Returning to campus for fall 2020

Adjusted fall quarter schedule

WWU has outlined an adjusted schedule for fall quarter to provide students with the best opportunity to complete their academic quarter as safely as possible. Read the announcement.

Fall quarter schedule

  • July 13—Students must sign up for a move-in date at

  • Sept. 4—Students on the College Place campus are invited to move into residence halls by appointment. You must schedule an appointment for move-in at

  • Sept. 8—JumpStart begins.

  • Sept. 14—Classes begin on the College Place campus.

  • Sept. 21—Master of social work classes begin on College Place, Billings, and Missoula campuses.

  • Sept. 28—Classes begin on the Portland campus.

  • Nov. 22–24—Fall quarter final exams for College Place, Billings, and Missoula campuses. (No classes will be held Friday, Nov. 20.)

  • Nov. 24—Fall quarter ends for College Place, Billings, and Missoula campuses.

  • Dec. 7–9—Fall quarter final exams for Portland campus.

  • Jan. 4—Winter quarter begins.

View the full WWU calendar

College Place campus

  • Classes on the WWU campus in College Place will begin on Monday, Sept. 14, two weeks earlier than normal. Final exams for the quarter will take place Sunday, Nov. 22, through Tuesday, Nov. 24. The quarter will conclude on Nov. 24, two days before Thanksgiving day.
  • Students in the WWU doctor of social work program, who do much of their work online, will follow this schedule as well.
  • Students on the WWU College Place campus will be invited to move into residence halls in phases starting Friday, Sept. 4.
  • JumpStart, the new student orientation on the College Place campus, will begin Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Portland campus

Classes on the WWU Portland campus will begin Monday, Sept. 28, and will continue through Tuesday, Nov. 24. Portland campus students will finish the remainder of the quarter online, concluding with online final exams Dec. 7 to 9.

Graduate Studies social work programs

Classes for master of social work programs on the WWU campuses in College Place and Billings and Missoula, Montana, will begin Monday, Sept. 21, one week earlier than normal, and will conclude Nov. 24. Students in the WWU doctor of social work program, who do much of their work online will follow the schedule outlined above for undergraduates on the main College Place campus.

Reduced-density campus population

We have limited the number of students taking in-person classes on our campus during fall quarter. We are continuing university operations through a flexible model of instruction that focuses on a reduced-density campus population through the end of the 2020 calendar year. This new model offers more than 250 distance learning and dual-modality classes in addition to in-person classes. It also allows for a significant number of students, faculty, and staff to continue to social distance during this phase of the pandemic while providing quality academic programming to make progress toward their goals. We carefully made this decision in consultation with the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health to best align the university’s operations with the purpose of protecting not only WWU students, faculty, and staff but also members of the surrounding community in the Walla Walla Valley.

Online COVID-19 training

Before returning to campus, students, faculty, and staff must complete mandatory online training that covers what to expect on campus regarding COVID-19 protocols and that addresses how we can work together to prevent spread of the coronavirus. Students are responsible to know and follow all public-health protocols set by university, state, and county officials (including social distancing and mask requirements, hand-washing guidelines, etc.). The Student Life office has provided each student with information about WWU’s COVID-19 Code of Conduct as well as any sanctioning protocols for conduct that is not allowed.

Employee return-to-campus plan

COVID-19 employee resource web page

While WWU is monitoring and carefully adhering to Washington state’s phased approach to reopening, for the safety of our campus family the university may choose not to operate as fully as any state reopening phase might allow. While we are working to bring students and faculty back to campus to the greatest extent possible, WWU takes seriously directives from Washington state that indicate employees who are able to fulfill all the essential duties of their role remotely should continue to do so.

The WWU human resources office is working with each WWU vice president to identify employees who must return to campus and those who can work remotely on a partial/full-time schedule. Our return to campus will be a phased approach, and those whose duties can be successfully fulfilled by working virtually will most likely be asked to continue doing so. An employee may receive permission from their vice president to return to campus intermittently on a case-by-case basis until they are asked to return to their regular on-campus duties.

Employees granted campus access will be responsible to know and follow all public health protocols set by university, state, and county officials (including social distancing and mask requirements, hand-washing guidelines, etc.). They must also complete the daily screening process each day before accessing campus, and abide by the guidelines established as part of the WWU reopening plan.

WWU employees who are told to report for on-campus work, but believe they will not be able to return to regular on-campus duties due to COVID-19 and the accompanying risks or challenges, must submit an Accommodation Request form. Work-from-home arrangements are not authorized outside of this process. Employees must apply for accommodation, and supervisors will be consulted by the WWU human resources department when making a determination.

What should WWU employees do if they or a family member have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have presumed or known exposure to the coronavirus?
Indicate this in the SaferMe app or by submitting the symptom report form at

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