COVID-19 Corner

Dear WashU Community,

With recent developments to the COVID-19 situation and the University’s new policies, we want to say we hope you are in a safe place, in good health, and finding a way to navigate the many considerations that the new policies have brought forth for us. In this time of uncertainty, we want to be a source of support and represent all of your voices in our conversations with University administrators.

Student Union is continuing our work remotely, and will continue advocating for student needs in the weeks ahead. We will update this website as we find out more. Please continue sharing your concerns and questions through the form below so we can relay them to administration.

While we may not have all the answers to your questions or concerns, we will do our best to accurately represent your concerns and support you in the weeks ahead. We are inspired by the generosity, compassion, and kindness expressed by the university community in the past few days, and we will continue to update you as more information is released. In these trying times, I know our community will grow stronger and closer.

Sincerely,

Your 54th Executive Board

Ranen Miao, Student Body President. president@su.wustl.edu

Anne He, Executive Vice President. executive@su.wustl.edu

Alexa Jochims, Vice President of Finance. finance@su.wustl.edu

Arjan Kalra, Vice President of Engagement. engagement@su.wustl.edu

Charlotte Pohl, Vice President of Programming. programming@su.wustl.edu

We are constantly working to make sure that student concerns are heard and that pertinent information is distributed as quickly as possible. If you have a concern or question that you would like addressed, please fill out the form. Responses will only be viewed by members of Student Union focused on getting answers to your questions/concerns. 

Please click the following buttons to learn more about changes to the following aspects of campus.

Community Initatives

We recognize the importance of elevating student voice and wanted to use this page as an opportunity to push to any and all students various resource sheets, petitions, and other student-led initiatives to the WashU Community. The following documents/forms are all made by WashU students outside Student Union. Please click any of the following buttons to proceed to the link.

This sheet is a resource for students to use if they need aid/opportunities in any of the following areas: Jobs, Food, Housing, Transportation, Support, Storage, Resources. Students can fill out the sheet to either request help in any of these areas or provide it as well.

This is a petition that is calling for WashU allow students the option to choose for each class whether it can be pass/fail (and still have those classes count towards major/graduation requirements) or maintain receiving letter grades for the semester. More specifics regarding peer-institution models and specific asks can be found in the petition.

This is a petition that is calling for WashU to partially refund tuition. Due to the clear difference in instruction with online instruction and lack of access to the resources and experiences that encompass the WashU academi experience, students are petitioning for a partial tuition refund. 

This is a petition calling for WashU to formally postpone the Commencement for the Class of 2020 and provide current Seniors with relief in these trying times. The petition, which is calling for a guarantee that the actual ceremony is performed at a later time, has received over 1,000 signatures and is no longer listing names. It is being sent to WashU administration to demonstrate the need for a in-person Commencement for the Class of 2020. 

This petition is a letter to WashU administration calling on them to ensure that these changes in university operations do not unduly impact the most vulnerable within the WashU campus community. This petition has ten demands, including but not limited to: ensuring that students on F-1 Visas are able to maintain their visa status, guarantee the salaries of all salaried and stipend workers, and many more. Please visit the link to learn more about this petition.

Covaid is a web-based mutual aid platform where members of a community can post offers to help others impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with tasks like grocery delivery, medication pickup, etc. People from these affected groups can then request help, after which contact info is shared between both parties. They currently have about 230 volunteers nationwide. Please visit the link to learn more about this organization and the great work they do.

Issues with Class Policies?

These are extraordinary times. Student Union recognizes that students are extremely stressed and don’t need their classes to be an extra burden on their minds right now. Most classes have already adapted to these extraordinary circumstances, and we applaud them for their efforts. However, there may still be some classes that are not meeting the needs of students. If you’re concerned about your classes’ policies surrounding recordings, disability accommodations, office hours, or more, contact the above administrators in each undergraduate school.

Arts and Sciences: Jennifer Smith. jensmith@wustl.edu

Olin: Paige LaRose. plarose@wustl.edu

McKelvey: Chris Kroeger. ckroeger@wustl.edu

Sam Fox: Cris Baldwin. crisbaldwin@wustl.edu