COVID-19 Information

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Important information

WOU’s Monmouth and Salem campuses are open. To keep our community healthy, we are implementing a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for fall 2021 and have modified our mask policy. All employees and students who live, learn or work on our campuses (or are traveling for work) will be required to have a COVID-19 vaccination. Visit the student page or employee page for processes to verify vaccination status or file for an exemption. More details about the immunization plan will be posted as information is available. 

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Employees, students, visitors and vendors are required to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. The university also requires everyone wear a face covering outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained. The following chart gives more details about when masks are required.

Group Indoor
(when distancing is not possible)
Vaccinated employees, guests and students Yes Yes
Unvaccinated employees, guests and students Yes Yes
Upon request (specific areas, meetings) Yes Yes
Vendors Yes Yes

If you are an employee and have a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act which prevents you from wearing a face covering, please reach out to Human Resources so that they can assist you through the ADA process to provide a reasonable accommodation. Students with a disability under the ADA should contact the Disability Services office

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Last updated: 1/11/2021

On April 21, 2020 WOU signed and submitted to the US Department of Education the US CARES Act Certification and Agreement. By doing so, WOU agreed that it would allocate no less than 50% of the $4,281,683 it received for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to current WOU students. WOU has or will receive $2,140,842.00 for emergency financial aid grants to students. As of January 2021, $2,121,080 has been distributed to WOU students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

An estimated 4,000 students at WOU were eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

After two rounds of allocations, 994 WOU students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  • To determine which students received Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, students submitted an application answering six questions related to expenses they incurred as a result of COVID-19 campus disruptions. Answering ‘Yes’ to the following questions provided points toward receiving funds based on their total score. Award amounts range from $1,000 to $4,000. Each student received a score of 1-6. 1) Since March 13, 2020: Did the COVID-19 disruption cause an increase in expenses to purchase or access textbooks and course materials required for your courses? 2) Since March 13, 2020: Did the COVID-19 disruption force you to incur additional expenses, such as childcare, healthcare, or transportation? 3) Since March 13, 2020: Did the COVID-19 disruption impact your ability to afford or access food? 4) Since March 13, 2020: Did the COVID-19 disruption cause an increase in housing costs? 5) Since March 13, 2020: Did the COVID-19 disruption cause an increase in expenses dedicated to technology, such as a computer, tablet, or hotspot, necessary to attend courses in a remote environment? 6) Since March 13, 2020: Did YOU lose your job, or have significant (more than half) reduction in hours due to the COVID-19 disruption?
  • For the first round of awards, students had to have attended both winter and spring terms 2020 to qualify. The initial round of funding was awarded to qualifying students who submitted their application by May 8, 2020. For the second round, students were not required to have attended winter and spring terms 2020. They were required to submit their applications by Oct. 10, 2020.

CARES Act Institutional Portion.

For questions about the CARES Act, please contact Financial Aid.