GW's Fall 2020 Plan
With the fall semester underway, the GW community is demonstrating every day that it matters less where we are and more how we are coming together—supporting one another, remaining connected, and fulfilling our mission.
This distance and the virtual environment this fall is a different experience for many of us. While the semester will have its share of challenges, it also presents opportunities. Many courses have transformed through the use of technology and online teaching techniques that will deliver the high-quality academic experience our students deserve. We also are planning a robust slate of programming ready to engage online, and support is available through the CARE Team, Colonial Health Center, and Academic Commons regardless of where you are. We have countless dedicated faculty and staff to thank for this reimagined GW experience.
Throughout this pandemic, we have been grateful for the GW community’s flexibility, patience, and resilience, as together we have navigated the uncertainty of these challenging times while supporting our foremost priority—our community’s health and safety.
We have expanded access to our in-house testing to additional GW students who live in the region but are not part of the on-campus cohort. Students can now obtain tests through our in-house testing operation if they believe they have been exposed to the virus or have symptoms. Please note that you are not granted campus access, but this helps protect our entire community, provide us with more insight into off-campus positive cases, allow for quicker test results and proper follow up, and make it easier for students to be tested.
GW COVID-19 Testing Dashboard
The George Washington University’s COVID-19 Testing Dashboard provides comprehensive and up-to-date data on coronavirus testing and results for the university’s on-campus community members. In compliance with privacy laws, the university does not disclose individual identifying information.
Testing and Tracing
Symptom monitoring and regular testing for on-campus students, faculty and staff will play a key role in ensuring a safe environment for members of the GW community who live and work on campus. Members of the on-campus cohort must schedule regular testing appointments through the medical portal and are expected to monitor their symptoms daily.
Access to GW’s campuses this fall is limited to only students, faculty and staff who have been granted special permission to enter university buildings. Those granted access include faculty who applied to teach or conduct research on campus this fall and staff who need access to campus to perform essential functions of their job. Individuals who have been approved for campus access have been notified, all others should continue to telework and engage with the university remotely during the fall semester.
All Access GW
This new series from GW Today shows how the university has prepared to provide a high-quality academic experience for the fall semester.
Michele Carlson, associate professor in the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, sees virtual learning as an opportunity to make the art of printmaking more accessible.
Pablo Frank-Bolton from the School of Engineering and Applied Science looks for new ways to connect with his computer science students virtually.
Tamara Henry, an associate teaching professor in the Milken Institute School of Public Health, makes social justice a core component of her courses.