At Webster University, the safety of our students, staff and their families is our No. 1 priority. We continue to adapt as we learn more about ways to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe for in-person learning with minimal disruption. This guide provides policy updates, expectations when on campus and the latest information and guidelines.


Webster recommends that students, faculty and staff follow the current CDC COVID-19 guidelines.


COVID-19 Protocols for the University Community

In alignment with guidelines issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local and state health authorities, the University’s current COVID guidelines are as follows:

Safety Guidance and Protocols

Vaccination Requirements and Protocols and Verification

Starting July 1, 2023, COVID-19 vaccines are no longer mandatory for students in University-managed housing. Consistent with our Aug. 1, 2022 removal of the mandate for other students, faculty and staff, the University strongly recommends receiving the vaccine. If COVID-19 vaccines are required in other countries where Webster University operates, those local laws will supersede University policy at those campuses.

If You Test Positive

The University recommends students, faculty and staff follow the CDC guidelines if they have tested positive.

Study Abroad

Some country or program-specific COVID-19 related requirements may be in place. Visit the Study Abroad COVID-19 page for more information.


Faculty and staff no longer need to report positive COVID-19 cases through the University’s online incident report.

As a reminder, anyone who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or loss of taste — full list of symptoms — should stay away from campus and follow the recommended course for recovery by your physician or provided by the CDC to keep from spreading the virus to others.

If You Test Positive

The University recommends students, faculty and staff follow the CDC guidelines if they have tested positive.

CDC Help and Resources

The CDC provides important information regarding transmission and prevention of COVID-19 and other viral diseases:

Managing Stress and Anxiety, Reducing Stigma

CDC tips:

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) can be stressful. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

Missouri has established the Show Me Hope Line for those experiencing stress and anxiety related to COVID-19. The phone number is 800-985-5990; you can also text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.

For the latest and most detailed information on global response and prevention to the coronavirus, visit the CDC's COVID-19 page, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and the WHO's coronavirus 2019 page, which are updated frequently.