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PLU Return to Learning Guidebook

See below for a quick overview, view the entire Return to Learning Guidebook.

Guiding Principles & Lutes Care Pledge

Pacific Lutheran University’s policies and protocols for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic are rooted in our care for the safety and well-being of our students and faculty, of our staff, and of the public with whom we interact. These policies and protocols are designed with our vulnerable community members foremost in mind, understanding that our care for them is core to our care for the community.

The primary goals for PLU’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic are to protect public health and continue the institution’s mission to educate students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership, and care—for other people, for their communities, and for the earth.

Guiding Principles & Lutes Care Pledge

  • Student Expectations and Guidelines
  • Staggered Reopening
  • Symptom Monitoring Requirement
  • Attendance Tracking Requirement
  • Health and Safety Guidelines

Teaching and Learning Modalities

Teaching modalities are dictated by public health guidance. In our current stage of reopening (Phase 2), courses in all but a select number of areas (those units deemed “essential programs” by the state) will be delivered online.

We anticipate that when you return to campus this fall, we will have shifted to a phase that allows for significantly more in-person instruction. Students will learn more about fall semester, and how blended teaching approaches will be used to provide opportunities for in-person engagement while maintaining required physical-distancing measures and reducing population density within buildings and classroom-designated spaces, as we get closer to fall. (A blended approach brings together the best features of in-person and remote learning.) Your faculty will explain the particulars of each class and its modality at the beginning of the term.

Student Employment

If you work in an open environment on campus, be sure to maintain at least six feet of distance from co-workers. If possible, have at least one workspace separating you from your next co-worker. You must wear a face mask or face covering at all times while in a shared workspace/room.

Student employees must complete the health attestation form prior to reporting for work if they haven’t already completed it that day.


Under Phase 2, out-of-state travel for PLU business or sponsored activities is prohibited. This includes student travel, international travel, and travel via airlines.

Guidance for Campus Resources

  • Campus Resources
  • Campus Facilities
  • Access to Additional Campus Resources

Enter/Exit Control

During Phase 2, entry to buildings will be regulated and monitored. Students enrolled in Summer Term II classes will have swipe access, allowing them to use their PLU ID card to enter the building where their class is held. Students will also be able to access the Anderson University Center, which is available for seating, internet use, and copying/printing.