Staff and faculty

Updated as of July 30, 2021, 1:25 p.m.

In addition to the information here, we encourage you to visit WashU’s COVID-19 website, which includes its own FAQ document with university-wide guidance.

On-Campus Operations

What should I do if I’ve been working on campus and contract COVID-19?

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you test positive, are presumed positive or believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you must report this information as directed by the University.

Human Resources and Miscellaneous Questions

How do I handle time off for my own illness, caring for others or childcare issues?

A revised pay policy is now in effect related to COVID-19. Under this policy, the following circumstances will be paid as follows:

  • Self-quarantine or medically directed quarantine of the employee for COVID-19 related reasons – use sick or vacation time (if sick is not available). This is inclusive of physicians ordering the quarantine of employees who are expectant mothers immediately prior to delivery for COVID-19 related reasons.
  • Diagnosis of COVID-19 for the employee – use in the following order: sick or vacation time (if sick is not available), in conjunction with FMLA/STMD
  • A diagnosis of COVID-19 for a family member – use in the following order: sick or vacation time (if sick is not available) in conjunction with FMLA/Caregiver.
  • If receiving the COVID-19 vaccine during the workday – Pay regular time.
  • If an employee has side-effects from the COVID-19 vaccination and absence is medically approved by Occupational Health (within 48 hours of receiving the vaccination) – use Regular Pay (Time-off approved by HR).
  • If an employee has an extended absence or medical issue related to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, then Workers’ Compensation may apply.
  • Childcare responsibilities for children who were sent home due to school closing – use vacation or establish a flexible schedule arrangement with your supervisor to fit your circumstances

Note: we no longer pay regular pay if the employee becomes ill with COVID-19 or is quarantined due to COVID-19. These are now covered by sick or vacation time, in conjunction with FMLA/STMD. 

Someone confided their COVID-19 diagnosis to me. How should I handle that?

If you become aware of an individual who has tested positive, is presumed positive or has been exposed to COVID-19, please respect the privacy of your fellow colleagues and peers and do not share another person’s confidential health information with others. As a reminder, the university has obligations under HIPAA, FERPA, ADA and other federal and state laws, and depending upon the circumstances such disclosures may constitute a violation of these laws and university policy. Please direct anyone disclosing a COVID diagnosis or anyone having symptoms of COVID to contact the Habif Health and Wellness Center (students) or Occupational Health Services at 314-362-5056 (faculty and staff).