Visitors are permitted on the Danforth campus, but they must complete the visitor self-screening within four hours of entering campus. Visitors must be familiar with and adhere to campus masking and distancing guidelines.

The School of Medicine also requires visitors to complete the COVID-19 screening. All campus visitors can use the visitors screening tool and present the results to a screening station when entering campus.

Research Mission Critical Visitors

Visitors participating in research are allowed on the Medical and Danforth Campuses when an on-campus presence is necessary to fulfill the mission. All visitors must have a host who will be responsible for ensuring the visitor follows our public health guidelines. The university no longer requires plans or plan revisions for research visitors to be submitted to the School or Department for approval. However, Department/Institutes/Center leaders remain responsible for ensuring/monitoring the safety of their personnel, operations, and facilities, and may choose to continue to require plans or other measures to support safety and research success in their areas.

Short-term Visitors (most commonly here for a portion of a day, or a few days)

For most situations, and because some buildings on the Medical and Danforth campus require key card access, the visitor should be escorted. The host must consider how the visit will be managed before bringing a visitor to campus. Considerations should include, but not be limited to: an assignment of who is responsible for the visitor; how the visitor will arrive at campus, be screened, be escorted, or get access to the appropriate buildings; and who will be responsible for ensuring the visitor is aware of our safety guidelines.


  • Vendors of specialized services or equipment who: must be on campus to install, repair, or service equipment or other critical facilities; train personnel on how to use equipment; or are placing equipment for demo purposes.
  • Participants in human research studies when the research requires an in-person visit.
  • Non-WashU researchers on campus to use a WashU research core facility on a fee basis. (If here for extended periods, the visitor could be considered a visiting researcher as described below.)
  • Prospective medical students – a subset of admitted/finalist students who want to visit in order to decide on where to enroll. Initial interviews should be done remotely.
  • Finalists for research positions, including post-docs. Initial interviews should be done remotely.
  • Finalists for faculty positions. Initial interviews should be done remotely.
  • Site visitors, inspectors, or reviewers for university or campus-wide accreditation, grants, institutes, centers or compliance, if the agency/organization is unwilling or unable to switch to virtual visits.
  • Site visitors or reviewers for departments, programs, or individual projects when the review cannot occur remotely. This might include specific projects, grants, centers, and institutes.
  • Workshops or other in-person activities that are critical for professional development or career advancement and are limited in size.

Long-term Visitors

These visitors could be entered into our system as visiting scientists, and treated as WashU personnel with respect to all on-campus health requirements.


  • Research collaborators who come to campus to work with WashU researchers. The work must be done on campus due to access to equipment, specimens, special technologies, or techniques.
  • Visiting scholars/researchers who must be on campus to do their work or to qualify for their sabbatical/funding. May require access to materials or community groups.
  • Exchange and scholar exchange programs (including international when possible).
  • Visiting artists/practitioners.

Mission Non-critical Visitors

These visitors may be re-evaluated every few months based on what we have learned from our experiences with in-person interactions, classes, dining, and housing.


  • External seminar/colloquia speakers
  • Symposia/Conferences with non-WashU attendees
  • Vendors – cold calls by vendors, or scheduled discussions of equipment, supplies, or services (including publishers) that could be done remotely.
  • First-round applicants (not finalists) – grad students, post-docs, research staff.