Coronavirus Update

March 23, 2020

Campus and Building Access

Dear Willamette Community,

Willamette University has modified its operations to safeguard the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and the community due to the COVID-19 outbreak and will be restricting access to our buildings and facilities.

Student access

The following buildings and facilities will remain available to students:

  • Residence halls (students who have moved out will no longer have access to the residence halls)
  • University Center (Mail Center only. The Bistro and The Willamette Store are closed.)
  • Goudy Commons - Card access will be available only during hours of meal service
  • Ford Hall - 24-hour card access for all students

The following facilities will be available on a limited basis to students who have been identified by the dean as having an instructional need to be in the building (music practice, the care and feeding of plants and animals, etc.):

  • Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center
  • Fine Arts East
  • Collins Science Center
  • Olin Science Center
  • Art Building

All other buildings, including Law and AGSM, are locked to students. Please note that this list may be updated as guidance changes. All buildings and facilities are closed to the general public.

Card access to closed buildings will be terminated at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24 to allow for time to make this transition.

Faculty access

Faculty are required to work remotely. In light of Gov. Brown’s recent “stay at home” executive order, faculty can access their workspace only to gather their items to allow them to work remotely. Exceptions - for example for the care of research animals - need to be approved by the academic deans.

Staff access

Staff should have already been notified by their supervisor if they are required to report to work on campus. Staff who are required to report to work to complete their duties will continue to have access to their workspace. Staff who are not required to work on campus may not be on campus.

Anyone remaining on campus must practice social distancing. Social distancing includes maintaining distance from others (6 feet is recommended), refraining from gathering or meeting, and avoiding unnecessary contact with others (e.g., not shaking hands, hugging, or kissing as a greeting).

Other than as set forth above, Willamette University’s campus is restricted to students living on campus, essential staff, and allowed guests. Allowed guests are defined as parents and families assisting their students with moving out, vendors, service providers, contractors with essential campus business, and food delivery drivers. Guests not listed are considered non-essential and are not allowed on campus. While we understand that schools are closed, essential employees are not allowed to bring their children to work.

Please contact us at with any questions you may have. Thank you for your support and cooperation in keeping Willamette and our community safe.

As a reminder, the latest information about Willamette’s COVID-19 response may be found on our website here.

Willamette University COVID-19 Response Team

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