Important Update for All GW Student Organizations
Mar 1, 2018 by Anne E Graham
Dear Student Organization Leaders,
In partnership with the Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, the Center for Student Engagement would like to announce that, effective immediately, student organizations must include the following language in their constitutions:
The George Washington University values respect, communication, community, and diversity, and our organization and its members are expected to uphold and espouse these values. Members whose actions do not reflect these values are subject to removal from the organization. Grounds for removal may include, but are not limited to, the following actions:
- Illegal activity
- Sexual assault
- Violence and other abuse
Members who have allegedly acted in a way that does not live up to the values of the University and/or the Constitution and Bylaws of __________ (organization) are subject to removal.
All student organizations must incorporate the above language into their constitutions as part of this year’s Student Organization Annual Registration process, which opened today and will close at 9am on March 23.
This language is intended to promote a positive, inclusive, safe, and productive culture among our diverse community of student organizations and to underscore that behavior contrary to the values of our institution is unacceptable. If this type of behavior arises, student organizations should work with their staff advisor.
We recognize that, currently, not all organizations have formal member removal processes outlined in their constitutions. Over the course of this semester, the Center for Student Engagement will make it a priority to provide resources to student organizations so that each organization can develop a thorough and equitable member removal process that is conducive to their needs. In the fall, a key component of the required advisor-organization meeting will be a review of member and officer removal processes.
The George Washington University boasts a community of more than 475 diverse student organizations. It is our belief that this important change will strengthen this impressive community. I encourage you to reach out to your staff advisor, or directly to me, with any questions or concerns.