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Winter Term at Western Oregon University

CHANGE, IT SEEMS IS INEVITABLE – HERE ARE SOME ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS WE ARE RECEIVING ABOUT WINTER TERM at WOU!

Winter Term – the journey continues . . . 

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 Winter Term , but comfortable and secure.  The office of University Housing is open Monday – Friday to help you as you navigate classes, living on campus and the continued effects of COVID-19. We look forward to welcoming you to campus in January!

Remember – Contact Us! We are here to help you throughout December and into Winter term!

SOME BASICS FOR WINTER TERM 2022

 

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

Winter Term 2022 is a little different than previous Winter Terms, 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:  When/where will I check-in to my residence hall for Winter Term?

A:  Winter Term Check-In for new, incoming students is scheduled from Noon to 3:00 pm on Sunday, January 2, 2022. See “Tentative Timeline and Details” at the bottom of our Winter Move In Page.
We will email Check-in information to our returning residents in late December. 

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

A:  Meal Plans can be changed until Noon, on Thursday, December 30, 2021. Just email University Housing with your name, student V# and the new Meal Plan that you would like to switch to. 

Q:  Where do I go to check-in ? 

A:  See “Winter 2022 Check-In Information” below 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 physical distancing – Look for these reminders on campus!
Winter Term 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 you can. Should you? Our recommendation is that students who choose to leave campus/visit others, continue to wear your mask and maintain a safe distance between yourself and others. 

Please remember, we are still living with COVID-19 and given the context of the pandemic, with new variants cropping up, the need to promote the health of the entire community remains very real.  Your health and the health of your community are intertwined, and remain our top priority as we step into this new term. 

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

A:  At this time guests are allowed to visit residence hall communities. Keep in mind that all guests must wear a mask indoors and it is recommended for outdoors as well – as per the Campus Mask Policy.

Q: I am a first-year student. Should classes return to online content only . . .  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 a focused learning space, ready access to technology as well as the ability to safely (through consistently 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 – 2022 Style

Western Oregon University COVID-19 Information

 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

Quarantine Resources and Information

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 late December for Winter Term. 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.

Permits are required to park in any lot on the Western Oregon University campus. 

See Parking Services for details regarding parking on campus.

To order your permit for Winter and Spring Terms, log onto your WOU Portal. You will need to scroll down until you see the “Buy a Parking Permit” image (see image below). Click the image and follow the prompts until you receive a “Successful” screen. 

Once ordered, if you live on campus – one to two days after you order your permit, check your RSC box and at the RSC counter for your permit. Make sure you get your permit in/on your vehicle promptly.

If you are a commuter, you will have 2 options to have your permit delivered to you. 

You may have your permit mailed to your home address, – or – pick up your permit at the Parking Services window – open Tuesdays 1 to 5 pm, and Thursdays 8 am to Noon. 

Parking Permit link in Portal

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.

Remember, wear your mask, and keep your distance while doing your laundry!

With the exception of Martin Luther King Jr. day in January, the only break in Winter Term , Spring Break, falls at the end of the term.

Spring Break will officially start at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 18, 2022. The halls will close for Spring 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 March 18, 2022. (You don’t have to move all of your 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 Spring Break (5 p.m. Friday, March 18 through Noon, Sunday, March 27, 2022) as per the housing contract, your account will be charged $100 to stay on campus for any portion of this break. This includes leaving late for the break or returning early from the break!

Winter 2022 Check-In Information

Winter Term is JUST around the corner – and we could not be MORE EXCITED to Welcome you to continue your academic career at Western Oregon University!

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

See you on January 2, 2022!

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!