Prospective Students and Families FAQs

Events (view all)

Has W&L canceled any events or restricted visitors to campus?

The university instituted several policies that took effect March 14, 2020, and remain in effect until further notice:

Starting in June, Washington and Lee is implementing a phased return to the workplace plan that applies to all faculty, staff and administrators. Our priority is the safety and well-being of our campus and surrounding community, and the plan has been designed to promote a gradual and safe return.

We will continue to monitor the spread of the virus and make changes to policies as necessary to protect the health and safety of our community. Decisions regarding future campus events will be communicated on W&L's Coronavirus Response website and via email.

Health and Wellness (view all)

What will the university do if there is a possible case identified among students, faculty and staff on campus?

Should a case be positively identified, appropriate communications as guided by the Virginia Department of Health will occur. The Student Health Center has made plans for isolating sick students if needed. Protocols are in place for cleaning on-campus residences of affected students and workspaces of affected faculty and staff. Administrators will work with faculty, staff and students to make accommodations for extended absences.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Learn about COVID-19 at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

How does coronavirus spread?

COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person interaction. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. We are still learning about how the virus spreads and the severity of illness it causes. For more information, see the CDC page, How COVID-19 Spreads.

What are the symptoms and complications that COVID-19 can cause?

Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Read about COVID-19 symptoms on the CDC website.

University Operations/Facilities (view all)

Has W&L canceled any events or restricted visitors to campus?

The university instituted several policies that took effect March 14, 2020, and remain in effect until further notice:

Starting in June, Washington and Lee is implementing a phased return to the workplace plan that applies to all faculty, staff and administrators. Our priority is the safety and well-being of our campus and surrounding community, and the plan has been designed to promote a gradual and safe return.

We will continue to monitor the spread of the virus and make changes to policies as necessary to protect the health and safety of our community. Decisions regarding future campus events will be communicated on W&L's Coronavirus Response website and via email.

What will the university do if there is a possible case identified among students, faculty and staff on campus?

Should a case be positively identified, appropriate communications as guided by the Virginia Department of Health will occur. The Student Health Center has made plans for isolating sick students if needed. Protocols are in place for cleaning on-campus residences of affected students and workspaces of affected faculty and staff. Administrators will work with faculty, staff and students to make accommodations for extended absences.