COVID-19: Mar. 17, 2020: Residence Hall Update for Remainder of Spring Semester

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Dear GW Residential Students,

This message is to our students in the residence halls during Spring Break and those approved to remain in the halls during the period of virtual instruction through April 5.

We are following up with some new information as it relates to yesterday's announcement that the university will continue with the virtual instruction for the remainder of the semester.

Because of that decision, which was made with up-to-date health and safety information, we will be closing the residence halls for the remainder of the semester. We strongly encourage students to depart the residence halls as soon as possible to help reduce the potential risk of transmission or spread of COVID-19.

We recognize this news is coming at a heightened time of stress and worry and we do make these decisions cavalierly. Every decision is based on providing for the health, safety and well-being of our community in an unprecedented and rapidly evolving situation.

As you begin to make your plans for departure: 

  • Students currently remaining in the residence halls for Spring Break must leave campus by 5 pm, Friday March 20.
  • Students who had been approved for continuous housing during the initial continuity period, should make plans to vacate the residence halls by April 5.
  • Students in continuous housing will receive a separate email in order for us to gather information about your anticipated move-out date.  This email will also contain information for those continuous housing students who have extraordinary circumstances that they believe may prevent them from leaving on April 5.

We are committed to providing additional updates to you in the coming days.  We recognize the unprecedented nature of this situation and know that you may have additional concerns. Please email [email protected] with any initial questions you may have.

We thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we all work together through this unparalleled situation.  

Seth Weinshel and Stewart Robinette
GW’s Campus Living & Residential Education Team