Most summer classes to move online, residence halls remain closed

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Summer classes will be held online and some may be canceled.

Most summer courses will be held online and residence halls will remain closed throughout the summer, Provost Brian Blake said in an email Friday.

In addition to online classes, some classes may be canceled as officials anticipate ongoing travel and gathering restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic at the start of the summer. All residence halls – which will close to most students Sunday – will remain shut down through the summer, and GW will not provide housing for interns or conferences, Blake said in the email.

“Students should continue to check the summer schedule for upcoming changes,” he said.

The announcement comes as D.C. officials project the number of COVID-19 patients occupying hospitals to peak between late June and early July and the number of virus-related deaths to heighten this month. The estimate deviates from the White House, which expects cases to peak this month.

Some classes that included clinical trainings are currently being “shifted” for the summer term, the email states.

Other University buildings, like Gelman Library, Himmelfarb Sciences and the Jacob Burns libraries, will also remain closed until further notice, Blake said. Students cannot obtain print materials while the buildings are closed, but Blake said some digitized materials will be available depending on the “safety for staff to work in the building.”

University President Thomas LeBlanc said in an interview Thursday that changes to summer courses and programs could worsen the financial impact of the virus, which is expected to total $38 million in losses through June 30.

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