Updated 1-5-2022

On December 30, the University announced a number of changes that will impact our return to campus for the spring semester. The spring semester will start on time on Tuesday, January 18; however, for the first two weeks, classes will be held online. Please review the updates below carefully.

  • We will hold all classes online beginning Tuesday, January 18, which is the regularly scheduled start of the term. Access to on-campus facilities and in-person services will be extremely limited during the first two weeks of the semester.
  • Students who are able to do so should remain at home and not return to campus until in-person instruction resumes.
  • As long as conditions allow, in-person instruction will begin Monday, January 31, with residential students allowed to move back into University housing beginning Friday, January 28.
  • While we have seen no classroom, lab or other workplace transmission of COVID-19 when our public health requirements are followed, we have made this decision based on current conditions, and to give us additional time to learn more about the omicron variant and its impact on the community as the situation continues to evolve. This will allow us to determine more precisely what mitigation efforts will be necessary when students return to campus and to minimize potential disruptions to academic activities that significant infection among students and faculty could create.
  • Students will receive instructions for accessing their courses online from their schools, with special instructions as needed for graduate and professional students.
  • International students will receive a separate communication with instructions for their return to campus.

Academic calendar

The spring semester will start on time on January 18, 2022. The full 2021-22 academic calendar is available online.

Please note that the Add/Drop deadline for the spring semester has been extended to February 4.

Delivery of instruction

We are planning to resume in-person instruction on Monday, January 31, as long as regional conditions allow. Students will be able to move back into Residential Life housing beginning on Friday, January 28.

Courses are being held predominantly in person. Modalities for specific courses can be found at courses.wustl.edu.

Illness & Testing

Students who have symptoms of COVID-19 must call the COVID Call Center (314-362-5056) or Habif Health and Wellness Center (314-935-6666) for testing and should not attend any in-person class. Missing in-person class sessions for this reason will be considered an excused absence. Students may be asked to provide appropriate documentation based on course policy.

In the case of discussion, studio, lab or other format courses, students should check their syllabus and/or discuss with their instructor what they should do in the event that they must miss class. During the 2021-2022 academic year, lecture-based courses will be recorded for the benefit of students who are unable to attend class due to symptoms of or exposure to COVID-19. Recordings of in-person class sessions are intended to support occasional, necessary absences from class and not as a mechanism for students to participate fully remotely in courses designed to be taken in person.

Masking and distancing in classrooms

Students are required to wear masks at all times during indoor classes. Physical distancing is not required in classrooms where everyone is masked, but strongly recommended for those who are not fully vaccinated.

Passing time

Passing time between classes has been reduced to pre-COVID standards. Class times as listed represent true instruction time.