Approved by: The President
History: Issued              -- June 6, 2022
Revised             --
Last Reviewed -- June 6, 2022
Related Policies: Bylaws of the University; Code of Conduct – Faculty and Staff; Code of Student Conduct; Employee Responsibility
Additional References: University Statement on Disruptive Events

Policy Owner:

The President

Responsible Official:

Chief of Staff and Counselor to the President, tel. (202) 319-5100

I. Purpose

This policy provides the University President with the ability to quickly and unilaterally initiate certain community health measures to respond to a public health emergency related to a transmittable disease, epidemic, and/or pandemic that may affect the health and safety of persons associated with the University.

II. Scope

This policy applies to all faculty, staff, and students (“community members”) while participating in University programs or activities, on or off campus, and visitors to the University while present at any University location.

III. Implementation

A. Authority to Establish Health Requirements

The President, in consultation with staff members responsible for health and safety issues, shall hold the authority to establish specific health requirements for community members and/or visitors in response to community health risks, as recommended by the United States Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the District of Columbia government. For campus locations outside the District of Columbia, the President shall consider the recommendations of local government authorities for each location.

B. Modifications or Rescission of Specific Health Requirements

The President shall hold the authority to modify or rescind any previously established specific health requirements for community members and/or visitors.

C. Communication

The President or the President’s designee will communicate all specific health requirements promulgated under this policy, and any modifications or rescissions thereto, to community members and/or visitors. Communication may be provided by any or all of the following means: electronic mail, posting on the University website, SMS, or other means of communication.

IV. Compliance

Each person within the University community shall be required to comply with all specific health requirements promulgated under this policy. Failure of community members to comply with established requirements may result in disciplinary action under the applicable disciplinary process. Visitors found in noncompliance with this policy may be removed from campus.

V. Exemptions

All requests for exemptions from specific health requirements promulgated under this policy must be in writing and made in good faith. Supporting documentation may be required. Requests by students should be submitted to the Dean of Students. Requests by all other community members should be made to the Office of Human Resources, who should consult with the appropriate division’s Vice President regarding any potential impact an exemption would have on the area’s operations or academic instruction. While requests for exemptions will be given due consideration, there may be circumstances where an exemption cannot be granted as requested.