Washington University Danforth Campus (including North, West, South and Tyson Campuses) COVID-19 Policy effective from 07/01/2020 until further notice

Public health and other data strongly support that universal masking substantially reduces transmission of COVID-19. The main purpose of the mask is to prevent the wearer from expelling small virus-containing droplets of saliva or mucus into the air and infecting others. Wearing a mask reduces the likelihood that an infected individual could spread the virus to people around them (colleagues, co-workers, faculty, staff, students, family, friends, etc.). This is especially important to reduce the spread from infected people who may be asymptomatic. It also provides some protection for the wearer. Therefore, to reduce the spread of the virus, and to protect the health of all our faculty, staff, students, and other community members, Washington University is requiring universal masking. 

All WashU personnel and visitors are required to wear a mask while on campus

  • This includes faculty, staff, students, trainees, contractors, vendors, and other visitors. 
  • The face covering/mask should fit snugly over the wearer’s mouth and nose. 
  • Masks must be worn when inside Washington University buildings and garages.    
  • Masks must be worn when outside on campus unless you are able to keep at least 6 feet between you and other people you do not live with.  For example, if you are walking on a busy sidewalk where you cannot separate from others by 6 feet, you must wear your mask.
  • Faculty and students will be required to wear a mask while teaching or attending in-person classes.  If students appear for class without a mask and do not have an approved accommodation, they will be asked to leave the class and not return until they are wearing a mask.
  •  Instructors may use an approved alternative mask while teaching, if necessary for instruction of hearing-impaired students. 
  • You may remove your mask while eating (be careful to keep at least 6 feet between you and others you do not live with). 
  • If you are alone in a closed, individual office or your residence hall bedroom, you may remove your mask. 
  • If you have a medical condition that may preclude wearing a mask, please contact Occupational Health if you are an employee or the Habif Health and Wellness Center if you are a student to discuss your condition and potential accommodations. 
  • Children under the age of 2 do not have to wear a mask; however, in general, children shouldn’t be on campus at this time. 
  • Gaiters, bandanas and any masks with valves are not adequate and should not be worn.

This public health policy will be strictly enforced. Violations of the policy may result in corrective and/or disciplinary action, including suspension or dismissal.

A few other related items: 

  • You may bring your own mask from home.
  • Wash cloth masks before first use and after every subsequent use. 
  • Wash your hands before putting on the mask and after taking it off.
  • Washington University endorses the CDC guidance on wearing face coverings in public settings. See guidance on the CDC website

Updated September 2, 2020