The following guidelines are in place for all WashU faculty, staff and students (including trainees). These requirements will be in effect until further notice.

Keeping Our Community Safe

The health and well-being of our faculty and staff, and that of the greater university community are the highest priorities in our response to COVID-19, and in our return-to-the-workplace strategy.

There are several requirements for all employees to return to campus.

Please visit the Human Resources Return to Campus page for important information and resources.

Alternate operations and telecommuting for employees

On March 23, the university shifted to alternate operations. On June 1 we began the first phase of our return to campus, with a limited number of employees resuming their work on campus, in addition to those who have been on campus throughout this time to perform essential work that requires a physical presence on campus. All other employees are continuing to work remotely.

If an employee working on campus is symptomatic or has been exposed to COVID-19, the employee may not come to work. This policy is in effect until further notice.

The university continues to review conditions to determine next steps and a timeline for potentially returning more employees to normal operations. 

New Employees

At this time, we are requiring the following:

  • Before your start date, HR will send you a Washington University health services* form. You will be asked to complete and gather immunization records and return these to Washington University health services*.
  • Washington University health services* will confirm with management that the new employee is cleared to start.
  • HR will schedule you for a Washington University health services* appointment.
  • Your I-9 will continue to be initiated electronically (supporting documents must still be viewed in-person by currently authorized individuals).
  • Background checks will continue to be done online and the current drug screen process will be followed.
  • New employee orientation will be held on the regular schedule in accordance with university event parameters (reducing onsite participants in combination with Zoom).

* Employees located on the Danforth Campus: Habif Health and Wellness Center. Employees located at the School of Medicine: Occupational Health.

Interim Policies

Additional restrictions are in place for:

University-sponsored Travel

University Events and Campus Visitors

COVID Info Hotline

Out of Area:

Danforth Campus Building Access


All Danforth Campus buildings are locked 24/7. Employees can swip into their designated building(s) at any time, and into all other buildings Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.


There is no building access for undergraduate students at this time, except for limited access for the small number of students who have been approved to live on campus this summer.

Graduate students should check with the dean’s offices of their respective schools for information about building access.

Resources for Employees