GW Campuses & Centers are Closed Wednesday, February 20

February 19, 2019

[Updated 3 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19]—All of George Washington University’s campuses and education centers will be CLOSED on Wednesday, February 20, because of inclement weather throughout the Washington metropolitan area. 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.

Please note: All evening classes and activities will continue as scheduled on Tuesday, February 19.


Classes will not be held in-person on Wednesday, February 20. 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.

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.


All activities and university-sponsored events for Wednesday are canceled or postponed. The Presidential Distinguished Event Series kick-off with Ron Chernow, originally scheduled for Wednesday night, will be rescheduled. For other campus events, please check with event organizers for any changes or updates.

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 GW’s campuses are closed, GW employees classified as Designated On-Site are required to report to and/or remain at work. 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.