COVID-19 Pandemic Resources

Safety for students, staff and their families is our No. 1 priority. We will continually adapt as we learn more about ways to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe for in-person learning with minimal disruption. Review these pages for policy updates, expectations when on campus, and the latest information.

Updated Mask Policy 

The University continues to monitor the conditions surrounding the pandemic, and has closely followed the guidance of the CDC and local health authorities. Based on the substantial decrease in COVID-19 cases and on the guidance of health authorities, the University is modifying its mask guidelines:

  • Effective Monday, March 28, the University will make mask wearing optional campus-wide. This update is based on suggested policy by the CDC, local and regional health organizations and the coronavirus data from our community and the region. Our Webster Groves campus, as well as the entire St. Louis area, now have the lowest number of COVID cases since the pandemic began in spring 2020. It is very good news that some area hospitals have announced that they are free of any COVID patients. 
  • The other Webster University U.S. domestic campuses and classrooms are also mask optional with consideration of local regulations. 
  • Masks are recommended for unvaccinated individuals and those with health risks that make them susceptible to COVID-19.
  • The Task Force on Transition and Adaptability will notify the community of any future updates. 

The University will continue to monitor health conditions and guidance from the CDC and health authorities. Safety Protocols found on the University’s COVID-19 page will continue to be updated in alignment with our changing guidelines.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination

Starting Aug. 1, and aligned with the Centers for Disease Control’s latest guidelines, COVID-19 vaccines are no longer mandatory but are strongly recommended for all students, faculty and staff. There is one exception: students in University managed housing, such as residential halls or University-owned apartments, are still required to be vaccinated due to the density of the living environments in student housing. Students who live on campus can submit vaccination cards through webster.medicatconnect.com. Campuses in areas outside of St. Louis may have different government-issued health guidelines that could supersede Webster’s policies. For more information, please see the full message from Task Force on Transition and Adaptability.

Known Cases Reporting

These totals are updated when new information becomes available. Due to Webster University's distributed model, with campuses on four continents and a global online network, known cases are segmented by location and remote/online settings in the table on this page.

 

2021-22 Academic Year, Main Campus: Since the beginning of the Fall 2021 term (last updated Aug. 10, 2022): Webster is aware of:

  • 53 confirmed case among residential students at the Webster Groves main campus
  • 42 among students who commute to the Webster Groves campus
  • 110 cases among employees working on site at this campus

 

  • Worldwide, including online and in-person students and employees, since the beginning of the pandemic March 2020, Webster is aware of 429 total cases of individual students, faculty or staff in our worldwide communities reporting positive tests, including individuals who were studying or working remotely/online at the time of their positive case. See a breakdown of cases by location (both on campus and remote) in this table.

 

  • What if I test positive? Individuals should review the protocols outlined here for reporting a positive case and understanding the next steps taken by the individual and the university.

Questions

The covid19@webster.edu email address has been created for questions about operations that are not already addressed on this website. We encourage community members to first read these pages and the various links and sections to get the latest updates. However, this email is available to funnel specific questions to the subject matter experts within Webster’s operations for all other questions that cannot be addressed in these webpages.

News and Events

Key Announcements and Pandemic Safety Updates