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University Updates


Update to Fall 2020 Academic Calendar

July 29, 2020
Now that the university has decided to offer an online semester, the academic calendar is reverting back to its original schedule.

Leadership Provides Fall Planning Update

July 17, 2020
Flexibility will remain key as plans evolve for the fall semester, and protecting the GW community’s health and safety is the foremost priority, leadership told the Faculty Senate on Friday.

Fall Semester Schedule of Classes

July 17, 2020
The university is committed to developing an approach for a safe return to on-campus instruction and a residential academic experience in the fall that is flexible in order to support all our students and faculty.

GW Supports Trump Administration Reversal on International Students Residency Requirement

July 15, 2020
President LeBlanc hailed the reversal as “the right decision” for international students and those who advocate for them.

Message from GW Provost M. Brian Blake Regarding New Regulations on Student Visas

July 08, 2020

The George Washington University is proud to enroll international students from more than 130 countries.

Positioning GW for the Future

June 30, 2020
With each new day, we are seeing exciting progress toward the fall semester. I hope that by now you have been able to review our Fall 2020 Back to Campus Plan, which is an important step to making our safe return to campus

COVID-19 UPDATE: Reopen Phase 2-GW Employee Guidelines

June 24, 2020

The George Washington University is closely monitoring the recommendations being made regarding the stages to resume activities throughout the National Capital Region (NCR).

First Look at Fall 2020 Back to Campus Plan

June 15, 2020
GW has now submitted for review our Back to Campus plan to the District of Columbia. Our first priority, in this plan and through all of our efforts, is on the measures we will undertake for the health and safety of the GW community, in alignment with guidance from the D.C. government and other health authorities.

Interim Faculty Guidance

June 11, 2020
GW will employ a range of safety protocols to ensure that faculty teaching in-person will return to a safe working environment. At the same time, part of the planning should include preparation by faculty to deliver course content remotely should it become necessary.

Fall Planning Update

June 02, 2020
We plan to begin in-person instruction for most students on Aug. 31. Assuming this remains so, we have now determined that after Thanksgiving break, classes for most students will move to remote instruction until the end of the semester.

Federal CARES Act Funding for Students

May 26, 2020
GW has been allocated approximately $9.1 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), which includes a requirement that at least half of this funding be distributed directly to students as emergency aid for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations during the pandemic. While universities may use the other half of the funding for institutional purposes, we will distribute all $9.1 million directly to students.

COVID-19 UPDATE: DC Stage 1-GW Employee Guidelines

May 26, 2020
GW is closely monitoring the recommendations being made to Mayor Bowser regarding the stages to resume activities throughout the District of Columbia. The specific timeline of each stage is not known at this time and the plan is subject to change as guidelines and protocols are decided. 

Back to Campus Initiative

May 20, 2020
Our staff and faculty have been working tirelessly to prepare for our planned August 31 fall start while also developing contingency plans for all possibilities. These planning efforts, collectively our Back to Campus Initiative, are a massive undertaking, and they are being guided foremost by our priorities of safety and care.

Updates to GW’s International Travel Policy

May 19, 2020
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff, As we continue to monitor the situation and based on guidance from our public health experts, we have determined that it is necessary to continue the suspension of all non-essential international travel until further notice.

Mask Guidelines

May 18, 2020
GW wants to reiterate to all employees and contractors that masks are required to be worn on campus when you are in public spaces, in our buildings, and walking around campus. When there is a possibility that you may encounter other people, you need to be wearing a mask or have your face covered.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Extension of DC Stay-at-Home Order

May 14, 2020
A Message from Scott Burnotes: On May 13, 2020, Mayor Muriel Bowser extended the “stay-at-home” order for District of Columbia residents until June 8, 2020. Residents are ordered to continue to avoid all non-essential travel in D.C.

Update on the Budget

May 11, 2020
To the George Washington University Community: We are learning more about the range and magnitude of the budget challenges we will face in the next fiscal year, President LeBlanc writes.

Reminder: Virtual Commencement Celebration, May 17

May 05, 2020
Dear 2020 graduates, Congratulations on nearing the end of finals and reaching the culmination of your time at GW.

The Latest on Fall Planning

May 04, 2020
GW will continue to deliver on our core mission, and we will do so to the fullest “normal” extent that is safely possible, President LeBlanc and Provost Blake write.

A Message from Provost Blake

April 28, 2020
Dear GW Students, As you continue to adjust to learning and engaging remotely, we appreciate the flexibility you have demonstrated and the creative ways that you are adapting to our virtual classrooms. We are committed to supporting your progress and well-being.