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Remote first week for Spring 2022

Posted by:
January 20, 2022

To: All Campus
From: Office of the Provost

Dear Campus Community,

Please be advised that the first week of Spring Semester 2022 will be taught online. In-person instruction will begin at 8 a.m. on February 14, 2022.

A week of online instruction provides an opportunity for the 1,000 additional community members who will be rejoining us from all over the world to return to campus, get their boosters, and participate in proactive testing. (See testing availability on the COVID-19 webpage, including our new option at the Curative mobile testing unit in the Health Center parking lot starting Tuesday, February 1). With the first week of classes being remote, we can also help to ensure that all students and faculty will have the opportunity to attend class, even if their personal circumstances require quarantine or isolation. A shared first week allows for community building and expectation setting, essential activities that early absences would otherwise disrupt.

The only exceptions:

  • Off-campus learning opportunities (e.g., internships, clinicals, student teaching) will proceed in person.
  • Graduate programs with compressed instructional schedules might require in-person meetings that week. Program directors will communicate directly with graduate students in their areas to announce their plans.

Faculty will communicate with their Spring 2022 classes no later than February 1, 2022, with details about how and where students should “show up” for the first week of class.

Please note that campus is not closing. As of now, the only difference between the fall and spring semesters is that spring courses will be held online for five days. The library, fitness center, residence halls, Commons, and all other facilities and services will operate as they normally do, and all buildings will be open as they are when the semester is in session. Spring New Student Orientation and residence hall move-in will occur as scheduled.

As we get closer to February 7, we’ll share some strategies and suggestions for learning online, including places to “go to class” if you have a roommate enrolled in a class at the same time as yours and the best spots on campus to get Wi-Fi. If you don’t have access to a cell phone, tablet, or computer and need to temporarily check out a device, go to www.plu.edu/helpdesk, submit a ticket under “Computers, Software, and Printing,” request “Equipment Checkout,” and complete the request form.

Wishing you a smooth and healthy conclusion to J-Term, wherever this message finds you!


Joanna Gregson

Joanna Gregson, PhD
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

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