Staff Council Programs

Top Dawg Program

The Top Dawg award is a means for GWU to promote excellence and to provide visible recognition of exceptionally consistent and superior performance of GWU Staff.

Two Top Dawg Awards will be given in the fall and spring of each academic year. Nominations for Top Dawg can be submitted at the beginning of the fall and Spring semesters. Nominations are received from faculty, staff, and students who complete a survey through Qualtrics.

The awards are made possible by a gift from Dr. Don Caudill, in memory of his father, Alfred Caudill, and in honor of his mother, Shirley Wampler Caudill. Each winner received a plaque, a gift basket with assorted goods (GWU coffee mug, coffee and hot chocolate K-cups, and a GWU bracelet) and a $100 gift card to the campus shop.

Eligible Employees

All full-time and part-time administrative and staff employees who are employed for more than 2 years while at GWU are eligible for Top Dawg.  Prior recipients are not eligible to be considered for a Top Dawg award until 3 years have passed. 

Criteria for Nominees:   

The staff member has consistently demonstrated exceptional performance and remarkable proficiency in his/her assigned duties.

The staff member has demonstrated hospitality and has been active in promoting a pleasant and positive work environment.

The staff member made a significant contribution towards the achievement and mission of GWU.

Shared Leave Program


The Voluntary Shared Leave Policy allows eligible University Staff to donate sick leave to the Shared Leave Bank. The Shared Leave Bank is available to eligible staff members who are experiencing a medical condition and do not have enough accrued leave to support the duration of the leave required for the medical absence.


Staff may apply for Shared Leave if they have six months of continuous service and have exhausted or will have exhausted all forms of paid leave at the time that Shared Leave is granted. The policy is only for permanent staff employees scheduled for 20 or more hours per week. Employees enrolled in the Short-Term Disability Plan (STD) or Long-Term Disability Plan (LTD) are eligible to receive donated leave only for the time not compensable under the STD or LTD Plans. An employee is eligible if he/she is out of work due to an event covered under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Policy Statement

An eligible staff member may request Shared Leave only for a medical condition that may require leave without pay from work. Shared Leave, in and of itself, does not provide protected leave. Shared Leave serves to keep approved employees in paid status during an absence due to an extreme or life-threatening medical condition. Shared Leave may be granted for a maximum of 160 hours per calendar year as to not cause undue burden on their department. Shared Leave will only be granted for extreme or life-threatening illnesses, injuries, impairments or physical or mental conditions which have caused, or are likely to cause, the employee to take leave without pay or terminate employment. Shared Leave will not be granted for common or minor illnesses or injuries.