Washington and Lee will welcome students back to campus in Fall 2020. The coming term will be unlike any we have previously experienced. We are striving to deliver the best possible residential liberal arts and legal education in unprecedented circumstances. Our success depends upon our collective ability to act in the best interest of our community, both on campus and in Lexington.
Please scroll to the critical elements of our plan, and read our Statement of Community Expectations.
Everyone in the W&L community has a crucial role to play in complying with health and safety protocols to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. To facilitate this effort, W&L has developed a mobile website featuring a daily health attestation and contact log. Every employee and student in the Lexington area is required to use this site each day to attest to any possible COVID-19 symptoms or exposure history.
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Visit the COVID-19 Testing Dashboard page for more information, including W&L's Arrival Testing Data, testing plan summary, and Environment Level Indicator.
On Wednesday, September 23, the COVID-19 Committee sent out an update regarding the COVID-19 cases on campus, testing, and restrictions.
On Tuesday, September 22, the COVID-19 Committee sent an email to faculty and staff featuring information about a COVID-19 Commitee question/answer session, local testing, and reminders about travel, attestations, and student conduct data.
On Friday, Sept. 18, the Office of Student Affairs sent an email to undergraduate students featuring information about rising positive cases, contact tracing, student conduct sanctions, and current pandemic restrictions.
On Friday, Sept. 18, the Office of Student Affairs sent an email to law students featuring information about rising positive cases, contact tracing, student conduct sanctions, current pandemic restrictions, mental health resources, and ongoing COVID-19 testing.
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Please be sure to read our Frequently Asked Questions for the latest information on the university's response to COVID-19.
The COVID-19 Committee will provide regular updates to the campus community throughout the summer, using the firstname.lastname@example.org email address. Those updates will be posted to this website.
If you have questions, ideas or concerns not covered by our FAQs, please send them to email@example.com.
Additional messages to the community may be found on the following websites:
On Friday, July 24, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia confirmed W&L's compliance with the state higher education repoening guidance. The full, certified plan is available on this website.
In the course of our planning for Fall 2020, we engaged W&L's senior leadership and numerous public health experts to determine how best to promote the health of our campus and local community as we resume in-person instruction.
Our requirements have been reviewed and approved by medical and workplace health and safety experts. Our plans are based on a review of guidance from public health authorities including the Centers for Disease Control and the Virginia Department of Health, relevant organizations including American College Health Association and National Collegiate Athletic Assocation/Old Dominion Athletic Conference, and local/regional healthcare organizations.
Our common commitment and adherence to recommended guidelines is essential to the health of our community. All W&L community members experiencing potential COVID-19 symptoms should stay home and, as appropriate, consult a qualified medical professional.
A comprehensive guide to W&L's expectations and requirements for addressing this public health challenge was shared with all incoming students, faculty and staff prior to the beginning of the fall semester. Our requirements include:
Additional information will be provided throughout the Fall Term as circumstances change and adjustments are made.
The University's academic plans have been developed with guidance and insight from our faculty and leadership, including the Academic Working Group of the Contingency Planning Task Force, which included members from the Faculty Affairs Committee, the Committee on Courses and Degrees, the Faculty Executive Committee and the President's Cabinet.
Our academic program for Fall 2020 is designed to provide the exceptional W&L experience no matter the mode of instruction. For undergraduates, all classes will be available to those returning to campus. For those remaining off campus, a varied selection of our course offerings will be available, providing students with the flexibility to make personal decisions about their place of residence and preferred mode of instruction.
The University Library, the undergraduate library composed of Leyburn and Telford Libraries, continues to support faculty, staff, student, and local patron needs. The library created a guide to answer commonly asked questions: Fall 2020: Library Access, Services, and Instruction. The library will keep this guide updated with changes as they happen. Within the guide, the following information is particularly relevant to library users:
For questions not addressed in the guide or for further clarification, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Law School's academic plans have been developed with guidance and insight from our faculty and leadership, including a law school-specific Academic Working Group that made recommendations to the University Contingency Planning Task Force. Our academic program is designed to provide the student-centered W&L Law experience no matter the mode of instruction.
Our plan to return to on-campus instruction in the fall hinges upon a shared community commitment, outlined in W&L's Statement of Community Expectations. All students, faculty and staff will be asked to read and sign this statement, which outlines the specific expectations we all agree to uphold in order to be on campus this fall.
Students with high risk medical conditions should discuss their health with their healthcare provider and work closely with the Dean of Students Office when considering whether being on campus environment is right for them this term and what adjustments are appropriate to support their decision.
In line with the recommendations of medical and public health experts, W&L will take significant steps to limit student contact in residence, dining and common spaces. These include:
Our plan to return to on-campus instruction in the fall hinges upon a shared community commitment, outlined in W&L's Statement of Community Expectations. All faculty, staff and students will be asked to read and sign this statement, which outlines the specific expectations we all agree to uphold in order to be on campus this fall.
In line with the recommendations of medical and public health experts, W&L will take significant steps to limit employee contact in residence, dining and common spaces. These include: