Foggy Bottom campus operations for Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021

January 06, 2021

The university will resume limited in-person activities starting at 8 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, January 7, 2021. We continue to monitor the situation in the District and will update the campus status as needed.

While there is still no specific or direct threat to the Foggy Bottom campus at this time, the university strongly encourages students, faculty, and staff not living in the District to continue to heed the Mayor’s request to avoid the downtown area by maximizing virtual learning and telework.

All designated on-site employees should check with their supervisors for any special reporting instructions. Students with clinical responsibilities should check with their clinical supervisor for further instruction. If any student with clinical responsibilities feels that the conditions are unsafe and are not able to make it in, please let your resident, attending physician, or clinical instructor know.

If you do have to be on the Foggy Bottom campus Thursday, please take the following safety precautions:

  • Plan for the possibility of increased vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
  • Plan for the possibility of increased WMATA ridership.
  • Make sure doors close and lock behind you as you arrive and depart.
  • Do not allow strangers into GW buildings.
  • Carry identification and your GWorld card at all times when on or off campus.
  • Avoid demonstrators who are seeking confrontation.
  • If there is a disturbance, seek shelter indoors until normal conditions return. 
  • Observe directions from law enforcement personnel.
  • Call GW Police at (202) 994-6111 if you need assistance on campus.

Please note the following status for Thursday January 7, 2021:


  • The GW COVID-19 testing site at the Marvin Center will be open starting at 8 a.m.
  • The GW Medical Faculty Associates will assess their status early tomorrow morning.


  • Campus libraries (Gelman, Himmelfarb, and the Law School) will have virtual operations but no in-person services.

In conjunction with these demonstrations, there will be parking restrictions and street closures. This information, as well as safety and security recommendations, are on GW’s Campus Advisories. Additional emergency management information from the District of Columbia is also available online.

We will monitor activity very closely and will send email and text alerts to our community as necessary. We encourage you to always remain vigilant, and we will be prepared. We appreciate your partnership as we navigate the upcoming days.

In case of an emergency on campus, call GWPD at (202) 994-6111.  If you are off campus, call Metropolitan Police using 911.

University services to support students’ wellbeing can be found here, and faculty and staff can find resources here