GW loosens residence hall guest policy to expand to off-campus community

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Outside guests are still barred from visiting residence halls, but students can now host up to two GW-affiliated guests.

Campus residents can now host up to two off-campus students in their residence halls, officials announced in an email Monday.

Students living on campus may host two “GW-affiliated guests” – any student, faculty or staff member participating in the University’s COVID-19 protocols – as part of the policy, according to the email. The updated measure loosens GW’s recent guest policy restrictions, which barred off-campus from visiting campus residents in their residence hall rooms throughout the fall semester and limited campus guests to one student living in the same residence hall as of last month.

The email states “outside guests” – including family and friends who don’t participate in GW’s COVID-19 protocols – are still restricted from visiting residence halls, and officials expect residents to adhere to GW’s mask mandate while guests are present.

The University moved the first week of the semester’s classes online as students returned to campus and COVID-19 cases spiked, but in-person learning resumed Jan. 18. GW’s positivity rate has dropped below 2 percent this spring, as officials have required University community members to receive a COVID-19 booster shot, offered free N95 masks and reserved off-campus isolation housing.

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