Undergraduate 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. Links to frequently needed resources will remain at the top of the page.

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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 this afternoon.

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 April 24, 2020, 1:38 p.m.

Change to Spring 2020 Pass/Fail Policy

Dear BSBA Students:

Due to the continuance of COVID-19 related disruption to student learning, the deadline for students to switch a Spring 2020 course from letter grade to pass/fail (when offered as a valid grade option) has been extended:

*For May 2020 degree candidates: the deadline to switch a Spring 2020 course to pass/fail is 9PM CDT on May 10. This deadline will allow sufficient time to finalize degree information, including Honors, in time for degree conferral and diploma production. Requests to switch a course to pass/fail after May 10 will not be possible for May 2020 degree candidates.

*For all other BSBA students: the deadline to switch a Spring 2020 course to pass/fail is 9PM CDT on May 15. If a grade in a course is not posted by May 15, students may request to switch that course to P/F until 9 PM on the 7th day after the grade was posted.

As a reminder – each professor individually determines what a “passing” grade is for their course. If you have a final letter grade posted for a course, and if you switch it to the pass/fail grade option, we will ask the professor what pass/fail grade should be posted for you.

How to request a grade option change to pass/fail after April 24:

After 9 PM CDT, April 24, changes to pass/fail will not be available on WebSTAC but instead will need to be requested via webform. Information on how to access this webform will be emailed to you by end of day Wednesday, April 29.

These two deadlines have NOT changed:

The deadline to drop a course without transcript notation will remain set TODAY at 9 PM CDT, April 24.

The deadline to change a grade option from “pass/fail” to “letter grade” will remain set TODAY at 9 PM CDT, April 24.

This extension is designed to help students focus on their final exams and worry less about the impact the current situation might have on their GPA’s. The BSBA Program wishes you the best as you begin to prepare for and take your final exams.

Sincerely,

Dean LaRose


Olin update as of March 31 2020, 2:45 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 Paige LaRose at plarose@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.


Olin update as of March 31, 2020, 8:07 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 23, 2020, 8:46 p.m.

Spring 2020 Academic Policy Changes: Pass/Fail

An update from Dean Paige LaRose

I am writing to share an update about academic policies for the spring semester. You should already be aware that the deadline to drop a course (with no transcript notation) is extended to 9 p.m. CDT, April 24. (Note: all spring 2020 courses from which a student withdrew previous to March 13, 2020, will retain their "W" transcript notation).

Similarly, for courses that are offered for both a letter grade and as pass/fail, the deadline for switching a course to or from pass/fail and graded credit is extended to 9 p.m. CDT, April 24.

Olin’s faculty have approved additional academic policy changes for spring 2020 only: spring 2020 courses completed with the pass/fail grade option will count toward all Olin degree and program requirements if the courses are passed. For each Olin course offering a letter grade option, students can choose the pass/fail option or letter grade option. Please note one exception to this policy: College Writing MUST be taken for credit.

You may make changes to your spring schedule in WebSTAC beginning on Monday, March 23. I recommend speaking with your BSBA four-year adviser before making any decisions. I also encourage you to review the attached document providing more detail about pass/fail questions that you may have.

Download a PDF Q&A about the new pass/fail grade considerations.


Olin update as of March 23, 2020, 11:25 a.m.

Emergency Funding for Students

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 20, 2020, 8:05 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 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, 2:54 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 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.

 


Updated on March 16, 2020, at 4:50 p.m.

 

Academic Policy Changes for Spring 2020 (only)

Given the transition of instruction from in person to remote learning, Olin School of Business, McKelvey School of Engineering, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, and the School of Arts & Sciences are hereby altering the following academic policies for the 2020 spring semester only.

  • The deadline to drop a course (with no transcript notation) is extended to 9 p.m. CDT, April 24.All Spring 2020 courses from which a student withdrew previous to March 13, 2020, will retain their "W" transcript notation
    • All Spring 2020 courses from which a student withdrew previous to March 13, 2020, will retain their "W" transcript notation
  • For courses which are offered for both a letter grade and as pass/fail, the deadline for switching a course to or from pass/fail and graded credit is extended to 9 p.m. CDT, April 24.Students may change a course from audit to graded credit until 9 PM (Central Daylight Time), April 24. Given the challenges in administering audits remotely, it will not be possible to switch a course to audit for the rest of the spring semester.
    • Students may change a course from audit to graded credit until 9 PM (Central Daylight Time), April 24. Given the challenges in administering audits remotely, it will not be possible to switch a course to audit for the rest of the spring semester.

WebSTAC will not be updated with these revised deadlines until March 23, so you cannot drop a course or change its grading option until then. Individual schools or departments on campus may make additional policy changes; however, unless you are or have been notified otherwise by your school, you should assume all other curriculum policies remain in place.


Olin update as of March 13, 2020

This update is focused on ways the Undergraduate Programs 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 on this page, where we will update you as more information becomes available.

Academic support and course registration

Next week, four-year 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 adviser at any point throughout the remainder of the semester. You should already be filling out your Registration Worksheet in WebSTAC and schedule advising appointments for fall course registration.

Academic course support services through the Undergraduate Programs Office will continue online. Please reach out to your individual academic advisor regarding course tutors, help sessions, etc.

Community engagement

The BSBA newsletter will continue circulation with news, reminders and interesting tidbits. We also welcome your innovative ideas for ways to engage virtually.

Questions?

As always, BSBA advisers are committed to assisting you in the weeks ahead. Please reach out to Dean LaRose (plarose@wustl.edu) or your four-year adviser with specific questions or concerns.

Weston Career Center services

WCC is conducting virtual appointments and will have remote programming for 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.

If you have concerns related to an internship or job search, please reach out. WCC coaches and advisers are happy to talk through your career preparation and brainstorm creative approaches for your search and networking, given the current policies and restrictions.

If you’re interested in scheduling a virtual appointment, you can do so by calling 314-935-5950 or by using our online appointment scheduler.