WSCUC Response to COVID-19

Page Last Updated: 5/30/2023

The coronavirus outbreak is a concern to the entire WSCUC community. We have received inquiries for Commission advice about a variety of topics, including continuing academic operations, WSCUC institutional visits and reviews, and ARC2021. We are monitoring new information and developments and will post any relevant information or updates here.

The WSCUC membership includes institutions across the globe, in areas with different levels of health alerts relating to the COVID-19 situation. At this time, each institution is making its own determination about how to proceed in light of national, local, and institutional circumstances as the pandemic persists. The Commission does not provide specific guidelines on whether or how to continue operations beyond the principles set forth in our Standards. However, you are encouraged to contact your staff liaison if you have particular questions.

We know you will honor the achievement of expected learning outcomes insofar as it is reasonable for your institution, and we recognize that you are in the best position to make accommodations so that students and employees can be as safe as possible. The Commission leaves these important decisions to individual campuses, believing that each will adhere to its learning objectives/goals as they can reasonably be achieved in the climate in which you are operating.

WSCUC News & Resources


  • Teams: Teams with questions about upcoming visits should contact their WSCUC staff liaison.
  • ALOs: ALOs with questions should contact their WSCUC staff liaison.
  • Substantive Change: Contact John Hausaman
  • Unsure who to talk to? Email for assistance.


COVID-19 Resources for Colleges & Universities

Below you will find a variety of materials that might be useful as you consider scenarios for teaching in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  WSCUC does not provide models or exemplars, as each campus situation is different.  Further, institutions must consider dimensions of state, local and system policies that need to be followed or integrated into their plans, as well as student body and staff populations, physical and fiscal resources, and other characteristics unique to their institutions.  This list is not intended to be comprehensive.

Campus Planning Resources

Additional Resources