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Public Health Overview

The public health guidance below has been developed to protect the health and safety of the Georgetown University community. We continue to monitor public health conditions globally, nationally, locally and on campus, as well as any new guidance from the CDC and the DC Department of Health, and will provide updates when needed. 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.

Most 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 and Yates Field House and Kehoe Field continue to be closed to external community members and visitors. All libraries will be open only to Georgetown University community members, with limited exceptions as approved by University leadership. The University may limit capacity in certain large indoor venues at any time (e.g., Gaston Hall, McDonough Arena).

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Masks

Wearing a mask is optional in University-owned or operated buildings, including academic buildings, research laboratories, libraries, offices, dining facilities, residential buildings and fitness centers, with limited exceptions, including:

  • Individuals must wear a mask in University health care facilities (e.g., Student Health Center, CAPS, One Medical testing sites, flu vaccination clinics).
  • Individuals must wear a mask while on university-sponsored public transportation (e.g., GUTS buses, shuttles, vans).
  • Individuals must wear a mask in Early Childhood Education facilities (i.e., Hoya Kids Learning Center and Georgetown Law Early Learning Center).
  • Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 or been exposed to someone who has tested positive must wear a mask for the full 10 days from the date of exposure or infection, consistent with DC Health guidance and CDC guidance.
  • Individuals with exemptions or accommodation plans that include enhanced public health measures should continue to abide by those measures, as currently in place.

Where required, we recommend wearing a properly-fitted, high-quality mask (e.g., N95, KN95, KF94). Individuals may not wear a cloth mask, or a mask with a vent or valve, because these masks do not sufficiently reduce the transmission of the virus from exhaled droplets and aerosol particles that might contain the virus.

Free high-quality masks will continue to be available at entrances to most campus buildings. If you see empty or near-empty mask supplies at building entrances on the Main and Medical Center campuses, please contact Facilities Work Management at 202-687-3432, and the stand will be replenished. At the Law Center, please contact Facilities Management at 202-662-9330 or email lawfacilitiesmgmt@georgetown.edu for assistance.

Everyone has the right to wear a mask whenever and wherever they wish on our campuses. To help foster a respectful and inclusive environment, the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS) has developed this teaching and learning guide, and the Department of Human Resources has developed this workplace guide.

Faculty and staff who believe that this policy may impact their health due to a specific medical condition may seek an appropriate accommodation from IDEAA, and students may seek an appropriate accommodation from the Academic Resource Center.

Individuals who choose to wear an N95 can find more information about voluntary usage of N95s on the OSHA website. If you have questions about the use of N95s, please contact the Office of Environmental Health and Safety at (202) 687-4712.

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COVID-19 Testing

Students, faculty and staff must follow Georgetown University’s COVID-19 Testing Protocol, including arrival, symptomatic and exposure testing requirements.

Where to Get Tested

Students, faculty and staff may schedule a free PCR test on one of Georgetown’s campuses via the One Medical mobile app or website. Community members may also choose to schedule a test with a third-party healthcare provider. Payment for third-party testing is your responsibility, and you must submit your test result through the COVID-19 Test Result Submission Form in a timely manner, consistent with the University’s testing requirements.

Return-to-Campus Testing

All students will need to take a COVID-19 test between 48 hours before and 24 hours after arriving on campus. Failure to get a return-to-campus test may result in disciplinary action.

  • Residential students: A PCR test is required.
  • Non-residential students: A PCR test is preferred, but an antigen test will be accepted.
  • We recommend getting tested after traveling or arriving in the DC region, but it’s required when you come to campus for the first time.
  • Students who test positive within a few days prior to coming to campus should delay their arrival until they have completed a full isolation period following DC and University guidance, regardless of the isolation rules where they live. Students should report their positive result, and a Care Navigator from Georgetown’s Public Health team will provide tailored guidance.
  • Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days should not take a return-to-campus test (and should report their previous positive result if the University does not already have a record of it). However, if new symptoms develop, please inform the Public Health team and follow their guidance.
  • Students who have been on campus continuously during the summer should get tested in August (PCR required for residential students; PCR or antigen accepted for non-residential students). 
  • Please submit a photo of test results from external PCR tests (i.e., when not taken through One Medical on campus) and antigen tests via the COVID-19 Test Result Submission Form in the GU360 mobile app or on the GU360 website.

Faculty and staff are not required to take a return-to-campus test, but testing is strongly recommended, especially after travel.

Ongoing Testing

You must get tested once per week if:

  • You are exempt from vaccination for religious or medical reasons, or
  • You received the primary vaccination series and are booster-eligible but have received an exemption or deadline extension from the booster shot requirement.

After return-to-campus testing, other students, faculty and staff are not required to test regularly unless they develop symptoms or are exposed or potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Symptomatic Testing

Students, faculty and staff experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 must complete the COVID-19 Symptom Check-In survey and get tested as soon as possible.

“Close Contact” or Exposure Testing

Asymptomatic individuals who have been exposed to, informed that they are a close contact of, or believe they have been in close contact with or potentially exposed to, somebody who has tested positive for COVID-19 must complete the COVID-19 Symptom Check-In survey to indicate their exposure and get tested.

On-Demand Testing

Free COVID-19 testing is available on demand on Georgetown’s campuses. Georgetown has partnered with One Medical to provide COVID-19 PCR testing on campus at no charge to University community members.

After-Hours Testing

If you need to get tested due to exposure or symptoms during the weekend or when the One Medical testing sites on our campuses are closed, please complete the COVID-19 Symptom Check-In survey in the GU360 app, and a Care Navigator will get in touch with you to facilitate antigen testing.

Antigen Testing to End Isolation

If you require an antigen test kit to take on Day 5 of isolation, please contact a Care Navigator at carenavigators@georgetown.edu for instructions about where and when to pick up a test kit.

You may order free antigen testing kits via www.covidtests.gov. It is good to have some at home in case you become symptomatic or need to get tested to get out of isolation.

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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Georgetown University requires students, faculty, staff and visitors to have received a primary series (e.g., two doses of an mRNA vaccine) and, when eligible, an additional dose of a COVID-19 vaccine (first booster), or to have an approved medical or religious exemption.

This requirement applies to:

  • All faculty and staff, including teleworking employees;
  • Students enrolled in one or more in-person courses;
  • Students enrolled in any online or hybrid courses that have an in-person component on campus or at an off-campus location used by Georgetown for course instruction (including but not limited to students enrolled in an online nursing program who will complete an Objective Clinical Intensive (OCI)); and
  • Visitors to University-owned, operated or leased buildings in the United States.

We strongly recommend, but do not require at this time, that individuals who are 50 years and older or who are moderately or severely immunocompromised get a second additional dose (second booster).

The University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement will continue to be updated as public health conditions evolve.

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Campus Access and Density

Most 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 and Yates Field House and Kehoe Field continue to be closed to external community members and visitors.

All libraries will be open only to Georgetown University community members, with limited exceptions as approved by University leadership.

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

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Symptom Monitoring

When experiencing any symptoms, students, faculty and staff should stay home or in their campus residence; complete the COVID-19 Symptom Check-In survey through the GU360 mobile app or website; call the Student Health Center (if a student) or their physician, if needed; schedule a COVID-19 test; and not return to class or work until cleared by their physician or after a consultation with the Care Navigator team.

Students, faculty and staff should also complete the COVID-19 Symptom Check-In survey upon exposure to a known COVID-19 case.

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.

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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 DC Department of Health guidance regarding quarantine and isolation, which may change periodically.

Isolation will be required for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, who have a confirmed positive COVID-19 test result or are diagnosed with COVID-19 by a health professional even if their test result is negative.

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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 and protect vulnerable community members by:

  • Being up to date on COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Considering wearing a mask around vulnerable members of the community when asked to.
  • Knowing the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, checking for them regularly and reporting them when they occur.
  • Not coming to class or work when having symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
  • Following isolation and quarantine requirements, including continuing to mask for the full 10 days after testing positive or being exposed.
  • Washing your hands (for the full 20 seconds!) or using hand sanitizer regularly.
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Mental and Emotional Well-Being Resources

Georgetown’s Every Hoya Cares website includes important information about mental and emotional health and well-being resources for students, faculty and staff.

Student Resources

  • If you are in need of spiritual accompaniment, Campus Ministry chaplains and staff are available during regular business hours. For assistance, please call 202-687-4300.
  • To connect with a clinician at Counseling and Psychiatric Service (CAPS), students may call (202) 687-6985 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. After-hours support is also available by calling the main CAPS line. To speak to someone urgently both after hours and during business hours, students should call the CAPS main line at (202) 687-6985 and dial 1 to speak immediately with a licensed clinician.
  • All degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students have access to 24/7/365 telemental health services through HoyaWell from anywhere in the United States at no cost to you. HoyaWell lets you talk to a mental health professional from your smartphone or any web-enabled device through a video or voice visit. There are three available services: TalkNow (24/7, on-demand access to mental health support to talk about anything at any time), scheduled counseling and psychiatry.
  • Student Outreach and Support (SOS) is a non-confidential resource offering support to students experiencing crises, difficult personal circumstances or unexpected transitions that interrupt a student’s course of study. SOS can help students navigate university systems and resources, including connections to academic deans, the Academic Resource Center or other support offices.

Faculty and Staff Resources

  • The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) provides free confidential counseling and referral services to faculty, staff and AAPs. For more information, visit the FSAP webpage or call (202) 687-2396.
  • Faculty and staff can use the Mindset program to connect with fast, convenient, confidential and free one-on-one mental health help over video appointments through One Medical, a national primary care network.
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Events, Meetings and Visitors

Indoor events and meetings are permitted on campus, including with visitors, provided that event organizers, meeting hosts and visitors follow the University’s visitor vaccination requirement and process. Visitors are required to have received a primary series and, when eligible, an additional dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Visitors are not permitted in Main Campus residential buildings. However, parents and family members may enter residential buildings to assist with move-in. They do not need to follow the University’s visitor registration process but should wear a mask while inside residential buildings.

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

Please visit the University’s Event and Visitor Guidelines page for more information.

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Domestic University-related travel is permitted, and should be conducted in accordance with all Business Travel and Entertainment policies.

International University-related travel is permitted. Please refer to the International Travel Policy for guidelines on University-related international travel.

As always, travelers must stay apprised of, and comply with, public health and travel regulations and guidance in place (especially regarding isolation and quarantine) both at their destination and upon their return, with the understanding that such regulations and guidance continue to change periodically.

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

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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 campus and among affiliated faculty, staff and students through a public health alert. To receive the public health alert, subscribe to Daily COVID-19 Updates.

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Privacy

Georgetown will continue to comply with all applicable privacy, confidentiality, and public health laws relating to collection and maintenance of vaccination, testing and other health-related records. The University recognizes the importance of protecting private health information and will protect faculty, staff, student and visitor 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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Compliance

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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