December 22, 2021

COVID Update

Dear Goucher Community,

Over the past six days, we’ve seen a dramatic increase locally and nationally in the number of positive new COVID cases due to the extremely fast-spreading Omicron variant. Knowing this, Goucher is doing its part over the next four weeks to ensure a safe and successful return to campus for the Spring semester. Please see below for a list of important updates:

  • To reduce our population density on campus, Goucher is transitioning to a remote work environment, as possible, from December 24 - January 23, returning to campus on January 24. Employees should bring home all necessary equipment to work virtually before leaving for winter break. 

  • All J-Term classes will be held virtually, with some hybrid instruction. Faculty will be in touch with students registered for J-Term with further details in the next week.

  • We anticipate employing testing mandates before our full return to campus on January 24. More information will be forthcoming the week of January 3.

  • COVID booster shots will be required for all faculty, staff, and students (exceptions for those with approved medical or religious exemptions) by January 26, 2022 or as eligible; documentation will be required.

  • All external events will be canceled, moved online, or postponed, and visitors and guests to campus will be prohibited until housing move-in on Saturday, January 29, 2022. This includes spectators to athletic events.

  • After move-in, no guests will be permitted within the residence halls during the first three weeks of classes (until February 21, 2022.)

We are thankful that the large majority of our campus community is vaccinated and feel confident that these measures, in addition to consistently adhering to all masking and social distancing guidelines, will ensure a successful spring semester on campus for everyone.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Health Center or the Office of Human Resources.

Best wishes for a safe and healthy winter break!


Kent Devereaux, President