From the Office of the Provost to Georgetown University Students

Dear Georgetown Students, Faculty and Staff,

I write today to wish you and your family a safe and restful Thanksgiving. 

I am deeply thankful for your patience, for your commitment to teaching, and for your support of our students. Your work continues to embody our ideal of “people for others.” Thank you for supporting each other during the unusual times that confront all of us.

We know that many others in the world are facing challenging circumstances and extraordinary conditions. They are in our thoughts and prayers.

I want to express my warm gratitude to you with wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Sincerely,

Robert M. Groves
Provost

Dear Members of the Georgetown University Community,

Beginning Wednesday, September 28, 2022, wearing a mask will be optional in indoor instructional settings on the Main and Medical Center campuses, such as classrooms and teaching laboratories, in addition to other locations where they are already optional.

After an anticipated spike in the first few weeks of the academic year as students returned to campus, the number of COVID-19 positive cases (new window) on Georgetown’s campuses is showing a consistent decline. Positive cases are also decreasing locally and nationally. These improving conditions have informed the University’s decision to resume our mask-optional policy for indoor instructional settings.

As a reminder, masks are optional in all University-owned or operated buildings, including academic buildings, libraries, offices, dining facilities, residential buildings and fitness centers, with the limited exceptions noted below:

  1. On university-sponsored public transportation (e.g., GUTS buses, shuttles, vans).
  2. In University health care facilities (e.g., Student Health Center, CAPS, One Medical testing sites, flu vaccination clinics).
  3. Individuals in, or recently released from, isolation must wear a mask when around others for the full 10 days from the date of infection.
  4. Individuals with exemptions or accommodation plans that include enhanced public health measures should continue to abide by those measures, as currently in place.

Everyone has the right to wear a mask whenever and wherever they wish on our campuses, and anyone may request – but not require – that those interacting with them wear a mask. Free high-quality masks are available at the entrances to most campus buildings.

As we shift to our mask-optional policy in classrooms and teaching laboratories, we are guided by our Jesuit values and community norms of care, civility, and mutual respect. If a professor, student or colleague requests that you wear a mask, please consider honoring their request.

To help foster a respectful and inclusive environment as we adjust to this policy, the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS) has developed this teaching and learning guide (new window).

Faculty and staff who believe that this change in policy may impact their health due to a specific medical condition may seek an appropriate accommodation from IDEAA (new window), and students may seek an  appropriate accommodation from the Academic Resource Center (new window).

Georgetown’s HVAC systems meet CDC COVID-19 guidance (new window) as well as American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers  (ASHRAE) standards (new window)  for mitigation of virus transmission. However, if you have concerns about ventilation in your classroom, please submit a service request (new window), email workmanagement@georgetown.edu (new window)  or call 202-687-3432.

We will continue to monitor public health conditions on our campuses, as well as in DC and across the nation. Depending on community transmission levels or other risks (e.g., a new variant of concern) in the future, we may reinstate the indoor mask requirement or other restrictions for short periods, as needed.

We encourage every member of our community to care for yourself and each other (new window), and we hope you have a safe, healthy and rewarding semester. 

Sincerely,

Robert M. Groves
Provost

Edward B. Healton
Executive Vice President for Health Sciences

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 Students,

Welcome to the Fall Semester! 

We are so excited to welcome you to campus. Over the summer, faculty and staff have worked very hard to plan for your return to campus. 

I greatly value our community and the important role that students play in making Georgetown the special place that it is. 

I hope you take advantage of campus connections, experiences and opportunities, and that you have a safe and healthy fall semester.

Sincerely,

Robert M. Groves
University Provost

Dear Members of the Georgetown University Community,

As we prepare for the new academic year, we are writing to share updated public health guidance for the Main and Medical Center campuses.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Georgetown requires students, faculty, staff and visitors to have received a primary series (e.g., two doses of an mRNA vaccine) and, when eligible, an additional dose (first booster) of a COVID-19 vaccine, or to have an approved medical or religious exemption.

We strongly recommend, but do not require at this time, that individuals who are 50 years and older or who are moderately or severely immunocompromised get a second additional dose (second booster).

COVID-19 Testing

The University is planning to use wastewater surveillance testing to help assess public health conditions on campus.

Masks

Masks are still required in indoor instructional settings, such as classrooms and teaching laboratories, on the Main and Medical Center campuses. This applies to organized classes, but not to informal gatherings (e.g., in libraries, study spaces).

We recommend wearing a properly-fitted, high-quality mask (e.g., N95, KN95, KF94). 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.

Wearing a mask is currently optional in most other indoor settings in University-owned or operated buildings, including libraries, research laboratories, offices, dining facilities, residential buildings, and fitness centers, with the limited exceptions noted below:

  1. Individuals must wear a mask while on university-sponsored public transportation (e.g., GUTS buses, shuttles, vans).
  2. Individuals must wear a mask in University health care facilities (e.g., Student Health Center, CAPS, One Medical testing sites).
  3. 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.
  4. Individuals with exemptions or accommodation plans that include enhanced public health measures should continue to abide by those measures, as currently in place.

Everyone has the right to wear a mask whenever and wherever they wish on our campuses, and anyone may request – but not require – that those around them or interacting with them wear a mask.

Free high-quality masks will continue to be available at the entrances to most campus buildings.

Symptom Monitoring

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

  1. stay home or in their on-campus residence; 
  2. complete the COVID-19 Symptom Check-In survey through the GU360 mobile app or website; 
  3. call the Student Health Center (if a student) or their health care provider, if needed; 
  4. schedule a COVID-19 test; and 
  5. not return to class or work until cleared by their health care provider or after a consultation with the Care Navigation team.

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

Quarantine and Isolation

Please review the University’s quarantine and isolation guidelines. Individuals who test positive will receive guidance from Georgetown’s Care Navigation team. Residential students may need to isolate in their room if they test positive.

Visitors

Visitors to University-owned, operated or leased buildings need to comply with the University’s visitor vaccination requirement and process.

Visitors are not permitted in residential buildings. However, parents and family members may enter residential buildings to assist with move-in. They do not need to follow the University’s visitor registration process but should wear a mask while inside residential buildings.

Visitors and external community members are not permitted in Main Campus and Medical Center libraries and recreational facilities at this time, but we intend to expand access soon and will provide additional information in the coming weeks.

Events

Please review the University’s public health guidance for events and share information about your event with the Public Health team so they can provide additional tailored guidance.

With the increased transmissibility of the latest Omicron subvariants, it is important that we continue to take steps to protect ourselves and one another. We are monitoring 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 will provide updates when needed.

Thank you for your continued care for our community, and we look forward to welcoming you back to campus in the coming weeks.

Sincerely,

Robert M. Groves
Provost

Edward B. Healton
Executive Vice President for Health Sciences

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,

Georgetown’s mask-optional policy will resume on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, on the Main and Medical Center campuses.

Wearing a mask will be optional in University-owned or operated buildings, including libraries, offices, dining facilities, residential buildings and fitness centers, with the limited exceptions noted below:

  1. Individuals must wear a mask in indoor instructional settings, such as classrooms and teaching laboratories. This applies to organized classes, but not to informal gatherings of students (e.g., in libraries, study spaces).
  2. Individuals must wear a mask while on university-sponsored public transportation (e.g., GUTS buses, shuttles, vans).
  3. Individuals must wear a mask in University health care facilities (e.g., Student Health Center, CAPS, One Medical testing sites).
  4. 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.
  5. Individuals with exemptions or accommodation plans that include enhanced public health measures should continue to abide by those measures, as currently in place.

Everyone has the right to wear a mask whenever and wherever they wish on our campuses. To help foster a respectful and inclusive environment as we readjust to this policy, the Department of Human Resources has developed this workplace guide.

Faculty and staff who believe that this change in policy may impact their health due to a specific medical condition may seek an appropriate accommodation from IDEAA, and students may seek an appropriate accommodation from the Academic Resource Center.

We will continue to monitor public health conditions on our campuses, and in DC and nationally. Depending on community transmission levels or other risks (e.g., a new variant) in the future, we may reinstate the indoor mask requirement or other restrictions for short periods, as needed.

Thank you for your continued care for one another, and we hope that every Hoya everywhere has a safe and healthy summer.

Sincerely,

Robert M. Groves
Provost

Edward B. Healton
Executive Vice President for Health Sciences

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 Students,

In 2000, after a series of tragic events on campus, students organized the first Georgetown Day to bring the community together, including students, staff and faculty.  

This year, we will mark Georgetown Day on Friday, April 29.

We encourage you to attend the activities organized by the Georgetown Day Planning Committee on the Hilltop that day if they do not conflict with your scheduled classes (schedule below).

To help ensure the health, safety and well-being of the Georgetown community and our neighbors, all students are expected to abide by the following guidance:

  • Friday, April 29 is a class instruction day. Faculty expect full participation in scheduled classes. If you are enrolled in a class scheduled to meet, you should attend class, unless your professor has made other arrangements.
  • You and any guests must follow all aspects of the Code of Student Conduct (Code) at all times. You should be familiar with these policies.
  • Violations of the Code, both on and off campus, will be taken seriously. University officials will be present on Georgetown Day to attend to the safety and well-being of the campus community and the surrounding neighborhoods and to uphold the behavioral standards outlined in the Code. Failure to comply with a directive of a University official is a violation of the Code.
  • If you are a graduating student, serious violations of the Code of Student Conduct will result in loss of your privilege to attend graduation activities or the Commencement ceremony and/or to have guests attend the ceremony.
  • On-campus residential communities will have measures in place to manage the safety of particular areas of campus. Access to some residential areas may be restricted due to capacity limitations and safety concerns.
  • For off-campus residents, noise and disruptive behavior are violations of the Code. In the interest of fostering our shared community, please remember that University policy states: “Excessive noise inside or outside a building is unacceptable.” Regardless of the hour, if noise can be heard beyond the property line, it is likely too noisy. SNAP and, if needed, the Metropolitan Police Department, will be on call throughout the day as well.
  • All current public health policies remain in effect, including the indoor mask requirement and guest policy.

We thank you for taking these requirements seriously for Georgetown Day, and look forward to joining the community for the excellent schedule of events. 
 
Sincerely,
 
Robert M. Groves
Provost

David Green
Interim Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
 
Jeanne Lord
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs
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Schedule of Events

Class Banner Competition
April 28, 3 – 6 p.m.
Copley Lawn

Class Jeopardy Trivia Competition 
April 28, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Gaston Hall

Faculty and Staff Breakfast
April 29, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Copley Formal Lounge

Used Book Sale
April 29, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Healy Lawn outside Lauinger Library

Blessing of the Jesuit Graves
April 29, 10 a.m.
Jesuit Cemetery

Brunch with the Jesuits
April 29, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Dahlgren Quadrangle

GU Pep Band Performance
April 29, 11 a.m.
Healy Lawn

Community Barbeque
April 29, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Healy Lawn

Build a Bulldog
April 29, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Copley Lawn

GU Jawani Flashmob
April 29, 1 p.m.
Healy Circle

Class Obstacle Course Competition 
April 29, 3 – 4 p.m.
Healey & Copley Lawns

Food Trucks
April 29, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Healy Circle

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 Undergraduate Students,

Each year at this time, we provide an update on tuition, room and board rates for the following academic year (in this case Academic Year 2022-2023) in order to help students and families plan ahead. 

For the next academic year, the undergraduate tuition rate will be $61,872, an increase of 3.5% from the current year. The total cost of attendance (including room and board) will increase approximately 3.3% for returning students. 

The tuition rate reflects a balanced approach to managing rising costs associated with inflation and the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as providing the resources needed for academic and student priorities, new programs and initiatives, and our commitment to minimizing add-on fees.

We are acutely aware that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the daily life and financial security of Georgetown families. In Academic Year 2022-23, Georgetown plans to make its largest investment in financial aid in the history of the University, with an estimated $137 million dollars set aside for all new and continuing undergraduate students across our campuses.

The University will continue to consider adjustments to financial aid packages when alerted to new family circumstances and to recruit deserving students regardless of their ability to pay. 

The graph below provides an illustration of how tuition dollars are projected to be spent in fiscal year 2023 to support our undergraduate students:

You can find more information on the following pages:

Please feel free to share this information with your families. We are deeply grateful for the significant investment that you and your families are making with a Georgetown education, and for your many contributions to our campus community and Catholic, Jesuit educational mission. 

Sincerely,

Robert M. Groves
Provost

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Dear Graduate Students,

Each year at this time, we provide an update on recent University decisions regarding tuition levels for the next Academic Year in order to help students plan ahead. 

Please find the information for tuition rates for your particular program for the upcoming academic year on the Board of Directors’ Approved Tuition and Fee Rates for 2022-2023 listing. Graduate tuition rates vary by school and degree program due to variances in the cost of delivering specific types of graduate degree experiences. 

Tuition rates for Academic Year 2022-23 represent a balanced approach to managing the cost of attendance despite rising costs associated with inflation and the COVID-19 pandemic, all while ensuring adequate resources needed for academic and student priorities, new programs and initiatives, and our commitment to minimizing additional fees. 

We are acutely aware that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the daily life and financial security of Georgetown families. Next year, Georgetown plans to make its largest investment in financial aid in the history of the University, with an estimated $123 million dollars set aside for all new and continuing graduate students across our campuses. 

The graph below provides an illustration of how tuition dollars are projected to be spent in fiscal year 2023 to provide for the Georgetown graduate student experience:

You can find more information on the following pages:

We are deeply grateful for your significant investment in a Georgetown education, and for your many contributions to our campus community and Catholic, Jesuit educational mission. 

Best wishes,

Robert M. Groves
Provost

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 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 Students,

As announced in President DeGioia’s message on December 29, 2021, we will open the Spring semester as originally scheduled on January 12, 2022, using virtual instruction, and we are planning to resume in-person instruction on Monday, January 31, 2022. 

With this adjustment, we realize that the normal decision making process for students may be more difficult regarding class selection. In anticipation of potential issues for students making course decisions, we have made the following adjustments.

The Academic Calendar for Spring 2022 Will Remain the Same
All holidays, including spring break, will remain as announced at the beginning of the academic year. The examination period will remain as announced at the beginning of the academic year.

Add/Drop Will Be Liberalized
For full semester courses with semester start dates of January 12, 2022, students will be allowed to drop classes until January 31, 2022; the previously-posted add date of January 21, 2022, will be maintained. In addition, the last day to receive a 100% refund will be extended to February 2, 2022. 

For courses that are on modules or half semesters and begin during the week that includes January 12, 2022, students will be allowed to drop classes as late as January 31, 2022; the add date of January 21, 2022, will be maintained. In addition, the last day to receive a 100% refund will be extended to February 1, 2022. There is also an adjusted refund schedule beyond February 2, 2022, that is shown on the Office of the Registrar website.

Course Withdrawal Policy Will Remain from Fall 2021
The last day to withdraw/drop from a course during the Spring semester without a W grade appearing on the transcript is January 31, 2022. For undergraduate and graduate students, we will maintain the withdrawal date that is reflected on the Office of Registrar website.  

Grading Policy Will Continue from Fall 2021
Quality Grades for Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Students will only receive quality grades (letter grades of A, B, C, etc.) for their credit-bearing courses.

Undergraduate Students and the Pass/Fail Option
Undergraduate students who would like to select the Pass/Fail option will have until the last day to withdraw from classes to select this option. Courses on different modular dates will have the option to request a Pass/Fail up to the last day to withdraw in that module. The Pass/Fail option is available for only one elective course each semester for sophomore, junior and senior undergraduate students, for a maximum of six courses prior to degree. 

Graduate Students and Designated Pass/Fail Option Courses
Only courses that have been predesignated by the department or program to be taken only on a Pass/Fail basis can be applied toward the graduate degree program. Additional courses that permit a student to register for pass/fail grading cannot be applied toward a graduate degree program.

Graduate students receiving permission from an instructor to take a course on a pass/fail basis should first register for the course on a letter grade basis, then change to pass/fail by the last day to withdraw from classes. Courses on different modular dates will have the option to request a pass/fail up to the last day to withdraw in that module.

Tuition Rates Will Continue from Fall 2021
Libraries, study spaces and food facilities are open to all undergraduate and graduate students, subject to staffing constraints. Students are welcome to return to campus beginning January 11, 2022, following compliance with the university’s arrival testing protocol. The campus will be open and functional during this period consistent with Georgetown’s public health guidelines

At this time, the tuition, room and board rates will be those in place for fall semester, 2021.    

For additional information and guidance, please contact your advisors. 

Sincerely,

Robert M. Groves
Provost

Edward B. Healton
Executive Vice President for Health Sciences