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Message from Dean Cohen

January 14, 2021

Dear Students and Faculty –

With respect to the State of Emergency that has been implemented in Washington in advance of Inauguration, access to the DC campus will be restricted effective 5 p.m., Friday, January 15th through 5 p.m., Sunday, January, 24th, as mentioned in today’s memo from the University.

As such, we have decided to delay the SAIS DC campus in-presence reopening by one week – to Monday, February 1st. This revised schedule will allow our operations team and other key personnel ample time to complete the process of readying the campus buildings and facilities for your safe return, and to ensure that our campus security team can assess the safety of the city, post-Inauguration. This will also allow an opportunity for students and faculty to come to campus for asymptomatic testing during the week prior to the start of in-person instruction.

This date change does not impact the start of classes, which will still occur on Monday, January 25th. We will simply begin the semester in a fully virtual format, and then transition to the on-campus, in presence option the following week. The change also does not impact visa status for our international students.

As we have mentioned previously, as we continue to plan for reopening, we will not hesitate to change course when the public health or safety conditions necessitate us doing so. This is certainly one of those times and your understanding and patience is greatly appreciated as we make this decision in what we deem to be the best interest of all involved.

By the end of this week, you can expect to receive a detailed correspondence from the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Faculty Affairs, with additional information on what to expect when you return to campus on Monday, February 1st.

Sincerely,

Eliot A. Cohen
Dean