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If you are in immediate danger, call 911 or the GW Police Department.

      Call 911      Call 202-994-6111 (GWPD)

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If you are not in immediate danger, call GW Sexual Assault Response & Consultation (SARC) for help.

Call 202-994-7222


If you would like to report an incident of sexual or gender-based harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence or stalking.

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Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment

Sexual and gender-based harassment refers to a broad range of unwelcome behavior. 

The following is a general summary of GW’s policy about this behavior. For the full policy, please click here

Sexual harassment is unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, sexual advances and/or requests for sexual favors. Gender-based harassment, on the other hand, is harassment based on gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity or gender expression even if the acts do not involve contact of a sexual nature. 

Both sexual harassment and gender-based harassment violate GW policy when:

  • Submission to, or rejection of, such conduct is made implicitly or explicitly a term or condition of a person's instruction, academic standing employment, or participation in any university program, activity, or benefit
  • Submission to, or rejection of, such conduct is used as a basis for evaluation in making academic or personnel decisions.
  • The conduct creates a hostile environment.  A hostile environment exists when the conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with, limits, or deprives an individual from participating in or benefiting from the university's educational, employment, and/or campus-residential experience when viewed both objectively and subjectively.


There are two main types of sexual harassment

  1. Quid Pro Quo (Latin for: “this for that”): Some examples may include:
  • Offering a reward such as a promotion or a different work assignment in exchange for sexual favors or submission to sexual conduct
  • Offering a reward such as a better grade, letter of recommendation, or admission to a program in exchange for sexual favors or submission to sexual contact
  • Threatening or taking a negative action such as termination, demotion, change in working conditions, denial of an employee benefit, giving an unfair grade, withholding a letter of recommendation, or intentionally making the individual's job or academic work more difficult because submission to conduct of a sexual nature is rejected


  1. Hostile Environment: Some examples may include:
  • Repeated propositions or requests for a sexual relationship to an individual who has indicated this behavior is not wanted
  • Unwelcome physical contact of a sexual nature
  • Sexual gestures, noises, remarks, jokes. questions, or comments about a person's sexuality that are so severe or pervasive that they would be perceived as creating a hostile work environment


It is important to note that sexual and/or gender-based harassment:

  • May be blatant and intentional or may be subtle and indirect
  • May be committed by anyone, regardless of gender, age, position, or authority.  While there is often a power differential between the two persons, harassment may occur in any context
  • May be committed by a stranger, an acquaintance, or someone who the person has an intimate or sexual relationship
  • May be committed by or against an individual or may be a result of the actions of an organization or group
  • May occur by or against an individual of any sex, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation
  • May occur in the classroom, in the workplace, in residential settings or in any other context
  • May be a one-time event or may be part of a pattern of behavior
  • May be committed in the presence of others or when the parties are alone
  • May affect the target of the harassment and/or third parties who witness or observe the harassment
  • Do not have to include an intent to harm, be directed at a specific target, or involve repeated incidents