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WhitworthFLEX Will End After This Semester

April 28, 2021
​Dear campus community,

As we announced previously, Whitworth University's intention for next fall is to resume normal campus operations. This means we plan to offer a full array of in-person classes and co-curricular experiences, as well as unrestricted occupancy in the residence halls.

Along with these changes will come the discontinuation of the WhitworthFLEX academic model after this spring semester. This model of flexible in-person, hybrid and online courses has served students and faculty extremely well during this past academic year, allowing our relational, mind-and-heart education to continue even during the height of the pandemic.

However, because of the high value we place on in-person learning, the encouraging vaccine progress that has been made this year, and a strong desire to return to normalcy, we will be discontinuing WhitworthFLEX. Additionally, our regional accreditor, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, does not allow us to continue with WhitworthFLEX.

Students will be expected to be in the classroom this summer and fall. The university is currently considering whether it will require COVID-19 vaccinations in the fall and will inform students and families once a decision is made.

If you have elected to learn remotely this past year, please make preparations for returning to Spokane after this semester. If you have questions about your situation, you may email Associate Provost Brooke Kiener at

Please note that any courses regularly delivered in a remote or hybrid format, such as some of our graduate-level courses, will continue to offer those options.

Thank you to every student and faculty member who has shown commitment to one another's safety and learning as we have followed the WhitworthFLEX model. I appreciate the sacrifices you have made and flexibility you have shown, and I am looking forward to the greater normalcy that next fall should bring.


Gregor Thuswaldner
Provost & Executive Vice President