Testing and Symptom Monitoring for Off-Campus Students Approved to be On Campus

The university has identified and granted special permission to a limited number of students to be on campus, including residential students, students enrolled in classes approved by the provost for in-person instruction for  and students required to be on campus for lab and clinical practice. These students must participate in the university’s mandatory, free of charge COVID-19 testing. All community members being granted special permission to access campus are tested weekly. This frequency may be reevaluated and scaled based on specific changes in disease transmission rates and/or outbreaks.

If you are not a student who has been approved to be on campus who is living locally in the Washington, D.C. region and are experiencing symptoms, please see the Testing for Students Without Campus Access page for more information.

In order to receive a COVID-19 test, you must sign a consent form before your arrival to the testing center. Your test may be delayed if you do not complete the consent form prior to your appointment.

Testing is being conducted at two locations:

  • Foggy Bottom
    • Asymptomatic Testing: Marvin Center Grand Ballroom, located at 800 21st Street, NW.
    • Symptomatic Testing: Shenkman Hall, located at 616 23rd Street, NW.
  • Virginia Science & Technology Campus (VSTC): Enterprise Hall. The front entrance facing University Drive is where registration will be set up.

Registering for Your COVID-19 Test

To mitigate crowding at testing centers, you are required to make an appointment. To set up your appointment for a COVID-19 test only, please log into the medical portal using your GW email and password. Check out this step-by-step guide (PDF) for guidance. Please do not show up to the testing center without an appointment.

 When registering, ensure that your mobile phone number is current, update your mobile phone carrier and activate text messaging to receive your test results, as well as any updates and reminders.

Please note that when you initially register your testing account that the system default is set to overdue status. Your overdue status will be updated after you complete your daily symptom monitoring and receive your first negative test.

Continue Monitoring for Symptoms

Self-monitoring for symptoms is integral to keeping our campus safe. If you are approved to spend time on campus, you will be expected to self-monitor for and report COVID-19 symptoms on a daily basis in the medical portal.

If you are experiencing any symptoms please call the university’s Colonial Health Center at 202-994-5300. This number is answered 24/7 by a clinician who can evaluate  you for treatment or a referral. Also, please also schedule an appointment for a symptomatic test at the Foggy Bottom Campus testing center.

Quarantine Requirements

If you depart the D.C. metropolitan region and travel to and return from a high-risk state as determined by D.C. Health, D.C. requires a 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results before returning to campus for in-person activity. Under this guidance, reporting to the test site and other efforts to obtain healthcare are allowed during quarantine. Virginia does not have a comparable quarantine requirement.

As a student living off-campus you are required to follow the local guidelines of the state that you are living in (likely Maryland, Virginia or D.C.), in addition to all university policies and directives.

Confidential and Secure

All test results will be confidential and will be maintained in a secure GW server and only disclosed to authorized individuals, as noted in the consent. You will be able to access your result through the medical portal. All test results (positive and negative) will be reported by the laboratory to D.C. Health, Virginia Department of Health or other state or county governmental entity as may be required by law.

 If you test positive:

Colonial Health Center as well as the GW Campus COVID Support Team (CCST) will coordinate to provide the support you may need after a positive test result. The Colonial Health Center will follow up with anyone who tests positive within 24 hours to provide medical guidance. CCST can facilitate communication with specific GW officials to assist in coordinating clinical care and provide isolation and return to school guidance. These officials will include members of the Division for Student Affairs CARE Team. GW CARE can assist in notifying  students’ professors or advisors that they may not be in class for two weeks. After completing the isolation period and before a student can resume any activities on campus, they will need to be cleared by the Colonial Health medical team.

Students who test positive will need to cooperate with GW CCST to provide information necessary for care and the care of members of the GW community, including efforts to identify and test other members of the GW community who may have been exposed. Post-testing protocols as directed by GW CCST will need to be followed.

GW will be required to file a case report form for anyone we identify with a positive test, with D.C. Health (Foggy Bottom) or the Virginia Department of Health (VSTC). These state health departments will carry out contact tracing activities that will include interviewing you and any of your close contacts. It is very important that all members of our community cooperate with public health agencies in these efforts.

 If you test negative:

You will continue to have access to campus as long as your COVID-19 tests results are negative. Please keep in mind that the university’s mandatory COVID-19 testing is just one of several protective measures that we are requesting that you comply with in order to maintain your ability to have access to campus.