Campus Inclement Weather Notice
Today, January 26, 2021, campus is closed.
Campus is closed as of 3 p.m. today (Jan. 26). A decision will be made at 6 a.m. tomorrow (Jan. 27) about the status of the campus.
Check back for live updates. For a recorded update notice call: 503-838-8026. Text line for Deaf/Hard of Hearing: 503-966-9968.
Please read the following for more information
It is the general policy of Western Oregon University to remain open unless it is determined that safety is compromised by adverse conditions or lack of utility services. If the decision is made that conditions have compromised the safety of the campus, one of the following decisions will be made by the University:
- Campus is open for business services only/classes are cancelled
- Campus opening is delayed/business services and classes are delayed
- Campus is closed for the day/business services and classes are cancelled
The decision to issue any of the three notices will generally be made by 5:30am. It is the responsibility of each student, faculty, or staff member to find out if conditions have affected the campus and a decision has been made concerning closure or delay in opening the campus. Information will be available through a variety of media:
- Campus Web site: wou.edu
- Campus Inclement Weather Hotline: 503-838-8026
- Text line for Deaf/Hard of Hearing: 503-966-9968
- Local TV and radio stations
- Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (wounews)
Note: Because conditions may vary considerably within the region, each student, faculty, or staff member must assess his or her unique situation and determine travel safety from their location to campus. If campus is open, and an individual determines they are unable to come to campus due to their inability to travel to Monmouth, they should contact their faculty member, dean, division chair, director, or supervisor, whichever is applicable. If an employee is designated as an “essential employee” but determines they are unable to come to campus due to their inability to travel to Monmouth, they should contact their supervisor.
All normal work functions are expected to stop in the event of closure or delay.
Only employees who have been requested to work by their supervisor will work as mutually agreed upon with the supervisor. For classified staff this is governed by the CBA and the employees’ designation as an essential employee.
The following buildings will be open for students during a closure or delayed opening with essential staffing:
- Hamersly Library
- Peter Courtney Health & Wellness Center
- University Residences
- Valsetz Dining Hall
- Werner University Center
For the complete Inclement Weather policy: click here
If you have any questions,
Contact Human Resources at 503-838-8490.
Judy J. Vanderburg
AVP, Human Resources, Affirmative Action Officer, Title IX Coordinator
Current conditions on Campus
Campus cam: live view of the
Instructional Technology Center (ITC)
View local road conditions
Trip Check – ODOT Web site
Road conditions – Salem-News.com
Natl. Weather Service – Central Willamette
If you must travel in poor conditions
Be prepared – understand chain laws, carry extra clothing, fuel, food and if possible a cell phone (bonus points for a blue tarp, clothesline and matches)
NOTE: the links and information are provided as a service. WOU should not be held liable for the accuracy of the content