August 14, 2020

10 tips to start the semester Warrior Strong

Students with Masks
Students must wear face coverings while on campus.

Campus life and learning will look different this fall, but Wayne State remains committed to helping all students succeed.

Are you a School of Medicine student or resident in any of our medical degree, doctorate, master’s, post-baccalaureate and graduate medical education (residency) programs? View your program or class year’s specific guidelines, start dates and more here:

The start of the semester is an exciting time, and WSU’s vast network of resources have been adapted to support students remotely. All Warriors are encouraged to do the following:

1. Register for classes and get your textbooks

Registration is now open, with a mix of class formats available:

Traditional: Course instruction will take place on campus. 

Remote (synchronous): Students must be online at a specific time, along with their professor and classmates. 

Online (asynchronous): All instruction is online only, with no specific meeting dates or times.

Hybrid: Occasional face-to-face instruction on campus, but work will also be completed through remote or online distance education. 

Individually arranged: These include dissertations, theses and individual research credits.

The School of Medicine has special guidelines to follow. Learn more about these details at

Continue to visit the regularly-updated coronavirus website at and check your email inbox for further updates.

For more information on these options, visit the Registrar's website.

Students should plan to get necessary course materials early, to allow for potential shipping delays. Visit the Wayne State University Bookstore – in person or online – to purchase course materials. Please note that the Bookstore, like many retailers, is experiencing shipping delays at this time.

If you’re learning remotely but missing campus, take a virtual tour and be sure to follow @visitwaynestate on Instagram!

2. If you’re coming to campus, prepare ahead of time

Before coming to campus, everyone must:

Complete the online Warrior Safe training modules, which provide an overview of COVID-19 and a guide to staying safe on campus.   

Fill out the Campus Daily Screener, available on the Wayne State website, beginning two days (48 hours) before your return to campus and each day thereafter. This includes all course-related experiences, including clinical or field experiences that might be conducted at another site.

If you are cleared to be on campus, you will receive a QR code that you may be asked to produce.

If you are not cleared to be on campus, you will be contacted by the Campus Health Center staff for further screening. You may then be cleared, or you may be referred for testing.

Students must wear a face covering and follow social distancing guidelines per the Student Code of Conduct.

3. Know how to get help with classes

There are many free resources available to help students succeed in class.

Learn Anywhere: Tips and support for being a successful learner in any course format, information about academic support groups and more.

Academic Success Center: peer-assisted learning and tutoringstudent success workshopsmath literacy services, the Study Skills Academy and more.

Technology support and services:; students without adequate hardware or reliable internet access should contact the Dean of Students at or 313-577-1010.

At the School of Medicine, learn about the many resources available through the Medical Education Support Team at

School of Medicine and university libraries and computer labs are implementing new processes for cleaning spaces and equipment, as well as new social distancing guidelines. Visit for additional details.

4. Get Involved

Visit the Dean of Students Office website for an up-to-date student activities calendar, student organization membership information and more. These events will look different than they have in the past, but you can look forward to celebrating your Warrior pride.

FestiFall, WSU’s annual student organization fair, will be hosted virtually Sept. 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. This event is a great opportunity for students to connect and learn more about the 500-plus student organizations on campus.

5. Take care of your health

Wayne State has a vast network of resources for students’ physical, emotional and mental well-being, including:

The Campus Health Center for routine, preventive and illness health care services, including flu shots, sexually-transmitted infection testing and more.

Counseling and Psychological Services for free mental health services.

Warrior Life and Wellness program for emotional and physical wellness needs.

The W Food Pantry for non-perishable food, toiletries and feminine hygiene items.

6. Connect with Office of Student Financial Aid/Student Service Center

Avoid the beginning of the semester rush and check in with the Office of Student Financial Aid with questions or concerns.

7. Plan for parking and dining

Fall parking passes are available for students planning to be on campus. Information regarding rates is available at Fall meal plans are also now available.

8. Get your free Warrior Welcome Back bag

All students, including School of Medicine students, will receive a free Warrior swag bag that includes WSU face coverings, hand sanitizer and more. Students can pick up their bags on campus or at various Detroit locations Aug. 26 from 3 to 7 p.m.

Additional Warrior gear may be purchased online or in person at the WSU Bookstore or through one of our many retail partners.

9. Keep your OneCard handy

When on campus, students should have their OneCard ready to help with verification and building access. If you need a replacement or new card, visit the OneCard website.

10. Stay in-the-know

Now more than ever, it’s important to stay connected to the university. Be sure to monitor your WSU email and Warrior Safe is Warrior Strong for the latest information, and follow Wayne State on social media.

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