A Message from Provost Blake

April 28, 2020

Dear GW Students,

As you continue to adjust to learning and engaging remotely, we appreciate the flexibility you have demonstrated and the creative ways that you are adapting to our virtual classrooms. We are committed to supporting your progress and well-being. For some of you, this may mean graduating and finding employment, and while this may be especially challenging in our current environment, I encourage you to take advantage of the resources offered by our career service offices. For others  who are continuing through summer or planning for fall, we are making every effort to ensure your continued progress. As you are now aware, we have made adjustments to academic policies,  including the option for most undergraduate courses to be taken as pass/no pass, and we have relaxed financial and advising holds. We will continue to evaluate and share with you other initiatives we are pursuing to alleviate the added burden of this disruption. Most importantly, as you wrap up this semester, there are additional resources below that I encourage you to use.

  • Gelman Library resources remain available to all students and faculty to maintain research activities and support online classes during GW's virtual learning period. Students can access online peer tutoring and course review sessions through Academic Commons in a number of different subject areas. The full list of remote library services and resources is available online. Remote assistance is available via the virtual Ask Us desk during scheduled Ask Us Desk hours or by email at [email protected].
  • The Office for Student Success is offering online success coaching, useful tips and support for students who are encountering challenges and who may require additional assistance as they prepare for final exams.
  • The International Services Office has put together useful information in these podcasts.
  • GW Career Services is available to support students, hosting a variety of virtual events and programs, including career fairs and meetings with companies that are hiring. In addition, they have published articles in Handshake that provide detailed information on virtual services and programs.
  • Disability Support Services continues to work with students who have approved accommodations. More information can be found on the DSS website.
  • The GW Campus Store has partnered with the publishing community to provide students with up to seven free eBooks from participating publishers through May 25 via RedShelf. This includes almost all Top Textbooks. RedShelf may have textbooks for other classes available, as well. 

We are committed to supporting you as we work through this transition together. We look forward to joining many of you and your families at the virtual Commencement celebration on May 17th.


M. Brian Blake
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs