Statement From OAS
On May 6th, 2020 the Department of Education, led by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, released new regulations regarding Title IX. We recognize that these changes could have disproportionate implications on the experiences of survivors in higher education nationwide. As a result, the Office of Advocacy & Support (OAS) is working alongside university stakeholders to make certain the voices of survivors are considered.
The Office of Advocacy and Support has been working diligently to read through and analyze all 2000+ pages of the new regulations, as well as supplementary material.
The university is currently reviewing our policies for compliance with the new regulations. Whether or not the policies change, OAS’s work and our commitment to survivors will not change. We remain committed to building a culture of care that empathetically supports, empowers, and respects the autonomy of survivors. If you have thoughts, concerns, and questions about the new Title IX Regulations that you would like to share with the Office of Advocacy and Support, please fill out our Webform. We will be using this information to inform the ways our office responds to the regulations, as well as to advocate for our GW community.
Regardless of any policy changes that may or may not occur, The Office of Advocacy and Support will continue to provide the same assistance and resources to survivors of all types of trauma, crime, and violence. Whether or not the incident happened before your time at GW. Whether or not the incident happened on-campus. Whether or not your experience matches the definitions in the regulations or university policy. We are here for you and we care.
You can schedule a time to speak to a confidential advocate by calling 202-994-0443 or sending an email to [email protected] We will also continue to host our virtual office hours on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. –1:00 p.m., which you can access here.