COVID-19 and PLU Operations

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End of Semester Textbook Drive – May 26

If you’re done with your textbooks, you can donate them to the Lute Library/Course Reserves by leaving them in the book drop in front of the library, or in the box in front of the concierge office in the AUC.

Can I donate my textbook to Lute Library/Course Reserves? – May 19

Yes. You can leave any textbooks you want to donate in the book drop in front of the library, or in the box in front of the concierge office in the AUC.

Can I order something on Amazon and have it delivered to the Amazon Locker Topanga in the AUC? – April 1

Topanga, the Amazon Locker in the AUC, is currently offline with Amazon. If you have questions regarding when deliveries to the Amazon Locker will be reinstated or general questions about mail delivery services, please contact Marketing & Communications/Mail Services at 253-535-7434 or 253-534-7436.

Are there confirmed cases at PLU? — March 24

We received notification that a PLU employee has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. We are in contact with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD). This employee was last on the PLU campus on March 16. We are also in direct communication with three community members who were the only people identified as being in contact with the person; they are currently in self-quarantine at home under the guidance of medical and public-health officials. PLU’s Health Center is working under the direction and with the assistance of the TPCHD to notify any additional close contacts and provide them with the necessary quarantine instructions. Please note that if you have not been notified by the PLU Health Center, no action is needed from you at this time.

If you are healthy, without any respiratory illness symptoms, then you are at very low risk. Current CDC guidelines are clear that monitoring, quarantining and testing or any other special management is not required for asymptomatic contacts of people who had possible contact with individuals who were presumed or confirmed to have COVID-19.

We intend to honor the Washington State law that obligates us to protect this individual’s privacy, and as a result we will not release their name. We wish our Lute family member a speedy and uncomplicated recovery.

Visit the Human Coronavirus page with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department for county updates.

Is there an open building on campus that can provide access to printing? – March 23

Copy center is available for printing limited hours 7:30 a.m. to noon Monday-Friday.

Are Spanish language translations available for COVID-19 updates to parents and families? — March 17

Yes. Updates will be coming in as soon as possible and can be found at Actualizaciones del Coronvirus.

How will PLU respond if there is a confirmed case on campus? — March 15

Should a laboratory confirm that an individual on PLU’s campus has tested positive for COVID-19, the Health Center will work with the Tacoma Pierce County Public Health (TPCHD) to identify and contact anyone who may have come into close contact with the affected person. The university will provide all close contacts with detailed CDC and TPCHD information on related healthcare and monitoring, testing and isolation procedures. Should this situation arise, the university will also share relevant information immediately with the campus community via email and will post that update here.

Has PLU cancelled classes? — March 15

The university has transitioned to remote learning until April 24. Classes were cancelled on March 16 to allow faculty to prepare materials for the first two weeks of remote learning. Following Spring Break, classes will be cancelled on March 30-31 to provide extended respite for students and additional planning time for faculty.

Why did we transition to distance learning and physical distancing? — March 8

Campus is open for business and all operations are normal, with the exception that we have shifted classroom teaching to a distance format and cancelled or postponed some co-curricular activities directly related to teaching or co-curricular events in which social distancing may be difficult to implement. Our classrooms require students and faculty to sit indoors in direct proximity to groups of ten or more people, presenting a social-distancing challenge we wanted to proactively minimize.

Having said that, we recognize that a priority in completing our non-teaching work must be the health of our employees. Public-health guidance suggests that to minimize risk, gathering in groups of 10 or more should be avoided, and that a distance of six feet should be maintained as a proactive measure to limit the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses.

TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT

Are there wifi lots on campus, or a place to access wifi outside?– March 30

These areas have reasonable (read: workable/usable) coverage:

  • AUC Lot around the CCES house
  • Columbia Center & Ivy parking lots around the Columbia Center
  • Athletic Fields around the Observatory (note: 124th St along the fields is not great)
  • The East & West Hauge lots are usable to great depending on where you are in the lot
  • Rieke Lot near the Greenhouse
  • Red Square generally (this area is covered as spill-over from adjacent buildings, so there are some strange “shadows” in the coverage based on the walls/structure of those buildings)
  • MBR Amphitheater
  • Library entry portico
  • Area surrounding Greenhouse
  • Wang & Health Centers’ parking lots

Where can I find information about how to use technology? – March 23

Our Knowledge Base (https://kb.plu.edu) contains helpful articles about using technology tools at PLU.

LIBRARY

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.

Do I need to turn in my books? – May 6

You can hold on to your books until you return to campus. You will not accrue fines.

What if you’re not returning to campus?

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.

What about Interlibrary Loans? – May 6

The Mortvedt Library building is currently closed but you can return interlibrary loan 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

Will there be late fees? – March 23

All fines will be waived.

Can I request interlibrary loans? – March 23

You can request articles from journals but not physical items from other libraries.

I usually access my textbooks via the Lute Library & Course Reserves, is there a way to do this virtually? – March 23

There is no way to access the physical materials via the Lute Lending Library and Course Reserves. We are, however, working with faculty and others to locate materials in support of your courses. Please check the library website (https://www.plu.edu/library) for the most up-to-date information.