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.

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


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.


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:



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.


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.


  • 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.


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.