COVID-19 Updates for University College Students and Faculty

The following resources are available to help University College students and faculty.

Spring 2022 Semester

In accordance with the December 30 message to the Danforth Campus community and the updated Plan for 2021-2022, classes will be held online for the first two weeks of the spring semester.

All classes online beginning Tuesday, January 18, which is the regularly scheduled start of the term. Access to on-campus facilities and in-person services will be extremely limited during the first two weeks of the semester. As long as conditions allow, in-person instruction will begin January 31.

Currently, all University College Students (including fully online students), must comply with the requirements below. 

Masking and Physical Distancing

Masks are required at indoor gatherings for everyone, regardless of vaccination status or the size of a meeting or gathering. Masks are not required when one individual is inside a private office or room or while eating or drinking, allowing for personal space as much as possible. Masks are required in open office settings such as cubicles. Masks are encouraged but not required for outdoor activities, particularly at large events or in crowded settings.

Physical distancing is not required in most settings but is strongly encouraged to protect those who are not fully vaccinated and/or immunocompromised individuals on campus.

Effective February 28, instructors who are fully vaccinated and able to maintain a distance of at least six feet (or more where feasible) from students have the option to remove their masks while lecturing.

Effective March 3, masking is optional for social events of any size, with or without food, on or off campus. 

Effective March 14, masking will be optional for all Danforth Campus spaces. There will be no limit on gathering sizes. 

 See Danforth Campus Mask Requirements for details.


All students, faculty, staff and trainees, regardless of vaccination status, are required to complete a daily self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to campus or leaving their on-campus residence. 

Visit to check in each time you come to campus, and remember to show your approval email when you arrive.

All prospective students should use the university's visitor screening tool. All visitors must also follow university requirements for masking and physically distancing while on campus.

Individuals may be asked to show their screening result before entering a classroom, dining facility, recreation facility or other shared space, and at some university events.

Per updates, to Danforth Campus spring plan access to on-campus facilities and in-person services will be extremely limited during the first two weeks of the semester. See updated plan for 2021-2022 for details.

COVID-19 Testing

WashU provides testing for all students, faculty and staff who develop symptoms of COVID-19 at any time (diagnostic testing), as well as broader testing as needed for exposures to prevent spread within our community.

All COVID-19 testing on the Danforth Campus will be provided at no charge to students, faculty and staff.

In addition, the 1234 Kingshighway site is available to all WashU employees, students and family members for asymptomatic testing for a cost of $50 per test (which covers the operational costs of the test). Members of the university community may schedule this testing here. Learn more in the December 18 message to the university community.

COVID-19 Vaccine

All WashU students, whether studying online or in person, must show proof that they have received the COVID-19 and influenza vaccines this year. You can find more information about uploading the required documents at Habif Health and Wellness Center website, or apply for an exemption for medical or religious reasons. 

Students may apply for an exemption on the basis of religious or medical grounds. More information is available on the COVID-19 vaccine FAQ page.

All students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged and expected to receive a COVID-19 booster shot if they are eligible to receive one.

How to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccination appointments are now available through the university for all WashU students, faculty and staff and their family members ages 16 and older. Click here to preregister to receive the vaccine. See the WashU COVID-19 vaccine FAQ page for more information.

How to Upload Your COVID-19 Vaccine Documentation

All WashU students, including those in University College, are required to be vaccinated. The requirement holds for students who are taking courses online and/or in person. 

University College students who are not WashU employees: Records will be kept online in the student health portal. Upload an image of your COVID-19 vaccination record card in your student health portal by visiting the Habif Health and Wellness Center website and clicking on the link for “Log in to the student portal.” Students may apply for an exemption on the basis of religious or medical grounds.

University College students who are also WashU employees: Employees should follow the protocols for employees rather than students. Employees who were vaccinated outside of a WashU clinic should upload to ReadySet.

Please contact your academic adviser with questions or concerns.

Faculty: Employees who were vaccinated outside of a WashU clinic should upload to ReadySet.

Contact Tracing

In collaboration with Google, the university has launched a smartphone tool that allows students, faculty, staff and trainees to participate in a COVID-19 exposure notification system. All members of the university community are encouraged to use the MO/Notify system, which alerts users when they have had close contact with another user who has tested positive for COVID-19. Learn more about MO/Notify. Occupational Health will also continue with its regular contact tracing process. 

For regional data, visit the St. Louis County COVID-19 dashboard.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement Noncompliant Financial Aid Impact

Students who are administratively withdrawn from their classes for the fall semester for not complying with the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement will be ineligible for any type of financial aid, including scholarships, grants, fellowships, loans, remission, work study, etc. Noncompliant students will NOT have financial aid applied to their student account and will not receive a financial aid refund to help them cover living expenses. 

Resources for Students

Student Advising

Advisors are available to help you by email, phone, or Zoom video chat. We have temporarily suspended in-person advising appointments. Students can schedule advising appointments online, 24-hours a day using our online scheduling platform. See the Advising page for more information. 

University-Wide Updates

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