Class and campus expectations

Wayne State has created guidelines and procedures to accommodate physical distancing and prevent the spread of the coronavirus on campus. Continue to monitor your email and Warrior Safe is Warrior Strong for the latest information. Please familiarize yourself with all essential guidelines to ensure your safety and that of your classmates, professors and friends.  


Wayne State University has remained committed to its academic mission throughout the pandemic. In order to protect the health and safety of the campus community, and to ensure that students continue to receive a world-class academic experience, we are offering classes in the following formats:

  • Traditional: Course instruction will take place on campus. 
  • Remote (synchronous): Students must log in online at a specific time along with their professor and classmates. 
  • Online (asynchronous): All instruction is online only, with no specific meeting dates or times.
  • Hybrid: Students are occasionally expected to be on campus for face-to-face instruction, but will also complete work through remote and/or online distance education. 
  • Individually Arranged:  These include dissertations, theses and individual research credits.

Ratios of the class formats depend on the pandemic situation, and we are prepared to adjust if necessary.

When registering for classes, take note of whether your classes are offered via traditional, remote, online or hybrid formats so you can plan for when to be on campus and when you will be learning remotely. Your specific school or college may have further guidelines and procedures to follow, so be sure to check their website and your email inbox for further updates. For more information on these options, visit the Registrar's website. To register for classes, visit the Registration website.  


University libraries and computer labs have implemented processes for cleaning of spaces and equipment, as well as social distancing guidelines. Accommodations have been developed at all libraries to create increased access to materials. Libraries are open to Wayne State students, faculty and staff; your OneCard is required for entry.

More information on the hours and operations of the libraries is available at the libraries website.


Campus housing is open. We have recommended best practices to provide you with a safe on-campus housing experience. In addition to following all health and safety guidelines, please follow these procedures to help ensure your safety and the safety of the Wayne State community.

  • Get tested: All residents are tested for COVID-19 as part of the move-in process and are periodically retested over the academic year.
  • Stay safe: Face coverings are required in all indoor and outdoor spaces on campus, as well as six-foot physical distancing between residents wherever possible. Face coverings are not required in residents' private rooms, but six-foot physical distancing between residents is expected wherever possible. Guest visitation is currently suspended to limit non-resident traffic in housing facilities.

Dining and retail

Campus dining and retail options are open. Entrees, side dishes and desserts are provided at all stations to reduce foot traffic in our cafeterias. Capacity in Towers Café, Gold 'n' Greens, and the Student Center Food Court has been reduced to optimize physical distancing. New procedures to accommodate diners while protecting safety are posted below and are also available on the Housing and Residential Life website

  • Face coverings: Face coverings may be removed once students are seated at a table for dining, and are required again when leaving the dining table.
  • Get it to go: To-go meals are available during all meal periods. An additional residential dining to-go location will be opened in the Student Center Building for residents who choose not to visit a cafeteria.
  • Go cashless: Contactless transactions for meal plan swipes and OneCard use for purchases will be maximized.


In addition to following the required campus health and safety guidelines, all athletes undergo temperature checks prior to entering athletic buildings, and all student athletes are tested for COVID-19. Athletics has enacted several policies regarding safe use of its facilities and equipment, including completion of the Campus Daily Screener for everyone entering athletics facilities. Detailed information on protocols and guidelines for equipment and facilities is available in the Athletics Restart Protocol Handbook 

Campus life 

Student activities, student organizations, social events and campus-wide celebrations are an integral part of student life, and Wayne State has developed many opportunities for you to safely remain socially connected. You can celebrate your Warrior pride with many Wayne State traditions, as well as new opportunities for online programs such as esports, trivia, crafts, tours and comedy.

The Student Engagement Committee has a number of initiatives to get you involved. Whether it is viewing a Department of Theatre production online, attending supplemental instruction sessions live online with the Academic Success Center or cheering on our Warriors through the Department of Athletics' virtual fan experience, you will have plenty of opportunities to get involved.

The Dean of Students Office website features an up-to-date student activities calendar, Warrior Life health-and-wellness resources, and student organization membership information. Be sure to read the weekly Get Involved email, sent every Sunday to your Wayne State inbox.  

Staying Safe

We all have a role to play in the health and safety of our campus community. Following are some general guidelines that will help you protect yourself and your fellow Warriors. Remember: All students must abide by the Student Code of Conduct, which has been updated to include a section on COVID-19 mitigation compliance.

Campus Guidelines 

Follow these guidelines before heading out the door to ensure you know where to go and how to navigate this new campus experience.  

  • Review your classes: Know which classes you are taking remotely and which classes are on campus. Check your syllabi for important safety guidelines from your instructors.
  • Complete the training modules: The online Warrior Safe training provides an overview of COVID-19 and a guide to staying safe on campus.   
  • Fill out the Campus Daily Screener: Beginning two days (48 hours) before your return, fill out the Campus Daily Screener — available on the Wayne State website and on the Wayne State mobile app — each day before coming to campus. This includes all course-related experiences, including clinical or field experiences that might be conducted in another site.  
    • If you are cleared to be on campus, you will receive a QR code that you may be asked to produce.  
    • If you are not cleared to be on campus, you will be contacted by the Campus Health Center staff for further screening. You may then be cleared, or you may be referred for testing. 
  • If you have symptoms or have been exposed, stay home: If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 (new cough, fever, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle aches, chills, loss of taste or smell) or have been exposed to someone confirmed to have the virus, you must stay home. 
  • Know before you go: Before you leave, visit the parking website to know which lots and structures are open, and the status of campus shuttles. 

Staying safe on campus 

We've enacted new cleaning and safety measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We have also created new guidelines to help you play a role in contributing to the health and safety of our campus community. 

  • Face coverings: Until a vaccine is available, the most effective way to protect yourself and others is to be 100% consistent in wearing a face covering at all times in indoor and outdoor spaces on campus. Students will receive a Warrior swag bag that includes a Wayne State face covering, a great way to show your Warrior pride while keeping safe, or you may bring your own. Information on proper use of face coverings is available at the CDC's website.
  • Social distance: Follow guidelines posted in hallways, elevators, parking structures, restrooms, and at entryways and exits to maintain social distance. Leave six feet of physical distance between yourself and others wherever possible.
  • Hand-washing: Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds several times throughout the day. Hand-sanitizer dispensers have also been installed in every building. 
  • Bring your OneCard: Please have your OneCard with you when you come to campus to assist with verification and building access as needed. If you need a replacement or new card, visit the OneCard website.
  • Classroom safety: Furniture in classrooms has been arranged to facilitate social distancing; please do not re-arrange the furniture. Comply with all posted guidelines in campus buildings, classrooms, laboratories and common areas.
  • Use of shareables: Refrain from sharing textbooks, papers, pens, study materials, or unpackaged food or beverages with fellow students.