As this situation is changing rapidly, the information on this page may occasionally be out of date. We will update the FAQ as quickly as possible. Please check back for the latest information.

Table of Contents:

Academic FAQ          Building FAQ          Career FAQ

Health FAQ          Financial FAQ          Student Services         Parking Info

ACADEMIC FAQ

When does the Fall 2020 semester begin?

Classes for the School of Law and the Brown School will begin on August 24, 2020. All other schools on the Danforth campus will start on Monday, September 14For the complete WashULaw academic calendar, please click here.

How does the university plan to have a fall semester safely?

Chancellor Martin has convened a university-wide committee charged with planning our safe return to campus. As you might expect, there is no simple solution to the complex problem of reopening campus to thousands of faculty, staff, and students in a manner that prioritizes health and safety. As we continue to address these logistical challenges, we will keep you updated.  You can also visit WashU’s COVID Response page for the most current information.

Will classes be in-person or online?

All classes will be offered online , thereby enabling all students to join our community remotely. A few small enrollment classes will taught with simultaneous in-person  and remote instruction, allowing students who prefer to be in the building to join in a physically-distanced setting.

How will in-person classes remain in compliance with current health guidelines?

We will practice physical distancing and adhere to other health/safety protocols throughout the law school. These will include:

  • Requiring faculty and students to maintain a distance of at least six feet apart from one another and wear face masks/coverings.
  • Implementing enhanced cleaning protocols and changes to foot-traffic flow in the building to support health and safety.
  • Preparing faculty to eliminate any on-campus classes in the event that health and safety experts advise us to adjust our plans.
  • Posting necessary signage across the building as reminders of these directives.

We will continue to prioritize your health and the health of our community, as well as closely track health data as it becomes available.

Will there be a fall break during the upcoming semester?

We will not have a fall break, as experts advise against travel during the semester to avoid increased health challenges.

Are law students required to stay in St. Louis for the fall semester?

No. Given that classes will be available online, students may choose to return to St. Louis or remain at home.

Will online or hybrid classes function the same way they would in-person?

Your professors may vary in terms of how they teach their classes, and each will share this information with the class. Most professors will use Zoom, which will allow them to share PowerPoints and presentations.

Will the online class format affect our degree or bar exam eligibility?

No. The American Bar Association has granted WashULaw a waiver to its requirements to that JD students still meet the educational requirements to sit for a bar examination.

How will exams be administered for the fall semester and what will the format be?

Exams, including exams with multiple-choice questions, will all be administered online using Exam 4 software. The registrar’s office has detailed instructions on how to take and prepare for exams remotely. For any additional questions or special accommodations you may require, please reach out to Associate Dean Elizabeth Walsh.

 How will classes be graded for the Fall 2020 semester?

Courses will be graded in accordance with the Law School’s standard grading protocols.  The credit/no credit grading system implemented during the spring 2020 semester was a temporary change prompted by the need to quickly shift to online instruction given the unprecedented and unexpected disruptions caused by COVID-19.

Is the bookstore open to purchase books?

As of now, the bookstore is not open for in-store shopping or pickup.  Students are encouraged to order books online.

How can we set up study groups with other students?

Zoom works well for this purpose. You are encouraged to connect with your fellow students as much as possible.  If you need assistance with this, please contact Laura McLaughlin, Assistant Director of Academic Support and Bar Preparation.

How will student visas be impacted during this time?

For any questions regarding visas, please contact International and Graduate Program Coordinator Rachael Johnson.

Are research assistants permitted access to campus to complete their work?

Yes.  ABHall will be open to law students with ID card access.  Research assistants should contact the professor for whom they work to discuss how and when to complete their duties.

What should I do if I need to submit bar application forms?

Law school mail access is currently disrupted, so please send all bar forms to Laura McLaughlin as email attachments.

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BUILDING FAQ

Who is permitted to enter Anheuser-Busch Hall?

Only individuals with keycard access can enter Anheuser-Busch Hall. Law school students can access Anheuser-Busch Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. When on campus, you are required to wear a mask and observe social distancing protocols.

Will the law library remain open to the law school community?

The library space is open for solo-study as limited by the Public Health Plan.  Members of the community may not remove books from shelves, even if open stacks.  Faculty may request law library books via Page Requests and they will be delivered to their mailbox in their faculty assistant’s office after a 72-hour quarantine. Law school students and staff may request law library books via the online catalog for curbside pickup at Olin Library. For details, see https://library.wustl.edu/curbside-pickup-details/.  University librarians will wear masks and gloves when handling library materials and materials will be quarantined for at least 72 hours before and after use.

How can students return law library books?

The university libraries (including law) have suspended fines and extended loan return dates through September 1. If you want to return books before the library reopens, book drops on the Danforth campus remain closed, but drive-up return bins are now open at these locations:

  • Throop Drive
  • South 40 on Shepley Drive
  • West Campus Library at 7425 Forsyth Blvd.

For any other library-related questions, please contact Associate Dean Joyce McCray Pearson.

Will students be able to access Anheuser-Busch Hall or the law library to print off materials?

As noted above, the law library is closed until further notice. While the library will be open for students, the printers will not be available.

Are there any on-campus food services open?

All dining on campus is carry out only at this time.  See the Dining Services website for details on dining options on campus.

Is the Sumers Recreation Center open and available for student use?

The Recreation Center is currently closed until further notice.

Will the campus be accessible via keycard access only, or will buildings be open to the public?

Many buildings will be available by keycard only, including the law school.

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CAREER FAQ

Should I be working with the Career Center if I already have a job?

Yes. In fact, it is more important than ever to take advantage of the professional development resources available to you. Please call, email, or log in to Symplicity to schedule a meeting with the Career Center. WashULaw’s Career Center will still host all big table discussions, boot camps, interviews, mock interviews, and more, primarily on Zoom.

How long will we have access to the Career Center after graduation?

As part of the WashULaw community, you will have access to career services as long as you wish.

What is the best way to connect with the Career Center?

You can easily call, email or schedule a meeting with the Career Center at any time.

Who should I contact if I have ideas for the Career Center?

As always, we welcome your ideas and suggestions. We are in uncharted territory, and your input is especially important as we partner with you during these extraordinary circumstances. Please reach out to Associate Dean Kati Scannell at any time.

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HEALTH FAQ

Are masks required in the building?

Yes. All members of our community must wear a mask while on WashU campus and inside any building – including both Law School buildings. Masks must also be worn outside when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Are masks available for students?

Yes. Every student will be provided with a Welcome Kit that will include a reusable cloth mask and several disposable masks. Details on distribution will be provided via email. A limited number of additional masks will be available throughout the semester.

Where are hand sanitizers located in the building?

Hand sanitizing stations are located at every entrance and in other high-use areas of the building.  Contact the Facilities Office on the First Floor of AB Hall if the station needs to be refilled.

What do I do if someone is in the Law School and not following the guidelines?

As a community, we will rely on each other and an atmosphere of care and responsibility to support the public health protocols. If someone is in the Law School buildings and failing to comply with the Public Health Protocol you should contact the Office of Student Life.

Should I wear gloves in the building?

No. Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer when washing hands is not practicable.  Health experts advise against wearing of gloves at this time. If you are wearing gloves and you touch something that has virus on it, it can transfer to your gloves. If you then touch your face, you are just using your gloves to transfer the virus from a source to your face.

Will I be screened when I enter the building?

Every person must complete the Self-Screening Tool available at screening.wustl.edu before every visit to campus. Note that the self-screening includes taking your temperature.  A thermometer has been included in your welcome kits. A Law School Health Advocate will be stationed at the building entrance at the beginning of the semester to confirm that you have completed your daily self-screening. Anyone who does not pass the screening cannot come to campus. You will receive further directions from Habif Health and Wellness Center if you do not pass the screening.

What do I do if I am not feeling well?

If you are not feeling well, do not come to campus. Contact Habif and Wellness Center (314) 935-6666 for instructions on possible testing and medical resources. If you need assistance regarding class attendance and related academic issues, contact the Office of Student Life at the Law School.

What if I am at the Law School and develop or recognize symptoms?

Our first concern is your health and that of the others in our community. If you are at the Law School (or elsewhere on campus) and develop symptoms you should leave the campus immediately and contact the Habif Health and Wellness Center (314) 935-6666 for instructions on possible testing and medical resources. For assistance from the law school, contact the Office of Student Life.

Where can I get tested?

Contact the Habif Health and Wellness Center (314-935-6666) or refer to the website for information.

Will we be notified if someone in the Law School community who is on campus tests positive for COVID-19?

Habif Student Health and Wellness Center and Occupational Health will handle case management for anyone on campus who tests positive. They will notify members of the community if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

What accommodations are available in case a student falls ill?

Please contact Associate Dean Elizabeth Walsh. The Office of Student Life will provide accommodations for students on a case-by-case basis.

What is the procedure for a student who falls ill or has a sick family member and needs to take a leave of absence? Would the student’s scholarship be jeopardized?

No. In this case, the student’s scholarship would not be jeopardized, as scholarships are guaranteed for six semesters. Please contact Associate Dean Elizabeth Walsh with additional questions.

How long does student health insurance extend for the Class of 2020?

Student health insurance plans are available to graduating students through July 31, 2020. Students can also extend their plans if they wish. While students are normally expected to receive health services on campus before seeking treatment elsewhere, this protocol is waived for students located 50 miles or more outside of St. Louis.

Is treatment for COVID-19 covered by student health insurance plans?

For specific information about what is included in your health insurance plan, please contact studentinsurance@wustl.edu.

How will mental health services be provided to students, particularly during this time of high stress?

The Habif Health and Wellness Center will remain open for student use, but with modified hours and services. Beginning Monday, March 23, the clinic will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Center will also be suspending routine healthcare, such as allergy shots, non-critical immunizations, physical exams, and well-women exams. For additional questions, please contact the Center via its website or by phone at 314-935-6666.

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FINANCIAL FAQ

Will the university offer student refunds for campus cards that still have a balance?

Per the Campus Card Services website, the university is currently reviewing Bear Bucks accounts. Although the university is not offering refunds at this time, Campus Card Services is working on a solution to this issue for graduating seniors. Note that Bear Bucks do transfer from semester to semester.

Is there financial aid or assistance available for students who are being impacted by the COVID-19 crisis?

Students with questions on this matter are encouraged to reach out to Carrie Burns, Director of Financial Aid and Student Life.

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STUDENT SERVICES

What accommodations are available in case a student falls ill?

Please contact Associate Dean Elizabeth Walsh. The Office of Student Life will provide accommodations for students on a case-by-case basis.  Depending upon the student’s individual circumstances, accommodations could include:

  • Taking a few days off
  • Taking a few weeks off
  • Taking a reduced course load
  • Receiving extensions on exams or papers
  • Taking a leave of absence

 

What is the procedure for a student who falls ill or has a sick family member and needs to take a leave of absence? Would the student’s scholarship be jeopardized?

No. In this case, the student’s scholarship would not be jeopardized, as scholarships are guaranteed for six semesters. Please contact Associate Dean Elizabeth Walsh with additional questions.

Is treatment for COVID-19 covered by student health insurance plans? For specific

information about what is included in your health insurance plan, please contact

How will mental and physical health services be provided to students, particularly during this time of high stress?

Quadrangle Pharmacy is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Students who need to transfer prescriptions should call 314-935-6662 during normal business hours.

Is there financial aid or assistance available for students who are being impacted by the COVID-19 crisis?

Students with questions on this matter are encouraged to reach out to Carrie Burns, Director of Financial Aid and Student Life.

Will ABHall be available for student meetings and group study?

No. ABHall will only be available for class meetings and individual study.  Students should use Zoom or other platforms for study groups and meetings.  Students will be able to reserve individual study rooms for their personal use through Reserve-A-Space.

Will student organizations hold meetings and programs?

Yes.  The Office of Student Life will work with the Student Bar Association to support student organizations in planning robust virtual programming.  Student group meetings and events must be held virtually, both on and off campus.

Will WashULaw Administrative Office be open?

Administrative offices will be open virtually.  Each office will provide instructions for connecting virtually.

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Parking Info

  • The university will stay in “open park” operations until August 24th.  No permit will be required to park in yellow and visitor designated spaces through August 24.
  • Permit Sales for Faculty/Staff is planned for July 10. We are strongly encouraging faculty/staff to select the USPS or Campus Mail option for permit distribution.
  • Permit Sales for Undergraduate and Graduate students is planned for July 22, but this date is not yet confirmed.
  • The university has replaced the gate arm equipment in the Snow Way Garage.  This will enable parking services to keep “gates down” when we return to regular operations. It will also enable parking services to move back to a single validation across all Danforth Garages. Finally, the transaction speed on the new equipment is significantly faster, which should reduce the traffic congestion that occured the last few years.
  • Significant changes have been made to the Occasional Parking Program (OPP).  For more information visit the Parking and Transportation webpage.

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