Updated 8-2-2021

In making determinations about the health and safety of our community, the University will continue to follow the guidance and directives from medical experts and government officials to contain the transmission of COVID-19.

Below is an overview of current public health and safety protocols for the Sam Fox School and the University, as well as University resources to support physical and mental health. For more information about recently updated guidelines please visit the Danforth Campus Plan for Fall 2021.

In relation to all policies listed below please note, individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after they have received the second dose in a two-dose series or a single dose from a one-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization.

*Note: These policies may be updated as disease activity changes and CDC guidelines and science advance. This includes a potential return to more restricted guidance, based on local conditions.


Masks are again required at indoor gatherings for everyone, regardless of vaccination status or the size of a meeting or gathering.

  • In order to protect medically vulnerable members of our community, masking is required for everyone in indoor settings with groups of any size.
  • Masks are required in all public indoor spaces (lobbies, open spaces, walkways, etc.). This applies to all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Masks are not required inside a closed office or private room with the door closed or while eating or drinking with appropriate (six-foot) physical distancing.
  • For individuals who are not fully vaccinated, masking is also required outdoors where physical distancing of at least six feet is not possible. For fully vaccinated individuals, masks are not required outside.
  • People may choose to remain masked regardless of vaccination status for any number of reasons and masking should not be interpreted as being unvaccinated.

Physical Distancing

Physical distancing is not required in most settings, but strongly encouraged for individuals who are not fully vaccinated.

Practice Personal Hygiene

Frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is recommended. When hand washing is not an option, hand sanitizer can be used.

Hygienic practices for good respiratory etiquette include covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze and not touching your mouth, nose, and eyes.

Daily Screening

All students, faculty, staff and trainees are required to complete a daily self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to campus or leaving their on-campus residence. Individuals may be asked to show their screening result before entering a classroom, dining facility, recreation facility or other shared space, and at some university events. The screening tool is available at screening.wustl.edu.

Note: In addition to the symptoms listed in the screening tool, everyone also should pay attention to milder symptoms such as a new headache or a stuffy nose. These can also be signs of COVID-19. Call the COVID Call Center at 314-362-5056 to report even mild symptoms.

COVID-19 Testing

Students who are not fully vaccinated at the start of the fall semester because they have an exemption or because they did not have access to approved vaccines before arriving on campus will be required to complete entry testing. We will not require fully vaccinated students to complete entry testing.

We will continue to provide free COVID-19 testing for all students, faculty and staff who develop symptoms of COVID-19 at any time. Individuals with even mild symptoms – including those who have been fully vaccinated – should be tested for COVID-19. Members of the university community should call the COVID Call Center at 314-362-5056 to report symptoms or exposure and to arrange for a free test.

COVID-19 Vaccine

All students, faculty, staff and trainees are required to upload proof that they have received the COVID-19 vaccine (or been granted an exemption) by August 30. Students must upload documentation in their student health portal on the Habif Health and Wellness Center website. Faculty, staff and trainees should upload their documentation in their ReadySet account. More information is available on the COVID-19 vaccine FAQ page

Instructions to Upload Vaccine Documentation

Faculty and staff

  • Take a picture or scan your COVID-19 proof of vaccination
    • Please save the file in one of the extension formats: pdf, png, jpg, jpeg, txt, doc, docx, tif, tiff
  • Log in to your ReadySet account and go to the “My Health” tab
    • For a better experience, using Google Chrome is recommended
  • Choose “Documents” from the side navigation and then click “Upload Document”
    • Click “Select a File”’ to upload the document
    • Name the file in the “Document Name”’ field
    • Select “Document Type” and “COVID-19 Vaccination”

Note: Faculty and staff who received the COVID-19 vaccine through the university do not need to upload documentation.

Contact Tracing

In collaboration with Google, the university has launched a smartphone tool that allows students, faculty, staff and trainees to participate in a COVID-19 exposure notification system. All members of the university community are encouraged to use the MO/Notify system, which alerts users when they have had close contact with another user who has tested positive for COVID-19. Learn more about MO/Notify. Occupational Health will also continue with its regular contact tracing process.

COVID-19 Dashboard

The university will maintain a dashboard containing information on positive cases and positivity rates. The dashboard will be updated every Monday and Thursday. 

Faculty & Staff

Faculty, staff and trainees will return to campus for the fall semester according to previously submitted school and unit plans. Any adjustments to submitted plans will be handled at the school or unit level. All students, faculty, staff and trainees are required to upload proof that they have received the COVID-19 vaccine (or been granted an exemption) by August 30, and must complete a self-screening before coming to campus each day. Anyone with even mild symptoms of COVID-19 should call the COVID Call Center at 314-362-5056 for guidance and to arrange for a free test.

Resources for Physical & Mental Health

Students can continue to access the Habif Health & Wellness Center for medical and mental health appointments unrelated to COVID-19. Please visit their website for details about modified operations during COVID-19.

It is normal to feel fear and anxiety during a time of uncertainty and disruption like this. As hard as it can be, make sure you are getting adequate sleep, eating well, getting some exercise, and communicating with friends and family. People who already are managing existing mental health conditions should particularly prioritize self-care and contact their clinicians if they have questions or concerns. You may want to consult this WashU site on managing anxiety during this time. The CDC offers some additional tips.

In addition, the University offers students Therapy Assistance Online (TAO), a seven-to-nine-week, interactive, web-based program that provides well-researched and highly effective strategies to help overcome anxiety, depression and other common concerns.

You can reach out to Associate Dean Georgia Binnington if you need a referral for resources.

COVID-19 Policy Concerns Portal

Concerns about university policies and protocols related to COVID-19 or their enforcement may be provided through the portals linked below. These resources give users the option to report:

  1. General concerns regarding university COVID-19 policies or their enforcement
  2. Specific incidents related to university COVID-19 policies or their enforcement

Any concerns about specific incidents will be routed to the appropriate unit based on the nature of the incident. To assist with addressing specific incidents, submitters are asked to give as much detail as possible, including date and approximate time, location (building/floor/room), and people involved.


Student Conduct Incident Report Form

Faculty and Staff

University Compliance Online Reporting Form

Please note that these are confidential resources. Privacy will be maintained for the contact information of anyone submitting a concern. Concerns will only receive a follow-up response if more detail is required to take action on the report.

Anonymous concerns may also be submitted through the university’s Anonymous Compliance Hotline, 314-362-4998 or to the Offices of the Ombuds.

Members of the St. Louis Community and campus visitors who wish to submit a concern may contact the university’s Office of Government and Community Relations.