Sign-up Required: Your Regular Fall COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Instructions

To students: As outlined in our August 31 announcement regarding COVID-19 testing, after the initial round of testing at the start of the semester, all undergraduate students living in the St. Louis region will be required to complete a university-provided COVID-19 test every two weeks for the duration of the fall semester. This surveillance testing will begin on September 28.

Welcome to the 2020-21 academic year

Though this semester is nothing close to typical, there’s still something to be said for the excitement and anticipation that has filled our campuses once again.

Habif Services and COVID-19 Reminders

At Habif Health & Wellness Center, we care about the health of all of our students. We have been working all summer to prepare for you to return to campus.

Danforth Campus Digest (August 31, 2020)

Expanded testing program; What to do if you have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19; Danforth Campus research; Dining on campus

COVID-19 reminders and testing updates

With many students set to begin returning to St. Louis this week, we are writing to share some important reminders and several updates related to our plans for COVID-19 testing.

‘Ask the Doctors’ town hall August 26

Get answers to your COVID-19 questions at a special “Ask the Doctors” town hall for the Danforth Campus community at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26.

Final preparations for the fall semester

Our team here has been hard at work since spring and we are now in the final stages of our preparations for the beginning of the fall semester for the rest of our students, for whom classes will resume on Monday, September 14. As that date draws near, we wanted to provide you with an update on our planning.

Danforth Campus Digest (August 21, 2020)

Protocol for reporting positive cases; COVID policy concerns portal; Reminder about visitors on campus; ‘Because’ we are WashU

Danforth Campus Digest (August 18, 2020)

New guidance for face masks; Self-screening requirement; Volunteers for rapid COVID-19 saliva test; MyWay Health; Danforth Campus spaces

Danforth Campus Digest (August 12, 2020)

What’s new in parking and transportation; Helping employees care for children and families; Crisis Response Fund to open for students; The Tech Den; Rethinking the daily commute; WashU responds through research; Urban spaces and the pandemic

Our plan for the fall semester

For the last several months, we have been squarely focused on planning for the fall semester and the steps we will take to bring our students, faculty, and staff back to the Danforth Campus as safely as possible for teaching, learning, research, and community. We are writing to you today to share our plan for fall.

Housing message to students

Following the Chancellor’s announcement this morning, you may have questions as it relates to housing. In response to the current public health situation and recommendations from medical and public health professionals, the university has made the decision to move to single bed room occupancy in all residential buildings.

Message to alumni

We are grateful for your moral support and encouragement in light of the significant challenges and sacrifices our students face. WashU is a stronger university because we are in this together.

Message to international students

We look forward to the moment we can all be together again on campus, when it is safe to do so. The onset of this global pandemic presented us with many policy challenges and I want to thank you for the feedback and partnerships to support our international student community.

Message to faculty and staff

As we move forward, balancing remote and on-campus operations is a part of our future. This is not a return to normal operations – we are creating a new future, together. To address our evolving and complex needs, we updated policies and expanded well-being resources.

Message to new students and families

Dear new Washington University students and families, As we have shared previously, we are so thrilled that you have chosen Washington University and we want to again extend our welcome to you, as our newest members of the Bear Family!  Without a doubt, your first year at WashU will be historic and memorable. You will […]

Message to returning students and families

Dear returning upper-division students and families, I hope all of you are safe and well. We have heard from many of you this summer – we very much appreciate the many ideas and suggestions, and the words of encouragement from so many, as we strive to face together the big challenges before us this fall. […]

COVID-19: Danforth Campus Digest (July 30, 2020)

The Danforth Campus community is invited to attend a second round of town hall webinars August 3-7 to learn more about the university’s plans for the fall semester, and to ask questions and share feedback with university leaders.

COVID-19: Danforth Campus Digest (July 16, 2020)

If you learn that you or someone you know at the university has tested positive, is presumed positive or has been exposed to someone with COVID-19, there are protocols you must follow.

Health and safety requirements

For those who are now on campus, whether for short periods of time or for full days, there are a number of important steps we all must take to help keep our community safe and healthy.

COVID-19: Danforth Campus Digest (June 22, 2020)

The Danforth Campus community is invited to attend the last in a series of town hall webinars TODAY from 3-4:15 p.m. to learn more about the university’s planning process for the fall semester, and to ask questions and share feedback with members of the Fall Planning Committee.

Course preparation resources

Although many aspects of our planning are continuing to evolve, it is clear that nearly every course will have an online presence. This will enable us to offer remote instruction to students who choose not to return to campus in person or become subject to quarantine at some point during the semester, and to pivot seamlessly should public health considerations require a return to alternate operations.

Fall planning update (to new students)

In order for us to have a successful fall semester, all of us will need to work together. As part of the college experience, WashU students have always spent their first fall semester making new friends, exploring the campus, learning new ideas and experiencing the many events and activities provided. These things will still happen this fall, but in order for us to have a successful semester life on campus will be different.

COVID-19: Danforth Campus Digest (June 16, 2020)

The Danforth Campus community is invited to attend a series of town hall webinars starting this week to learn more about the university’s planning process for the fall semester.

Danforth Campus town halls

The Danforth Campus community is invited to attend a series of town halls to learn more about the university’s planning process for the fall semester, and to ask questions and share feedback with members of the Fall Planning Committee.

Steps toward financial recovery

Looking ahead to the next fiscal year, the question we must now attempt to answer is how best to position the university to respond to the challenges that still lie ahead.

Message to Danforth Campus faculty

You are the backbone of this institution, and we could not have succeeded this spring without you. And succeed we did.

Fall planning update

From Andrew D. Martin

“In order to accommodate a slow and deliberate return to normal operations, we are making changes to our academic calendar, to allow for a phased approach to bringing students and faculty back to the Danforth Campus.” Chancellor Martin shares an update on the fall semester.

COVID-19: Danforth Campus Digest (May 8, 2020)

Updated guidance on personal travel, parenting during a pandemic, Ask the WashU Doctors: tips for staying healthy, new hours for DUC dining and Quadrangle Pharmacy, learn about the university’s response to COVID-19

Planning for our return to campus

We are working toward a phased approach to returning employees to campus. This will begin in June with a very small number of faculty and staff whose physical presence is necessary for managing essential laboratory research or remote teaching activities. We also continue to plan for the fall semester.

Staying the course

After careful consideration and guidance from our infectious disease experts – and given the orders still in place in our local jurisdictions – we will not be making any changes at this time, and our alternate operations will continue until further notice.

COVID-19: Danforth Campus Digest (April 28, 2020)

Town hall for Danforth Campus and CFU planned for tomorrow, Ask the WashU Doctors: Understanding protective masks, take a moment for well-being on Zoom, valuing employee wellness, a ‘home away from home’ for our frontline employees, learn about the university’s response to COVID-19

COVID-19: Danforth Campus Digest (April 21, 2020)

Alternate operations extended, travel update, new hours for Habif Center, valuing WashU employee well-being during the pandemic, workplace tips for social distancing, how to hold safe Zoom meetings, learn about the university’s response to COVID-19

Difficult steps we must take

There are a number of additional steps that we must take now to preserve our financial resources and keep the negative impact on our employees to the lowest levels possible.

Planning for the university’s future

In the interest of transparency and keeping you informed, I am writing today with a series of important updates, with additional information to follow soon.

Message to WashU Students

As we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our community, we’re constantly reviewing new developments and making adjustments to university policies and procedures. With summer fast approaching, we’re writing today to share with you some important updates about summer programming.

COVID-19: Danforth Campus Digest (April 10, 2020)

Employee and contractor safety, give thanks to medical personnel and first responders, online staff professional development, know how to sew? You can help the community, making a difference in St. Louis, learn about the university’s response to COVID-19

COVID-19: Danforth Campus Digest (April 6, 2020)

Updated campus screening instructions, spring semester update, crisis fund established to help students and employees, support resources for employees and students, learn about the university’s response to COVID-19

Message to Danforth Campus students

We are writing today to share some important updates to Chancellor Martin’s message that was sent to the university community on March 11.