Compliance & Outreach

The George Washington University, founded in 1821 and rooted in the Foggy Bottom, West End, Foxhall Village and Berkeley Terrace neighborhoods, coordinate and cultivate the University’s relationship with its neighbors. The University recognizes that a thriving community is a key component of the GW experience for those who study, teach, research, and work here. Our campus compliance and outreach efforts reflect this value and our commitments are products of that commitment.



The University is committed to complying with the conditions set forth in the DC Zoning Commission's Order of Approval (.pdf) for the 2007 Foggy Bottom Campus Plan. The University's compliance initiatives include many elements, such as the Streetscape Plan and the Historic Preservation Plan, as well as:

  • Transitioning use of facilities outside the campus plan boundaries to uses other than undergraduate housing – including conversion of Hall on Virginia Avenue and The Aston to graduate residence halls;
  • Agreeing to not purchase additional residentially-zoned properties outside of the Campus Plan boundaries in the Foggy Bottom/West End area for a use other than investment purposes or which would be limited to the University population;
  • Conducting an annual audit of Foggy Bottom student enrollment counts in coordination with the DC Zoning Administrator;
  • Providing bi-annual reports on the University's compliance with Campus Plan conditions;

Being a Good Neighbor

The Office of Government and Community Relations along with the Office of Off-Campus Student Affairs is committed to educating students on how to become active and responsible members of the surrounding community. Together, we work to develop and enact educational initiatives for our students.

The Avenue over Whole Foods

Building Managers

Each quarter, staff from the Office of Government and Community Relations and Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities meet with building managers from local properties to discuss issues of concern unique to apartment-style living.

GW Flag flown in University Yard

Community Advisory Committee

A key component of the 2007 Foggy Bottom Campus Plan is the creation of the GW/Community Advisory Committee for the purpose of "fostering consistent communication between the university and the Foggy Bottom and West End communities, discussing issues of mutual interest and proposing solutions to problems that exists or arise in implementing the approved Foggy Bottom Campus Plan."

View of campus off of Duques roof

Community Concerns Report

The George Washington University is committed to being a good neighbor and working with members of the community to respond to complaints regarding student behavior both on-campus and off-campus.