The Graduate School aims to support our students through all phases of their graduate careers with timely information, opportunities, and resources.
For current university guidance regarding COVID-19, see Western's coronavirus information page.
More graduate-specific COVID-19 information can be found in our Graduate Student Coronavirus FAQ document.
All WWU graduate students should be enrolled in (or have received an invitation for) the Graduate Resources and Information course on Canvas. This course is being updated with extensive COVID-19 resources for graduate students. Contact the Graduate School if you are not enrolled.
Interim Grading Policy
The Graduate Faculty Governance Council has approved an interim grading policy for graduate courses, allowing students to request P/NP grades in some circumstances. See the full policy for details.
Student Emergency Fund
The Student Emergency Fund provides assistance to help WWU students alleviate or minimize an unforeseen financial burden, including financial emergencies related to COVID-19. Examples of eligible needs may include housing expenses, childcare, medical or dental expenses, transportation/travel expense, unpaid student account charges and technology needs related to online coursework for spring quarter. For more information and a link to the application, click here.
Student Health and Counseling Services
The Student Health Center can now test students on the Bellingham campus for COVID-19 in a limited capacity. Whether you access care at the Health Center or elsewhere, it is important that you call first if you feel sick. Do not come in.
All students on the Bellingham campus who are registered for 6 or more credits spring quarter will be billed the health services fee and can access the Student Health and Counseling centers. If you are taking fewer than 6 credits, you may opt in by contacting the Student Business Office.
The WWU Counseling Center is currently offering telehealth appointments only. Call their front desk during business hours, 8:30 to 4:30, at 360-650-3164. After hours, call this number and press 1 to reach the after hours service.
Health Insurance Information
All graduate students have the option of enrolling in WWU's student health insurance plan. Graduate TA's have their premium paid by the Graduate School and should enroll here. If you are not a TA, you can enroll and pay your premium via the Student Health Center.
Many graduate students also qualify for one of Washington State's Apple Health plans. In response to the potential growth of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange announced a limited-time special enrollment period for qualified individuals who are currently without insurance. This special enrollment period (SEP), that runs through April 8, 2020, will allow uninsured individuals 30 days to enroll in health insurance coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder.
Teaching and Learning at a Distance
Currently, Spring Quarter is scheduled to begin April 6, with all classes conducted remotely for the quarter. During this time, your TA duties and student habits may change. Western has resources to help students and instructors during this time.
Please see the FAQ document linked above for information on continuing your thesis research and scheduling a spring quarter thesis defense. Staying in touch with your faculty advisor is even more important right now. The Graduate School will reach out with more information as the quarter goes on.