Coronavirus Information

Latest COVID Updates

Faculty Guidelines Overview

A Faculty Guidelines Overview page has been added to the COVID site highlighting information provided to faculty.

Updated: 1/7/2021

Trustees Approve Reduction in Mandatory Student Fees for Winter Quarter

Western’s Board of Trustees on Monday, November 9th approved a 7.5 percent reduction of mandatory student fee rates for winter quarter 2021.

Updated: 1/6/2021

Welcoming Students Back to Campus in the Fall

As we look ahead to the days getting longer and brighter, I am also eagerly looking forward to bringing our Western community back together.  The introduction of vaccines and a continued focus on prevention measures in our state and across the country gives us reason to believe that conditions will begin to improve as we approach fall quarter. 

While the prospects for winter and spring quarters are not what any of us would have hoped for, based on current projections from health experts we are again looking forward to welcoming students back to campus for a fall quarter with in-person classes, the return of many more students to our university residences, and the resumption of more normal in-person services and activities. This, of course, depends on the effective distribution of vaccines and on each of us continuing to follow health guidance, including wearing masks and avoiding gatherings.

As previously indicated, summer session courses will be primarily remote.

As has been the case throughout the pandemic, our decisions are guided first and foremost by the health and safety of our community, and by discussions with faculty, staff and student leaders, our incident command structure experts, and public health experts.

I am enormously grateful for your patience and understanding over the past year as we have had to navigate many difficult decisions to keep our community healthy and safe.  I have also been inspired and proud of the care and concern you have shown for one another and for our larger community and neighbors.

I know, too, that Western’s faculty and student support staff have been working hard to find innovative ways to support your learning, wellness and success.  That work will be even more important as we begin the transition to in-person courses and services this fall, especially as we continue to navigate the potential spread of new virus variants and vaccine distribution challenges.

I’m sure you have many questions about course schedules, vaccine requirements, athletic schedules and other campus activities. We’ll continue to communicate important news and post updates and resources on WWU’s coronavirus website over the next several months. Students at our Western on the Peninsulas and Everett locations should continue to follow their local campus guidelines. 

I’ve also heard from some of you about unexpected benefits of remote learning and a desire to continue learning remotely in fall quarter.  We will do our very best to create a safe and healthy learning environment, including accommodating remote learning wherever possible. 

I remain optimistic that the days ahead will be much better than those behind us.  Thank you, once again, for choosing to stay committed to your education at Western. 

With gratitude,


General Information

Western Washington University is closely monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by COVID-19 in coordination with state and local health departments. The number of individuals in Washington state diagnosed with COVID-19 remains high. There is currently risk to all community members of being exposed to COVID-19, and the risk is increased in a public setting or gathering.

Western remains open following Gov. Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order. Those employees critical to the ongoing operations of the university should continue to report to work. All other employees should be working from home, to the extent possible,


This is an evolving situation, and updates are available from the Washington State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including updated Travel Notices for countries with community transmission.

On-Campus Student COVID Testing

Cancellations and Closures

The Viking Union and Wade King Recreation Center is open in limited capacity, please review the following sites for exact details:

Most public buildings on campus are closed to the public, including:

Whatcom County is in Phase 2 of Washington's phased reopening plan. As a result, there may be no public gatherings or events of any size on Western's campus. As the community progresses further in reopening, small essential gatherings may be allowed.

All on-campus visit programs, tours and information sessions are suspended.

Keep track of the latest developments

Western is sending out regular updates through its Western Alert system. Families may opt in to Western Alerts.

Regular updates are also posted here and on Western Today's news page

If you aren't already signed up for Family Connection, click here to sign up for the monthly e-newsletter for WWU families.

Campus Tours and In-Person Admissions Visits Suspended

While the Undergraduate Office of Admissions is currently closed to visitors, Admissions staff is available via phone, email, and video appointments, and you are encouraged to explore campus virtually.

If You Feel Sick

The Student Health Center is still here for you — but we have adapted our services for everyone’s safety. Most services are now offered virtually.

All in-person medical and mental health walk-in services are no longer available.  Most services are now offered virtually (through phone or Zoom).

Please do not visit in-person.  Call the  Student Health Center at 360-650-3400 to make a virtual appointment, or to speak to a nurse for urgent medical needs.

For employees with specific health concerns, please contact your primary care provider. Additional information is also available on the Whatcom County Health Department website.


Viruses don't discriminate and neither should we.
Learn to be well at Western and Wash Your Hands: Help stop the spread of germs by washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds- the time it takes to sing the "Happy Birthday" song twice. No access to soap and water? Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) until you can wash up.

It is vital that we support each other and act as a community, avoiding acts of discrimination and bias, and showing compassion for those affected by this disease.

Sabah Randhawa

Information Lines

Washington State Department of Health

Available 24/7

(800) 525-0127

WWU Student Health Center

For testing and individual health concerns

(360) 650-3400

WWU Coronavirus Information Line

8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday

(844) 840-0040

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This page is intended to provide information about COVID-19, precautions that are being taken and prevention measures you can take, as well as being one source for information on the effects of measures various governments are taking to stem the outbreak, and to answer the most common questions about how coronavirus might impact campus operations.

This page is not intended to be all-encompassing and should not be considered to be providing medical or legal advice. In all instances, you should consult with a relevant expert for guidance specific to your circumstances.