From the Office of the Provost to Georgetown University Faculty

Dear Members of the Georgetown University Community,

In the coming weeks, we will welcome thousands of families and visitors to campus to celebrate the Class of 2022 Commencement (May 19 – 22) and Class of 202o Commencement (May 28 – 29)

Commuting, Parking, Transportation

We ask those who work on the Main or Medical Center campuses to please make alternate transportation arrangements and avoid parking on or near campus on Thursday, May 19, through Sunday, May 22, and Saturday, May 28, through Sunday, May 29, so as to accommodate the significant number of guests that will be attending.

Please consider the following alternative transportation options:

  1. Use GUTS and/or public transportation instead of parking on campus. 
    1. Please note: All GUTS buses will be relocated to pick up on North Road, south of Cooper Field, because the bus turnaround will be closed on these days. 
    2. A special GUTS bus to and from Rosslyn will run on Saturday, May 21, from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  2. Park at the off-campus satellite lots in the Rosslyn neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, which are available at no charge to current university parking pass holders . The lots are located at 1911 North Fort Myer Drive, with close proximity to the regular Rosslyn GUTS stop. Regular parking pass holders can pick up passes for satellite locations in the parking office located on the mezzanine level of the Southwest Garage.
  3. Friday, May 20, is National Bike to Work Day, designed to celebrate bicycling as a clean, fun and healthy way to commute to work. Georgetown has over 1,000 bicycle parking spaces convenient to all Main Campus buildings. For more information about how to participate, please visit www.biketoworkmetrodc.org

If you have any questions or would like more information regarding off-campus parking locations, please contact the Office of Transportation Management at (202) 687-6877.

Call for Volunteers

President DeGioia has invited the members of the Class of 2020 to return to campus on May 28 for the Undergraduate Ceremony at 9 a.m. or the Graduate and Professional Ceremony at 3 p.m.

Please consider volunteering to assist with one of the ceremonies on Saturday, May 28. There will be funding to pay hourly employees to work that day if they wish to volunteer. With sufficient volunteer numbers, assignments will likely be in two-hour segments. Volunteers would also be asked to attend a rehearsal during regular working hours during the week before the ceremonies.

Interested volunteers should fill out this Google Sheet to sign up and will then receive follow up with additional details. 

We thank you for your attention and flexibility during this time.

Sincerely,

Robert M. Groves
Executive Vice President for the Main Campus and Provost

Edward B. Healton
Executive Vice President for Health Sciences

David B. Green
Interim Chief Operating Officer

Dear Colleagues,

We are writing to update you on a change to Georgetown’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) that will make this benefit accessible to more members of our community. TAP is a highly-valued and used benefit for employees and their children and an attractive recruitment tool for new employees. Based on feedback from our community, eligibility for Employee TAP benefits will shift from a two-year service requirement to a one-year requirement, effective for Fall 2022 semester courses.

Employees who have attained one year of continuous, eligible service as of August 19, 2022, will now qualify for Employee TAP benefits for the Fall 2022 semester. This change will not be applied retroactively.

All other Employee TAP provisions will remain in place:

  • Eligible employees may use their tuition benefit only for classes taken at Georgetown University (e.g., undergraduate, graduate, as well as credit and non-credit certificate courses). External schools are not covered under Employee TAP.
  • TAP covers 90% of tuition. Employees are responsible for the remaining 10% of tuition, as well as any other educational expenses or fees.
  • TAP benefits are limited to six (6) credit hours per semester. In the event that a program requires a course enrollment of greater than six credit hours in a semester, the University may grant an exception.
  • All employees (Staff, AAP and Faculty) receive a lifetime maximum benefit of 120 credit hours. After the benefit maximum is reached, no additional TAP benefits are provided.

There are no changes to Dependent Child TAP benefits.

We appreciate the feedback we received from our community on this important benefit. If you have any questions on this change, please contact tapbenefits@georgetown.edu. We are very grateful for everyone’s hard work and many contributions to the Georgetown community.

Sincerely,

Robert M. Groves, Provost

Edward B. Healton, Executive Vice President for Health Sciences 

William M. Treanor, Executive Vice President and Dean of the Law Center

David B. Green, Interim Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Dear Members of the Georgetown University Community, 

In light of the high levels of vaccination within our University community, and the easing of many COVID-related global travel restrictions, the University will return to its standard (pre-March 2020) International Travel Policy for all University-related international travel commencing on or after April 1, 2022.  

This decision, made in consultation with the University’s Chief Public Health Officer, allows for continued, appropriate and risk-based review of travel, while permitting a broader range of important University-related international travel to resume.  

Please visit the Office of Global services site on or after April 1 for updated and additional resources on University-Related International Travel. An overview of the policy updates follows:

Faculty and StaffUniversity-Related International Travel 

  • Travel is permitted to all regions, without requiring review by the Travel Review Committee (TRC) or Executive Vice President (EVP) approval.
  • Travel registration and health insurance coverage are required.  
  • Individuals engaging in University-related travel must comply with all other applicable University policies (e.g., departmental/supervisor approvals, business travel and entertainment policies).

Student University-Related International Travel

  • All students or student group leaders must submit an international travel application. 
  • Travel registration and health insurance coverage are required.
  • Applications for travel to Elevated Risk Regions will be reviewed by the TRC, and must be authorized by the appropriate campus EVP.

As always, travelers must stay apprised of, and comply with, public health and travel regulations and guidance in place both at their destination and upon their return, with the understanding that such regulations and guidance continue to change periodically.

For questions about University travel and travel policies, please contact travel@georgetown.edu.

We will continue to monitor global public health and travel conditions and may make future changes to this policy if deemed appropriate. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we seek to balance the university’s mission of global engagement with the public health of our community.

Sincerely,

Robert M. Groves, Provost

Edward B. Healton, Executive Vice President for Health Sciences 

William M. Treanor, Executive Vice President and Dean of the Law Center

David B. Green, Interim Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Dear Members of the Georgetown University Community,

Georgetown will implement a mask-optional policy beginning Monday, March 21, 2022. Our current mask requirement will remain in effect through Sunday, March 20, 2022 to provide a transition while many students return to campus after spring break.

Effective March 21, if the University’s positivity rate next week remains low, wearing a mask will be optional in University-owned or operated buildings, including classrooms, research laboratories, libraries, offices, dining facilities, residential buildings and fitness centers, with limited exceptions, including:

  • Individuals must wear a mask in University health care facilities (e.g., Student Health Center), as required by Mayor Bowser’s February 14 order, and at our on-campus One Medical testing sites, including while waiting in line.
  • Individuals must wear a mask while on Georgetown University Transportation Shuttles (GUTS), as required by federal law.
  • Individuals in, or recently released from, quarantine or isolation must wear a mask for the full 10 days from the date of exposure or infection, consistent with DC Health guidance and CDC guidance.
  • Individuals with exemptions and accommodation plans that include enhanced public health measures should continue to abide by those measures, as currently in place.

Individual faculty and departments may not institute alternative public health measures for their classrooms, offices, meetings or events.

The University’s mask-optional policy is informed by DC Health’s March 8 guidance for institutions of higher education. We may reinstate the indoor mask requirement or other restrictions for short periods, as needed based on community or campus infection rates.

Guided by our Jesuit values, we encourage mutual respect and civility as members of our community take into consideration their unique personal circumstances about whether to wear a mask. 

Everyone has the right to wear a mask whenever and wherever they wish on our campuses. Individual community members may choose to wear a mask for a variety of reasons. We also understand some community members may be concerned about being indoors with people who are not wearing a mask. Recent studies have shown that N95s and KN95s provide strong protection to the wearer even when they are around other people who are not wearing a mask.

We will continue to provide free N95s and KN95s on campus, and we encourage community members to continue to wear a mask if they feel more comfortable doing so.

Please respect the decisions and privacy of fellow community members by not asking why someone is wearing a mask. Please help all members of our community feel welcome and safe, and consider putting on a mask when interacting with someone who is wearing a mask. Do not pressure someone to put on or take off a mask.

We are continuing to take a layered approach to protecting the health and safety of the Georgetown community. The University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement for students, faculty, staff and visitors; COVID-19 Testing Protocol ; and quarantine and isolation policies remain in effect.

With the Omicron surge receding, we are deeply grateful for your collective efforts to protect the health and safety of the Georgetown community throughout the past two years. We look forward to the opportunities ahead to come together and build community on our campuses while continuing to care about and for one another.

Sincerely,

Robert M. Groves
Provost

Edward B. Healton
Executive Vice President for Health Sciences

William M. Treanor
Executive Vice President and Dean of the Law Center

David Green
Interim Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Ranit Mishori, M.D., MHS, FAAFP
Professor of Family Medicine, Vice President and Chief Public Health Officer

Dear Members of the Georgetown University Community,

In light of the sustained decline and stabilization in positive cases across our campuses and in the District of Columbia, we are writing to share updated public health guidance. Beginning February 12, 2022, we will return, in most cases, to the public health measures that were in place during the Fall 2021 semester. We are pleased that the public health guidance below will enable us to proceed with more in-person activities on campus while continuing to take measures to protect the health and safety of our community.

We continue to monitor public health conditions on campus and in the local region, as well as any new guidance from the CDC and the DC Department of Health, and we will provide updates when needed.

Instruction
In-person instruction resumed on Monday, January 31, 2022. Courses will continue to be taught in-person, unless the course was previously approved by the University to be taught online.

Research 
Beginning February 12, in-person research activitiescan resume at full density.

Staff/AAP Mode of Work
As of January 31, staff/AAP employees have returned to the mode of work designations they were assigned for the 2021-22 academic year. We have extended the GUCares Dependent Care Assistance Grants through June 30, 2022, for eligible faculty and staff who have a qualified need related to child or dependent care. Please visit the University’s Dependent Care Support for Faculty and Staff page for additional information.

Vaccination Requirement
Georgetown requires students, faculty, staff and visitors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and, as of January 21, 2022, to have received a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot when eligible, or to have an approved medical or religious exemption.

COVID-19 Testing
Weekly asymptomatic testing resumed the week of January 31.

In order to provide more study and community space for students on campus, we’re in the process of consolidating COVID-19 testing on the Main and Medical Center campuses. The Healey Family Student Center (HFSC) testing site will close at the end of the day on Friday, February 25. After February 25, all testing will occur at the Leavey Center site. The Great Room of the HFSC will be closed for necessary repairs between February 26 and March 13. It will reopen on Monday, March 14, and return to its original use at that time. Some additional repairs will continue in HFSC throughout the spring.

Masks
Individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask indoors in University-owned or operated buildings , except when eating or drinking, when alone in a private office, or when in their personal residence. Students, faculty and staff should wear a properly-fitted, high-quality mask (e.g., N95, KN95, KF94) while on campus.

Given current conditions, we strongly discourage faculty and other speakers from removing their masks while speaking and lecturing in class or at University events. Current University guidelines allow for fully vaccinated and boosted faculty and other speakers to remove their mask when lecturing or speaking in class or at University events, if they choose, but they must be at least six feet away from others.

Symptom Monitoring
When experiencing any symptoms, students, faculty and staff should:

Students, faculty and staff should also complete the COVID-19 Symptom Check-In survey upon exposure to a known COVID-19 case.

Individuals with a medical or religious exemption from the vaccination requirement should complete the COVID-19 Symptom Check-In Survey each day they are on campus.

Events, Meetings and Visitors
Beginning February 12, indoor events and meetings may resume, including with visitors, provided that event organizers, meeting hosts and visitors follow the University’s visitor vaccination requirement and processAs a reminder, as of January 21, all University visitors are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and have received a booster shot when eligible.Physical distancing should be maintained, where feasible. The University may limit capacity in certain large indoor venues at any time (e.g., Gaston Hall, McDonough Arena).

When planning an event or meeting on campus, we strongly encourage individuals to adhere to the following best practices to protect the health and safety of our community:

  • Hold your event outdoors rather than indoors, when possible;
  • Take steps to limit event size, and use livestreams and Zoom conferencing when possible;
  • Encourage participants to wear their masks at all times by limiting food and drink at your event and, if food must be offered, consider boxed meals outdoors;
  • Limit your event to Georgetown community members only by requiring all participants to show a GOCard to access the event, when possible; 
  • Keep a list of attendees in the event that contact tracing becomes necessary;
  • Please share information about your event with the Public Health team so they can provide additional tailored guidance.

Please visit the University’s Event and Visitor Guidelines page for more information.

Libraries and Study Spaces
Libraries will be open only to Georgetown University community members until further notice, with limited exceptions as approved by University leadership.Physical distancing should be maintained. Eating and drinking is permitted in indoor communal areas (e.g., libraries, lounges) but is not permitted in class, unless the individual has a medical accommodation. Masks may only be removed when sitting and actively eating or drinking, and individuals should keep six feet apart when not wearing a mask indoors.

Dining
As we shared in our February 3 message, indoor dining in campus dining facilities is now open at 50% capacity. Indoor dining will return to full capacity on February 12. For information on hours of operation on the Main Campus, please visit the Hoya Hospitality website.

Religious Services
In-person religious services have resumed on campus as they had during the Fall 2021 semester. Some reduced density may be necessary.

Campus Recreation
Beginning February 12, Yates Field House and Kehoe Field on the Main Campus, and the Scott K. Ginsburg Sport & Fitness Center at the Law Center, will be open at full occupancy and will continue to only be open to Georgetown community members until further notice.

We are grateful for the ways in which students, faculty and staff have continued to care for each other throughout the pandemic, and we look forward to the opportunities that returning to more in-person activities will provide to continue building and strengthening our Georgetown community.

Sincerely,

Robert M. Groves
Provost

Edward B. Healton
Executive Vice President for Health Sciences

William M. Treanor
Executive Vice President and Dean of the Law Center

David Green
Interim Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for your patience and hard work as we continue to navigate through the many challenges that the pandemic has presented. We have received questions about changing the modality of how a course is taught. As was reflected in the message from President DeGioia on January 21, we have returned to in-person learning for all but a very few classes that have been designated as virtual in the Schedule of Classes. Therefore, faculty members cannot set course modality or timetable for return to in-person learning. There is a process developed in each school for this decision. If you have questions about this process for future courses, please contact your school’s dean.

Regards,

Robert M. Groves
Provost

Edward B. Healton
Executive Vice President for Health Sciences

Dear Colleagues,

As you know, one of our greatest points of pride in our COVID-19 pandemic response is what we have been able to accomplish with our PCR testing capability here at Georgetown. Through a partnership with One Medical to offer tests, along with Georgetown University Medical Center’s COVID-19 testing facility in Maryland that processes these tests, we have been able to provide free PCR testing, with efficient turnaround times, to all members of our community since July 2020.

We write today to share that, beginning Monday, January 31, we will open our PCR testing to children under the age of 5 of full-time, benefits eligible employees, in recognition of the unique challenges posed by the pandemic for our employees with children in this age group. While we very much wish we could accommodate testing of all family members of our community members, we do not have the capacity to accomplish that in a sustainable manner. Children under 5 currently have no option for vaccination. Additionally, antigen/rapid tests may be challenging for parents or guardians to access and administer to this age group without the support of a healthcare professional. Testing is an important tool in managing dependent care responsibilities during this time, and we hope that this offering will assist and support our employees with very young children. 

More information on this new support service for parents and guardians of children under the age of 5, including directions for how to set your child up to get tested, can be found on the COVID-19 Testing for Children of Employees page.

We hope that this new offering will be another element of support for parents and guardians of young children at this very challenging time.

Sincerely,

Robert M. Groves
Provost

Edward B. Healton
Executive Vice President for Health Sciences

William M. Treanor
Executive Vice President and Dean of the Law Center

David Green
Interim Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

As President DeGioia shared in his January 21 message, we look forward to resuming in-person instruction on Monday, January 31, 2022. We are writing to share updated public health guidance, effective January 31. As part of our phased return, while we return to in-person instruction, we will continue certain temporary measures to protect the health and safety of our community through Friday, February 11, 2022.

Please review the important details below and refer to the University’s Public Health and University Operations page for additional information. We continue to monitor public health conditions on campus and in the local region, as well as any new guidance from the CDC and the DC Department of Health, and we will provide updates when needed.

Instruction
In-person instruction will resume on Monday, January 31, 2022. Courses will be taught in-person, unless the course has been previously approved by the University to be taught online.

Research 
During this phased return, when research activitiesrequire in-person work, faculty and staff should consider scheduling work in such a way that allows for reduced density, maintain physical distancing when possible and wear a properly-fitted, high-grade mask inside at all times. Graduate students conducting research should continue as scheduled. Access for study participants visiting Georgetown for research purposes continues as planned.

Staff/AAP Mode of Work
As of January 31, staff/AAP employees should return to the mode of work designations they were assigned for the 2021-22 academic year. Supervisors have discretion to make temporary, short-term changes to mode of work for their units or departments as may be appropriate, and will be in touch with their units/departments as needed. Staff/AAP employees will need to get tested prior to arriving on campus for the first time after winter break, as described below.

As we shared previously, we have extended the GUCares Dependent Care Assistance Grants through June 30, 2022, for faculty and staff who have a qualified need related to child or dependent care. We encourage you to review this January 7 message, which has more information about dependent care resources available to our community. In addition, beginning January 31, on-campus PCR testing via One Medical will be open to children under the age of 5 of full-time, benefits-eligible employees. We will provide additional information about this new support service later this week.

Vaccination Requirement
Georgetown requires students, faculty, staff and visitors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to have received a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot by January 21, 2022, or when eligible, or to have an approved medical or religious exemption.

COVID-19 Testing

Arrival Testing: Students, faculty and staff arriving on campus for the first time after the winter break will need to get tested prior to their arrival, following the University’s arrival testing protocol, regardless of their vaccination status or whether they have traveled or remained in the local area.

Asymptomatic Testing: Weekly asymptomatic testing will restart the week of January 31, 2022.

  • Fully vaccinated, booster-eligible students, faculty and staff who have not yet been boosted because they have received an exemption or deadline extension from the booster shot requirement will need to test once per week.
  • Students, faculty and staff who are exempt from vaccination for religious or medical reasons will need to continue to test twice per week.
  • All other students, faculty and staff will be randomly selected for asymptomatic testing each week.

Masks
Individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask indoors in University-owned or operated buildings, except when eating or drinking, when alone in a private office, or when in their personal residence. Given the respiratory nature of COVID-19 transmission, students, faculty and staff should wear a properly-fitted, high-quality mask (e.g., N95, KN95, KF94) while on campus. Individuals cannot wear a cloth mask, or a mask with a vent or valve, because these masks do not sufficiently reduce the transmission of the virus from exhaled droplets and aerosol particles that might contain the virus.

Symptom Monitoring
When experiencing any symptoms, students, faculty and staff should stay home or in their on-campus residence; complete the COVID-19 Symptom Check-In survey through the GU360 mobile app or website; call the Student Health Center (if a student) or their physician, if needed; schedule a COVID-19 test; and not return to class or work until cleared by their physician or after a consultation with the Care Navigator team.

Students, faculty and staff should also complete the COVID-19 Symptom Check-In survey upon exposure to a known COVID-19 case.

Individuals with a medical or religious exemption from the vaccination requirement should complete the COVID-19 Symptom Check-In Survey each day they are on campus.

International Students
Students should, in all cases, make every effort to arrive by the start of in-person instruction to ensure their ability to make academic progress. Students who are traveling from an international location and who are delayed for reasons directly related to the pandemic may contact their academic department or dean to request late arrival and must enter the United States within 30 days of the start of Spring 2022 classes. For classes that began on Wednesday, January 12, the arrival deadline is Thursday, February 10. Students in programs with different start dates should consult their program leadership. F-1 and J-1 students who will arrive late should contact the Office of Global Services (OGS) for immigration support. Those students unable to get a booster shot in their home country can receive one upon arrival at the University.

Libraries and Study Spaces
Through February 11, 2022, libraries will be open only to Georgetown University community members. Students will need to keep at least six feet apart while studying in libraries or study spaces on campus, such as Sellinger Lounge in the Leavey Center. Certain Main Campus classrooms will also be available for students as study spaces in the evenings and on weekends so that students may maintain physical distancing. Masks must be worn in indoor public spaces on campus, and no eating or drinking is allowed in communal areas, including libraries, classrooms and study spaces. 

Dining
Through February 11, 2022, University food establishments will continue to be open for grab-and-go dining only. Residential students should eat their meals in their private residence or outside in the tents on campus. Food and beverage consumption in indoor communal spaces, including libraries and student center study areas, is not allowed at this time. Public Health ambassadors will be monitoring these areas to ensure mask wearing at all times. We strongly encourage community members to eat outside in the tents on campus. For information on hours of operation on the Main Campus, please visit the Hoya Hospitality website.

Events, Meetings and Visitors
Through February 11, 2022, please follow the guidance below for University-sponsored events and meetings, including meetings with visitors. Updated guidance for events scheduled for after February 11 will be shared in early February.

Events: All University-sponsored events, including those organized by student groups, must be held virtually or outdoors, with limited exceptions explicitly approved by university leadership. University-sponsored events that are primarily social in nature, including those organized by student groups, that are scheduled to be held in-person should be postponed until after February 11.

Class Guests and Visitors: Guest lecturers or other visitors invited by faculty to participate in an in-person class may attend the session, provided that they comply with the University’s visitor vaccination requirement and process.

Academic and Administrative Meetings: While in-person instruction will resume on January 31, we recommend that any meeting, including those between or among students (including meetings of student organizations), faculty or staff, be held virtually when possible. If meetings must take place indoors, we recommend that attendance be kept to 50% of the total room capacity. Meetings may also be held outside or in one of the tents on the Main Campus so long as six feet of distance is maintained. Masks are required to be worn at all times while meeting indoors, and we strongly encourage masks to be worn while meeting outside or in the tents.

Event Authorization: If seeking an exception to the event policy outlined above, please share information about your event with the Public Health team so they can review the request with University leadership and provide additional tailored guidance.

Religious Services
Beginning January 30, 2022, religious services will resume on campus as they had during the Fall 2021 semester. Some reduced density may be necessary.

Campus Recreation
Through February 11, 2022, Yates Field House and Kehoe Field on the Main Campus are open with limited hours and occupancy, and the Scott K. Ginsburg Sport & Fitness Center at the Law Center is open with limited hours and occupancy, including a registration requirement.

We hope this detailed information helps you to prepare for the resumption of in-person instruction on January 31. We are grateful for the many ways in which our community has come together to respond to this challenging moment in the pandemic, and we appreciate your continued care for one another as we return to in-person learning and work this semester.

Sincerely,

Robert M. Groves
Provost

Edward B. Healton
Executive Vice President of Health Sciences

David Green
Interim Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Dear Colleagues:

Thank you for your preparations for the spring semester and for your work in conducting the first two weeks of class virtually. 

We have had a small number of faculty requests to teach remotely, received past the deadline first communicated in November.  As you are aware, all Main Campus faculty members are expected to teach in-person on campus as public health conditions permit this spring.  

Faculty members who believe they may have experienced recent extraordinary circumstances can request permission to teach up to two weeks of their spring 2022 course(s) in a remote format. In rare extraordinary personal circumstances, with appropriate supporting evidence, an individual may seek and/or be granted an exemption for the entire semester. To teach remotely for the period beginning January 31, this request must be made following consultation with their department Chair or Program Director and by submitting this form by 5:00 pm Tuesday, January 25, 2022. Should extraordinary circumstances arise later in the semester, requests for remote teaching may be made, as warranted, by contacting your Dean for further information.

A faculty member requesting an exemption from the required return to campus as a legally recognized reasonable accommodation (e.g., medical or religious) should complete a request through the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Affirmative Action (“IDEAA”). You may request such an accommodation from IDEAA by applying here. Faculty members approved by IDEAA to teach remotely in Fall 2021 who wish to seek approval for Spring 2022 must send an email to ideaa@georgetown.edu to initiate a request for accommodation for Spring 2022.  

If the request for exemption falls outside of legally recognized categories for accommodation, e.g., involving the extraordinary health conditions of a household member, it will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the school’s Dean. The Dean will make a recommendation to the Vice Provost for Faculty, who will come to a decision following consultation with a faculty advisory committee, including members of the Provostial-MCEF Task Force on Exceptions. 

Requests are unlikely to be successful based on a desire to live outside the area (either in the US or internationally), commuting concerns / issues with the time a course is scheduled, concerns related to unvaccinated children or other unvaccinated family members, and disagreement with the campus public health requirements. As with fall semester, we expect that the number of exceptions granted will be low.

Requests are not necessary when:  

  • The faculty member is in isolation or quarantine;
  • The course is fully remote or hybrid in the Spring 2022 Schedule of Classes; 
  • The course was delivered in a fully remote format prior to March 2020; 
  • A faculty member wishes to deliver < 10% of meetings online for courses scheduled as in-person;
  • If a faculty member will be online for one week, for a variety of reasons related to their teaching, they do not need to seek permission via the form noted above, but should contact their department chair or program director. 

With deep appreciation and gratitude, I wish you a healthy and productive semester. 

Sincerely,

Robert M. Groves 
Provost

Dear Members of the Georgetown Community,

To support our efforts to maintain a safe and healthy environment for resuming in-person learning, we wanted to share additional details on the temporary limitations on campus events, gatherings and meetings through January 30, 2022.

  • Events: All university events must be held virtually or outdoors, with limited exceptions explicitly approved by university leadership.
  • Meetings: We encourage any meeting that includes Georgetown students, faculty or staff to be held virtually. Meetings may also be held outside or in one of the tents on the Main Campus so long as six feet of distance is maintained, masks are worn at all times and there is no eating or drinking.
  • Booster Requirement: Georgetown requires all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and, effective January 21, 2022, to have received a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot when eligible, or to have an approved medical or religious exemption.
  • Event/Meeting Reporting: Please share information about your event with the Public Health team so they can provide additional tailored guidance.

You can find additional information on the Events and Visitors section of the COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions page .

At this time, we hope to resume in-person classes and many events and meetings beginning on January 31, 2022, if campus and local public health conditions permit.  It is possible some larger in-person events may continue to be held virtually beyond January 31, 2022, even as we return to in-person learning. A university update will be provided as soon as conditions permit.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we navigate this current surge of the pandemic together.

Sincerely,

David B. Green, Interim Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Robert M. Groves, Provost

Edward B. Healton, Executive Vice President for Health Sciences

William M. Treanor, Executive Vice President and Dean of the Law Center

Dear Research Colleagues,

We write today with important information about our collective and critical goal of maintaining our research activities on our campuses as planned. This note is an update to messages we sent prior to the winter break.

As you may know, the prevalence rate of COVID-19 in Washington and on our campus is escalating quickly, and we’re hearing daily how the pandemic is disrupting staffing and work activities across the country. To reduce potential disruptions to your research, please consider the following actions:

  • Please encourage your lab members and other research staff to wear a properly-fitted, high-grade mask (N95, KN95, KF94) inside at all times.  Georgetown will be providing free N95 masks. More information about voluntary usage of these types of masks can be found on the OSHA website here. If you have questions on the use of N95s, please contact the Office of Environment Health and Safety at (202) 687-4712.
  • Consider restricting research with animal models to those projects that are ongoing or of the highest priority. We don’t anticipate a need to interrupt animal care services provided by the Department of Comparative Medicine at this moment, but should the pandemic’s impact on staffing warrant a pause, we want to minimize the loss of any valuable research assets.

As a reminder:

  • Students, faculty and staff who will be on campus for Spring 2022 need to get tested prior to their arrival on campus, following the arrival testing protocol on the University’s COVID-19 Testing Protocol page, regardless of their vaccination status, whether they have traveled or remained in the local area. This testing protocol also applies to those who worked on campus during the break.
  • When research activities require in-person work, please schedule work in such a way that allows for reduced density and maintaining physical distancing when possible. (For example, planning work in shifts to minimize density).
  • We strongly encourage those who are eligible to be boosted as soon as possible, and certainly before the January 21, 2022, deadline (unless you have an approved medical or religious exemption).  
  • Access for study participants visiting Georgetown for research purposes continues as planned.

Please let us (Moshe Levi for GUMC or Billy Jack for Main Campus) know if COVID-19 has significantly disrupted your operations so that we can monitor and explore ways to provide support. 

Moshe Levi
Interim Dean for Research
Georgetown University Medical Center

Billy Jack
Vice Provost of Research
Georgetown University