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Off-Campus Conduct

It is important to recognize that in addition to abiding by community standards and local laws, to include, but not be limited to, the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland laws, students who reside off university premises are expected to adhere to the George Washington University's "Code of Student Conduct."

The "Code of Student Conduct" applies to all GW students, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and the university may initiate administrative or disciplinary action against a student for violations of law or university policies whether a violation took place on or off university premises.

In this regard, students should be informed that the university has several policies related to off-campus conduct; these include, but are not limited to:


As an additional resource, the Office of Off-Campus Student Affairs (OCSA) extends community building and learning beyond the campus of the George Washington University by providing resources, services and programs designed to assist and guide students in navigating the process of moving from residential living on campus to independent living in the surrounding community. This office is committed to educating students on how to become active and responsible members of the surrounding community.

Information Related to Civil or Criminal Actions Against a Student

The university is responsible for upholding its standards through a disciplinary process separate from any civil authorities’ actions. If a student is facing criminal charges, the student will be accountable for his/her behavior through a university disciplinary proceeding, independent of any civil/criminal court proceedings.

The university disciplinary process cannot be challenged on the grounds that criminal charges have been dismissed or reduced. To encourage the student to consider the impact of his/her behavior on the university community and as a GW student, the university may find a student “in violation” of a university policy and assign sanctions separate from those assigned criminally.