Remote study for St. Louis area residents based on health consideration of dependent or immediate family member

Students who (i) cannot be vaccinated and (ii) reside in the St. Louis area with a vulnerable family member who could be exposed to COVID should the student be participating in on-campus activities may submit a request to study remotely.

The review process will start with an evaluation of your request and necessary supporting documentation.

If your request for remote study is deemed reasonable, an administrator from your home school will contact you to begin a conversation about your fall classes. This school official will work with you and relevant departments and instructors to determine your fall schedule. Not all courses will be available for remote participation, and availability of remote coursework may vary from school to school. If some of your courses are not available remotely and they are required for your degree program, you may be offered alternative classes by the department or program, although this is not guaranteed.

You should not reach out directly to instructors asking to be allowed to take their course remotely. Instructors will not permit an individual to participate remotely in a course that does not already allow remote participants without approval through this process.

Students are strongly encouraged to submit their requests by July 15, 2021.

Approval to study remotely is not binding. If your situation changes and you are able to come to campus, you may study in person for the fall, so long as you arrive by September 10, 2021.

The university will consider requests to study remotely based on a health condition of a dependent or immediate family member if the students’ participation in in-person learning activities would represent a risk to the health of the family member. This remote exceptions process is intended to support students who cannot be vaccinated and who are residing in the St. Louis area with a vulnerable family member, who could be exposed to COVID should the student be participating in on-campus activities.

Students who wish to reside outside St. Louis to care for an ill family member are not eligible to study remotely. They should consult with their academic advisor to determine whether they should consider a leave of absence for the fall.

Remote study will only be approved based on health, disability, or visa-related considerations. Students experiencing financial hardships related to COVID should contact the appropriate WashU aid office to have their financial aid eligibility reconsidered. Day school undergraduate students should contact Student Financial Services at or at (314) 935-5900. Graduate, professional and University College students can find the contact information for their aid office.

Petitioner is responsible for adequately detailing the specific nature of the dependent or family member’s impairment, such that it establishes a clear rationale as to why in-person expectations are not a viable option.

Upload to Habif’s Student Health Portal, medical documentation verifying family member’s impairment along with a statement (Word .doc or .pdf format) including:

  • Your name
  • Student ID #
  • Email address
  • Major/Program
  • School
  • Please detail the specific nature of the dependent or family member’s impairment and why that means in-person teaching/learning is not a viable option for you


  1. Log in to the Student Health portal
  2. Enter your WUSTL Key/Password
  3. Enter your date of birth and click “Proceed”
  4. Click on the “Immunization Upload” button on the left hand navigation bar (bottom of list)
  5. Click on the “Add Immunization Record” button and select the file on your device which contains the statement as well as the file supporting documentation and click “Save”. Repeat as needed. Any previously uploaded documents will display here as well.

You will be emailed when a decision is made. If approved, you will hear from your school official to discuss your course schedule.