With the health and safety of our community as our highest priorities, our Fall Planning Committee is working through plans for a slow and deliberate return to campus for the fall semester.
The 2020-21 academic calendar has been adjusted to accommodate a phased approach to bringing students and faculty back to the Danforth Campus.
To the extent possible, we are deploying a consistent approach to classrooms across campus. There may be slight differences in how the plans are carried out in classrooms maintained by the Schools.
Non-traditional Spaces for Class
If a faculty member would like to hold class outside of their assigned classroom (pooled or otherwise) in a non-traditional space, they must get approval from a department chair and/or Dean’s Office for the faculty member seeking to move a class to a non-traditional space.
Delivery of Instruction
Academic coursework is being delivered in a variety of formats with some courses being either predominantly online or in-person, and others in a hybrid format, with learning offered simultaneously in the classroom and remotely to serve students regardless of whether they are able to be on campus. All courses have been designed with the capacity to pivot to fully remote learning with minimal disruption.
Commencement for the Class of 2020
As long as it is safe to do so, the graduating Class of 2020 will be welcomed back to campus for an in-person Commencement ceremony on May 30, 2021. This event will take the place of the ceremony originally scheduled for May 15, 2020. Read more about the plans for the May 2021 celebration and see a video message from Chancellor Martin to the Class of 2020 and their families. Diplomas will be mailed to all graduates.
Study Abroad/International Academic Study Programs
In accordance with university travel policies, all study abroad and international academic study programs have been suspended.
We have worked hard to plan the fall academic semester in a manner that meets Washington University’s high academic standards while also taking the measures necessary to enhance the safety of all members of our community. The public health measures we must take mean that the semester is different from anything we have seen before. What will not change, however, is the commitment of the Washington University faculty to provide students with a high quality educational experience. Students will continue to receive academic instruction from Washington University faculty members, in person and/or online, and we will continue to provide academic support services and resources. Students enrolled in the fall semester will continue to earn academic credit and make progress toward completion of a Washington University degree. The tuition assessed for the semester will be as previously announced.
If the public health situation changes such that we must suspend all in-person classes, instruction will be provided remotely or through other alternative means and there will be no tuition refunds based on that transition. If a student chooses to withdraw, entitlement to a partial refund will be determined in accordance with normal refund policies.