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By Ella Mitchell, Staff Writer • April 22, 2024

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

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Students said adding electronic tap access to residence halls alleviates the worry of losing their key.

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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Zach, a senior majoring in political communication, is the 2023-24 editor in chief of The Hatchet. He previously served as senior news editor and assistant news editor of the Metro beat. He hails from West Columbia, South Carolina.
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