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 the limited number of students, faculty and staff who will be on campus.
These steps include:
- Installing public health signage and messaging in campus buildings that will be in use including academic buildings and residence halls to continually reinforce community expectations. Signs will 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 fall semester to only a limited number of students who have extenuating personal or academic circumstances. Every student will have their own bedroom and no more than two students will share a bathroom. We are also suspending access to lounges and communal gathering spaces and restricting 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 will be configured to comply with all the required social distancing measures and gathering limits while also taking advantage of fresh air ventilation. Masks will be required.
- Limiting gatherings. 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.
- Requesting expanded sidewalks. In an effort to better enable social distancing in areas with high pedestrian traffic, the university is requesting D.C. government assistance to evaluate the need for expanded sidewalks on streets serving the Foggy Bottom campus by eliminating a lane typically used for parking. GW is requesting a balanced approach in the implementation of these measures so students are still able to receive online food deliveries as well as utilize rideshare services outside.