COVID-19 Information:
Institute for Informatics (I2) and the Division of Biostatistics Emergency Plan


As this situation is changing rapidly, the information on this page may occasionally be out of date. We will update the FAQs as quickly as possible. Please check back for the latest information.

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Academic FAQsDaily OperationsResources

Academic FAQ’s

  • How long will classes be offered remotely?
    All classes will be transitioned to remote instruction on March 23 and will run online through April 30 at the earliest. For online instruction, students should access Zoom by way of Canvas.
  • Will students be able to attend classes on campus?
    No — We will not be offering any on-campus instruction through the end of the spring semester.
  • What if I need technical support?
    Contact Student Technology Services for assistance by emailing, or starting Monday, March 16, by calling 314-933-3333.
  • What if I don’t have reliable internet or computer access?
    If you are in an area served by either Charter or Comcast, you may be able to get free Internet service for the rest of the semester. For other technology needs and questions, you can visit Student Technology Services.
  • Are research assistants permitted access to campus to complete their work?
    Students should strive to remain off-campus. Research assistants should contact the PI for whom they work.
  • Will the Biostastics and BMI semester be extended by one week to accommodate for the lost week?
    This will be up to the discretion of your instructor.
  • Will exams be administered online?
  • How will grades be determined for the Spring Semester?
    At this point, we have made no changes to our grading protocols for spring semester.
  • Will students be allowed to study in the library?
    Although the library will be open, students, in general, should avoid coming to campus unless doing so is essential. Becker Library COVID-19 resources and details can be found here.
  • Is it possible for faculty to take attendance while using Zoom?
  • Will the Biomedical Informatics and Data Science Internship at the Institute for Informatics (BIDS@I2) still take place?
    At this time, we plan to move forward with the internship with the understanding that the COVID-19 situation is ever-changing.
  • Will the Summer Biostatistics Internship still take place?
    Yes, we are currently working on logistics. You should be hearing back from Phil Miller at and/or Kim Freels at on next steps.
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Daily Operations

  • Who should be transitioning to a work-from-home environment?
    We are now requiring all faculty, staff, and students to work from home until further notice. This is in alignment with chancellor Martin’s current directive for the Danforth campus.
    • Everyone should coordinate with their managers to ensure they are able to continue their work.
    • Any request for an exemption of this policy must be made in writing to Dr. Philip Payne.
    • All computational labs should move to a virtual lab immediately. Pre-clinical labs please work with your chair and feel free to include I2 leadership in these conversations.
    • All students in computational labs must work from home immediately.
    • For faculty with clinical or joint appointments, please defer to your academic department for additional guidance.
  • What if I traveled recently?
    Please see Dean Perlmutter’s recent message to the Washington University School of Medicine community at
  • What is the current visitor policy?
    Please refer to Washington University’s Interim policies on travel, events and visitors at
  • Who is permitted to enter The Division of Biostatistics and Institute for Informatics?
    Only individuals with keycard access can enter the 5th and 6th floors of Becker Library, the 6th floor of the 4444, and the Center for Population Health Informatics in the Taylor Avenue Building.
  • Will Becker Library be open to the community?
    As of 6 p.m on March 17, 2020, the library building will be controlled access only (badge swipe). The information services desk will not be physically staffed. Until the university returns to normal operations, they will operate a virtual information services desk via and 314-362-7080 (voicemail only, so email will get a faster response). Virtual desk hours can be found here.
  • Will I2 and Division of Biostatistics events still take place?
    We made the difficult decision to postpone the 3rd annual I2 symposium that was to take place on April 10. All seminars for the I2 and the Division have been postponed. The Research in Progress Lecture will run via Zoom beginning Tuesday, April 7.
  • Will Informatics Core Services (ICS) still run as usual?
    ICS will continue to operate as usual and information on our services can be found here. Please note: projects focusing on the immediate needs of COVID-19 will take precedence. More information about the research and governance role I2 has in the COVID-19 response will be available via this site in the near term.
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