Messages from the University

Update on COVID-19 Surveillance Testing

Dear parents and families,

I am passing along this message below that we sent this afternoon to all undergraduate students related to an update on our surveillance testing strategy.  As indicated below, we are doing this out of an abundance of caution as we start the spring semester, even though the results of our entry testing this past week continue to show a very low incidence of COVID-19 in our undergraduate student community.  Please encourage your student to make an appointment for their next surveillance test next week, and remind them to continue to follow our public health principles as we start the semester.    

As always, we appreciate your partnership and support.


Robert M. Wild

Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

January 27, 2021

Dear undergraduate students living in St. Louis:

Thank you to those of you who have completed your spring COVID-19 entry saliva test.  For those who have not yet completed your entry test, please sign up to complete your test by Friday, January 29. 

Although we have seen relatively low numbers of positive cases during our spring entry screening process so far, out of an abundance of caution we have decided to require that ALL undergraduates currently studying in St. Louis this spring must complete an additional COVID-19 saliva test the week of February 1.  We feel this is an important measure as we continue to monitor COVID-19 levels in our community.  After this initial round of testing, we anticipate resuming our regular testing frequency of every other week. We will finalize that decision and provide more information next week.

To sign up, please visit this link.

If you have any questions, please send them to

Thank you for your continued commitment to the university’s public health and safety requirements. We are #WashUTogether!


Kawanna Leggett
Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Rob Wild
Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs