Updates on Fall 2021 Instruction for Graduate and Professional Students

July 07, 2021

Dear Graduate and Professional Students:

I hope your summer is giving you the opportunity to relax, recharge, and prepare for the “new normal” at GW this fall. Below are some additional details regarding instruction and a reminder about our vaccine requirement.

This fall, students will be expected to attend their graduate classes in their designated format.
Courses will be offered in the same format as they were offered prior to COVID (e.g., online classes will be offered virtually, in-person classes will be offered in person, and hybrid courses will be offered in a hybrid format).

Your school or college will send you more specific information about instructional policies in the coming weeks, if they have not already. Classroom assignments (where appropriate) have been posted in the Schedule of Classes (or, for GW Law students, the Records Office information page), including information on room locations and instructional mode. Space assignments also are being made for instruction at the Virginia Science and Technology Campus and other locations. Students who have questions about course registration should contact their advisors (or, for GW Law students, the Records Office).

Vaccine Requirement
As a reminder, GW requires students, faculty, and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they receive an approved exemption. 

Vaccine documentation should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than August 1. We are verifying individual vaccine compliance manually and need ample time to certify your compliance before the fall term. Please find information regarding vaccine documentation verification, important dates, how to access campus this summer, FAQs, and the vaccination process here.

Students approved for a religious or medical vaccine exemption are expected to follow specific health protocols, such as wearing masks, weekly testing, and daily symptom monitoring.

International students who cannot obtain an FDA- or WHO-approved vaccine prior to arriving on campus should email the Colonial Health Center at [email protected] to request a temporary exemption. Further information is available here.

As always, thank you for being a vital part of the GW community. I look forward to a productive fall semester—and to seeing many of you on campus soon!


Christopher Alan Bracey
Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs