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Campus Updates

Campus Updates

Western Seminary has adjusted its operating hours for each campus as follows. As the situation changes, we will update this page as needed.


Starting Friday, Sept. 11, Western Seminary’s Portland campus is opening on a limited basis to students and visitors. As we announced in July, we are adopting a hybrid course delivery model for the fall semester, which means some of our courses will be fully remote while a select few will be available both remotely and on-campus. The courses that include an in-person option are what we are calling Flex courses.

Students who will be attending the on-campus portion of the Flex courses have been sent detailed instructions for campus use and classroom expectations during the semester. To maximize the safety of our students particpating in in-person classes, we are implementing the following safety requirements:

  • Masks must be worn by everyone at all times except when eating in designated areas.
  • No eating is permitted in the classroom and drinking is only allowed with a device with a straw.
  • Instructors will take daily attendance for contact tracing purposes.
  • Student seating has been determined to ensure social distancing is maintained.
  • Hand sanitizer, wipes, and masks will be provided in multiple areas
  • All surfaces in Bueerman Hall rooms 104 and 105, bathrooms, and entry ways will be cleaned and sanitized before each class period.

The Portland campus library will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To ensure the safety of all those using the library, masks will be required at all times and total occupancy will be limited to 25 people. Additionally, study areas and computer work areas have been moved to maximize social distancing. Visitors will also be asked upon entry to sign in for contact tracing purposes. 


For the fall semester, all classes at the Sacramento campus will be held remotely over Zoom. Campus hours will be Monday through Friday,  9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. with the following conditions:

  • Students and visiting faculty need to sign in on the sheet in the library for tracking purposes.
  • Doors will remain locked and "red." Please bring your Student ID/building access card when coming to campus.
  • No guests will be allowed on campus.
  • At least one staff member will be present.
  • Masks are strongly recommended for students and required for staff unless office door closed. You are welcome to knock!
  • Physical distancing procedures will be implemented.
  • Vulnerable and concerned populations are highly encouraged to stay at home.
  • Disposable masks, sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer, tissues, and disinfectant spray are available on campus.
  • Specific procedure instructions can be found in visible locations on campus (library, snack bar etc.).
  • Only the Student Resource Center, Room 212, and the restrooms will be available for use.
  • ALL classes will remain over Zoom exclusively through the entirety of the fall semester.

San Jose

For the fall semester, all classes at the San Jose campus will be held remotely over Zoom. In compliance with the Santa Clara County regulations and public health orders, the campus remains closed at this time. Library services are available online and all faculty and staff members can be reached via email.