Social Distancing

The university has taken steps to ensure that academic and residential spaces are safe and expectations about social distancing and appropriate behavior are clear for students, faculty and staff on campus. 

These steps include:

  • Installing public health signage and messaging in campus buildings that are in use including academic buildings and residence halls to continually reinforce community expectations. Signs also indicate room and elevator capacities with social distancing, one-way directions for stairways and hallways, and provide floor marks to show people where to stand and sit. 
  • Reducing the density of residence halls. GW will provide housing on campus during the spring 2021 semester to a limited number of students . Every student has their own bedroom and no more than two students will share a bathroom. We have also suspended access to lounges and communal gathering spaces and restricted student residence hall access to residents only. 
  • Reducing the density of the on-campus population by only having designated employees on campus.
  • Rearranging all classrooms to ensure 6 feet between students with some exceptions for medical, nursing, physician assistant and other students in clinical settings. In those cases, students as well as relevant faculty and staff will be provided appropriate training and personal protective equipment. 
  • Maximizing outdoor locations on campus by tenting open areas controlled by the university to create additional multi-use spaces. These spaces are configured to comply with all the required social distancing measures and gathering limits while also taking advantage of fresh air ventilation. Masks are required.
  • Limiting gatherings. Consistent with updated guidelines in D.C.’s Guidance for Colleges and Universities, starting Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at 5 a.m., the university will require that outdoor student social gatherings on- or off-campus be limited to 50 people or less based on the size of your location. Indoor social gatherings are still limited to 10 people or less.