University Academic Policies

Posted on August 1, 2020 by Gabe Parmer

Use of Electronic Course Materials and Class Recordings

The intuition: When we record class, it captures you and your peers, and those recordings cannot be seen beyond the class. We want to protect each and every one of your privacy. Thus, it is imperative that you not share those links with others. In contrast, any aspect of the class that is shared publicly (as a public video on youtube, on a webpage, or on github) can be shared in any way you see fit.

The legalese: Students are encouraged to use electronic course materials, including recorded class sessions, for private personal use in connection with their academic program of study. Electronic course materials and recorded class sessions should not be shared or used for non-course related purposes unless express permission has been granted by the instructor. Students who impermissibly share any electronic course materials are subject to discipline under the Student Code of Conduct. Please contact the instructor if you have questions regarding what constitutes permissible or impermissible use of electronic course materials and/or recorded class sessions. Please contact Disability Support Services if you have questions or need assistance in accessing electronic course materials.

Academic Integrity Code

Academic Integrity is an integral part of the educational process, and GW takes these matters very seriously. Violations of academic integrity occur when students fail to cite research sources properly, engage in unauthorized collaboration, falsify data, and in other ways outlined in the Code of Academic Integrity. Students accused of academic integrity violations should contact the Office of Academic Integrity to learn more about their rights and options in the process. Outcomes can range from failure of assignment to expulsion from the University, including a transcript notation. The Office of Academic Integrity maintains a permanent record of the violation.

More information is available from the Office of Academic Integrity at integrity. The University’s “Guide of Academic Integrity in Online Learning Environments” is available. Contact information: or 202-994-6757.

University policy on observance of religious holidays

In accordance with University policy, students should notify faculty during the first week of the semester of their intention to be absent from class on their day(s) of religious observance. For details and policy, see “Religious Holidays”.

Disability Support Services (DSS)

Any student who may need an accommodation based on the potential impact of a disability should contact DSS to establish eligibility and to coordinate reasonable accommodations. Contact DSS via or 202-994-8250.

Counseling and Psychological Services

GW’s Colonial Health Center offers counseling and psychological services, supporting mental health and personal development by collaborating directly with students to overcome challenges and difficulties that may interfere with academic, emotional, and personal success. Find information about these services or call 202-994-5300.