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COVID-19 Resources & Updates

During the pandemic, Columbian College is making every effort to ensure your wellbeing while providing the resources and opportunities necessary to deliver a meaningful learning and research experience. As we navigate this unprecedented situation together, one of our top priorities is to keep you informed. We will continue to post new updates and resources on this page as they become available.


Featured Event: Assessing the Pandemic's Long-Term Impact

Celebrating 200 Years: Assessing the Pandemic's Long-Term Impact: Thursday April 29, 12 pm ET



Join us on April 29 for a panel event moderated by Dean Wahlbeck. Faculty experts will discuss the impact of COVID-19 within communities hit hardest by the virus.


"We are committed to delivering a quality education and engaging our students
in new and creative ways."

Paul Walhbeck

Dean, Columbian College of Arts & Sciences

For CCAS Students

All undergraduate courses, with exceptions for specialized programs requiring in-person instruction, are being held online during the 2020-21 academic year. Additionally, most graduate programs are being conducted online, with certain programs holding discipline-specific in-person classes. GW is providing on-campus housing for a limited number of undergraduate students who have extenuating personal or academic circumstances. Residential students who are attending courses online are expected to comply with public health and safety measures including social distancing, mask wearing and regular testing for COVID-19.


FAQ: Incoming and Transfer Undergraduate Students
Answers to frequently asked questions from GW Undergraduate Admissions

FAQ: Current Undergraduate Students
Important academic policies and FAQs for CCAS undergraduate students

FAQ: International Students
Updated information for international students from GW’s International Services Office

Spring 2021 Update: Corcoran Students
Updates on studio access and more for the spring 2021 semester

Student Success Coaching
Academic support service available to all actively enrolled undergraduates that helps students build the needed foundation for a successful semester and academic year

Questions? Contact [email protected] with specific questions regarding your course schedule or academic planning.

New Graduate Student Orientation
Important information to help you prepare for your first semester at GW in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic

FAQ: Spring 2021
A list of FAQs for CCAS graduate students compiled by CCAS Office of Graduate Studies (OGS)

FAQ: International Students
Updated information for international students from GW’s International Services Office

FAQ: Corcoran Students
Answers to frequently asked questions from Corcoran students regarding Fall 2020

CCAS Interim International Travel Policy
New approval process in place for requesting essential international travel, which is the only type of international travel allowed during the COVID-19 pandemic

Questions? Contact your program’s Director of Graduate Studies or CCAS Graduate Student Services at [email protected].


Additional Resources for Students

Strategies to Virtual Learning
Webinars and resources put together by GW Academic Commons to help you establish a foundation for success in online classes

10 Tips for Transitioning to Virtual Learning
Tips and tricks from GW Academic Commons and the Office for Student Success to assist students with their virtual learning efforts

Remote Library Services and Resources for Virtual Learning
GW Libraries offers virtual services including remote assistance, finding and accessing materials and other academic support

The University Writing Center
Dedicated attention for writing and research projects at all stages of the writing process

GW Cares Student Assistance Fund
GW fund created to support students who are in immediate need of temporary, short-term, financial assistance to cover essential expenses due to an emergency

GW Emergency Funding
Emergency loans from the university that may be used to cover personal expenses, tuition holds or expenses other than tuition

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)
Fund allotted to the University after Congress passed the CARES Act that will be distributed directly to students in the form of financial aid

COVID-19: Counseling Updates and Resources
Support from the Colonial Health Center's (CHC) Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)

COVID-Specific Self-Help
Useful information and a resource toolkit for students dealing with anxiety or concerns about COVID-19 compiled by CHC CAPS

COVID-19: Medical Services Updates and Resources
Remote telemedicine services from CHC Medical Services



For CCAS Faculty & Staff


CCAS Online Instruction and Accessibility 
Updated for the spring 2021 semester: online instruction tools and resources to help CCAS faculty maintain an effective virtual learning environment

CCAS Faculty Workshops
Workshops on pedagogy and teaching, hosted by the CCAS Undergraduate Studies Committee to support CCAS faculty during the virtual learning period

CCAS Interim International Travel Policy
New approval process in place for requesting essential international travel, which is the only type of international travel allowed during the COVID-19 pandemic


GW Resources for the Virtual Learning Period
Tips and resources from the university to assist faculty during the virtual learning period

GW Tools for Instructional Continuity
University-supported online instruction tools and software for faculty

Remote Library Services and Resources for Virtual Learning
GW Libraries offers virtual services including remote assistance, finding and accessing materials, course reserves and other support

Faculty & Staff Benefits During COVID-19
Changes and enhancements made to employee benefits, such as new PTO options, wellbeing resources and medical benefits, to assist faculty and staff during the pandemic

Questions or concerns? Please do not hesitate to contact your HR representative or a member of the dean’s office.



GW Updates

GW Coronavirus Response Website
The latest updates from the university regarding COVID-19 planning and response, including information about the spring 2021 semester

GW COVID-19 Testing Dashboard
Comprehensive and up-to-date data on coronavirus testing and results for the university’s on-campus community members

GW Virtual Forums
Audience-specific virtual forums hosted by GW to provide community members opportunities to ask questions and hear the latest updates from university leadership

GW COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Updated FAQs related to university operations

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