COVID-19 Campus Response

Last updated March 30, 2020

On March 16, the university announced that after spring break, beginning Monday, March 23, most GW classes will move online, and they will remain online through through the end of the spring semester. The university will remain open and operational during this period, and all faculty and staff should maintain their regular work schedules. You can find additional and evolving details about the virtual learning period in the FAQ section on the website. 

The health and safety of the GW community is a top priority for the university. GW will continue working with local, state, and federal public health officials to monitor the situation and respond appropriately. Please rely on the resources below to learn more about the COVID-19 and any updates on its spread or how to stay healthy.

At this time, GW is following the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel advisory and recommends against all non-essential travel to CDC-designated Level 3 Travel Warning countries to check the current travel recommendations visit the CDC website.

Additionally, the university is taking the following actions:

  • Students visiting the Colonial Health Center are being screened for recent international travel and will be asked about their health and travel history. 
  • Increased cleaning of high-touch surfaces and restrooms in university buildings, university housing, and shuttle buses.
  • Daily collaboration and coordination among university, including experts from the Milken Institute School of Public Health, GW Hospital, and Medical Faculty Associates leadership group.

The Provost, M. Brian Blake, has provided additional guidance to faculty and professors regarding sensitivities around those who have been impacted by this situation. 

Also, influenza activity is high in the U.S. and expected to continue for weeks. Anyone who has not yet received a flu vaccine this season should strongly consider getting the vaccine. 

Seeking Help for Increased Stress & Anxiety Related to the COVID-19

News reporting about emerging illnesses can be upsetting for many to hear. If you are experiencing increased anxiety or stress related to the COVID-19, or concerns for friends/family, please contact GW Counseling and Psychological Services to speak with a counselor. The Colonial Health Center will be open for crisis/emergency walk-in consultations during virtual instruction. Students seeking ongoing or continuing counseling services will be encouraged to have their consultation over the telephone. If you are concerned about a student’s well-being, please submit a CARE Report. We’re here to help.

For up-to-date hours, please visit the CHC website.

As a reminder, please remember that diversity is part of our strength at GW. We know that the COVID-19 originated from Wuhan, Hubei Province, China and as a result, members of the GW community from China may be experiencing increased stress at this time. Students, faculty, and staff who are from China or of Chinese descent or others from a diverse background are valued members of our community. The GW Colonial Health Center also offers counseling for any student who has family or friends in countries or regions experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak and who is experiencing stress or anxiety about the situation there.