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University Updates


GW will provide updates to the community as decisions about university operations are made. 

Summer 2021 Update

March 01, 2021
Although we have determined that the Summer 2021 term will continue with a mainly virtual operating status, the success of our efforts to contain the spread of the virus on campus has enabled us to begin initiating phased reopening of on-campus activity in preparation for the fall, when we will be back in person to the fullest extent possible.

Update on Additional Coronavirus Relief Funding

March 01, 2021
The federal government has allocated GW and other universities additional funding to address the ongoing financial impact of the pandemic. Leadership provided information about the funding and its uses.

Updated Mask-Wearing Guidance

February 22, 2021
Research is increasingly highlighting the importance of the effective use of masks, as well as social distancing. In response, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new guidelines for more effective uses of masks.

Important Public Health Reminders

February 05, 2021
As the pandemic continues, we encourage you to remain vigilant and follow public health guidance, including wearing masks in public settings and anywhere you may be around others.

Update on 2021 Commencement Celebrations

February 04, 2021
While we continue to plan virtual university-wide Commencement and school celebrations, we also are exploring all options for any in-person component we may safely host.

Update on COVID-19 Vaccine and Information on Virginia’s Phase 1c

January 29, 2021
As the COVID-19 vaccine continues to become available through the District, Maryland and Virginia, its availability to most of us is still extremely limited according to the priorities set generally by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and more specifically, by states and counties.

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.