Category: Messages to the Community

Title: Extended Pause for Undergraduate Hybrid Courses Until April 12

Date Published: March 3, 2021

Dear Georgetown University Main and Medical Center Campus Faculty, Staff and Students,

We write with an update on operating conditions on Main Campus. As you know, graduate-level hybrid courses returned to campus as of February 15, while undergraduate-level courses had been paused until March 8. Please see the following updates based upon current public health conditions.

Due to continued high numbers of off-campus undergraduate students with positive tests, as well as a growing number of cases among campus residential students this week, we are extending the current pause on undergraduate courses meeting in-person. There will be no in-person undergraduate hybrid courses and activities through Monday, April 12. Main Campus spring break begins after the last class on March 26, with classes resuming in virtual mode Monday, April 5.

We are planning for hybrid undergraduate classes to resume in person on Monday, April 12, at an in-person schedule determined by the faculty member. This pause between April 5 and April 12 allows for the necessary quarantine after the break, should students, faculty or staff leave the DMV area during this time. Graduate hybrid courses will continue in-person operations, with mode determined by the instructor for each course. 

Faculty Members Teaching Hybrid Courses

Those faculty members teaching hybrid courses may use their assigned classroom or office to continue teaching, even if undergraduate students are solely in virtual mode.

Meetings and Faculty Office Hours

No academic meetings or gatherings should take place on campus, including faculty office hours.

Use of the Library and Designated Study Spaces

Use of the Lauinger Library building and facilities, as well as use of all designated study spaces, will continue to be restricted to students currently living on campus in University residential housing and to graduate students who have a green GU360 Building Access Badge, with reservations permitting them to use the study space. Access to Dahlgren Memorial Library will continue to be restricted to BGE, SOM and NHS graduate students.

Research Activities

Faculty who have been granted access previously to their offices are now able to return to these offices. New requests for such access can be submitted via the Campus Eligibility Access form. Researchers with currently approved Research Resumption Plans, as submitted through the GMS portal, can continue to conduct research activities accordingly. Undergraduate students who were previously approved to conduct research activities on campus, including both those in residence on campus and those living off campus, are permitted to do so in accordance with the considerations above. These students will receive additional information from their advising dean or academic supervisor and should direct any questions to their academic supervisor.

Redeploy Georgetown Assignments

In light of the continued pause and reduced traffic on campus, some on-campus redeploy assignments may be adjusted. Impacted redeployed employees will receive a communication from the Department of Human Resources with further guidance. This status change does not impact remote redeploy assignments.

Religious Services

Limited in-person religious services resumed on February 17 and will continue to be limited to community members with a green GU360 Building Access Badge. Please check the Office of Campus Ministry website for the latest scheduling information.

Yates Field House and Kehoe Field

Yates Field House and Kehoe Field will continue to remain closed. We will communicate reopening status, should public health conditions permit.

As public health conditions allow, we look forward to relaxing these operating restrictions and will be in communication regarding resumption of undergraduate in-person experiences. To resume on-campus activities we must all continue to do our part and remain vigilant in following health and safety guidelines, including wearing a mask, practicing physical distancing, avoiding indoor social gatherings, respecting the requirement to quarantine and meeting testing commitments.

We thank you for your efforts at this time.

Sincerely,

Robert M. Groves, Provost

Edward B. Healton, Executive Vice President of Health Sciences

Geoffrey S. Chatas, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer