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Dedicated GU-Q faculty have successfully created an engaging hybrid and online learning environment during this time of unprecedented crisis. With lessons learned and the introduction of IT enhancements, new resources, and increased support, faculty have even more options to help them continue their commitment to Georgetown’s teaching and research missions.

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Important Fall 2021 Dates

New Student OrientationSun. Aug. 15 – Thu. Aug 19, 2021
New Student Academic Convocation (First-years)Thu. Aug. 19, 2021
Classes begin. Registration changes accepted – add/drop continuesSun. Aug. 22, 2021
Undergraduate First-Year Student Advisory Grades DueMon. Sep. 20, 2021
Mid-term break, no classesSun. Oct. 10 – Thu. Oct. 14, 2021
Classes endThu. Dec. 2, 2021
Exam daysSun. Dec. 5 – Thu. Dec. 9, 2021
Exam day and end of the semesterSat. Dec. 11, 2021
All grades due by 5 pm Doha timeThu. Dec. 16, 2021

Click here for the official Academic Calendar

Fall 2021 Planning and Guidance

The Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship website offers various resources and CNDLS staff are available for online consultations on course design and educational technology. They also frequently update the Instructional Continuity site with tips, blogs, how-to guides, and other resources. For assistance with course design faculty should contact James Olsen, Manager of Instructional Design and Educational Technology at jco34@georgetown.edu

Faculty FAQs

GU-Q has updated their international travel policy in line with the Washington, DC campus.  Read the policy here.  For latest guidance on quarantine, testing, and other requirements and the list of green, yellow and red countries, read the Ministry of Public Health Travel and Return Policy.

It depends on your personal circumstances and needs to be determined on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Malgorzata (Gosia) Ledwon in HR via email at ml1736@georgetown.edu.

Faculty are welcome to return to the building and to their offices if health and safety conditions allow. There are certain protocols that you will need to follow to gain access to the building (see below).

Yes. Review the Return to Work checklist for the steps you should take to keep you and the community safe.

Access to the building is available via the VIP entrance, the Car Park 1 (underground), and the Main Entrance (Library). 

There will be access controls for entering the building that will include temperature checks, a green verification on the Ehteraz contact tracing app, and GUID card checks. You must register a temperature of less than 38° C in order to be admitted into the building. 

Note: After 4:00 p.m. the Car Park 1 entrance will be closed. You may still park your vehicle but should follow the signs to walk to the loading dock to enter the building.

Faculty, students, staff, and contractors are required to wear face masks (made-for-purpose only, no bandanas, no vents) in all public areas of the GU-Q building. This includes the underground parking lot, all entrances, and classrooms. You do not have to wear a mask while working alone in your office or while seated to eat or drink.

Faculty are encouraged to hold office hours virtually to the extent possible. If it is necessary to meet students in person, then you will need to hold such meetings in a location other than your faculty office. This is because, for health and safety reasons, the capacity of all faculty offices is one person only. Alternate meeting venues have been identified to facilitate meetings with students. These include four conference rooms (0D09, 1D10, 1D63, 1D34) and four seminar rooms (0D03, 0D04, 1D03, 1D04). Faculty are asked to please reserve meeting times in these rooms at least one day in advance by contacting Rana Saad via email at rana.saad@georgetown.edu.

The Library is open to in-person users.  Check here for the most up to date library hours.

If you require books from the Library’s physical collection, they can be requested for pick up at the library or at the VIP entrance by using the Library Item Request Form. For more information, contact the Library via email at https://library.qatar.georgetown.edu/ask-us/

Online Library resources – including e-books and journal articles – are available at anytime from anywhere. See the Library’s guide on how to find online resources for more information. Virtual reference consultations with a librarian via email or live chat (on the Library’s homepage) are available from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday to Thursday.

GU-Q has developed a resource guide for faculty and staff to recognize and support students in distress.

IT will provide an overview of the newly available technology through short video tutorials, and arrange training sessions for faculty.

As a safety measure, GU-Q is minimizing the number of visitors to the building. Faculty and staff are encouraged to hold meetings with external parties using Zoom rather than in-person. If in-person visits are required, visitor temperature and Ehteraz based vaccination status will be checked and parking must be booked in advance using this link>>

Both virtual and in-person events are taking place.

To ensure online events do not clash and audiences are not split, please inform the Events team of any upcoming events you are organizing or in case you wish to organize a webinar. If you have a virtual event you want to schedule and advertise please raise a ticket using the new online events helpdesk template. The Events newsletter goes out to our community every Sunday.

Faculty Resources

Secure materials for teaching and research, put books on reserve for students, invite a librarian to your class to discuss research skills, request a library guide for your course in Canvas, book an appointment with your Subject librarian, and much more. Find the complete faculty guide for library services at guides.qatar.georgetown.edu/faculty.

Library Contacts

Georgetown University in Qatar

Additionally, the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship website offers various resources and CNDLS staff are available for online consultations on course design and educational technology. They also frequently update the Instructional Continuity site with tips, blogs, how-to guides, and other resources.

For IT support:

GU-Q IT provides technical support to staff, faculty and students on the use of the technology, such as, Zoom, Box, Google Apps, VPN, Wireless, NetID, Printing, Microsoft Windows/Office, MacOS etc. If you require support please contact IT via email guqhelpcenter@georgetown.edu or phone on (+974) 4457 8130.

For technical help with Canvas, faculty can seek support by emailing edtech@georgetown.edu during Washington, DC, business hours or call the dedicated 24/7 support line at +1 (833) 476-1171 or open a live chat request from within Canvas.

Georgetown University – The Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS)

Faculty can also consult the university’s Instructional Continuity website or email cndls@georgetown.edu for assistance.