On Saturday, Aug. 11, and Sunday, Aug. 12, rally and protest activities are expected to have a major impact on the Foggy Bottom Campus. Please read this email for updated information for the GW community.
The Unite the Right 2 rally is scheduled to be held in Washington, D.C. on the afternoon and evening of Sunday Aug. 12, the anniversary of last year’s Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va. Unite the Right 2 organizers have a permit for two days of activity on Aug. 11-12 in Lafayette Park, located across from the White House. Different groups of counter-protestors also have permits to demonstrate in the area. Protest and counter-protest activity could occur at any time throughout the weekend. We expect the majority of the activity that will affect the Foggy Bottom area to occur between 2:30-10:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The following campus buildings and facilities will be closed on Sunday: the Marvin Center, Gelman Library, Lerner Health and Wellness Center, the GW Law Complex, the George Washington Museum and The Textile Museum, the Himmelfarb Library in Ross Hall, and the food courts at both District House and Shenkman Hall. The Corcoran School Flagg Building will be closed Saturday and Sunday. The current list of closures can be found on the Campus Advisories page. Students on campus should plan ahead to make arrangements for meals on Sunday.
The GW community can also expect disruptions at the Foggy Bottom Metro station, road closures and security barriers on and around campus, increased traffic on and around campus, restricted access to or closures of additional campus buildings, and delays on the Vern Express shuttle to and from Mount Vernon Campus.
The GW Division of Safety and Security has been working in coordination with the Metropolitan Police Department and local law enforcement agencies on safety and security plans. There will be a significant law enforcement presence on and around campus.
We recommend the following to all GW community members:
- Follow the guidance of security officials, posted signage, and monitor the situation through the Campus Advisories page and via @GWTweets on Twitter.
- Carry your GWorld ID card with you at all times as you may be asked for identification, and access to campus buildings may be restricted unexpectedly. Consult the building closures list on Campus Advisories in advance.
- Be mindful of people following you into the entrances of residence halls or other university buildings and do not allow access to anyone unknown to you.
- Plan your weekend accordingly. Traveling to and from campus will be difficult and unnecessary trips are discouraged.
- Program the George Washington University Police Department's emergency number (202-994-6111) into your phone and report any unauthorized persons or unusual activity.
- Update your contact information including phone numbers and additional email addresses for GW Alert, the university's emergency notification system.
- Sign up for AlertDC to receive District of Columbia emergency information and road closure updates.
- Download the GW PAL app to wireless devices.
- Download the TransLoc app for real-time information on the location of the Vern Express shuttle.
The safety and security of our community is of paramount importance. Be aware that situations can change quickly and GW Safety and Security officials will be closely monitoring conditions on campus. GW community members are advised to be aware of their surroundings, monitor Campus Advisories for updates and heed any safety and security advisories.