This FAQ will be updated as new information becomes available. Questions may be emailed to covidquestions@wustl.edu

ACADEMICS

When will the spring semester start?
The semester will start on time on Tuesday, January 18. For the first two weeks, classes will be held online. 

When will in-person instruction begin?
We are planning to resume in-person instruction on January 31, as long as regional conditions allow. Students will be able to move back into Residential Life housing beginning on Friday, January 28.

Will there be any changes to academic policies or deadlines for the spring semester?
The add/drop deadline has been extended to February 4 for undergraduate students in Arts & Sciences, Olin, McKelvey and Sam Fox. Some graduate/professional programs have also made adjustments. Please contact your advising office for additional clarification if needed. Unless otherwise indicated, policies and deadlines are consistent with fall 2021, as listed in the Bulletin and academic calendar.

COVID-19 TESTING

See Spring Testing FAQ

VACCINE & BOOSTERS

Why isn’t the university requiring boosters?
We have set the expectation that all of our students, faculty and staff who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster will get one. At this time, we are relying on the members of our community to take personal responsibility for taking this step and do not feel that we need to have a mandate at this time. We are asking everyone to upload their booster documentation (students to the Habif Health and Wellness Center website and employees to ReadySet) and we will monitor progress and determine whether a requirement may be necessary in the future.

Can I get a COVID-19 booster through the university?
Yes. We are holding booster clinics on the Danforth Campus for students, faculty and staff in January and February. Make your booster shot appointment here. If you are unable to participate in the clinics, we strongly encourage you to get a booster through your personal physician or a local urgent care or pharmacy before returning to campus. To find a vaccine near you, visit https://www.vaccines.gov/search/ and type in your zip code.

Do I need to provide documentation that I’ve received my booster?
Yes, students and employees who receive a booster should update their vaccination records on the Habif Health and Wellness Center website or ReadySet, respectively.

HOUSING, DINING & PAYMENTS

When can I move back into my university housing?
As long as regional conditions allow, students will be able to move back into university housing beginning Friday, January 28 at 9 a.m.

Will I get a housing refund for the two weeks when classes are online?
For students living in Residential Life housing who do not return prior to January 28, the university will offer a partial credit of housing fees. Information about this will be provided in February.

What about my meal plan? Will that change and will I get a refund for unused meals?
Students will have the opportunity to change their spring 2022 meal plans according to existing dining policy through 5 p.m. CST on January 31. Students living in Residential Life housing who have a meal plan and who do not return prior to January 28 will be offered a partial credit for dining fees. Information about this will be provided in February.

I have already been approved to stay in Residential Life housing during the winter break.  Do I need to move out?
Students who have already been approved to stay in Residential Life housing during the winter break do not need to move out. 

I need something from my residence hall or apartment room for the first two weeks of class. How can I get that?
The Office of Residential Life is not able to retrieve and ship items from student rooms.  Individual students should work with faculty if they have a challenge with course materials during the first two weeks. Students who are local to St. Louis will not be allowed to return to the Residence Halls until January 28.

I can’t stay home for the first two weeks of classes. Can I return to campus and participate online from there?
We are allowing some exceptions for students who need to return to university housing due to extraordinary circumstances. The Office of Residential Life will provide more information about this process to residential students by Wednesday, January 5. There will be a form available where students can request an exception.

Will I have to pay a late fee on my spring balance?
No late fees will be assessed at the end of January for the spring 2022 balances that are due on January 20.

What dining locations will be open during January?
For a full list of hours and locations, visit the Dining Services website.

CAMPUS SERVICES & ACTIVITIES

Will campus offices be open before January 31?
The university will remain open and employees will be working on the Danforth Campus according to current departmental/unit plans. However, many regular services, such as the Sumers Recreation Center, will have limited hours during the first two weeks of the semester. 

Can I come back to campus and participate in my remote classes from spaces on campus like I did last year?  
No, unless you have an approved exception to be on campus (see Housing section above). During the first two weeks of the semester, there will be very limited public spaces available on the Danforth Campus for students to take remote classes. Students who are planning to return to St. Louis before January 28 should expect to take their courses in their residence and not in public spaces on campus.

Are recreation facilities open?
The Sumers Recreation Center will be open with limited hours between January 4-28, as follows: Mon-Fri: 7-9 a.m., 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., 4-7 p.m.; Sat-Sun: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  All BearFIT classes will be virtual and open swim will be limited to one swimmer per lane with a reservation requirement.  The South 40 Fitness Center will remain closed until in-person academics resume on the Danforth Campus.

Are university athletic events happening?
All Washington University varsity sports that are in season will continue as long as conditions permit. As a temporary safety measure, we are not allowing spectators at university athletic events until conditions improve. Club sports activities will be paused until January 31. 

I have in-person events that have been scheduled and space reserved on the Danforth Campus prior to January 31. Will those events be allowed to happen?
All student events should be moved to a virtual option or rescheduled until after January 31.  Other university events during the first two weeks of the semester will be considered on a case-by-case basis and most will be restricted during the first two weeks of the semester.

FACULTY AND STAFF

Are university employees who work on the Danforth Campus expected to continue to report to work on campus?
Yes, employees will continue with their current work arrangements, which may be reevaluated on an individual/departmental basis as needed. Employees who are working in person on campus should continue to report to work as directed by their departmental leadership. Any changes to existing work arrangements should be reviewed and approved by HR and implemented through managers on the departmental level. 

I am worried about my safety in the workplace given the rapid spread of COVID-19. Can I request a remote work option until I feel safe returning?
We have seen no classroom, lab or other workplace transmission of COVID-19 when our public health requirements are followed. Please see the Flexible Work Arrangement Policy on the Human Resources website for guidance. 

I failed my self-screen and am unable to reach anyone at the COVID Call Center for a COVID-19 test. What should I do? 
You should not come to work, or if at work, you should leave and isolate at home. You should continue to attempt to call the COVID Call Center (314-362-5056) and if you are still unable to get through, leave a message. If you do not hear back in 24 hours, go ahead and call your primary care doctor for potential testing and management. If you have COVID, please call your local health department to report your status if you still cannot get through to the call center. See additional guidance on the Exposure & Illness Procedures page on the School of Medicine website.