Testing and Symptom Monitoring for Residential Students

All students who have been approved to be on GW campuses must participate in mandatory, free of charge COVID-19 testing on the Foggy Bottom or Virginia Science and Technology campuses.

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.

In order to receive a COVID-19 test, you must sign the 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.

Registering for Your COVID-19 Test

To mitigate crowding at testing centers, you are required to make an appointment for your COVID test by following these steps, which are also available in a step-by-step guide (PDF)

  1. LOG INTO the medical portal using your GW email and password. You must make your appointment through the medical portal; the testing center does not have a call-in or walk-up system for scheduling appointments. 
  2. ENSURE that your mobile phone number and carrier is current, and activate text messaging to receive your test results, as well as any updates and reminders about testing. 
  3. SIGN the consent form, before your arrival. Your test may be delayed if you do not complete this prior to your appointment.

NOTE: Please do not show up to the testing center without an appointment.

When you initially register, the system default is set to overdue status. Your overdue status will clear after you complete your daily symptom monitoring survey and receive your first negative test result.

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. The portal is mobile friendly and this daily tracking should take less than two minutes per day once you are in a regular routine.

If you are experiencing any symptoms, please call the 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 schedule an appointment for a symptomatic test at the Foggy Bottom Campus testing center.

Quarantine Requirements

If you leave D.C. and return from a high-risk state as determined by D.C. Health, a travel quarantine is required. 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.

If you are a student who has been approved to live on-campus, you are required to quarantine in your room for 14 days after you move in to your residence hall, except to attend mandatory testing on the Foggy Bottom Campus or to seek medical care. 

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

Confidential and Secure

All test results are confidential, maintained on a secure server, and only disclosed to authorized individuals, as noted in the consent form. You may access your result through the medical portal. All test results (positive and negative) are 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:

You will be placed into isolation for at least 10 days and will be out of the routine testing for 90 days.

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

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

GW files 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.

Additional guidance for GW students who have tested positive for COVID-19 (PDF) is available for download. A graphical representation showing the process of what happens after a COVID-19 positive test (PDF) is also available for download.

For more information, visit the Testing and Tracing page.

 If you test negative:

You will continue to have access to campus as long as your COVID-19 test results are negative. Please keep in mind that the university's mandatory COVID-19 testing is one of several protective measures you must follow to maintain your access to campus.