Our Path Forward

July 13, 2020

The 2020-2021 academic year is coming in seven weeks! I want to inform you about whats happening and our plans.

On June 1, President Cordano announced that we would sequence through three phases as we restore our community on campus. We are still in the first phase of this three-phase model. Phase 1 requires primarily remote working, teaching, and learning operations. Therefore, all classroom instruction will be delivered remotely this fall. Academic Affairs will provide more information early this week.

Student Affairs will also communicate this week. They will explain some of our student programs and services, including Residence Life and Athletics, and answer many of your questions. We won’t all come together on campus but working to make the student experience as authentic & positive as possible.

In the coming days and weeks, you will receive communications about public health and safety, the workforce, and campus operations and facilities. Clerc Center will communicate with its students, families, teachers, and staff.

Here are some things you should know:

  • We will have a universal mask policy, and we will make masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) available to all members of our community.

  • We are working with DC Health on an accessible COVID-19 testing plan.

  • We will also have a plan for contact tracing, and will put isolation and quarantine protocols in place.

  • Cleaning supplies will be readily available, and will be restocked frequently.

  • We will institute daily and weekly self-assessment and monitoring protocols for students and employees.

  • Finally, we will continue to work with local health authorities and follow their guidance with respect to when and how we reopen.

Our overall goal is to open different parts of our community and campus in a safe way — We recognize GU is unique and our mission of bilingualism- important.  

Please watch for more communications, starting this week and continuing through July and August.

Be safe and healthy!


Brandi Rarus

Chief Marketing and Undergraduate Admissions Officer