Dear Georgetown Law Community,

Today marks the first day of classes. I want to wish all of our students, faculty, and staff a wonderful and productive Spring semester. Like many of you, I wish we had been able to start this semester in person. When I announced that we would start the semester remotely, our plan was to return to in-person learning on January 31. I am writing today to confirm that that remains our plan, assuming the current conditions do not deteriorate.

On December 29, the University and the Law Center announced that classes in the Spring semester would begin remotely and that we planned to return to on-campus learning on January 31, if conditions permitted. As I stated in that email, and explained further at a virtual town hall on January 6, although person-to-person transmission was a factor, the temporary move to remote learning was driven primarily by the operational disruptions that the spread of the Omicron variant was almost certain to cause, and which we have since seen.

I am writing today to confirm that, if current case data and regional trends continue as anticipated, it is our plan and intention to return to on-campus learning on Monday, January 31. I will keep the Law Center community updated if conditions require any change to this plan.

While classes are currently remote, the campus remains open, including the McDonough and Hotung buildings, the Law Library, Fitness Center, and Campus Ministry. The E.B. Williams Law Library’s homepage provides the most up-to-date information on building hours and the service hours for the Circulation Desk, Reference Desk, and Special Collections. The Scott K. Ginsburg Sport & Fitness Center is open on a limited basis for members who are in full compliance with Georgetown’s current public health requirements for return to campus. The chapel is open for individual reflection and chaplains are available to meet via zoom, for a walk outside, or for a masked one-on-one session. All of these locations will remain open as long as there are no staffing disruptions.

Have a wonderful first day of classes and I look forward to seeing our community back on campus in the coming weeks.


William M. Treanor
Dean & Executive Vice President
Paul Regis Dean Leadership Chair