Summer Guide

All classes and instruction at Western will be offered remotely throughout summer quarter on our main campus, and at all centers, facilities and operations statewide. Summer quarter classes start Tuesday, June 23 and the quarter is expected to end as scheduled after final exams conclude on July 31 (for six-week sessions) and August 21 (for nine-week sessions).

Available course information can be found on ClassFinder.

Summer Session Details

Resources for a successful remote-learning experience are available at the Keep Learning website. Find a schedule for live webinars on using Zoom, Canvas and other technologies. New services established during for spring quarter will continue to be offered are being offered such as at-home licensing for the Adobe Creative Cloud as well as extended laptop checkout for students who lack computer access at home.

This page is designed to be a place where you can find help for how to get connected and have a positive learning experience. Do you have questions that aren't answered here, or ideas for support that can be addressed for the rest of campus? Email them to news@wwu.edu.

Teaching and Learning

For the safety of students, Western will continue to keep vast majority of spaces on campus closed to student use, even individual student use. This includes instructional labs, studios, and practice spaces. Western’s faculty understand this fact and are taking steps, as much as they can, to provide alternative experiences that are meaningful and advance your learning and career goals.

Grading Policies

Pass/No Pass (EP/NP) Grading

The coronavirus pandemic has led the university to shift to remote learning, a modality that is new for many faculty and students. In response to this shift, and the likelihood of disruptions as the pandemic continues, the University has moved to a Pass/No (EP/NP) grading policy. A grade of EP (Pass – Exceptional Circumstance) during spring and summer 2020 will count towards curricular, major, continuation, and degree requirements for all students.

Your class performance may be recorded in Canvas or provided to you in another format by your instructor. Students who get an A — D+, upon course completion, will receive a EP (pass). If D — F, a NP (no pass). If a student requests their letter grade by June 5 (Spring) or July 24 (Summer), it will be entered in place of the P/NP grade.

Some departments may raise the minimum passing grade. If this is the case, you will be notified before classes start.

Student Requests for Letter Grades

Students have the option of requesting that letter grades be added to their transcript, rather than the EP/NP grade - and have until June 5, 2020, Friday of Finals Preparation Week, to do so for Spring Quarter, and July 24 for Summer. Instructions for making this request will be provided by your instructor.

Pass Standards and D Grades

All grades of D+ and above will receive an EP unless a student requests their letter grade or if the department has approved a different standard. A grade below the pass standard (typically, F, D or D-) will be recorded as a NP, which will not earn credits or be reflected in the GPA. A student may elect to have the letter grade of D or D- reported to their transcript, which will earn credits and be reflected in the GPA. A grade of F will be recorded as NP on the transcript, will not receive degree credit, and will not be reflected in the GPA.

Special Situations

Some students may be advised to request a letter grade if grades are required by an external accreditor or other purpose relevant to their program. Your professor or Chair will inform you if letter grades are required or recommended by your program.

Some degree programs require a grade higher than a D+ for a course to count toward a major. Students in this situation will be informed of the higher pass standard by their faculty.

Pass/No Pass (EP/NP) Grading
The coronavirus pandemic has led the University to shift to remote learning, a modality that is new for many faculty and students. In response to this shift, and the likelihood of disruptions as the pandemic continues, the University has moved to a Pass/No Pass (EP/NP) grading policy. A grade of EP (Pass – Exceptional Circumstance) during spring and summer 2020 will count towards degree requirements for all graduate students.
Your class performance may be recorded in Canvas or provided to you in another format by your instructor. Graduate level courses will be letter graded unless a student requests the EP/NP option. A letter grade equivalent of C- or higher is required to receive the EP grade; D+ and below will be graded NP. If a student requests a EP/NP grade by May 22 for spring quarter, it will be entered in place of the letter grade.

Some departments may raise the minimum passing grade. If this is the case, you will be notified before classes start.

Graduate School Spring Grading Policy

FAQs regarding Summer Quarter

Students who do not see class information in Canvas or who have not heard from their instructors by Friday, June 19th, at 5 p.m. should send a message of inquiry to their instructor through campus e-mail.

Summer Session traditionally has a different tuition and fee structure than the rest of the academic year.

More information on Summer Session tuition and fees.

We continue to pay faculty and staff for their work, work that for many has increased dramatically as we rapidly shift to a virtual environment. At the same time, we are making existing services available online and investing in new technological capabilities as we serve students remotely.

The WWU Board of Trustees, in a unanimous vote at a special meeting held Friday, May 8, 2020, approved a set of reductions in mandatory student fees for summer quarter 2020. Here is a  breakdown of those fee reductions. 

For fees normally charged for online courses:

  • Services & Activities Fee (Normally 65.15% of academic year fee. Additional proposed decrease of $33.32 for Summer quarter; 22.8% reduction) - $14.56 to $11.26 per credit 
  • Legislative Action Fee (Decrease $1.00 for Summer quarter; 100% reduction) 
  • Sustainability, Equity, and Justice Fund Fee (Normally .90  per credit decreased  to $.70 per credit for Summer quarter; 22.2% reduction.)

 Since there will be no face-to-face courses for Summer 2020, the following fees for Summer Quarter courses in Bellingham are removed entirely.  The following fees are not billed for online Summer courses.

  • Student Recreation Fee (Normally $109.46.) 
  • Student Health Services Fee (Normally $117.)
  • Student Technology Fee (Normally $35; $17.50 for 1-5 credits.)
  • Non-Academic Building Fee (Normally $47.)
  • Student Alternative Transportation Fee (Normally $22.)
  • Multicultural Center Fee (Normally $30.)

In light of the most recent recommendations from the CDC to limit the size of all social and public gatherings, along with the Governor’s March 23 “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order for the State of Washington, Western Libraries will be closed to the public until further notice. 

We recognize the importance of library collections to Western’s teaching, learning, and research missions. However, at least for the duration of the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, it will not be possible to loan items from the Western Libraries’ circulating collection. Likewise, the Orbis Cascade Alliance has suspended Summit borrowing until further notice.  

Once it is again safe to do so, circulation of physical materials will resume, and Libraries will communicate new information as soon as it becomes available. Please also know that the due date for all materials checked out to patrons will be extended to June 15 (except for items already due after that date).  Recalls will not be possible during this period.

While the Libraries’ physical buildings and collections are not accessible at this time, the Libraries is committed to providing as much online access to collections, services, and support as possible. Please see the web pages: Library Services and Access to Materials FAQs and the Teaching and Learning FAQs for more information. 

Additionally, If you would like to request a title in electronic format, please submit a purchase request via ILLiad and specify e-book as the format. We are happy to purchase electronic copies of books if they are available, meet other standard purchase criteria, and are financially feasible. If you have a specific question, please contact Library.Collections@wwu.edu.

We want to stay connected to each other during these difficult times, and we encourage you to reach out to us and share any questions, concerns, and comments you may have, (or even if you just want to say hello!).  Please remember we are still here with you, even if we are not all in the same building. You can always email us at LibraryCommunications@wwu.edu, or check out our full staff directory for more customized contact information. 

Accommodations for students with disabilities are determined through an individualized process which takes place between the student and the Disability Access Center (DAC). Though students may already have accommodations in place, new or different accommodations may be appropriate for the online setting. If you have questions about the accessibility of your course or would like assistance and support implementing accommodations, please contact the DAC: DRSfrontdesk@wwu.edu or 360-650-3083.

Summer 2020 course materials are available online for purchase through the Western A.S. Bookstore. Course materials are available in eBook formats in addition to traditional books. Digital alternatives are listed alongside rental and purchase options wherever they are available.

As always, purchases can be made through credit/debit cards, bookstore gift cards, or charging student accounts. Off-Campus student order fulfillment is through shipments only at this time. The bookstore will process your orders as quickly as possible but there may be some delays due to limited staffing. Please plan orders in advance.


If you have questions about your order for Summer 2020, please email asbookstore@wwu.edu.

 

Yes, but options are limited. Find out more here:

Summer Housing COVID-19 FAQs: https://housing.wwu.edu/covid-19-faqs#summer-2020-housing 

General Summer Housing Info: https://housing.wwu.edu/apply/getting-started/summer-housing

Yes, it has. See this recorded Virtual Q&A for more info.