Parent Information Panel Q and A

Updated Plans

Plans and decisions about housing, fall quarter, and more have developed since this panel took place. Get updated info.
 

Join representatives from around the University to learn about Western's plans for keeping students safe on campus this fall. This parent-focused panel covers plans for in-person and online classes, COVID-19 testing, changes to housing, and much more.

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Academic Advising

General Academic Advising

Is it possible to schedule a personalized zoom session with either an admissions advisor or a New Student Services/Family Outreach advisor?

New first-year and transfer students’ first experience with Academic Advising will be at Advising and Orientation Programs. For more information, please visit the New Student Services/Family Outreach website and/or the corresponding links below.

First Year: https://www.wwu.edu/advising/freshman.shtml

Running Start: https://www.wwu.edu/advising/runningstart.shtml

Transfer: https://www.wwu.edu/advising/transfer_student_advising.shtml

Yes, each student will have personalized advising during orientation and registration and are able to make appointments with academic advisors throughout the year. Our academic departments have undergraduate advisors to support your students, in addition to academic advising. 

Being undecided is sometimes a great place to be for incoming students! Western has many learning opportunities for students to explore different courses and get a better understanding of what they want to study. We encourage students to step outside of their comfort zone and select courses that may pique their interest. First year students have a lot of flexibility within our General University Requirements (GURs - required courses typically taken in a student’s first or second year) to explore different types of courses. 

First Year Interest Groups (FIGs)

First Year Interest Groups (FIGs) are an opportunity for students to take the same GURs and pair them with a two-credit seminar course in a cohort model. Learn more about FIGs.

Academics

Hybrid Format – Face to Face and Remote Learning

We will have options for hybrid face to face (f2f) and remote learning/online for students depending on class size and our ability to safely teach students in an in-person setting.  

Most f2f classes will be smaller seminars, lab and performance classes, offerings through our Honors Program, and cohort classes like First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs). first-year students can expect most courses, with exception to those mentioned above, to be delivered remotely due to the limitations with space and the need for physical distancing. Some students concerned about the f2f environment will be able to have a schedule completely composed of courses offered remotely. 

You can read President Randhawa’s message regarding Fall Quarter here: https://westerntoday.wwu.edu/news/coronavirus-update-for-may-12-plans-for-fall-quarter  

For the latest information regarding Fall planning, visit our coronavirus information webpage, which is updated as soon as new information is available.

Additional Resources:

Fall Phase 1 Registration and Course Information: https://westerntoday.wwu.edu/news/phase-i-of-fall-registration-at-western-opens-on-wednesday

Gov Guidance for Fall: https://westerntoday.wwu.edu/news/westerns-response-to-governor-s-guidance-for-fall-academic-reopening

Virtual Q&A on Fall Plans (May 27): https://westerntoday.wwu.edu/news/virtual-qa-on-fall-quarter-plans-may-27

Our faculty and departments are working to determine courses that can be safely offered in person aligned with the recommendations from the CDC, and if being in an in-person format is critical to meeting the academic and learning outcomes of the course. We encourage you to visit our Academic Department Directory to view our Department webpages for specific departmental information.

That is correct. You can view full the announcement here: https://biology.wwu.edu/letter-chair-regarding-fall-2020 

Courses will be offered in a hybrid style, with some courses in person and some entirely online, or a mix of both. Students will be able to view the style of course prior to registering and can tailor their schedule around their academic needs and preferences. It is not guaranteed that they will be able to register for all f2f courses. F2f courses will also likely incorporate some remote aspects. 

For the most updated registration information, visit the Registrar’s registration webpage and view our Fall 2020 Registration FAQs.

While abiding by public health guidelines and directives, students will still be able to build community in the residence halls, participate in small events, and take advantage of Western’s beautiful campus and the surrounding Bellingham area to enrich their experience as a Western student. For housing details, please visit the Housing webpage: https://housing.wwu.edu/fall-housing-faqs

At this time, we do not yet know what winter quarter and beyond will look like, as it will depend on the situation with COVID-19. Our leadership is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to do so to make decisions based on the health and safety of students. 

For the latest information regarding Fall planning, visit our coronavirus information webpage, which is updated as soon as new information is available.

All WWU classes will be moved to remote/online modality after the Thanksgiving break this coming fall. This means that instruction during the last week of classes (November 30–December 4), and exams during Finals Week (December 7–11), will be delivered/administered remotely.

Academic Instruction and Professor Engagement

Faculty members love to teach and they are very engaged in their craft. They love to speak to the area of their expertise and challenge students to learn from and with one another. 

Delivery of remote learning will understandably be easier in some areas than others and faculty are engaging in trainings to make remote learning a positive, engaging experience for students. Our Academic Technology and User Services (ATUS) department has rolled out extensive training for staff as we moved online for Spring Quarter. We are committed to serving students and keeping them fully engaged in their teaching and learning environment.  

Regarding assessment, there are many ways to evaluate coursework online that we are incorporating. Faculty members are using course evaluations to determine if that particular modality works for students, and when it doesn’t, to refine their approach or systems. We are ensuring faculty have the tools they need to provide course evaluations to determine whether a remote environment is going well for their class. They will be adapting and strategizing on an ongoing basis, and embracing change as needed. 

Western went fully online for Spring quarter and a survey has already been sent to currently enrolled students to ask about their experience with online learning so we can absorb the data and adjust as needed. The faculty senate and student senate are also involved in these evaluations and students are being heard regarding their remote learning experience and needed improvements. 

Professors and staff are still dedicated to making those personal connections with students and foster meaningful, mentoring relationships. While much of the meetings may need to be online for the immediate future, professors will have more check-ins with students when possible. Additionally, professors are determining creative ways they can stay connected with students while still adhering to CDC guidelines. 

Placement Testing

Yes, first-year students are required to take the ALEKS math online placement test prior to registration.

There are some exceptions, and you can find all of the requirements and additional information here: https://oce.wwu.edu/testing-center/aleks.  

There are placement tests that vary by language, with some not requiring a placement test. You can find more information about language placement guidelines here: https://chss.wwu.edu/mcl/language-placement.  

Software and Equipment

You shouldn't need special software unless a course specifically calls for it as part of their required course texts. You can view more information about technology and user services at Western, including equipment loans, access, and more at https://atus.wwu.edu/.

Nothing fancy is required. A functional webcam and some earbuds are usually fine, and if anything additional is needed, it will be included as a course requirement by the professor. 

Either is fine! We have students who use both and have PC and MAC compatible equipment for students to use, as well as designated computer labs for both models. You can view more information about technology and user services at Western, including equipment loans, access, and more at https://atus.wwu.edu/.  

We use a program called Canvas for most of our online experiences. 

Honors 

For the most up to date information regarding the Honors Program, including application information, please visit the Honors Program website.

 

Honors is working closely with Housing to determine details for the Honors Prologue and information can be found on the Honors website. Specific questions can be directed to Kiersten Horton at Kiersten.Horton@wwu.edu or 360-650-3034. 

We would encourage you to reach out to the Honors Program directly regarding availability in the honors cluster. Students can call and leave a message at 360-650-3034, and the Honors program will return their call as soon as possible. They are also available by email at honors@wwu.edu, which will be checked frequently throughout the day.  

Students should also reach out to the housing office at housing@wwu.edu with any questions regarding requesting readjusting their housing preferences. 

Most f2f classes will be smaller seminars, lab and performance classes, and likely many offerings through our Honors Program. You can find more information on the Honors Program webpage

Admissions

General Admissions

In an effort to practice physical distancing, a proactive and community-minded response to slowing the spread of COVID-19, the Office of Admissions is unable to meet with in-person visitors at this time. However, Admissions staff are still available to answer your questions! Reach us Monday through Friday at 360-650-3440 and admissions@wwu.edu, or feel free to schedule a video chat with an Admissions Counselor at any time. We'd love to hear from you! We also encourage you to reach out to your territory admissions counselor directly

The Office of Admissions will keep the Admissions visit website up to date with the latest scheduling information. Major impacts to campus operations are also posted on the Admissions website and the WWU home page. 

Transfer students are not considered first year students. 

 

Residency information, FAQs, and links to the questionnaire can be found here: https://registrar.wwu.edu/student-services/residency

Students can view information on Transfer Admissions, including our in-state Transfer Equivalency Guide here: https://admissions.wwu.edu/transfer

AP Exams and Credit

We applaud students for taking advanced courses and appreciate the hard work students have put into their coursework and exam preparation. With one exception, Western will award the same credit for AP exams taken in 2020 as in previous years.*  

Please review our AP Credit Table for exam-specific details about credit awarding and course placement.  

*BC Calculus has slight modifications because it lacks an AB subscore  

Deferrals and Scholarships

A Gap Year, also known as an enrollment deferral, allows an admitted student to postpone their enrollment up to one year later than they originally applied. Additional information, including deadlines, requirements, the request form, and more can be found here: https://admissions.wwu.edu/admitted/deferrals 

No scholarships will not be impacted if your students do not live on campus. 

Any scholarships awarded by the Admission Office will also be deferred to a later quarter, up to 1 year, if funding remains available. Please note that students are not able to attempt or complete college-level coursework during this time in order to maintain their first-year status. Additional information regarding scholarships can be found here: https://admissions.wwu.edu/scholarships

Students are able to take a college course in the summer immediately following high school graduation and still be considered a first-year student, though any college coursework taken after that would invalidate their first-year scholarship as they would be considered a transfer student. 

Our office awards merit-based scholarships as well as scholarships for multicultural achievement, leadership, academic-specific scholarships, and more, but no scholarships related to family members already attending Western. You can learn more about scholarships here: https://admissions.wwu.edu/scholarships.  

Tuition/Costs and Financial Aid

There will be no difference in tuition between remote or f2f courses. Tuition information can be found on our Admissions website here: https://admissions.wwu.edu/cost

At Western, tuition and state appropriation essentially cover the cost of education. Our state appropriation is about half that cost, with tuition being the other 50%. Whether faculty present their classes in person or online, our focus of delivering an excellent education and the value of the degree or credential students are earning will have the same value.  

The same professors who are scheduled to teach in-person classes are the same who will teach remote, with the same experience and expertise. With this shift, we are in fact increasing our investment in instructional cost. We continue to pay faculty and staff in their work, and at the same time are working hard to make sure existing services are available online and investing in new technological capability as we move online to serve our students.  

We do not expect to reduce tuition, but recognize the pandemic is causing significant economic hardship for students and their families, so we are working hard to increase support for our students through tuition grants, tuition discounts, scholarships, and emergency funds. This is an area where we are going to continue to raise both private money as well as use tuition discounting and money from the state to provide offset tuition for students. 

For in-state students, the reason why tuition is affordable is because the state is providing 50% of the cost of education. The state of Washington does not provide a subsidy for non-resident (Out of State) students. Essentially, Out of State students must pay to cover the entire cost of their education. We understand the additional burden, and while we are not changing tuition rates, we are working aggressively to increase support for our Out of State students through tuition discounts and scholarships.  

 

Financial Aid is a good contact for Work Study positions. The Work Study Program is based off of your FAFSA filing, and you can find more information on the Financial Aid website.

Right now, they are determining what that looks like, as funding and other factors may impact positions available. We encourage you to reach out to the Financial Aid Office directly with specific questions.  

Contact the Financial Aid Office directly for specific questions and to learn more about deadlines and timelines related to your financial aid award package.  

Distinguished Scholars

Students who have been accepted into Scholars programs will receive direct communication regarding their program, and you can email the academic department directly, or our office at admit@wwu.edu, with any questions you have. 

Biology Scholars are guaranteed access to key courses in their first and second years and get to work closely with faculty within the Biology and Chemistry departments, who plan and organize the program. https://admissions.wwu.edu/scholars/biology

This is different from the Honors program and we encourage you to reach out to the Honors program with any specific questions. 

As we finalize details regarding our Scholars programs, students will receive direct communication regarding their program, however you can reach out to us at any time with questions. Contact information for the Marine Science Distinguished Scholars Program can be found here: https://www.wwu.edu/mssp/

Yes! Honors and Distinguished Scholars are very complementary, and many students do both.

General

Campus closures

Campus closures and cancellations are listed on our WWU Coronavirus webpage, which will be updated with the latest information as it becomes available.

Housing and Dining

General Housing

See the Housing FAQs for up-to-date information.

Students are encouraged to utilize their first few days on campus! Everyone is in the same spot – not knowing a lot of people, or anyone, either, so individual students are not alone in that. We tell students to use that first week to introduce themselves to people on their floor if they are living on campus, connect with clubs, see what activities are coming up, etc. Students who join a club or organization will get connected quickly with like-minded people to have fun with. 

Clubs are going to be there for all students. There will still be outdoor space, physically-distant physical space, students will be able to be out of the house, they’ll be responding to events, and able to be active participants and engaged students inside and out of classroom. The Associated Students and student leaders are planning things that will facilitate connection and groups within these spaces amidst current challenges.  

We also encourage students to get connected with something larger than themselves – clubs, community service, volunteerism – something that connects them to something bigger than just themselves.  

A big question we are asking right now is how we redefine what it means to connect – and connection means something different for every person. Now is the time to think about how each student wants to connect and begin practicing some bravery and courage to step into new circumstances. Students should being willing to sign up to be in a group hangout and just chat, ask an Orientation Student Advisor a question, or be willing to call the Counseling Center to connect with a  group for support. This is a great time to talk with your student about what they want to connect to and how to make it meaningful for them, while also stepping outside their comfort zone and trying out new things. 

A great suggestion for students is to make a study group! Most students want to be in a study group, but most don’t want to initiate it. Take the initiative to start a zoom study group and stay connected that way. 

Housing is considered an essential function of the University and would remain open even during a complete closure. Unless the University determines everyone must leave campus, housing will remain open to serve students who rely on living on campus. Because this is a rapidly changing situation we need to prepare for a range of possibilities. 

Dining

Yes, it typically includes dining dollars. They typically carry over quarter to quarter until the end of the year. University Residences and Dining Services are still evaluating retail location options and determining operations for retail locations for the Fall Quarter. If meal plan options change, we’ll communicate that information via e-mail throughout the summer months. Find more information about meal plans here: https://wwu.campusdish.com/MealPlans

Dining halls will be open during the Fall 2020 quarter for to-go options as well as in-person dining with physical distancing practices in place.  Other safety measures include: 

  • All employees required to wear masks 

  • Health questions will be asked to employees prior to their shift 

  • Temperature checks will be performed prior to the beginning of staff members shifts 

  • Adjusted sneeze guards to act as barriers between the servers and customers 

  • Touchless payment options 

  • Enhanced signage in all locations focusing on physical distancing and hygiene protocols 

  • Strict cleaning and sanitation guidelines 

We are still evaluating retail location options and determining operations for retail locations for the Fall Quarter. If meal plan options change, we’ll communicate that information via e-mail throughout the summer months. You can find more information about meal plans here: https://wwu.campusdish.com/MealPlans

Dining halls will be open, but in the spirit of safety, they will do things differently.  

All dining employees will wear masks at all times and we are looking into temperature checks for the dining halls. We are considering density and crowds, investigating mobile ordering so students don’t have to stand in line to get food if they don’t want to, and making sure we are compliant with the Governor’s phased approach. 

The buffet style options will be taken away, meaning food will be served to students rather than accessing it themselves.  

Will have more information over the summer and during orientation and want to make sure we do not are prioritizing food security and safety. 

Dining halls will have both to-go options and in-person dining options. Tables will be further apart as to follow the CDC’s physical distancing guidelines. Group size will also be limited for in-person seating options. 

Dining information will be available to all on-campus students here: https://wwu.campusdish.com/  

Internet

Students receive a secure user login to use complimentary WiFi around campus, and will have complimentary WiFi in the residence halls. Residential Technology Services (ResTek) is a University Residences program at Western Washington University that provides internet service and support in the WWU residence halls. You can view information on the ResTek website, or use the askResTek online form to submit a request for help. The askResTek requests are generally responded to within 24 hours. 

Off-campus Living

Students living off-campus will not be restricted regarding their access to Western’s campus. If off-campus residents and/or employees are exposed to COVID-19, or test positive, they will be required to stay at home until they are cleared to return by a healthcare provider.  

Our WWU Off-Campus Living webpage is a great resource for students and families. 

Yes, freshmen can live off campus! 

New Student Services/Family Outreach (Fall Advising and Orientation)

Fall Advising and Orientation

Yes, all our advising and orientation sessions for first-year and transfer students will be online for this Fall. To view orientation information, the schedule, and FAQs, visit the Fall Advising and Orientation website.

First-year students will be able to register during our online Fall Advising and Orientation program this summer. You can view the current orientation dates on the Fall Advising and Orientation website.

You can view orientation dates on the Fall Advising and Orientation website.

Transitions will occur online over the summer (July) for this year. You can view the New Student Services/Family Outreach (NSSFO) Transitions website for more information.

Safety and Health

COVID-19 Resources

You can view the total number of Student Health Center confirmed cases (positive test results for COVID-19) on our Western Coronavirus webpage.

Student health and safety is our top priority. President Randhawa’s Fall Quarter message stated that the Whatcom County health department believes there will be sufficient capacity to pre-test students, if needed, through the Student Health Center before arrival in September, as well as capacity to conduct testing throughout the academic year. We are looking at a variety of models for testing, leaning on guidance from the CDC, Washington State, and other health officials. We need to ensure that when we administer tests, we have appropriate next-step measures in place, such as contract tracing, case management, isolation measures if needed, etc. Our WWU Coronavirus FAQ webpage includes a section pertaining to prevention and wellness that answers more common questions about COVID-19 and testing. It is continuously updated with the most recent information we have.  

We intend to have dedicated quarantine space for on-campus residents who may be exposed to the virus, and will provide isolation space for any student who tests positive for the virus. Off-campus residents and employees who are exposed, or test positive, will be required to stay at home until they are cleared to return by a healthcare provider. We also expect to be able to work with the county health department to trace proximate and frequent contacts of those who test positive. 

In addition, our new temporary student respiratory clinic on the main Bellingham campus will help us isolate and protect students with respiratory symptoms that are more difficult to assess by telemedicine, and, if clinically warranted, students can be tested for COVID-19. Walk-ins are not accepted. To schedule an appointment, individuals must first be screened by a healthcare provider which can be done by phone or via a telemedicine visit at the Student Health Center.  

Our WWU Coronavirus FAQ webpage includes a section pertaining to prevention and wellness that answers more common questions about COVID-19 and testing. It is continuously updated with the most recent information we have.  

All of campus is planned to go completely virtual as we did for spring quarter if we see a second wave of the virus that threatens the safety of our students. 

Masks

At this time, masks will not be required on campus for students, but will be strongly encouraged. All employees in the state of Washington are required to wear masks in accordance with Governor Inslee’s Safe Start response guidelines. 

It is important to ensure that students and employees wear masks in public spaces where they can’t physically distance. We received updates from the Governor that said we must provide N95 masks to all employees that must work on campus, but also strongly urge all students to wear masks in conjunction with considerations for distance and shielding. 

Wearing masks will not be a requirement for students on campus. When you create a requirement, you need to come up with repercussions, so we want to strongly urge instead and hope our campus community will police themselves – which we are confident they will. Although there is no enforcement of wearing masks in Whatcom County, our community has been doing a great job of self-regulating. 

Determining the difference between a guideline or policy and to what extend we want to create sanctions is something we are thinking about. We do not want to criminalize the non-wearing of masks, but find a balance between enforcement and education. Thinking of your students’ safety is the most important thing to us. 

Yes, we are absolutely considering this. We want students to treat this as standard practice each day as part of their normal routine and to self-regulate. We also want to educate students regarding racial biases regarding mask-wearing, and removing any stigma of wearing masks as a routine part of one’s day. 

We will be putting out detailed information early and often to students about wearing masks, and how to wear them properly. Right now, we are thinking broadly about campus communication and instruction for students and employees. 

Yes, students and employees will get further guidance with pictures about how to use and wear their masks appropriately.  

Once that guidance comes out from the university, our Residence Hall staff will also emphasize guidelines within residence halls and staff will be trained to guide students and remind them about masks and adhering to public health guidelines. 

Students will be encouraged to wear masks while on campus, though further guidance will be coming out here: https://www.wwu.edu/coronavirus. I would also encourage you to reach out to our Dance Department at https://cfpa.wwu.edu/dance for more information about your specific question related to wearing masks in class settings. 

We are not expecting to provide personal, cloth non-surgical masks to students.  

Student Safety

Leaning into really difficult and vulnerable conversations is one of the ways Western strives to keep people of color safe on campus. We urge every member of our community to consider the ways systems of oppression and violence harm us and others, and to find ways to support and uphold members of our community who are suffering. 

Education is a critical piece. Young people of color entering our community are going to be challenged in the day to day, as they likely already are, and Western wants to create the extended community for them as they may not have immediate community nearby. We want to educate and inform students about resources available to them, whether it’s through extended communities of color, the faculty of color council, student groups, and/or organizations available to students to connect and create a network of support. At the same time, noting that that network is not about exclusion, but inclusion of students from all backgrounds in order to have challenging and informative conversations. 

One of the things I believe Western does well is make ourselves be vulnerable and have important, tough conversations rather than shying away from the uncomfortable. A question we as administrators ask is how we can help educate our students – the leaders of the next generation – and how we can help them find their voice and resiliency through all of this. Western staff truly care and want to show them the positive pieces of what they can do and are capable of. 

WWU Safety and Emergency Information can be found here. Parents are also able to sign up for Western Alerts, Western's emergency response notification system. 

Student Health and Wellness

Students who are unable to attend on-campus courses will be able to access all classes online for fall quarter. 

For the most updated registration information, visit the Registrar’s registration webpage and view our Fall 2020 Registration FAQs.

Students are encouraged to utilize their first few days on campus! Everyone is in the same spot – not knowing a lot of people, or anyone, either, so individual students are not alone in that. We tell students to use that first week to introduce themselves to people on their floor if they are living on campus, connect with clubs, see what activities are coming up, etc. Students who join a club or organization will get connected quickly with like-minded people to have fun with. 

Clubs are going to be there for all students. There will still be outdoor space, physically-distant physical space, students will be able to be out of the house, they’ll be responding to events, and able to be active participants and engaged students inside and out of classroom. The Associated Students and student leaders are planning things that will facilitate connection and groups within these spaces amidst current challenges.  

We also encourage students to get connected with something larger than themselves – clubs, community service, volunteerism – something that connects them to something bigger than just themselves.  

A big question we are asking right now is how we redefine what it means to connect – and connection means something different for every person. Now is the time to think about how each student wants to connect and begin practicing some bravery and courage to step into new circumstances. Students should being willing to sign up to be in a group hangout and just chat, ask an Orientation Student Advisor a question, or be willing to call the Counseling Center to connect with a  group for support. This is a great time to talk with your student about what they want to connect to and how to make it meaningful for them, while also stepping outside their comfort zone and trying out new things. 

A great suggestion for students is to make a study group! Most students want to be in a study group, but most don’t want to initiate it. Take the initiative to start a zoom study group and stay connected that way. 

A patient 18 years of age and older is legally an adult and medical and related billing information will not be released to a parent without written consent of the patient. The Student health center will have more information about this process here: https://studenthealth.wwu.edu/medical-records.  

Parents can call University Residences (or University Police if it is an emergency) and someone will check on your student right away. 

There are multiple resources available for your student. We would encourage him to reach out to our Prevention and Wellness Services office to start, and they can connect him with several resources, including the student health center, counseling center, and more.  

Western has many services and resources to help your student be successful and thrive. The Counseling Center is staffed with licensed counselors, licensed social workers, and licensed psychologists. We have an incredible behavioral health team staffed with licensed psychiatrists in the student health center, as well as Nurse practitioners with specialties in behavioral medicine. 

There is ample support for students when they arrive on campus, or if they are remote learning. Much of the challenges students see comes with adjusting – and we really are in this together.  

We encourage students to find a counselor in the counseling center and the prevention and wellness services office– many students utilize these services and students shouldn’t be afraid to reach out and get the services they need to feel supported and be successful. 

Counseling, health, and wellness services have group activities to promote wellness and we will have several group activities for students that will continue in the fall. Activities include group yoga, wellness Wednesdays, where students can join conversations on different topics about mental health, well-being, and learning to cope, and many more. Our job at Western is to help support students and help them get and stay engaged. Students who are engaged and remain engaged do better.  

We are also currently developing a new software tool that helps students talk and think about things like sleep, study habits, attending classes, eating habits, and other topics that help them stay healthy while away from home. 

Immunization records can be sent to our Student Health Center. You can find more information on their website here: https://studenthealth.wwu.edu/measles-requirement

Student Life

Clubs, Athletics, and Activities

They are going to happen and students are going to be here and active in them! We will have a hybrid delivery a Western – both in courses and in the co-curricular world. We don’t want students being left out or feeling disconnected. We are creating things to do and structures for them to do them safely as community at Western is important. 

WWU’s Associated Students has over 250 active clubs and they will remain active. We will help them find ways to bring in students who decide to stay online so everyone feels they have access to them and is engaged. 

That student college experience will still be here with student government opportunities, student committees and councils that are very important, student clubs, outdoor recreation, and other opportunities for students to get involved in civic engagement, leadership, and more. 

The Outdoor Center is determining how best to keep students active and safe with small groups and making plans for how to adjust to new formats for club activities, outdoor excursions, and more.  

The Western Involvement Network allows students to easily see events and activities on campus: https://win.wwu.edu/

The Associated Students is finding new ways to gather either virtually or in less dense groups to be able to still hold some smaller events in-person and online. Creating a community where students feel they belong and challenge themselves to step out of their comfort zone is incredibly important to us. 

Western does not have a football team, but we hope students will be able to participate in athletics, intramurals, and more! More details will be forthcoming on how we can do this, as we will be following guidelines from the NCAA and GNAC, who make determinations for intercollegiate athletics. 

We are hopeful students will be able to participate in athletics, intramurals, and more this fall! More details will be forthcoming on how we can do this, as we will be following guidelines from the NCAA and GNAC, who are making determinations for intercollegiate athletics. 

Western Outdoor Orientation Trips (WOOT)

WOOT programs are outdoor orientation trips for new students that occur prior to classes beginning in the fall. You can learn more information about WOOT programs here: https://as.wwu.edu/outdoor/woot/.  

Western Outdoor Orientation Trips (WOOT) are an amazing opportunity for students to take outdoor trips with others prior to the start of fall quarter. Because of the overnight component of these programs, we are not proceeding with WOOT this summer and fall.  

However, WOOT will be offering a hybrid program for all incoming students!

Campus Recreation and Fitness

At this time we are determining what Campus Recreation will look like for the Fall. Updates can be found on the Campus Recreation website. Students will also receive information through their Western email. The Wade King Recreation Center will be open with modified activity to allow for physical distancing, but we do not yet know the format or details. Our staff will need to ensure all equipment and spaces can be properly sanitized and physical distancing can be observed as students have access. 

Fitness classes will likely be operated with reserved rosters for the quarter. Students will be able to sign up for/purchase a specific class for a specific time slot. 

Students who are taking a minimum of 6 credits have access to the Rec Center at no additional cost. The fee is included in tuition for students enrolled in six credits or more, and memberships are available for students with fewer than six credits and additional groups. You can view detailed information here: https://wp.wwu.edu/campusrec/membership/. At this time we are determining what Campus Recreation will look like for the Fall. Updates can be found on the Campus Recreation website.

Student Employment

Student employment opportunities are posted on our Student Employment Center webpage. There will still be employment opportunities available for students in the fall, still with positions opening in the summer. Positions are also posted on the Associated Students website

 

Student Services

Disability Access Center (DAC)

For questions regarding the Disability Access Center, please contact the office directly to discuss the services available as Western moves to a hybrid format for the fall. You can contact their office with your specific questions or to set up an appointment to speak with a DAC representative at 360.650.3083 or email drsfrontdesk@wwu.edu. You can also view the DAC Parent and Family webpage.  

Education Abroad (Study Abroad)

Due to COVID-19, study abroad through the end of Fall 2020 has been cancelled. You can view the most updated information on the study abroad website.

 

Parking and Bus System (Whatcom Transportation Authority)

You can find all Western parking info on our website: https://www.wwu.edu/parking/. Students will fill out an application for a spot online through their student Parking Portal account. As we determine housing for students, we will have a better idea regarding parking on campus. In a typical year, we encourage students not to bring a car to campus if they can, as parking is limited and not all students will be approved for a parking permit.

The Whatcom Transportation Authority serves public buses in Whatcom County, including routes to and from Western’s campus and will be responsible for cleaning services. As we determine housing for students based on the survey that will be going out shortly, we will have a better idea regarding parking on campus. In a typical year, we encourage students not to bring a car to campus if they can as parking is limited on campus and not all students will be approved for a parking permit.  

We anticipate the WTA bus service will be running on a normal operating schedule for the fall, including specific WWU routes, with enhanced safety and cleaning measures. 

Veteran Services - GI BILL

The Veteran Services Office would be able to answer this question for you and you can reach them by emailing Veteran.Services@wwu.edu. Additional information is also available on their website at https://wp.wwu.edu/veteranservices/.  

Wilson Library

Our library is currently available online for students, but when it is open again, we will certainly have areas where students can study while observing physical distancing guidelines. 

We are currently planning for the library to be open with physical distancing guidelines in place for students, as well as other safety measures that are being figured out. There are several ways to reach the library staff and I would encourage you to reach out to them to see if they have a more detailed answer to your question. You can find their contact information here: https://library.wwu.edu/

Viking Launch

Viking Launch

Western is still determining details of Viking Launch, but currently the program is scheduled to run in a "normal" fashion with immersive and engaging field and lab-based experiences. Some activities may need to be switched to remote/online, and the most updated information can be found on the Viking Launch webpage.

Western Emails and Student/Parent Connections

Western Emails

Students will be able to access their Western email account once they have confirmed their enrollment. 

Students will receive all communication through their Western email address, and they should be checking it often! If students have also applied for housing, they should continue to check their MyHousing account as well. 

Students are also encouraged to join the Admitted Student Facebook group to connect with students prior to the start of the quarter: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WWUNewStudents2020

Parent Connections

There are several ways parents can stay connected! Western’s main page on the website is a great resource as updates related to campus operations in midst of COVID-19, quarterly guides, FAQs, and more are located there. We are trying hard to make sure that all information is very accessible and updated as soon as we have it. 

The New Student Services/Family Outreach office works in conjunction with University Communications on a WWU family connection newsletter. It is full of information about upcoming events, student and campus stories, highlights of faculty work, and key communication regarding campus operations and current circumstances. Parents can sign up here: https://www.wwu.edu/familyconnection/  

 Parents can also sign up for Western alertsWestern Today - our near daily communication to highlight what is happening on campus (produced by Univ Comm office), or follow us on Social Media outlets. 

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