Category: Messages to the Community

Title: Extended Pause for Undergraduate Hybrid Courses Until March 8; Continuation of Graduate Courses in Hybrid Mode on Main Campus

Date Published: February 18, 2021

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

We write with an update on operating conditions on Main Campus. Previously, we had announced that graduate level hybrid courses would return to campus, while undergraduate level hybrid courses would pause until March 1. We are extending the pause in undergraduate hybrid courses.

Graduate hybrid courses will continue in-person operations, at a schedule determined by the instructor for each course. 

However, due to ongoing high levels of positive coronavirus cases among undergraduates, 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, March 8, at 7 a.m. If circumstances improve, we will alert you as soon as we can make the decision to return undergraduates to campus.

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 green GU360 badges, 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.

Meetings and Faculty Office Hours

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

Research Activities

Research activities will continue to be restricted in accordance with the guidance shared on January 27. Office access (granted through the GMS Office Access Portal), even with prior approval, is suspended, as is any pending request through 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, but only if the research cannot be conducted from home, or if a temporary interruption would have significant negative consequences. Such continuation is subject to the following restriction on undergraduate participation. The only undergraduate students who can engage in laboratory-based research are those who (a) live on campus and (b) are receiving credit for their work. No GUROP students, undergraduate volunteers, or paid or unpaid interns, and no undergraduates living off campus, are permitted to enter labs or engage in research activities on campus until March 8 at 7 a.m.

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 beginning on February 17, but will be limited to those with green building access badges. 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