Community Updates

COVID-19 Cases on Campus

On Wednesday, September 23, the COVID-19 Committee sent out an update regarding the COVID-19 cases on campus, testing, and restrictions.

Weekly COVID-19 Committee Update - Faculty and Staff

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.

Update for Fall Term - Law Students

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.

Update for Fall Term - Undergraduate Students

On Wednesday, Sept. 16, the Office of Student Affairs sent an email to undergraduate students featuring information about adjusted restrictions due to rising positive cases, mental health resources, and ongoing COVID-19 testing.

Changes to COVID-19 Environment Level and Restrictions

On Monday, September 14, the COVID-19 Committee changed the environment level from yellow-middle to yellow-high based on an increase in cases, continued lack of compliance with social distancing, face coverings, and expectations for social gatherings, and increased pressure on the university's COVID resources.

Cases on Campus

On Saturday, September 12, the COVID-19 Committee sent a message regarding a small cluster of cases on campus.

Wastewater Testing

On Friday, September 11, the COVID-19 Committee sent a message regarding positive test results from W&L's wastewater testing.

Update for Fall Term - Law Students

On Friday, Sept. 11, the Office of Student Affairs sent an email to law students featuring information about personal travel, dining facilities information, ongoing COVID-19 testing, and athletic facilities operations.

Update for Fall Term - Undergraduate Students

On Friday, Sept. 11, the Office of Student Affairs sent an email to undergraduate students featuring information about personal travel, dining facilities information, ongoing COVID-19 testing, and athletic facilities operations.

Reminder of Restrictions - Students

On Wednesday, September 9, the Office of Student Affairs sent a reminder communication to all students about the current restrictions in place regarding residential visitors, physical distancing, face coverings and gathering sizes.

Virtual Parents and Family Weekend

On Tuesday, September 8, the Office of University Advancement sent a message to parents about the Virtual Parents and Family Weekend.

Update for Fall Term - Law Students

On Friday, September 4, the Office of Student Affairs sent an email to law students featuring information about personal travel from campus, the status of COVID-19 testing, athletic facilities operations, and room and meeting space reservations.

Ongoing COVID-19 Safety Precautions - Law Students

On Friday, September 4, the COVID-19 Committee sent an email to law students featuring details about the university’s revised visitor policy and ongoing COVID-19 safety precautions for W&L community members.

Update for Fall Term - Undergraduate Students

On Thursday, September 3, the Office of Student Affairs sent an email to undergraduate students featuring information about personal travel from campus, the status of COVID-19 testing, available study space and wi-fi connections on campus, building access, and athletic facilities operations.

Update for Fall Term - Law Students

On Thursday, August 27, the Office of Student Affairs sent an email to law students featuring information about student the required daily health attestation, personal travel guidance, and an athletics facilities update.

Update for Fall Term - Undergraduate Students

On Wednesday, August 26, the Office of Student Affairs sent an email to undergraduate students featuring information about the required daily health attestation, personal travel from campus, the no visitors requirement, on campus housing refund scenarios, and library operations.

Lack of Compliance and Conduct Sanctions – Law Students

On Tuesday, August 25, the Office of Student Affairs sent an email to law students emphasizing the importance of following the university's COVID-19 protocols, procedures, and requirements, and the consequences for student noncompliance with community expectations.

Lack of Compliance and Conduct Sanctions – Undergraduate Students

On Tuesday, August 25, the Office of Student Affairs sent an email to undergraduate students emphasizing the importance of following the university's COVID-19 protocols, procedures, and requirements, and the consequences for student noncompliance with community expectations.

Update for Fall Term - Law Students

On Thursday, August 20, the Office of Student Affairs sent an email to law students featuring information about student COVID-19 testing, the required daily health attestation, consequences for student noncompliance with community expectations, physical distancing and face covering guidance, and an athletics facilities update.

Update on Preparation for Fall Term - Undergraduate Students

On Wednesday, August 19, the Office of Student Affairs sent an email to undergraduate students featuring information about student COVID-19 testing, the required daily health attestation, physical distancing and face covering guidance, and an athletics facilities update.

Weekly COVID-19 Committee Update - Faculty and Staff

On Tuesday, August 18, the COVID-19 Committee sent an email to faculty and staff featuring information about the daily health attestation, the Statement of Community Expectations, face covering recommendations and an athletic facilities update.

Update on Preparation for Fall Term – Law Students

On Thursday, August 13, the Office of Student Affairs sent an email to law students featuring information about the Statement of Student Life Principles and Expectations, the daily health attestation, building security and access, and travel guidance.

Update on Preparation for Fall Term - Undergraduate Students

On Wednesday, August 12, the Office of Student Affairs sent an email to undergraduate students featuring information about the Statement of Student Life Principles and Expectations, student COVID-19 testing, the daily health attestation, building security and access, and university library operations.

Weekly COVID-19 Committee Update - Faculty and Staff

On Tuesday, August 11, the COVID-19 Committee sent an email to faculty and staff featuring information about Return to Work Phase Three, the daily health attestation, employee COVID-19 testing, building security and access, and university library operations.

Update on Preparation for Fall Term - Undergraduate Students and Parents

On Wednesday, Aug. 5, the Office of Student Affairs sent an email to undergraduate students and their parents featuring information about upcoming student town hall sessions, Fall Term enrollment and on-campus housing scenarios, student COVID-19 testing and self-quarantine protocol, student travel from campus, and textbooks and course materials.

Update on Preparation for Fall Term - Undergraduate Students and Parents

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.

Weekly COVID-19 Committee Update - Faculty and Staff

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.

Return to the Workplace Town Hall - Staff (video file)

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.

Weekly COVID-19 Committee Update - Faculty and Staff

On Tuesday, July 21, the COVID-19 Committee sent an email to faculty and staff featuring guidance on limiting personal travel, accommodating work and local school schedules and information about PPE starter kit distribution to employees.

Covid-19 Planning Update: Our Approach to Fall Term

On Friday, June 26, Elizabeth Oliver, Steve McAllister and Sidney Evans wrote to faculty, staff and students regarding the university's approach to fall term, which is pending approval from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

Summer Campus Access

On Wednesday, June 17, the university released parameters for summer 2020 campus access.

Returning to the Workplace

On Wednesday, June 3, Steve McAllister, Elizabeth Oliver and Mary Main wrote to faculty and staff regarding plans for returning employees to the workplace.

Fall 2020 Calendar

On Tuesday, June 2, Interim Provost Elizabeth Oliver wrote to faculty, staff and students regarding the Fall 2020 academic calendar.

Spring 2020 Campus Update

On Friday, May 8, President Dudley wrote to faculty, staff and students with an update on contingency planning and other news from campus.

Planning for the Summer and Fall

On Monday, April 20, President Dudley wrote to faculty and staff about the university's contingency planning process for Fall Term.

2020 Commencement

On Wednesday, April 1, President Dudley wrote to members of the undergraduate and law classes of 2020 with the news that the 2020 Commencement exercises will be postponed to a later date.

Student Account Adjustments: March 18, 2020

In a message to undergraduate students, parents and guardians on March 18, Vice President Steve McAllister shared details about plans to credit student accounts for unused room and board payments and flex dollars, as well as how the university will handle work-study positions this spring.

A Personal Message from President Dudley: March 15, 2020

On Friday evening, I wrote to students, faculty, and staff with the difficult news that we have suspended on-campus classes and will take a two-week recess before shifting to virtual instruction for the remainder of the year. Today I want to share with you what I have observed in the course of this extraordinary week, and what it has revealed about the Washington and Lee community.

Transition to Virtual Instruction: March 13, 2020

In light of rapidly changing circumstances in Virginia and in the U.S., we have made the decision to suspend in-person classes immediately, and transition to virtual instruction for both undergraduate and law students for the remainder of the current term.

New Policies Governing Visitors, Campus Events and Travel: March 12, 2020

Yesterday we wrote regarding W&L's current plan for Winter and Spring Term. Like colleges across the country, W&L is consulting with regional and national public health experts and making difficult decisions in the interest of our community. There continue to be no reported cases of COVID-19 on our campus or in Rockbridge County. Based on current guidance from the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, we believe attempting to finish Winter Term classes on campus remains the best course of action.

W&L Campus Remains Open: March 11, 2020

As the number of cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to increase in the United States and abroad, we are aware that many colleges are extending spring breaks, suspending on-campus classes or transitioning to online course delivery. We are writing with an update on W&L's current plan for Winter and Spring Term

COVID-19 Campus Update: March 6, 2020

As coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread around the world and reported cases grow in the United States, officials at W&L are making decisions regarding international programs and travel, and working to prepare for the possibility of an outbreak on campus and in the surrounding community. We will provide weekly email updates every Monday beginning on March 9, 2020, until the risk to our community has abated.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Feb. 28, 2020

As students and faculty returned to campus following Washington Break, Vice President of Student Affairs Sidney Evans wrote to the community with a reminder about precautions to take regarding the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Feb. 28, 2020

As students and faculty departed for Washington Break, Vice President of Student Affairs Sidney Evans wrote to the community regarding precautions to take to guard against infection.

Health Alert: Feb. 14, 2020

Dr. Jane Horton wrote to the community with an updated health alert regarding a new coronavirus (COVID-19) that originated in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

Health Alert: Jan. 27, 2020

Dr. Jane Horton wrote to the community with a health alert regarding a new coronavirus (COVID-19) that originated in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.