Category: Messages to the Community

Title: Our Return to Campus and New Meal Plan Requirement

Date Published: June 24, 2021

Dear Students:

Thank you for your patience and sustained efforts over the past 16 months as we have navigated through the COVID-19 pandemic. The beginning of summer brings optimism as we move ahead with our plans to return to in-person classes, on-campus residential housing and campus activities in the fall.

We experienced the physical separation required to keep our community safe through the pandemic, and we have heard from many students about the importance of restoring personal connections and building community. An important feature of our undergraduate living and learning residential campus is that, together, we create shared experiences of living and studying in shared locations.

Over the past year, we have worked hard to plan for your return to campus in the Fall. We have renovated on-campus residences halls and townhouses and completed numerous capital projects such as the restoration of Kehoe Field, renovations to both Copley Crypt and St. Williams Chapel, a new Muslim Prayer Room in Village C and a new Dharmālaya Room in the Leavey Center. These renovations also include the installation of hundreds of smart lockers for centralized mail distribution at LXR, the Leavey Center and Kennedy Hall. See a video highlighting this work.

To support and promote a healthy living and learning community where all students thrive, we offer a number of nutritious, flexible and affordable meal plan options for students on campus and, this year, we are introducing a new meal requirement for all students living on campus.

Starting in the Fall 2021 semester, all students living in on-campus housing will need to hold a meal plan.

  • First-years and sophomores may select from the All Access 7 or All Access 7+ plans.
  • Juniors may select from the Weekly 14, All Access 7 or All Access 7+ plans.
  • Seniors may select from the Weekly 7, Weekly 14, All Access 7 or All Access 7+ plans.

Students may, as has always been an option, submit a request for exemption from the requirement to hold a meal plan due to dietary, medical, religious or other special considerations by emailing mealplans@georgetown.edu.

For students who receive financial aid support, the cost of the All Access 7 +$200 Flex plan will be included in the budgeted Cost of Attendance to arrive at each student’s package, which will ensure that every member of Georgetown’s undergraduate student community has access to food while they are on campus. However, we also understand that this new requirement may have unexpected consequences, and we will work collaboratively to solve any problems that may arise.

We wish you and your families a safe and healthy summer, and we look forward to your return in late August.

Sincerely,

Robert M. Groves, Provost

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