Graduate students

Updated as of April 5, 2022, 9:51 a.m.

This spring, the semester will look and feel different than a traditional semester. Many people have put a great deal of thought into how to best manage your educational experience, and we are providing as much information as possible in the FAQs below. From an academic, career and community perspective, your advisors are ready to help you through the process. Feel free to reach out to them with additional questions.

We also encourage you to read the information distributed by the university, revisit Olin Business School’s Spring Protocols, and have honest discussions with your family members and mentors—and physicians, if necessary—about your return to campus or online learning. 

Health and Well-Being

What public health precautions will be implemented for the spring 2022 semester?

  • Olin Business School will follow all public health precautions established by the university. This includes, but is not limited to, daily health self-assessments, frequent hand washing/sanitizing and face masking in all indoor spaces. The university will provide updated information regarding all public health precautions that will be implemented on campus as more information becomes available.

What do I do about medical attention or testing if I think I might have COVID-19?

Will physical and mental health services be available through the Habif Wellness Center? 

What else can/should I do to make sure I know the latest information?

  • If there is new information or polices, all students will receive direct emails via their WUSTL email address. For all other university policies in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, visit WashU’s COVID-19 site or WashU’s emergency site.

General Academic Questions

When do spring 2022 classes begin?

  • The first day of classes is January 18.

Can you please provide an update on the plans for the full-time MBA global immersion for the MBA classes of 2022 and 2023 and the incoming class of 2024?

  • Meanwhile, it’s important to keep in mind that Olin’s leadership team will continue to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the pace of the vaccine rollout and their impact on global travel. We will adjust plans as needed to ensure that we meet the learning objectives of the global immersion while ensuring the well-being of students, faculty and staff. Students will be notified of any changes to this travel schedule as soon as they become available.

Class Delivery (In-Person, Hybrid, Online)

Fall 2022 course modality policy

In fall 2022, the following policy for modality will be in place for students enrolled in full-time academic programs at Olin Business School.

  • Students completing the final semester of their academic program who have studied remotely for the duration of their program will be allowed to continue studying remotely in the fall 2022 semester.
  • Students who have previously studied on-campus must continue to study on-campus for the fall 2022 semester.
  • Incoming students beginning enrollment in their program in summer 2022 or fall 2022 are required to study on-campus for the fall 2022 semester.

Questions about spring 2022 class delivery

Can I be granted permission for short-term remote attendance?

  • During the spring 2022 semester, the Graduate Programs Office will not approve temporary remote study. Students who need to miss class for any reason should work with their instructors, review recordings for missed class sessions and ensure that they complete all coursework in a timely manner. Class attendance and participation points may not be granted during such absences. If a faculty member provides the Zoom link to a student who needs to miss class that is at the faculty member’s discretion. Students who have been directed to quarantine due to a COVID exposure or positive COVID test will be able to attend classes remotely upon receiving approval from Habif Health and Wellness Center.

How will I know the mode of delivery (online, in-person or hybrid) for my courses, and if the day or time for a course has changed?

  • Course listings in WebSTAC will feature updated information on the mode of delivery (online, in-person or hybrid) and classroom assignments, as well as the scheduled day(s) and times for each Olin Business School course. I also take courses outside of Olin. How will I know if those courses are online, in-person or hybrid? How will I know if they follow the same academic calendar?
  • WebSTAC will indicate whether a course is online, in-person or hybrid. This includes courses outside of Olin Business School. If you’re taking courses through the Brown School or Law School, you should be aware of differences in the academic calendar. (Note: This is the WashU Olin academic calendar for 2021–2022.)

Can I register for classes that have the same time block if one or both courses are offered online, asynchronously or recorded?

  • No. To accommodate registration and unforeseeable course interruptions and to facilitate course group work, you may not register for more than one course during a time block.

I plan to return to campus this spring. Can I choose to take some courses in-person and some courses online, even if the course is being offered in-person/hybrid?

  • No. If you are returning to campus for the spring, you must attend courses in the modality for which they are being offered. However, should you become ill, you will be permitted to attend and participate remotely. If you feel it is absolutely necessary to take a course in a modality other than what it is offered, speak with your Olin advisor and your instructor to discuss whether this is a possibility. 

I have a friend who is taking a course online, but I will be on campus. I’m on the waitlist for that class. Can I attend in their place in a course since they’re not physically here?

  • No. We want to ensure that professors are equally accessible to all students in the course and, therefore, do not anticipate expanding course enrollment caps. 

I  have been approved to participate in the semester online; however, one of my classes is listed as ‘in-person.’ Can I still participate in this class?

  • You’ll still be able to participate in this class. Some classes may have synchronous (live) and asynchronous components, so make sure to communicate with your instructor. 

I’m planning to attend online and won’t physically be present for class. I am on the waitlist for a class. Can I be moved off the waitlist and into the class since I won’t physically be here?

  • No. We want to ensure that professors are equally accessible to all students in the course and therefore do not anticipate expanding course enrollment caps. 

How will online courses work for people in different time zones?

  • Some online courses may have synchronous and asynchronous activities. All synchronous courses (regardless of mode of delivery) will be livestreamed and recorded to accommodate both synchronous and asynchronous viewing. This is important for students who are not on campus or unable to attend in person due to health reasons. Asynchronous courses will be formatted with online learning, meaning that activities, lectures or labs, can be watched within the time frame of a specific class.

I plan to be a TA this semester but I have been approved  to remain virtual. Can I do that? It depends. Students should work with their faculty to determine whether this will be an option.

Accommodations and Leave of Absence

Will I still receive my academic accommodations?

  • Yes. However, you should realize that some accommodations available in in-person instruction may differ or may not be necessary for online instruction. Additionally, other adjustments to your approved accommodations may be appropriate in an online setting. Send a copy of your WashU Accommodation letter to your instructor and follow up with them individually to confirm how your accommodations will be met in the online environment. To assess your need for academic accommodations or adjustments to them, contact Disability Resources

Will tuition and/or fees see any adjustment for those who are approved to attend online? What if all course delivery switches to fully online after the semester begins?

  • No. We are working hard to plan in a manner that meets Washington University’s high academic standards while also taking the measures necessary to enhance the safety of all members of our community. The public health measures we must take mean that the semester will be different from anything we have seen before. What will not change, however, is the commitment of the Washington University faculty to provide students with a high-quality educational experience. Students will continue to receive academic instruction from Washington University faculty members, in person and/or online, and we will continue to provide academic support services and resources. Students enrolled in the fall semester will continue to earn academic credit and make progress toward completion of a Washington University degree. The tuition assessed for the semester will be as previously announced.
  • If the public health situation changes such that we must suspend all in-person classes, instruction will be provided remotely or through other alternative means and there will be no tuition refunds based on that transition. If a student chooses to withdraw, entitlement to a partial refund will be determined in accordance with normal refund policies.

I’m considering taking a Leave of Absence (LOA). By when do I need to make that decision, and what is the process?

  • Students must submit a request for a Leave of Absence to their academic advisor. Students should submit the request for a Leave of Absence prior to the start of semester. Students considering an LOA will ordinarily receive a percentage of tuition refunded based on the last date of class attendance. You can find information on the university’s Leave of Absence policy here. A student wishing to take a medical leave of absence (MLOA) should first talk with a representative from Student Health Services. 

What services are unavailable to me during a Leave of Absence?

  • Students on an LOA have reduced access to university resources. Students are not considered currently enrolled during the semester of the LOA and, therefore, have reduced availability of university resources: 
    • Student account would be inactive in OlinConnect; any student considering an LOA should talk to their career coach about their specific situation
    • Students are not allowed to hold a leadership position in a student organization
    • Students cannot transfer academic credits from another institution
    • A student cannot study abroad in the semester immediately following an LOA
    • Students will not have access to university buildings
    • Athletic complex and facilities are unavailable

 Career Services and Recruiting

What will corporate campus recruiting look like this semester?

  • Campus recruiting will be entirely virtual.

Why did you make the decision for all campus recruiting to be virtual?

  • In light of conversations with alumni, recruiters and students, public health concerns, consultation with Olin leadership, and a review of the policies of many other universities, we felt this was the best decision to provide equitable access for all students to potential employers.

How will the WCC support me during this time?

  • The WCC will offer programming and coaching specifically designed for virtual recruiting to ensure you’re prepared for recruiting. We’ll be talking with recruiters and students about their virtual experiences to learn more about best practices and pass them along to you. We will host sessions where we share insights into how to navigate virtual recruiting successfully.

How can I meet with my career coach?

  • You can continue to schedule appointments through OlinConnect, and your career coach will connect with your virtually. You can schedule a meeting with your career coach online or join virtual drop-in hours Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. here.

How will you shift resources to support virtual recruiting?

  • The WCC will offer programming and coaching specifically designed for virtual recruiting to ensure you’re prepared for recruiting. We’ll be talking with recruiters and students about their virtual experiences to learn more about best practices and pass them along to you. We will continue to host sessions where we share insights into how to navigate virtual recruiting successfully.

How will large networking events happen?

  • We’re committed to creating meaningful connections between students, recruiters and alumni.  We’ll continue to utilize the typical virtual resources, Microsoft Teams, Zoom and other meeting tools.

Will the WashU Career Fair happen?

Can you provide further clarification on how career support will be provided throughout the program and what resources will be available?

  • All students can participate in Weston Career Center activities, including career coaching, workshops, employer sessions and interviews virtually. Employer sessions and workshops will be held virtually in US time zones. All events and job postings are updated in OlinConnect (MBA) and CareerLink (SMP).
  • Students who want to pursue their internship outside of the United States

The Weston Career Center has multiple resources including a dedicated staff member in Asia to assist students with job searches in different geographic locations. To access our global resources, please review our resources page.

  • Networking opportunities outside of the United States

Olin Business School is a participating AUCA member, and our students can participate in any spring series events. At this point, all networking opportunities in the US are virtual and you can participate wherever you are in the world. In addition, our team in China is researching new employer events that can be hosted in China.  We recommend that you follow our WeChat account for information about events in China (WeChat: WUSTL_Career).

Miscellaneous Questions

If I start the spring semester online, will there be changes to spring tuition?

  • No. There are no adjustments to tuition at this time.  As a courtesy, all students who start in Spring 2021 will lock in the 2020-2021 tuition rates for their program.

I’ve been approved to attend remotely. What kind of technology support will be available to me?

  • Olin will provide technology support at sites.wustl.edu/olinit.
  • If you’re learning remotely from within the United States, most tools used by our faculty won’t require a VPN. If you’re outside the United States, it’s likely that you’ll need to access the VPN to connect to campus tools such as Canvas, Zoom, Teams, Box, Outlook and O365 apps. Go here to access to the VPN.

I’ve been approved to participate in the semester online. Are there any activities that won’t be available to me?

  • We’re working with OBS student organizations as well as our faculty and staff to help promote the availability, accessibility and engagement in activities for our online students. To the extent possible, all students should be able to participate in activities online. 

Can I participate in student organizations remotely?

  • Yes. As long as you are currently an enrolled student approved for remote study, you can still participate in student organizations to the extent possible.

Where and how will I receive my name tent or request a new name tent?

  • We are currently assessing how we will distribute name tents and will communicate with students and faculty once this is determined. 

I typically use my student folder in the student lounge to pick up course material from my professors. Will that still be available?

  • No. Student folders will not be utilized this semester. 

 Will there be changes to parking prices and/or options for students?

  • The Office of Parking & Transportation is aware of concerns raised about safety around use of public transportation to and from campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. The department continues to plan for the fall semester, evaluating university policies and decisions that could impact the parking and transportation needs of our community.  

The application to apply for parking is now available; and the waitlist is now managed online. 

Due to circumstances related to COVID-19, Enterprise has opted to suspend the Enterprise CareShare service for the foreseeable future. 

For the most up-to-date information, please visit their website.

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