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Our Commitment

Every Hoya brings different experiences, backgrounds and identities to the Georgetown community. As a community in diversity, we share a set of values that has been refined over five hundred years of Jesuit tradition. Central to Georgetown’s mission as a Catholic and Jesuit institution and guided by our founding as a university for students of all faiths, Georgetown promotes interreligious understanding and dialogue among community members of all religious and non-religious backgrounds. We affirm and promote a rich and growing diversity of faith traditions; racial, ethnic, and gender identities; and cultural heritages represented by our students, faculty, and staff. 

Georgetown University strongly condemns antisemitism, Islamophobia, racism, and hatred of any kind in our community. We do not tolerate harassment, discrimination, intimidation or threats of harm.

We are deeply committed to fostering a safe, welcoming and inclusive community that respects the inherent dignity and shared humanity of each Hoya, promotes the free expression of ideas, and enables every member of our community to thrive.

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Belonging and Inclusion Resources

We have a number of resources across our campuses staffed by dedicated colleagues committed to supporting belonging and inclusion within our community.

Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Affirmative Action

Accessibility at Georgetown

Office of Campus Ministry

Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (School of Medicine)

Office of Equity & Inclusion (Georgetown Law)

Office of Student Equity and Inclusion (Main Campus)

Georgetown Scholars Program

Military and Veterans’ Resource Center

Employee Resource Groups

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Educational Resources

Georgetown University is committed to making learning accessible and meaningful for all our students; this commitment is at the heart of who we are as a community. We know that implementing inclusive pedagogical approaches can not only increase our students’ sense of belonging, but it can have a direct impact on our students’ ability to do their best work in the classroom and to be fully successful in their time at Georgetown.

Learning, Equity, Access, and Pedagogy Initiative

Doyle Engaging Difference Program

Teaching in Difficult Times

The Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Active (IDEAA) offers interactive, educational workshops to the Georgetown University community, upon request.

IDEAA Trainings and Workshops

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Preventing and Addressing Discrimination, Harassment, and Bias

Members of the Georgetown University community can use our Bias Reporting System to report experiences of bias, hate, discrimination, or harassment, including incidents of bias or hate involving email, online harassment, or other forms of online abuse. Through the Bias Reporting System, Georgetown responds to, tracks and reviews bias-related incidents. Reporting incidents allows the University to provide support to impacted individuals and hold the appropriate community members accountable for violations of University policy.

Bias Reporting System

If you believe you have experienced discrimination or harassment in violation of University policies, or are aware of discrimination occurring in a Georgetown University program or activity, you may also choose to file a complaint with the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action (IDEAA).

How to File a Discrimination Complaint with IDEAA

IDEAA also offers an Alternative Resolution process, which is a voluntary, collaborative opportunity to address issues of possible bias, discrimination, harassment, or retaliation through a confidential non-investigative process, to build mutual understanding and promote healing. Any individual who believes that they may have experienced possible discrimination, harassment, or retaliation in a Georgetown University program or activity, on- or off-campus, may request Alternative Resolution by sending an email to ideaa@georgetown.edu or calling (202) 687-4798.

Alternative Resolution

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Safety Resources

The safety and security of the Georgetown University community is our highest priority. If, at any time, you feel unsafe on or near Georgetown’s campuses, our LiveSafe mobile app allows you to report concerning activity, request a SafeRide, reach the Georgetown University Police Department (GUPD), or access resources related to mental health or bias reporting. Help is available 24/7. On the Main and Medical campuses, GUPD can be reached at (202) 687-4343, and the Georgetown Law Campus Police Department (DPS) can be reached at (202) 662-9325. If you are off campus, please call 911.

LiveSafe App

Georgetown University Police Department

Georgetown Law Campus Police Department

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Speech and Expression

Georgetown’s university-wide speech and expression policy encourages and protects the free expression of ideas within the broadest possible latitude. We do not tolerate speech that defames a specific individual, constitutes a genuine threat, or violates our Harassment Policy, and we maintain other limited exceptions related to time, place, and manner. Our Speech and Expression Committee helps to uphold the guidelines on speech and expression that are included in our undergraduate student handbook and can help review and advise on concerns.

Policy on Speech and Expression

Speech and Expression Committee

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Restorative Justice

To advance restorative justice and community healing, Restorative Georgetown is a pilot program that promotes and integrates community-based connection and learning, circle conversations, and interpersonal growth. Restorative Georgetown works with students to develop tools to address harm and needs. We preserve our common humanity, create opportunities for accountability, and address the underlying root causes of harm.

Restorative Georgetown

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Well-Being Resources

Georgetown University offers a wide range of resources to support the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of our students, faculty and staff. 

Every Hoya Cares

Student Well-Being Resources

Faculty and Staff Well-Being Resources

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Georgetown University has a team of ombuds who serve as a confidential, neutral, independent, informal, and voluntary resource providing assistance to students, faculty and staff with university-related questions, concerns and disputes.

Main Campus Faculty Ombuds

Main Campus Student Ombuds

Medical Center Faculty Ombuds

School of Medicine Student Ombuds

University Staff Ombuds

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University Policies

Every member of the Georgetown University community is responsible for upholding all applicable university policies.

University Policies Regarding Discrimination and Harassment

Code of Student Conduct (Main Campus undergraduate and graduate students)

Georgetown Law Student Handbook of Academic Policies

School of Medicine Student Handbook

Faculty Handbook

Human Resources Policy Manual

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Recent Messages From President DeGioia

“Communities are built through the expression of shared values. At Georgetown, we value the inherent dignity of each person. We care for one another. We treat one another with respect and compassion. These values provide the foundation for our educational mission and our work together. Upholding them is our most fundamental responsibility as members of this community.” – President John J. DeGioia

Reflections During This Holy Season (April 1, 2024)

Faculty and Staff/AAP Cultural Climate Survey Results (November 14, 2023, faculty and staff message)

Reflections on Community (October 19, 2023)

A Message From President DeGioia on the Attacks in Israel (October 8, 2023)

Update on Gender Equity Commitments (September 14, 2023, faculty and staff message)

Today’s Supreme Court Ruling and Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (June 29, 2023)

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