The university is regularly testing students, faculty and staff members on campus. The university also requires everyone on campus to wear a cloth mask when in public areas or in the presence of others (with the exception of those with medical contraindications to face coverings), practice social distancing and follow CDC recommendations for handwashing and coughing/sneezing hygiene. Employees in specific functional areas wear medical (surgical or N95) masks. Protocols and procedures are being regularly assessed to ensure agreement with current policies set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and D.C. Health. The university provides masks for on-campus students, faculty or staff who need one. GW community members can order personal protective equipment (PPE) through the university's COVID-19 Product Catalog.
Other public health measures include:
- Practicing social distancing and minimizing close interactions with others.
- Limiting maximum capacity for elevators, classrooms and other common spaces.
- Requiring seasonal influenza immunizations for on-campus students, faculty and staff, with exceptions based on medical conditions and religious beliefs in compliance with legal requirements and standards of medical care.
Students, faculty and staff are expected to commit and adhere to required health and safety guidelines (PDF) established by the university, the District of Columbia and other local jurisdictions. This public health commitment and COVID-19 Campus Health and Wellbeing Policy reinforce personal and community responsibility to create a safe and healthy environment.
Members of the GW community can find more COVID-19 health information from the CDC, D.C. Health, the Virginia Department of Health, the Maryland Department of Health, the Colonial Health Center, GW Occupational Health and their own health care providers.