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COVID-19: Student Information and FAQ

Spring Semester 2022 Updates

On Wednesday, 3/3, the Office of the Chancellor sent an email to the Danforth campus outlining updates to the spring plan:

  • Masking and screening are optional for all Danforth campus spaces. Be respectful of anyone who chooses to mask, and consider wearing a mask if asked in enclosed spaces.
  • In-person social gatherings are allowed. Events are on hold at the Brown School, but meetings for students, staff, faculty and community members can occur.
  • Visitors should continue to screen and attest to their vaccination status at
  • Food and drink are allowed in communal spaces. Be respectful and clean up after use - this includes microwaves, food preparation surfaces, and tables.

Please check the Spring 2022 FAQ page of the WashU Together: COVID-19 Response site for university updates. 

Frequently Asked Questions

We know you have many questions, and we hope the below information addresses them. We will keep this updated with new information as we have it.

All Field Education and Practicum related questions can be found here.

On-Campus Public Health Protocols

How can I get a COVID-19 test?

The university will provide free COVID-19 testing for all students, faculty and staff who develop symptoms - even if you are fully vaccinated or your symptoms are mild. Contact the COVID Call Center at 314-362-5056 to report symptoms or arrange for a free test.

Do I have to wear a mask?
Masks are optional for all Danforth campus spaces.

Can I meet with other people?
Currently, meetings and events can be held in Danforth Campus spaces without restrictions on food or meeting size. Safety protocols for Kemper Museum, Edison Theatre and 560 Music Center remain in effect. We continue to monitor conditions and will adjust this guidance as the situation changes.

I am a Brown School student, but I am taking classes at other schools. Will policies differ across campus?
All schools will follow extremely similar protocols.

Illness Policies and Mental Health Concerns

If I get sick with COVID-19 or another illness, can I move my in-person class to online?
You should get in touch with your instructor and discuss your options for work you may miss. Faculty will work with you on any needed accommodations, extensions or modifications. You can also work with your academic advisor if you need additional support.

Will I know if someone in my class or my professor contracts COVID-19?
Washington University Occupational Health or Habif Health & Wellness Center will be talking directly with anyone who tests positive on campus to learn about their close interaction with the university community. With careful analysis and contract tracing, they will follow careful protocols and inform those who are determined to be at risk. HIPAA compliance must be maintained.

If I have an illness but have tested negative for COVID-19, will I be allowed on campus?
You will need to be in touch with Habif Health and Wellness Center for clearance before returning to campus.

How can I manage my mental health during this time?
As we move closer to the fall and vaccination rates rise, anxiety about returning to campus, sharing spaces and updating our pandemic routines can cause a lot of anxiety. Assistant Dean Ryan Lindsay has put together a site on managing anxiety during this time. WashU also launched TimelyCare, a telehealth option available to most students.

Those that desire mental health counseling or more individual telehealth resources should check Mental Health Services at WashU for up-to-date information and telehealth options.

As always, you can reach out to your Academic Advisor or Da'Shaun Scott if you need additional support or recommendations.

Being On Campus & Campus Services

What cafes or food options are available on campus?
For up-to-date information about on-campus cafes and food options visit the Dining Services website.

Will physical and mental health services be available through the Habif Wellness Center?
Yes, please go to the Habif website for more information.

Travel Policies

What travel guidelines are in place for students?
Please see the FAQ page:

Do I need to report my travel to the university or be tested after traveling?

If you choose to travel, you should follow all public health best practices while traveling and ensure you are following all school and university protocols upon your return. All travel restrictions are subject to change based on travel conditions and public health guidance; check the travel faq for updates.

International Students Resources

I am an international student who has concerns about my Visa. What do I do?
If you are a first-year F1 student, you do need to take at least one class in person if you are in the United States. If you have any questions about registration and status, please contact Tammy Orahood, Director of Global Programs at

Please know that our international students have our steadfast support as we work with individuals to develop plans and solutions in order to mitigate the impact of these recent developments. We will continue to be guided by our values and center our work on our students.

Keep in mind that you can remain in the United States as long as you are enrolled (duration of stay). For more specific answers about visas, please see the COVID-19 International Student FAQ document.

Where can I find additional resources specific to international students?

  • Multilingual COVID-19 information can be found on Medline.
  • An online free medical service called WeDoctor Global, provided by the Chinese Medical Association, offers free medical consultation both in Chinese and in English.
  • Table Wisdom is a social enterprise that brings mature adults and foreign-born students together for professional mentoring and conversational English-speaking sessions. During the COVID-19 crises, Table Wisdom offers mentors for free for our international students. Register for Table Wisdom here

Given recent accounts of xenophobia, I don’t feel comfortable running errands. What resources are available?
We are committed to supporting you during this time. The Office of Global Programs is keeping a list of Brown School community members who are volunteering to run errands for international students who do not feel safe. If you would like access to this assistance, please email Tammy Orahood.

How has the university addressed international students during this time?
Our international students play a vital role in our vibrant community. Chancellor Andrew Martin emphasized this on social media as well as his graduation message to the McDonnell International Scholars during the WashU's this year. He also shared these values in a blog post last year.

The University responded to the presidential proclamation regarding Chinese scholars in this post.

Staying Informed

What else can/should I do to make sure I know the latest information?
If there is new information or policies, all students will receive direct emails via their WUSTL email address.

I have a question, who do I ask?

For more information and FAQs, visit WashU’s together plan and University FAQs.