“We thank you for your ongoing support and, above all, for your commitment to one another. Because of you, we truly are “WashU Together.”
— Chancellor Andrew D. Martin and Provost Beverly Wendland
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PRIORITIES & GUIDING PRINCIPLES
Our decisions continue to be informed by these foundational pillars:
- The safety, security and well-being of all people
- Commitment to our mission in support of education, research and patient care to improve lives in service of the greater good
- Our role as a strong community partner in the St. Louis region
- Uplifting the values of diversity, equity and inclusion
- Accountability and transparency
- Careful stewardship and sustainability of the university’s resources
PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITY’S HEALTH
Having a fully vaccinated community will allow us to ease many of the restrictions that were in place during the last academic year. In light of regional conditions, as we begin the semester we will require our community to follow some key public health requirements. As always, we will monitor the evolving conditions of the pandemic, and we are prepared to adapt our policies as the situation warrants, with the hope of removing restrictions when it is safe to do so.
Masking and physical distancing
Masks are required at indoor gatherings for everyone, regardless of vaccination status or the size of a meeting or gathering. Masks are not required when an individual is inside a private office or room or while eating or drinking, allowing for personal space as much as possible. Masks are required in open office settings such as cubicles. Masks are not required for outdoor activities, but are encouraged, particularly at large events or in crowded settings.
Physical distancing is not required in most settings, but strongly encouraged for individuals who are not fully vaccinated.
Students who are not fully vaccinated at the start of the fall semester because they have an exemption or because they did not have access to approved vaccines before arriving on campus will be required to complete entry testing at the start of the fall semester. Students who are not fully vaccinated also must complete mandatory surveillance testing every other week. We will not require fully vaccinated students to complete entry or surveillance testing. Faculty and staff who are not fully vaccinated because they have an exemption or are otherwise unable to get vaccinated also will be required to complete regular surveillance testing during the fall semester.
In addition, we will continue to provide free COVID-19 testing for all students, faculty and staff who develop symptoms of COVID-19 at any time. Individuals with even mild symptoms – including those who have been fully vaccinated – should be tested for COVID-19. Members of the university community should call the COVID Call Center at 314-362-5056 to report symptoms or exposure and to arrange for a free test.
All students, faculty, staff and trainees are required to upload proof that they have received the COVID-19 vaccine (or been granted an exemption) by August 30. Students must upload documentation in their student health portal on the Habif Health and Wellness Center website. Faculty, staff and trainees should upload their documentation in their ReadySet account. More information is available on the COVID-19 vaccine FAQ page.
All students, faculty, staff and trainees are required to complete a daily self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to campus or leaving their on-campus residence. Individuals may be asked to show their screening result before entering a classroom, dining facility, recreation facility or other shared space, and at some university events. The screening tool is available at screening.wustl.edu.
Note: In addition to the symptoms listed in the screening tool, everyone also should pay attention to milder symptoms such as a new headache or a stuffy nose. These can also be signs of COVID-19. Call the COVID Call Center at 314-362-5056 to report even mild symptoms.
In collaboration with Google, the university has launched a smartphone tool that allows students, faculty, staff and trainees to participate in a COVID-19 exposure notification system. All members of the university community are encouraged to use the MO/Notify system, which alerts users when they have had close contact with another user who has tested positive for COVID-19. Learn more about MO/Notify. Occupational Health will also continue with its regular contact tracing process.
The fall semester will begin on August 30. The full 2021-22 academic calendar is available online.
Delivery of instruction
Fall 2021 courses will be held predominantly in person. Modalities for specific courses can be found at courses.wustl.edu. Students who have symptoms of COVID-19 must call the COVID Call Center or Habif Health and Wellness Center for testing and should not attend any in-person class. Missing in-person class sessions for this reason will be considered an excused absence. Students may be asked to provide appropriate documentation based on course policy. In the case of discussion, studio, lab or other format courses, students should check their syllabus and/or discuss with their instructor what they should do in the event that they must miss class. Lecture-based courses will be recorded for the benefit of students who are unable to attend class due to symptoms of or exposure to COVID-19.
Masking and distancing in classrooms
Students and faculty are required to wear masks at all times during indoor classes. Physical distancing is not required in classrooms where everyone is masked, but strongly recommended for those who are not fully vaccinated.
Passing time between classes has been reduced to pre-COVID standards. Class times as listed represent true instruction time.
EVENTS & MEETINGS
Internal events that only include members of the Washington University community are allowed with no maximum number of people, as long as masking guidelines are followed. Outdoor events are strongly encouraged and indoor events should be planned to allow sufficient space to avoid crowding.
As long as conditions permit, events may be held that are open to the public or that include invited guests who are not Washington University students, faculty or staff. For these events, members of the public and invited guests must complete an attestation that they are fully vaccinated and/or that they will follow all university guidance while on campus. The attestation will be available on the visitor screening tool.
Food and drink are allowed at events and meetings, as long as they are held outdoors, in dining venues or in spaces that allow sufficient space for physical distancing as needed. Event guidelines may change depending on conditions in the region.
See Events with Visitors Checklist for more information.
FACULTY & STAFF
Faculty, staff and trainees will return to campus for the fall semester according to previously submitted school and unit plans. Any adjustments to submitted plans will be handled at the school or unit level. All students, faculty, staff and trainees are required to upload proof that they have received the COVID-19 vaccine (or been granted an exemption) by August 30, and must complete a self-screening before coming to campus each day. Anyone with even mild symptoms of COVID-19 should call the COVID Call Center at 314-362-5056 for guidance and to arrange for a free test.
HOUSING & DINING
Students in Residential Life housing will be assigned to single or double rooms.
Isolation and quarantine housing
A limited number of housing spaces for COVID-19 isolation and quarantine will be reserved in Millbrook Apartment Buildings 1 and 4 for students assigned to Residential Life housing. This space is being held as a precaution in the event that it is needed for students who are exposed to or test positive for COVID-19. Students living off campus who are required to quarantine or be isolated as a result of COVID-19 will do so in their own space, and in a few cases, could be approved to move to on-campus quarantine or isolation housing.
Masks in the residence halls
Masks are required in residential indoor spaces for everyone, regardless of vaccination status or the size of a meeting or gathering. Masks are not required when an individual is inside a private room, suite or apartment with the door closed, including with roommates present.
Residence hall visitors
Visitors will be allowed in residence halls according to regular policy. Students may visit friends in other residence halls. Everyone must follow masking and other public health requirements as applicable. Non-university guests are allowed, as long as they complete the visitor self-screening prior to their arrival and follow all public health guidelines while on campus.
Most dining locations will be operating normally. Masks are required in dining spaces for everyone, regardless of vaccination status unless you are eating. Indoor spaces will be configured to allow for physical distancing as necessary and outdoor seating will be available in many locations.
MONITORING & COMPLIANCE
The university will maintain a dashboard containing information on positive cases and positivity rates. The dashboard will be updated every Monday and Thursday.
COVID Monitoring Team
The university established the COVID Monitoring Team to provide public health guidance and to advise on university policies. The team, which includes campus leaders in medicine, occupational health, public health, emergency management and logistics, continually coordinates the collection and review of data related to COVID-19 prevalence in the university and St. Louis communities and recommends appropriate public health strategies based on current conditions.
Reporting COVID concerns
Members of the university community may report concerns about university policies and protocols related to COVID-19 or their enforcement through portals for students, faculty and staff. Learn more about the COVID Policy Concerns Portals.
RECREATION & ATHLETICS
Student recreation center
The Sumers Recreation Center will remain open to students, faculty, staff. Masks are required in all areas of the recreation center including during the use of cardio equipment. Masks are not required in some areas within the recreation center where it would not be possible to wear one (e.g., swimming pool, while showering).
At this time, we plan for fall sports teams to compete as scheduled. Competition, practices, team travel and any public health measures required during those activities will be approved by the Athletics Department in consultation with the COVID Monitoring Team.
Employees and students may participate in university-sponsored domestic travel with no prior approval required other than those that are regularly in place at the school or unit level. University-sponsored and supported international travel still requires approval in certain instances, according to the process outlined by the International Travel Oversight Committee (ITOC) here. Potential travelers should consider conditions in the country and essentiality of the travel.
VISITORS & BUILDING ACCESS
As long as conditions permit, visitors are allowed on campus, but are required to complete a self-screening using the university’s visitor screening tool. All visitors must follow university requirements for masking and physically distancing while on campus. The visitor screening tool includes an attestation that visitors are fully vaccinated and/or that they will follow all university guidance while on campus. Event organizers will remind visitors of this requirement and confirm that everyone has passed the screening before they enter the event. (The screening tool provides a green check mark to indicate that an individual has passed.)
See Events with Visitors Checklist for more information.
Basic Service Contract staff working on a university campus in proximity to others are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or masked with an approved and documented exemption.