Most public buildings on campus are closed to the public, including:
- Carver Academic Facility, including the gyms and fitness center
- Lakewood Watersports Facility
- Viking Union, including the AS Bookstore and the Outdoor Center
- Wade King Student Recreation Center
- Western Libraries (Remote learning and teaching resources)
- The Performing Arts Center
- The Western Gallery
The AS Student Late Night Shuttle is suspended until further notice.
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.
University Residences and Dining Services have made the joint decision to continue operations at Fairhaven Commons, offering "to-go" dining for current on-campus resident meal plan holders.
Students will need to bring their Western Cards to Fairhaven Commons for each meal to take advantage of this service. We have implemented some restrictions for these meals:
- These meals cannot be used for guests
- They are restricted to one meal per meal period – no multiple re-entry
Fairhaven Commons will be open:
Monday - Friday:
Breakfast/Lunch | 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Light Lunch | 1:30 - 5 p.m.
Dinner | 5 - 7 p.m.
Brunch | 9 - 1:30 p.m.
Dinner | 5 - 7 p.m.
University Dining has adopted several new protocols to reduce the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus:
- Removing self-service items from the dining room, including the salad bar, dessert station and waffle bar. These items will now be served by a dining services associate.
- Removing all high touch items from dining room tables, such as napkin dispensers and salt & pepper shakers. These items have been relocated into the service area so that they can be cleaned and sanitized every 20 minutes.
- Implementing additional cleaning and sanitizing of high-traffic and -touch areas.
- Banning the use of personal cups in all retail dining facilities.
- Banning the use of refillable water bottles and personal cups in the residential dining halls.
Special meals are available for students with a meal plan, for times when they are unable to get to one of the dining commons during regular meal hours. Special meals include a protein or vegetarian entree, potato or rice, vegetable of the day, dessert and beverage unless otherwise specified.
IF YOU ARE ILL OR ARE IN ISOLATION OR QUARANTINE PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE DINING HALL. If you are ill please arrange for a friend to pickup your meal. If you cannot have a friend pick up your meal, please contact your Resident Director for other arrangements.
Please give at least six hours notice when ordering.
In consideration of the safety of our visitors and campus community due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Office of Admissions will not meet with visitors in person at this time, and we are suspending all on-campus visit programs, tours and information sessions. If you have extenuating circumstances (e.g. non-refundable airline tickets), please reach out. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Don’t hesitate to contact us with questions. Reach Admissions.
All WWU in-person, face-to-face events or gatherings are postponed or cancelled. This situation will persist until we have new guidance from the Governor’s Office, State Department of Health, or Whatcom County Health Department that it is safe and recommended for gatherings to continue.
If your department or organization would typically have an event in summer or fall that you feel is essential in nature, and you would like guidance on whether or not to continue with the planning, you may contact Casey.Hayden@wwu.edu to discuss your event.
The NCAA controls and sets guidelines for the constraints around a season and defines the timeline for coaches and student athletes to practice and compete. We expect the GNAC will determine how the upcoming fall season will play out based on NCAA rules and health department guidance in the states that make up the conference. That could mean a later start to the season, fewer games and restricted travel. Further guidance will be forthcoming from WWU Athletics.
Students will not be charged a contract breakage fee for moving out of the residence halls before the end of spring quarter. Students who indicate they will not be staying on campus spring quarter and move out by June 14 will not be charged for spring.
If you are not staying on campus spring quarter and need assistance moving out beyond June 14, housing staff will follow up with you individually. You can also contact ResLife@wwu.edu for more information.
If you are not staying on campus spring quarter and need assistance moving out of your residence hall, please contact ResLife@wwu.edu.
If you have already packed up and need to return your keys, please mail them in a sealed envelope to:
516 High Street MS 9195
Bellingham, WA 98225
Please note: Housing is not responsible for keys lost in the mail. University Residences recommends ensuring keys are carefully sealed in a secure or padded envelope.
University Residences plans to remain open, even during a closure, unless the university determines everyone must leave campus. Because this is a rapidly changing situation we learn more about COVID-19 and how it transmits, we need to prepare for a range of possibilities. However, some students live in campus apartments full-time, and we plan with that in mind.
If residential students develop symptoms and are required to self-isolate, we know that the great majority of them would be escorted to their permanent homes by family or friends. But for some students, University Residences is their permanent home. For others, their permanent homes may be inaccessible due to the nature of the outbreak in their areas. Out of an abundance of caution, Western is developing and strengthening COVID-19 planning to accommodate these residential students on campus in isolation consistent with public health and medical official advice.
In the event a quarantine involving students becomes necessary, we are preparing for a multi-faceted response involving food service and/or moving students to sequestered areas. In the event many cases are diagnosed, those who could safely leave the campus would be encouraged to do so, thereby increasing our capacity to assist others unable to travel.
As developments occur, all on-campus residents will receive official communication through their student emails.
Families of on-campus residents will also receive communication sent to the entire residential community. To update your family contact info please visit the family contact info update page.
You can also visit Housing’s FAQ page, which is updated regularly as changes occur.
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.