Delayed Opening for GW on Thursday, Feb. 21

February 20, 2019

[Updated: February 20, 10:45 p.m.] All of George Washington University’s campuses and education centers will be on a delayed opening for 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 21. This includes all offices on the Foggy Bottom, Mount Vernon, and Virginia Science and Technology campuses; the Biostatistics Center and the Alexandria and Arlington Education Centers.

Please continue reading for information and updates regarding campus activities, events and university services that may affect students, faculty and staff.


Classes that normally start before 9:30 a.m. will not be held in-person on Thursday, February 21. Students should check their email for class updates from faculty. We encourage faculty to use technology to continue classes online, if possible. Faculty are asked to be flexible and work with students as necessary.

Classes that normally start after 9:30 a.m. will continue to be held as normally scheduled. Additionally, online classes will continue to be held as scheduled.

Students with clinical responsibilities, rotations, assignments or offsite internships should follow the guidance of their clinical coordinator or designated supervisor.


Activities and university-sponsored events scheduled to start on Thursday before 9:30 a.m. may be rescheduled or have a delayed start at 9:30 a.m. Please check with the event organizer for any changes or updates to the activity or event you were planning on attending.  Activities and events scheduled to begin after 9:30 a.m. will continue as planned.

Updates and changes to dining and transportation services, library hours, NCAA athletic events and other university services will be posted on GW’s Campus Advisories website throughout the duration of this weather event. Please check this site frequently for the latest updates.


When a delayed opening is declared, employees classified as Designated On-Site are required to report to and/or remain at work. Until the time the university reopens, employees classified as Essential are generally expected to telecommute, and employees classified as Non-Essential are not required to work unless directed to do so by a supervisor. If you are unsure of your classification, please ask your supervisor.


The university's operating status is evaluated on a daily basis. If there is a need to alter the university's operating status because of adverse weather, university officials will do their best to make decisions by 5 a.m. for morning operations and/or classes or by 4 p.m. for evening operations and/or classes. Sometimes conditions enable the university to make an earlier decision.

If there is change to the university's status, information will be communicated to the campus community through the following ways:

  • Text and email alerts through GW Alerts. To sign up for GW Alert text messages or to add additional email addresses, visit the GW Alert FAQs.
  • GW’s homepage and Campus Advisories
  • GW Information Line (202-994-5050), Virginia Science and Technology Campus Information Line (571-553-8333) and School of Medicine and Health Sciences Information Line (202-994-2196)
  • Social media via Twitter (@GWTweets) and Facebook

For preparedness tips and safety information, refer to Winter Season Tips and Reminders, GW Emergency Response Handbook and the Designated and Essential Employee brochure.