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Public Health Guidelines

As President DeGioia announced in his December 29 message, Georgetown University will implement several public health measures for the beginning of the Spring 2022 semester while continuing to take a layered approach to protecting and monitoring the health and safety of our community:

  • Instruction: Main Campus (including the School of Continuing Studies), Medical Center and Law Center classes and academic-related activities will start as scheduled and will be held virtually through January 30, 2022. In-person classes will resume on January 31, 2022. We will continue to monitor public health conditions and will communicate if there are additional updates to the mode of instruction for spring classes.
  • Research: When research activities require in-person work, research faculty and staff should consider scheduling work in such a way that allows for reduced density, maintain physical distancing when possible and wear a properly-fitted, high-grade mask (e.g., N95, KN95, KF94) inside at all times.
  • Undergraduate Move-In: Undergraduate residential students will be able to move into their on-campus residences beginning on January 11, 2022, unless they have been approved to move in earlier. Given that classes will be held virtually through January 30, residential students may choose to move in later in January. Residential students will receive more information about the move-in process in early January.
  • Arrival Testing: Students, faculty and staff will need to get tested prior to their arrival on campus after the winter break, regardless of their vaccination status or whether they have traveled or remained in the local area. Please see the COVID-19 Testing section below for more information.
  • Mode of Work: We encourage teleworking for faculty and staff when possible while classes are held virtually. Supervisors will be in touch with details on any temporary changes to mode of work. We recognize that many staff have on-campus duties not feasibly performed remotely, and reducing campus density will assist our safety efforts. We will continue to monitor public health conditions and communicate any changes.
  • Libraries and Study Spaces: Libraries will be open only to Georgetown community members. Students will need to keep at least six feet apart while studying in libraries or study spaces on campus, such as Sellinger Lounge in the Leavey Center. These Main Campus classrooms will also be available for students as study spaces so that students may maintain physical distancing. Masks must be worn in indoor public spaces on campus, and no eating or drinking is allowed in communal areas, including libraries and study spaces.
  • Dining: University food establishments will be open for grab-and-go dining only through January 30, 2022. Residential students should eat their meals in their private residence or outside in the tents on campus. Food and beverage consumption in indoor communal spaces, including libraries and student center study areas, is not allowed at this time. Public Health ambassadors will be monitoring these areas to ensure mask wearing at all times. We strongly encourage community members to eat outside in the tents on campus. For information on hours of operation on the Main Campus, please visit the Hoya Hospitality website.
  • Events and Visitors: With limited exceptions from University leadership, all University events, including meetings with visitors, will need to be held virtually or outdoors through January 30, 2022. Georgetown requires all visitors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and, effective January 21, 2022, to have received a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot when eligible, or to have an approved medical or religious exemption.
  • Campus Recreation:Yates Field House and Kehoe Field on the Main Campus is open with limited hours and occupancy through January 30, 2022. The Scott K. Ginsburg Sport & Fitness Center at the Law Center is open with limited hours and occupancy, including a registration requirement.
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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 Testing

Students, faculty and staff will need to continue to follow Georgetown University’s COVID-19 Testing Protocol, including arrival testing, asymptomatic, symptomatic  and “close contact” testing requirements.

Arrival Testing

Students, faculty and staff on campus after the winter break will need to get tested prior to their arrival on campus, following the arrival testing schedule described below, regardless of their vaccination status or whether they have traveled or remained in the local area. If a PCR test is taken through a third-party provider, please submit your test result through the COVID Test Result Submission Form. Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the 90 days prior to their arrival are exempt from PCR testing, but all students who live on campus will need to follow the described protocol for taking an antigen test below, regardless of whether they have tested positive in the 90 days prior to their arrival.

  • Students who remained in the DC, Maryland and Virginia region for winter break:
    • If you live on campus:
      • 1) Take a rapid antigen test upon arrival on campus, prior to returning to University housing.
      • 2) Take a PCR test within 24 hours of arrival on campus.
      • More information about this arrival testing process will be provided in early January.
    • If you do not live on campus, take a PCR test within 24 hours prior to scheduled arrival on campus or within 24 hours of arrival at your off-campus residence, whichever is earlier.
      • Please do not access campus (other than to test) until you receive a negative result from a PCR test. If you receive a positive result, isolate in your residence and do not access campus until you complete the isolation period.
      • If a PCR test is taken off-campus through a third-party provider, please submit your test result through the COVID Test Result Submission Form.
  • Students who are traveling to DC from outside the DC, Maryland and Virginia region after winter break:
    • If you live on campus:
      • 1) We strongly encourage you to take a PCR or antigen test within 24-48 hours prior to departure, if possible. If you receive a positive result, isolate where you are and do not travel to the DC region until you complete the isolation period.
      • 2) Take a rapid antigen test upon arrival on campus, prior to returning to University housing.
      • 3) Take a PCR test within 24 hours of arrival on campus.
      • More information about this arrival testing process will be provided in early January.
    • If you do not live on campus:
      • 1) We strongly encourage you to take a PCR or antigen test within 24-48 hours prior to departure, if possible. If you receive a positive result, isolate where you are and do not travel to the DC region until you complete the isolation period.
      • 2) Take a PCR test within 24 hours of arriving in the DC region. Please do not access campus (other than to test) until you receive a negative result from a PCR test.
    • If a PCR test is taken off-campus through a third-party provider, please submit your test result through the COVID Test Result Submission Form.
  • Faculty and Staff: For faculty and staff returning to campus after the winter break, take a PCR test within 48 hours prior to scheduled arrival on campus. Please do not access campus (other than to test) until you receive a negative result from a PCR test. Faculty and staff who are working on campus over the winter break should take a PCR test prior to January 4, 2022.

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 Test Result Submission Form in a timely manner, consistent with the above testing requirements.

Asymptomatic Testing

We will continue to test a randomly selected pool of our fully vaccinated student, faculty and staff community each week. 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. Once classes resume in person, the University may change the frequency of required testing.

Any non-fully-vaccinated member of our community is required to test twice per week.

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

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.

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.

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Masks

Per the University’s COVID-19 Mask Guidelines, individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask indoors in University-owned or operated buildings, except when eating or drinking, when alone in a private office, or when in their personal residence. Not wearing a mask increases the risk of transmitting or being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.

Given the enhanced transmissibility of the Omicron variant, students, faculty and staff should wear a properly-fitted, high-grade mask (e.g., N95, KN95, KF94) while on campus. Free N95s will be available at entrances to most campus buildings. 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.

Community members should 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.

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

Given current conditions, we strongly discourage faculty and other speakers from removing their masks while speaking and lecturing in class or at University events. Current University guidelines allow for fully vaccinated and boosted 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 six feet away from others.

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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Georgetown University requires students, faculty, staff and visitors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and, effective January 21, 2022, to have received a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot when eligible, 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, which includes 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; and visitors to University-owned, operated or leased buildings in the United States. As noted in the Events and Visitors section above, with limited exceptions, visitors will not be able to visit University buildings through January 30, 2022.

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

We strongly encourage students, faculty, staff and visitors to get a booster shot as soon as possible. Please visit Vaccines.gov to find the closest vaccination site to you. Booster shots are available without a prescription and at no charge to you at your local pharmacy, community clinic or doctor’s office.

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Campus Access, Density and Physical Distancing

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, Yates Field House and Kehoe Field and all Georgetown University libraries continue to be closed to external community members and visitors.

With the exception of University libraries while classes remain virtual, 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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Symptom Monitoring

While we’re encouraged that more than 97% 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.

When experiencing any symptoms, fully vaccinated students, faculty and staff who plan to be on campus should complete the COVID-19 Symptom Check-In survey through the GU360 mobile app or GU360 website. Unvaccinated community members should complete the COVID-19 Symptom Check-In Survey 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 DC Department of Health guidance regarding quarantine (e.g., travel and exposure) and isolation, which may change periodically.

Isolation will be required for all individuals, including fully vaccinated and boosted individuals, 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 by:

  • Being fully vaccinated and boosted
  • Wearing a high-grade mask indoors (e.g., N95, KN95, KF94)
  • 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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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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Religious Services

Details about on-campus religious services will be shared in early January. For more information, please visit the religious services calendar on the Office of Campus Ministry website.

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GUTS

Georgetown University Transportation Shuttle (GUTS) is operating at reduced density, with physical distancing measures in place (i.e., seating every other row). Passengers should enter and exit shuttles via the rear of the bus. Individuals using GUTS, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask while on the shuttle. For more information on routes and schedules, please visit the GUTS website.

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Intercollegiate Athletics

Intercollegiate athletics will continue within the parameters set by the NCAA, the Big East Conference, and the Patriot League.

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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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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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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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