This page describes actions being taken by the Operations & Facilities Management Department during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Operations & Facilities Management Department continues to staff all essential services. The Operations & Facilities Management Department encourages all staff, faculty, students, vendors, contractors and visitors to follow the guidelines set forth by the School of Medicine.

This site is updated regularly as information becomes available.

Campus Signage

For printable signs for breakrooms, labs, furniture, etc., please visit this link. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Lewis.

Commuting Safely on Metro

Thank you for your continuing ridership on Metro as you commute daily to work. As you travel, we want to ensure that you are safe, understand COVID-19 requirements and know how to report any concerns.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Metro is instituting the following guidelines for MetroBus, MetroLink and Metro Call-A-Ride service. Riders are urged to familiarize themselves with these guidelines.

Enhanced cleaning

Metro is regularly disinfecting high-touch surfaces on all Metro vehicles, transit centers and MetroLink stations. Vehicles with unsanitary conditions are temporarily being removed from service for disinfecting. Handwashing stations have been installed at multiple stations, including those in the Central West End.

Social distancing

All MetroLink passengers may board and exit trains using all doors except for the first door located near the operator. While on the MetroLink, all riders must stand behind the orange or yellow line to maintain social distancing. Educational signage and audio announcements on communicating these important safety protocols are in place throughout the transit system.

Face coverings

Face coverings are mandatory for all Metro Transit customers and employees when riding MetroBus, MetroLink or Metro Call-A-Ride services. Face coverings must fit over your nose and mouth. Non-medical masks, scarves, handkerchiefs, bandanas and other types of cloth coverings are permitted. The face covering must be worn during your entire trip on a Metro Transit vehicle. This policy does not apply to children ages 2 and under, and customers who have trouble breathing, are incapacitated, or are unable to remove the cover without assistance. Customers with these exceptions should notify the operator before boarding. Those who are not wearing a face covering will not be permitted to board Metro Transit vehicles. Metro follows public transit recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and a requirement issued by the State of Illinois asking people to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when in a public environment where social distancing is not always possible.

Metro customers can contact the Metro Transit team Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 6  p.m., via phone (314-231-2345), text message (314-207-9786), email (, Twitter (@STLMetro), or Facebook.

Please visit for more information.

WUSM Auxiliary Services

Click here to view the latest updates for our auxiliary services. If you have any questions, please reach out to Lacey Luitjohan.

Campus Security & Campus Safety

Employees must wear their WUSM ID Badge on their outermost garment at all times. Protective Services remains fully staffed seven days a week across three shifts and continues to support all campus access, response, and security needs.


To ensure the safety of all of our campus community members and neighbors, please remember universal masking is required on campus. We ask that you continue to maintain social distancing (6-feet from others), wash your hands frequently, and avoid touching your face. Please stay at home if you are sick.


For your safety and the safety of others, please do not prop open doors on campus. The safety and security of our internal spaces is a team effort. When adhered to judiciously, the result is a range of protections for our people and property. Keeping lab doors secure at all times ranks near the top of the list of best practices.  The benefits are many:

  • To ensure the proper pressurization of laboratory spaces and the safety of the research community.
  • Containment of fire, smoke or other potentially dangerous vapors
  • Prevention of unauthorized access by people who may not have the appropriate training to safely enter
  • Preservation of the integrity of crucial research
  • Reduction in the opportunity for theft or other crimes

Everyone has a stake and everyone can play a role.  Please don’t prop, shim or in any way attempt to defeat the mechanisms of your doors.  If you are having a problem securing a space, contact Protective Services at 314-362-4357.

Protective Services also asks for extra vigilance during this time. Please remember to pay attention to your surroundings at all times and report all suspicious persons or activity to 314-362-4357 immediately.