Campus conditions and requirements
- Masks are optional in most campus locations.
- Students, faculty and staff must complete a Campus Daily Screener 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, at least one booster and flu vaccine.
These requirements will be regularly updated to be consistent with current science and recommendations.
The following information is what you can expect for the winter 2023 semester. Please check back to this page often; we will update it as new information becomes available.
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Health and safety
The health and safety of our campus community remains Wayne State University's 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 optional in most campus locations. 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 any additional directives directly with their teams.
Housing, dining and retail
Housing is open to all students who wish to call campus home. Campus dining and retail options are also open. To apply for housing or take a virtual tour, visit the Housing and Residential Life website.
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.
Event restrictions are no longer in place.
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.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
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 a COVID-19 vaccination and booster for the fall semester. 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 in most campus locations.
Where are masks still required?
Masks continue to be required in some clinical rotations and spaces on campus, such as 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.
Will Wayne State continue COVID-19 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?
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, booster and flu shot requirements.
How will campus respond to any outbreaks and health concerns?
We continue to require students, faculty and staff to complete the Campus Daily Screener before coming to campus to ensure that all who come to campus have received their vaccines or signed a waiver. We will also continue to monitor state and region data, as well as new guidance from the CDC, and information concerning new variants or other risks.
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 expected to comply with this requirement regardless of whether they are working on campus or remotely.