Requirements for being on campus

Mask policy

  • Masking is strongly recommended in all Danforth Campus spaces. There is no limit on gathering sizes.
  • WashU is a community that cares for each other. Please keep the following in mind:
    • Don’t question someone or make assumptions about them because of their choice to wear or not wear a mask. Some may choose to wear a mask, say no to a social engagement, or otherwise exercise more caution than others.
    • If a classmate or colleague asks you to wear a mask, please consider doing so to be supportive, even if the rules don’t require it. Keep in mind they may be at a higher risk, caring for others at a higher risk, or feeling less comfortable in a mask-optional environment.

See mask requirements for the Danforth Campus and Medical Campus


Students, faculty & staff

All Danforth Campus students, faculty and staff are encouraged to complete and pass a daily health self-screening prior coming to campus or leaving their residence hall room each day through the end of the spring semester. Stay home if you don’t feel well. Contact the COVID Call Center at 314-362-5056 for guidance and to arrange for testing as needed.

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. Contact the COVID Call Center to report even mild symptoms.


Visitors are allowed on campus and are encouraged to complete the visitor self-screening before entering campus. Visitors must be familiar with and adhere to any current campus health and safety guidelines.

Physical distancing

  • Physical distancing is not required.


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.

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

Because your mental health is just as important.

Because we all have questions.

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

COVID Safety Concerns

Concerns about university policies and protocols related to COVID-19 or their enforcement may be provided through the portals linked below.  

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 314-362-5056 to notify them of possible exposure or diagnosis, and for clearance to leave their residence hall room or return to campus.

Contact Tracing

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.