Course Delivery

Details on fall start protocols

A message from Dean Mark P. Taylor

As you may know, a great many of our Olin colleagues have been planning for fall 2020 at both a university and school level. Throughout the process, everyone has focused on how we can provide high-quality teaching, research, services and experiences to our students, faculty and staff while navigating the uncertainty created by the pandemic. At the heart of the planning process is the safety, security and well-being of the community.

I now have the green light to start sharing the university’s plans more widely. We’ll start sharing some of this information in tomorrow’s regular faculty-staff town hall at noon, which has been expanded to an hour for the occasion. Check your Outlook calendar for details.

In the coming days, you’ll see—if you haven’t already—invitations to special meetings tailored to Olin faculty and staff on Monday, July 20, related to course delivery and operations. That week, we’ll also launch a website with details of the protocols and resources for WashU Olin fall 2020.

Clearly, the fall semester at WashU Olin will not be business as usual. With this note, I wanted to telegraph that you’ll soon have a great deal of information to digest and we’re working on providing the resources and the training—both virtual and video-based—that will pull together all the pieces as we approach the new academic year.

I am proud of the thoughtfulness, foresight and attention to detail everyone has brought to this task. And I am confident no one could have done more to prepare us to deliver a signature WashU Olin experience to our students under these most extraordinary of times.