For students who live on-campus, the residential experience will be different this fall. In order to maintain a safer and healthy environment for everyone, there have been numerous changes to the layout and operations of the residence halls.
Some of the major changes to residence halls include:
- Each student will be provided their own bedroom, i.e., no roommates within a bedroom.
- Each student will share a bathroom with at most one other student.
- At most, two students will share an apartment style unit except in South Hall where three students, each in a separate bedroom, will share an apartment unit.
- Affinity housing will have eight to 10 students assigned to each unit, depending on the corresponding number of bedrooms and bathrooms within the overall unit.
- Mitchell Hall, our only hall with traditional-style rooms and a shared bathroom at the end of the hall, will be closed.
- Students will not be assigned to live in the housing offered on the Mount Vernon campus.
- GW-owned on-campus fraternity and sorority housing, including small townhouses and Greek row, will be closed. If a fraternity or sorority owns their own on-campus or off-campus townhouse, it is the decision of the chapter’s national headquarters whether to allow its members to reside in the non-owned GW property.
- Lounges and communal gathering spaces will have limited access or may be closed.
- Students will only have access to the residence hall they have been assigned.
- No guests will be allowed in your room during the initial phase of reopening. This includes no daytime or overnight guests, even if they are a classmate from another residence hall or another floor in your building. Visitor and guest restrictions will be based on the university’s operating status and state of public health.
Isolation and Quarantine
During isolation, you must remain in your assigned living space unless seeking medical care or in the event of an emergency.
Most of the time, if you need to quarantine, you will do so in your living space. During quarantine, you must wear your mask at all times and limit your contact with others as much as possible. When you do need to contact others, for example, to pick up food deliveries, wear your mask, keep 6 feet of distance, and wash or sanitize your hands before and after.
Residence halls have a strict no-guest policy for each student's safety and for that of the community. To promote health and safety, GW is using a phased approach to the guest policy, meaning it will be most restrictive at the beginning of the year. The phased approach of the guest policy allows the university to modify the ability to have guests as exposure levels change. A similar phased approach will be used for common areas, lounges and rooftops.
During move-in, up to two people can help, including entering the hall and room during the three-hour move-in window.
Social Distancing Implications
Maintaining a healthy campus environment is the responsibility of all members of the university community. Students must wear a mask, maintain social distance and wash your hands frequently both inside and outside the residence halls. In addition to individual responsibility, members of the community should foster accountability in the people around them and should address instances of non-compliance directly if they are comfortable and it is safe to do so.
The university will comply with the District’s requirements for group size at each phase of the District’s reopening plan as well as the request to limit student social gatherings to no more than 10 people. On-campus events that in the past may have had large groups in person, such as Convocation and Colonials Weekend, will be held virtually.
Cleaning Policies and Procedures
During the first two weeks of the semester, your area coordinator or community director will help each suite develop a suitemate agreement to help define expectations and roles for each suitemate to create shared expectations to follow. Additionally during those first two weeks they will meet with each student virtually to talk discuss safety and being a part of the campus community.
Shared bathrooms must be cleaned on a regular schedule and personal items cannot be left in the bathroom.
Shared community kitchens will be available for preparing and cooking meals only. Each resident will be required to clean-up their prep and cooking area after they have finished. Eating and socializing together will not be permitted in the kitchens and residents will need to go back to their room to eat. Shared kitchens must be cleaned on a regular schedule and personal items should not be left in the sink or on the counter. Additional information regarding use of shared kitchens will be provided to students during their first two weeks on campus. Signage is also posted in the kitchens with helpful information.
Students need to wear a mask whenever doing laundry, and you must maintain social distancing in the laundry rooms. You should also wash your hands after using the facility.