All Updates Danforth Digest

Yellow alert level; Mask guidance; Congrats to grads

Alert level updated to yellow

The Danforth Campus alert level has moved from orange to yellow, in response to improving conditions on campus and in the St. Louis region. The yellow level signifies that campus is “open with many protective measures still actively in place.” For more information, visit the alert levels page on the WashU Together website.

Please note that, as always, research activity levels are not directly tied to the university alert level. To learn more about research activity, please visit the Guidance for Researchers on COVID-19 page on the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research website.

Reminder: Updated public health guidance

On the Danforth Campus, masks are still required for everyone at all times in indoor public spaces including lobbies, open spaces, walkways and large classrooms/meeting spaces. In non-clinical or semi-private environments (offices, private meeting spaces, break rooms, labs, classrooms/meeting spaces) with 30 or fewer people present, masks are optional for those who are fully vaccinated. For those who are not fully vaccinated, masks are still required. Physical distancing of six feet is also still required in these spaces on the Danforth Campus, until further information can be gathered about vaccination rates.

Learn more about changes to masking and distancing requirements in this week’s message to the university community.

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

An unprecedented academic year came to a close this week with an unprecedented Commencement for Washington University’s graduating students. To allow for in-person ceremonies during COVID-19, the traditional universitywide ceremony in Brookings Quadrangle was broken up into eight ceremonies yesterday and today, May 20 and 21, on Francis Olympic Field. And it all went off without a hitch.

Thanks to all who worked so hard to make it happen, from the Commencement Office staff to the numerous university volunteers. We couldn’t have done it without you! The Record will have complete coverage on Monday, but you can read more about the effort here, or rewatch any one of the eight ceremonies here.