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Academics

These FAQs pertain to students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Georgetown College, Walsh School of Foreign Service, McDonough School of Business, McCourt School of Public Policy, and the undergraduate programs of the School of Nursing & Health Studies.

Are classes being offered in-person or virtually? 

Courses for all students will begin in virtual mode. We plan to introduce in-person course elements as soon as health conditions permit. We will continue to monitor public health conditions to determine when it may be possible to resume in-person courses and other in-person, on-campus activities. Specific guidance regarding a transition from all-virtual mode will be shared by academic leaders.

Will there be any changes to the Main Campus academic calendar?

Except for special early activities of some graduate and professional programs and the School of Medicine, the academic calendar will be:

August 26 — First Day of Classes

September 7 (Labor Day) — No holiday, Monday classes will be held at scheduled times

October 12 (Mid-Semester Holiday) — No holiday, Monday classes will be held at scheduled times

November 21-29 — Thanksgiving holiday, no classes

November 30 – December 8 — Classes meet at scheduled times

December 9-10 — Study days

December 11-18 — Examinations

Other pertinent information about the calendar for Fall semester can be found at https://registrar.georgetown.edu/academic-calendar/.

What will the grading policy be? 

Students will have until the last study day to choose the grading method, as opposed to the last day of class, as in the Spring 2020 semester. Similarly, students will have until the last study day to withdraw from a course. Modular courses within the term will have the withdrawal deadline of the last day of class for that module.

For Undergraduates Students in the Fall Term: 

  • Undergraduate students will have the option to choose one of two grading frameworks, either:

(1) a letter grade, or

(2) Satisfactory (S); Credit (CR); or No-credit (NC): (S=grades A through C; CR=C-, D+, D; NC=F)

  • Students can make this choice in MyAccess, beginning on September 7 until the last study day on December 10 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.
  • The choice to take a class S/CR/NC can apply to any course: Core, major, minor, certificate or free elective.
  • The choice can be made without permission from the deans (per the usual process).
  •  The S/CR/NC options will not be counted toward the stated maximum of student’s degree programs (e.g., “six” as outlined in the Undergraduate Bulletin).
  • The course withdrawal date will also be extended to the last study day, December 10 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Modular courses within the term will have the withdrawal deadline of the last day of class for that module.
  • A transcript notation for Fall 2020 will explain that S/CR/NC was instituted because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For Graduate Students in the Fall Term:

  • Graduate students in programs that opt in to this policy will be able to choose one of two grading frameworks, either:

(1) a letter grade, or

(2) Satisfactory (S) or No-credit (NC): (S=grades A through C; NC=C-, D+, D, F)

  • Students can make this choice in MyAccess beginning on September 7 until the last study day on December 10.
  • Individual programs may exclude any or all courses from the S/NC grading modality; a list of exempted courses should be submitted to the Associate Dean of Academic affairs in the Graduate School as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, August 14.
  • Requests by graduate students in programs that have opted into the policy must be approved by the appropriate director of graduate studies or dean, and by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the Graduate School.
  • The withdrawal date will also be extended to the last study day, December 10 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Modular courses within the term will have the withdrawal deadline of the last day of class for that module. Late withdrawal is only available to graduate students in programs that have opted in to the policy.
  • A transcript notation for Fall 2020 will explain that S/NC was instituted because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Can a first-year or transfer undergraduate student defer admission to Georgetown until Spring or Fall 2021? 

The deadline for seeking deferments among first-year students was May 1, 2020. Now that the Class of 2024 has been identified, those students are eligible for applying for a leave of absence using the rules applicable to all undergraduate students. These students are encouraged to first consider part-time status, taking a smaller number of virtual credit-bearing courses, in order to make some academic progress towards their degrees. First-year or transfer students requesting an elective leave of absence or part-time status should contact their academic advisor in the appropriate dean’s office.

Can a returning student take a leave of absence for the Fall 2020 semester? 

Students who are concerned about the Fall plan for their programs are encouraged first to consider part-time status, taking a smaller number of virtual courses, to fit their life circumstances in order to be able to progress toward completion of their degree. The University offers a broad range of hybrid and virtual courses, allowing students to continue to progress toward their chosen degree. Returning students requesting an elective leave of absence or part-time status should contact their academic advisor in the appropriate dean’s office.

Who is the best point of contact if an international student is in need of support?

International students should contact their Dean for academic support. The Office of Global Services (OGS) shared answers to frequently asked questions for students on F-1 and J-1 status with guidance on how they can maintain their status for Fall 2020 and beyond. F-1 and J-1 students are required to study full-time, but those with existing visas may participate virtually in their courses from inside or outside of the United States without losing their active visa status. New international students should contact OGS for guidance.

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Undergraduate Student Housing

Who will live on campus for the Fall semester?

The University will provide on-campus housing for undergraduate students who have been approved through the Housing Stability Application process, students who have been invited to return to campus because of academic requirements and members of the incoming first-year class who are F1 visa holders.

What will on-campus housing look like?

Our goal is to have a positive on-campus living environment aimed at protecting the health of the limited number of students who will live on campus for the Fall semester. Each undergraduate student residing on campus will have their own bedroom.

How were undergraduate students able to apply to live on campus? 

A committee of university staff and administrators worked thoughtfully to consider housing requests from students whose personal or family situation makes it impossible or unrealistic to pursue their studies at their permanent address. The committee reviewed applications from students experiencing one or more of the following circumstances:

  • Students experiencing housing or food insecurity;
  • Students with safety and security concerns in their current living environment;
  • Students with extraordinary living conditions and high financial need, as determined by the Office of Student Financial Services (Financial Aid); and,
  • Students with unresolvable internet inaccessibility or whose permanent home address is more than five hours away from the Eastern U.S. time zone.

Students who met one or more of these considerations and applied to live on campus in Fall 2020 were informed of the University’s decision on Tuesday, July 14, and Friday, July 17. Undergraduate students who were approved and housed on campus in either spring 2020 or summer 2020, after the University transitioned to a virtual learning environment, were guaranteed on-campus housing for the Fall semester.

Can students in the Class of 2024 still apply to live on campus?

First-year students whose personal or family situation makes it impossible or unrealistic to pursue their studies at their permanent address will be able to apply to live on campus for the Fall semester. This may include one or more of the following circumstances: 

  • Students experiencing housing or food insecurity,
  • Students with safety and security concerns in their current living environment, or
  • Students with extraordinary living conditions and high financial need.

Students who meet one or more of these considerations should complete the Fall 2020 Georgetown Housing Stability Application by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, August 5. First-year students (Class of 2024) who are F-1 visa holders are invited to return to campus and do not need to apply for housing. The Office of Residential Living will be in touch with those students shortly.

What if a student is not among the groups selected for on-campus housing? 

We strongly recommend students who will not be living on campus to stay at their permanent residence and complete their fall semester virtually. Faculty leaders, campus services and other support staff have been preparing for a hybrid and flexible format throughout the summer based on feedback and best practices gathered from the quick transition to a virtual learning environment in March of this year. We are committed to providing an exceptional educational experience, making the most of Georgetown’s strengths, in a virtual learning environment.

Undergraduate students, other than the groups specifically noted above, residing off campus are prohibited from entering any buildings on campus.

In order to support the health and safety of our community, undergraduate students who have not already leased a residence in the off-campus neighborhoods of Georgetown, Burleith, or Foxhall (the “Neighborhood”) are strongly discouraged from leasing or moving into off-campus properties in the Neighborhood.

Students who are planning to reside in the Neighborhood this fall are required to follow the University’s strict expectations outlined below. Please note the District of Columbia Zoning Commission is expected to waive the on-campus residency requirement for the 2020-21 academic year, and students will not be subject to discipline for not meeting it.

What if an undergraduate student has already secured housing in the neighborhood? 

We understand that a number of undergraduate students already have leased in the off-campus neighborhoods of Georgetown, Burleith, or Foxhall (the “Neighborhood”) for the Fall 2020 semester. Students who are planning to reside off campus in the Neighborhood this fall are required to follow the University’s strict expectations outlined below.

If an undergraduate student resides off campus in the Georgetown neighborhood this fall, what will be expected?

Any undergraduate student who resides off-campus in the DC Metro region is required to sign and abide by the Georgetown University Community Compact, which affirms their commitment to engaging in important measures to support the health and safety of our community and city, including wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. Undergraduate students residing off campus in the Neighborhood also must comply with all University and District of Columbia health and safety guidelines.

Undergraduate students residing off campus in the Neighborhood, or anywhere else off campus, are prohibited from entering any campus buildings. They are allowed on outdoor campus spaces.

Undergraduate students residing off campus in the Neighborhood will be required to participate in the University’s pre-testing protocol before returning to DC. They will be included in the University’s testing and tracking system. They will have access to visit the Student Health Center in person. The University will be unable to provide a place for undergraduate students residing off campus if they are required to self-quarantine or isolate. They and all the members of their group house will be required to self-quarantine or isolate together.

Undergraduate students residing off campus in the Neighborhood are required to participate in the University’s Hoya Living Off Campus Orientation and abide by the University’s standard expectations, including those on noise and trash, and all relevant District of Columbia rules and guidelines.

Social gatherings, in the Neighborhood and in on-campus residential spaces, will be limited to ten or fewer individuals, unless a lower limit is imposed by DC health regulations.

Violations of health and safety rules may lead to severe student conduct sanctions, including suspension or removal from the University.

If a student previously secured off-campus housing for the Fall in the Georgetown, Burleith, or Foxhall neighborhoods, will they have access to on-campus facilities, and be able to visit friends?

Undergraduate students living off campus will not be allowed to enter campus buildings, other than the Student Health Center. They will have access to outdoor spaces on campus and to some of the tent spaces that are being added to the campus.

What resources does Georgetown have available for graduate students seeking off-campus housing?

The Office of Neighborhood Life has a webpage dedicated to finding a rental property in the DC area, including Georgetown’s housing search website and short-term housing opportunities. The University has agreements with WeLive in Crystal City and the Rixey in Ballston. Both have listing information on the Off-Campus Housing website. We strongly recommend undergraduate students who will not be living on campus to stay at their permanent residence for the Fall semester.

How should students access the belongings that were packed and stored during the shift to a virtual learning environment this spring? 

For all of you who packed up and departed last spring, we want to acknowledge that it was a difficult period and appreciate everyone’s understanding and support for a complex and quick transition. For students who were unable to return to campus, the University arranged to have their belongings packed and stored. Georgetown’s storage partner, Hilldrup, has sent a form to students with stored belongings through which you can indicate your preferred course of action concerning your stored items:

  1. Continue to store your items until the spring semester
  2. Pick up your items from Hilldrup’s warehouse in Dulles, VA
  3. Have your items shipped to you (at your expense)
  4. Donate your items

The form is due by 5 p.m. EDT on August 12, 2020. There is no cost to store, pick up or donate your items.

Please note that if multiple individuals in the same suite required storage, we attempted to separate items by individual; however, some items may have been packed with a roommate’s or suitemate’s belongings. Please check with your Spring 2020 suitemates for any of your items that may have been packed with theirs. For questions related to stored belongings, please contact 2020-student-storage@georgetown.edu.

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Main Campus Dining Services

What will the campus dining experience be? 

Dining services will be set up to meet physical distancing guidelines, provide enhanced sanitation standards, and serve a reduced population density.

To reduce the amount of time students and other guests spend onsite, a mobile ordering system will be available for select dining locations and all dining locations will offer pre-packaged “grab-and-go” meal options.

Hand sanitizer stations will be available at the entrance of each dining location. Physical distancing floor markers, wayfinding signage, and single-direction entrance and exit points will be implemented in all dining locations to maintain proper physical distancing.

Seating capacity will be limited based on District of Columbia and University health and safety guidelines and will take into account the size and layout of each dining location. Tables and chairs will be spaced to provide for proper physical distancing, with no more than six chairs per table.

More information about the specifics of these services is available at www.hoyaeats.com, which will continue to be updated as we get closer to the start of the Fall semester.

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Main Campus Student Life

What will student life on campus look like?

We will provide a set of environments and services to support Main Campus student life in ways that are structured to reduce density, maintain physical distancing, and provide for virtual participation. On-campus events and activities may be modified during the Fall 2020 semester based on District of Columbia and University health and safety guidance.

We realize how important community and social bonds are to student well-being. As we get closer to the fall semester, more information will be available regarding continuity plans for student activities and services, keeping in mind the needs of our population both in person and virtual.

What plans should international students make for the Fall semester?

We recognize this is an especially challenging time for our international students. International students should visit the Office of Global Services’ COVID-19 and Instructional Continuity FAQs for information and updates or contact an International Student Advisor to discuss their situation and/or concerns.

What Main Campus student programs activities will be allowed to happen on campus?

We recognize the important role that co-curricular life plays in the Georgetown experience. Students and student organizations are central to creating a vibrant campus community and fostering a sense of belonging for all students. Adapting these to a hybrid environment while ensuring equity and access will require creative thinking and innovative planning. All on-campus programs and activities will adhere to University and District of Columbia health and safety guidelines. Student organization advisors will work with student leaders and others to adapt co-curricular life, campus organization programs and other opportunities for engagement in light of current conditions. More details will be provided as we get closer to the start of the Fall semester.

How will incoming students complete New Student Orientation?

Fall 2020 New Student Orientation will be held virtually, regardless of where students physically reside. New Student Orientation will take place August 22-25, 2020. For more information, visit the New Student Orientation website.

Has a decision been made on Intercollegiate Athletics? 

Due to the unprecedented and continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, BIG EAST fall sports schedules will not include any non-conference competition. No decision is being made at this time regarding BIG EAST fall sports conference competition and championships. The sports affected are: men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, volleyball and field hockey. The BIG EAST’s plans for the 2020-21 winter and spring sports seasons remain unaffected at this time. Georgetown will continue to work closely with the BIG EAST and the NCAA regarding the status of fall athletics.

The Patriot League Council of Presidents announced a conference-wide decision that student-athletes will not engage in fall sport competition (including both championship and non-championship seasons). This decision will affect Georgetown’s football and women’s rowing programs. Georgetown will continue to work with the Patriot League and University leadership in exploring creative approaches and alternatives to providing future competitive experiences to our fall sport student-athletes, including the possibility of conducting fall sport competition and championships in the second semester. For more information, visit the Fall 2020 Patriot League FAQ page.

What campus facilities will be open?

Many buildings will have limited or restricted use, as necessary during the Fall semester. All campus spaces are being reviewed for their operations, and plans for their use will be made based on District of Columbia and University health and safety guidelines.

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Undergraduate Student Finances and Employment

Will the University continue to charge the same tuition rates for the Fall 2020 semester? 

In recognition of the impacts of the University’s decision to move to a fully virtual learning environment, we will reduce tuition for all undergraduate students by 10% (we had already announced this for undergraduate students who would be learning virtually this fall) and all students at the graduate level by 5% for the Fall semester.

What should a student do if their family’s financial situation has changed and they may be in need of additional financial aid?

Students who have already completed a 2020-21 financial aid application, but wish to report documentable changes in their previously submitted application data, should notify the Office of Student Financial Services (if they have not already done so) by completing the “Changes to Reported Information 20-21” form on the OSFS website.

Students who have not yet completed an application for need-based financial aid can still do so by following the instructions for undergraduates and graduate students on the OSFS website; federal need-based financial aid (including loans) is available for eligible students.

A student’s financial aid package includes on-campus work study employment. Will there be remote student jobs available for the fall?

Yes, the Office of Student Employment is working to locate remote opportunities this fall for students with Federal Work-Study as part of their aid package. Jobs will be posted in HoyaWorks by late August.

Will students receive stipends for the amount of money that they would have earned from on-campus employment, as they did in the spring?

For the fall semester, students will be paid only for hours worked, unlike the spring semester when students were paid regardless of whether they worked or not. The Office of Student Employment is working to ensure that remote opportunities are available for student employees, especially those with Federal Work-Study as part of their aid package.

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Travel

What is the current guidance regarding university travel?

Visit the “Coronavirus (COVID-19) University Travel Guidance” page.

If a student is cleared to return to campus and their family plans to fly to Washington, DC, in August, is there a university service that can help with this?

Yes, residential students can use Georgetown Travel Services (GTS) to book their travel for the fall 2020 semester by contacting one of our booking agents at +1 855-460-5352 or email GU@ctp-travel.com. By booking through GTS, students will have access to University discounts with United, American, Delta and Southwest airlines. Also, should travel plans need to change, GTS agents can work with these airlines to waive change fees for the student or assist in pursuing partial or full refunds, if necessary. Students and families will still pay for their own travel through GTS. Please note move-in dates have not been set yet; we will communicate that information as soon as possible.

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