Coronavirus student information

Last updated: Aug. 11, 2020, at 11:36 a.m. EDT

For information on classes, housing and other information for fall 2020, visit our student guide for the fall semester

Schools and Colleges

Campus departments

Unit Status
Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center is supporting students' learning with online support through Peer Assisted Learning, the Study Skills Academy, the Learning Communities Program and Mathematics Literacy Services. Please email if you have any questions. 

Athletics Department The Athletics Department has not made a decision regarding its fall sports seasons.
Campus 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

Campus employment Human Resources encourages management to allow student assistants to continue their campus employment if they are able to work. In the event that student assistants are unable to work because of discontinued operations or other limitations, supervisors should be willing to share their services with other units who may need assistance.
Campus housing Campus housing remains open for students who must live on campus. For more information regarding housing services for the fall semester, visit housing's coronavirus webpage.
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.

Campus Shuttle All WSU shuttle services are currenlty suspended. See the Parking and Transportation website for more information.
Career Services

Career Services will continue to provide students with ways to use resources and services that do not require them to physically be in the office. Connect with Career Services' virtual front desk email or Teams chat@ with any questions.

Commencement In accordance with government restrictions on large gatherings, Wayne State has postponed its commencement ceremonies. Graduates will still receive their degrees.
Computing and Information Technology (C&IT)

The C&IT Help Desk is available Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. for phone calls or emails.

  • 313-577-4357

The C&IT Help Desk office is currently not available for in person and hands-on support.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) CAPS staff are working remotely and ready to help. If you're experiencing fear, stress or anxiety related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) can help. CAPS offers telemental health services to currently registered WSU students using the Microsoft Teams app. To work remotely with a CAPS counselor, download the Teams app to your computer or smartphone, then call 313-577-3398. CAPS counselors are available Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit the CAPS website for more details. 
Dean of Students Office All face-to-face programming and events have been canceled, and DOSO is actively exploring opportunities for virtual engagement.
Learn Anywhere The Academic Success Center's Learn Anywhere webpage has links to numerous resources to assist online learning, as well as tips to help students navigate this transition. 
Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center The Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center (MHRFC) is closed and all programming is canceled indefinitely. Virtual content is available, including daily live group fitness classes, intramural esports and fitness instruction from MHRFC personal trainers on YouTube . Visit the Active at Home page for links to all of MHRFC's virtual programs.
Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS)

On July 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) clarified parts of the SEVP March 2020 "status quo" guidance  as it relates to fall 2020 for both new and continuing (current) international students. The most up-to-date information about this change, as well as other helpful details for international students, can always be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control added Canada to its list of countries considered "high risk" as it relates to COVID-19 infections. As a result, Wayne State's Public Health Committee has determined that Canadian students who plan to live in the Detroit area this fall will need to quarantine 14 days before the start of classes.

Students intending to live on campus should contact Housing and Residential Life at or 313-577-2116 as soon as possible to make arrangements for quarantine. You will be able to quarantine in campus housing.

Based on the information we currently have, commuting Canadian students will either need to move to the United States or stay in Canada and take an all-online schedule. Students can still apply to live in campus housing.

Please keep in mind that F-1 immigration status is independent from the ability to study at WSU. Students who are outside of the U.S. are still eligible to enroll in online courses.

Virtual advising appointments are available between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. There are no walk-in appointments. Students should email or call 313-577-3422 with questions or to set up a virtual appointment.

Please note: With the uncertainty around travel and possible disruptions and restrictions, we encourage you to avoid travel unless necessary. However, if you plan to leave the U.S., please review OISS travel information online. You must email prior to your departure. International students who are outside the country should contact OISS to discuss their plans and support/assistance you may need to return to the U.S. and/or complete your semester remotely.

Office of the Registrar

Please use the "transcript by email" option instead of requesting it by paper, if possible, in order to expedite delivery of your transcript (typically, sent out in an hour if you have no holds) and reduce person-to-person contact. Our team will reach out to you with any questions.

Register for classes online

OneCard  To ensure that only members of the Wayne State community are on campus, keep your OneCard with you at all times to assist with verification and building access as needed. If you need a replacement or new card, visit the OneCard website.
Satellite campuses All satellite campuses are closed to students.
Student Center Building The Student Center is closed to students and the public until further notice. All food court retail, recreational and meeting spaces, as well as the Late Night Grill, are closed during this time. Most offices in the Student Center are working virtually during this time and should be contacted by phone or email.
Student Disability Services

Student Disability Services (SDS) continues to meet with students remotely via phone or video call, and is also available for consultation with department and program liaisons to coordinate services. Email SDS or call 313-577-1851; emails and voicemails will be forwarded to the appropriate staff member.

Student Service Center The Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Office of Student Financial Aid and the Student Service Center encourage students to contact them with any questions or details of how they can best be supported. Students who prefer a phone call should email and include their request for a call, the best time to be contacted and a phone number where they can be reached. Students can also call 313-577-2100 to speak with a specialist from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Testing, Evaluation and Research Services Office The Testing, Evaluation and Research Services Office is no longer administering tests in person. If you need to take a test this semester, please visit the testing webpage to offer input about the type of testing you will need and why.
Transfer Student Success Center The TSSC is actively exploring opportunities to expand programming online. Contact staff directly via email or sign up for a virtual appointment.
The W Food Pantry The W Food Pantry is open Wednesdays only, from noon to 4 p.m. Bags of supplies will be packaged in advance for pickups. Please email The W with any questions.
Warrior Chat

A partnership between the Dean of Students Office and the College of Education's Mental Health and Wellness Clinic, Warrior Chat is a nonclinical peer counseling program staffed by graduate students in the College of Education's Counseling and School Psychology programs. Complete the Warrior Chat Request Form to share your preference for communication with the peer counselor. Your assigned peer counselor will contact you by email or phone and make further arrangements to chat.

Wayne State University Bookstore
  • The Wayne State University Bookstore will resume in-person operations June 15, with summer operating hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. A face covering is required in the bookstore at all times.
  • Due to the closure, course materials for the summer semester are shipping directly from our fulfillment center to students at no additional charge. Students are asked to place orders for summer semester course materials at the bookstore's website no less than one week before summer classes begin.
  • Students are encouraged to select digital options for their material when available, as stay-at-home orders nationwide have impacted publishers. eBooks are typically delivered in a matter of minutes via email, providing quick access to required content.
  • Download the bookstore app by searching My College Bookstore in any app marketplace for up-to-date store hours.
  • Have a question? Email the bookstore or call 313-577-2436 during business hours.
The Writing Center

The Writing Center is conducting online, real-time tutoring appointments during regular business hours. Student who require alternative options to online tutoring should contact Jule Thomas. For instructions regarding online tutoring appointments, visit The Writing Center's webpage.

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