July 22, 2022

Dear Law Center Community,

As we prepare for the new academic year, we are writing to share updated public health guidance for the Law Center campus.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Georgetown continues to require students, faculty, staff, and visitors to have received a primary series and, when eligible, an additional dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, or to have an approved medical or religious exemption. The deadline for all students to submit COVID-19 vaccination documentation is Friday, August 5.

We strongly recommend, but do not require at this time, that individuals who are 50 years and older or who are moderately or severely immunocompromised get a second additional dose.

COVID-19 Testing

Return-to-Campus Testing

All students will need to take a “return-to-campus” COVID-19 test. This test must be taken within the time period ranging from 48 hours before to 24 hours after arrival on campus. Failure to get an arrival test may result in disciplinary action.

  • Residential students: A PCR test is required.
  • Non-residential students: A PCR test is preferred, but an antigen test will be accepted.
  • We recommend getting tested after traveling or arriving in the DC region, but it’s required when you come to campus for the first time.
  • Students who test positive within a few days prior to coming to campus should delay their arrival until they have completed a full isolation period following DC and University guidance, regardless of the isolation rules where they live. Students should report their positive result, and a Care Navigator from Georgetown’s Public Health team will provide tailored guidance.
    Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days should not take a routine arrival test (and should report this previous positive if the University does not already have a record of it). However, if new symptoms develop, inform the public health team and follow their guidance.
  • Students who have been on campus continuously during the summer should get tested in August (PCR required for residential students; PCR or antigen accepted for non-residential students).
  • Please submit a photo of test results from external PCR tests (i.e., when not taken through One Medical on campus) and antigen tests via the COVID-19 Test Result Submission Form in the GU360 mobile app or on the GU360 website.

Faculty and staff are not required to take an arrival test, but testing is strongly recommended, especially after travel.

Ongoing & Surveillance Testing

You must get tested once per week if:

  • You are exempt from vaccination for religious or medical reasons, or
  • You received the primary vaccination series and are booster-eligible but have received an
  • exemption or deadline extension from the booster shot requirement.
  • After arrival testing, other students, faculty, and staff are not required to test regularly unless they develop symptoms or are exposed or potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19.

The University is planning to use wastewater surveillance testing to help assess public health conditions on campus.

Masks

The Law Center will continue to operate under a mask-optional policy, with the limited exceptions noted below:

  1. Individuals must wear a mask while on University-sponsored public transportation (e.g., GUTS buses, shuttles, vans).
  2. Individuals must wear a mask in University health care facilities (e.g., Student Health Center, CAPS, One Medical testing sites).
  3. Individuals in, or recently released from quarantine or isolation must wear a mask for the full 10 days from the date of exposure or infection, consistent with DC Health guidance and CDC guidance.
  4. Individuals with exemptions or accommodation plans that include enhanced public health measures should continue to abide by those measures, as currently in place.

We may modify the indoor masking requirement at any time. Masking indoors and at large events is strongly recommended at this time due to high community transmission levels and the emergence of the highly infectious BA5 variant.

Symptom Monitoring

When experiencing any symptoms, students, faculty, and staff should:

  1. stay home or in their on-campus residence;
  2. complete the COVID-19 Symptom Check-In Survey through the GU360 mobile app or website;
  3. call the Student Health Center (if a student) or their health care provider, if needed;
  4. schedule a COVID-19 test; and
  5. not return to class or work until cleared by their health care provider or after a consultation with the Care Navigation team.

Students, faculty, and staff should also complete the COVID-19 Symptom Check-In Survey if they develop any symptoms and upon exposure to a known COVID-19 case.

Quarantine and Isolation

Please review the University’s quarantine and isolation guidelines. Individuals who test positive will receive guidance from Georgetown’s Care Navigation team. Residential students may need to isolate in their room if they test positive.

Visitors

Visitors to University-owned, operated, or leased buildings need to comply with the University’s visitor vaccination requirement and process.

Gewirz Student Center residents can request to host visitors and must first complete the Non-GU Visitor Registration Form in advance of the planned visit. Once completed, the visitor will receive a separate registration form, which includes a vaccination attestation form.

Visitors and external community members are not permitted in the Edward Bennett Williams Law Library and recreational facilities at this time, but we intend to expand access soon and will provide additional information in the coming weeks.

Events

Please review the University’s public health guidance for events and share information about your event with the Public Health team so they can provide additional tailored guidance.

With the increased transmissibility of the latest Omicron subvariants, it is important that we continue to take steps to protect ourselves and one another. We are monitoring public health conditions on campus and in the local region, as well as any new guidance from the CDC and the DC Department of Health, and will provide updates when needed.

Thank you for your continued care for our community, and we look forward to welcoming you back to campus in the coming weeks.

Sincerely,

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

Ranit Mishori, M.D., MHS, FAAFP
Professor of Family Medicine, Vice President and Chief Public Health Officer