COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions Updated: March 24, 2020
W&L officials are closely monitoring this evolving global public health situation. We are committed to keeping our community informed about the University's actions and the best way to stay healthy as events develop. Here are frequently asked questions about COVID-19, safety and prevention measures, its impact on travel, and how it might affect the W&L community.
FAQs About the Impact on the W&L Campus/Community:
- Has anyone at Washington and Lee been infected?
- What will the university do if there is a possible case identifies among students, faculty or staff?
- Will commencement ceremonies be held on campus?
Has anyone at Washington and Lee been infected?
No case of COVID-19 has been reported among W&L students, faculty, staff. The first case in Lexington was reported by the Virginia Department of Health on Friday, March 20. Should a case on campus be positively identified, appropriate communications as guided by the Virginia Department of Health will occur. For additional information regarding locations impacted by COVID-19 visit the CDC's global map and the Virginia Department of Health's surveillance data.
What will the university do if there is a possible case identified among students, faculty and staff?
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.
We have not yet canceled law or undergraduate commencement. We continue to evaluate plans for holding these ceremonies on campus and will communicate about them as more information is available.