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Graduate Programs: COVID-19 Updates

This page will be updated as often as necessary to provide the latest information on how WashU Olin is adapting in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic. Email communication will reference this page, and Olin encourages students to refer often to this page for updates.

If you have problems with access, please email website@olin.wustl.edu

Links to frequently needed resources will remain at the top of the page. A link to an Olin FAQ will take you to the bottom of this page and the FAQ will be updated as often as possible.

Olin update as of July 8, 2020, 5:35 p.m.

A note about ICE guidance this week

Dean Taylor sent the following note to students today.

Dear students,

We are aware of new requirements outlined this week by the federal government that could affect Olin students studying here on F-1 visas. Be assured: When such policy statements are released, we work with haste to understand the implications. By now, students who may be affected should have received a detailed email outlining the university's understanding of the policy update and steps being taken to address it. I would also refer you to the university’s statement on this new policy guidance.

We recognize this policy update raises questions about what it may mean for your studies here at WashU. I want you to know Olin values and supports all of you. We want to do everything possible to ensure your studies continue. To reiterate what Chancellor Martin has already said, we have every intention of teaching courses in the classroom this semester, and indeed we have been working towards this since the outbreak of the COVID- 19 crisis. We will review every international student's schedule to ensure they have an in-person course experience, if returning to campus. We also will offer online learning for students who are unable to join us on campus.

Please stay tuned for a university-hosted town hall meeting for students to address your questions as best as possible.
 


Olin update as of June 8, 2020

Statements on Racial Injustice Shared Last Week

Dean Mark P. Taylor shared the following statement with Olin staff, faculty and students on June 1, 2020

Dear Olin students and colleagues,

This has been a deeply troubling week. The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis a week ago today, on Memorial Day, has stirred a great deal of pain, grief and anger among members of the Olin community, our community at large and, indeed, within myself.

I recognize the hurt this has caused and I’m keenly aware that it represents another disturbing chapter of racial injustice that includes the killing of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, the harassment of Christian Cooper in Central Park, the killing of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia and a succession of events stretching deep into the past.

We see you and stand with you in your grief. We stand for better at WashU Olin Business School. We stand for justice, for diversity, for inclusion and for equity among all of those within our community and beyond. In fact, diversity is a core value of Olin and I believe we are taking positive steps toward living the imperative of equity and inclusion but there is more work to do. We support Olin’s recently expanded diversity and inclusion committee as it develops and implements initiatives to further foster Olin’s commitment.

We support our associate dean for diversity and inclusion, Judi McLean Parks, and our D&I program manager, Jacqueline Carter Slack, as they collaborate with me and throughout the school on this work. Today, the Olin Diversity and Inclusion Committee has committed to host a dialogue session on Thursday, June 4, at noon, for anyone who would like to share and listen. Watch for an Outlook invitation soon from Jackie.

You might also take note of an open classroom event the Brown School is hosting at 10 a.m. on June 11, “COVID-19 and Race: Political Action and Power in the Face of Adversity.”

We believe hatred, racism and discrimination of any kind has no home at Olin or anywhere. Furthermore, we know that it is not enough to simply say “no” to racism; we must be anti-racist if progress is to be made and justice allowed to take root.

We are listening, we are working, we are here.

Chancellor Andrew D. Martin shared the following statement with the campus community on May 31, 2020

Dear Washington University community,

To say that this has been a difficult and painful week would be an extreme understatement. Like you, I’ve watched with sadness and grief as events have unfolded first in Minneapolis in response to the killing of George Floyd, and then across the country as individuals and communities have taken to the streets to express their anger and frustration at the racial injustice that continues to plague our nation. The ongoing racial violence that we are witnessing against people of color is nothing short of devastating. In recent months, we have seen a rise in anti-Asian and anti-Asian-American violence, largely perpetuated by other Americans. In the last two weeks, we have seen the continuation of violence against Black Americans, both at the hands of officers of the state and private individuals. The events of the past several days reflect only the most recent in a long line of wrongs that have been inflicted upon our communities of color.

Here in St. Louis, we are all too familiar with the refrain of those who are committed to addressing issues of inequality and racism – “No justice, no peace.” Given our commitment to activism and social justice, it’s no surprise that the St. Louis community has joined the call to action, and I’m heartened to see the passion that drives our friends and neighbors to make their voices heard. I also am deeply concerned for the well-being of our community and remain committed to working toward a constructive path forward in our region that tackles structural disparities and inequities.

I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend thinking, and engaging in conversation with other university leaders, about how we can best support our community and advance the cause of racial justice during this time – what we could say or do that would bring comfort to those who are hurting, and show solidarity with those who are taking action. Given the enormity of the issues before us, we know without question that words are not enough, and that no “statement” will begin to resolve the tremendous challenges that are still before us. And yet, there are some things that are important to say.

First, we must acknowledge those who are suffering. To our students, faculty, staff, and any other members of our community who are feeling targeted, unheard, or unsupported, we see you and are here for you. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion means more than just welcoming every person into our community. It means valuing you as individuals with your own identities, actively acknowledging that you matter, and unwaveringly supporting your right to be treated fairly and equally in every aspect of our society. We stand with you and condemn all acts of hate, aggression, or disrespect toward any racial group that may happen anywhere in our community, our region, our country, or the world. We are committed to supporting all members of our community, and we must redouble our efforts to achieve the equity that is foundational to fostering this environment.

In addition, we remain committed to making a difference. After the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson in 2014, our Washington University community began the long process of looking inward, to see how we could create space for honest dialogue about race, ethnicity, inequality, and social justice, how we could “do better and be better.” Since that time, we have taken steps as a community to become more fully engaged on these issues, and to work toward positive change. At our most recent Day of Dialogue & Action this spring, we reaffirmed our commitment to creating “intentional spaces to listen, extend empathy, celebrate, and engage in dialogue” in hopes of reflecting on our own humanity and the humanity of others. The events of this week are a painful reminder of how much work we all still have to do, as a nation and as a society.

Finally, we must take action. This includes not only supporting our community, but also doing what is at the core of our mission: leveraging our activities in support of research, teaching, and patient care to make a difference in helping to forward the cause of racial and social justice in our community, our region, and around the world. Already some of our schools have announced initiatives aimed at improving racial equity, especially focusing on racial violence. We anticipate announcing additional initiatives in the coming weeks.

The separation of our community due to the COVID-19 pandemic has placed an additional strain on our ability to come together to support, listen to, and learn from one another. We are all struggling with the disconnection from our peers, friends, and support networks, especially during this time of additional stress. But this only makes our need to create space for engagement within our community even more urgent, and we are working toward ways to do that in the days ahead. In the short-term, please stay tuned for invitations to opportunities to participate in observances and events that our leaders are currently planning. In the longer-term, we continue to listen and engage with members of our community to work toward substantive, mission-oriented action that we will take institutionally to make our city and our world beacons of opportunity for all.

In these incredibly difficult times, I know there are no words that will be enough. But it’s important for you to know that as a community, we are united in our commitment to justice and racial equity.


Olin update as of May 27, 2020, 11:14 a.m.

Graduate programs FAQs for current/returning students

As we monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, we are actively taking steps to ensure our students have a successful transition back to the Olin campus in the fall. This addresses issues related to current graduate students returning to the WashU campus as circumstances allow it.

Can I do my third semester online/can I opt for virtual learning opportunities if classes are offered in person, but I’m uncomfortable coming to campus?

For students who would prefer to continue to take classes online, we will offer remote options for our courses. As you are considering this option, please note that we will provide additional details about our plans for fall no later than July 31. At that time, we will share specific information about how instruction will be delivered, the health and safety measures we all will follow upon our return, and additional information, including plans for full-time MBA reorientation, dining options and other campus services. Please reach out to your academic advisor for more specific concerns. International students: please check in with your academic advisor and the WashU Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) prior to confirming your fall plans.

Will my graduation be in January if I was scheduled to graduate in December?

Yes. Because of the delayed fall semester start on September 14, the fall semester will conclude in January 2021. The university must wait to certify students for graduation until all final grades are in. Degrees will be conferred in January.

How will this impact my I-20?

Your I-20 will be automatically updated with the schedule change by our Office of International Students and Scholars in the fall semester.

Why are there different start dates for other WashU schools?

Washington University in St. Louis’ Brown School and Law School will begin classes in a hybrid in-person and online format on August 24, 2020. These schools will begin their fall semester earlier than other schools on campus. Because they only enroll graduate students, they have a smaller student population and can more easily implement appropriate social distancing practices. Other schools at WashU—which, like Olin, enroll both graduate and undergraduate students—were provided more time to ensure students could arrive on campus safely, and to implement appropriate health and safety measures that account for the larger populations.

Where do I find information on employers’ recruitment plans for the fall?

Partnering with our students to build a successful internship, job and career plan is a top priority. Weston Career Center staff members are working with employers to confirm current plans. WCC will post recruiting schedules and events in CareerLink (BSBA/SMP) and OlinConnect (MBA) as information is received.

Leave of absence?

Students who wish to take a leave of absence should contact their academic advisor to obtain policy guidelines and appropriate paperwork.

I’m a full-time MBA student. When is the deadline to decide on graduating in January or May?

October 15. The full-time MBA advising team will communicate with students early in the fall semester about the upcoming fall graduation. Please note that students finishing their program in the fall semester will now have their degree conferred in January.

What impact does the H-1B visa executive order have on Olin students?

The new executive order does not impact CPT, OPT or STEM OPT. The order is set to expire in December 2020, which is before the next H-1B visa lottery. The Weston Career Center is actively working with employers and immigration attorneys to understand any long-term implications.

I’m a current student and still have questions.

Please reach out to your academic advisor with any additional questions you may have.


Olin update as of April 1, 2020, 8:19 a.m.

Pass/Fail and the CPA Exam

Since the publication of last week's Special Edition, we have been informed that the State Boards of Accountancy of Florida, Illinois, Missouri, New York and Texas accept P/F grades for accounting and other courses—both business and non-business. Our reading of the California rules also indicates it accepts P/F grades. While we have not asked other state boards or read their laws and regulations, we are confident that other states will also accept P/F grades. However, those who plan to sit for the CPA exam for one of those other states may, to be 100% certain, wish to contact the applicable state board of accountancy or read its laws and regulations (nasba.org contains links to each state board). If you have any questions, please contact Dave Pearson at dpearson@wustl.edu.


Olin update as of March 31, 2020, 3:22 p.m.

WashU Crisis response Fund for Students

A message from Dean Taylor:

We hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well, and please know we are thinking of you during this time. Campus is not the same without you here, and we look forward to the days when we can be together as a community again.

Nonetheless, we wanted to take an opportunity to write to you to see how you are doing and to remind you to let us know if there is anything you need during this time. This adjustment has been hard on all of us, and in times like these, we must remember to lean on our Washington University family and find ways to support one another.

To that end, we also know that some of you are still feeling quite unsettled — whether it be because of your home environment, feelings of isolation, financial, job, or food security, or other health-related concerns. For those of you for whom that’s the case, please know that we want to do everything we can to support you during this time. And one of those ways is through the WashU Crisis Response Fund for Students.

The WashU Crisis Response Fund for Students is designed to provide financial resources for Washington University students who, as a result of unexpected additional costs or loss of income, need emergency financial support to pay for essential needs, such as housing, food, and medicine, between March 15, 2020 and April 30, 2020. In mid-April, the University will reassess the Fund’s capacity to determine whether it will be possible to provide further support to students beyond April 30th.

The WashU Crisis Response Fund for Students will endeavor to address essential needs that Student Financial Services, School-based funds, and other additional support funds are unable to address. The following list includes some examples of categories that could be considered an essential need for a student and that may fall within the parameters for funding:

- Unexpected expenses for Non-University owned housing, including unexpected rent and utilities (students in University housing should contact quadrangle@wustl.edu)

- Groceries (students with University meal plans should contact diningservices@wustl.edu)

- Medicine

- Unreimbursed co-pays for physical or mental health services

Please visit this website for complete details on the WashU Crisis Response Fund for Students. If you wish to submit a request for a stipend, please carefully review the instructions on the form to ensure we can properly prioritize and respond to requests. The deadline to submit a request for a stipend is Tuesday, April 7, 2020. While we will make every effort to offer some emergency funding for stipend requests that meet the criteria laid out above, we know that it will not be possible for us to grant every request. If you have questions about the Fund or would like to check in on the status of your application, please email studentcovidfund@wustl.edu.

As a University community, we hope that this Fund can provide the basic resources necessary for graduate and professional students that experience pandemic-related hardships. The challenges associated with this pandemic require community, and we are committed to being part of your support system.

I know this is tough. We continue to be here for you today and in the days ahead. Please do not hesitate to reach out to myself or Associate Dean Ashley Macrander at ashleymacrander@wustl.edu. Doctoral students should reach out to Jessica Hatch at jessica.hatch@wustl.edu.

Please stay safe and thank you for your resilience and flexibility as we each play our part and do the important work of flattening the curve.


OIin update as of March 25, 2020, 8 a.m.

Academic Policy Changes SP 2020

A note from Ashley Macrander, associate dean and director, student affairs, graduate programs:

As we begin our first week of mini B classes, I am writing to share an update about academic policies for the spring semester. The deadlines to add and drop a course (with no transcript notation) are extended by one week. The deadline to add a mini B course is now Monday, March 30 at 9 p.m. CDT, and the deadline to drop a mini B or full-semester course is Monday, April 6 at 9 p.m. CDT. Please note that withdrawing from a course after the drop deadline will result in a "W" transcript notation.

In addition, for Full-Time MBA and PMBA students, the LP grading option will be temporarily suspended for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. Students will earn a grade of HP/P/NP for Mini-B and full-semester courses. This policy will be in place for spring 2020 only.


Olin update as of March 23, 2020, 11:23 a.m.

Emergency Funding for Students Available

The Office for Student Success has a COVID-19 emergency fund going – and it is available to all students (including graduate students). Here is the link to the page with more details.


Olin update as of March 20, 2020, 6:40 p.m.

Teaching Center Session on Zoom

The Teaching Center will be offering a Zoom session open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, and 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, March 22, for anyone who wants to test their Zoom. The Link will be https://wustl.zoom.us/j/670487124.


Olin update as of March 19, 2020, 4:09 p.m.

Habif Health Center Operations

Wanted to update you on the status of Habif operations. We are still open and available for the 400 undergrads living on campus and graduate (and probably a few undergrads) who remain in the St. Louis community. Below is an outline of the services we are offering. Please send me any/all questions.

Medical

Beginning Monday 3/23, the clinic will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We will be suspending routine healthcare (allergy shots, non-critical immunizations, physical exams, well women exams, etc.). We have eliminated the ability for students to self-book appointments via the web portal. This will allow us to properly screen all patients. In order to schedule an appointment, students should call 314.935.6677 during business hours for screening/scheduling. Students can walk in during clinic hours and will be screened at that time. If they come in for a routine need, they will not be seen. After-hours students can call 314-935-6666 and follow the prompts to connect with the Nurse Advice Line.

Mental Health

Mental Health staff are now all working remotely. Due to constraints with HIPAA, licensing regulations, and professional ethics, we will not be able to conduct therapy via telehealth modalities (in spite of Trump’s suspension of HIPAA penalties). We will be offering brief mental health check-ins and consultations via Zoom. If a student wishes to schedule with a therapist they can call 314-935-6695 during business hours. Mental Health triage will also continue to function by calling 314-935-6695 during business hours. For after-hours mental health support students can call 314.935-6666 and follow the prompts to reach Provident.

Pharmacy

Quadrangle Pharmacy will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students needing to transfer prescriptions to home pharmacies can call 314-935-6662 during business hours.


Olin update as of March 19, 2020, 2:51 p.m.

Note Concerning Experiential Learning

Dear Experiential Learning Students:

As you have likely heard from the professors of your specific courses, the CEL’s credit-bearing consulting engagements will continue as WashU shifts to online instruction. Indeed, this is a reality for many consulting organizations across the globe. McKinsey, for example, was work from home (WFH) as dependent on client policy until this week, when the entire firm adopted the policy.

While there are limitations of working remotely, in other ways, you might be able to maximize your ability to connect. In-person meetings often leave some people unable to attend, whereas removing the travel to and from the site makes attendance even more likely at times. Be thinking creatively about how you might leverage the strengths of remote learning tools for your CEL project.

As you transition into these remote relationships, I would encourage you to be creative with how you use the available tools. Zoom can be quite conducive for teamwork, though you might play around with additional tools such as Microsoft Teams to facilitate coordination if you are not doing so already. Listed below are the links to these two tools:

Zoom

Teams

Finally, as you start into these new remote interactions, please be attentive to the clients and their preferences. For example, if your client prefers to be on audio instead of visual during remote meetings, encourage them to dial into the Zoom call. Your faculty advisor and CEL Fellow will stay in touch to provide guidance and assistance during and between meetings.

I am excited to see the work you all will do in this current reality. Through your work, you represent WashU in serving nonprofits, startups, and established for-profits across our region and around the globe. I would encourage you to see this as an opportunity to demonstrate the kind of agility that we expect from all the best organizations in the world, and a space to develop and refine the skillsets we all need for working in a global business environment.

Sincerely,

Peter Boumgarden

Director of the Center for Experiential Learning

Steve Malter

Senior Associate Dean of Experiential Learning


Olin update as of March 19, 2020, 9:41 a.m.

Student Course Packets

If full-semester students did not purchase a packet or did not take a packet with them when they left for Spring Break, they should contact Patrick Burkhardt (Patrick.burkhardt@wustl.edu) or Mary Beth Mobley (mobleym@wustl.edu). Patrick or Mary Beth will contact our vendor, who will email the student with a digital version of the packet. For students starting Mini B courses, we are charging a lab fee to all students and they have already been emailed an access code to get to the digital version of the packet. If a student has already purchased a packet, they should contact Patrick or Mary Beth for instructions on how to obtain a refund of the lab fee.


Olin update as of March 17, 2020, 9:58 a.m.

Some news about various WashU services

Danforth University Center

  • The DUC has adjusted its regular operating hours to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Dining facilities at the DUC remain open

 

Disability Resources

  • Each instructor is responsible for the delivery of the course, assignments and exams for the remainder of the semester.
  • Be aware of the changes and how that might affect student accommodations.
  • Disability resources staff are available to set up virtual meetings to discuss your scenario; to request or modify your accommodations, reach out to the team through the respective email address below:

 

  • DR is still available for intake for students who do not yet have accommodations. Appointments will be virtual, please utilize the form that is on their website to begin the process.
  • Updates will be posted to the Teaching and Learning site.

 

Habif

  • Students in St. Louis can continue to access Habif for medical and mental health appointments.
  • Mental Health Services has the ability to take new student clients.
  • Students who are not in St. Louis may/may not be able to do teleconferencing with their Habif counselor- this is based on HIPPA compliant technology and state laws
  • If you have a fever and a cough, please call first before going to Habif so that they can triage you specific situation.
  • After-Hours counseling remains an option through Provident. Call 314-965-6666 and follow the prompts.

 

Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center (RSVP)

  • They will continue to serve graduate and professional students who remain in the St. Louis area.
  • Appointments can be made via email at rsvpcenter@wustl.edu or by calling 314-935-3445.
  • Please let them know if you have a fever or cough before going to the Center.

 

Sumers Recreation Center

  • As of March 13, 2020, Sumer Recreation Center remains open, however, this will be reevaluated and may change if deemed necessary

 

Writing Center

  • The University Writing Center is switching all appointments to online video appointments.
  • More information can be found here.

Olin update as of March 13, 2020

This update is focused on ways the Graduate Programs Student Affairs Office remains committed to providing ongoing and consistent support this semester.

Final exams

At this time, students will not be returning to campus to take final exams. Exams will be conducted online. Stay tuned to this page for additional information, where we will update you as more information becomes available.

Academic support and course registration

Next week, all advisers will reach out to their advisees with updated ScheduleOnce appointment times and Zoom links for each virtual advising session. You will be able to schedule meetings with your advisor at any point throughout the remainder of the semester. Additionally, based on program of study, the Graduate Programs Office will notify you when you can begin filling out their Registration Worksheet in WebSTAC and schedule advising appointments for summer and/or fall course registration.

Academic course support services through the Graduate Programs Office will continue online. Please reach out to your individual academic adviser regarding course tutors, help sessions or academic accommodations.

Community engagement

Let’s Get Virtual! The Student Affairs Office will host Tableau Round 2 with Erin Waldron from Data Dozen. For those who were not able to participate this fall, Erin will offer a Tableau 101 session. For those looking to expand their content knowledge, Erin will host three “Deeper Dive” sessions focused on complex visualizations, data management and engaging dashboard creation. Time and date: TBA next week.

The Graduate Programs Office newsletter will continue circulation each week with news, reminders and interesting tidbits.

Questions?

Beginning the week of March 16, students will have access to an “Adviser of the Day” live chat through Microsoft Teams where general questions will be answered Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. CT. Information on how to access the live chat and the advisor rotation schedule will be sent by advisers along with their updated ScheduleOnce appointment times.

Weston Career Center services

For SMP students: WCC is conducting virtual appointments and will have remote programming for SMP students to ensure you have support from and access to employers. On-campus employer events and workshops will become virtual events. Continue checking CAREERlink to get the latest information, as we work with employers to bring them to you, wherever you are. During this time, we will ramp up sending out resumes to employers. Please ensure your resume is up to date in CareerLink. We are taking a proactive strategy and reaching out to employers and sharing resumes. SMP students can schedule a virtual appointment by calling 314-935-5950 or using our online appointment scheduler.

For MBA students: We are conducting virtual appointments through Microsoft Teams and will have remote programming to ensure you have support from us and access to employers. All events and workshops will become virtual events, so continue checking OlinConnect to get the latest information. During this time, we will ramp up sending out resumes to employers. Please ensure your resume is up to date in OlinConnect. We are taking a proactive strategy and reaching out to employers and sharing resumes. MBA students can use OlinConnect. If you would like to set up a session with me, please email Annette Peoples (annette.g.peoples@wustl.edu) and we will set up a time to chat.

For EMBAs: Frans and Mary continue to be available for career coaching—feel free to reach to either of them at any time. They are in the process of converting TEAM EMBA events into virtual events. Once the new events are confirmed, we will send out detailed instructions about how to access the events.

For all graduate students: If you have any concerns related to your internship search or offers, please reach out. Your career coaches and Jen Whitten are happy to talk through career preparation and brainstorm creative approaches for your search and networking.

SMP students can schedule a virtual appointment by calling 314-935-5950 or using our online appointment scheduler. MBA students can use OlinConnect. If you would like to set up a session with me, please email Annette Peoples (annette.g.peoples@wustl.edu) and we will set up a time to chat.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you don't find the answer you're looking for, use our Submit a Question form

Last updated March 14, 2020

How long will the adjusted course formats occur? Can I still plan to attend events scheduled to take place after April 30th? Will Commencement happen?

At this time, only events and classes scheduled through April 30 have been affected. No decisions have been made about Commencement. Final exams are planned to be off campus. If the situation changes, however, and the dates are extended, communication will be sent to all students from Chancellor Martin. (updated March 14, 2020)

How do I access my physical textbooks, case studies, course packets, etc.?

Joyce Montgomery is working with Sandi Vaughn to address this and will keep us posted on how you can remotely access course materials.

Can I come to campus for things other than my classes (e.g., academic advising/ career coaching appointments, internship/job interviews, group study sessions)?

No. While offices across campus remain open, we are encouraging all students to remain off campus at this time unless deemed absolutely necessary. Academic adviser and career coaches will be offering virtual appointments while interview suites and group study rooms will be closed to students through April 30.

Can courses that I feel I would struggle with online be delayed until I can take them on campus?

Students should seek to maintain full-time status in order to avoid other issues.

How do I take my finals if the ban is not lifted?

The university is currently developing a plan that will allow students to take exams online should the ban be extended through finals week. This information will be communicated at a later date once a decision is made.

If I'm on a waitlist, can I be added to the course now that it will be offered online?

To ensure a high-quality academic experience, caps will remain the same and will not be raised for any classes offered in mini-B.

How will this affect my visa status?

OISS will be sending out a broad communication to all international students after they hear from SEVIS. We can port this language over after it goes out.

Can I still congregate off campus with my classmates for social or academic purposes?

University-sponsored events off campus have been suspended through April 30. While meeting with classmates off campus for social or academic purposes is not banned, the university is encouraging students to find alternative solutions, such as meeting through zoom.

How do I access Zoom? How do I "raise my hand" in a Zoom session? My audio/video is not working on Zoom. How do I resolve that?

Olin is planning to hold Zoom training session for students. The link will be posted in FAQs.

How will registration work for summer/fall as a result of these restrictions?

Summer and fall course registration will move forward as planned, opening for students on April 13. Students wishing to register for summer and fall courses will still be required to meet virtually with their academic adviser. To ensure accurate course planning, students will be required to complete their registration worksheet in order to register this semester.

Will I still have access to health and counseling services at Habif Health and Wellness Center?

Yes. Habif Health and Wellness Center will remain open and serve students through April 30. If you have a prior appointment or would like to make one during this time, you can call their main line at 314-935-6666, or visit their website.

Can I still go to job/internship interviews?

Check in with your WCC adviser before doing so.

When will we know what will happen after April 30?

Continue to check this page for updated information. Updates will be posted regularly.

What happens if I become ill and unable to participate while completing my course(s) online?

If a student becomes ill and is unable to complete course work online, they will need to contact their instructors and academic adviser immediately.

What if I don't have a webcam on my computer?

Use your cellphone or iPad/tablet, or you can participate without video.

What if I'm in a flipped class?

The professor will teach in Zoom, everything will still remain the same.

When will online classes happen?

Classes will occur at the same designated class time through Zoom.

What do I do if I'm taking a class through another WashU school?

Follow that instructor’s instructions for taking that course.

Can I still plan to attend events scheduled to take place after April 30?

At this time, only events scheduled through April 30 have been canceled or postponed. Events after April 30, including Commencement, are moving forward as planned. If the situation changes, however, and the dates are extended, communication will be sent to all students from Chancellor Martin.

What if I'm in a different time zone than my online course session? Will I be able to watch a video of my courses rather than watching live?

This will depend on the course and the instructor. All class sessions done through Zoom will be recorded and posted on Canvas, but some faculty may require you to watch the class live to earn course participation points. If you are unable to fulfill the participation requirement, please communicate to your professor directly to find an alternative solution.