To report violations of cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of dishonesty in an academic exercise
The Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities makes an online form available for anyone who wishes to submit a report about a potential conduct violation. This form can be utilized to report the following:
- Discriminatory harassment or unlawful discrimination by a student or student organization
- Hazing by a student or student organization
- Off-campus community or noise disturbance
- On-campus community or noise disturbance
- Policy violation by a student organization
- Any other concern for student conduct
Upon receiving a report, we will respond as appropriate.
The following are characteristics of a helpful incident report:
|Include the basics.||Date, time, location, etc. Any information (including names of individuals or organizations) of those who are present and their role (witness, respondent, etc.) is helpful.|
|Be specific and impartial in your language.||For example, instead of saying that someone was "rude" or "aggressive," it's more effective to describe the behaviors, such as "George raised their voice to a level that led me to back up. George followed me, moving within six inches of my body."|
|Avoid overstating what occurred or expressing certainty when you do not have it.||For example, if you are reporting the number of people in a location, rather than saying, "There were like 50 people there," it's better to state, "I counted at least 30 different people."|
|Screenshots, photos, email or chat threads, and videos are helpful, especially when they include context.||
For example, if providing a video, it's helpful to add, "I [insert name] am recording this video on February 29, 2020 at 1234 Z Street, NW."
Please note that students named in the report have the right to view the report. For this reason, keeping focused on the events that occurred and the facts of the case is helpful.
The following other reporting mechanisms exist at GW:
To report incidents to the university police department during emergencies, non-emergencies, or confidentially
To report if you or someone you know has experienced sexual or gender-based harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence, or stalking
The following are confidential resources:
The Office of Advocacy & Support provides emotional and administrative support, psychoeducation on the impact of trauma and violence, a space to discuss and process feelings, and referrals to other resources.
That is okay! You can report to the option that is most comfortable to you and the report can be redirected as needed.
You can also call 202-994-6757 with questions.
First Floor Lobby
514 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052