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University Updates


GW will provide updates to the community as decisions about university operations are made. Community members were invited to join a series of virtual forums to learn more about GW’s plans for the spring and to ask questions. Recordings of the fall virtual forums are also available for viewing.

Members of the community are also encouraged to provide feedback on GW’s plans for spring operations through this website.

COVID-19 Testing for Students Without Campus Access

January 25, 2021
GW students living in the D.C. region are eligible to participate in the university’s COVID-19 testing program.

Continued Suspension of Study Abroad and Non-Essential Student Travel in Summer 2021

January 13, 2021
In light of the vaccination rollout likely continuing through the summer, we are announcing that study abroad programs and other non-essential student travel will remain suspended for summer 2021.

Spring 2021 COVID-19 Test Centers Operating Hours

December 21, 2020
The GW COVID-19 testing centers at the Foggy Bottom and Virginia Science and Technology Campuses will reopen the week of January 4, 2021.

Important Update about COVID-19 Vaccines

December 21, 2020
With the good news of emergency use authorizations for both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, we have reason to be optimistic about 2021.

Looking Forward to 2021 | Retirement Contributions Update

December 18, 2020
President LeBlanc shares a message of gratitude with the university community.

Updated Travel Guidance for GW Community Members Returning to D.C.

December 02, 2020
The university's Campus COVID-19 Support Team (CCST) has further developed specific travel guidance for GW community members and steps to follow when returning to the District from locations other than Maryland and Virginia.

COVID-19 Testing Available through GW MFA for Faculty and Staff

November 20, 2020
GW faculty and staff in the D.C. region who are not part of the on-campus cohort can obtain COVID-19 tests through the GW Medical Faculty Associates. The MFA offers walk-in COVID-19 testing at Shenkman Hall Monday through Friday.

Thanksgiving Break Health and Safety Guidance

November 16, 2020
The CDC recommends limiting travel and celebrating the holiday with those in your immediate household to minimize your exposure to COVID-19 or the flu. Currently, transmission of COVID-19 is currently at record-breaking levels across the U.S. and travel is risky in this context.

Spring Academic Calendar and Housing Update

November 13, 2020
As we continue to plan for the spring, protecting the health and safety of our community and ensuring a high-quality academic experience remain our top priorities. Recently, we have made decisions that support these priorities as we finalized the spring academic calendar and moved forward with the limited expansion of residential housing.

Fall 2020 Guest Policy Update

November 11, 2020
Effective Wednesday, Nov. 11, each residential student will be allowed to host one guest from the same residence hall in their unit during the day; no overnight guests. This guest policy applies to the fall 2020 semester only.

Virtual Forums Answer Spring 2021 Questions

November 02, 2020
University leadership hosted a series of virtual forums to address community questions and concerns as GW continues online instruction this spring.

GW and Community Partners Provide Free Flu Shots in D.C.’s Medically Underserved Neighborhoods

October 26, 2020
GW health providers said the flu shots will protect vulnerable residents and are critically important in the fight against COVID-19.

Spring Housing Application Process Notification

October 26, 2020
The Campus Living and Residential Education Office expects to offer 1,500 additional bed spaces to undergraduate students in the residence halls. If we receive more than 1,500 applications, we will conduct a lottery to allocate these spaces. The application opens on Tuesday, October 27.

COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts Enrollment at GW

October 22, 2020
The university’s Oct. 10 census shows a 2.9 percent decrease in overall enrollment compared to this time in 2019.

Federal Government’s COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Chief Visits GW Site

October 22, 2020
Rapid enrollment and early scientific developments promise to keep an ambitious initiative on track.

Continued Suspension of Study Abroad and Non-Essential Student Travel

October 21, 2020
Study abroad programs and other non-essential student travel will remain suspended for the spring semester. The Office for Study Abroad will contact all students who had hoped to study abroad in the spring to provide guidance on changing plans.

Spring Housing Update

October 21, 2020
GW plans to welcome back a limited number of additional residential students to campus for the spring semester.

Updated HRMD Guidance for COVID-19 Pandemic

October 20, 2020
Human Resource Management and Development (HRMD) has created additional guidance to support those who may need to self-isolate or quarantine.

University Holiday on Election Day

October 19, 2020
This year, given the impact the pandemic has on the current election cycle, GW will designate Election Day, on Tuesday, November 3, a university holiday.

Pass/No Pass and Credit/No Credit for Academic Year 2020-21

October 16, 2020
Undergraduate students will be permitted the pass/no pass grading option in a maximum of one course per semester through the 2020-2021 academic year.