Fall term starts Sept. 28

Western Oregon University plans to offer mostly online instruction in the fall.

We are ready to:

Continue to provide exceptional learning opportunities and instruction that prepares our students for graduation and careers

Take proactive methods to protect the health, safety and well-being of our students and employees

Welcome students who wish to live on campus with thoughtful residence hall and dining offerings that protect their safety

Comply with the governor’s plan to reopen Oregon and follow guidance from the Oregon Health Authority and the Polk County Health Department.

Offer a mix of in-person and online student activities that provide the WOU experience as much as possible

More details

See President Rex Fuller’s full message to campus and find contacts to specific departments.

Q&A session

2 p.m. Sept.1

Join us for a livestreamed session where you can find answers to many questions!

WOU is already positioned to encourage small groups and safety best practices

Rural location

Smaller campus

Dedicated Facilities Services teams to ensure thorough cleaning

Person lifting weights and a heart

Student services available to those living on or near campus

Fall leavesFall 2020 Class Formats

The four methods to deliver courses provide WOU students with choices to best meet their learning and lifestyle needs as well as address their concerns to stay healthy and safe.

Off-Campus/Online Delivery Formats

computer with clock icon1. Online Synchronous: Students attend online class meetings or activities at an assigned time and day. Asynchronous online activities also may be used for class instruction.

Computer with calendar icon2. Online Asynchronous: Students have the flexibility to view course lessons at any time or day. The course has a clear timeline and deadlines for assignments and exams.

For more information, visit WOU Course Definitions.

On-Campus/In-person Delivery (5% of classes)

 people icon1. In-person: Students meet with instructor at an assigned time, day and place for set hours per week

computer and people icon2. Hybrid class: A combination of an in-person and online asynchronous schedule

Prep week and finals week will be online for all course delivery formats.

Housing and Dining

Our plans:

  • Require the approval of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown
  • Reserve a residence hall to be used for isolation or quarantine
  • Designate Sept. 20 to 27 as move-in week by appointment only for residence halls
  • Groups larger than 25 people can gather with social distancing guidelines
  • Synchronous and asynchronous classes with extremely limited in-person and hybrid courses
  • Limited in-person activities with social distancing guidelines; passive and virtual activities are still the norm
  • 51% to 75% occupancy on campus
  • First-year live-in requirement modified (may commute within 60-mile radius of Monmouth)
  • Valsetz Dining Hall open with expanded hours and seating arranged for social distancing, retail dining open with limited hours

Student Success iconResources for student success

icon check boxCOVID-19 information and resources

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, WOU employees are carefully evaluating what is best for the campus community. How we proceed depends on many factors, but regardless, we will quickly and strategically respond to changing circumstances. Find more information about our Coronavirus response and resources on our website.