COVID-19: Mar. 14, 2020: Residence Hall Measures During Spring Break & Instructional Continuity

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Hello GW Residential Students,
As Spring Break begins, the Campus Living and Residential Education team is sending this message to all of our residential students about the variety of new measures we must implement in order to secure the residence halls during both Spring Break and the instructional continuity period.
This is an unprecedented time for our community, the nation, and the world. The District of Columbia has declared a state of emergency and the President of the United States has declared a national emergency. COVID-19 has evolved into a global pandemic. We have been telling you that your health, your safety, and your well-being are our number one priority. That remains our chief objective in the face of impending disruption by this public health emergency. We urgently need your assistance to help us prioritize you, your health, and safety during this time.
Please review the information below carefully to ensure you are complying with our new measures.
Spring Break Residents:
  • Immediate action is required in order to maintain GWorld access to your residence hall and room for the Spring Break period.  
  • If you are staying in your room for any portion of Spring Break you must log-into Campus Living e-Services after 10 am Saturday to complete the self-check-in process.
  • As noted in yesterday’s update about the limited access to campus buildings, all-tap to residence halls will be turned off at 1 am, Saturday, March 14.
  • It is essential that each student fully completes this self-check-in process as it re-activates the GWorld Card for your room and building. Access will turn back on 30 minutes after self-check-in is completed.
  • As a reminder, all Spring Break residents must depart by 5 pm, Friday, March 20.
Requests to Remain on Campus During the Instructional Continuity Period Beginning March 20:
  • If you are one of the few to receive an exemption, should your situation change and you locate a place off-campus to live after Spring Break, please notify us right away by emailing [email protected] so that we can update your status in our records. 
  • If you were denied an exemption, we continue to encourage you to leverage your wider circle of family, friends, and other caregivers to support you during this time.
Check-out and Non-compliance:
Unless you received an exemption to remain on campus during the instructional continuity period, all residents must depart residence halls and townhouses by 5 pm, Friday, March 20. 
Starting March 20 at 5:00 pm, room occupancy checks will be conducted to verify that residents have departed. Door notices will be posted with the room’s vacancy/occupancy status. GW staff will be doing unannounced room checks across all halls to identify any students attempting to stay in rooms that have been previously verified as vacant. 
If you do not vacate and you are found in a residence hall after the deadline, you will also be required to vacate immediately. Additionally, the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities will issue a charge of non-compliance, as well as any other relevant policy violations. Students found in violation for this form of non-compliance, sanctions may include, but are not limited to:
  • A fine of up to $2,500
  • Loss of housing reselection priority for the upcoming year, AND
  • A status change of at least disciplinary probation.
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