Health Services

Services for Students
The Colonial Health Center (CHC) will continue to provide enhanced services and support for students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Expanded telemedicine capabilities, counseling, and self-care programs will be available to students. 

Any students experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms such as a fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle aches, new loss of taste or smell and a sore throat should immediately contact the CHC. A staff member will perform a telehealth evaluation and refer you for a COVID-19 virus test if necessary. You should not show up to the clinic in person unless specifically asked to do so by the clinician conducting your telehealth evaluation.

If you have a medical concern while on campus, please call the CHC at 202-994-5300 to schedule an appointment. Medical providers and counselors are available by phone 24/7. A clinician will evaluate your symptoms and or concerns and may offer a telehealth visit or an in-person visit. 

All in-person direct care services will be adjusted to accommodate social distancing requirements. Students entering the CHC are required to wear a mask and use hand sanitizer.  All check-ins will be completed online ahead of in-person appointments.

For more information, visit the Colonial Health Center website. 

Mental Health Services
In accordance with CDC and university guidelines, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is limiting in-person visits to emergencies in order to protect the physical health and safety of students and staff. CAPS continues to offer a full range of free, confidential, stepped care treatment virtually. This includes both one-on-one appointments and collective discussions with a counselor.

For more information on our stepped care model of treatment and how it is personalized to your individual needs, please visit the Counseling and Psychological Services website. 

If you or someone you know is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, contact the following: 

  • On Campus: Call GWPD at 202-994-6111
  • Off Campus: Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. 
  • An additional resource is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

Health Services for Faculty and Staff

The new GW Occupational Health Program is provided by the GW Medical Faculty Associates (MFA), the physician group practice affiliated with GW. This program will provide support for the ongoing health and safety of GW faculty and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Faculty and staff approved to be on campus this fall are required to participate in free COVID-19 testing. If a faculty or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, Occupational Health, as well as the GW Campus COVID Support Team (CCST), will follow up within 24 hours. Before resuming any activities on campus, faculty and staff will need to be cleared by Occupational Health.