Event Management & Athletics

All major University gatherings have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Per District of Columbia Re-Open DC Guidelines and CDC recommendations:

  • Limit group size, with social distancing protocols in place, pursuant to DC’s guidance of no more than 10, 50, or 250 people during Phases 1, 2 or 3, respectively.
  • Pursue virtual group events, gatherings, or meetings, if possible, in lieu of in-person, and promote social distancing of at least 6 feet between people if events are held.
  • Large gatherings, such as assemblies and in-person social events, must be canceled in consideration of social distancing requirements and DC’s guidance noted above.
  • In-door recreation areas and theater venues, including Cramton Auditorium must stay closed until Phase 2 with an overall limit of 50 people and 250 people in Phases 2 and 3, respectively, maintaining social distancing. Details for chapel services will be shared with the University at a later date.
  • The University’s swimming pool must remain closed until Phase 3, subject to capacity and staffing limitations. Swimming courses will not be offered this fall. Details will be shared with students via the Office of the Registrar.

Intercollegiate Athletics

The Division of Intercollegiate Athletics is working closely with partners at the NCAA and MEAC conference in its planning. Their guidelines will be critical in decision- making, and we will share updates as guidance from these organizations is received.

Team-specific health and safety plans have been developed. It is anticipated that athletes participating in spring sports would only engage in strength and conditioning activities, not full practices.

Event Management

Consistent with social distancing, we have temporarily paused live events on campus. Gatherings of more than 50 people are not permitted in DC during Phase 2 of the District’s re-opening.

Our current planning assumes gathering limits will continue to be in effect through the fall semester. A draft list of events and activities, and current guidance are in the following tables.

Event Management

A table that describes the status of university events under the three re-opening phases.
EVENT PHASE 1 STATUS PHASE 2 STATUS PHASE 3 STATUS
Orientations (University, Schools and Colleges) Virtual Virtual (due to participant size) Virtual (due to participant size)
School/College Summer Program Virtual Virtual (due to participant size)
Opening Convocation Virtual Virtual (due to participant size)
Chapel Services Virtual Virtual (due to participant size) Virtual (due to participant size)
School/College Fall Program Virtual
Homecoming Virtual (limited programming offerings) Virtual (limited programming offerings) Virtual (limited programming offerings
Major Ceremonies (Schools and Colleges) Virtual Virtual Select programs in person
Conferences (internal/ external) Virtual Virtual (due to participant size) Select programs with limited participants
Annual University Community Holiday Party Not feasible Not feasible Not feasible
President’s Holiday Party Not feasible Not feasible Not feasible

Athletics

A table that describes the status of university athletics under the three re-opening phases.
SPORT PHASE 1 STATUS PHASE 2 STATUS PHASE 3 STATUS
Football PHASE 1 STATUS Virtual workouts and team meetings Limited practice prepa- ration, social distancing as directed by applicable governing bodies Practice, preparation and competitions pursuant to MEAC and D.C. guidelines
Men’s Soccer PHASE 1 STATUS Virtual workouts and team meetings Same as above. Practice, preparation and competitions pursuant to Suncoast and DC guidelines
Women’s Soccer PHASE 1 STATUS Virtual workouts and team meetings Same as above. Same as above. Practice, preparation and competitions pursuant to DC guidelines
Women’s Volleyball PHASE 1 STATUS Virtual workouts and team meetings Same as above. Same as above. Same as football.
Cross Country Track and Field PHASE 1 STATUS Virtual workouts and team meetings Same as above. Same as above. Same as football.