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University Housing understands the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has created and is continuing to impact in terms of making decisions and plans for Fall term. We remain committed to welcoming students to live on campus this fall.

We will keep you informed of decisions made by Governor Kate Brown and the impact of those decisions on University Housing as we move forward. Thank you for your patience. Please feel free to continue to contact our office with questions and concerns.

COVID-19 Housing FAQ’s

You have Questions . . .

As we all are experiencing events unlike anything we have experienced before, questions are inevitable. University Housing is working to address questions that we receive and getting answers to you as soon as possible.

Please check back often as updates will be made as we assess the situation and work to provide up to date guidance regarding the health and well-being of our students as we prepare for Fall term and the coming academic year.

University Housing COVID-19 Policy Expectations

University Housing COVID-19 Policy Expectations

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

Western Oregon University will use the key public health tools known as isolation and quarantine to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among the campus community. In preparation for the fall 2020 quarter, this protocol is a detailed outline of how we will care for students who are presumed to have COVID-19 or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 based on a positive test result and require isolation as well as for students who have been exposed to COVID-19 and require quarantine.

Isolation and Quarantine Protocol – Western Oregon University

Quarantine Resources

Should you need to utilize the Quarantine/Isolation spaces that we have available on campus, please know that we have resources for you. See:

Quarantine Resources

Fall Term 2020

For insights regarding planning – as of June 29, 2020 for opening in the Fall of 2020: See the Town Halls on your Portal under Re-Opening Oregon and WOU for greater detail.

Listed below are some clarifications related the Town Halls and emails routed to students and families.

  • University Housing will still require First-Year students to live on campus, unless a petition to have the First-Year Live-In Requirement waived has been approved by University Housing. The First-Year Live-In Requirement has been modified to extend the radius that a student may live at home with parents from 30 miles to 60 miles. Learn more about the First-Year Live-In Requirement. 
  • Revisions to the Room and Board rates for Fall 2020 have been made to reflect modifications to housing accommodations put in place to keep students as safe as possible. See: Housing and Dining costs.
  • Hall configurations have changed to provide the safest accommodations that we can for our residents.
    ARBOR PARK: 4 students in a 4 bedroom, 2 bath apartment.
    ACKERMAN: Primarily Single spaces. Limited Doubles in designated spaces. Confirmed Roommate required. (See My College Roomie below).
    BARNUM: Double suites. 2 students share a suite with separate sleeping/studying/living space and bathroom within the suite. Due to the limited number of double accommodations that we are able to offer at this time, single accommodations in Barnum are unavailable. 
    HERITAGE: Primarily Single spaces. Limited Doubles in designated spaces. Confirmed Roommate required.
    LANDERS: Accommodations in Landers will be singles only.
  • MOVE IN FALL 2020: To accommodate social distancing, Move-in for Fall 2020 is scheduled to take place by appointment only over the course of a week – rather than one day. Set for September 23 – 26, 2020.
  • Covid-19 screenings will take place prior to move-in. See your wou email for detailed information that was routed to students.
Moving Out
  • Q:  I live out of state and have moved some of my items home, but was unable to come back to campus to get the rest of my belongings. What do I need to do to get my personal items?
    A:  Deadlines for students to move their personal items have come and gone as Shelter in Place orders have been extended. University Housing continues to work with students to get items safely back into the hands of their owners. Please keep in touch with the Housing Office as we move forward.
  • Q:  I have Renewed my housing for Fall of 2020. I understand that the cancellation deadline has been moved to 5:00 p.m. Monday, June 1. What if I change my mind and want to cancel my reservation after the June 1 deadline?
    A:  If you fail to cancel your Fall 2020 Housing Reservation made during Housing Renewal by the extended cancellation deadline of 5 p.m. June 1, your student account will be charged the $450.00 Financial Commitment fee. Any cancellation of Housing Renewal reservations will result in the forfeiture of any Housing Renewal Rewards.  


Let us know your concerns

Contact University Housing with any questions you have regarding Fall  Term Housing and the COVID-19 pandemic