As with many things that COVID-19 has impacted this fall, the academic calendar looks a little different than it has in past semesters. As a result, residence halls will close at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 25, and food service will end with brunch that same day. Residential students should make plans to leave campus prior to noon on Nov. 25 and return when on-campus housing opens in January. (Dates to be announced soon.) This change applies to all apartments.
We know students may have personal circumstances (e.g., lack of reliable internet, housing insecurity, unsafe home environment) that require late-stay accommodations through finals week, which ends Dec. 8. Because all course instruction ends on Nov. 24 and exams will be conducted remotely, we expect that the majority of students will go home for break and stay home until the start of spring semester. As a result, dining services — as well as many other campus services, such as mail services, activities programming and staffing of many offices — will not be available after Nov. 25. Therefore, late stays will only be considered for a narrow set of circumstances.
We’ve created a late-stay application form for those who with extenuating circumstances to complete. Submitting this application does not automatically guarantee approval of a late stay request. Applications must be completed by 5 p.m. Nov. 6. If you are not sure if your circumstances qualify for a late stay, please fill out the form anyway. You can also contact the housing staff with any questions.
We also understand that our graduate school academic calendars do not align with our CAS calendar. If you are a graduate student in housing, please fill out the Google form to let us know if you will need to remain in your campus housing for your final exams.
Students who are approved to remain on campus through the end of finals are also committing to not going home or traveling outside of Salem during this time, even for the Thanksgiving holiday itself. This is an essential public health measure to protect the campus community.
We recognize that this is a change in our traditional operations and appreciate your understanding as we continue to work to reduce the risk of virus transmission on the Willamette campus and among our community.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the housing staff