Face Masks

In alignment with recommendations from the CDC, the Washington Department of Health, and Tacoma–Pierce County Health Department, effective March 12, 2022 face masks are optional indoors, with the exception of areas identified as supporting health services (such as the PLU Health Center, Athletics Training Room, Counseling Center, and our COVID-19 Testing Clinics).

Quality surgical and KN-95 masks will continue to be widely available on campus. Masks have been successful in protecting and mitigating against COVID-19. Consider wearing a mask when appropriate and take into account the community and environment you are in when making this decision. We want to extend our culture of care at PLU into a specific request that we normalize communication with people around us regarding wearing masks or not. At no time should anyone be judged or treated differently for their choice to protect themself by wearing a mask or their choice to not.

Please be aware that not everybody will be comfortable removing their mask. Check with your colleagues and friends, and remain considerate of individual choices and comfort levels.

If you’re more comfortable wearing your mask do so, and feel free to say, “I’d rather keep wearing a mask.” Wearing a mask signifies community care and self-care. We also encourage mask-wearing while you are experiencing or recovering from other cold and flu viruses.

You may also find yourself in situations where campus community members convey a request for others to wear masks. We ask that you thoughtfully consider any such requests, as we continue to navigate our personal responsibility in tandem with our shared commitments to living, learning, and working in community.

Workplace Expectations and Guidelines

All faculty and staff are expected to be respectful and fully comply with the COVID-19 policies, protocols and guidelines. Faculty and staff, along with students, are all responsible for ensuring a safe and healthy environment on campus. Failure to do so may result in corrective action.

All concerns and complaints regarding COVID-19 safety and public health related issues should be directed to the Human Resources humr@plu.edu.

COVID-19 Symptoms and Testing Guidance

Washingtonians are being asked to report all positive at-home test results at Say Yes! COVID Test Digital Assistant, even if those testing kits were not obtained through the Say Yes! COVID Test (SYCT) program.

Overnight Visit COVID Policy

COVID Vaccination Requirements:

  • All prospective students participating in an overnight visit on campus must be fully-vaccinated for COVID-19. They must show proof of vaccination when they check in on campus for the event (example, photo of a vaccination card on a phone).
  • All hosting students and their roommates must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.Verification of vaccination (vaccination card) will be provided by the student(s) hosting to the sponsoring department. Copies of vaccination cards should not be kept by departments and students should not email a screenshot of their card.
  • Individuals are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks or more after the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
  • There are no exemptions allowed for the COVID vaccination requirement.

Capacity Requirements:

  • Limit to one student per room.
  • There are no limits to how many total students may stay overnight for events, however, there must be close communication with Dining and Residential Life

Visitor COVID symptoms policy

  • What should we do if a student starts showing symptoms while on campus?
    • Immediately quarantine the student.
    • If possible, have the student removed from campus as soon as possible.

Public Events on PLU Campus

Effective March, 12, 2022, all public events are mask optional. There is no requirement for COVID-19 vaccination verification or testing.