Below is an overview of our current public health and safety protocols, as well as University resources to support physical and mental health. We ask that you regularly check your WashU email for updates, along with the content featured here.
*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. Please continue to visit covid19.wustl.edu for the latest university guidance.
Masking and physical distancing
(Updated March 3, 2022)
Effective February 28, 2022, instructors who are fully vaccinated and able to maintain distance of at least six feet (or more where feasible) from students have the option to remove their masks while lecturing.
Effective March 3, 2022, masking is optional for social events of any size, with or without food, on or off campus.
Effective March 14, 2022, masking will be optional for all Danforth Campus spaces. There will be no limit on gathering sizes.
For more information, see the March 3, 2022 message to the Danforth Campus community or visit the Danforth Campus mask requirements page.
At this time, physical distancing is not required.
Practice Personal Hygiene
Hygienic practices for good respiratory etiquette include covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze and not touching your mouth, nose, and eyes.
All Danforth Campus students will complete pre-arrival and entry self-testing for the spring 2022 semester.
- The University is mailing a kit with two COVID-19 self-tests to each Danforth Campus student who has a U.S. address listed in official university records. International students will receive their test kits when they arrive to campus. Tests should arrive between January 17 and 21. The test kit contains two On/Go Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Self-Tests.
- If you do not receive the On/Go test kits or cannot use them for any reason, you should find another test for pre-arrival testing. You will be able to pick up an On/Go kit on campus when you get here to complete your entry testing.
- Starting January 28, test kits will be available for students to pick up in the DUC Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Additional hours and locations will be posted on the University’s Student Testing FAQ page when available.
- Please visit the University’s Student Testing FAQ page for full details about compliance with the testing requirement, including when to take the tests and how to submit results.
- An important reminder that students who do not take the entry test and report the results via the WashU testing mobile app by Friday, February 4, may be administratively withdrawn from their courses, and would not be allowed to enroll for the duration of the spring 2022 semester.
Throughout the semester, students who are not fully vaccinated because they have an approved exemption from the university will be required to complete re-entry testing and weekly surveillance testing as a condition of their enrollment. Faculty, staff and trainees who are not fully vaccinated are also required to complete regular testing.
The University 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.
All students, faculty, staff, trainees, and visitors 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 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.
To protect the health of our community, all Washington University students, faculty, staff, and trainees on the Danforth and Medical Campuses were required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Students were required to be fully vaccinated before they arrived on campus for the start of their fall academic term or August 30, whichever came first. Faculty, staff, and trainees were required to be fully vaccinated by August 30.
Students who are enrolling for the first time, or are returning after an absence, for spring 2022 are required to do so or apply for medical or religious exemption by January 10, 2022. Students who do not comply will be notified by their school that they have not met entry/re-entry requirements and will be administratively withdrawn before classes begin on January 18, 2022.
All students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to receive a COVID-19 booster shot if they are eligible to receive one. The University is not requiring the booster at this time, but may do so in the future. After receiving a booster, students and employees should update their vaccination records on the Habif Health and Wellness Center website or the ReadySet portal, respectively. Individuals who have already been approved for a COVID-19 vaccine exemption are not expected to receive a booster or request an additional exemption.
WashU is holding booster clinics on the Danforth Campus for students, faculty, and staff in January and February. Make your booster shot appointment here.
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.
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.
The university maintains a dashboard containing information on positive cases and positivity rates for all positive tests performed at WashU and our BJC Health partners on Danforth Campus students, faculty and staff. For regional data, visit the St. Louis County COVID-19 dashboard.
Faculty & Staff
Employees will continue with their current work arrangements, which may be reevaluated on an individual/departmental basis as needed. All employees must continue to 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
Members of the university community may report concerns about university policies and protocols related to COVID-19 or their enforcement through portals for students, faculty and staff. Learn more about the COVID Policy Concerns Portals.
Faculty and Staff
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.