COVID-19 Updates

Updated 8-3-2020

With the health, safety, and well-being of our community as our highest priorities, the University has announced its full plan for the fall 2020 semester on the WashU Together website. This plan was developed with guidance every step of the way from our infectious disease experts at the School of Medicine. We have made decisions based on all available data, and we will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation as it develops in the weeks and months ahead.
Read the message from Chancellor Andrew D. Martin and Provost Beverly Wendland to the Danforth Campus community>>

For general infromation about the University's response to COVID-19, visit

Sam Fox Safe: COVID-19 Response for Fall 2020

At the School level, we have developed Sam Fox Safe, our plan for fall instruction, which is built on the foundation of a shared commitment to public health protocols and safe building use policies. Full details can be found on our intranet site at All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to visit this site frequently, and to check their WashU email, for updates in the days and weeks ahead.

Kemper Art Museum Remains Closed this Fall

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum will remain closed to the public for the fall 2020 semester. This was a very difficult decision to make and reflects the unprecedented times in which we find ourselves. Yet the decision is one that we feel is necessary to protect the safety and well-being of all. It was formulated in coordination with the University-wide COVID-19 response plan and health and safety guidelines, which include restricting public access to all campus facilities. The Museum's full statement about its plans for fall 2020 can be found here>>

During the fall semester, as part of the first phase of planning for a full reopening, and in support of teaching on campus, the Kemper Art Museum will be accessible in a limited fashion to Washington University students, faculty, and staff. The Museum is currently developing protocols designed to reduce transmission risks during this interim period. More details about that and how to schedule a visit will be shared with the campus community in the weeks to come.

A date for full reopening has yet to be determined, but we will continue to post updates as plans develop. In the meantime, we hope that you’ll join us online and stay connected via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and YouTube.

Upcoming Public Events

The health and safety of our community and visitors is a top priority for the Sam Fox School and the Kemper Art Museum. Therefore, we have currently moved all of our public programs and events to an online format. Please visit the calendar section of our website to learn about upcoming events.

In August the Kemper Art Museum will launch “In Conversation,” a series of live, hour-long online talks with artists, art historians, and scholars. Other resources include select digital exhibitions, such as Multiplied: Edition MAT and the Transformable Work of Art, 1959–1965 and Truths and Reckonings: The Art of Transformative Racial Justice; thematic virtual tours highlighting the permanent collection; and live online tours led by student educators. For the latest information, visit #KemperConnect.

Prospective & Admitted Students

We have temporarily discontinued our in-person, individualized campus-visit program. We are currently focused on offering opportunities to have alternative, virtual conversations (Zoom, Skype, or phone), in addition to addressing questions over email. If you are interested in one of these conversations, please contact the following staff members:

Master of Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture, and Master of Urban Design programs: Kathleen O'Donnell,

MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture program: John Hendrix,

MFA in Visual Art program: Amy Hauft,

Undergraduate programs in Architecture, Art, Design, Communication Design, and Fashion Design: Rachel Youn,

Check out the Admissions page of our website for a more comprehensive look at spaces for learning and making in the Sam Fox School—including a 360 virtual tour—as well as what the St. Louis area has to offer.

Interim Policy on Visitors

In accordance with the University's current visitor policy, the following policies are in place for Sam Fox School visitors:

- Sam Fox School buildings will be on card access only and not accessible to visitors

- Mission-essential visitors will only be allowed inside Sam Fox School spaces as the guest of a faculty or staff member
- Students should work with faculty or staff to host mission-essential visitors in Sam Fox School spaces
- Non-essential visitors will not be permitted in Sam Fox School spaces

Requests for permission to bring visitors on campus will be reviewed and approved through a university process.

Approved, mission-essential visitors who come to campus must follow all health requirements, including wearing a mask or face covering, physical distancing and enhanced personal hygiene and hand-washing. A screening process for approved visitors will be implemented to make sure they are checking for symptoms before coming to campus.

Stories of Innovation & Community

Out of the extraordinary circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, compelling, important work continues to emerge from our faculty, staff, and students. Check out this secton of our website to learn about the ways our Sam Fox School community is working together to find creative, Innovative ways to engage our disciplines and to build a global community.