With the health and well-being of students, faculty and staff its top priority, Eastern Washington University will continue to offer most courses online for the winter 2021 quarter, while in-person instruction will be allowed for certain classes.

Spring semester classes will follow the same format utilized this fall, which included a mix of online and in-person instruction, when it’s safe to do so.

Following the successful “online-first, maximum flexibility” approach used this term, all winter courses that can be taught online will be delivered through this platform. Eastern will identify classes that cannot be offered online, such as some labs, and approve these for in-person instruction while following public health guidelines.

“This sensible approach will help ensure the health and safety of our entire campus community,” says interim EWU President David May. “At the same time, we must continue to look at ways to find a strong path forward and provide academic continuity during this uncertain period so students can continue their progress toward a degree.”

May also notes Eastern continues to follow the lead of public health officials, as well as its own faculty experts in public health and the sciences, to help guide the university’s decision-making process.

Eastern’s plan is designed for flexibility so online offerings can switch to in-person instruction or a hybrid model if public health restrictions ease. Likewise, if health concerns increase, all courses can shift online using the existing class schedule.

The university will also continue to offer residential halls and limited dining operations for students who choose to live on campus.

Winter quarter instruction begins Jan. 4, 2021.

A full list of what campus services and buildings are open can be found at https://www.ewu.edu/maxflex/#services.

Please visit www.ewu.edu/coronavirus for the latest information during the pandemic.