Welcome back!

Returning to campus following a year of working remotely requires adjustment in personal and work routines. We’ve got you covered. From public health guidelines to addressing child care and work-life balance, find support for a safe, effective return. 

When on campus, follow these guidelines:

  • Wear a mask when you’re indoors. You may remove your mask if you are in a private office alone with the door shut or if you are eating or drinking, and have allowed for personal space. Masks are encouraged if you’re outside, especially in large crowds.
  • Know your symptoms. Use the Online Screening Tool to monitor yourself. Take the screening before you enter campus.
  • Don’t come to campus if you’re sick.

    We will continue to provide free COVID-19 testing for all students, faculty and staff who develop symptoms of COVID-19 at any time. Members of the university community should call the COVID Call Center at 314-362-5056 to report symptoms or exposure and to arrange for a free test. Regular surveillance testing for employees who have  not been vaccinated will also be required. 

    University information

    Visit covid19.wustl.edu or covid19.med.wustl.edu for the latest information on campus operations, guidelines and resources.

    Vaccination policy

    The most effective way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is getting vaccinated. All faculty, staff and trainees must receive the COVID-19 vaccine and be fully vaccinated by August 30, 2021. New employees must be vaccinated within the first 30 days of employment. View our COVID-19 vaccination policy online. 

    More tips for working on campus:

    Mask guidelines:

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      • Masks are required at all times for everyone in indoor public spaces including lobbies, open spaces, walkways and large classrooms/meeting rooms. 
      • 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 an 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 not required outdoors, but are encouraged, particularly at large events or in crowded settings.
      • When wearing a mask, it should fully cover your mouth and nose at all times. 
      • Bandanas, neck gaiters, and masks with valves are prohibited. 
      • Please note: If you have a medical condition that may preclude wearing a mask, please contact Occupational Health.

      Other public health tips:


      • Hygiene is always a good idea no matter the circumstances. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing). Review CDC guidance on hand-washing. Hand sanitizer can be used if soap and water aren’t available. 
      • Cough or sneeze into your elbow (avoid using your hands). 
      • Use your discretion on campus and be respectful of your colleagues when sharing space. 

      Personal space

      • Allow space between you and others when possible. If you are unvaccinated, maintain 6 feet of physical distance. 

      Concerns and exposure

      • If you have concerns about COVID-19 safety protocols, visit the COVID-19 website
      • View steps to take regarding positive exposures in the workplace.

      Workplace tips

      • Remember your WashU ID – keep it on a lanyard or in an accessible spot. Many buildings now require badge access. Be prepared!
      • Allow time for your commute, parking and completion of the daily screening, including stopping at a screening station (screening stations are only at Medical Campuses). Adjusting your routine and navigating returning onsite can take time.
      • View this thrive tip article for more information on stepping into the “next normal”.
      • For leaders, view the “Leading in the Next Normal” guide to help you support your teams.


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          Well-being Support

          Returning to the office can bring on emotions and alter our routines. View these tips to help you feel comfortable and ready to return and visit the Employee well-being hub for more support.

          Family care

          Work-life balance is important, whether we are onsite or remote. View the family care hub for support and guidance to help you balance needs.

          Workplace Hub

          The flexible work arrangement policy and Workplace Hub include resources and tools to navigate daily work, build meaningful relationships and achieve individual and team success.