March 17, 2022

Dear Georgetown Law Community,

Last week, Georgetown University announced that it will implement a mask-optional policy beginning Monday, March 21, 2022. This date was to allow a transition as many undergraduate and graduate students returned to campus following their spring break. In alignment with this cadence, the Law Center’s mask requirement will remain in effect through Sunday, March 27, 2022, to similarly provide a transitional period for our community members returning to campus after spring break.

As a reminder, the mask-optional policy is dependent on the University’s positivity rate remaining low. The University’s mask-optional policy is informed by DC Health’s March 8 guidance for institutions of higher education. We may reinstate the indoor mask requirement or other restrictions for short periods, as needed, based on community or University infection rates.

Guided by our Jesuit values, we encourage mutual respect and civility as members of our community take into consideration their unique personal circumstances about whether to wear a mask.

Everyone has the right to wear a mask whenever and wherever they wish on our campuses. Individual community members may choose to wear a mask for a variety of reasons. We also understand some community members may be concerned about being indoors with people who are not wearing a mask. We will continue to provide free N95s and KN95s on campus, and we encourage community members to continue to wear a mask if they feel more comfortable doing so.

Please respect the decisions and privacy of fellow community members by not asking why someone is or is not wearing a mask. Please help all members of our community feel welcome and safe, and consider putting on a mask when interacting with someone who is wearing a mask. You can ask someone to consider wearing a mask, but please do not pressure someone to put on or take off a mask.

The University will also post updated masking FAQs on March 21 to provide additional guidance.

Post-Spring Break COVID-19 Testing

We want to remain vigilant in our collective effort to keep our community safe as we welcome everyone back from spring break. As such, we are recommending that all community members test upon their return to campus. This will help to identify any asymptomatic cases as we transition toward this new mask-optional guidance and resuming more normal on-campus activities.

  • All community members are strongly encouraged to take a PCR test at the end of spring break. If you have tested positive in the previous 90 days, do not take a PCR test.
  • If you develop new symptoms common to COVID-19, please report them through the University’s COVID-19 Symptom Check-In survey and get tested.
  • If you get tested through a third-party healthcare provider (i.e., not One Medical), you must report your test results to Georgetown by submitting the COVID Test Result Submission Form.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 while you are away from campus, please do not come to campus. Please report your positive test to the Care Navigator team and any symptoms through the University’s COVID-19 Symptom Check-In survey.

As a reminder, we are continuing to take a layered approach to protecting the health and safety of the Georgetown community. The University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement for students, faculty, staff and visitors; COVID-19 Testing Protocol; and quarantine and isolation policies remain in effect. We are also continuing random asymptomatic testing.

If you have any questions, please contact the University’s Care Navigator team at covidcarenavigator@georgetown.edu.

Community Information Sessions

We have heard from many in our community who have questions or concerns about the University’s mask-optional policy. We recognize that some of us will welcome this change, while some of us may feel hesitant about the transition regardless of improved public health conditions. We invite all members of the community to attend an information session to learn more about this change and to ask questions. You will receive a separate invitation with a link to RSVP.

  • For Staff: Thursday, March 17, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • For Faculty: Tuesday March 22, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
  • For Students: Tuesday, March 22, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

We appreciate this is a significant transition and ask that all members of our community approach this issue with kindness and understanding. Thank you all for your continued dedication to keeping our campus safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

Bill

 


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