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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 for the Spring 2021 semester? 

For undergraduates on the Main Campus, we expect that only a minority of our courses will have in-person components that are accessible only to seniors. All other undergraduates will continue in virtual learning exclusively. 

Depending upon the course of the pandemic, a subset of graduate courses will be offered with in-person components. (You can check the designation of the course during registration to learn whether some in-person component is being considered for the course.) 

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

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

Monday, January 25: First day of classes
Monday, February 15: Presidents Day, classes in session
Monday, March 29 -Thursday, April 1: Spring Break, no classes
Friday, April 2: Good Friday, no classes
Monday, April 5: Classes resume
Friday, May 7: Last day of classes
Monday, May 10-Tuesday, May 11: Study Days
Wednesday, May 12-Wednesday, May 19: Final Examinations

Other pertinent information about the calendar for Spring semester can be found on the Registrar’s website.

What will the grading policy be for the Spring 2021 semester?

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 and Fall 2020 semesters. Similarly, students will have until the last study day to withdraw from a course. Modular courses within the term will have the grading option and withdrawal deadlines of the last day of class for that module.

For Undergraduate Students in the Spring 2021 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 January 13 until the last study day on May 11 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, May 11 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. 
  • Modular courses within the term will have the S/CR/NC and withdrawal deadline of the last day of class for that module.
  • A transcript notation for Spring 2021 will explain that S/CR/NC was instituted because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For Graduate Students in the Spring 2021 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 January 13 until the last study day on May 11.
  • Individual programs may exclude any or all courses from the S/NC grading modality. Check with your program director should you have questions regarding excluded courses.
  • 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, May 11 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. 
  • Modular courses within the term will have the S/NC and 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 Spring 2021 will explain that S/NC was instituted because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Graduate students should exercise their options selectively and thoughtfully and in consultation with their faculty advisor and director of graduate studies. In making their decisions, they should pay particular attention to degree requirements, future course scheduling and postgraduate work, extramural fellowships and grants, and policies surrounding federal financial aid and external fellowship time limits. 

Undergraduate students should exercise their options selectively and thoughtfully and in consultation with their dean/advisor. In making their decisions, they should pay particular attention to degree requirements, future course scheduling and policies surrounding federal financial aid and graduate/professional school admission requirements.

Can a returning student take a leave of absence for the Spring 2021 semester? 

Students who are concerned about the Spring 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. 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 and contact their International Student Advisor with questions about their F-1 or J-1 status. 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.

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Undergraduate Student Housing

Who is approved to live on campus for the Spring semester?

The University will provide on-campus housing for: 

  • Students previously approved to live on campus for Fall 2020
  • Seniors currently not living in the District of Columbia who are invited and choose to live on campus for the Spring semester

How is the University planning for Spring move-in?

The University is designing a move-in process focused on the health and safety of our students, their families and the entire Georgetown community. We will schedule and stagger student arrival to residence halls to avoid the typical high-density move-in experience. Move-in is tentatively scheduled for January 21-23, 2021. More details about the housing selection process are available on the Residential Living website.

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

We strongly recommend students not approved to live on campus stay at their permanent residence and complete their Spring semester virtually. 

A very small number of exceptions to reside on-campus may be granted for undergraduate students whose living situations have changed substantially and who no longer have stable housing. Students whose personal or family situation makes it impossible or unrealistic to pursue their Spring 2021 studies at their permanent address should contact studentaffairs@georgetown.edu

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 living in the “Neighborhood” are required to follow the University’s strict expectations outlined below. Please note the District of Columbia Zoning Commission has waived the on-campus residency requirement for the 2020-21 academic year, and students will not be subject to discipline for not meeting it.

If an undergraduate student resides off campus in the Georgetown neighborhood, what is to be expected?

Any undergraduate student who resides off-campus in the neighborhoods of Georgetown, Burleith, or Foxhall (“the Neighborhood”) 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 mask, following University testing requirements, 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.

On the Main Campus, we will be rolling out access to new opportunities for on-campus studying and gathering gradually and prioritizing seniors and residential students first. As the conditions of the pandemic change, we will continue to reevaluate our approach to academic and recreational spaces on campus and are hopeful for the possibility of granting additional student populations access.

Undergraduate students residing off campus in the Neighborhood are required to participate in the University’s testing protocol and are included in the University’s testing and tracking system. They have access to visit the Student Health Center in person. If they are required to self-quarantine or isolate, they and all the members of their group house are required to do so at their own residence. They may be offered the opportunity to isolate on campus, if possible, but the university may not be able to accommodate all requests.

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 conduct expectations, including those on noise and trash, and all relevant District of Columbia rules and guidelines.

Students may not host, attend, or participate in any social gatherings of 10 or more individuals, whether on campus or off campus.

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

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.

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

For all students who packed up and departed last Spring, we want to acknowledge that it was a difficult period and we appreciate everyone’s understanding and support with this complex and quick transition. For students who were unable to return to campus, the University arranged to have their belongings packed and stored.

Many students have already retrieved their items out of storage. Anyone with items remaining in storage will receive direct communication in the coming weeks with more information on how to access their stored belongings. 

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 are 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 is available for select dining locations and all dining locations will offer pre-packaged “grab-and-go” meal options in addition to customizable made-to-order meals.

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

Seating capacity is 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 are 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 on the Hoya Hospitality website

How can I have groceries delivered through Georgetown Catering?

Hoyas@Home is an online grocery ordering platform for Georgetown students, faculty and staff working and living on the Main and Law Campuses and those living off campus in the Georgetown, Burleith and Foxhall neighborhoods. They accept flex dollars. Grocery items (e.g., milk, eggs, deli meat), pantry items (e.g., bread, condiments, pasta, water), frozen and prepared meals and other items (e.g., toilet paper, toothpaste, dish soap) are available. Deliveries are available Monday through Friday during three delivery windows: 9-11 a.m., noon-2 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. There are no delivery fees, but there is a $10 order minimum for on-campus deliveries and a $25 order minimum for off-campus deliveries. More information can be found on the Georgetown Catering website, and questions about the program can be directed to catering@georgetowncatering.com.

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Main Campus Student Life

What will student life on campus look like?

We realize how important community and social bonds are to student well-being. 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 based on federal, District of Columbia and University health and safety guidance.

What will the academic experience be like for students who are virtual?

Georgetown’s faculty and staff have devoted significant time to enhancing the virtual learning experience through workshops organized by our Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS). In addition, faculty have been implementing improvements informed by student surveys.

What will the co-curricular experience be like for students who are virtual?

We recognize that student-led organizations and co-curricular activities play an invaluable role in fostering a sense of community and belonging. Campus departments including the Center for Student Engagement, Center for Social Justice, Center for Multicultural Equity and Access, Department of Performing Arts and others will continue to provide programming and support for a rich co-curricular campus life. Student organizations will continue to be supported as they provide community, leadership, and involvement opportunities. Students should continue to visit georgetown.campusgroups.com to explore student organizations and other initiatives to be involved.

What university health services and support are available?

The Student Health Center is staffed by primary care physicians and nurse practitioners with particular training and experience in college health. Student Health Center staff are dedicated to providing high-quality health care to the students of Georgetown University. The Student Health Center offers both in-person and virtual visits for students in the DC area, as well as virtual services to students living outside of the DC area (as allowed based on location and licensing regulations).

Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) and Health Education Services (HES) continue to offer virtual services to students. These virtual appointments allow you to connect with a clinician using secure video platforms. The consultations will offer you the ability to ask questions, get connected to needed resources, provide guidance about next steps during these difficult times, and thus begin the helping process.

Is the bookstore open? Can I still purchase textbooks and other materials?

The Main Campus bookstore remains closed, but you can still purchase course materials, clothing and gifts on the Georgetown Barnes & Noble website

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Undergraduate Student Finances and Employment

Will the University continue to charge the same tuition rates for the Spring 2021 semester? 

We will continue the same tuition reductions in place for Fall 2020: 10% for undergraduates and 5% for graduate students. The discounted rate applies to undergraduate students studying on campus and remotely, and to those living in campus residences and those living off campus.

How has the pandemic affected financial aid packages this Fall and the University’s commitment to access and affordability?

Our commitment to financial aid remains strong. During this unprecedented pandemic and recession, we will continue to fulfill our commitment to ensuring that every student admitted to Georgetown can attend regardless of their ability to pay.

Georgetown took several steps to ensure that Fall financial aid packages honored our commitment to affordable access, including:

  • Reducing tuition for Fall 2020, including a 10% reduction in tuition for undergraduate students, which amounts to $2,900 for full-time students. A tuition credit of up to $2,900 will be posted to the accounts of financial aid recipients with any amount of family contribution.
  • Waiving the student summer work contribution entirely.
  • Considering requests for reconsideration of aid eligibility resulting from the reduction of 2020 income due to the COVID-19 pandemic immediately, while also continuing to review aid eligibility based on any other changes at any time.
  • Offering emergency loans ($2,500) to undergraduate students with completed financial aid applications to cover books and other expenses.
  • Delaying planned distribution of undergraduate billing statements and set billing due dates, payment plans and penalty assessment plans to afford maximum flexibility to students and families.

Students and parents can direct financial aid questions to the Office of Student Financial Services (OSFS) by calling 202-687-4547 or emailing finfront@georgetown.edu. Billing questions may be directed to Student Accounts, at 202-687-7100 or studentaccounts@georgetown.edu where they can expect a response within one (1) business day.

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 Spring?

Yes, the Office of Student Employment is working to locate remote opportunities for students with Federal Work-Study as part of their aid package. Available Jobs can be viewed on HoyaWorks.

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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, is there a university service that can help with this?

Yes, residential students can use Georgetown Travel Services (GTS) to book their travel 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.

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