Portland Flex Courses

Of important note: If you are feeling sick and have a fever (over 100.4), please stay home and join the class through Zoom. We do provide a thermometer if you want to use it when you come into Bueerman Hall, but please check at home if you are at all feeling ill.

Campus Facilities

We are excited that some more facilities will be open for student use this summer including Bueerman Hall (BH), the library, and the Student Center (you can see more on that below). Entry to Bueerman Hall ideally will be through the east doorway while exiting will be through the west doorway. Masks must be worn at all times while inside buildings and outside if you cannot maintain 6ft of social distancing per Multnomah County. Removing the mask in designated eating areas (or outside) is of course allowed under this guidance. Restroom access in the building will be the bathrooms on the first floor of BH, the Library, and the Student Center. BH 104 and 206 will serve as the primary classrooms.


There will be some significant changes in the classroom as well. Seats in BH 104 and 206 have been distanced to allow for a maximum amount of students allowed per local regulations. Students should sit only in the chairs with the red Western ‘W’ on them. Considerations to prepare for:

  • Hand sanitizer, wipes, and masks are provided for your use. We would encourage you to bring your own mask, but we will have some provided if you need them. We ask that you just use one for your whole class period.
  • Masks must be worn at all times in the classroom, even when participating in class discussions.
  • Instructors will take daily attendance of those present in the room for contact tracing purposes.
  • The coffee closet on the 2nd floor will remain closed. However remember that free coffee is available in the library.
  • No eating is permitted in the classroom during class time (see FAQs below for more). Drinks are permitted--preferably with bottles that have straws so masks can remain on


  • The library will be open:
    • Monday 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
    • Friday 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
    • Saturday 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Maximum occupancy will be 25 total people.
  • Study areas have been moved around to maximize social distancing.
  • Masks will need to be worn at all times.
  • Visitors will need to sign in at the entrance for contact tracing purposes

Student Center

The Student Center will be open for student use during the summer whether studying, eating, or relaxing (though we encourage eating outdoors when the weather is nice). There is a fridge there in which you can keep your lunch. The room has been set up to maximize social distancing and masks must be worn except while eating. While the main doors will remain locked for security purposes, students can enter via the back door by the deck. The door code is 4512. Please do not give this code out to non-students. Students will be able to access through the back door Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. (to 10:30 p.m. on Mondays).

Additionally, BH 105 has been modified as a student break room with a fridge and microwave. The maximum occupancy for the student break room (BH 105) will be 9 people.

Cleaning and Sanitizing

The classroom, bathrooms, BH 105, Student Center and entry ways will be cleaned and disinfected before each class section. We ask that you take your part during class breaks, lunch, and the like, to wipe down your area after use and to make sure to use CDC guidelines for hygiene with handwashing. We are all in this together.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are there such tight restrictions?

Our heart is that we want to be able to provide an in-class experience for a few select courses while at the same time making sure we are providing the safest possible learning environment. This involves incorporating not only state and local regulations, but also best practices recommended by the CDC, Oregon Health Authority and bodies like the Oregon Higher Education Commission. We want to be sensitive to those who themselves feel comfortable in this environment but may be cautious for the living community that they are a part of.

Why are the regulations not strict enough?

On the flipside of this tension is trying to balance all of these precautions while not overly impinging on the classroom experience. This is not an easy tension to maintain and please know that a great deal of discussion and planning went into this.

Can I bring food and drink?

Yes, you can bring food and store in the refrigerator in BH 105 or in the Student Center. A microwave is also supplied there. You will need to provide your own utensils, plates, and napkins. You can eat meals in the Student Center, BH 105 (though space is limited), and of course outdoors as weather permits. The coffee closet on the second floor will remain closed but there is free coffee in the library lobby. Generally, no eating is permitted in the classroom during class time and drinks are permitted ideally with bottles with straws so masks can be kept on.

What if I feel sick or come down with a fever?

You will need to stay home and not attend in class in person but rather by Zoom.

What if someone I live with or I test positive test for COVID?

We would ask that you notify the Dean of Students office so that we can provide appropriate contact tracing as required by, state and local governments. We will maintain your privacy as much as regulations permit.

What if I feel others are not following these protocols and it makes me concerned about my safety?

Your safety is our primary concern. If you feel that other students are not following these protocols as they should, we would encourage you to approach them in love to remind them of this. If you need to, you can also raise concerns to your instructor so that they can address it. Finally, you can also contact the Dean of Students office to address (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Again, our heart is to make this a safe experience as possible. We know that there will be various viewpoints among us about these measures, but we ask that everyone consider the fellow brothers and sisters and that we all have different experiences and situations in regards to COVID.