The following is an email from the President of George Washington University, in which he outlines the plan to shut down and evacuate GWU for the duration of the IMF/World Bank meetings (and subsequent protests), to "protect the community". They're even giving students money for airfare (!!!!). (thanks to kendall of monkeyfist for forwarding this to me :P)
===== Original Message From firstname.lastname@example.org =====
TO: The GW University Community
FROM: Stephen Joel Trachtenberg
DATE: September 6, 2001
RE: University Schedule, September 27 - October 2, 2001
The World Bank and International Monetary Fund have scheduled two days of
meetings adjacent to our campus September 29 and 30, 2001. As a result of
these meetings, municipal officials expect as many as 100,000 visitors in
and around Foggy Bottom. They anticipate disruptions of normal operations
and have expressed concern for the campus.
While we believe that the majority of guests, including protesters, will
peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights, recent experience with
similar meetings in other locations and the best advice from city and
federal sources, have focused our attention. As part of their crowd
control efforts, police will be erecting crowd control barricades around a
security perimeter, some of which will run through our campus. According
to MPD, protests will likely commence before the meetings begin and
continue for a time after they end.
Having assessed the overall impact of the World Bank/IMF meetings and the
protests on our campus community, Metropolitan Police have recommended
that GW close during this period and ask all but designated personnel to
leave the area.
After careful consideration of all available information, including the
recommendation of police, the decision has been made to CLOSE the Foggy
Bottom Campus from Thursday evening, September 27 until Tuesday, October
2. During this period, no classes will be held at the Foggy Bottom
Campus. All facilities at Foggy Bottom will be closed, including all GW
Specifically, no classes will begin after 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September
27 and all buildings on the Foggy Bottom Campus will be locked as of 8:00
p.m. Classes beginning before 4:00 p.m. will continue to conclusion,
subject of course to modification should circumstances warrant. Please
note that classes affected will be rescheduled (please see the GW website
www.gwu.edu for details).
This closure applies to all classes and buildings, including
administrative offices, that are part of the Foggy Bottom campus, as well
as all GW Continuing Education classes in Washington, D.C.
Employees designated to be on the Foggy Bottom Campus during this period
will receive special instructions regarding work assignments and
schedules. All other faculty and staff assigned to Foggy Bottom should
not report to work.
The GW Mount Vernon Campus will remain OPEN during this period, with NO
classes conducted, NO shuttle service to Foggy Bottom and a no-guest
policy for non-GW students in effect for residence halls. Employees
assigned to the Mount Vernon Campus are expected to report to work as
regularly scheduled during this period. Alternate shuttle transportation
from the Mount Vernon Campus to a location other than Foggy Bottom will be
The University will be open and operating on a normal schedule at all
other campuses, satellites and administrative offices in Virginia and
Maryland. Faculty and staff assigned to those locations during this
period should report to work.
The GW Hospital will remain OPEN and employees will receive instructions
from hospital officials regarding work schedules and restrictions.
University buildings in Foggy Bottom are currently scheduled to re-open at
8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 2. Non-faculty staff are expected to report
to work as regularly scheduled on the morning of October 2. Employees
scheduled to begin work before 8:00 a.m. Tuesday morning will receive
special instructions from their supervisors regarding work assignments and
Residence halls in Foggy Bottom will re-open at 11 a.m. on Tuesday,
October 2 and classes will resume at 4:00 p.m. that day.
The University expects all students to leave the Foggy Bottom Campus area
during this time period. Students will not be permitted to remain in the
residence halls after closing. In those situations where this presents
extreme difficulties, University officials will work with students who
live in our Foggy Bottom residence halls to find alternate accommodations.
The Community Living and Learning Center staff will contact all students
in Foggy Bottom residence halls by e-mail or in person to confirm
students' departures for the September 27th closing. Students who have
extenuating circumstances that hinder their departure or students who need
special assistance should advise their community facilitator or, in upper
division halls, their community director, promptly.
Letters to parents of undergraduates are now in the mail outlining this
plan. Parents are also being encouraged to host friends of their sons and
daughters who might otherwise have difficulty going home. All students
should alert family members of their plans for the period of time from
September 27 to October 2. Parents and others will want to know how to
reach their students.
In addition to the closings, the University will heighten security in all
buildings on both the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses beginning
Friday, September 21. GWorld identification cards will be checked at the
main entrances to all residence halls and the overnight guest policy for
non-GW students will be suspended beginning 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September
21. Students, faculty and staff are urged to carry their GWorld
identification cards in order to gain access to University buildings
beginning on Friday, September 21. Once the University reopens, the guest
policy suspension will continue through 12:00 noon, Friday, October 5.
Yom Kippur services, conducted by GW Hillel at various sites on campus,
have been moved to locations off campus. Students, faculty, staff and
other community members who plan to attend GW Hillel Yom Kippur services
on Wednesday, September 26 and Thursday, September 27, should contact
Hillel for information about the alternate locations.
These decisions have not been taken lightly. We would not proceed in this
way if we believed our community could benefit from this experience in a
conventional environment. Our mission is to educate, but it is also our
responsibility to protect the welfare of our community. The University
respects the rights of all involved. However, the history of recent
protests demonstrates that we face a potentially serious situation with
risks for our students, faculty and staff. Even in a best case scenario
our proximity to the meetings and crowds would make it difficult, if not
impossible, to operate on a normal schedule.
Please check the GW website (www.gwu.edu) in the coming days and weeks for
additional updates. The GW Information Line (202-994-5050) will also
offer recorded information.
We hope this early notification to our community gives everyone ample
opportunity to make the necessary adjustments in their schedules. We
appreciate everyone's understanding and cooperation. Thank you.
(This message has been sent in accordance with George Washington
University mass e-mail policy and procedure. This procedure is available
online at http://helpdesk.gwu.edu for review. This message was requested
and approved by the Office of the President)