This post is an adaptation of a message Dean Mark Taylor shared with students this week reflecting the university’s guidance on global travel in fall 2021. Versions of this message went to full-time MBA students—current and incoming—and the executive MBA students in class 56.
I have difficult news regarding our plans for global travel in the fall semester. Based on the advice of university leadership, in collaboration with the university’s infectious disease experts, the International Travel Oversight Committee and federal authorities, we have decided we must suspend international travel for the fall semester.
This aligns with a similar message recently shared with WashU’s undergraduate community suspending university-sponsored international travel in the fall.
Though this is disappointing, we also recognize we are at a precarious stage in the trajectory of the pandemic and, thus, we must reassert the priority we place on the health and safety of our students, our staff and our faculty.
For our full-time MBA students, this affects travel for the global immersion—our three-continent, six-week experience—planned in fall. For members of EMBA class 56, this affects a trip planned to South America in November.
We have communicated to each population separately by email how we will accommodate each program’s academic schedule. For example, we now plan to do all the FTMBA global immersion travel in spring 2022, assuming circumstances improve with the pandemic. All our graduate students have been asked to contact their academic advisor, who will provide guidance to ensure they can continue their program at pace and graduate on time.
I take Olin’s commitment to the global immersion—and, indeed, all our global experiences—very seriously. We all recognize these trips as academically rigorous, life-changing opportunities to gain experience in the way business is conducted across continents and cultures.
So, while we plan reschedule these experiences, we must remain watchful as the pandemic runs its course. Clearly, not all circumstances are under our control, and the health of our community remains our paramount concern. I am grateful for your resilience and agility as we navigate these turbulent times.