Returning to Campus
Am I required to study in person during the Fall 2021 semester?
Students are expected to return to campus for the Fall 2021 semester.
Am I required to receive a COVID-19 vaccination?
Students must be fully vaccinated before they arrive on campus for the start of their fall academic term or August 30, whichever comes first. See the April 28 message to students for more information.
Will students need to continue to complete the daily self-screen for in-person classes?
Please continue to check the Washington University COVID-19 Response page for the most recent information regarding screening.
Will COVID-19 testing continue in the Fall?
Please continue to check the Washington University COVID-19 Response page for the most current information regarding testing.
What is the University policy regarding mask wearing?
Please continue to check the Washington University COVID-19 Response page for the most current information regarding masking requirements.
Exceptions for Remote Engagement
What if I have a documented health condition that would necessitate remote learning or teaching?
Students who believe limitations caused by a disability or health condition necessitate remote learning options will need to apply for consideration through Disability Resources’ accommodation process. Students should be advised that departments may not be able to offer graduate courses with a remote modality.
How do I know if classes in my department will be offered remotely?
Only those courses identified as remote (R19) or online (OL) are guaranteed to permit remote participants. Hybrid (H19, OLH) courses may require in-person components. Check course listings for details. Students should be advised that departments may not be able to offer graduate courses with a remote modality. If such options exist, students must receive an accommodation from disability resources or an exception from the Dean in order to participate in coursework completely remotely.
What should I do if I need to conduct my research in absentia (outside of the St. Louis region)?
Continuing students who are engaging only in research in absentia (LGS 9001) may do so with their department’s approval. Students do not need special permission from Disability Resources or the Dean. International travel is permitted only with approval from the International Travel Oversight Committee. More information can be found here.
Will my enrollment in LGS 9001 during Spring 2020-Spring 2021 be counted against the four semester limit?
Students are permitted to enroll in LGS 9001 for up to four semesters. However, any LGS 9001 enrollments during Spring 2020-Spring 2021 will not be counted against this four-semester limit.
Can I defend my dissertation or thesis virtually?
Dissertation and theses defenses for Fall 2021 graduates may continue to occur virtually. A determination regarding defenses for Spring 2022 graduates will be made at a later date.
When is the last possible day to arrive in the US and still be enrolled for Fall?
Classes begin on August 30, 2021. Students should arrive by the start of the term.
What if I am a NEW international student unable to gain a visa to travel to the US?
Please reach out to your department to request a deferral.
What if I am a RETURNING international student unable to gain a visa to travel to the US?
Continuing international students who are unable to obtain a visa to travel to the US and are in the coursework phase of their degree program will need to request an exception from the Dean of the Graduate School in order to participate remotely from outside the US. These students must have the support of the department and be able to fill their schedules with remote offerings that will count toward their degrees. If no offerings exist, students may benefit from a leave of absence.
In August, will there be any quarantine requirement resulting from international travel?
Please continue to check the Washington University COVID-19 Response page for the most current information.
Is the residency requirement reactivated for Fall of 2021?
The residency policy will be reactivated for all Graduate School students. Requests for exceptions should be directed to the Graduate School.
Funding and Support
I am at the end of my program length but need some additional support, what resources are available?
Students who experienced a research disruption due to COVID should talk with their DGS and advisor. The Graduate School is offering another round of funding through the COVID Research Disruption Extension (CORDE) program. Applications will be submitted by the Director of Graduate Studies or Department Chair on behalf of the student. For this round, only students who have exhausted their normal program length will be eligible. Those approved through CORDE will receive full-time enrollment status and a 90% subsidy for health and dental insurance and the health and wellness fee.
I am at the end of my PhD program length but I need some additional time, what resources are available?
An Enrollment Status Extension without additional funding may also be an option for students with demonstrable delays related to the COVID pandemic. Students who have already exhausted two semesters of LGS 9002 may be eligible for additional semesters of enrollment. Those approved for this additional extension will remain in an active student status and will be eligible for the health insurance, dental insurance, and associated subsidies. Please reach out to your program. They can request this on your behalf.
Students who have reached the end of their program length may request to be placed in Degree Candidacy Extended. This status does not carry an active student status. However it affords PhD candidates up to five calendar years to complete the remaining requirements of the dissertation. More information about this status can be found here.
Will Sumers Recreation Center resume regular hours/activities and require masks?
Check the Sumers Recreation COVID Operations page for the most recent information.
Will on-campus transportation operate on a regular basis?
Check the Transportation Office’s website for the most current information regarding shuttles, parking, and routes.