In alignment with recommendations from the CDC, the Washington Department of Health, and Tacoma–Pierce County Health Department, effective Saturday March 12, 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).
We will also continue to provide some limited university-hosted COVID-19 testing opportunities, as well as quarantine and isolation spaces for individuals who are not vaccinated and need these mitigation resources to remain healthy. Community members who are exempt from vaccination will be asked to participate in proactive community testing.
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.
As we adjust to this new guidance, 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, please continue to 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 COVID-19the 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.
Teri Phillips, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, has been designated as the COVID-19 Site Supervisor for PLU. This role works in close coordination with the university’s COVID-19 Task Force and the Director of the Health Center to monitor the health of employees and students and enforce compliance with COVID-19 safety recommendations. All concerns and complaints regarding COVID-19 safety and public health related issues should be directed to the COVID-19 Site Supervisor.
A report form has been created to give the PLU community a central location to direct public health-related concerns.
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.
COVID Testing Requirements:
- All prospective students planning to stay overnight in a PLU residence hall room must provide proof of a negative PCR test no more than three days prior to the event or a rapid test conducted no more than one day prior to the event regardless of their vaccination status. Prospective students may not be tested using PLU testing facilities (Health Center, AUC, Athletic Training Room, etc.).
- All PLU hosting students and their roommates must be tested at PLU’s COVID Testing Site on the day of the event. The hosting department (i.e. Athletics or Admission) will need to coordinate the test site dates and hours with Sue Liden, Director of Risk Services and Franciso Aragon, On-Site COVID Testing Coordinator.
- 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.
- If the student needs to spend the night, coordination between the hosting department, Campus Safety and Sue Liden to move the student to quarantine housing in Kreidler Hall until the student can be removed from campus.
- What is the policy if a student reports a positive covid test 24-48 hours after attending an overnight visit?
Let Teri Phillips, COVID-19 Site Supervisor or Sue Liden, Risk Manager, know so contact tracing can be completed.