Post-Election Safety Precautions and Resources

Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, will be a university holiday. Synchronous course meetings will be canceled and offices will be closed. During the period surrounding Election Day, we anticipate an increased number of people gathering in and around Washington, D.C. If you need to be on and near the Foggy Bottom Campus during this time, please take the following safety precautions:

  • Plan for the possibility of increased pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
  • Make sure doors close and lock behind you as you arrive and depart.
  • Do not allow strangers into GW buildings.
  • Carry identification and your GWorld card at all times when on campus.
  • If there is a disturbance, seek shelter indoors until normal conditions return. Observe directions from law enforcement personnel.
  • GW Police and EMeRG will be on campus and will be available for assistance, if necessary.

We suggest preparing for the Election Day period as you would for a hurricane or a snowstorm that would prevent you from traveling. 


After election results are public (which may not happen on Nov. 3): 
Some may want to celebrate while others may protest. If large crowds start to gather we urge you to follow these tips: 

  • Be aware of the behavior of those around you and report suspicious behavior.
  • Monitor traffic reports, weather reports, and emergency notifications.
  • Let someone who is not going with you know your plan.  
  • Stay hydrated and bring snacks/food with you as you travel to and from campus, as many businesses may close and there may be disruptions to your commute.
  • Have a secondary communication plan in case cell phone signals are limited. 
  • Check out Tips for Safer Protesting and Election Planning Safety at the Office of Advocacy Support's Instagram page


Sign Up for GW’s Election Day Text Message Updates 
To receive Foggy Bottom updates via text about safety and campus operations, please text "GWELECT2020" to 67283 to sign up. These messages will start Monday, Nov. 2, and continue as long as needed.

  • You can also access notifications, GW advisories, and GW alerts via your inbox and push notifications by downloading the GW Guardian App.
  • In addition, if you have not signed up yet for DC Alerts, sign up here
  • Follow @GWSafety on Social Media


The university will be monitoring activity in the District and will send email and text alerts to the entire GW community if necessary. The latest safety and security information will be posted on Campus AdvisoriesAdditional safety and security resources can be found at the Division of Safety and Security's Website