– For the 2020-2021 Academic Year –
Promoting the Well-Being of All Members of the Georgetown University Community
As we approach the start of the 2020-2021 academic year and resumption of limited in-person activities on our campuses, our first priority is the health and safety of our community – students, faculty, and staff. The risks of COVID-19 are evident to all. Our mission of cura personalis calls each of us at this time to bear individual responsibility to help protect the health and safety of the entire community. Recognizing this responsibility, in order to be present on any university-owned, managed or controlled properties (“Campus”); to participate in a University program or activity, regardless of location; and, if a student, to live in the neighborhoods of Georgetown, Burleith, or Foxhall, (the “Neighborhoods”); I commit to adhere to the terms of this Community Compact for the 2020-2021 academic year, including the following:
Commitment to the Health and Safety of All. I will do my part to limit the spread of COVID-19 by making my own health and safety and that of others a priority. I commit to conduct my life and activities in a way that will promote the health and safety of all community members. I will be mindful that the actions I take, both on and off campus, can help to limit the spread of COVID-19 to others in our community, including the most vulnerable.
Commitment to Follow Georgetown’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures. I have read and will abide by Georgetown’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures, which include, but are not limited to:
- Abiding by University protocols regarding the screening of daily symptoms through a mobile application (“App”);
- Complying with the resulting daily risk level assessment “badge” and suggested actions;
- Participating in all COVID-19 testing required by the University;
- Consenting to my daily risk assessment badge and any test results being shared with and used by the University to facilitate care for myself and the Georgetown community;
- Following medical directions from Georgetown’s Public Health Officer;
- Cooperating with Georgetown’s Public Health team and contact tracers from the University, the District of Columbia and other state and local public health authorities;
- Following District of Columbia and University isolation and quarantine protocols;
- Practicing good personal hygiene consistent with the COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures when on Campus; participating in a University program or activity, regardless of location; or, if a student, living in the Neighborhoods:
- maintaining 6’ of physical distancing between myself and any other person, except when in my personal residence without guests,
- frequent hand washing for twenty seconds,
- frequent use of hand sanitizers, and
- wearing a mask that meets or exceeds University mask guidelines over my nose and mouth at all times, except when I am alone in a private room with a closed door or in a private vehicle, when eating, or when in my personal residence without guests;
- Following public health guidance regarding the need to get the seasonal influenza vaccine when it becomes available in the Fall (the University will issue guidance regarding the potential use of COVID-19 vaccines when an FDA approved or authorized one becomes available and after consideration of FDA, CDC and DC Department of Health recommendations) (with consideration afforded to those requesting accommodations);
- Complying with all rules regarding access to campus buildings and ingress, egress and seating in those buildings;
- Abiding by health and safety measures embodied in student codes of conduct and professionalism or residential living rules;
- Minimizing the number of visitors I invite to campus, and asking my visitors to be screened prior to coming on campus, to follow University public health precautions, and to follow any University policy on visitors; and
- Participating in any required educational sessions relating to campus health and safety rules.
I acknowledge that the Health and Safety Measures may be amended from time to time based on changing public health guidelines, the course of the pandemic, advances in scientific knowledge, and the University’s assessment of what is required to protect our community. The University has agreed to publicize all changes, and if I do not agree with any amended terms, I may retract my consent to comply with the Compact, in which case I will not be able to be present on Campus, or, if a student, to live in the Neighborhoods.
I have read the Information Regarding COVID-19 and understand that COVID-19 poses a serious threat to health and safety, that the University is taking many steps to mitigate the risks to members of our community, but that it is not possible to guarantee a COVID-19-free environment or eliminate the chance of infection and the health risks associated with it.
I understand that failure to follow the COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures could endanger myself or others, that I may be required to immediately leave campus for not complying with any of the Measures, and that serious or persistent noncompliance may result in ongoing suspension of access to campus and University facilities, and corrective or disciplinary actions and sanctions under the procedures set forth in campus student codes of conduct or professionalism, the Faculty Responsibilities Code, and Human Resources policies, as applicable.
Although noncompliance with the COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures and other requirements can result in sanctions, I recognize that Georgetown University is relying on the voluntary actions of each of us as a community member to do our part in this time of national and local crisis. The Georgetown community has always been committed to the wellbeing of others. That includes those within its walls and those in the broader community. Those values inform the policies described in this Compact and my commitment to adhere to them for the benefit of our entire community.Back to Top
COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures
To be present on any university-owned, managed or controlled properties (“Campus”) or, if a student, to live in the neighborhoods of Georgetown, Burleith, or Foxhall, (the “Neighborhoods”), all faculty, staff and students (collectively “Community Members”) must commit to adhering to the terms of the Community Compact for the 2020-2021 academic year in order to support a safe environment for all members of the Georgetown University community.
The university also recognizes the importance of protecting private health information and the autonomy of the individual, and will limit to the extent possible what personal information is collected, who has access to it, how it is used, and how long it is retained to the extent possible consistent with its need to address the public health challenge presented by COVID-19.
The following health and safety measures are based on currently available data and science, the recommendations of Georgetown’s public health working group, and Federal and District of Columbia law and guidance. While no framework can eliminate all risk, these measures are integral to Georgetown’s efforts to reduce risk to a level that would allow for on-campus activities. As the pandemic evolves, these measures will be subject to change, including as public health guidelines from local and federal authorities, the course of the pandemic, scientific knowledge, or the University’s assessment of what is required to protect our community evolve.
These measures have been approved by the University COVID-19 Steering Committee. Any updates to the COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures will be communicated to the University community and will be posted on the COVID-19 website.
- Community Members will participate in symptom screening per Georgetown instructions prior to their return to campus or the Neighborhoods for the semester and upon-arrival on campus or in the neighborhood, as applicable.
- Community Members will honestly and completely fill out a daily self-attestation of symptoms and temperature through a mobile application, and will comply with the resulting risk level assessment and suggested actions, consultation with a medical provider, and testing if symptoms warrant.
- Faculty and staff who come to campus only occasionally for a short period of time to pick up materials and not participate in meetings will be treated as Visitors and will follow the Visitor protocols set out below; they will not need to conduct the daily symptom attestation through the mobile application.
- Community Members receiving a risk assessment precluding access to campus buildings will not seek to gain entry to campus buildings until they have been cleared by a medical provider and received a risk assessment badge allowing access to campus buildings.
- Community Members will watch for symptoms if they have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 and will follow recommendations of Georgetown University and public health authorities.
- The university recognizes the importance of protecting private health information and the autonomy of the individual, and will limit to the extent possible what personal information is collected, who has access to it, how it is used, and how long it is retained to the extent possible consistent with its need to address the public health challenge presented by COVID-19.
- Community Members will complete three COVID-19 tests, in accordance with the testing schedule established by Georgetown, in order to gain access to the Georgetown campus and buildings or to reside in the Neighborhoods.
- Faculty and staff who come to campus only occasionally for a short period of time to pick up materials and not participate in meetings will be treated as Visitors and will follow the Visitor protocols set out below; they do not need to complete the three tests outlined above.
- Community Members will get tested if symptomatic or instructed by a medical provider to get a test.
- Community Members will participate in routine, randomized, and asymptomatic testing conducted by the University.
- Community Members who test positive will notify, and follow medical directions from, Georgetown’s Public Health Officer.
Contact tracing and Information Sharing
- DC law mandates contact tracing and has devoted substantial public health assets to do so. Georgetown will collaborate with and support the DC contact tracing program, and Community Members will cooperate with Georgetown University, District of Columbia and other state, local and federal public health authorities in their public health monitoring efforts, including by providing information regarding those with whom they have come in contact prior to testing positive for COVID-19.
- Community Members consent to their daily risk assessment “badge” and any test results, with identifying name and date of birth, being shared with and used by the University to facilitate care for themselves and the Georgetown community, including sharing with D.C. Department of Health and other state and local public health officers to support contact tracing.
- Community Members will self-quarantine, including as directed by Georgetown or by the D.C. Department of Health or relevant state or local public health officers, based on reported symptoms, close contact with a COVID-19 infected person or person under investigation for possible COVID-19, a physician or care provider’s recommendation, or if otherwise required by DC or federal guidelines such as based on traveling from an identified geographic region with a high incidence of COVID-19.
- For the health of our community, we strongly discourage non-essential travel outside of the DC metropolitan area during the Spring semester. If you do travel, you must comply with DC public health requirements of quarantining and testing upon your return.
- Community Members will isolate if they have a confirmed positive COVID-19 test result.
- All students living in group houses in the Neighborhoods must self-quarantine if any one of their housemates tests positive and is isolating at home.
- When on Campus; participating in a University program or activity, regardless of location; or, if a student, living in the Neighborhoods; Community Members will wash their hands or use hand sanitizer frequently and wear a mask that meets or exceeds University mask guidelines over their nose and mouth at all times, except when they are alone in a private room or office with a closed door or in a private vehicle, when they are eating with appropriate physical distancing, or when they are in their personal residence without guests.
- When on campus or, if a student, living in the Neighborhoods, Community Members will maintain 6 feet of distance from other people at all times, including in classrooms, dining halls, elevators, common areas in residence halls, laboratories, etc., except when they are in their personal residences without guests.
- Community Members will follow public health guidance about getting the seasonal influenza vaccine when it becomes available in the Fall.
- The University will provide Community Members with guidance about getting vaccinated against COVID-19 once an FDA approved or authorized vaccine becomes available, after consideration of CDC, FDA and DC Department of Health recommendations.
- Community Members will comply with University policies, as well as federal, DC, and state mandates, regarding large gatherings. Students who reside on campus or in the Neighborhoods, or who are approved to be present on campus, may not congregate socially in groups of more than 10 persons anywhere, on campus or off campus in the DC metropolitan area, unless expressly approved in advance by the University.
- Community Members will comply with the University’s travel policy for personal and business travel as it may change from time to time.
- Community Members will comply with any rules regarding access to campus buildings, entering and exiting buildings and rooms, and assigned seating, and will not circumvent access control measures.
- Community Members will minimize the number of visitors they invite to campus, and will request entry and register their visitors in advance of arrival so they can be screened for symptoms before entry and agree to follow university public health precautions.
- If a faculty or staff member needs to come to campus only occasionally for a short period of time to pick up materials and not participate in meetings, he/she will be treated as a visitor, will be screened for symptoms before entry, and will follow the public health protocols in the University Compact other than daily symptom attestation and test taking. This does not apply to faculty who want to use their offices for ongoing work.
- Faculty and staff members who feel they cannot comply with one or more of these health and safety measures may seek a reasonable accommodation by contacting the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Affirmative Action. Though relevant supervisors or other University personnel may be informed about reasonable and necessary alterations to an individual’s obligations to comply with these Measures, underlying medical information or other basis for an accommodation request shall be kept confidential.
- Students who wish to request a reasonable accommodation may do so by contacting the Academic Resource Center (for Main Campus and Medical Center students) or the Office of Disability Services (for Law Center students). Though relevant University personnel may be informed about reasonable and necessary alterations to a student’s obligations to comply with these Measures, underlying medical information or other basis for an accommodation request shall be kept confidential.
Failure to follow the COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures places our community at increased risk from the virus, which could endanger the health of students, faculty and staff, as well as the broader community, and result in further disruption of research and educational activities. Efforts to ensure that the COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures are followed will focus primarily on education; however, Community Members and visitors may be required to immediately leave campus for not complying with any of the Measures where their behavior poses a serious risk to safety or to the effective operations of the University; such an immediate action will be non-disciplinary while the University assesses the appropriate course of action. Serious or persistent noncompliance may result in on-going suspension of access to campus or University facilities, and other corrective or disciplinary action and sanctions under the procedures set forth in campus student codes of conduct or professionalism, the Faculty Responsibilities Code, and Human Resources policies, as applicable.Back to Top
Information on COVID-19
The extremely serious health risks of COVID-19 are evident in the statistics of illness, hospitalizations, and death across the country and, indeed, the world, and communities everywhere are implementing measures to reduce the chance of infection and manage outbreaks. While the University is taking many steps to mitigate the risks to members of our community on campus and in University programs and activities, including the adoption of the Georgetown University Community Compact, we cannot guarantee a COVID-19 free environment or eliminate the chance of infection and the health risks associated with it, which could vary based on an individual’s own personal health conditions. In addition, many individuals who have the virus may be asymptomatic and it is important to recognize that they may transmit the virus to others. It is therefore critical for the health of the entire community that individuals treat themselves and all others as at risk of being infected and comply with the Compact and the COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures and also seek medical advice when needed. More information regarding COVID-19, including symptoms and FAQs, is available on Georgetown’s COVID-19 Resource Center.Back to Top
Health and Safety Precautions
University Health and Safety Precautions Related to University-Owned, Operated or Managed Properties (“Campus”)
While external factors and operational challenges may at times impede implementation of specific items, Georgetown will use sustained efforts to adopt the measures below.
- Georgetown will provide thermometers to those living, working or participating in academic programming on campus and to those students living in the neighborhoods of Georgetown, Burleith, or Foxhall, (the “Neighborhoods”) (“Community Members”) and upon request.
- Georgetown will provide Community Members with access to a mobile application for daily reporting of symptoms and temperature.
- If practicable, Georgetown will provide at-home test kits to be shipped to Community Members to facilitate pre-arrival testing.
- Georgetown will provide access to free testing once on campus.
Quarantine & Isolation
- Georgetown will provide appropriate support services to those who live on campus and are required to self-quarantine.
- Georgetown will provide dedicated isolation spaces and appropriate support services to those who live on campus and test positive and are required to isolate.
- DC law mandates contact tracing and has devoted substantial public health assets to do so. As needed, Georgetown will collaborate and support the DC contact tracing program, and, if necessary, other public health authorities, with a team of contact tracers to help identify, track and manage contacts of COVID patients within the GU community.
- Georgetown will share a set of common expectations, guidelines, and safety measures to ensure day-to-day activities best support public health efforts to mitigate infection risks, with a robust communications plan to educate the community about the importance of creating a culture of care.
- Access to on-campus buildings will be restricted to those who can show a low risk daily badge based on their symptoms attestation.
- Georgetown will make available to students, faculty and staff on Campus masks that meet the University mask guidelines.
- Georgetown will provide additional PPE, if necessary for an individual’s work or learning environment on campus.
- Georgetown will provide face shields, if requested and appropriate, in addition to face coverings, for faculty and staff on campus.
- Georgetown will provide gloves and disinfecting wipes in each classroom.
- Georgetown will provide Plexiglas protection barriers at the front of classrooms and in other spaces as needed.
- Georgetown will provide hand sanitizer across campus.
- Georgetown will utilize signage and reminders along with physical barriers where applicable to maintain physical distancing and good health practices.
- Georgetown will deploy a rigorous cleaning and disinfection regime across campus facilities and spaces in line with federal guidelines.
- Georgetown will provide self-cleaning protocols and supplies for campus offices and classrooms on campus.
- On-campus dining services, which are managed by Aramark, will meet or exceed CDC and DC Department of Health guidelines when open. Dining services will meet physical distancing guidelines, provide enhanced sanitation standards, serve a reduced population density, and increase mobile ordering and contactless payment.
- All dining locations will offer pre-packaged “grab-and-go” meal options to reduce the amount of time students and other guests spend in each dining location.
- All ventilation, water, and other systems on campus adhere to CDC guidance.
Primary care & behavioral health
- Georgetown will continue to provide robust health services and mental health support for all students, faculty, and staff.
- Georgetown will facilitate access to telehealth services for all students, faculty, and staff through existing telehealth offerings through the Counseling and Psychiatric Services for students, the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, current primary care providers and One Medical.
Data collection, and use for public health purposes
- An integrated dashboard, with metrics including numbers with COVID-like illness, positive tests, numbers in isolation and quarantine, numbers in hospital, and regional public health data, will be utilized to monitor aggregate campus health and respond accordingly, while protecting individual privacy to the extent possible while protecting public health.