Campus operations

As we prepare for a return to on-campus operations, reopening of departments and buildings will follow a phased approach based on the guidance of the restart committee. This guide will be updated accordingly as changes are implemented.  

Last updated: July 21, 2020, at 4:50 p.m. 

Department Status

Wayne State University Department of Athletics has produced a "Return To Campus" document to help answer questions that students, faculty and staff have before they return. The document will continue to be updated so the Athletics Dept. recommends referencing it often for new information.

A determination about fall sports has not been made. To see the latest updates from the Athletics Restart Subcommittee, visit its page

Building status Until the fall semester begins, most campus buildings will remain locked and will only be able to be accessed with a OneCard or a building key. People without card access who need to enter a building should call the WSUPD at 313-577-2222; WSUPD has committed to respond to these requests within 15 minutes. WSUPD continues to patrol the campus and check facilities as usual. If you need to get into a building and would like a police escort, call the police department at the number above. For information on a safe return to campus and clear protocol while navigating through campus, review the Facilities Campus Restart Playbook. For information on obtaining a OneCard, visit the OneCard website
Campus Library System 

University libraries and computer labs will implement new processes for cleaning of spaces and equipment, as well as new guidelines to facilitate social distancing.

Fall hours will be:

David Adamany Undergraduate Library

  • Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Shiffman Medical Library

  • Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Arthur Neef Law Library

  • Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Purdy/Kresge Library

  • Closed to the public.

The Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs

Accommodations are being developed at all libraries to create increased access to materials. Libraries will be open to Wayne State students, faculty and staff only; your OneCard will be required to enter. The libraries will continue to provide online access to collections and services, including reference and instruction.

More information on the hours and operations of the libraries will be available before the start of classes at the libraries website.

Custodial services Some custodial staff has returned to campus to address general cleaning issues and focus on cleansing high-touch-point surfaces including doors, hardware and handles, wall-mounted devices, access panels, and elevators. Trash and recycling collection have been modified. For information on a safe return to campus and clear protocol while navigating through campus, review the Facilities Campus Restart Playbook.
Dining Towers Café and Gold 'n' Greens are closed for the summer. Some shops on Anthony Wayne Drive and around campus are open for takeout service only. Upon reopening in the fall, campus dining will feature new measures to facilitate social distancing. A list of safety measures is available online
Employees As restrictions continue to be lifted across Michigan, Wayne State will begin to a phased return of employees to campus. Visit HR's page for information regarding working remotely, a guide for supervisors transitioning to a blended work environment, and guidelines for returning employees.  
Facilities Facilities Planning and Management is dedicated to providing a clean and safe environment in which to learn, work and live. For more information on FP&M's plans for a safe return to campus and clear protocol while navigating through campus, review the Facilities Campus Restart Playbook. For any additional questions, visit Facilities Campus Restart FAQ.
Housing Campus is housing is open only for students who need to remain on campus. To learn more about plans for the fall semester, visit Housing's coronavirus webpage.
Research Wayne State has started a phased-in approach to restarting on-campus research activities. Please visit the Office of Research's COVID-19 webpage to review the Wayne State COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan for Research.
Technical support Information about accessing technology off campus — including discounted and free internet and cellular service — can be found at Computing & Information Technology's (C&IT) resource page. Additionally, the C&IT Help Desk has hours Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. For support, contact 313-577-4357 or
Visitors and vendors

Wayne State remains open to those with essential business or academic needs whose presence is required on campus. However, to ensure your safety and the safety of our campus community, you must do the following if you are required to visit campus:

  • Refrain from coming to campus if you have:
    • Experienced symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, new cough, shortness of breath, new muscle aches, chills, sore throat or runny nose, or new loss of taste and smell)
    • Have been in close contact in the last 14 days with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19
    • Have traveled via airplane internationally or domestically in the last 14 days
    • Have had a COVID-19 test and are currently awaiting results
  • Wear a face covering that is properly secured and covers your nose and your mouth while on campus.
  • Maintain a social distance of at least six feet with others while on campus.