About Safety and Security

Safety and security at the George Washington University is the comprehensive effort to provide a safe and secure campus for all university students, faculty and staff.  

Darrell Darnell, Senior Associate Vice President for Safety and Security, leads the Division, and the following units serve the university under his leadership:

The Senior Associate Vice President for Safety and Security reports directly to the Executive Vice President and Treasurer.


The mission of the Division of Safety and Security is to provide a safe and secure campus environment for all members of the university community.  This mission is achieved through active participation of all university members and partnerships with local law enforcement and community partners.


The George Washington University Division of Safety and Security aims to be the nation's premier provider of safety and security preparedness for an institution of higher education.



Preparing for Emergencies and Disruptive Incidents

Designated and essential employees, as well as academic and administrative management should become familiar with the information in this brochure.

Department of Homeland Security Guidance for Active Shooter Situations

The Department of Homeland Security provides guidance about how to respond in the event of an active shooter situation.

Suspicious and Unattended Packages

If you see a suspicious or unattended package or receive a bomb threat, follow the instructions provided and immediately notify GWPD: 202-994-6111.

If you see something, say something.

Smoke Free GW

GW's campuses are smoke free. Click on the image above to learn about our smoke-free policy and resources to help you quit.