View our plans for fall 2020

Western Oregon University plans to offer in-person and online instruction in the fall.

We are ready to:

Continue to provide exceptional learning opportunities and instruction that meets our students’ various learning styles

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

Manage the number of people in classrooms, residence halls, dining facilities, fitness center and more

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

Adjust our plans if needed

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

Rural location

Smaller campus

Classrooms that can be configured for proper distancing

Average class size of 18 students

Dedicated Facilities Services teams to ensure thorough cleaning

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.

On-Campus/In-person Delivery Formats

 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

If health concerns prevent in-person instruction, the instruction will
shift to using remote synchronous methods where classes will occur at a mandatory assigned time and date.

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.

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

Housing Scenarios

Each scenario:

  • Requires the approval of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown
  • Designates a residence hall to be used for isolation or quarantine
  • Schedules Sept. 20 to 27 as move-in week by appointment only for residence halls

Scenario 1:

  • Only online courses and virtual campus activities
  • Limited to 25% occupancy on campus
  • Valsetz Dining Hall and all retail dining areas are closed
  • No first-year live-in requirement

Scenario 2:

  • Groups up to 25 people can gather with social distancing guidelines
  • First-year live-in requirements relaxed (appeals allowed)
  • Hybrid, synchronous and asynchronous online classes
  • 25% to 50% occupancy on campus
  • Valsetz Dining Hall open with limited hours and seating and takeout and online ordering, one retail dining open with limited hours

Scenario 3:

  • Groups larger than 25 people can gather with social distancing guidelines
  • Limited in-person, hybrid, asynchronous and synchronous classes
  • 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, one retail dining open with limited hours

Scenario 4:

  • Groups of 250 to gather with social distancing guidelines
  • In-person, hybrid, asynchronous and synchronous classes offered
  • Allows for more in-person activities
  • 75% to 100% occupancy on campus
  • First-year live-in requirement modified (may commute within 60-mile radius of Monmouth)
  • Valsetz Dining Hall open with 50% of capacity seating, most retail dining open with varying hours

Student Success iconResources for student success

icon check boxPreparedness plan if COVID-19 cases increase

In light of 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.