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Danforth Campus Digest (August 21, 2020)

IMPORTANT: Protocol for reporting positive cases

Members of the university community should respect the privacy of their colleagues and peers and avoid sharing another person’s confidential health information with others. When a member of the Danforth Campus community tests positive, is presumed positive or has been exposed to someone with COVID-19, that individual must report this information as follows:

Students: Habif Health and Wellness Center, 314-935-6666

Faculty and staff (including post-docs): Occupational Health employee hotline, 314-362-5056

If you are a supervisor and one of your staff members or a student tells you that they are positive, presumed positive or have been exposed, please ensure that the person calls the appropriate number above. You are also welcome to call Habif or Occupational Health to report this information.

DO NOT SEND DEPARTMENTAL EMAILS OR OTHER COMMUNICATIONS ABOUT POSITIVE CASES. There is a protocol for notifying individuals who need to know about positive cases, and communicating outside of this process can lead to misinformation, confusion or panic.

In addition, the university has obligations under HIPAA, FERPA, ADA and other federal and state laws, and, depending upon the circumstances, such disclosures may constitute a violation of these laws and university policy.

Learn more about reporting and response to COVID-positive cases or exposure on the Danforth Campus.


COVID policy concerns portal

Concerns about Washington University policies and protocols related to COVID-19 or their enforcement may be made through the COVID-19 Policy Concerns Portal. This portal provides a confidential option to report both general concerns and specific incidents regarding university COVID-19 policies or their enforcement.

Any concerns about specific incidents will be routed to the appropriate academic unit based on where the incident occurred. Please note that this is a confidential resource. The contact information of anyone submitting a concern will only receive a follow-up response if more detail is required to take action on the report.

Anonymous concerns may still be submitted through the university’s Anonymous Compliance Hotline, 314-362-4998, or through the Anonymous Compliance Reporting Email Link. Members of the St. Louis Community and campus visitors who wish to submit a concern may contact the university’s Office of Government and Community Relations.


Reminder about visitors on campus

Remember, only visitors whose presence on campus for mission-critical purposes will be allowed on the Danforth Campus, and requests for those visitors must be submitted to and approved by a member of university leadership prior to them coming to campus.

See the Danforth Campus Visitor Protocol page for more detailed information on what defines  a “mission critical” visitor and where specific requests for permission should be made, as well as visitor protocol and health screening information.


‘Because’ we are WashU

The safety and well-being of our university community and the St. Louis region are our highest priorities, and that’s why we’re #WashUTogether. In this video, see it directly from a few of our students, faculty and staff … Because we know wearing a mask protects others. We know staying 6-feet apart means we can get back together sooner. And we know small actions can make a big difference.