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Public Health Guidelines

We are excited to bring our community together again as we return to in-person educational and research activities on campus this fall. With the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for students, faculty, and staff in place, Georgetown has adjusted restrictions related to density, physical distancing, and testing, while continuing to take a layered approach to protecting and monitoring the health and safety of our community. This page includes a summary of the University’s public health guidelines and helpful links for more information.

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Public Health Team

Led by Dr. Ranit Mishori, Georgetown’s Vice President and Chief Public Health Officer, the University’s Public Health team – the equivalent of our own municipal health department – coordinates COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and care navigation, public health screening and many other services such as quarantine and isolation.

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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Georgetown University requires all students, faculty and staff on Georgetown’s campuses or in a University-owned or operated building in the National Capital Region this fall to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Medical and religious exemptions have been granted in accordance with federal and local law.

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Campus Access, Density and Physical Distancing

Main Campus and Medical Center buildings are open at full capacity to all students, faculty, and staff and are following the same building access protocols that were in place prior to the pandemic. Some buildings, such as the School of Continuing Studies campus at 640 Massachusetts Avenue NW and all Law Center buildings, continue to be accessed by GOCard only. Main Campus residential buildings, Yates Field House, the Scott K. Ginsburg Sport & Fitness Center and all Georgetown University libraries will continue to be closed to external community members and visitors through at least December 2021.

Physical distancing is no longer required on our campuses, indoors or outdoors. We encourage individuals who are not fully vaccinated yet or who have an exemption to continue to practice physical distancing on campus.

The University may limit capacity in certain large indoor venues at any time (e.g., Gaston Hall, McDonough Arena).

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Mode of Instruction

Classes are in-person, unless the course has been approved by the University to be taught online.

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COVID-19 Testing

All University community members, regardless of vaccination status, will need to take an arrival test prior to resuming work or study on campus in order to establish a baseline understanding of public health conditions at the beginning of the Fall semester. Individuals who have already been testing on campus do not need to take an arrival test, but they need to have taken at least one test during the month of August.

Beginning in early September, we will start testing a randomly selected pool of our fully vaccinated student, faculty and staff community each week. Every Monday, fully vaccinated community members will be randomly selected for asymptomatic testing and receive an email asking them to complete a COVID-19 test at one of our on-campus testing sites as soon as possible, but no later than Thursday of that week. Any non-fully-vaccinated member of our community is required to test twice per week.

In addition to random asymptomatic testing, we will continue to test asymptomatic individuals who have been in close contact with, or potentially exposed to, somebody who has tested positive for COVID-19. As a reminder, randomized asymptomatic testing supplements free COVID-19 testing on demand, symptomatic testing, and the testing requirements for unvaccinated individuals.

Georgetown has partnered with One Medical to provide COVID-19 testing on campus at no charge to University community members.

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For the time being, the University’s COVID-19 Mask Guidelines remain in effect as we continue to monitor vaccination rates and public health conditions. Individuals, regardless of vaccination status, will wear a mask indoors in University-owned or operated buildings, except when eating or drinking, when alone in a private office, or when in your personal residence.

Students are required to wear masks while in class, unless they have a University-approved disability accommodation. No eating or drinking in class will be permitted, unless the individual has a medical accommodation.

Given current conditions, we strongly encourage faculty and other speakers to wear masks while speaking and lecturing in class or at University events. Current University guidelines allow for fully vaccinated faculty and other speakers to remove their mask when lecturing or speaking in class or at University events, if they choose, but they must be at least 6 feet away from others.

We strongly recommend individuals wear a surgical-style mask, or other medical-style mask, or consider double-masking (i.e., cloth mask on top of a surgical-style mask). We strongly recommend against wearing a cloth mask alone. Community members should not wear a mask with a vent or valve because exhaled droplets that might contain the virus can escape.

Not wearing a mask puts you at an increased risk for transmitting or being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. Individuals who have a University-approved exemption from wearing a mask need to adhere to stricter public health protocols, including enhanced testing and social distancing, regardless of their vaccination status.

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Symptom Monitoring

While we’re encouraged that more than 95% of our on-campus community is fully vaccinated, we are committed to ensuring that individuals coming to class or work each day are not presenting any symptoms of COVID-19.

All community members coming to campus are required to fill out the COVID-19 Daily Check-In survey through the GU360 mobile app or GU360 website to attest that they are symptom free at the beginning of each day they are on campus.

Georgetown will use information from this survey to provide health, quarantine and testing guidance to anyone with symptoms or who may have had an exposure to COVID-19.

Community members are expected to stay home or in their on-campus residence if they have any symptoms, call the Student Health Center (if a student) or their physician, schedule a COVID-19 test, and self-quarantine until cleared by their physician or after a consultation with the Care Navigator team.

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Contact Tracing and Care Navigation

Georgetown’s Public Health team – the equivalent of our own municipal health department – coordinates contact tracing, care navigation, public health screening and many other services such as quarantine and isolation.

University community members must cooperate with Georgetown, 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.

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Quarantine and Isolation

Georgetown will continue to follow by DC Department of Health guidance regarding quarantine (e.g., travel and exposure) and isolation, which may change periodically.

Individuals who are fully vaccinated will not be required to quarantine following exposure or international travel, as long as they remain asymptomatic.

Isolation will be required for all individuals, including fully vaccinated individuals, who have a confirmed positive COVID-19 test result or are otherwise symptomatic, under investigation for COVID-19, or diagnosed with COVID-19 by a health professional even if their test result is negative.

Visit the link below for Georgetown’s policies and procedures for COVID-19 quarantine and isolation.

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Reducing Community Spread

Every one of us makes choices that contribute to a safe and healthy environment – no matter where we are. When we each play our part, our collective power can help slow the spread of COVID-19. That’s why we’ve launched the Every Hoya, Everywhere campaign to remind Hoyas that together, we can make a difference.

Every Hoya can stop the spread by:

  • Wearing a mask indoors
  • Knowing the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, checking for them regularly and reporting them when they occur.
  • Washing your hands (for the full 20 seconds!) or using hand sanitizer regularly
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Events and Visitors

To protect the health and safety of the Georgetown community, visitors to University-owned or operated buildings in Washington, DC, and Maryland must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or attest to having a medical or religious exemption. 

Beginning Monday, October 25, visitors will need to follow the University’s protocol for verifying their vaccination status and complete a health attestation on the morning of their visit to attest that they are symptom-free. Visitors will also need to continue to comply with all other University public health guidelines, including wearing a mask indoors.

Please visit the Event and Visitor Guidelines page for more information about the visitor registration process, public health guidance for events, and reserving event space on our campuses.

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Religious Services

Religious services have resumed on campus as they had prior to the pandemic. For more information, please visit the religious services calendar on the Office of Campus Ministry website.

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Georgetown University Transportation Shuttle (GUTS) is operating at full capacity. As has been the practice during the pandemic, passengers will continue to enter and exit via the rear of the shuttle. Individuals using GUTS, regardless of vaccination status, will need to wear a mask while on the shuttle. For more information on routes and schedules, please visit the GUTS website.

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University food establishments are open at full capacity, unless otherwise noted at the establishment. For information on hours of operation on the Main Campus, please visit the Hoya Hospitality website.

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Intercollegiate Athletics

Intercollegiate athletics have resumed within the parameters set by the NCAA, the Big East Conference, and the Patriot League. Spectators are permitted to attend athletic competitions, indoors and outdoors.

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Campus Recreation

Yates Field House and Kehoe Field on the Main Campus, and the Scott K. Ginsburg Sport & Fitness Center at the Law Center, have reopened to fully vaccinated students, faculty and staff. Under the COVID-19 Mask Guidelines, individuals need to wear a mask when exercising indoors, until these guidelines are eased. Yates and Ginsburg Sport & Fitness Center will continue to be closed to external community members and guests through at least December 2021. Club and intramural sports have resumed on campus.

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As of July 1, 2021, fully vaccinated individuals may engage in domestic University-related travel, upon providing proof of vaccination through the GU360 mobile app or GU360 website, in accordance with the University’s vaccination policy. For individuals who are not yet fully vaccinated, domestic University-related travel remains limited to “essential travel” as defined in the policy.

As of August 1, 2021, international University-related travel is permitted in certain situations.

For more information, please visit the University’s Travel Guidance webpage.

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Travel to Campus

For those who are asked to quarantine due to travel, follow the protocol described below when traveling to the District from any state or country other Maryland or Virginia. Quarantine requirements may vary based on specific situations, so please follow all instructions from the DC Department of Health and Georgetown’s public health team. 

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Traveler TypeAction
Fully vaccinated and no symptoms, arriving from a domestic locationNo need to test or quarantine
Fully vaccinated and no symptoms, arriving from an international locationTest 3-5 days after arrival. No need to quarantine.
Had a positive COVID test within 90 days and no symptoms, arriving from a domestic locationNo need to test or quarantine
Had a positive COVID test within 90 days and no symptoms, arriving from an international locationTest 3-5 days after arrival. No need to quarantine.
DC/MD/VA residentsNo need to test or quarantine (provided you have not traveled to a high-risk area within the last 14 days prior to travel to DC)
Travelers to DC for less than 24 hoursNo need to test or quarantine
Unvaccinated people coming from any location (domestic or international) outside of DC, MD, or VATest within 72 hours prior to departure; begin quarantine upon arrival; test again for 3-5 days later, and if that result is negative you may end quarantine 7 days after your arrival. You should quarantine for the full 7 days even with a negative result.
Quarantine and testing instructions for non-essential travel

If you are self-quarantining and unable to come to campus for a regularly-scheduled work day, you may submit a time off request in GMS and choose the “COVID-19” time off type.

If you are an essential employee (as designated in your position description):

  1. Inform your supervisor of your travel plans prior to departure.
  2. You do not need to self-quarantine or get tested three to five days after you return to DC, unless you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
  3. Continue to get tested in accordance with the COVID-19 testing protocol through the end of the semester.
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Campus Signage

The university has developed a standard style for signage for the Every Hoya Everywhere campaign to ensure that all campaign assets are consistent and eye catching. Several signs have been created for you to download and share.

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Confirmed Cases

Each Monday evening, the University notifies the community of the prior week’s testing results of positive cases on and near campus through a public health alert. To receive the public health alert, subscribe to Daily COVID-19 Updates.

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Georgetown will continue to comply with all applicable privacy, confidentiality, and public health laws relating to collection and maintenance of testing and other health-related records. The University recognizes the importance of protecting private health information and will protect faculty, student, and staff privacy by limiting what sensitive information is collected, who has access to it, how it is used, and how long it is retained to the extent possible while protecting public health.

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Individuals who fail to comply with the University’s public health guidelines could endanger themselves or others. 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.

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