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Message to students: Required COVID-19 Module, Community Pledge and Policy Acknowledgement

Dear students,

With the start of the fall semester fast approaching, there are a number of steps we will need you to take to help make sure we all are prepared for a safe start to this academic year. As we informed you when we shared the Danforth Campus plan for fall on July 31, an educational module, community pledge, and policy acknowledgment will be a part of students returning to learn at Washington University in St. Louis for the Fall 2020 semester. These will be hosted in a module on Canvas, COVID-19: Public Health Guidelines, Community Pledge and Policy Acknowledgment for Students – Fall 2020. 

The module will include these elements, to be completed in the following order:

  1. COVID-19: Public Health Guidelines: a PDF presentation from the Habif Health and Wellness Center with information about COVID-19; the University’s COVID-19 public health guidelines; procedures in the event that you feel unwell, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or have been instructed to quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure; resources for communicating your boundaries and taking care of yourself; and campus resources.
  2. Washington University Graduate, Professional and Undergraduate Student Community Pledge and Policy Acknowledgment: In this portion, you will review the University’s Community Pledge and Policy Acknowledgment in PDF format and submit your pledge and acknowledgment in the quiz section. 

Reviewing the educational module and submitting the community pledge are required for all students enrolled in one or more fall semester courses to ensure you understand the university’s public health guidelines and policies, regardless of the location from which you will study. All students are required to review and complete the module before you come to campus or by September 1, whichever date is first.

We appreciate your attention to this important requirement, and we look forward to seeing you soon, in person or virtually. It will be a very different start to this academic year, but we will make it all work, together.


Robert M. Wild, PhD
Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs