Important Updates on Spring Semester for Corcoran Students

January 07, 2022

Corcoran Students,

Welcome to spring semester! I hope you had a restful and safe winter break and look forward to seeing you again in person in the near future.


To limit the number of COVID cases in the GW community, the spring semester will begin virtually to allow a gradual and careful in-person return to campus. In-person classes are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

At this time, GW does not anticipate changes to the guidance below, but be sure to check the latest news and updates

Vaccinations + Boosters Required

All members of the GW community are required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and a booster by Monday, January 10, 2022. Upload your documentation to the medical portal by January 10, or as soon as you become eligible. 

You are not required to take a PCR or COVID antigen test prior to arriving on campus, but GW does strongly encourage you to test yourself and isolate if needed. While the CDC has shortened its quarantine and isolation guidance, GW follows guidance issued by DC Health, which has not changed its protocol. Therefore, there are no changes to GW’s current 10-day quarantine and isolation protocols.

Corcoran Building Access

Most buildings on campus will only be accessible with a GWorld card which reflects your COVID compliance. Please check the Corcoran website for building hours and other information, specifically or Flagg building maps.

Studio Access

  • Contact your program heads about personal studio schedules.

    • Personal Graduate studios are accessible the week of Monday, January 10.

    • Undergraduate personal studio access is available at 50% capacity with the approval of the Dean’s office (a list of students was sent to them on Friday, January 7). 

    • Students with access to studios must commit and adhere to GW’s required health and safety guidelines, and no visitors, friends or other students are allowed at this time.

    • Students will be required to sign in with a QR code located on the studio doors. 

  • Maker Studios will reopen on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. Check individual studio schedules at Hours are still being determined based on student worker availability, so check back often.

Student IT Guide: As a Corcoran student, you have access to a number of IT tools to help you with your studies. Check out this detailed guide to help you with how to access lab software, Adobe Creative Cloud, the Columbian Cloud, copiers, Service Bureau and more. 

Testing is Required

Students, faculty, and staff who are vaccinated will be tested every 15 days. Anyone who has been granted an exemption will be tested weekly. More at

Wearing a Mask

Masks are required regardless of vaccination status. Please note that GW is strongly encouraging the use of N95, KN95, or KF94 masks or double masking with a surgical mask with a cloth mask on top. N95 masks provided by GW will be available for pick up at testing sites and front desks in the coming weeks.

Certain studios require N95 masks due to particulates (plaster, ceramics, woodshop); the masks will be provided to students who use those studios. Keep updated on mask mandates:

What happens if I get sick?

See GW’s portal for how to manage exposure and positive cases. If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, you should not go to work or class and should be tested for COVID-19 outside the testing protocol. If unsure of what to do, students should contact a healthcare provider at Colonial Health. Individuals who test positive will be required to isolate. The Campus COVID Support Team performs contact tracing for every positive case at GW and will provide appropriate guidance to close contacts. GW is asking that professors record your class and share it with students.

Welcoming New Team Members 

We want to welcome Mary Coughlin as Corcoran’s new Assistant Director of Academic Affairs, Dalton Lamberth in Theatre & Dance (TRDA) and Ashley Burns in Corcoran’s central office. Ashley Burns will be supporting the central office and design program while Athena Naylor is away on a residency. Ashley is a Digital Media Corcoran alum and will assist Jacqueline Emerick with recruitment and admissions in February. Dalton can be reached at [email protected] and Ashley at [email protected].

Thanks to everyone for your work in getting ready to return to school this Monday. We are here for you and appreciate your patience, flexibility and perseverance during these times. Let us know how we can help during the semester and please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns.

Lauren Onkey
Director, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design
[email protected]