Coronavirus Update

March 17, 2020

Letter to WU students regarding spring break

Dear Students,

We have received many questions about Housing following President Thorsett's message to the community regarding Willamette continuing digital learning through the end of the semester. We thank you for your patience as we work to clarify the ever-changing information and related details surrounding the University's response to COVID-19.

Students may stay in the residence halls for the duration of spring break and the rest of the spring semester. However, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and consistent with guidance from the Oregon Health Authority and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, students who stay on campus are committing to not travel outside of the Salem area. In other words, if you leave the Salem area for spring break, you cannot return to Willamette housing for the rest of the spring semester. You will be allowed, by appointment, to return and checkout of your room with your belongings.

Finally, if you left campus housing before this decision was made (i.e., before March 18) and you plan to return to campus, you may return but only after scheduling a time with Housing to be on campus to move out of your room. Again, this directive is consistent with the Oregon Health Authority and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidance.

Housing will send information out Wednesday, March 18 to residence hall students who wish to leave, regarding packing of belongings and checking out of the halls. We understand this information is difficult for many of you to hear as we know Willamette is your home away from home, but we hope you understand that we need to take these measures in the interest of prioritizing the health and safety of our community.

Finally, please look at the Willamette home page at for the latest Housing and Dining FAQ's.

Thank you again for your understanding during this difficult time. I hope you let me know if you have any questions.

Most sincerely,

Ed Whipple
Vice President for Student Affairs

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