Drug-Free Policy

Policy Summary

George Washington University of Peace recognizes that drug and alcohol abuse diminishes the integrity of the institution and erodes the strength and vitality of its human resources. It is the intent of the University to educate students and employees about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, and to discourage the illegal possession and distribution of drugs and alcohol.

It is the policy of the George Washington University of Peace that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession, use or abuse of alcohol and/or illicit drugs on the George Washington University of Peace  campus or property owned or controlled by the University is strictly prohibited. All categories of employees and students are subject to this policy and to applicable federal and local laws related to this matter. Additionally, any violation of this policy may result in disciplinary action.

Standards of Conduct

George Washington University of Peace employees and students are prohibited from engaging in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, use or being under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol on the University campus, and at off-campus facilities owned or controlled by the University. At off campus events, to the extent that off-campus activities are considered to be University activities, the standards of conduct (of the act) shall apply, and alcohol shall not be abused by those of the legal drinking, nor used, possessed or distributed by those who have not attained legal drinking age.


George Washington University of Peace, as an educational institution in accordance with local laws, prohibits smoking on campus. Consequently, GW University employees, students and visitors who wish to smoke will be able to do so only outside the buildings.

All University employees will be informed about the University’s Drug-Free policy upon being hired. Students will be informed during their orientation as well as through their Student Handbook.


The George Washington University of Peace administration respects students, authors, journalists, their rights and their interests in our vibrant community of scholarship and learning. Our press policies are designed to be responsive to journalists’ requests for freedom of access while also minimizing disruption of University activities and respecting our students’ rights to privacy.



Both News organizations and the GW University Press team must respect the rights of students to decline to be interviewed or photographed. Members of the media may not capture photographic or video images or audio of students without written permission from the individuals involved. News media are not permitted to enter classrooms without securing advance permission from the instructor and notifying the Office of Student Affairs.

All members of the news media (non-members of the HAU extended community) interested in attending events, capturing images on campus or arranging interviews must contact the Media Coordinator or the Office of Student Affairs.


Any articles and submissions of video, audio and slideshows produced by GW University students, faculty and/or
staff for university use should be submitted to the Media Coordinator. Submitted multimedia will be considered for presentation on the University home page, the Multimedia pages, in news stories or in other University publications. As the submitter, you have to ensure the following:

  • ensure that you have permission from all individuals appearing in your article or multimedia to have it published or archived on our website
  • obtain permission to use all content owned and created by others, including photographs, cartoons, musical compositions and lyrics that are in your production/ publication For more information, contact the Media Coordinator at academicaffairs@gwuop.org


Students may appeal a faculty member’s decision regarding a grade. To make a formal appeal, a student should communicate to the faculty member, either orally or in written form, the reasons he or she believes the grade to be unfair or inappropriate. If after that meeting, a disagreement continues to exist, a student may appeal in writing to the Academic Standards Committee.

A personal meeting will then be arranged. Decisions of the Academic Standing Committee may be appealed to the Provost. The decision of the Provost will be considered final. All appeals must be made no later than four weeks from the date of the decision of the Academic Standing Committee or four weeks from the distribution of final grades. Procedures for academic appeals are outlined in the Student Handbook.

Information & Sanctions

The University will impose appropriate sanction(s) on any employee or student who fails to comply with the terms of this policy. Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action, including, but not limited to a warning, written reprimand, suspension (with or without pay), dismissal, expulsion, and/or mandatory participation and successful completion of a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program approved by an appropriate health or law enforcement agency.

Any University employee paid from U.S. federally funded grants or contracts, must notify the University of any Criminal Drug Statute Conviction for a violation occurring at the University or while engaged in University activities no later than five calendar days of the conviction. Penalties, including fines and possible imprisonment are contingent upon local authorities’ decisions and law.

The University will impose appropriate sanction(s) on any employee or student who fails to comply with the terms of this policy.


This Policy contains important rules covering the use of GW University e-mail and access to the Internet. Many of the rules apply equally to the other University methods of communicating with the outside world such as letter, fax and telephone. The complete e-mail and internet policy is contained in the Student Handbooks. All students receive a copy of this policy and are asked to sign individually during new student orientation.

Failure to comply with the rules set out in this Policy may lead to disciplinary action being taken against students, including dismissal. It is important to emphasize vis-à-vis this policy that all communications that relate to the academic programs and course of studies at George Washington University of Peace must occur through the university issued email account.



When using the George Washington University of Peace  name/logo other than for news, research or documentary purposes, individuals  for individual use (even students), entities not affiliated with the University — such as commercial firms, vendors, contractors, marketing professionals, institutions and service providers — must adhere to GW University  guidelines when including references to the institution or its likeness in information intended for electronic or printed publication or dissemination.

Additional questions should be sent to the Director of the Marketing Committee.


An Academic Standards Committee serves all Graduate and Undergraduate programs. The committee consists of a minimum of five members elected by the faculty and appointed by the Provost who are typically senior members of the faculty and represent the institution broadly.

The Academic Standards Committee convenes to monitor the academic progress of all students at least once each year and on an as-needed basis to hear complaints and appeals. The Committee recommends academic honors, place poorly performing students on probation, and issue suspensions and dismissals according to University policies.


The Academic Standards Committee also considers and adjudicates on matters of disciplinary action. Cases will normally be brought forward by a faculty member and or academic program director. The student who has been accused of academic misconduct should be present during a scheduled hearing of the Committee.

Decisions of the Academic Standards Committee may be appealed to the Provost. The decision of the Provost will be final. Procedures for disciplinary appeals are outlined in the Student Handbook.