Campus Life

Event Cancellations

Most public buildings on campus are closed by order of the Governor, including:

The AS Student Late Night Shuttle is canceled until further notice.

While the Governor’s “Stay Home/Stay Healthy” order is in place, there may be no public gatherings or events of any size. After the expiration of this order and until further notice, the campus will revert back to all non-essential gatherings (including groups as small as 10 – 50 people) at Western being canceled or postponed.

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

Postponed events include:

  • Spring Career Fair - April 16
  • WWU Great Puzzle Hunt - April 17. Postponed to 2021
  • Employment Agency Expo - May 13
  • Womxn of Color Empowerment Dinner - May 16. Postponed to fall quarter

Parking Enforcement Suspended Through 4/26/2020

Parking Enforcement on WWU's main campus is currently suspended through April 26th, 2020 and permits are not required to park on campus. Refunds for spring quarter parking permits will be processed for all students, staff, and faculty in the coming weeks. Permit holders will receive additional information as the refund process is determined.

Citations issuance for the "No Valid Permit" violation since 3/11/20 are in the process of being waived.

If you are looking to pay a citation, please contact parking@wwu.edu for more information.

Further parking frequently asked questions can be found on the Parking FAQ webpage.

Dining

During spring break, 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 starting with dinner on March 20 through dinner on April 5. There is no cost for this service, but it is only available to on-campus residents with residential meal plans. 

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
  •  All unused meals expire at 7 p.m. on 4/5/20

Fairhaven Commons will be open daily:

  • Brunch – 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Dinner – 5 p.m. to 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. 

Click here to learn more about ordering a meal for pickup. 

Events

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

Yes. Under guidance from the Whatcom County Health Department, non-essential public gatherings (including groups as small as 10 – 50 people) at Western are being canceled or postponed.

Essential gatherings are those closest to the core academic mission and enrollment functions.

For assistance in determining if your event is low-risk and essential enough to continue, you may download and complete this completed risk assessment and email it to Casey.Hayden@wwu.edu

If there are contracts involved in canceling your event, contact ContractAdmin@wwu.edu

Yes. In conjunction with decisions made by the NCAA and the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Western has suspended all athletic events and competition until further notice.

Click here to learn more from Western Washington University Athletics

Housing

Students will not be charged a contract breakage fee for moving out of the residence halls before the end of spring quarter. Students who have indicated they will not be staying on campus spring quarter and move out within two weeks after the stay-at-home order is lifted will not be charged for spring quarter housing.

 

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 two weeks after the stay-at-home order will not be charged for spring.

If you are not staying on campus spring quarter and need assistance moving out two weeks after the order is lifted, housing staff will follow up with you individually. You can also contact Andrea Date at fromma@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 Andrea Date at fromma@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

STE 108

Bellingham, WA 98225

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.

The Housing office in Edens Hall is working remotely until April 6. Reach them at housing@wwu.edu (preferred) or at 360-650-6565 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  

Between March 24 – April 5, all packages and letters can be picked up at Mail Services. Students will receive an email when their package is ready to be picked up.

Intersession Hours

Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. – noon

On Monday, April 6, all spring residents will have packages delivered to their front desk. All other mail and packages will be returned to sender.

Please note: If you are checking out of the residence halls, please make time to pick up any packages you may have, as WWU cannot forward packages to another address.

 

If You Feel Sick

The Student Health Center is closed for intersession. 

All Student Health Center services will be closed during the intersession, March 23-April 5 and will reopen Monday April 6.

For information about medical services during our closure, visit the After Hours Care page.

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

Employees who are sick are encouraged to stay at home.

Information Lines

Washington State Department of Health

Available 24/7

(800) 525-0127

WWU Student Health Center

For specific 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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