Fall term starts Sept. 27, 2021
Western Oregon University plans to offer mostly in-person instruction in the fall,
with many flexible options for those who want them.
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 in-person student activities and Athletics events that provide the WOU experience as long as it is safe to do so
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WOU is positioned to encourage small groups and safety best practices
Dedicated Facilities Services teams to ensure thorough cleaning
Student services available to those living on or near campus
Fall 2021 Flexible Class Formats
WOU’s class delivery formats provide students with choices to best meet their learning and lifestyle needs as well as address their concerns to stay healthy and safe. Here are a few of the options. Others may be added:
1. In-person: Students meet with instructor at an assigned time, day and place for set hours per week
2. Hybrid class: A combination of an in-person and online asynchronous schedule
Off-Campus/Online Delivery Formats
1. 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.
2. 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.
Housing and Dining
- Offer a spectrum of housing options, from a mostly normal capacity with double rooms/ some singles to mostly single rooms, depending on safety protocols when fall term begins.
- Use the MyCollegeRoomie program to help students find their roommates, for rooms where roommates are allowed.
- Offer a $50 credit on student accounts the first term at WOU to any new WOU student who pays a reservation fee, signs a housing contract and moves into a residence hall.
- Provide separate housing for COVID-19 isolation or quarantine.
- First-year students are required to live on campus.
- Valsetz Dining Hall open and seating arranged for social distancing. Retail dining options will be open with regular hours.
- Reservations for University Housing are being taken now!
The Peter Courtney Health and Wellness Center is expected to be open
Student Engagement will be planning a wide variety of in-person activities, clubs and organizations.
Student Health and Counseling
The Student Health and Counseling Center plans to offer its full range of regular services.
WOU Creative Arts programs expects to present their usual slate of concerts, plays, dance productions and art exhibitions.
Resources for student success
- Dedicated employees in the Student Success and Advising Office to guide students in their educational journey
- Innovative faculty members who care about their students’ success
- Supportive resources for students such as the Hamersly Library providing students with technology equipment, free tutoring centers, Student Health and Counseling Center and Academic Affairs
COVID-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.