A Letter from ASWOU President N.J. Johnson to Students

N.J. Johnson smiling and standing in front of a rhododendron bush


My name is N.J. Johnson, and I have been working as your student body president since I was inaugurated in June. I wanted to reach out in case you were still on the fence about registering for classes in fall 2020.


Last spring, our entire campus had to unexpectedly shift the way we do things in order to be as safe as we knew how. Over the past several months and after two terms of learned experience, all levels and areas of Western Oregon University have developed a plan that provides flexibility and safety heading into the 2020-21 academic year.


Our upcoming fall term will be notably different from our spring experience. Even though classes are almost all online, our faculty have been training and preparing all summer to continue offering engaging course work and quality education. Faculty have been encouraged to offer synchronous class times so that students can learn alongside their peers, modeling a safe alternative to in-person courses. However, if you want the advantage of creating your own schedule and completing school work when it is convenient for you, there are many asynchronous course opportunities for you to choose from.


Outside of the classroom, many student resources will continue to offer services virtually, and some departments will offer in-person service. I encourage you to research the campus departments that are most important to your success to see how they will be operating in fall 2020.


I reach out to you with concern because missing terms or years in your education can be disruptive to your academic flow, particularly if you are missing courses that are only offered every one or two years and are essential to graduate. Whatever you decide is the best path for you, I highly recommend consulting with your adviser and being open about what you would like to get out of fall term. Academic advisers have been flexible with degree requirements and meeting the needs of students. If you decide you want to continue with your degree, I highly encourage you to register for fall courses–it is still not too late to do so!


I hope to see you on campus in fall or later in the school year. Best of luck in your journey.



N.J. Johnson

ASWOU President


Office phone: (503) 838 – 8555

Email: aswoupresident@mail.wou.edu

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