The situation is changing rapidly and we encourage all students, staff and faculty to carefully read all university communications and be prepared to follow specific guidance as it arises. The archive of past messages is available for reference only; please visit the main COVID-19 page for the latest information. For an archive of Medical Campus communications, please visit our Medical Campus page.

University Communications Archive

Message from Chancellor Martin to Danforth faculty and staff, March 30, 2020 (PDF)
It’s important for us to be forward-thinking and take reasonable steps to protect our financial security. With this goal in mind, as well as awareness of the challenges of on-boarding new employees during alternate operations, effective immediately we are instituting a hiring freeze for the Danforth Campus and the Central Fiscal Unit (CFU).

Danforth Campus Digest, March 27, 2020 (PDF)
A compilation of important COVID-19 related news and updates for students, faculty and staff on the Danforth Campus.

Message to the university community, March 26, 2020 (PDF)
In order to be consistent with the duration of the Stay at Home orders in place in local jurisdictions, we are extending the university’s alternate operations period until April 22.

Message to Medical Campus community, March 25, 2020 (PDF)
We are home to many of the brightest minds and the strongest spirits in medicine. We are rising to this unprecedented occasion with the same qualities we bring to every challenge: courage, intelligence, expertise, and compassion.

Video message from Dr. Cheri LeBlanc, executive director of Habif Health and Wellness Center
We here in the United States have a small window of opportunity to slow the spread of COVID-19. All of us in the medical community now urge you to follow the CDC guidelines for social distancing.

Danforth Campus Digest, March 23, 2020 (PDF)
A compilation of important COVID-19 related news and updates for students, faculty and staff on the Danforth Campus.

Message from Chancellor Martin to the university community, alumni and friends, March 23, 2020 (PDF)
As we all are settling into this new phase of our lives, it’s a good time to take stock of where we are as a university community, and how we got here. Over the past two weeks, we’ve responded to the evolving situation in some rather astounding ways.

Message from Chancellor Martin, March 20, 2020 (PDF)
No later than Monday, March 23 – or sooner, for those departments that have been able to make the switch quickly – we do not want anyone on campus, other than employees who are required to perform essential work that requires a physical presence on campus.

Message to Medical Campus community, March 20, 2020 (PDF)
Over the past several days there have been many changes in the COVID-19 situation in the St Louis region that requires us to make significant changes to our Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) Student and Occupational Health Office administrative structure, policies and procedures.

Danforth Campus Digest, March 19, 2020 (PDF)
A compilation of important COVID-19 related news and updates for students, faculty and staff on the Danforth Campus.

Message from Chancellor Martin, March 18, 2020 (PDF)
I’ve learned within the past 24 hours that four members of our university community have tested positive for COVID-19. While this news is certainly troubling, and we are concerned for our employees and students, it is not entirely unexpected that we would have cases confirmed in our community.

Message to Medical Campus community, March 18, 2020 (PDF)
Effective today, all School of Medicine employees (faculty, trainees and staff) returning from domestic or international travel must report this information to a newly established email address —med.coronavirus@wustl.edu — and await clearance to return to work.

Message from Chancellor Martin to faculty and staff, March 17, 2020 (PDF)
Yesterday I shared the incredibly disappointing news with our graduating students that we have made the difficult decision to cancel May Commencement, given the risk to our community as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve.

Message from Chancellor Martin to the Class of 2020, March 16, 2020 (PDF)
After very careful thought and determination, as well as recent guidelines from the state of Missouri, we have made the immensely tough decision to cancel Commencement.

Message to Medical Campus community, March 16, 2020 (PDF)
Effective today we are temporarily cancelling all previously scheduled vacation, without a renewed permission from your supervisor, and requiring all faculty, staff and trainees to be available, notwithstanding PTO status, to report to work within one hour on a 24/7 basis.

Message from Chancellor Martin, March 16, 2020 (PDF)
Our primary responsibilities at this time are to take care of ourselves, support our families, do all we can to slow the spread of the disease, and help the university maintain its essential role. In order to help us meet our responsibilities, the university is taking a set of major steps.

Message from Chancellor Martin, March 13, 2020 (PDF)
We are reviewing our guidelines on pay and benefits for faculty and staff, and taking a close look at university operations to protect our community moving forward. More information will be forthcoming.

Message from Chancellor Martin, March 11, 2020 (PDF) 
Danforth and Medical Campus classes will shift to online instruction. Beginning March 23, there will be no in-person courses taught in the classroom or any other setting until at least April 30, 2020.

Message to Medical Campus community, March 10, 2020 (PDF)
Consistent with the interim policies outlined, we are temporarily suspending all external observer activities at WUSM until at least April 30, 2020.

Message from Chancellor Martin, March 9, 2020 (PDF)
We are putting a number of university policies in place to help guide our decision-making about travel, events and visitors to our campuses.

Message to university community, March 8, 2020 (PDF)
The first case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the state of Missouri was identified March 7 in St. Louis County.

Message to Danforth Campus students, March 5, 2020 (PDF)
With spring break approaching, please carefully consider whether now is a good time to travel, in particular to international destinations and other locations where COVID-19 is widespread.

Message to university community, March 3, 2020 (PDF)
Updates and important information about the novel coronavirus.

Message from Chancellor Martin, Feb. 13, 2020
Keeping the community informed of the situation, and a message of gratitude and a reminder of the strength of our community during times of uncertainty.

Message to Medical Campus community, Feb. 3, 2020 (PDF)
Important updates and explanations of the current guidance regarding the rapidly evolving novel coronavirus outbreak, with specific Medical School guidance.

Message to Danforth Campus community, Jan. 30, 2020 (PDF)
Updates and guidance about the novel coronavirus.

Message to Medical Campus community, Jan. 30, 2020
Updates and guidance about the novel coronavirus.

Message to Danforth Campus community, Jan. 24, 2020 (PDF)
Updating the community on this emerging global health concern.