Updated 1-28-2021

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

Below is an overview of public health and safety protocols for the Sam Fox School, as well as University resources to support physical and mental health. A shared commitment to these protocols and policies by all members of our community is critical to our return to campus. For more information about University-wide plans, including details about COVID-19 monitoring and containment, visit https://covid19.wustl.edu/danforth-campus-plan-for-spring-2021/ .

Reduced Density

Density will be kept at a minimum in all Sam Fox School studios, classrooms, offices, and shared spaces. Reduced capacity for all spaces will ensure physical distancing of at least 6 feet. Large lecture classes and many seminars will be taught online.

Only essential staff will continue to work on campus. However, staff who are not located on-site will continue to work remotely and be accessible during regular work hours.

Sam Fox School administrative staff will generally continue to work from home as directed by the University to ensure low density in our buildings and safety of all who need to be on campus. However, staff members will continue to be accessible during regular work hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30a-5p), and are available to answer your questions at 314-935-9300 or SamFoxHelp@email.wustl.edu. Each weekday, a member of the staff will be on site in the Weil Hall Dean’s Suite to help manage urgent on-site needs during regular business hours (8:30a-5p).

Cohort Rotations

Some classes will be divided into cohorts that attend in-person classes on rotating or alternating schedules or in multiple sections. Students in traditionally denser studio spaces will be assigned a rotation cohort and will only be allowed in their studios on assigned days.


Anyone physically present on campus must wear a mask that fully covers their mouth and nose at all times, unless they are alone in an individual closed office space or are outside and able to keep at least six feet between themselves and other people they do not live with.

Requirements for wearing masks on the Danforth Campus have been updated to specify the types of masks that should be worn. Emerging evidence suggests that gaiters and bandanas might not be effective, so the requirements have been changed to indicate that at this time gaiters, bandanas and any masks with valves are not adequate and should not be worn. Read the full Danforth Campus mask requirements to learn more.

Masks may be removed while eating/drinking in the Sam Fox School’s two designated eating spaces—Kuehner Court (Weil Hall) and Etta’s (Steinberg Hall)—as long as there are at least 6 feet of physical distance or a physical barrier to create separation between other people who do not live together. However, eating outside is preferred when possible.

Physical Distancing

A minimum of 6 feet should be maintained between individuals at all times. On rare occasions, faculty/teaching staff and students may need to be within 6 feet for demonstrations or other instructional activities. These situations should be extremely limited, and may never last more than 15 minutes per day between any two individuals. Both individuals must be masked; additional protections such as clear divider panels or face shields are recommended.

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 and staff must visit screening.wustl.edu daily to complete the daily self-screening assessment before coming to campus or leaving their room in residential housing. The self-screening is a quick check of symptoms and an affirmation that the self-test has been completed.

A passing screening will result in a green checkmark on the verification screen, which can be shown on campus as needed to verify that a self-screening has been completed. Students should keep the green checkmark screen on their phone available throughout each day; faculty have been encouraged to check students’ screens before class and will share their own green checkmark screen.

If an individual does not pass the daily self-screening, they must not leave their residence hall room or come to campus. Students who do not pass the self-screening must immediately contact Habif Health and Wellness Center at 314-935-6666 (students);  faculty, staff, and employees who do not pass the self-screening must immediately contact Occupational Health at 314-362-5056.

COVID-19 Testing

All Danforth Campus undergraduate students who are returning to St. Louis for in-person instruction will receive testing at the start of the spring semester. Graduate and professional students will be offered an optional entry test at the start of the spring semester. Undergraduate students living in the St. Louis region will be required to complete a university-provided COVID-19 test every two weeks for the duration of the spring semester. Instructions for signing up for testing will be provided by email to all undergraduate students before the start of the spring semester. We also will continue to provide testing for all Washington University students, faculty and staff who develop COVID-19-related symptoms at any time during the spring semester upon referral from Habif Health and Wellness Center or Occupational Health.

We strongly encourage all students, faculty, and staff who develop symptoms of COVID-19 to use university testing services. In the event that a student, faculty or staff member seeks testing at a non-university site, they must report all results (whether positive or negative) to the University.

Contact Tracing

When a positive case of COVID-19 is reported in the School, trained medical staff will interview that individual and will work to identify others that may be at risk of infection; see more details about contact tracing. The University’s medical team will determine whether quarantine will be required for those at risk and will alert faculty, staff, and students about preventive actions that must be taken.

Staying Home

Individuals feeling ill should not come to campus. Individuals with family diagnosed or suspected of having COVID-19 should speak with Habif Health (students) or Occupational Health (faculty, staff, & employees).

Danforth Campus COVID-19 Dashboard

An online dashboard is now available to track positive cases of COVID-19 on the Danforth Campus. The dashboard shows results for:

  • COVID-19 entry testing for all Danforth Campus students at the start of the fall semester starting Aug. 31, 2020
  • Testing results (diagnostic, entry and surveillance combined) for Danforth Campus students, faculty and staff beginning Aug. 1, 2020

The dashboard will be updated every Monday and Thursday. Full details are available here.

Alert Levels

The University will operate under an alert level system that uses four levels to indicate the severity of COVID-19 transmission in the St. Louis region and/or on campus. These levels will determine the nature of campus operations. Updates can be found at covid19.wustl.edu/alert-levels.

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 university’s COVID-19 Policy Concerns Portal. This portal gives users the option to report:

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

Please note that this is a confidential resource. The contact information of anyone submitting a concern will only receive a follow-up response if more detail is required to take action on the report.

Anonymous concerns may still be submitted through the university’s Anonymous Compliance Hotline, 314-362-4998, or through the Anonymous Compliance Reporting Email Link.

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.