Student Support FAQs

The CARE Team is a program in place to ensure that students who experience any sort of challenge during their time at GW are connected proactively to a staff member or resource that can help them through and maintain their success.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are sick for less than 48 hours we encourage you to reach out to your faculty members to discuss academic arrangements on a case by case basis

For absences longer than 48 hours, you may contact the Student Support team at [email protected] for assistance. Documentation will be required to support the absence. Student Support will provide appropriate notifications to faculty on behalf of a student with the student’s permission. If a student is unable to contact Student Support, a family member, or staff member may contact Student Support to request an absence notification when a student will have short-term and/or unexpected absences from GW.

Important note: 

  • Students should always speak with their faculty directly to arrange making up missed work or assignments

  • When possible, Student Support should be contacted prior to a student leaving campus and not after the student has returned. 

  • A Student Support Absence Notification does not excuse an absence or replace any absence policy listed on a course syllabus. Faculty may excuse absences at their own discretion.

If you are hospitalized for an extended period of time (more than 48 hours and you have been admitted), you can contact Student Support to assist you at [email protected].

Someone from Student Support will contact you to determine what the best course of action is for absence notifications and work with you on a plan for returning to campus when possible. 

For Mental Health Hospitalizations, students must complete a re-entry meeting at Counseling and Psychological Services prior to returning to classes and their residence halls.  

Important note: 

  • Students should always speak with their faculty directly to arrange making up missed work or assignments

  • When possible, Student Support should be contacted prior to a student leaving campus and not after the student has returned. 

  • A Student Support Absence Notification does not excuse an absence or replace any absence policy listed on a course syllabus. Faculty may excuse absences at their own discretion.

If you have a family emergency or an emergency that requires you to be away from GW for an extended period of time you will need to contact the Student Support team at [email protected]. A Case Manager from Student Support will contact you to coordinate absence notifications to faculty as appropriate. 

For deaths in your immediate family, Student Support can arrange for absence notifications to your faculty. You will need to contact the Student Support team at [email protected] to notify them of the death, once notified, a Case Manager will contact you.

Important note: 

  • Students should always speak with their faculty directly to arrange making up missed work or assignments

  • When possible, Student Support should be contacted prior to a student leaving campus and not after the student has returned. 

  • A Student Support Absence Notification does not excuse an absence or replace any absence policy listed on a course syllabus. Faculty may excuse absences at their own discretion.

  • For non-immediate family member deaths - we encourage students to work with their faculty directly to discuss academic arrangements.

Collegiate recovery programs are not entirely new. The idea of providing specialized support for college students in recovery actually became a reality in the 1970s at Brown University. Rutgers University and Texas Tech University followed suit in the 1980s and the Augsburg University StepUp program began in the late 1990s (White & Finch, 2007).

What makes a program a Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP)? These programs are more than just "dry" or "sober" communities. Colleges and universities designate first and second-year student residence halls as "alcohol-free" but unfortunately, this designation and the reality can be quite different things. A CRP is much more than simply an "alcohol-free" space. A CRP is a program which offers specialized and strategic support to help students achieve growth and success in their recovery and academic journey. At GW's Collegiate Recovery Community, we also recognize that addiction and mental health are often experienced in tandem, and our innovative program addresses both addiction recovery as well as ongoing mental health support for students to be able to have a holistic recovery support experience. 

On another level, CRPs are counter-cultures to the "party-scene" in the college environment. Research for several decades has illuminated the entrenched culture of binge drinking and drug use on college campuses (Wechsler & Weithrich, 2002). CRPs offer an alternative, safe, and supportive environment and culture for students attending college while maintaining their recovery. 

Research is bringing to light the effectiveness of CRPs for students in recovery. A strong community of recovering peers provides an important buffer to the risky environment of college drinking. This community also provides an important social network that helps to meet the belonging needs of these students (Harris, Baker, Kimball, & Shumway, 2007). The community also helps to provide multiple opportunities for sober and safe recreation to help students get the entire "college experience" but without the negatives and regrets. 

Contact Us:

If you have any questions or would like to learn more, feel free to contact the GW Care Team at [email protected]