COVID Information for Neighbors

At GW, our objective is clear for this fall: a comprehensive, in-person living and learning experience for our students, faculty and staff. We are offering our students an on-campus experience, including in our classrooms, residence halls, laboratories, libraries and studios. Learn more at Onward GW.

Vaccine FAQ

GW requires students, faculty, and staff in GW-owned or -operated facilities to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they receive an approved exemption. Vaccination is the best and fastest way to move us closer to our pre-pandemic campus experience and the end of the pandemic. 

To be considered fully vaccinated, GW students, faculty and staff must complete the full series of the vaccination and allow two weeks after the last dose.

GW accepts any vaccine authorized for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO). The list of current FDA-authorized vaccines are available online. Authorized WHO vaccines are listed here. As of now, the WHO and/or FDA have authorized Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, the Serum Institute of India, Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines. The final dose must be completed two weeks prior to being on campus.

GW will require students, faculty, and staff in GW-owned or -operated facilities to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they receive an approved exemption. 

Routine COVID-19 testing will not replace the requirement for vaccination.  

Once GW community members are compliant with the requirement to be vaccinated with a FDA- or WHO-authorized vaccine, they are required to have a COVID-19 test every 15 days. Those with vaccine exemptions are required to test every 7 days.

Neighbors FAQ

Nearly 100 percent of our students, faculty and staff are fully vaccinated and in compliance with the university’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. This is a tremendous accomplishment as the vaccine continues to be the best way to protect ourselves from the spread of COVID and the Delta variant. The vaccine, in combination with indoor mask-wearing, contributes to our layered approach to safely resume in-person teaching, learning and working this fall.

GW’s Medical Advisory Group, our team of medical and health experts, continue to monitor and evaluate the latest data about COVID-19 transmission in our community, as well as local and national public health guidance. To provide the GW community with guidance on public health, physical spaces, events and activities, masks, testing, campus access and other public health matters, we have collected their guidance in Onward: GW’s Fall Operating Plan.

The plan is posted on GW’s Onward website, which serves as a central repository for campus health, campus access, campus life, academic life and work life topics. University updates and frequently asked questions are also available. Any updates on public health guidance and campus access will be announced by email and posted to the Onward website.

GW will provide on-campus housing to nearly 6,500 students on both the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses during the academic year 2021-22.  

As we plan to safely house students within our residence halls, we will continue to monitor local and national guidelines as we provide for the safety and care of our students. 

GW has reopened all residence halls for residential living for the upcoming academic year on both the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses, with exception of Thurston Hall as it is under construction with a planned fall 2022 opening. 

Rising third- and fourth-year students will be living in two new building options this year: One Washington Circle and the Aston. 


During fall 2021 and into spring 2022 (if necessary), GW will follow the latest public health and safety guidance from regional and federal health agencies as it relates to isolation and quarantine procedures.    

The university has posted quarantine and isolation procedures for both on- and off-campus students on its Onward GW website.


The public can access testing via the GW MFA at one of our GW Immediate & Primary Care locations listed. No appointment is required. The District now offers take-home COVID-19 testing kits through the Test Yourself DC program

The university has developed and updates regularly an online dashboard to share with the larger GW community the number of confirmed cases and transmission rate, while preserving the privacy of individual members of the campus community.

GW officials expect certain behaviors from all of our community members to keep our community safe, healthy and well. 

As we continue to control the spread of COVID-19, some of the ongoing health and safety directives university officials are requiring students to follow include an order to quarantine upon arrival, if you traveled here from outside the District of Columbia, adhering to their COVID testing cadence, mask wearing and being compliant with the university’s vaccine requirement. 

We trust that our students will comply with these directives and any other health and safety directives from a university official during the academic year. To be very clear, any failure to follow directives of university officials is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct, and students may be held accountable under that process. Questions about any conduct processes can be directed to Student Rights & Responsibilities at [email protected] or 202-994-6757.

Also, the university follows all federal and state regulations pertaining to alcohol and drug use on campus and violating these rules may also face consequences or sanctions under the Code of Student Conduct.  

On those few occasions where your interactions with GW students may not be pleasant, please contact us by reporting a concern to our Community Hotlines or submit a report about off-campus student behavior to our Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. 

In order to protect the health and safety of GW students, faculty and staff, most buildings will be restricted 24/7 and require an authorized GWorld card for entry. The public may access the lower level food court area of District House, the lower level food court area of Shenkman Hall and the University Student Center.

Public access to Mount Vernon Campus buildings  will be restricted 24/7 and closed to the general public. Neighbors may access public green space on campus and use the W Street gate.

The Vern Express Shuttle operations will be restricted to internal GWorld Card holders for fall 2021.