University Statement - January 12, 2023

January 12, 2023

The George Washington University strongly condemns antisemitism and hatred, discrimination and bias in all forms, and we are committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment where all feel safe and free of harassment, hostility or marginalization. Resources, avenues for support and complaint mechanisms are available through the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement; Division for Student Affairs; Faculty Affairs and Employee Relations. The university also recognizes and supports academic freedom, and the right of all members of our community to speak out on issues of public concern, understanding that they are not speaking on behalf of the university.

We are aware from media reports that an advocacy group recently submitted a complaint to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) asserting allegations of discriminatory conduct. They are allegations and reflect the advocacy group’s perspective. The university will respond to OCR regarding any complaint it may receive from OCR. In the meantime, the university will continue to provide support to students as well as faculty who have shared concerns about recent experiences and work with students and faculty involved to take appropriate actions to address these concerns.