Message from the Dean: COVID Health Protocols: Enforcement and Discipline (February 9)
Dear Law Center Faculty, Staff, and Students,
This is the week that most of our small number of hybrid classes begin to meet in the building. We are excited to see our spaces come back to life, especially for our new students who do not yet have a connection to the campus. Our highest priorities remain protecting the health and safety of the community and ensuring that students who cannot or will not attend classes in-person continue to receive the best education we can provide.
The start of hybrid classes, together with the continuation of our library study space program, student organization and faculty-student meeting programs, and fitness center pilot, make this an important time to remind the entire community of the health and safety safeguards we have created and how we will enforce them. To this end, we are announcing a policy for the enforcement of these safeguards, presented below and available on our website. Thank you for your close attention to these details.
Thank you so much for complying with these health safeguards. I am pleased that we are increasing the opportunities for people to come to campus, and these protocols are critically important for the protection of the health of the community.
COVID Health Protocols: Enforcement and Discipline
Georgetown University Law Center
Effective February 9, 2021
Every member of the Georgetown community who is authorized to come regularly to the Law Center campus has agreed to comply with the Georgetown University Community Compact, meaning they have agreed to, among other things, comply with all of the following health and safety safeguards while on campus:
- maintaining 6’ of physical distancing between themselves and any other person, except when in their own personal residence without guests,
- frequent hand washing for twenty seconds,
- frequent use of hand sanitizers, and
- wearing a face covering over their nose and mouth at all times except when they are alone in a room, when eating, when in their personal residence without guests, or when exercising outdoors with at least 6’ of physical distancing.
We hope that the community spirit embodied in the Compact will spur compliance and will make violations of these safeguards rare and unintentional. We think informal norms of community correction will emerge, through which those on campus will give friendly reminders to people they see violating a safeguard.
This email explains what will happen in the case of serious or persistent violations, or if individuals refuse to comply with a request that they conform to the safeguards. It explains (a) who may and who must detect, report, and respond to serious on-campus violations; and (b) the disciplinary consequences of serious violations.
Detection and Reporting
- Although everybody on campus is encouraged to remind those who are not in compliance with our safeguards, only the designated reporters listed below are required to do so.
- Designated Reporters: Campus Ambassadors, DPS officers, faculty in classes, and on-site administrators shall report violations of our safeguards committed in their presence. Designated reporters are required to remind violators of our law campus rules. Designated reporters are expected to gather information useful for later identifying those committing the violations.
- Any member of the community, including the designated reporters listed above, can report violations of safeguards to the email address email@example.com.
Response and Discipline
- Reports of violations of University health and safety protocols will be handled for possible response by the following people, depending on the status of the alleged violator: Students: Dean of Students; Faculty: Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; and Staff and Others: Chief Operating Officer.
- The Law Center will adopt remedial responses designed to advance the overarching goal of protecting the health and safety of our community. Disciplinary procedures, such as those in the Student Disciplinary Code, will be available if necessary to protect health and safety, and will be employed primarily when violations are serious or persistent, or in defiance of a request to comply.
- Organizers of on-campus events, including faculty teaching hybrid classes, are required to immediately end any event in which any person present refuses to comply with safeguards and refuses to leave the event.
- Georgetown Law Department of Public Safety (DPS) officials will escort off campus any person who refuses to comply with a request to wear a mask or socially distance.
- Those who commit serious or persistent violations or who express defiance of campus rules shall, absent mitigating circumstances, lose continued access to the campus for the remainder of the semester.