Your Well-Being During the End of the Semester: For Students

December 12, 2023

Dear Students:

The fall semester has been particularly challenging as our community has grappled with the crisis in Israel and Gaza, and you may be experiencing anxiety as you balance your academic work as well as other stresses in life. Please remember that, while your coursework and the pursuit of academic excellence are important, you should not ignore your physical, mental and emotional needs during this busy time. They play just as important a role in positioning you for future success as your academic achievements do. This means factoring in time to eat, sleep, and take breaks when needed.

There are many resources available to help you maintain balance and focus.

  • The Final Lap webpage lists a series of well-being events and tips for maintaining a healthy balance and managing stress.
  • Lerner Health and Wellness Center will remain open through Dec. 19, with adjusted hours on the 18th and 19th (8 a.m. - 8 p.m.).
  • Mental health counselors from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) are available to speak to GW students about their concerns. To connect with a counselor, a student can visit the Student Health Center on the ground floor of the University Student Center from noon - 4 pm during Same Day hours to request an in-person session or call (202) 994-5300 during these hours for a virtual session.

Additional links for well-being resources are at the bottom of this email.

As a reminder, please be sure that you are aware of the university’s guidelines around the use of generative AI. Work submitted for evaluation is represented as your own intellectual product. You may not submit content (e.g., ideas, text, code, images) for evaluation that was generated, in whole or in part, by Generative Artificial Intelligence tools (such as ChatGPT and other large language models). Doing so without the instructor’s explicit permission constitutes cheating under the Code of Academic Integrity and is therefore prohibited. Please review the Guidelines distributed earlier this year for more information.

As you finish the semester, please remember to look out for each other as well as yourselves, and as you look ahead to winter break, review these tips on how to maintain balance during the break. We wish you the best in these final days of the semester and hope you have a restful time off.


Christopher Alan Bracey
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor of Law

Colette Coleman
Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students 

Well-being Resources