Category: Messages to the Community

Title: Planning for Capitol Demonstration on Saturday, September 18

Date Published: September 16, 2021

Dear Members of the Georgetown University Community:

As you may know, there is a demonstration planned near the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, September 18, 2021. The Capitol Police Board has issued an emergency declaration, and local and federal authorities are tracking concerning online conversations. Consequently, we recommend that individuals avoid the area on Saturday, if possible. We also want to share information with you about resources and safety measures both on and off campus. If you are planning to be in downtown DC or around the National Mall this weekend, we ask that you stay aware of your surroundings.

Safety Planning

  • We strongly recommend that all members of the Georgetown community follow the guidance of federal and local authorities. The University is coordinating closely with federal and local authorities on safety planning.
  • For real-time updates and information, please check the Metropolitan Police Department Twitter account. Also, you can sign up to receive emergency alerts and updates from the District of Columbia by visiting AlertDC. Please note there will be many street closures in the downtown area on Saturday.
  • Call for help if you feel threatened.
    • If you are off campus, call 911.
    • If you are on the Main or Medical Center campuses, or at the School of Continuing Studies at 640 Massachusetts Avenue NW, call the Georgetown University Police Department (GUPD) at 202-687-4343.
    • If you are on the Law campus or at 500 1st Street NW, call the Georgetown Law Department of Public Safety (DPS) at 202-662-9325. 
  • Download the Georgetown LiveSafe app – which has information about emergency response and allows you to communicate with GUPD (anonymously if you prefer).

We will communicate any significant safety concerns on or near our campuses via HOYAlert. Please take a moment to log into HOYAlert and ensure your contact information is up-to-date and that you have entered your cell phone number so that you are able to receive HOYAlerts via text message.

Mental Health, Wellness and Health Care Resources: As a reminder, you can find more information about University resources, including those to support mental wellness, on our Every Hoya Cares website.

Please know that the safety and security of our community is our highest priority as we move forward in the days ahead.

The Office of Emergency Management