New Safety Measures for the Georgetown Law Campus
Sent December 15, 2021
Dear Members of the Georgetown Law Community:
As many of you saw in the message from Dr. Ranit Mishori earlier today, the University is implementing new procedures in response to a recent increase in COVID-19 cases. As Dr. Mishori wrote, yesterday marked the largest one-day total for COVID-19 cases in the University community as a whole, with a weekly positivity rate of 2.36% to date. This increase is consistent with local and national trends.
The ongoing situation remains challenging for us all. As much as we all look forward to more normal campus activities, it remains enormously important to take the right measures to protect the health and safety of our community.
In addition to what was outlined in Dr. Mishori’s message this morning, here are some updates specific to the Law Center community.
All indoor events on campus, including holiday parties, should be canceled or held virtually. In accordance with this policy, we are unfortunately canceling our Law Center staff and faculty holiday party that was scheduled for December 22. We hope to reschedule this event when the situation allows.
Staff Telework Options
Managers should work with staff to support remote work options where feasible, from now through the end of the semester. Supervisors will be in touch with details on any temporary changes to mode of work. Although not all staff can work remotely, decreasing numbers on campus will help keep those who need to be here safe.
Law Library and Study Spaces
The Law Library will remain open, with physical distancing and masking in place. The same policy applies to other on-campus Law Center study spaces.
The Scott K. Ginsburg Sport & Fitness Center will be closed, starting tomorrow, Thursday, December 16, until further notice. Fitness Center staff will receive more information from their managers about next steps.
Dining and Food and Beverage Consumption
Effective immediately, on-campus dining facilities will transition to a grab-and-go model. Residential students should eat their meals in their private residence. Food and beverage consumption in communal spaces, including libraries and study areas, is not allowed at this time.
Law Campus Visitor Policy
The Law Center’s Visitor Policy remains the same.
Gewirz will remain open through the holidays. Visitors to students’ suites must comply with the current visitor policy.
The first planned return of a significant number of students to campus is Week One, which begins Monday, January 10. We will provide updates regarding any changes to Week One as soon as possible.
Decisions Regarding Spring Semester
At this time, we are still planning for a return to campus at the start of the Spring semester on Tuesday, January 18. We will continue to closely monitor public health conditions and will be in communication if there is any change in plan.
As a reminder, the University’s indoor mask mandate remains in place, consistent with DC’s policy of requiring masks in schools.
I know how difficult the last couple of years have been, and it may feel frustrating to some of you that we are taking these temporary measures. It is important to know that all of these steps have been taken to help protect the health and safety of our community, which has been and continues to be a priority for me and University leadership.
William M. Treanor
Dean and Executive Vice President
Paul Regis Dean Leadership Chair