COVID-19 Updates

The university is closely tracking the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Visit the state Department of Health & Senior Services for the most recent numbers for Missouri. The situation is changing rapidly and we encourage all students, staff and faculty to carefully read all university communications and be prepared to follow specific guidance as it arises.

All university updates on COVID-19 can be found at

Current Students

We have developed a comprehensive set of resources and policies from the Sam Fox School, which are housed on our intranet site, Inside Sam Fox, Please check back frequently for updates.

Spring break for the Danforth Campus has been extended for an additional week; there will be no academic instruction until Monday, March 23. Beginning March 23, we will shift to online instruction; there will be no in-person courses taught in the classroom or any other setting until at least April 30, 2020. Your faculty will be in touch with you regarding details for your specific courses. Please be sure to check your WashU email and Canvas regularly for updates. Note: The university has set up special assistance for concerns about internet access; please call 314-935-8300 or 888-234-2863 and listen to the menu options to learn how to access technical support.

Our staff is working to send you the important items from your studio that you will need to support course work as we move to online instruction. Kim McCabe is coordinating this effort; please contact her at or 1-314-935-7019.

Prospective & Admitted Student Visitors

Beginning March 23, there will be no in-person courses taught in the classroom or any other setting on the Danforth Campus until at least April 30, 2020. In addition, dining on campus will be extremely limited. As a result, we truly regret that we are temporarily discontinuing our in-person, individualized campus-visit program, effectively immediately. We will reassess after April 30, and respond in compliance with the university’s updated visitor policy.

Instead, we will focus 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 and MFA in Visual Art programs: Taylor Yocom,

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

We will continue to add resources to our website to provide a more comprehensive look at spaces for learning and making in the Sam Fox School, as well as what the St. Louis area has to offer.

Thank you for your support as we find new ways to showcase our campus to prospective students.

Washington University Interim Policy on Visitors

Whether or not they are exhibiting symptoms, visitors (including contractors and consultants) who have been in locations with an elevated risk of COVID-19 exposure within the past 14 days are not allowed to visit campus or attend university events. In addition, visitors who have had direct contact with a patient confirmed to have COVID-19 or with someone who is under care for suspected exposure to COVID-19 are not allowed to visit campus or attend university events within 14 days of such contact.

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. Given recent guidance from the CDC on limiting the spread of COVID-19, as a precautionary measure, we regretfully announce the cancellation of all public programs through April 30, 2020. We hope to reschedule many of these events and will provide updates on our website as they become available. We are continuing to evaluate the status of events scheduled to take place after April 30.

Kemper Art Museum Closed until Further Notice

For the safety of visitors and staff, the Kemper Art Museum has made the difficult decision to close to the public as of 5p March 16 in response to COVID-19. Due to the rapidly changing nature of the situation, the Museum has not determined a reopening date at this time. Updates will be posted to

The Museum will do everything they can to stay engaged with you virtually—if you don’t already, follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for additional updates and content.