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.
Scenarios for Instruction
We have every intention of teaching courses in the classroom this fall and our planning is focused on returning to in-person and virtual instruction at the start of the new academic year.
While we are eagerly looking forward to welcoming our students and their families back to campus for the start of the fall semester, we know it will not be business as usual. It will look and feel different as we make any necessary modifications to allow for social distancing and other precautions that will be required to keep our students, faculty and staff safe.
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.
Student Summer Programming
All in-person summer programming is suspended until at least August 1. Where possible, programming will be postponed or transitioned online. Summer study abroad and international academic experiences will be significantly scaled back. Please contact your program to find out specific details.
We are working 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 will be 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 online 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.