Campus conditions and requirements
- Masks are required in classrooms and laboratories, and optional in most campus locations.
- Campus Daily Screener required each day before coming to campus or any time you have a known exposure or experience COVID-19 symptoms.
- All students, faculty and staff must submit proof of their COVID-19 vaccines, boosters and flu vaccine.
- Indoor events over 50 and outdoor events over 100 require pre-approval from the Campus Health Committee.
These requirements will be regularly updated to be consistent with current science and recommendations.
Here is the latest information about what to expect this semester. Please continue to check back to this page often; we will update it as new information becomes available.
Health and safety
The health and safety of our campus community remains our top priority. Guided by current data and both national and state guidelines, the COVID-19 vaccine and booster as well as the flu vaccine, are required for all students, faculty and staff, whether they are working on campus or remotely. Masks are also required in classrooms and laboratories; they are optional outdoors and in most other indoor public areas. Please continue to complete the Campus Daily Screener before coming to campus each day and follow the health and safety guidelines.
Spectator attendance at sporting events will follow state guidelines for health and safety; guidelines for fans are available on the Athletics site. Coaches will communicate directly with teams any additional directives.
Housing, dining and retail
Housing is open to all students who wish to call campus home. Campus dining and retail options will be open. To apply for housing or take a virtual tour, visit the Housing and Residential Life website. Students planning to live on campus must submit proof of vaccination and booster.
The Dean of Students Office website is regularly updated with the latest campus engagement information, as well as student health and wellness opportunities through the Warrior Life program. Every Wednesday and Sunday (Sundays only in summer), Get Involved is delivered to students' WSU email inboxes to keep them informed of student activities, opportunities and student organizations news.
For guidance on how to plan and get approval for a campus event, visit the Special Events webpage.
Resources are available on the HR website to guide supervisors and employees. We encourage employees to speak with their supervisor about their options — including hybrid schedules and flexible work arrangements — and address any concerns they may have.
Campus Health Center
The Campus Health Center will continue to serve as the campus lead for tracking and reporting any COVID-19 cases on campus, as well as COVID-19 testing and vaccine distribution. The CHC will also be responsible for responding to any COVID-19 cases or outbreaks on campus, including isolating and quarantining individuals living in campus housing when necessary. The CHC will also continue to use the Campus Daily Screener to monitor cases on campus and guide the campus response.
Is Wayne State mandating the COVID-19 vaccine and booster?
Yes, to best protect the health and safety of our campus community, all students, faculty and staff are required to receive their COVID-19 vaccination and booster for the spring, summer and fall semesters. You can submit your proof of vaccination online. More information is available on the vaccine mandate webpage. All faculty and staff are expected to comply with vaccine and booster requirements regardless of whether they are working remotely or on campus.
Are masks required on campus?
Masks are optional when outdoors or in most indoor public areas on campus, including the Student Center Building, Mort Harris Fitness and Recreation Center, dining areas, residence halls, libraries, and offices.
Where are masks still required?
Masks continue to be required in all campus classrooms and laboratories, as well as Counseling and Psychological Services and the Campus Health Center.
Can I still wear a mask if I want?
Yes. We understand that the choice to wear a mask is a personal one and can be due to a number of different factors. Those who wish to continue wearing masks while on campus are encouraged to do so.
Can I ask others to wear a mask?
Yes. All faculty and staff have the right to request that others wear masks when in their private office space, and students can request all visitors to their apartment wear a mask as well. While masks are optional in meetings, participants may also request that other attendees consider wearing a mask for the comfort and safety of others.
Can I request a supply of masks for my office?
Yes. Faculty and staff can see their Business Affairs Officer to obtain a supply of masks beginning Friday, March 11.
Will Wayne State continue COVID testing?
COVID-19 testing will continue to be offered to enrolled students, faculty and staff through the Campus Health Center at no out-of-pocket cost.
Can employees continue to work remotely?
Where possible and appropriate, we encourage department leaders to be flexible in offering flexible work arrangements. Of course, some university activities require an on-campus presence. Employees should speak with their supervisor about their options, including flexible work arrangements and hybrid schedules. Regardless of work arrangements, all employees are expected to comply with vaccine and booster requirements.
How do employees dispute perceived inequities in flexible work arrangements?
Employees should discuss desired work arrangements with their supervisor. If they are unable to reach a satisfactory arrangement, faculty and employees will have separate mechanisms for appealing their flexible arrangements:
- Staff should reach out to their HR consultant.
- Faculty and academic staff with similar concerns should work through the Office of Academic Personnel. If a solution cannot be found, faculty and staff should contact the Office of Equal Opportunity.
How will parking deductions be impacted by flexible work arrangements?
Employee paycheck deductions for parking have resumed. Employees with flexible work arrangements have the option to cancel parking deductions and pay upon entry. For more information on rates and options, visit the parking website.
How will campus respond to any outbreaks and health concerns?
We continue to require students, faculty and staff to complete the Campus Daily Screener every day before coming to campus; guests must complete a guest screener. The data provided will continue to help the Campus Health Center and Campus Health Committee assess the on-campus situation and respond to risks. We will also continue to monitor state and region data, as well as new guidance from the CDC and others and information concerning new variants or other risks. As throughout the pandemic, a series of pre-determined metrics will help guide our response should cases increase.
Are Wayne State's facilities safe?
The university continues to follow federal, state and local guidelines for indoor air quality. Campus buildings are compliant with the standards recommended by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Condition Engineers (ASHRAE) and consistent with the activities performed in the space. Buildings are ventilated with fresh air percentages well above the design levels. To meet the proper guidelines, all campus buildings use MERV 13 air filters as recommended by ASHRAE.
Can I continue my degree if I decide to not be physically on campus?
Yes, depending on your degree. Wayne State now offers many hybrid, synchronous and asynchronous sections of courses, alongside its in-person options. A search for your desired course should identify all of the online options currently available for that course. If the course is full or there's no indication that the course is offered online, contact your academic advisor for next steps.
Will the flu vaccine be required again?
Yes, all students, faculty and staff are required to submit proof of their flu vaccination. Faculty and staff are exptected to comply with this requirement regardless of whether they are working on campus or remotely.