Fall 2020 Plan

This page will be regularly updated to include answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding Residential Living’s plans for fall 2020. If there are any additional questions not answered below, you can contact the Office of Residential Living between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. EDT Monday to Friday at 202-687-4560 or email your questions to residentialliving@georgetown.edu.

You may also review the university’s plan and frequently asked questions, call the university helpline between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. EDT Monday to Friday at 202-784-3510, or email covid19-questions@georgetown.edu for assistance.

To contact One Medical, Georgetown’s partner for COVID-19 testing and daily self-attestations of symptoms, call 1-888-ONEMED1 (1-888-663-6331) or email hello@onemedical.com.


Communication

Email

07.07.20 | Application for Fall 2020 On-Campus Housing from Vice President Todd Olson

07.07.20 | Fall 2020 | On-campus Housing Next Steps for New Georgetown Students

07.07.20 | Fall 2020 | Retaining On-campus Housing for Current On-Campus Residents

07.10.20 | NOTICE | Initial 20-21 Assignment Cancelled

07.15.20 | New Student Move In Assignments

07.17.20 | Fall 2020 | Returning Student Move-in Information

07.23.20 | Fall 2020 Housing Selection | STEP 1: GROUP FORMATION for Returning Students

07.29.20 | Changes for Fall Semester 2020 from Provost Groves

07.30.20 | Application for Fall 2020 On-Campus Housing

Virtual Meetings

07.21.20 | Parent and Family Webinar hosted by NSO


Frequently Asked Questions

General On-Campus Housing Process Questions

As President DeGioia wrote in his July 29 message, over these past few weeks, we have been carefully monitoring the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our Fall 2020 plans. Based on current public health conditions, we are amending our plans and will begin the Fall semester in a virtual learning environment to protect the health and safety of our community.

The University will provide on-campus housing for undergraduate students who have been approved through the Housing Stability Application process, students who have been invited to return to campus because of academic requirements, members of the incoming first-year class who are F1 visa holders, and a limited number of Resident Assistants to support this small residential community.

First-year students whose personal or family situation makes it impossible or unrealistic to pursue their studies at their permanent address will be able to apply to live on campus for the Fall semester. We will be in touch soon with incoming first-year students to provide more information about this application process.

All currently housed summer residents and upper class students who were approved to remain on campus as of March 2020 will be guaranteed a space on campus for fall.  Please indicate your preference to remain on or off campus for Fall 2020 by completing the Fall 2020 Acceptance of On-campus Housing page within the Academic Year 2020-2021 Housing Application. Please log into Hoya Housing and open up the Housing Applications tab to proceed.

Interhall Council is actively working to identify options for the 2020-2021 Interhall Raffle winners. InterHall leadership will contact winners soon on the housing options given the fall 2020 operating status regarding on campus housing. 

Residential Living will not be able to honor raffle winners housing priority for 2020-2021, even if they are approved to return to campus.

The majority of Living Learning Communities will be inactive for the 2020-2021 academic year.  For returning students who have already been accepted to a LLC, and will be living on-campus this fall, please watch for an email from a member of the Office of Residential Living with further information. Questions? Email livinglearning@georgetown.edu

Students of all class years who elect to live off-campus at their permanent address (outside 20007 zip code) will not be negatively impacted by the three-year residence requirement. For 2021-2022 all rising sophomores will be required to return to campus. For 2021-2022 rising juniors, are also required to return to campus for their junior year or may request a Junior Swap and return to campus for their 2022-2023 senior year.

Students who will be joining us on campus for Fall 2020 will receive a confirmation of their fall assignment and further move-in details the first week of August.

Students will be housed one per bedroom in each residence hall. We will assign students first to rooms that are typically single and double occupancy spaces and only assign students to larger capacity rooms as needed.

In order to reduce community transmission of COVID-19 and to promote a safe living environment, Georgetown University has limited the number of students allowed to live on-campus for the Fall semester.

Georgetown will consider new housing requests from students whose personal or family situation makes it impossible or unrealistic to complete their studies at their permanent address. This may include one or more of the following circumstances: 

  • Students experiencing housing/food insecurity 
  • Students with safety and security concerns in their current living environment
  • Students with extraordinary living conditions and high financial need, as determined by the Office of Student Financial Services (Financial Aid)

All initial 2020-2021 Academic Year assignments provided are cancelled. Students who are approved to return to campus will participate in an amended Housing Selection Process.

All initial 2020-2021 Academic Year assignments are cancelled. Students approved to return to campus will participate in an amended Housing Selection Process. 

If both you and your roommate are approved to return to campus for Fall 2020, you can select into an on campus housing space with you each assigned to your own bedroom.

If you are approved to live on campus, we will hold your space/assignment until you notify Residential Living that you will live off campus. If you move to on campus housing and later elect to go off campus, you will be subject to a refund of the on-campus housing charge based on the date you move out and return your key.

We strongly recommend students not approved to live on campus to stay at their permanent residence and complete their fall semester virtually. Faculty leaders, campus services and other support staff have been preparing for a hybrid and flexible format throughout the summer based on feedback and best practices gathered from the quick transition to a virtual learning environment in March of this year. We are committed to providing a comprehensive educational experience, making the most of Georgetown’s strengths, regardless of whether you are completing your semester in person or virtually.

Undergraduate students residing off campus are prohibited from attending in-person classes on the Main Campus, and from entering any buildings on campus.

In order to support the health and safety of our community, undergraduate students who have not already leased a residence in the off-campus neighborhoods of Georgetown, Burleith, or Foxhall (the “Neighborhood”) are strongly discouraged from leasing or moving into off-campus properties in the Neighborhood. Rising juniors are reminded that if they live in the Neighborhood they are required to live on campus their senior year.

Students who are planning to reside in the Neighborhood this fall are required to follow the University’s strict expectations outlined below.

Housing Considerations:

Georgetown will consider new housing requests from students whose personal or family situation pose significant challenges to completing their studies at their permanent residence. This may include one or more of the following circumstances: 

  • Students experiencing housing or food insecurity 
  • Students with safety and security concerns in their current living environment
  • Students with extraordinary living conditions and high financial need, as determined by the Office of Student Financial Services (Financial Aid) 

Students who believe they have extenuating personal or family circumstances that meet some of these considerations should complete this application. Completing this application will not guarantee on-campus housing for the Fall; a committee of university staff and administrators will work thoughtfully to review applications.

Students with academic accommodations and students whose graduation requirements and academic program necessitates an on-campus presence should reach out to their Academic Advising Dean.

Cancellation/Do Not Want to Come to Campus/Off Campus

The Residency Requirement is currently still in effect for all students. We thank those students who have expressed concern of this issue and we are working on possible solutions to the issues identified. We are in communication with various campus and community partners and hope to have updates soon.

Yes, we will not require any student to return to campus housing for Fall 2020. If you are a first year student who, for health or other personal reasons, would like to take your classes virtually for the fall semester, you will need to contact your Academic Dean to ensure your are set up virtually and indicate your preference to remain housed off campus by completing the Fall 2020 Acceptance of On-campus Housing page within the Academic Year 2020-2021 Housing Application. Please log into Hoya Housing and open up the Housing Applications tab to proceed.

Room changes will be managed at the discretion of the Community Director of the building you reside. Approved changes will be subject to the availability of rooms that we have designated as “open” for fall 2020; not all buildings/floors and rooms will be made available to students for fall 2020.

Rates

University leadership has released the adjusted Fall 2020 semester housing rates, please find the Fall 2020 semester only housing rates here.

Yes, the housing rates are determined based on the number of weeks we offer on-campus housing, the rate is lower for Fall 2020 as we are only housing students for 14 weeks instead of the usual 19 weeks.

We understand that for many students their decision to return to campus is dependent on Financial Aid from Georgetown and resources such as Federal Work Study. 

The Office of Student Financial Services will continue to meet students’ demonstrated financial need, regardless of where students decide to live in the Fall (on-campus, off-campus, or at their permanent address). Students’ financial aid budgets will be adjusted for room and board to include a modest living allowance, if students decide to study remotely.

The Office of Student Employment is working to ensure that remote opportunities are available for student employees, especially those with Federal Work-Study as part of their aid package. Jobs will be posted in HoyaWorks by late August.If you have any questions regarding Financial Aid, please contact your individual Financial Aid counselor, whose contact information can be found at: https://finaid.georgetown.edu/contact-us/

Move-In

We are asking all students to pack light. Please bring only what you need for the semester and what you can reasonably pack and carry home. We recommend no more than two suitcases.  Additionally, everyone should pack a thermometer, several face coverings, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, hand soap, dish soap, and laundry detergent.

Yes, we are currently planning on a move-in process over several days to reduce density on campus. For students who will reside on campus, more information will be available soon outlining this process.

Unfortunately, not. In order to limit exposure to COVID-19, we are limiting access to all university buildings to only those approved to be on campus. This means that parents and friends will not be able to enter residence halls this year during move-in. We understand this can be emotional for many students and mental health support services can be contacted at 202-687-6985.

Only students will be permitted to enter the residence hall and move their belongings into their assigned room. Parents, other family members, or friends will not be permitted to enter the residential buildings at any time. This decision was made in consultation with guidance from health professionals including CDC guidance to de-densify the number of people on campus. We understand this is difficult for students and their families but necessary to ensure the health and safety of those individuals living and working on campus.

We will work to identify a location for individuals assisting students with moving onto campus where they can access restroom facilities and water fountains. That information will be shared closer to August Move-In.

We understand the transition to college is important and students want to have enough supplies and personal items to be successful for their time on campus for the fall semester. We are strongly encouraging students to only bring up to 2 suitcases of items to ensure the move into the residential buildings is smooth and efficient. Unfortunately, to ensure that the least number of people are entering residential buildings and we are de-densifying campus as much as possible, we will not have volunteers available to unload cars and move personal items in your on campus housing.

Once a student arrives at the campus they will need to remain in quarantine until it is lifted. Students will not be permitted to leave the residence hall/apartment/townhouse after they check in to tour D.C. or have a meal with parents/guardians/friends. All meals/family time should happen prior to checking into your residential space where all students will quarantine.

Students living on campus will receive two washable Georgetown face covers, a thermometer, a small bottle of hand sanitizer, and a contactless key.

CDC recommends that face covers be washed immediately after use each day; if you don’t think you will be able to wash the face covers provided daily we encourage you to bring additional face covers. We encourage you to also review CDC guidelines on washing face covers and instructions on how to make your own.

On Friday, July 24, 2020, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced an order requiring people traveling into Washington, DC, from high-risk states to self-quarantine for 14 days from their arrival in the District. The list of high-risk states is posted on DC’s COVID-19 website, and DC has announced that it will update the list every other Monday. Please check this website to see if you are traveling from a state designated as high-risk by DC. If you are residing on campus and traveling to DC from a high-risk state, you will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days from your arrival. Please refer to the DC quarantine rules here. In the coming days, the University will provide more information to undergraduate students who are required to self-quarantine.If you are traveling to DC from an international location, the CDC has advised that you should self-quarantine for 14 days from your arrival. Consequently, if you are residing on campus and traveling to DC from an international location, you will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days from your arrival. The DC quarantine protocols will apply.

Yes. There will be a team of individuals on campus to assist students with adjusting their furniture including their bed height within their room. To respond to COVID-19 & practice social distancing, there might be a delay between when requests are placed and when team members can respond.

We are discouraging students to bring large, bulky items for fall 2020 on campus housing. Due to COVID-19, we are asking students to limit their personal belongings to 2 suitcases/boxes. If there is a decision to have individuals depart campus due to COVID-19, students need to be prepared to pack all their belongings and depart campus within 24-48 hours.

If this campus departure were to be announced, the University will not have the ability to store any items left on campus nor cover any costs to pack and store items with a third party storage vendor. Any items left on campus not packed and stored by individual students will be considered abandoned and either discarded or donated to an appropriate charity if possible.

Yes, the Office of Residential Living has a partnership with MyFridgeRental.com. You may reserve your fridge now by using your Georgetown assigned email address in the Student Primary Email field of the order form.

  • You do not need a room assignment to reserve and can cancel any time prior to arrival for a full refund.
  • The order will be installed in your room prior to arrival (as long as you provide the correct room assignment before delivery).
  • You can save $25 by placing the order prior to the order-by date of July 31st
  • After July 31st inventory will only be available on a ‘first come-first serve’ basis
  • Late order deliveries could take up to 2 weeks after residential move-in is completed to receive the rental.

Yes, you may begin to ship packages in advance of move-in. We ask that you wait until August and have a room assignment.

Please remember due to COVID-19, we are asking students to limit their personal belongings that they send or bring to campus. If there is a decision to have individuals depart campus due to COVID-19, students need to be prepared to pack all their belongings and depart campus within 24-48 hours.

As we transition mail and package management from the previous RHO system, the Mail Services Department will be distributing mail and packages out of McShain Small (new window) beginning August 9, 2020. Students can pick up their mail and packages Monday through Friday between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM. Students will be required to bring their GOCard for identification. More details on student mail services can be found on the Mail Services website. If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to Auxiliary Business Services at auxiliary@georgetown.edu (new window).

Non-Townhouse Residents:

Student Full Name
Building and Room Number
Georgetown University
3700 O St N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20057

Townhouse Residents:

Student Full Name
House Number Street N.W
Washington, D.C. 20007

As we transition mail and package management from the previous RHO system, the Mail Services Department will be distributing mail and packages out of McShain Small (new window) beginning August 9, 2020. Students can pick up their mail and packages Monday through Friday between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM. Students will be required to bring their GOCard for identification. More details on student mail services can be found on the Mail Services website. If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to Auxiliary Business Services at auxiliary@georgetown.edu (new window).

Living On-Campus & Socialization

Yes. Residents of University-owned housing are permitted to host in their assigned spaces only those students who are approved to live on campus. Residents of University-owned housing are permitted to host groups of 10 or fewer, including the host(s), if a space allows all individuals to physically distance within the given space. 

Students will need to utilize good judgement about entering specific spaces within any on campus building or space including residential spaces. Many residence hall rooms are small which may mean only the resident can be within the residential building rooms to maintain social distancing. 

The University is keeping common rooms and other larger community spaces open  to create adequate spaces to accommodate student needs for socializing and maintaining social distancing guidelines. We want students to socialize and connect while balancing the health impacts of everyone living and working on campus. 

Party Hosting Policy:

Until further notice, and at least throughout the fall 2020 semester, students will not be permitted to register parties in any University-owned residence.

Overnight Visitors:

Residents of University-owned housing are not permitted to host overnight guests (e.g., siblings, fellow GU students, friends from other universities).

Yes, common spaces will be open. Residents should be abiding by all safety precautions in these spaces including wearing face covers and physical distancing. 

The custodial team is taking steps to reduce exposure within each of the GU residential buildings. These efforts include increasing the frequency of surface cleaning, specifically handrails, elevator buttons, and door handles of frequently touched surfaces in common areas. Hand sanitizer will be provided in the common areas and/or at elevators. Bathrooms, shared office spaces/suites, common areas/lounge areas, elevators, and stairwells will be cleaned. 

Please note: No private rooms/apartments or their corresponding bathrooms will be entered to clean or disinfect them. Those areas will be the responsibility of the occupants.

Yes, it is expected that students will maintain at least six feet of distance between themselves and other individuals. Students will need to utilize good judgement about entering specific spaces within any on campus building or space. When possible, the University is working to provide recommended occupancy in spaces to assist students in their decision making.

The University has taken several measures to ensure a safe atmosphere for the students, faculty, and staff. Facilities Management is working on improving the HVAC system to minimize the spread of viruses through the HVAC system. [Review more information on the work being done.]

Also, in alignment with public health recommendations, Planning and Facilities Management is taking measures to prevent community spread of COVID-19, including enhanced cleaning and disinfection, and ensuring social distancing on GUTS buses. [Review more information on safety measures being implemented.]

Auxiliary Services is working with Wash Cycle Laundry to provide services to the Georgetown on campus community for fall 2020. You can learn more here.

Miscellaneous

Students returning to campus: We recognize this is a high priority and are working through the details. More information will be made available in the coming weeks.
Students not approved to return to campus: We recognize this is a high priority and are working through the details. More information will be made available in the coming weeks.

The University hopes to inform students of the spring operating status as soon as possible once the fall 2020 semester has started. Once that announcement is released, Residential Living will communicate the impacts to campus housing options.

The ability to leave items in your fall 2020 space is not guaranteed as there has been no decision about which population of students will be living on campus in spring 2021 semester.

Students need to plan to depart campus by Saturday November 21, 2020 at 12 pm EST when the University will move into a fully virtual learning environment for the remainder of the fall 2020 semester. Students can depart earlier as they have done in previous years once their academic coursework allows it. The ability to remain on campus after this date cannot be guaranteed at this time and if students need a definite answer prior to the start of the academic year, they may need to identify another option for housing after this date.

We understand that due to COVID-19 students may not have a place to stay between Thanksgiving and the start of the spring 2021 semester. Residential Living is working to identify what options will be available and will share information with students approved to live on campus soon. Please note: students approved to stay on campus during this interim period may have to relocate to Transition Housing and not remain in their fall 2020 semester and/or spring 2021 housing.

We will know more information once decisions have been made about the spring 2021 semester. As we do not know what the fall 2020 semester will bring, we are encouraging people only to bring enough items that if we ask you to remove all items at any time, including the extended winter break between the fall & spring semesters, that process will be easier for students. If students are informed to depart campus and take all their belongings with them, students need to be ready to do that. If this decision is made, the University will not be able to store or cover the costs of storing personal belongings.

Academic and campus life will be dramatically different from what you are used to in a typical academic year at Georgetown. 

During this exceptional time, we all have a responsibility to practice social distancing in order to maintain the health and safety of the university and broader community. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with new campus health and safety guidelines. This is not a comprehensive list, and you will be asked to abide by the Georgetown University Community Compact and comply with all new measures relating to health and safety if you return to campus or are in the neighboring community:

  • Individuals on campus and students living in the surrounding neighborhoods are required to wear a face covering at all times, except when they are alone in their residence hall room, off-campus room, or office, or when they are engaging in outdoor exercise, provided that they are exercising in a space in which they can and do maintain six (6) feet of distance from other people.
  • Individuals on campus and students living in the surrounding neighborhoods are not permitted to organize or attend parties or gatherings of more than ten people on campus or off campus. If you participate in a gathering of more than ten people, regardless of who hosted it, you will be subject to serious disciplinary action under the Code of Student Conduct
  • All individuals on campus must follow policies and procedures outlined by Residential Living
  • All GU community members will be expected to follow all health and safety guidelines, including  daily symptom screening, testing, and quarantine and isolation protocols.
  • Students living on campus during this time may be exposed to health risks associated with COVID-19 that may result in illness. The University cannot control or prevent this risk. 
  • As this is a rapidly changing situation, the University will continue to take steps it determines are in the best interest and safety of the campus community and/or appropriate based on operational reasons. This may include temporarily or permanently moving or removing students from their assigned rooms, and altering or stopping altogether services or resources available to students living on campus. It is critical that students comply with all University rules, policies, guidance and directives during this time.
  • It is expected that you comply with all directive(s) from the University and from the DC government.

As this is a rapidly changing situation, the University will continue to take steps necessary to protect the health and safety of the campus community. This may include temporarily or permanently moving or removing students from their assigned rooms, and altering or ceasing services or resources available to students living on campus. It is critical that students comply with all University rules, policies, guidance, and directives during this time.

We are building contingency plans should the University move to a fully virtual learning environment. If the decision is made to close the physical campus, students will be expected to depart within 48 hours of being directed to do so. Each student will be responsible for either taking all personal belongings with them as they depart, coordinating and storing items, or shipping items home. Any items remaining will be discarded. For this reason, we encourage students to pack light; we recommend no more than two suitcases. Students whose personal or family situation makes it impossible or unrealistic to pursue their studies at their permanent address may be able to remain on campus.

The Residence Hall Offices, in their current format, will no longer exist at Georgetown. The University made a decision to move to a centralized package system with electronic package lockers. 
Residential Living has moved toward a centralized key room that will be housed in Harbin Hall. Students will have the ability to resolve key issues at this location working with student key assistants to either receive a lock out key and/or proceed with a lock change request if a key is lost.

Eventually, there are plans to develop and staff two key concierge stations in East Campus and Arrupe Hall for residential buildings further from the Harbin key room. These concierge stations will be operated on more restricted hours to provide increased coverage; specific hours to be announced at a later date.