Category: Messages to the Community

Title: Update on Building Access Procedures

Date Published: August 14, 2020

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

As we shared in our August 7 message, we are implementing a new set of procedures regarding access to university buildings in order to protect the health and safety of Georgetown University community members who are on campus now and who will be on campus during the Fall 2020 semester. We are writing to provide a reminder and an update about these procedures, which will take effect Monday, August 17, 2020.

Building Access for Approved Faculty, Staff, GUMC Fellows, and GUMC Graduate Students

Access to Buildings With Public Health Screeners

As a reminder, beginning on August 17, if you have been approved to work on campus, you will be required to show your Building Access Badge from the GU360 website to gain entry to university buildings staffed by a public health screener. When public health screeners are on duty (7 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Friday), faculty and staff will need to use entrances staffed by a public health screener because GOCard access for these buildings will be turned off for these hours. Faculty and staff who have been approved to work in these buildings will have GOCard access to them outside of these hours and on weekends.

Please see a summary of the new guidelines as part of the “Welcome to Campus” information that will be distributed by the public health screeners.

Your Building Access Badge must be green to gain access. Red badges will be denied entry. For more information about your Building Access Badge, including how to access it on your mobile device and how to get help if you have questions, please click here.

The color of your Building Access Badge is determined by several factors. To receive a green badge, you must:

  • Complete the COVID-19 daily symptom check-in survey in the One Medical mobile application by midnight each night before you come to campus, and receive a “Low Risk Factor” in the app (green or blue in color);
  • Sign the One Medical consent form, which authorizes One Medical to release your COVID-19 test results and your daily risk assessment “badge” reported through the mobile application to Georgetown;
  • Not have an active COVID-19 positive test result;
  • Have completed the Fall 2020 Affirmation and signed the Georgetown University Community Compact by logging into GU360; AND
  • Have been approved to work on campus.

Access to Buildings Without Public Health Screeners

Beginning on August 17, if you have been approved to work on campus, you will continue to have GOCard access to university buildings that are not staffed by public health screeners. You will not be required to show your Building Access Badge to enter these buildings. However, you are still required to complete the COVID-19 daily symptom check-in survey in the One Medical mobile app by midnight each night before you come to campus and check the status of your Building Access Badge from the GU360 website before arriving on campus. If your Building Access Badge is red, you should not come to campus or enter any university building. If your Building Access Badge is green, you can enter university buildings, and you must wear a face covering, practice physical distancing, and comply with all other District of Columbia guidance and University health and safety measures, as required by the Georgetown University Community Compact, while on campus.

Building Access for Faculty and Staff Working Remotely and Visitors

As a reminder, beginning on August 17, GOCard access to university buildings will be turned off for faculty and staff who have not been approved to work on campus.

Next week, we will provide information about the process for faculty and staff who are working remotely to request access to university buildings to pick up materials or for other reasons, along with information about the process for registering visitors to Georgetown University. Until then, no visitors will be permitted to enter university buildings, with the exception of study participants who should follow the protocol described in our August 7 message.

Mail Services

As a reminder, faculty and staff mail and packages will continue to be rerouted to the Mail Services department and distributed out of the Harris Building. Pickup of mail and packages continues to be available between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Beginning on August 17, when most faculty and staff will no longer have GOCard access to the Harris Building, anyone coming to pick up mail or packages will need to call 202-687-5246 when you arrive. A member of the Mail Services onsite team will meet you outside the building.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact our University Helpline between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET Monday to Friday at 202-784-3510 or email covid19-questions@georgetown.edu.

Thank you for your compliance with these building access procedures as we work together to protect the health and safety of each other and our students. We are deeply grateful for your care for and commitment to the Georgetown University community.

Sincerely,

Robert M. Groves
Provost

Edward B. Healton
Executive Vice President of Health Sciences

Geoffrey S. Chatas
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer