Residential Life COVID Frequently Asked Questions

Please review frequently asked questions carefully for Residential Life’s response to COVID-19 as it relates to the 2021 fall semester. Questions will be updated regularly to reflect any changes in procedure.

Priorities and Guiding Principles

  • Our decisions continue to be informed by these foundational pillars:
  • The safety, security and well-being of all people
  • Commitment to our mission in support of education, research and patient care to
  • improve lives in service of the greater good
  • Our role as a strong community partner in the St. Louis region
  • Uplifting the values of diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Accountability and transparency
  • Careful stewardship and sustainability of the university’s resources

Protecting Our Community’s Health

Having a fully vaccinated community will allow us to ease many of the restrictions that were in place during the last academic year. In light of regional conditions, as we begin the semester we will require our community to follow some key public health requirements. As always, we will monitor the evolving conditions of the pandemic, and we are prepared to adapt our policies as the situation warrants, with the hope of removing restrictions when it is safe to do so.

How do I report COVID concerns?

Residential students can report concerns to their Residential College/Community Directors. All members of the university community may report concerns about university policies and protocols related to COVID-19 or their enforcement through portals for students, faculty and staff. Learn more about the COVID Policy Concerns Portals

Housing Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find information regarding the Covid vaccine requirement?

Immunization Requirements

Will face coverings and social distancing be required in housing?

Masks are required in public residential indoor spaces for everyone, regardless of vaccination status or the size of a meeting or gathering. This includes common rooms, kitchens, study spaces, music rooms, laundry facilities, and in hallways.

Masks are not required when an individual is inside a private room, suite or apartment with the door closed, including with roommates present.

Masks are not required in some areas within traditional bathrooms where it would not be possible to wear one (e.g., while showering or brushing teeth).

Will residents have roommates?

Yes. Most new incoming students will be assigned a double room (with a roommate). Continuing students in Residential Life housing will be assigned to single or double rooms.

Can I cancel my housing for the upcoming year?

August 13th, 2021 is the deadline to choose to cancel your housing contract. We have currently waived all penalties for cancellation through August 13th. We ask that you review your housing assignment and situation carefully as you consider your return to campus.

Do students living in Residential Life off-campus need to adhere to certain protocols?

Yes. Students will be expected to sign the Housing Contract, which discusses specific behavioral expectations, in addition to leases that are required for some off-campus locations.

Will there be quarantine and isolation housing options?

A limited number of housing spaces for COVID-19 isolation and quarantine will be reserved in Millbrook Apartment Buildings 1 and 4. This space is being held as a precaution in the event that it is needed for students who are exposed to or test positive for COVID-19. In many cases, students living off campus who are required to quarantine or be isolated as a result of COVID-19 will be permitted to do so in their own space.

Please see information about Quarantine and Isolation housing here. (https://students.wustl.edu/quarantine-and-isolation-housing-information/ )

Will residents be required to participate in COVID testing?

Students who are not fully vaccinated at the start of the fall semester because they have an exemption or because they did not have access to approved vaccines before arriving on campus will be required to complete entry testing. We will continue to provide free COVID-19 testing for all students, faculty and staff who develop symptoms of COVID-19 at any time. Individuals with even mild symptoms – including those who have been fully vaccinated – should be tested for COVID-19.

How will social distancing be enforced in the residence halls?

Physical distancing is not required in most settings, but strongly encouraged for individuals who are not fully vaccinated.

Will masks be required on campus?

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 encouraged but not required for outdoor activities, particularly at large events or in crowded settings.
Physical distancing is not required in most settings, but strongly encouraged for individuals who are not fully vaccinated.

Will we be allowed to have guests in the residence halls?

Visitors will be allowed in residence halls according to regular policy. Students may visit friends in other residence halls. Everyone must follow masking and other public health requirements as applicable. Non-university guests are allowed, as long as they complete the visitor self-screening prior to their arrival, wear a face covering while inside any university facility,  and follow all public health guidelines while on campus.

Will community spaces in the residence halls be open?

Yes, community spaces in residential facilities will be open. Furniture in common spaces will be reduced and arranged to support physical distancing

Are first-year students required to live on-campus, per usual policy?

Yes. First year students are required to live on campus in their first year of school.

Will the extra furniture from unused doubles and triples be available for students to rent to furnish a non-Residential Life apartment?

Extra furniture will not be available for rent. Extra furniture will remain in the room.

How will bathrooms be handled?

Housekeeping will continue to clean all restrooms in modern and traditional residence halls. More information will be provided once students arrive on campus.

Move-In Frequently Asked Questions

Detailed move-in information can be found here. If you are traveling internationally to arrive for the Fall 2021 term, please see below.

If I’m traveling to campus from an international location, can I move directly into my room?

Fully vaccinated students arriving on campus from international locations can move directly into their rooms on their arrival date.

If you are unvaccinated or not yet considered fully vaccinated (see below) and traveling to campus from an international location, you will be required to participate in a self-quarantine period. This includes students who have been approved for a vaccine deferment or exemption, and who will begin the vaccine process upon arrival to campus.

How do I know if I am considered Fully Vaccinated”?

The CDC and Washington University in St, Louis  consider individuals fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose COVID-19 vaccine series, or 2 weeks after a single dose vaccine, with vaccines authorized by the U.S. FDA or World Health Organization.

What is Self-Quarantine?

All unvaccinated students who are traveling from an international location will be expected to self-quarantine after they arrive in the U.S. A student self-quarantines by limiting contact with the outside community with the exception of securing food, vaccine, or COVID-19 testing. When a student in self-quarantine leaves their private bedroom they will be expected to wear a face covering and social distance.