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Campus Health

Most GW community members will not be on campus this fall. However, for residential students, a very limited number of students required to be on campus, and designated essential employees, the university plans to enact a program that will include regular testing and the adoption of myriad safety measures as recommended or required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and D.C. Health as well as additional measures that are prudent in the context of our campus environment and population.

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.

The university plan involves testing of all 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 will wear medical (surgical or N95) masks. Protocols and procedures will be regularly assessed to ensure agreement with current policies set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and D.C. Health. The university will provide 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.

Students, faculty and staff will be 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. 

These public health measures include:

  • Enacting widespread testing and the adoption of myriad safety measures as  recommended or required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, D.C. Health and the Virginia Department of Health.
  • Requiring cloth masks for students, staff and faculty on campus, and surgical or N95 masks for certain employees.
  • 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.