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.
Vaccinations required for students and employees
A COVID-19 vaccination is required for students and employees effective fall 2021. Below is information about how to verify your vaccinated status or file for an exemption.
Submit proof of vaccination
The Student Health and Counseling Center encourages students to submit proof of vaccine as soon as possible. Please visit this PowerPoint information or Word document for details on how to submit this information. Students with questions about proof of vaccination or exemptions, please contact SHCC at 503-838-8313.
File for an exemption
Students are allowed an exemption from getting the COVID-19 vaccine for medical or non-medical reasons (which includes religious, philosophical or other non-medical reasons).
There are three steps to file for an exemption.
- View the COVID-19 Vaccine Exemption Education Module. Required for Exemption
- Download and complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Exemption Request Form
- Submit the form to SHCC.
Have you tested positive for COVID-19, been exposed or need tested?
We have resources available for students with important information and actions to take immediately if you’ve tested positive for COVID-19, been exposed, or need to get tested.
Resources and support
Connecting to WOU technology resources from home
Learn how to connect to VDI, VPN, WebX, network drives and more on this webpage by University Computing Solutions.
Looking for resources to help you with your online and remote learning? Check out this webpage with a lot of tools, tips and resources to help you.
If you are experiencing increased isolation and danger in your relationship or family due to social distancing measures, Abby’s House is available to support you. Visit their website to book an online, confidential advocacy appointment, speak with a staff member live via their online chat feature, or access other community and national resources.
- Emergency student aid application (contact VPSA – Emmanuel Macias)
- Financial Aid Special Conditions Request form (available through the Portal)
- Schedule an appointment with a Financial Aid counselor (available through the Portal)
- State unemployment benefits egov.com/ORUnemployment_COVID19
Health and wellness issues
- Food Pantry
- Student Health and Counseling Center
- Marion Polk Food Share
- Campus Recreation (in-person activities and online fitness programs available)
- Mental health
Academic challenges (e.g., remote learning, time management, motivation, etc)
- Student Success and Advising
- Guide for strategies to online/remote learning.
- Keep Learning page
- FAQs about S*/NC grading option
- Complaint Processes
Students who are parents/caregivers
Wanting to connect to WOU community
- Follow social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter)
- Virtual Student Engagement activities
- Watch Why I Love WOU videos or extended campus tour (in English or Spanish)
Still need assistance?
Tuition and Fees
Online and in-person tuition will be filled at the same per-credit rate. As you may know, different fees are associated with each type of course.
- Course fees (e.g., fees for labs or art courses) may change for classes originally planned to be in person or hybrid, but we will only reduce those fees, not increase them.
- Mandatory fees (e.g., building fees, IFC, etc.) will be charged based on the actual course delivery modality of the class.
- The fee for the Student Health and Counseling Center, which is offering online services, may be available on an opt-in basis for students taking online courses.
Campus COVID-19 safety protocols
We welcome students to campus in limited ways and settings with safety protocols in place. Masks are required, additional cleaning procedures are in place, physical distancing must be maintained, a daily health self-check must be completed before coming to campus (or moving around campus for residence hall students), directional flow signs will be observed and personal hygiene practices must be strenuous. Residence hall students and students with in-person classes are provided a Welcome Kit with face coverings, hand sanitizer and other items. By working together for the good of the campus community, we can help reduce the risk of COVID transmission.
Student Health and Counseling Center (SHCC)
The SHCC will remain open to students for COVID-19 testing and will offer in-person and telemedicine medical appointments. All in-person appointments will require a health screening before scheduling. Counseling sessions will continue to be offered remotely.
This year, WOU has two platforms for online courses: Moodle and Canvas. Over the year, WOU will gradually move more courses to Canvas each term until we are no longer using Moodle. However, this fall, your courses may be taught on either platform. More information on how to access your courses will be sent shortly before the first day of classes.
WOU is making every effort to ensure you can easily find and access your course materials and receive support as you use these systems. Students will have access to 24/7 user support for Canvas, and the Academic Innovation team continues to be available to help students with Moodle, Canvas and many other digital media and learning tools.
Student Success and Advising
SSA has created a number of tools to help students be successful in an online learning environment. Services provided by SSA have also shifted to meet students wherever they are, including remote appointments with Academic Success Advisors via Zoom or phone and tutoring sessions via Zoom/WebEx. Remote appointments can be scheduled online via Wolf Connection System in the WOU Portal.
Hamersly Library and Computing Spaces
The Hamersly Library will open to students in mid-September, and users should bring their WOU ID so staff can monitor library occupancy in real time. Print books, DVDs and other physical items from the local collection and from Summit libraries are already available through curbside pickup or mail delivery. Computers and printers are available in the library, the WUC, the Valsetz Residential Lab and possibly others. The Audio and Video Production studios will be available. The 24-hour computer lab will be open with a limited number of physically distanced computers.
The library will continue to lend a range of computing technology to facilitate online learning, including loaner Wi-fi hotspots for students with financial need.
Students interested in pursuing disability-related accommodations, which may be more substantial in the online learning format, should contact Disability Services. The office is open for drop-in support 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and for remote appointments throughout the week.
Support for parents
The Child Development Center’s preschool program is available. A comprehensive safety plan has been developed to meet all OHA and CDC guidelines. The center is open to WOU students and employees first, then community members.
Many of the questions we get are about housing, financial aid, advising and registration, and admissions. We’ve included contact information and links to those department websites below.
- Admissions: 503-838-8211, 1-877-877-1593 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Financial Aid: 1-877-877-1593, 503-838-8475 or email@example.com
- Housing and Dining: 503-838-8311, 1-877-877-1593 (toll-free) or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Student Success and Advising: 503-838-8428 or email@example.com
We’ve also received many questions about student services and facilities. Here are links to those areas and contact information.
- Hamersly Library: 503-838-8418 or firstname.lastname@example.org (visit their COVID-19 webpage)
- Peter Courtney Health and Wellness Center: 503-838-9530 or email@example.com
- Student Health and Counseling Center: 503-838-8313 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Werner University Center: 503-838-8261 or email@example.com (visit their COVID-19 webpage)