We all have our reasons. Our friends, our families, our own health. Above all, we all care about our community. That’s why we’re all coming together to take the necessary steps to help keep everyone safe and healthy on campus.

Because we all have questions.

Find information, answers, and resources on our FAQ page.

Because your mental health is just as important.

Because we care. Because we are in this together. Because we are WashU

Requirements for being on campus

Complete self-screening

Students, faculty & staff

All Danforth Campus students, faculty & staff must complete and pass a daily health self-screening prior coming onto campus or leaving their residence hall room each day. If an individual does not pass the daily self-screening, they must not leave their room or come to campus. Students must immediately contact Habif Health and Wellness Center at 314-935-6666 or the COVID Call Center at 314-362-5056, and faculty and staff must contact the COVID Call Center at 314-362-5056.


Approved, mission-critical visitors who come to campus must follow all health requirements, including wearing a mask, physical distancing and enhanced personal hygiene and hand-washing. Each day that an approved visitor is scheduled to be present on campus, the visitor is required to complete the university’s daily self-screen prior to their arrival. See the Danforth Campus visitor protocol to learn more.

Wear a mask

  • Wear a mask that fully covers your mouth and nose at all times while on campus, unless you are alone in an individual closed office space or are outside and can maintain six feet of physical distance from others.
  • If you do not have a mask, see the CDC’s guidance on creating one with or without sewing.
  • Wash your hands before placing and removing your mask.
  • Store your mask in a clean area when not in use.

See mask requirements for the Danforth Campus and Medical Campus

Physical distancing

  • Maintain at least six feet of separation from other people.
  • Avoid or minimize in-person meetings.
  • Talk to your manager about your area’s plan for staggering operations, meal times, etc.
  • Do not congregate in common areas (break rooms, conference rooms, common equipment rooms, etc.)
  • Wash your hands before and after entering a common area.

Practice personal hygiene

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • Alcohol-based disinfectant can be used if soap and water are not available. 
  • Review CDC guidance on hand-washing.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Clean and disinfect highly touched surfaces frequently. Facilities will be cleaning offices and common areas, but you should use cleaning supplies provided to keep your workspace clean.
  • Clean and disinfect common areas after use. Ask your manager or refer to specific guidelines for your office, lab or workspace. Cleaning supplies are provided to each department for individual use when necessary. Facilities will also be cleaning spaces.
  • Do not share headsets or other equipment that is near your face.

Faculty & staff training

In addition, faculty and staff must complete required training and a pledge in Learn@Work. In the event that any individual fails to complete the training and pledge, they are not permitted onto campus and disciplinary action may be taken.


Contractors are required to have written safety protocols in place to address the safety of their employees and the campus community while working on campus. We expect our contractors to actively monitor their operations on a regular basis to ensure they are complying with these protocols and applicable orders and guidance from local jurisdictions and public health officials.

All outside contractors have provided written documentation of plans to mitigate transmission of COVID-19. At a minimum, these plans must meet the university’s protocols, although they may be stricter.

Learn more on the Human Resources website

Reporting and response to COVID-positive cases or exposure

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 or COVID Call Center, 314-362-5056
Faculty and staff: COVID Call Center, 314-362-5056

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.

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

COVID Policy Concerns Portal

Concerns about university policies and protocols related to COVID-19 or their enforcement may be provided through the university’s COVID-19 Policy Concerns Portal. 

St. Louis COVID-19 information

For the latest updates on COVID-19 in the St. Louis region, visit these websites:

COVID-19 Exposure or Diagnosis

If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 or have tested positive, Washington University students, faculty and staff are not permitted to come onto campus or, if living on campus, to leave their residence hall room, and must take the additional steps described below.

  1. Contact your health care provider.
  2. Employees also must contact the COVID Call Center at 314-362-5056 to notify them of possible exposure or diagnosis, and for clearance to return to campus.
  3. Students also must contact Habif Health and Wellness Center at 314-935-6666 or the COVID Call Center at 314-362-5056to notify them of possible exposure or diagnosis, and for clearance to leave their residence hall room or return to campus.

Contact Tracing

Contact tracing is a cornerstone for public health in order to break the transmission of infection.  COVID-19 is a reportable illness to St. Louis City and County and your local public health agency, which have an obligation to review your activities and contacts in order to alert close contacts of the possibility of infection. 

Learn about contact tracing