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Here’s How Local Universities Are Addressing Coronavirus

All are moving to online-only classes

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George Washington University:

All learning will be conducted online for the rest of the semester. All on-campus events are canceled through the rest of the semester. Students who have not left their GW housing should make arrangements to do so. Teleworking is in place when applicable for employees. Commencement will likely not be held in person. The Mount Vernon Campus Health Center is closed for the remainder of the semester. The University has confirmed that a student has tested positive for COVID-19. The student lives off-campus, has self-isolated since being diagnosed, and is doing well. If you are a GW student and believe that you have been exposed to the virus, fill out this form so the University can offer assistance.

Georgetown University:

All classes are online for the rest of the semester. Students are required to move out of Georgetown residential buildings by March 22. Students who have applied to stay on campus due to extenuating circumstances will receive a decision by March 20. Commencement activities are postponed until further notice. Employees who can are encouraged to telework.

American University:

The University will be shifting to all-online classes for the rest of spring semester. The Washington College of Law will begin all-online classes March 23. All study abroad programs are canceled. Students living in the residence halls are required to vacate by March 23 and to remain at their permanent addresses for the rest of the semester. The University will implement teleworking for many employees through April 5. University-sponsored events are suspended through May 5. This includes external organizations using the campus for conferences. All University-sponsored domestic travel is suspended through May 5. All University-sponsored international travel is suspended indefinitely. An AU on-campus student tested positive for COVID-19. The student is receiving medical care, and has been in self-isolation since reporting symptoms.

Howard University:

The University will shift to online classes after spring break from March 23 through the end of the semester. All residence halls will close on March 22. Commencement and all-class reunions are canceled. All non-essential, University-sponsored international travel is suspended. All non-essential, University-sponsored domestic travel is suspended from March 23 through May 1.

Gallaudet University:

All classes will move online beginning March 23. Students are asked not to return to campus after spring break. All University-supported international is prohibited. All University-related non-essential domestic travel is prohibited.

Catholic University:

All classes will be moved online until at least March 30. Students are not required to return to campus from spring break until in-person classes resume. Residence halls will remain closed until the weekend before March 30. The University will reassess its current plan on March 25. The University will remain open; employees who can are allowed to telework. President John Garvey is currently being tested for COVID-19 and is awaiting results.

Trinity Washington University:

Classes are online through March 27. The residence halls are open and dining services will continue. The library is open to students and staff. Commencement is still scheduled for May 16, but might be moved to later in the month or early June. All gatherings of more than 25 people are cancelled or postponed.

University of the District of Columbia:

Classes will be taught online through April 6. Students should not return to campus until April 6. All UDC-sponsored and external events are canceled through March 31. The University will remain open.

George Mason University:

Spring break will be extended an extra week through March 20, causing the spring semester to be extended by a week. At the end of spring break, classes will be taught online for the remainder of the semester. Commencement is tentatively rescheduled for May 22. Students are encouraged to stay at their permanent residences, but the residence and dining halls will remain open. The University will remain open. Teleworking is strongly encouraged for faculty. All university-related domestic and international travel has been suspended through April 10.

University of Maryland:

The University will reduce operations beginning March 23, and will move to an online environment from March 30 to at least April 10. Students should not return from classes following spring break, and should plan not to return until at least April 10. The University will remain open, employees who can should telework. All University-related, non-essential travel is banned through May 8.

Virginia Tech DC Campuses:

All courses at the Northern Virginia Center and Washington Alexandria Architecture Center will be moved to online beginning March 23. All Virginia Tech-sponsored events of more than 100 people through April 30 are canceled. All summer study abroad programs are canceled. All University-sponsored travel is prohibited until further notice.

St. John’s College:

Spring break will be extended; students will return to campus March 30. Alternative instruction will be provided in the interim.

Anne Arundel Community College:

Spring break will be extended; students will return to campus March 30. Alternative instruction will be provided in the interim.

Jane Recker
Assistant Editor

Jane is a Chicago transplant who now calls Cleveland Park her home. Before joining Washingtonian, she wrote for Smithsonian Magazine and the Chicago Sun-Times. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she studied journalism and opera.