George Washington University (GW) values diversity in all its forms. Our commitment to diversity is witnessed in our eagerness to welcome students from across the country and around the world.
In December of 2016, GW leadership shared their continued support of undocumented students studying at the university. In a statement, the university reaffirmed its "commitment to support our undocumented students, safeguard student records and provide legal services when appropriate." The university outlined key principles in order to protect the civil rights of students:
1. The university will continue to provide information on how to apply to GW and request financial aid as an undocumented person. The university has not and will not require that admitted students provide proof of citizenship or that current students disclose if they are undocumented.
2. The university will assist its undocumented students through the GW Law School’s immigration law clinic.
3. Confidential student records regarding immigration status of undocumented students will not be released without a warrant, subpoena or other court order, unless authorized by the student.
4. Students will not be questioned, held or arrested by the George Washington University Police Department (GWPD) on the basis of immigration status alone.
5. University police officers will not participate in joint immigration enforcement efforts with other law enforcement officials unless required by law.
Resources on GW's Campus
Important notice: Renewal applications for DACA will be accepted until October 5, 2017 and will be processed according to the prior existing policy.
Consult an Attorney
In light of possible changes to DACA, students who may be affected and wish to consult an immigration attorney may contact the university's immigration lawyers free of charge. They will answer initial questions and review options with affected students. Please contact Ms. Helen Konrad at the firm of McCandlish Holton at [email protected], or by phone at 1-804-775-3825. The law firm has also posted helpful information on understanding the most recent government announcements. You can read the summary here: DACA September 5, 2017 summary.
The complete DACA rescission memorandum is available on the Department of Homeland Security website.
GW Law School Immigration Clinic
The Jacob Burns Communication Legal Clinic offers legal assistance to GW students, representing clients from around the world on immigration law matters. For more information, students should call 202-994-7463 and ask for the Immigration Clinic. More information can be found here.
- American Council on Education (ACE) - ACE is part of the Protect Dreamers Higher Education Coalition. The coalition website has information and resources to help students, faculty and staff advocate on behalf of dreamers.
- Colonial Health Center - The Colonial Health Center is committed to creating a safe, welcoming, and affirming environment for all students, conducive to the exploration of personal, social, emotional, and academic concerns.
- First Generation Student Support - The CSE supports first generation students in a number of ways including monthly dinners, mentoring, and the promotion of the First Generation community at GW.
- GW Center for Student Engagement - The CSE seeks to enhance all aspects of the GW student experience, fostering communities that promote learning and development.
- GW Tells Community 'You Are Welcome Here' - GW has shown its support of all students, regardless of race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation or gender identity. The university has joined more than 100 universities participating in the initiative.
- Illinois Association for College Admissions Counseling College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students - This guide compiles a number of resources for undocumented students, including admissions and financial aid information.
- Immigrant Legal Resource Center - The ILRC provides a number of informational resources in different languages related to various issues, including DACA.
- Multicultural Student Services Center - The MSSC is dedicated to welcoming, enriching, and creating an inclusive environment at GW.
- My Undocumented Life - Up-to-Date Information and Resources for Undocumented Immigrants