January 25 Community Update
Dear Georgetown Law Community:
I want to thank everyone for a successful start of the Spring Semester. While it wasn’t the start we had hoped for, we are optimistic and looking forward to returning to in-person learning next week. President DeGioia sent an email to the Georgetown community on Friday announcing steps the University is taking to safely resume on-campus, in-person learning on Monday, January 31, 2022. I am writing to you separately to provide additional information from the Law Center as we prepare to transition our community back to campus next week.
Mode of Instruction
In-person instruction will resume on Monday, January 31, 2022. Courses will be taught in person, unless the course has been previously approved by the Office of Academic Affairs or the Office for Clinics and Experiential Learning to be taught online.
Mode of Work
As of January 31, staff/AAP employees should return to the mode of work designations they were assigned for the 2021-22 academic year. Supervisors have discretion to make temporary, short-term changes to mode of work for their units or departments as may be appropriate, and will be in touch with their units/departments as needed.
As we shared previously, we have extended the GUCares Dependent Care Assistance Grants through June 30, 2022, for faculty and staff who have a qualified need related to child or dependent care. We encourage you to review the January 7 message, which has more information about dependent care resources available to our community.
Georgetown requires students, faculty, staff, and visitors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to have received a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot by January 21, 2022, or when eligible, or to have an approved medical or religious exemption.
Arrival Testing: Students, faculty, and staff returning to campus for the first time after the winter break will need to get tested prior to their arrival on campus, following the University’s arrival testing protocol, regardless of their vaccination status or whether they have traveled or remained in the local area.
Community members who tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days prior to their arrival on campus should not test prior to coming to campus. Do not take a PCR test until 90 days after testing positive for COVID-19, as it may return a positive result although you are no longer contagious.
Asymptomatic Testing: Weekly asymptomatic testing will restart the week of January 31, 2022.
- Individuals who are fully vaccinated but not boosted because they are not yet eligible for a booster shot, or who have received an exemption or deadline extension from the booster shot requirement, will need to test once per week.
- Students, faculty, and staff who are exempt from vaccination for religious or medical reasons will need to continue to test twice per week.
- All other students, faculty, and staff will be randomly selected for asymptomatic testing each week.
If you receive an email notifying you that you have been selected for random testing, please do get a test. It is important that we be able to estimate the prevalence of the virus in the community as a whole.
Given the enhanced transmissibility of the Omicron variant, students, faculty, and staff should wear a high-grade, well-fitted mask (e.g., N95, KN95, KF94) in indoor public spaces on campus. Under University policy, a cloth mask is no longer sufficient.
KN95 masks will be available to all community members at the entrances to the Law Center. Cloth masks or masks with a vent or valve are not permitted because these masks do not sufficiently reduce the transmission of the virus from exhaled droplets and aerosol particles that might contain the virus. Georgetown University’s guidance on masks can be found here.
Students should, in all cases, make every effort to arrive by the start of in-person instruction to ensure their ability to make academic progress. Students who are traveling from an international location and who are delayed for reasons directly related to the pandemic should contact their academic dean. Graduate students should email the Office of Graduate & International Programs at email@example.com and JD students should email firstname.lastname@example.org. Students must enter the United States within 30 days of the start of Spring 2022 classes. For classes that began on Tuesday, January 18, the arrival deadline is Thursday, February 17. F-1 and J-1 students anticipating a delayed arrival should contact the Law Center Visa team at email@example.com for immigration support. Those students unable to get a booster shot in their home country can receive one upon arrival at the University.
Events, Meetings, and Campus Visitors
Events: All University-sponsored events, including those organized by student groups and meetings with visitors, will need to be held virtually or outdoors through February 11, 2022. Additional guidance for after February 11 will be shared in early February.
Academic and Administrative Meetings: While in-person instruction will resume on January 31, we recommend that for now any meeting, including those between or among students (including meetings of student organizations), faculty, or staff, be held virtually when possible. If meetings do take place indoors, attendance should be limited to 30 or fewer participants. Meetings may also be held outside or in the tent on the Scott K. Ginsburg Sport & Fitness Center patio. Masks are required to be worn at all times while meeting indoors, and we strongly encourage masks to be worn while meeting outside or in the tent.
Campus Visitors: Guest lecturers or other visitors invited by faculty to participate in an in-person class session may attend the session, provided that they comply with the University’s visitor vaccination requirement and process.
Gewirz will remain open. Visitors must comply with the current visitor policy.
The Scott K. Ginsburg Sport & Fitness Center at the Law Center is open with limited hours and occupancy, with a requirement that members register ahead of time for each workout session. We hope to expand access later in the semester.
Campus Ministry is open for individual in-person or zoom appointments. The Chapel is also open for individual prayer and reflection.
Dining and Food and Beverage Consumption
The Law Center will continue to offer grab-and-go dining. Eating and drinking in classes remains prohibited.
I look forward to seeing all of you on campus on January 31. As we transition back to in-person learning, I know that all of us will continue to protect and care for one another and for the Georgetown Law community.
William M. Treanor
Dean & Executive Vice President
Paul Regis Dean Leadership Chair