End and Mount Vernon campuses. In excess of 21,000 GW alumni live and/or work in the District. Providing more than 13,000 D.C.-based full-time and part-time jobs—including jobs for student employees—GW consistently ranks among the district’s top private employers.

As a result, GW’s broad, profound and positive impact on the District of Columbia’s economy carries an estimated value of close to $1 billion a year. That, in turn, spurs additional indirect economic activity totaling more than $285 million. The University spends about 70 percent of its budget in the district, through a combination of salaries for thousands of local employees; academic research projects; purchases and payments to district-based vendors; educational programs; student support services; and taxes.

Serving Communities in Need

The George Washington University creates and participates in public service and civic engagement efforts that take full advantage of our knowledge and ability to respond to educational, health and social needs. Whether joining established service programs or launching our own signature efforts, GW cultivates a strong spirit of community engagement.

GW students contribute over 150,000 volunteer hours per year through dozens of community partnerships, such as The Neighbor’s Project, SJT Scholars and DC Reads. The Princeton Review counts GW among the nation’s top socially aware schools in “Colleges with a Conscience: 81 Great Schools with Outstanding Community Involvement.”

Investing in a Vibrant City

The George Washington University makes enormous contributions to the social and economic fabric of the District of Columbia, partnering with the city to enrich the quality of life in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood and beyond. With the rise in the university’s stature, GW is committed to ensuring that the district shares in its success.

Working with our neighbors, GW earned broad-based support for our 20-Year Foggy Bottom Campus Plan to redevelop the former GW Hospital site, into the Avenue, a vibrant gathering place—a model of mixed-use, transit-oriented development. The project’s community amenities include a neighborhood grocery store, public courtyard, pedestrian retail plaza, environmentally friendly design (including more than a half-acre of green-roof components) and affordable housing.

In addition to these physical amenities, GW’s diverse programs enhance the community’s security and emergency-response capabilities, nurture artistic talent and stimulate cultural exchange. We also sponsor major athletic events in 23 intercollegiate sports and provide public affairs seminars both live and on the air. 

A Community of Learning

The George Washington University inspires and nurtures a community of learning, with ten schools and colleges spanning the breadth of scientific and social understanding. Our faculty and students draw upon the city’s rich array of institutions and resources, from the World Bank to the Smithsonian Institution, while giving back to the community through collaboration and professional practice. For example:

  • GW law students train in the school’s nine clinics, advancing the rights of consumers, immigrants, patients and others by taking on cutting-edge and precedent-setting cases.
  • GW’s Center for Excellence in Public Leadership blends academic research with real-world experience as it trains city agency managers and community leaders who advance social progress for the District of Columbia.

GW In & Of D.C.

The George Washington University is an integral part of Washington, D.C., a constant source of innovation, information and energetic community service. Not only do our faculty, staff and students live and work here, many are dedicated to enhancing and improving the quality of life in the city. GW has established unique partnerships with D.C. schools including: Ballou High School, Duke Ellington High School, Eastern High School and The School Without Walls. 

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Government & Community Relations

Our Community

All great cities have great universities. With deep roots in the District of Columbia, the George Washington University is invested in the success and vitality of the Washington metropolitan area and the well-being of its residents. We actively share our resources and cultivate collaboration with the communities surrounding all three of our campuses, including Foggy Bottom, Mount Vernon and our Virginia Science & Technology campuses, enhancing our collective quality of life and advancing our common goals.

Government Relations at GW

The George Washington University’s students, faculty and alumni lend a wealth of intellectual capital to Washington’s policy deliberations, whether they occur in the White House, the U.S. Congress, the D.C. and Virginia governments, the courts or the hundreds of agencies, associations, foundations and think tanks throughout the region. GW infuses Washington’s government-related institutions with its research, experience, human capital and an army of dedicated interns.

Terms of Use

Visitor Agreement

Welcome to The George Washington University’s (“GW”) Web site, a resource to help you find anything and everything about the University.  By accessing or using the Web site you signify that you have read, understand and agree to be bound by this Visitor Agreement ("Agreement").

The Web is an evolving medium. GW may change the terms of this Agreement from time to time without notice.  By continuing to use this Web site following the posting of such changes, you agree to be bound by this Agreement, as modified. GW may change, restrict access to, suspend, or discontinue this Web site, or any portion of this Web site, at any time.

Feedback

We encourage you to contact us in regards to any questions, comments, suggestions, or other feedback you have about the Web site. Feedback may be sent to the following e-mail address: comments@gwu.edu.   You acknowledge and agree that any feedback provided by you to the University is non-confidential and the University shall be entitled to the unrestricted use and dissemination of it for any purpose, commercial or otherwise, without acknowledgment or compensation to you.

Proprietary Rights in Web site Content; Limited License

All content on the GW Web site, including designs, text, graphics, pictures, video, information, applications, software, music, sound and other files, and their selection and arrangement (the "Web site Content"), is the property of the University or its licensors with all rights reserved.  You may occasionally copy individual items of the Web site solely for your personal, non-commercial use, provided that you keep all copyright or other proprietary notices intact.

Trademarks

The University Web site and any University graphics, logos, designs, page headers, button icons, scripts and service names are registered trademarks or trade dress of the University in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Copyright Complaints

We respect the intellectual property rights of others. If you are an owner of intellectual property and you believe your intellectual property has been improperly posted or distributed via this Web site, please notify us by sending an email to copyright@gwu.edu or by sending a notice by U.S. Mail to: 2100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Suite 250, Washington DC 20052, Attention: Legal Department. In your e-mail or letter, you will need to include all of the notice elements listed in the DMCA at 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)(3). Please be aware that the DMCA makes copyright owners liable if they materially misrepresent that a user's content is infringing.

Choice of Law/Forum Selection

GW is located in Washington DC.  You agree that any dispute arising out of or relating to this Agreement or any content posted to a GW Web site, including copies and republication thereof, whether based in contract, tort, statutory or other law, will be governed by the laws of the District of Columbia, excluding its conflicts of law provisions. You further consent to the personal jurisdiction of and exclusive venue in the federal and state courts located in and serving the District of Columbia as the legal forum for any such dispute.

Disclaimer of Warranty/Limitation of Liability

These web sites and any information, products or services therein are provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including without limitation, the implied warranties of merchant ability, fitness for use of a particular purpose, or noninfringement.

GW does not warrant, and hereby disclaims any warranties, either express or implied, with respect to the accuracy, adequacy or completeness of any Web site, information obtained from a Web site, or link to a Web site. GW does not warrant that its Web sites will operate in an uninterrupted or error-free manner or that its Web sites are free of viruses or other harmful components. Use of information obtained from or through these Web sites is at your own risk.

You agree that GW will not be liable to you for any loss or damages, either actual or consequential, arising out of or relating to these terms, or to your (or any third party's) use or inability to use a site, or to your placement of content on a web site, or to your reliance upon information obtained from or through a web site. In particular, GW will have no liability for any consequential, indirect, punitive, special or incidental damages, whether foreseeable or unforeseeable, (including, but not limited to, claims for defamation, errors, loss of data, or interruption in availability of data), arising out of or relating to this agreement, your use or inability to use a web site, or any purchases on this web site, or your placement of content on a web site, or to your reliance upon information obtained from or through a web site, whether based in contract, tort, statutory or other law.

GW makes no representation regarding your ability to transmit and receive information from or through the Web sites and you agree and acknowledge that your ability to access the Web sites may be impaired. GW disclaims any and all liability resulting from or related to such events.

Indemnification

You agree to indemnify and hold GW harmless from any claims, losses or damages, including legal fees, resulting from your violation of this Agreement and your use of a GW Web site or your placement of any content onto a GW Web site, and to fully cooperate in GW's defense against any such claims.

Other

The Web sites may contain errors and omissions relating to product description, pricing and availability. We reserve the right to correct errors or omissions without prior notice.

General

This Visitor Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and GW and its affiliates with respect to the subject matter herein and supersedes any and all prior or contemporaneous oral or written agreements.

Copyright

Proprietary Rights in Web site Content; Limited License

All content on the GW Web site, including designs, text, graphics, pictures, video, information, applications, software, music, sound and other files, and their selection and arrangement (the "Web site Content"), is the property of the University or its licensors with all rights reserved.  You may occasionally copy individual items of the Web site solely for your personal, non-commercial use, provided that you keep all copyright or other proprietary notices intact.

Trademarks

The University Web site and any University graphics, logos, designs, page headers, button icons, scripts and service names are registered trademarks or trade dress of the University in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Copyright Complaints

We respect the intellectual property rights of others. If you are an owner of intellectual property and you believe your intellectual property has been improperly posted or distributed via this Web site, please notify us by sending an email to copyright@email.gwu.edu or by sending a notice by U.S. Mail to: 2100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Suite 250, Washington DC 20052, Attention: Legal Department. In your e-mail or letter, you will need to include all of the notice elements listed in the DMCA at 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)(3). Please be aware that the DMCA makes copyright owners liable if they materially misrepresent that a user's content is infringing.

Choice of Law/Forum Selection

GW is located in Washington DC.  You agree that any dispute arising out of or relating to this Agreement or any content posted to a GW Web site, including copies and republication thereof, whether based in contract, tort, statutory or other law, will be governed by the laws of the District of Columbia, excluding its conflicts of law provisions. You further consent to the personal jurisdiction of and exclusive venue in the federal and state courts located in and serving the District of Columbia as the legal forum for any such dispute.

Privacy Policy

The George Washington University is committed to respecting users of GW’s websites. For that purpose, this policy has been adopted to address the collection and use of information from GW’s websites. In order to maintain effective privacy practices, GW retains the right to update this policy without notice.

Information Gathering

GW collects two types of information from users: (1) Information provided by the user in order to receive requested information and/or services, and (2) Information passively collected upon a user’s visit to GW’s websites.

Passively Collected Information

When a user visits one of GW’s websites, some information such as the visitor’s Internet protocol (IP) address, Internet service provider, operating system, the site from which the visitor arrived, and the time and date of the user’s visit may be collected automatically as part of the software operation of the website. This intake of information is not personally identifiable. GW uses this information solely for internal purposes, such as, to see what pages are most frequently visited, in order to improve the site. Additionally, GW is currently using Google Analytics, a web metrics service, to collect certain information automatically upon a user’s visit. For more information regarding Google Analytics, see Google's privacy policy.

Information Provided by the User

Users may provide GW with non-personally and personally identifiable information in order to utilize certain services and retrieve information. Such instances may not be noticeable to the user and include, but are not limited to: filling out surveys, purchasing goods and services, submitting tests, registering for courses, and submitting certain online forms.

Should the user choose to provide GW with any personal information, GW will use such information only to conduct official University business and will disclose it only when such disclosure may be appropriate to comply with applicable law, to enforce GW’s Visitor Agreement, or to protect the rights, property or the safety of visitors to GW’s websites, the University community or the public. GW does not sell, trade, or rent users’ personal information to others.

GW maintains information collection procedures that comply with The Child Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998. If you believe that GW has collected personally identifiable information about your child, please contact GW immediately at comply@gwu.edu so that if such information has been collected, GW may take appropriate action.

Distribution of Collected Information

In certain instances, in order to provide information and services, or as required by law, GW may disseminate non-personally and personally identifiable information to third parties and officials/departments within GW. In these instances, the information provided to the third-party or GW entity shall be limited to the extent necessary required to provide the user-requested information and/or services, or as required by applicable law enforcement agencies.

Cookies

GW’s websites make use of “cookies,” which are small text files placed on the user’s computer to keep track of information about the user’s browsing on this site. The utilization of cookies allows GW to enhance a user’s experience by allowing GW to create tailored web applications. A user’s decision to set his or her web browser to accept or disable cookies is a personal choice. However, some of GW’s websites may not function properly if cookies are disabled.

Third Party Websites and Content

GW websites may contain links to other websites owned by third parties as a convenience to the user. If a user decides to use these links, he or she will leave the GW website. GW is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites, and does not make any representations or endorsements about them. If a user decides to leave the website and access any third party site, it will be at the user’s own risk, and users should be aware that GW’s policies will no longer govern. Users should review the applicable terms and policies, including privacy and data gathering practices, of any site to which the user navigates away from GW’s websites.

The User’s Personal Account

Any user that chooses to use GW’s websites is responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of his or her account and password, if any, and for restricting access to his or her computer, and agrees to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under his or her account or password. The user agrees that any billing and registration information provided on the websites will be accurate and complete.

Security

GW implements stringent security measures to promote the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of any information in the possession (or control) of GW. GW utilizes Secure-Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption technology for instances where GW websites request or provide personal information of the user. The SSL technology’s purpose is to protect users’ information from being viewed by an outside third-party.

Some features on this website may enable credit card transactions in order for users to purchase a variety of goods and services. Credit card transactions are completely voluntary. GW’s security measures comply with PCI Data Security Standards (DSS). Additionally, GW exports the processing of online transactions to PCI DSS certified institutions to further promote effective security.

While the security of users’ personal information is of the utmost importance to GW, GW cannot guarantee the security of any information the user chooses to disclose online. Any information the user chooses to disclose to GW is done at his or her own risk.

Policies

Below are a number of pertinent policies and procedures implemented by GW related to this policy:

  • The George Washington University Privacy Policy Statement
  • Data Classification Security Policy
  • GW Web Content Policy
  • Security Breaches Involving Confidential Personal Information
  • Information Security Policy
  • Health Information Privacy Policy
  • Privacy of Student Records Policy
  • Social Security Number and GWid Usage Policy

Additional University policies may be found at www.policy.gwu.edu.

Contact

If you have any questions regarding this policy or GW’s websites generally, please contact us at comments@gwu.edu.

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