Nearly All Winter Term Courses to be Online

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With advising for winter term beginning and looking at the community health statistics related to COVID-19, WOU will continue with mostly remote and online course delivery for winter term. This decision comes after multiple conversations at the WOU Reopening Taskforce and utilizing a dashboard of epidemiological trends that we have been tracking since summer. We feel this decision is best for the safety and health of the entire campus community.

“As we’ve diligently monitored the COVID-19 statistics in our area and hoped to see an improvement, the reality is that the current trend does not indicate it will be safe to have more in-person classes for winter term,” said WOU President Rex Fuller. “No matter what the course delivery formats, we remain dedicated to safeguarding campus and community health, while ensuring students are able to make progress on their journey to their degrees.”

Winter term begins Jan. 4, 2021. This decision was announced now to provide students ample time to make decisions about winter term courses and seek advising support before class registration opens in November. The winter term class schedule will be updated with course delivery modalities before registration. The course delivery method does not impact tuition as tuition is billed at the same rate per credit for all class formats. Information about the assessment of fees will be shared when available.

Important dates
Oct. 19: Advising season begins
Oct. 26: Academic advising holds are placed
Nov. 16-20: Drop-in advising in Student Success and Advising
Nov. 16: Registration begins
Jan. 4: Winter term begins

On-campus housing will continue to be available to students who wish to live in the residence halls. Students who are currently living on campus may continue their housing assignment for winter term. Students who expect to return home to study during winter term should contact University Housing at Students who deferred their housing from fall to winter term are welcome to move in, or they may defer to spring term by contacting University Housing.

As a reminder, please Embrace the Now and continue doing your wearing masks, physically distance and washing hands. You can stay up to date on our COVID-19 plans and find resources at

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