Calls, Visits, and Letters

From Attorneys, Law Enforcement Officials, or Regulatory Agency Investigators 

Unless the matter involves a usual or customary interaction, when your office receives a call, visit, or a letter from an attorney, law enforcement official (including a Metropolitan Police Officer), or regulatory agency investigator (including the FBI, CIA, OSHA, or ICE) (collectively, “law enforcement officials”), your office should refer the individual (or forward the letter) immediately to OGC at (202) 994-6503.  If OGC is unavailable, contact the George Washington University Police Department (GWPD) at (202) 994-9139 or GWPD Emergency at (202) 994-6111. 

For unannounced visits from ICE or other government agents for immigration related enforcement actions, your office should immediately call OGC at (202) 994-6503 and George Washington Police Department (GWPD) at (202) 994-9139 or GWPD Emergency at (202) 994-6111 and refer to the university's Legal Guidance on Unannounced Visits by Government Agents for Immigration Related Enforcement Actions.   It is critical that you do not speak to the individual about university matters, or otherwise allow the individual access to university premises or university records without contacting OGC first.  University offices and employees that interact with such agencies and officials as part of their day-to-day work need not contact OGC on those routine matters.

If a law enforcement official requests to interview a university employee regarding a university business matter, the employee should immediately:

  • Obtain the name, title, agency, phone number and address of the Investigator (business card should suffice)
  • Immediately notify his supervisor, then contact OGC and GWPD 
  • Employees should direct the Investigator to wait until a representative from OGC and/or GWPD arrives