Coronavirus student information

Last updated: Sept. 24, 2020, at 11:51 p.m. EDT

For information on classes, housing and other information for fall 2020, visit our student guide for the fall semester. For more on how to have a successful fall semester, read "10 tips to start the semester Warrior Strong."   

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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. 


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.

The GLIAC Council of Presidents has announced the suspension of all sports competition until January 2021.  

Campus Library System

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

Fall hours are:

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.

Campus dining has taken new precautions to offer a safer dining experience in the dining halls and retail locations. A list of safety measures is available online. If you are experiencing food insecurity, resources are available through the Warrior Meal Share Program.

Employees 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.
Flu shots Wayne State requires all students, faculty and staff who will be on campus for any day during the fall and winter semesters to receive their flu shot by Oct. 15, 2020. For more information, see the Campus Health Center's flu shot webpage
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.
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

Beginning Thursday, Sept. 10, the Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center will be open for currently enrolled students, faculty and staff. Hours will be 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Information on safety guidelines and procedures is available on the Athletics website.

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.

Canadian students can continue commuting across the border for the purpose of attending WSU without a 14-day quarantine in the U.S. Canadian students who are moving to the Detroit area should plan to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. A resource from the Government of Canada providing guidance for Canadian students is available online

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.
Social gatherings Social gatherings on campus are limited to 10 persons or less inside campus buildings and 20 persons or less for outside gatherings. 
Student Center Building The Student Center Building is open to members of the campus community only. A valid OneCard and confirmation of a completed Campus Daily Screener must be presented upon entering the building. 
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 fees

Course material fees 

Course material fees (CMF) are assessed on a flat-rate, course-by-course basis for courses that have per-student expenses that directly support learning in the classroom (e.g., laboratory supplies and studio art supplies). In some cases, CMF will be assessed for remote classes where the course materials can be used remotely. For classes being taught online due to the COVID-19 pandemic that will not be able to use these supplies, the course material fees have been temporarily waived.   


Student services fees 

Student services fees are assessed on a per-credit-hour basis and are used to support the infrastructure of programs and services that enhance student services, including learning and student life. Some programs and services have been curtailed during the pandemic, such as Athletics programs and the Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center. While their infrastructure costs are still accrued, the costs of these services is, indeed, lower. Others — including student activities and programs hosted by the Dean of Students Office — are adapting programming to more remote offerings. Additionally, it should be noted that many of the services supported by this fee have experienced significantly increased costs during the pandemic, including the supplies and services of Computing and Information Technology to support remote learning, the Campus Health Center, and Public Safety. Funds generated from this fee may be reallocated to cover those increased costs. There is no COVID-related reduction or waiver of these fees at the present time.      

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, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept .19 and Saturday, 26.
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 Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bags are packaged in advance. 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 Wayen State University Bookstore's operating hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thurday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. Hours are subject to change; check the Student Services page for more information. A face covering is required in the bookstore at all times.
  • Due to the closure, course materials are shipping directly from our fulfillment center to students at no additional charge. Students are asked to place orders for course materials at the bookstore's website no less than one week before 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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