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 will ease 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.
The public health guidelines below will take effect Monday, August 2, 2021, unless otherwise noted.Back to Top
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
Georgetown University will require all students, faculty and staff who will be on one of Georgetown’s campuses or in a University-owned or operated building in the United States this fall to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Medical and religious exemptions will be granted in accordance with federal and local law.
Students will need to submit their vaccination documentation through the GU360 mobile app or GU360 website by August 1, 2021, and faculty and staff must do so by August 9, 2021, unless they requested a medical or religious exemption or deadline extension.Back to Top
Campus Access, Density and Physical Distancing
Effective August 2, 2021, Main Campus and Medical Center buildings will be open at full capacity to all students, faculty, and staff, and will follow the same building access protocols that were in place prior to the pandemic. Some buildings, such as Main Campus residential buildings, the SCS campus at 640 Massachusetts Avenue NW, and all Law Center buildings, will continue to be accessed by GOCard only. Some buildings, including Yates Field House and the Scott K. Ginsburg Sport & Fitness Center (see below), may continue to limit access.
Physical distancing will no longer be 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).Back to Top
Mode of Instruction
Classes will be in-person, unless the course has been approved by the University to be taught online.Back to Top
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 take at least one test during the month of August.
Fully vaccinated individuals will not be required to participate in routine asymptomatic testing after they complete their arrival test. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated and who have received a medical or religious exemption or deadline extension will be tested twice per week. Anyone who develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will be expected to get tested prior to resuming campus activities.
Georgetown has partnered with One Medical to provide COVID-19 testing at no charge to University community members.Back to Top
For the time being, the University’s COVID-19 Mask Guidelines will 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. A fully vaccinated faculty member may remove their mask when lecturing in a classroom setting. We will continue to monitor public health conditions in our community, and we expect to ease the indoor mask requirement if they remain favorable.Back to Top
In order for Georgetown to effectively monitor public health conditions on campus, individuals who are not fully vaccinated will need to complete the COVID-19 Daily Check-In survey through the GU360 app or GU360 website one to two hours before they arrive each day that they come to campus. GOCard access will be linked to regular completion of the COVID-19 Daily Check-In survey, at least through the beginning of the Fall semester. If you have not completed a COVID-19 Daily Check-In survey in the previous 24 hours, your GOCard will temporarily be deactivated until you complete a new survey. Please allow one to two hours for your GOCard to be reactivated.
Fully vaccinated individuals are expected to complete the COVID-19 Daily Check-In survey any time that they experience symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or are exposed to someone infected with COVID-19.
Georgetown will use information from this survey to provide health guidance and quarantine information 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-isolate until cleared by their physician or after a consultation with the Care Navigator team.Back to Top
Events and Meetings
Events and meetings will be permitted on campus, following all event policies and protocols in place prior to the pandemic for hosting events and reserving space on campus. Main Campus and Medical Center event spaces, including Main Campus student center spaces, are available to University departments and groups with access to benefits, and should be reserved through the Georgetown University Room/Space Request System, which is managed by Georgetown Event Management Services (GEMS) and Student Centers, beginning on Monday, July 26, 2021. Event space on the Law Center campus will be managed through the Office of Events Management and Scheduling. Students, faculty, and staff interested in hosting events at the School of Continuing Studies should email email@example.com.
External guests will need to comply with the University’s public health guidelines (e.g., COVID-19 Mask Guidelines), which may include additional guest registration protocols, in effect at the time of the event. Regardless, event organizers should strongly encourage attendees to be fully vaccinated, and anyone with symptoms needs to stay home.Back to Top
During move-in, each student may bring one family member or friend into their residential building in order to help them move in. All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, will need to wear a mask indoors on campus.Back to Top
Religious services will resume 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.Back to Top
Georgetown University Transportation Shuttle (GUTS) will operate 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.Back to Top
Main Campus food establishments will be open at full capacity no later than August 25, unless otherwise noted at the establishment. At the Law Center, Legal Eats will open on August 17, and other food operations will open on August 23. For information on hours of operation on the Main Campus, please visit the Hoya Hospitality website.Back to Top
Intercollegiate athletics will resume within the parameters set by the NCAA, the Big East Conference, and the Patriot League. Spectators will be permitted to attend athletic competitions, indoors and outdoors.Back to Top
Yates Field House and Kehoe Field on the Main Campus, and the Scott K. Ginsburg Sport & Fitness Center at the Law Center, will reopen to fully vaccinated students, faculty and staff on Monday, August 23, 2021. Under the COVID-19 Mask Guidelines, individuals will 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 will resume on campus.Back to Top
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.Back to Top
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.Back to Top
|Fully vaccinated and no symptoms, arriving from a domestic location||No need to test or quarantine|
|Fully vaccinated and no symptoms, arriving from an international location||Test 3-5 days after arrival. No need to quarantine.|
|Had a positive COVID test within 90 days and no symptoms||No need to test or quarantine|
|DC/MD/VA residents||No 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 hours||No need to quarantine/test|
|Unvaccinated people coming from an international location||Test 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.|
|Unvaccinated people coming from a domestic location outside DC, MD or VA||Test within 72 hours prior to departure; begin quarantine upon arrival; test again 3-5 days later, and if that result is negative you may end quarantine.|
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):
- Inform your supervisor of your travel plans prior to departure.
- 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.
- Continue to get tested in accordance with the COVID-19 testing protocol through the end of the semester.
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
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.Back to Top
University community members will 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.Back to Top
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.Back to Top
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.Back to Top
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.Back to Top