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Updates for Students and Faculty

In response to Covid-19, University College courses have moved online through the end of the semester and commencement has been canceled. The following resources are available to help students and faculty.

For Students

  • University College has suspended in-person advising appointments.
  • Advisors are available to help you by email, phone, or zoom video chat. See the Advising page for more information. 
  • WashU Strategies for Learning Remotely (available here). 
  • The last day for University College students to change their grade option is now April 24.
  • All final exams for spring 2020 will be conducted virtually.
  • Students without reliable internet access or other issues should call the university hotline: (314) 935-8300.
  • Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, the Sumers Recreation Center will be closed until further notice. Learn more here.
  • The scholarship deadline for current and returning students for the fall 2020 semester has been extended to May 1, 2020.
  • University College academic policy changes applying to the second half of the spring semester 2020 – Issued March 25, 2020. Learn more here.
  • Washington University has decided to deliver all instruction remotely in summer 2020—out of concern for the health and safety of students, faculty and staff during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We anticipate the majority of our summer offerings will be retained in the remote format. Please check the course registration page after April 20 for updated information and course listings. If you have questions about summer 2020 courses, please schedule a Zoom or phone appointment with an advisor.
  • Chancellor Martin announced that alternate university operations will remain in place until all state, county and city orders are lifted. During this period, our team will work with students, faculty, and the community remotely, using digital tools. University College will continue to operate online during regularly scheduled hours.
  • The second round of the WashU Crisis Response Fund for Students is designed to provide financial resources for Washington University students who, as a result of unexpected additional costs or loss of income, need emergency financial support to pay for essential needs, such as housing, food, and medicine, between May 1, 2020 and May 15, 2020. The deadline to request funds is April 29, 2020 at 5 p.m. CT. Students who applied for the previous Crisis Response Fund for Students are invited to apply for resources again, whether or not they received funding, but a new application is required. WashU staff who are also students should apply to the staff fund that will be available soon.
  • Students who are also WashU staff, WashU Crisis Response Fund for Employees has been created to assist those facing economic hardship in these unprecedented times. Benefits-eligible employees of WashU and on-site employees of Wash U basic services contractors are eligible to apply for assistance with pandemic-related expenses and to meet an employee’s essential needs. The fund will accept applications for expenses incurred between April 1, 2020  – May 31, 2020. The application deadline is Monday, May 4, 2020. To learn more details and apply, visit the Employee WashU Crisis Response Fund Application portal.
  • A video for our virtual recognition ceremony is available on the Recognition Ceremony webpage.

For Faculty


COVID-19 Communications Archive

Message to all students from Interim Dean of University College Heather Corcoran, March 12, 2020 (PDF)

Message to graduating students from Interim Dean of University College Heather Corcoran, March 17, 2020 (PDF)

Message to all students from Interim Dean of University College Heather Corcoran, March 25, 2020 (PDF)

Academic policy changes for the second half of the spring semester, March 25, 2020 (PDF)

Message to students from Associate Dean of Academics Pat Matthews, March 31, 2020 (PDF)

Message to students from Associate Dean of Academics Pat Matthews, April 22, 2020 (PDF)

Message to graduating students from Interim Dean of University College Heather Corcoran, May 5, 2020 (PDF)