COVID-19: Mar. 20, 2020: Students Approved to Remain In Halls Through April 5

Friday, March 20, 2020

Dear GW Residential Students,

You are receiving this email because you have been approved to remain in the residence halls through 5 p.m. on April 5. We want to prepare you to manage what may be rapidly evolving conditions, including increasingly limited services on- and off-campus, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. We are here to help you as long as you remain on campus and encourage you to make arrangements to depart the residence halls as soon as possible.

The following is guidance to help you plan for the duration of your stay in campus housing:

In light of the food supply limitations many local stores are experiencing, we recommend stocking up on at least a 14-day supply of non-perishable items including groceries, toiletries, medication and any other essential items as soon as possible. To assist with these preparations, Dining Services has prepared seven-day non-perishable meal kits that are available to pre-order and will be delivered next week.

Occupancy Checks
It is important that we are able to account for all students residing in our residence halls during this evolving situation. We will continue to do regular occupancy checks, utilizing up to date guidelines from public health officials and in coordination with the Office of Safety and Security.

Additionally, starting tomorrow March 21, we will distribute a daily email that includes a short survey you must respond to, for every day you remain in the halls.

There may also be situations in which it is necessary to relocate students remaining on campus. We appreciate your continued patience and flexibility as we work to ensure your health and safety.

All Tap and Guest Privileges Suspended
To promote social distancing in line with current public health recommendations, students will have tap access only to the residence hall to which they are assigned and no guests will be permitted in buildings or in your room.

Safety and Security Expectations
Our number one priority is ensuring the safety of our community. We ask all students remaining on campus to look out for each other, comply with university policies and the Student Code of Conduct, and heed any updated guidance and instructions from residential life staff and first responders. Residents that do not meet these expectations will be subject to removal from university housing.

On-Campus Support
To comply with social distancing guidelines, some of our support and services for residents will occur via phone and email. Please respond to all voicemail or email you receive from university officials. Please check email at least twice daily. If you have an emergency, please call GWPD at 202-994-6111.

Your Health and Well-Being
The Colonial Health Center on the Foggy Bottom campus will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. At the direction of the D.C. Department of Health, the center has shifted its service to focus on urgent or sick patients and emergency consultations during business hours. Click here for full list of services available, whether you are on- or off-campus.

Thank you all for your patience and flexibility during this unprecedented time. Our strength is in how we treat each other during these uncertain times and we are here to offer support.

Stay safe and be well,
Seth Weise and Stewart Robinetts
GW’s Campus Living & Residential Education Team