Keeping Our Community Safe

Throughout the pandemic, Webster University has followed the coronavirus guidelines recommended by local and state health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Our community responded expertly and diligently to these guidelines and produced exceptional safety results. We applaud everyone’s diligence and thank you for helping keep our students, faculty and staff safe.

Due to the rapid increase in documented infections due to the Delta variant of COVID-19, Webster University now requires that students, faculty and staff begin the COVID-19 vaccination process by the start of the fall 2021 semester. This is an important step to maintain safety, health and well-being of the entire University community as we head into the new academic year.

See information on access to vaccines, how to verify your status, and other important safety guidelines below.

Safety Guidance and Protocols for Students (Updated Sept. 28, 2021)

Given the global environment and response to the Delta variant, Webster University announced the requirement that all students, faculty and staff begin the vaccination process by the start of the fall 2021 semester. The goal of this policy update is to make sure we can safely resume in-person education worldwide.

While we are very proud that our community had outstanding results in our fight against COVID-19 during the pandemic with relatively few cases on our main campus in Webster Groves and throughout the Webster University global network, this is an important step to maintain safety, health and well-being of the entire University community as we head into the new academic year.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This vaccination policy does not apply to:

  • Students who are studying at campuses outside of the United States;
  • Students who are studying fully online (who also do not reside in Webster University-operated housing); and
  • Students who study at locations having local laws that prevent Webster from enforcing mandatory vaccinations.

All other Webster University students should complete their vaccination process as soon as possible and submit verification of vaccination via the University’s Student Health Portal. If you have already completed a vaccination process, please upload your confirmation of vaccination to the Student Health Portal. 

Students should plan to be fully vaccinated before returning to campus for the fall semester, meaning that at least two weeks have passed since the final dose of an FDA-authorized or approved vaccine (currently Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson) or vaccines that have been authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (e.g., AstraZeneca/Oxford). We strongly encourage you to be vaccinated when you can with the vaccine that is available to you. The deadline for completion of this process is Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.

Exemption Requests: Please see the Student Vaccination Exemption Request Form and follow the instructions listed on the form for submission requirements. Note: Requests for the fall semester must be submitted no later than Aug. 16. Additionally, please be aware that individuals who are granted an exemption from this vaccine requirement may be subject to additional public health measures (e.g., masking, testing) above and beyond what is required of vaccinated individuals.

Vaccine Event on Campus Aug. 20: A vaccination event will be held on the main campus in St. Louis (Webster Groves) on Aug. 20, offering the Jonhnson & Johnson (one shot) vaccine or second dose of the Moderna vaccine. Students and employees, please register in advance here.

Last updated July 2021: 2021 study abroad programs at Webster’s campuses in Austria, Ghana, Greece, the Netherlands, St. Louis, and Switzerland as well as select partner and exchange programs in the UK, Italy, and Belgium have been approved to run. Fall 2021 programs in Japan, Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Argentina are not approved at this time due to ongoing challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic in those locations.

The university will continue to monitor the locations where Webster offers international programs and will allow study abroad to resume as conditions with COVID-19 permit. Beginning in Fall 2021, students participating in study abroad will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine prior to the start of their programs. The Spring 2022 study abroad application is open now through September 30. Students can apply here.

For more information, contact the Office of Study Abroad (worldview@webster.edu or 314-968-6988) or visit the Study Abroad web site www.webster.edu/studyabroad.

Students, staff and faculty will continue to access buildings with their ID cards. Faculty and staff have building access from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., 7 days/week; student access is 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday – Friday. Housing & Residential Life will be in contact directly with on-campus residents about COVID-related expectations for resident students in the near future.

Any visitors to campus for business purposes must be pre-approved by the employee they are visiting and can meet their host at a building entrance. Other visitors should visit Public Safety for screening and access.

All members of the Webster University community and guests to campus are required to wear face masks and/or face coverings over their nose and mouth when inside campus buildings or Webster-operated facilities. Face masks/coverings may be removed when inside University facilities while participating in activities in which a face mask cannot practically be worn, such as eating and drinking in an on-campus dining facility. (Note: Eating and drinking is not allowed in classrooms.)

Employees and students at all U.S. and international locations still must follow guidelines set by their local public authorities. Please note that university guidance prevails, in the event that local public guidance does not require face masks/coverings.

When unvaccinated, keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we can implement to avoid being exposed to the COVID-19 virus and slowing its spread. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if you have no symptoms. Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household. Social distancing is important for everyone, especially to help protect people who are at higher risk of getting very sick. 

Anyone who contracts COVID-19 must report their status and those who are unvaccinated and who are in close contact with someone with COVID-19 must also report their status. Employees must report their status in these cases to Human Resources.

Students must report their status through Student Affairs. See the Covid-19 Health Protocols for Students [PDF] for guidance.

For Students
If a vaccinated student becomes a Close Contact, that student shall immediately enter a 4-day quarantine period.  At the end of the quarantine period, the student must produce a negative test for COVID-19 before ending quarantine.
 
For Employees
If a vaccinated employee becomes a Close Contact, no quarantine is required and the employee shall report to work as normal.  Employee shall adhere to the face covering guidelines and practice social distancing.

CRRSAA and HEERF (CARES Act) Reporting

Eligible Webster University students experiencing a short-term financial need caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) are now able to log into their Connections Account and complete an application for consideration of an emergency student grant from the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief III Fund. These emergency funds can pay for expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and childcare. 

Applications for these funds must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CST, Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. 

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act 2021 (CRRSAA) authorized the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) on Dec. 27, 2020. 

  1. Webster University received an award letter notifying them of funds available through the CRRSAA on January 17, 2021.
  2. The University intended to use no less than the $1,758,529 received under Section 314(c)(3) of the CRRSAA to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  3. The University received $1,758,529 on February 2, 2021, from the Department pursuant to filing the annual report required for HEERF.
  4. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 314(c)(3) of the CRRSAA as of April 30, 2021, was $1,758,529.
  5. 3,852 students enrolled in the 2020-2021 Spring semester filed a FAFSA and were eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under 314(c)(3) of the CRRSAA.
  6. As of April 30, 2021, 1,888 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 314(c)(3) of the CRRSAA.
  7. The University made every effort to contact all students regarding available funding and added a website devoted to the Emergency Financial Aid Grants. Students must apply via an application found through the student portal ("Connections") and eligible students are awarded based on their Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) as calculated on their 2020-2021 FAFSA.

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act 2021 (CRRSAA) authorized the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) on Dec. 27, 2020.

  1. Webster University received an award letter notifying them of funds available through the CRRSAA on January 17, 2021.
  2. The University intends to use no less than the $1,758,529 received under Section 314(c)(3) of the CRRSAA to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  3. The University received $1,758,529 on February 2, 2021, from the Department pursuant to filing the annual report required for HEERF.
  4. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 314(c)(3) of the CRRSAA as of March 31, 2021, is $752,500.
  5. 3,852 students enrolled in the 2020-2021 Spring semester filed a FAFSA and were eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under 314(c)(3) of the CRRSAA.
  6. As of March 31, 2021, 982 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 314(c)(3) of the CRRSAA.
  7. The University made every effort to contact all students regarding available funding and added a website devoted to the Emergency Financial Aid Grants. Students must apply via an application found through the student portal ("Connections") and eligible students are awarded based on their Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) as calculated on their 2020-2021 FAFSA.

The Federal CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), passed into law in March 2020, provided funds to colleges and universities to distribute for emergency student grants due to the pandemic. Webster University provided an application process for eligible students to receive assistance through a one-time emergency grant in 2020.

Required reporting on Webster's disbursement of CARES Act funds and an archive of key communications about this program can be found here.

Required reports on the Insititutional Portion for HEERF I, II, and III can be found here:

CARES Act '30-Day Fund Report' - May 20, 2020

Each institution applying for HEERF funds was directed to comply with Section 18004(e) of the CARES Act and submit an initial report (the “30-day Fund Report”) to the Secretary thirty (30) days from the date of the institution’s Certification and Agreement to the Department. The '30-Day Fund Report' information that was posted on May 20, 2020, follows:
  1. Webster University signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement on April 9, 2020. The University intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  2. The University received $1,758,529 on April 21, 2020, from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of May 20, 2020, is $928,000.
  4. 4,548 students enrolled in the 2019-2020 Spring semester filed a FAFSA and were eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  5. As of May 20, 2020, 1,266 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  6. The University made every effort to contact all students regarding available funding and added a website devoted to the Emergency Financial Aid Grants at https://www.legacy.webster.edu/covid19/cares-act.html. Students must apply via an application found through the student portal ("Connections") and eligible students are awarded based on their Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) as calculated on their 2019-2020 FAFSA.

Note: The following information is retained for recording purposes. The HEERF II application period ended on April 15, 2021.

The federal government in early 2021 enacted the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), which authorized the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II). HEERF II provides money that colleges and universities can distribute as emergency grants to students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. Webster University was awarded $5.9 million in relief assistance under the HEERF II, of which $1,758,529 is required to be disbursed to eligible Webster University students, ensuring learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic for those eligible students. 

Webster University degree-seeking students who are currently enrolled in Spring 2021 are eligible to apply. Students must have previously filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with Webster University’s Office of Financial Aid by March 1, 2021. Students should log into Connections to see more information and to access the application. Note: The original HEERF II application deadline of March 31 was extended to April 15, 2021.