Fall 2021 at Wayne State
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.
The majority of our fall classes will be offered in person, along with virtual options. When registering, take note of whether your classes are offered via traditional, online (synchronous or asynchronous) or hybrid formats. Specific programs may have further guidelines and procedures. Note: Schools that operate on a different calendar, such as the Law School and the School of Medicine, will communicate their class formats separately. For more information, visit our registration website.
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 is required for all individuals who will be physically present on campus this fall. Masks are also required indoors. Please continue to complete the Campus Daily Screener before coming to campus each day and follow the health and safety guidelines.
We look forward to taking to the stands to cheer on Warrior sports teams this fall. 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. Intramural and club sports will also resume normal schedules.
Housing, dining and retail
Housing will be open to all students who wish to call campus home this fall. Campus dining and retail options will be open, and guests will be allowed into university housing. 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.
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.
Any university-sanctioned event with more than 30 people indoors (excluding academic instruction), or 50 people outdoors, requires prior approval of the Campus Health Committee. All university-sponsored or affiliated events, whether held on or off campus, must follow the campus mask/vaccine policy. 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 as they make their return. 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. The CHC also has resources available to assist any members of the Warrior community who may be anxious about returning to campus.
Is Wayne State mandating the COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes, to best protect the health and safety of our campus community, Wayne State will require all students, faculty and staff who plan to be on campus during the fall semester to receive their COVID-19 vaccination. You can submit your proof of vaccination online. More information is available on the vaccine mandate webpage.
Will Wayne State continue COVID testing?
COVID-19 testing will continue to be offered to anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms. Campus Health Center staff will require testing for certain individuals on a case-by-case clinical basis. Based on current guidelines, we will not require routine mandatory testing for housing residents or for students and faculty attending in-person classes.
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.
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?
Monthly parking deductions from employee paychecks will continue to be suspended until Oct. 1, 2021. During this time, we will assess different payment options based on budget, parking usage patterns and the goal of offering parking equitably. We will continue to charge for daily parking.
Those who are not currently enrolled for monthly parking deductions have the option to sign up for it and cancel prior to Sept. 10 without being charged. However, there is a nonrefundable $25 cost for the required Radio Frequency Identification hangtag.
How will campus respond to any outbreaks and health concerns?
As we did throughout the pandemic, we will 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?
Yes; our facilities staff has been on campus throughout the pandemic, cleaning, maintaining and ensuring that campus is safe for our return. 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. The Facilities Planning and Management Restart Playbook is available for download on the FPM site.
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 who plan to be on campus in fall 2021 and winter 2022 are required to submit proof of their flu vaccination by Oct. 20, 2021.