Researchers in the department said the difficulties delayed federally funded research and limited graduate students’ ability to apply to degree programs.
Experts said uncertainty over fall campus operations delayed universities’ decisions over how and when to allocate their third stimulus packages.
A University-wide task force recommended officials to continue offering remote options and maintaining a “culture of empathy” after the pandemic.
Enrollment declined by 2 percent this fall primarily because of a drop in international students, officials said at a Faculty Senate meeting Friday.
After meeting in person last month, senators will revert back online to meet via WebEx, according to an email from senate staff members last week.
Officials are launching an initiative as part of a broader commitment to make GW more financially accessible for students with scholarships and fellowships.
New benefits will include an online physical therapy program, a diabetes management program and eliminated out-of-pocket costs in January.
The more than 48,000 eligible students, who will be contacted via email, can apply for the aid through Nov. 5.
After the University faced a $180 million budget gap last year because of lost revenue during the pandemic, officials said GW has broken even.
Interim Chief Technology Officer Jared Johnson said the shortage has “significantly” delayed officials’ technology orders.