Updated HRMD Guidance for COVID-19 Pandemic

October 20, 2020

Dear GW Faculty and Staff,

Over the past several weeks, university leadership has provided critical updates on how GW is working continuously to keep our community safe and healthy through our careful COVID-19 testing and flu vaccination procedures. In order to continue these efforts to prioritize safety, Human Resource Management and Development (HRMD) has created additional guidance to support those who may need to self-isolate or quarantine.

Time Off or Leave Eligibility

For those who receive a positive COVID-19 test or an exposure, there are certain requirements in place to determine whether you must quarantine or self-isolate (these requirements, and information regarding testing, can be found on the GW Coronavirus response website). In the event that quarantining or isolation is required, telework should always be used as a first option, prior to using any available time off or leave. We have created a guide to your Time Off and Leave Options During Isolation or Quarantine to walk you through what you may be eligible for. You can also discuss your time off or leave eligibility directly with your supervisor or HR Business Partner or contact GW Benefits at [email protected] or 571-553-8382.

COVID-19 Guidance

To ensure that our community remains prepared and supported, HRMD has developed guidance for staff and faculty who may supervise staff members to help navigate some of the challenges presented by the pandemic. For our staff, please refer to the Guidance for Staff Regarding COVID-19 Protocols. This provides details on how to request time off or leave, how your HR Business Partner can support you, and what information you may be exempt from disclosing to your supervisor. Faculty and staff supervisors should refer to the Guidance for Supervisors Regarding COVID-19 Protocols for information regarding how to communicate with your team with care during this time, and how to assist an employee that may need to quarantine or self-isolate. The GW COVID-19 Campus Assistance Portal is also available if you are approved for on-site work and need assistance with access, testing or training.

FAQs and Reasonable Accommodation Request

There is a special protocol for reasonable accommodation requests related to COVID-19 which applies to both staff and faculty. For further information, please refer to ADA Reasonable Accommodation Leave and Frequently Asked Questions.

At this halfway point in our semester, I want to take this moment to acknowledge how grateful we are for your resolve and your care during these past few months. Although many of us are remote for this academic year, we continue to be connected by the strength of our community. Thank you for your hard work and commitment as we move forward to advance our university’s mission.


Dana Bradley
Vice President and Chief People Officer