A New Way Forward for Students

A new way forward

Now is the time to put new ideas in action. It’s time to forget if and figure out how. It’s time to think bigger and bolder to create a new way forward, together.

Portland State is rising to the challenge of COVID-19 by developing new ways to learn, live and connect — on and off campus. To protect your health and well-being this fall, nearly all our classes will be remote, but our campus will be open — with new safety measures — to provide student support.

That means you can participate in a variety of virtual class formats that best fit your work and family schedule, while getting the help you need to succeed. Together, we’ll adapt, recover, and stand up for tomorrow. 

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Support for remote learning 

PSU faculty have been training over the summer with our Office of Academic Innovation to refine their remote teaching practices and help you thrive in a virtual environment. You can also get one-on-one online support with virtual tutoring, academic coaching, writing help, and advising. 

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Resources on campus

Many student services are open on campus this fall, including the library, study spaces, Campus Rec, child care, housing, dining, and the Center for Student Health and Counseling (SHAC). Close to 900 students will be living on campus with a full slate of safeguards to address health and well being.

Your health and well-being come first 

We’ve taken a number of steps to make campus spaces safer and to support your physical and mental health.


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COVID-19 Testing at SHAC

  • Two types of COVID-19 tests are available at the Center for Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) by appointment and after the appropriate screening by phone at 503-725-2800.
  • The COVID-19 advice nurse provides free guidance on symptoms and testing to PSU students, faculty and staff at 503-725-2800. 
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Health Precautions on Campus

  • Physical distancing of at least 6 feet from others is required at PSU.
  • Masks are required indoors and recommended outdoors.
  • Hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes are available throughout campus.
  • Enhanced custodial services include more frequent cleaning of high-touch and high-traffic areas.
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Student Health and Counseling (SHAC)

The Center for Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) is offering a mixture of telehealth and in-person office visits for counseling, dental and health services. All services are by appointment only. 

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Campus Rec

Stay active and manage stress with Campus Rec’s online fitness classes and virtual events. The center is open this fall for limited in-person classes, personal training, indoor climbing and individual workouts. Reservations are required. 

Come to campus, safely

If you need a quiet place to study and better access to technology, you can come to campus to use study spaces and computer labs in Fariborz Maseeh Hall and the Library. Smith Memorial Student Union and Campus Rec will also be open with comprehensive health and safety precautions. You’ll need your PSU ID to access PSU buildings.

How to get your PSU ID

PSU ID cards are required to enter all buildings. If you need an ID card, come to Fariborz Maseeh Hall (FMH) from noon-2 p.m. on a Monday or Wednesday. If you’re not planning to be on campus during fall term, don’t sweat it. You can get your ID later.

Learning Environments

Learning Center Remote Resources

Academic Coaching

Free coaching can help you adjust to the remote environment and help with your academic goals, study strategies and motivation.

Writing Center

Schedule an appointment with a Writing Center consultant to receive assistance with your writing assignment.

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Online & Remote Learning Support

Learn what it takes to be immersed in the remote learning environment. Enroll in a free self-paced course today.


Free remote drop-in hours and tutoring are available by appointment.

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PSU’s beautiful Millar Library is open with limited hours and access. Ask reference and research questions via online chat 24 hours a day and visit the library website to access robust databases, online articles and journals, and eBooks. 

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Housing and Residence Life

For those of you coming to live on campus, welcome! The staff at Housing & Residence Life is busy preparing for your safe arrival and for a rich living community when you arrive. Learn about safety protocols and how to get settled in once you arrive on campus. 

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Dining on campus

On-campus dining is open this fall with some limitations. Expect to-go meals, no self service and lots of reminders about common sense health and safety practices. PSU Eats has adjusted its procedures and cleaning protocols to ensure that students can eat well and stay safe this fall.

Technology & support

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Fall term info session

Watch a virtual information session for students to learn more about PSU registration, advising, student life and health precautions this fall. If you have additional questions, please email fallflex@pdx.edu.  

Student services

All of our campus resources are still here for you online and some are available on campus, although often with limited hours. Services are available by phone, chat, email, video, or in person. Please reach out to us. We’re happy to help.