New Student Guide 2021

Reopening Plans, Student Activism, Community Building: What You May Have Missed This Summer

Harrison McBride and Katie Hawkinson

June 16, 2021

Georgetown Revokes Honorary Degree From Former Provost Amid Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

Georgetown University has revoked all honorifics, including an honorary degree, from former Provost J. Donald Freeze, S.J., following allegations of sexual misconduct from a former undergraduate student.

July 1, 2021

Georgetown Professor Wins Pulitzer Prize in History

Georgetown professor Marcia Chatelain won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in history for her book “Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America,” which examines the link between the fast food industry and civil rights movements in the United States.

July 11, 2021

Prisons and Justice Initiative Student Becomes First Incarcerated Individual Elected in D.C.

Joel Castón, a student of the Georgetown Prisons and Justice Initiative, won election to Washington, D.C. local government June 15, becoming the first incarcerated person elected in the District.

July 14, 2021

Georgetown Launches Endowment to Support Disability Initiatives on Campus

Tiffany Yu (MSB ’10) has donated $50,000 to launch the Disability Empowerment Endowed Fund, an initiative designed by student activists to fund disability-centered programming on campus. The endowment will require an additional $50,000 in community donations before providing $5,000 annually in perpetuity to support disability initiatives. 

July 16, 2021

New South Residents Allowed to Return After Evacuation Over Structural Concerns

Following a July 6 evacuation due to concerns with the New South dormitory building, a structural engineer determined residents could move back into the building July 9.

July 21, 2021

Rising Sophomores, Transfer Students Flock to D.C. to Find Community at SHIP

After enduring a virtual academic year, rising sophomores and transfer students experienced campus life and forged meaningful connections during the Summer Hilltop Immersion Program, a five-week, in-person academic and residential experience.

Georgetown Returns to Full Operation, Drops Social Distancing for Fall Semester

Georgetown University announced the return to full operating status beginning Aug. 2, following a year of virtual classes and limited on-campus living. Social distancing requirements will be lifted and buildings will reopen at full capacity.

July 30, 2021

Select Study Abroad Programs Approved To Move Forward in Fall Semester

Georgetown University announced that select study abroad programs in 10 countries will be moving forward during the fall semester, following an academic year without university-sponsored travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

August 10, 2021

Ex-Cardinal McCarrick Faces Criminal Charges for Sexual Assault

Former Washington, D.C. Archbishop and Georgetown University honorary degree recipient Theodore McCarrick was the first cardinal in the United States to be criminally charged with a sexual offense against a minor.

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