This evening, President John DeGioia sent an email to students, faculty, and staff announcing that the University signed an agreement earlier today to lease a building in downtown Washington, D.C. at 7th Street and Massachusetts Avenue, eight blocks away from the Law Center Campus. Approximately 1,100 students in the School of Continuing Studies will study and takes classes at the location beginning in late 2013.
A satellite campus for SCS has been years in the making. The campus plan agreement approved by the Zoning Commission this Monday requires that Georgetown move at least 1000 students in the SCS to “one or more satellite locations not within zip code 20007″ by Dec. 31, 2013. According to the press release, the facility will contain “classrooms with integrated technology, administrative offices, group study rooms, workstations, lounge and meeting spaces, a contemplative space, a media lab, a library resource center, a café and more.”
The release emphasizes how the new facility will foster stronger connections with the city. “Just as the construction of our Law Center did 30 years ago, this new home provides us with an opportunity to extend the impact of the university into new parts of the city and to broaden the reach of our work,” DeGioia said. “We are excited to be aligning our interests with this vibrant and growing city.”
Administrators have been clear that undergraduates will not be housed or take classes at any satellite campus. “We believe that our undergraduate experience best can take place on this historic campus,” DeGioia previously said. “Our vision prioritizes development of an enhanced living-and-learning campus focused on undergraduates on the main campus, on this plot of ground.” University spokeswoman Stacy Kerr has told Vox that the University sees the satellite campus as an opportunity “to strengthen the residential undergraduate experience at 37th and O street.”
Vox will keep you updated as we learn more information.
Read the full email after the jump.