COVID-19 Updates

Updated 1-27-2021

With the health, safety, and well-being of our community as our highest priorities, the University has shared an updated plan for the spring 2021 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 2020-21

At the School level, we have developed Sam Fox Safe, our plan for instruction for the 2020-21 academic year, 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 spring 2021 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 can be found here>>

During the 2020-21 academic year, the Museum will be accessible to Washington University students, faculty, and staff in support of teaching on campus. Full details about hours and visiting are available here>>

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 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.

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.