Is the university shutting down?
No. The university will remain open. Faculty, staff and trainees should continue to report to work as usual, keeping in mind general precautions to remain healthy (don’t come to work if you’re sick), related employee information and our policy on telecommuting.

Why did you make the decision to shift to online instruction ?
This decision is part of our responsibility as a community to pull together to help one another, to show care and compassion for those who are vulnerable, and to each do our part in service of the greater good.

What policies has the university put in place to manage the COVID-19 outbreak?
On March 11, the university implemented policies impacting spring break and online instruction. See Chancellor Martin’s message to the community.

On March 27, the university updated a number of policies that aim to protect the university community. These policies are in place to help guide decision-making about travel, events and visitors to campus. See policies.

How is the university monitoring the COVID-19 situation worldwide?
A university response team including infectious disease experts and the Crisis Management Team, along with the university’s Global Travel Safety Manager and the International Travel Oversight Committee, is monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 worldwide. To assess risks, the university uses a number of resources, including governmental agencies, news reports, reports from the university’s international security and travel assistance provider, professional health and security organizations, and more.

What steps is the university taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the university community?
We are doing all we can to reduce the risk of further spread of the virus within our community. With most students and many employees living and working away from campus, we are continuing to take all necessary precautions to keep our community safe.

The university is requiring all members of the community who have visited locations with a high incidence of COVID-19 to call university health services for instructions.

If the screening indicates that a person may be at risk for exposure to COVID-19, that person will be required to stay away from campus for 14 days, only returning to campus after receiving clearance.

Have any members of the university tested positive for COVID-19?
Yes. Four members of our university community have tested positive for COVID-19. See Chancellor Martin’s March 18 message to the community.

What should I do if I learn or hear of a potential COVID-19 diagnosis or exposure within the university community?
If you have learned or heard of possible exposure to COVID-19 within the WashU community, please contact university health services to report this information.

How are classrooms, dorms, bathrooms and other buildings being cleaned in order to reduce the risk of infection?
The university has implemented a robust cleaning and sanitization effort in all residence halls, dining areas, classrooms, restrooms and common spaces, including building entries, lobbies, corridors and elevators. We have notified and required our partners and vendors to follow current best cleaning and sanitation practices for their respective campus responsibilities. The university will continue to evaluate our processes and remain flexible to ensure effectiveness.

What about students who are returning from study abroad programs?
The university has suspended study abroad programs in countries identified as high-risk and rated a Level 3 by the CDC due to widespread ongoing community transmission. Students who were participating in those programs have returned to their permanent residences, not to campus.

Are there students on self-quarantine living in student housing?
There are no students quarantined in the residence halls.

Are university events canceled?
We are following guidance from St. Louis regional leaders who have placed limits on the number of people who may gather in one space. Many events have been canceled or postponed. Contact event organizers or check the university calendar for updates on specific events.

I have a question about parking. Where can I find that information?
The Parking and Transportation Services team has been working through a variety of options to meet the needs of the university community during this challenging and unprecedented time. Check the Parking and Transportation page for the latest information and updates.

Are any dining services currently available?
Dining is carry-out only at this time; mobile ordering is available. Dining locations and the hours they are open (to order food, not to dine-in) are available on the Dining Services website.

Are the libraries open?
Most library locations will remain open with limited hours and access through Friday, March 20, and then will be closed through at least Monday, April 6. Note: The Becker Medical Library and Brown School Library are not adhering to this schedule. For more information, visit the Libraries website.

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