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.
On Wednesday, July 29, the Office of Student Affairs sent an email to undergraduate students and their parents featuring information about upcoming student town hall sessions, virtual-only enrollment, the new Statement of Student Life Principles and Expectations, student COVID-19 testing and self-quarantine protocol, transportation services and campus mail services.
On Tuesday, July 28, the COVID-19 Committee sent an email to faculty and staff featuring information about face covering requirements, employee COVID-19 testing, employee daily attestation and contact log, visitors on campus, self-quarantine protocol, and other employment and return to workplace guidance.
On Tuesday, July 28, Mary Main and Dr. Jane Horton shared a presentation and fielded questions during a virtual town hall session with staff that addressed the latest guidance for the university’s return to the workplace plan.
On Friday, July 24, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia confirmed W&L's compliance with the state higher education reopening guidance. The full, certified plan is available on this website.
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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.
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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 will be shared with all incoming students, faculty and staff prior to the beginning of the fall semester. Our requirements will include:
These are preliminary updates and additional information will be provided throughout the summer as plans are finalized.
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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.
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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: