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Fall Term 2020 at WOU

WE HAVE ALL HAD TO MAKE A LOT OF CHANGES AS WE NAVIGATE  THIS NEW WORLD – HERE ARE SOME ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS WE ARE RECEIVING ABOUT FALL TERM!

Fall Term is right around the Corner . . . 

We are excited to have you join our community!

We want to keep you informed as best we can, and answer your questions  so that you feel not only excited as you move forward towards your Move-In day , but comfortable and secure.  The office of University Housing is open Monday – Friday to help you navigate your way towards Fall, and look forward to welcoming you to campus in September!

Remember – Contact Us! We are here to help you throughout the summer and into Fall term!

SOME BASICS FOR FALL TERM 2020

 

See below to gain some insight from questions that your peers have submitted to our office.

This Fall Term is a little different than others, so ask questions!  We are here to help!

 

Q:  I am having problems accessing my Housing Overview page.

A:  Try logging into your Overview page through the WOU Portal. Look for “University Housing Overview”.

Q:  I forgot my username and/or password. Help?

A:  Look on the WOU Portal. Right below the Login button on the Portal, click on the “Forgot your username/password”.  “AccountLookup” is just to the right of that. 

Q:  I can’t seem to select a room. The page says there are no available rooms. Am I too late to pick a room?

A:  The Residence Halls are currently VERY FULL.  But don’t panic – You have a place on campus! We are working to place students off waitlists as space is available. Please just email University Housing with your name, student V# and a request to be placed on a waitlist for the hall of your preference. 

Q:  When/where will I find my check-in time?

A:  You actually PICK your check-in time. When you access your Housing Overview page, directly below your housing assignment information, click  “Select Time Block” to access the drop-down with available check-in times for your community. Choose the time/date you want and click the black “Update My Time” box at the bottom.

Q:  I need to CHANGE my check-in time – Can I do that?

A:  Yes you can. As long as there are still available times in the drop-down under your community, you can make a change. Be careful and quickly pick another of the available times.  Again, click “Update My Time” to save your new selection. Your new check-in timeslot should now show up under your assignment. If it does not, you have not selected a new check-in appointment time. 

Q: I  want to change my Meal Plan, can I ? 

A:  Meal Plans can be changed until 5 pm, on Thursday, September 17. Just email University Housing with your name, student V# and the new Meal Plan that you would like to switch to. 

Q: I have my check-in time and date – Where do I go to check-in ? 

A:  See the information following for details on checking in.

Q: Can I bring my family with me to move in? 

A:  You can bring up to 2 additional people with you to help you move in. Everyone with you will need to wear face-coverings and be prepared to always observe social distancing – Look for these reminders on campus! 

Fall is not far away – pack now and get your helpers lined up to help you move in!

Q: Can I go home on weekends, or visit friends off campus? 

A:  We strongly recommend that students consider both what they can and should do in relation to their choices and the safety of themselves and their community.

Can you leave on the weekend to visit others or go off campus to visit others – yes. Should you? Our recommendation is that students do not leave campus to visit – anywhere. Anytime that we expand our bubble or before we expand our bubble, health experts recommend a 14-day period of self-isolation.

If it is at all possible, we recommend that once a student arrives on campus in the Fall that they make every reasonable attempt to stay here until they leave for Thanksgiving break (which also marks the end of any on-campus delivery for course content for the term. All of prep-week and finals week content will be delivered remotely).

We know that this is a difficult request. But given the context of the pandemic, the need to promote the health of the entire community, and what science is telling us about minimizing risk – it is the request that we need to make. 

Q: Are we allowed to have any outside guests in our dorm rooms?

A:  At this time we ae not allowing guests from outside to visit residence hall communities.

Q: I am a first-year student and my classes are online now. Do I need to live on-campus? 

A:  Our suggestion is that you DO choose to live on campus. On campus living offers you your own private focused learning space, ready access to technology as well as the ability to safely (through consistantly using face coverings and observing social distancing) interact with friends and students in your hall. 

If you wish to cancel your housing, you will need to do so in writing. Complete  the top portion and section 2 of the Residential Contract Petition and return it to University Housing.

Residential Life – 2020 Style

COVID-19 Policy Expectations for all University Housing Contract Holders

 Please note that these expectations may change in accordance with University, local, state and federal requirements and guidelines for health and safety. You can find the latest COVID-19-related information, including WOU policies, at https://wou.edu/coronavirus/. Please bookmark this page and visit it periodically. Additionally if you wish to see general policies and procedures that apply to all WOU residential students, please look online: General Residential Policies and Procedures

Isolation and Quarantine Protocol

All student mail will be delivered to Residential Service Center (RSC) mailboxes.

We will release RSC box number and combination information on your Housing Overview page in early September. Your mail will be delivered promptly to you if it is addressed in the following manner:

Name
347 Monmouth Ave. N., RSC Box # (posted on your Housing Overview page in early September)
Monmouth, OR  97361-1339

Please do not ship/mail to yourself prior to your arrival on campus.

Western Oregon University 2020-2021 annual parking permits are not available to order at this time.  We estimate the permits going on sale in the first part of September. 

Rates for Parking on campus have NOT INCREASED!
See
Parking Services for details and updates when they become available. 

An email will be sent out with information as to when and how to order your permit online through your main Portal page. 

You will have 2 options to have your permit delivered to you. 

The first option is that the permit will be sent over to your RSC box, please allow a few days for delivery. 

The other option is during Fall Orientation week you may stop by Campus Public Safety Office. There is a new Parking Service window that you will be able to pick up your permit by presenting your picture ID.

Hours of operation for the Parking Service window will be announced in the email you receive.

 

There are laundry facilities with washers and dryers for residential student use only in each of the halls.

There is no additional charge for doing laundry here.

Students are responsible for bringing their own laundry supplies (laundry soap, fabric softener, etc.) and for keeping these areas neat and clean.

Fall Term encompasses two breaks: Thanksgiving and Winter Break.
Thanksgiving Break will begin at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25th and run through Sunday, November 29th. There is no charge to stay on campus for this break. However this year, in response to COVID-19, November 25 will also mark the last day for any in-person classes being held on campus. All of prep-week and finals week content will be delivered remotely. Students who wish to stay home for the remainder of the term are free to do so.

Winter Break will officially start at 5 p.m. on Friday, December 11. The halls will close for Winter Break and unless you sign up to stay on campus for this break, you will need to take the items that you want for the break and be ready to leave campus by 5 p.m. on Dec. 11th. (You don’t have to move all ofyour stuff out, just take what you will need for the break). With the exception of Arbor Park residents, if you choose to stay on campus for any part of Winter Break (5 p.m. Friday, December 11 through Noon, Sunday, January 3rd) as per the housing contract, your account will be charged $250 to stay on campus for any portion of this break.

Fall 2020 Check-In Information

Fall Term is JUST around the corner – and we could not be MORE EXCITED to Welcome you to a brand new academic year at Western Oregon University!

Use the hall specific links to get you to the correct place to show up for your check-in appointmet. Or use the map if you need directions or are not sure where your hall is located within the residential complex!

See you in September!

Helpful Links

More Answers!

Chances are that if you are unsure of something, someone else is as well! Take a look at our FAQ page(s) and see if you can find the answers that you seek. If not, please feel free to contact University Housing – we are here to help, and if we can’t answer your question, we will find someone for you who can!

Contact Housing

You are the reason that we do what we do – if we can be of further assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact us!