COVID-19 Updates

Updated 6-23-2021

With the health, safety, and well-being of our community as our highest priorities, the University continues to evaluate and update its COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
Read the June 2 message to the University community on summer guidance>>
Read this May 19 message to the University community on updated public health guidance>>

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

Sam Fox Safe: COVID-19 Response

At the School level, we are continuing to evaluate our plans for instruction for the 2021-22 academic year in light of University guidelines. These policies are 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 Reopened to the Public

The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum reopened to the public on Wednesday, June 23.

Museum summer hours are 11a-5p Wednesdays through Sundays. No reservations are required, but occupancy is limited, and all visitors to campus must complete the University’s self-screening either prior to visiting or at the Museum’s Welcome Desk. WashU students, faculty, and staff should continue to follow University COVID-19 safety protocols.

Inside the Museum everyone must wear a mask and practice social distancing. Paper masks will be available on-site for anyone who needs one. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the Museum, and high-touch surfaces are cleaned throughout the day. The Coffee Bar remains closed until further notice. The Museum Shop is open.

For more information, visit

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 2020 the Kemper Art Museum launched “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 developed myriad opportunities to connect with us virtually—from virtual tours to special online programs—in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are also happy to facilitate one-on-one conversations—whether via phone, email, or video—to address any questions you may have about our programs. If you are interested in getting more information about our programs, setting up one of these conversations, or learning more about current campus visitor policies, please contact the following staff members:

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

MFA in Visual Art and MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture programs: Taylor Yocom,

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.


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

- Sam Fox School buildings are on card access only and not accessible to visitors unless admitted by a WashU student, staff, or faculty member.
- Visitors are allowed on campus, but must complete the visitor self-screening within four hours of entering campus and must be familiar with and adhere to campus masking and distancing guidelines.