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What if I have materials that are due at the library? – May 6

The library is waiving all fees for borrowed library materials until further notice. You will not be fined for late returns.

The Mortvedt Library building is currently closed but you can return books and materials to the book return locked box outside the front entrance. We are checking it weekly. If you are currently living out of the area you can mail items via the USPS Media Mail (less expensive) to:

Mortvedt Library
12180 Park Ave South
Tacoma WA 9844.

Is it possible to request a lab fee refund? – April 3

PLU has discussed the idea of issuing students a partial lab fee for their science courses. After careful consideration, we have decided not to do so for a variety of reasons.

Lab fees are used to support lab instruction in multiple ways including:

  • purchasing lab supplies
  • saving over multiple years to purchase expensive equipment
  • paying the support personnel (lab manager positions and student TAs) required to set up labs for faculty and grade student work

We typically purchase our lab supplies in bulk either in the summer or prior to the start of each semester in order to achieve savings and to not have to pay for expedited shipping. Thus, we had already purchased the vast majority of supplies for Spring 2020.

Many of our instruments used in our lab courses cost a great deal to purchase. Therefore, the costs associated with purchasing these pieces of equipment are spread out over many years’ worth of collected lab fees.

Additionally, we still have lab personnel (our lab managers and student TAs) working in support of faculty providing on-line lab instruction.

Finally, while we are not currently using many of the lab supplies purchased for this semester, there have been a number of unexpected expenses that we have incurred associated with the shift to remote lab instruction for this semester, including the need for various faculty to purchase materials and technology to teach remotely.

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Are studio spaces open in the School of Arts and Communication areas? – March 31

With the closure of all academic buildings on campus, all School of Arts & Communication studio spaces are closed due to safety concerns.

How can I connect with networking and mentoring opportunities? – March 24

Lutelink – The university’s official online community where students can connect and network with PLU alumni to gain their support and perspective.  Gain assistance from alumni with informational interviews, resume reviews, mentorship, job shadows, internships, and much more:

What will be happening with Career events? – March 24

We are working to move many of our upcoming career events including lunch and learns, Education Career Fair, and career treks to virtual options. Continue to check our calendar of events for updated information.

Will student career advising appointments be available? – March 24

Students may schedule appointments with career and internship advisors via phone, email, or virtual appointments using Google Hangouts and Zoom.  Schedule an appointment by email at or with the PLU Opportunities Board.

Will the Bulk Buy program be available in the Old Main Market? – March 20

Yes, the Bulk Buy form will be available through the GET PLU app ( or online at starting on Wednesday, April 1st. The last day to place an order will be Friday, May 15th. The last day for pick up will be Friday, May 22nd. You will be notified by OMM when your order is ready for pick up. For more information go here

I ordered my textbooks through PLU and got an email that they have been delivered, where do I pick them up? – March 20

Old Main Market will be able to access textbooks that have been delivered. The modified hours of operation for OMM can be found on the Campus Restaurant’s website.

With in-person classes cancelled, what is the status of my student-employment job? – March 17

We have heard concerns from many of you about the ability to maintain your employment and work hours as we moved to remote learning. The Alumni & Student Connections office is dedicated to helping maintain as many of your hours as possible during this time. If you have decided to leave the local area, you should communicate that with your supervisor. You will not lose your job for deciding to leave. Your job will be waiting for you when we return to in-person learning.

To help maintain your work hours, we have created a new alternative work assignment program. If the number of hours available for you to work in your current position has changed due to the move to remote learning, your supervisor can now request an alternative work assignment for you to fill the gap.

If you have concerns about your hours, please contact your supervisor directly. Only your current supervisor can make a request for an alternative work assignment and the hours needed.

Once we receive a request from a supervisor, we will be in touch to allow you to select from the options available and connect you with the supervisor for your alternative assignment.

If you have decided to leave the local area, you should work with your supervisor to determine if there are options to work remotely. Remote work may not be possible, and your supervisor will make that determination. There are currently no remote alternative work assignments available.

Please reach out to your supervisor or the Alumni & Student Connections office if you have any questions.

What are the implications for student workers? — March 10

The Human Resources has prepared a document here: Coronavirus Supervisor Guidance for Staff and Student Employees.

As the university transitions to distance learning, what does that look like for students with science labs? — March 9

The Natural Sciences faculty are currently working on developing alternative plans for teaching labs using distance learning strategies, and each faculty member will be responsible for clearly communicating changes to students. Through this period of distance learning, faculty members may use a variety of strategies, including providing electronic resources and assignments for students to learn lab content and skills remotely, focusing on alternative ways to achieve laboratory learning outcomes. Faculty will be in contact with each student in a lab this semester to review expectations.