Requirements for being on campus

All individuals on the Danforth Campus must complete the following:


Students, faculty & staff

All Danforth Campus students, faculty and staff must complete and pass a daily health self-screening prior coming to campus or leaving their residence hall room each day. 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 must follow all health requirements, including wearing a mask. 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

  • Masks are required in all public indoor spaces (lobbies, open spaces, walkways, etc.).
  • 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.
  • When wearing a mask, make sure it fully covers your mouth and nose at all times
  • 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

  • Physical distancing is not required in most settings, but strongly encouraged for individuals who are not fully vaccinated.


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.

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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.