Updated March 27, 2020
Effective March 27, 2020, the following restrictions are in place for all Washington University in St. Louis faculty, staff and students (including trainees). These policies will be in effect until April 30, 2020, at which time new guidance might be issued for university activities taking place after that date.
As of March 23, all instruction on the Danforth and Medical Campuses has moved online. Students are encouraged to visit their individual schools’ websites for specific interim academic policies in effect and other available school resources.
Any student who is unable to participate in online instruction and perform their academic work due to personal illness or a family member’s illness as a result of COVID-19 will be offered a reasonable extension of time to complete the work or other reasonable alternative as determined by the instructor. If an extended absence is anticipated, the student has the option of taking an incomplete or a medical leave of absence.
On March 19, 2020, the U.S. Department of State issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel Global Health Advisory. The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.
At this time, Washington University in St. Louis does not support any international travel. All outbound international university-sponsored travel is suspended between now and April 30, 2020. This travel suspension condition will be re-evaluated when the Centers for Disease Control and/or U.S. Department of State change the level of their respective travel advisories. Anyone who has traveled to a location with elevated risk of COVID-19 transmission is subject to screening and medical clearance. Danforth Campus students and employees should email firstname.lastname@example.org and Medical Campus students and employees should call 314-362-5056 or email email@example.com for instructions.
There are Stay at Home orders in place for the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, the state of Illinois, and other area regions. Employees and students should check with their local government to determine if restrictions are in place where they live.
All University faculty, staff and students are expected to comply with the Stay at Home orders, including the travel and social distancing restrictions in those orders. To slow the spread of COVID-19, the orders generally prohibit residents from leaving their homes except as needed for specified essential activities or essential travel, such as going to work when authorized to do so, obtaining medical care or supplies for oneself or one’s family, caring for family members, shopping for groceries, and engaging in outdoor exercise.
Consistent with the Stay at Home orders, all non-essential university-sponsored travel is suspended until further notice.
Requests to engage in essential university-sponsored travel must be approved by the chancellor or the provost, a dean, executive vice chancellor, or vice chancellor. All approved essential travel must be registered here.
All Danforth-based faculty and staff, especially those whose physical presence is required on campus to perform essential services, are strongly discouraged from traveling outside a 60-mile radius of campus when engaging in activities authorized by the Stay at Home orders. This will allow you to report to work within one hour if necessary. This does not include travel between your place of residence and campus.
All faculty, staff and trainees of the School of Medicine are strictly prohibited from traveling for any reason outside a 60-mile radius of the Medical Campus, unless required to do so to provide clinical and patient care services. This restriction is being adopted in an attempt to ensure an adequate workforce during a patient surge from the coronavirus outbreak and to reduce the spread of virus on the Medical Campus. For additional information, please consult the School of Medicine’s policy.
Visitors from outside of the university
Whether or not they are exhibiting symptoms, visitors (including contractors and consultants) who have been in locations with an elevated risk of COVID-19 exposure within the past 14 days are not allowed to visit campus or attend university events. In addition, visitors who have any symptoms or who have had direct contact with a patient confirmed to have COVID-19 or with someone who is exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are not allowed to visit campus.
Study abroad/international academic study programs
The university has suspended all study abroad and international academic study programs and has assisted students with return travel. Students returning from study abroad or international academic study programs have been instructed to return to their permanent home residences.
Most university events have been canceled or postponed based on guidance from St. Louis regional leaders who have issued Stay at Home orders and placed limits on the number of people who may gather in one space. Information about specific events is available on the university calendar.
Alternate operations and telecommuting for employees
As of March 23, the university has shifted to alternate operations and only employees who are required to perform essential work that requires a physical presence on campus should report to their regular place of work. If an employee is symptomatic or has been exposed to COVID-19, the employee may not come to work. All other employees are working remotely. Employees who are unable to complete their work remotely may be temporarily reassigned to other departments. This policy is in effect through at least April 22, 2020, to be consistent with Stay at Home orders issued by the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County and the State of Illinois, and other Stay at Home government orders. The university will review the “alternate operations” decision at that time to determine next steps and a timeline for potentially returning to normal operations.