Human Resources

Make sure all of your paperwork has been completed with HR and is in your file prior to starting work. All paperwork must be completed by early August in order to receive your transition stipend (if part of your employment package) on August 30th. You will need to complete an I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification form) which requires in person verification of identification documents. Click here for a list of acceptable documents. Also, please contact Human Resources to request your PLU ID number if you don’t have it already. You will not be able to complete some of the tasks below without being in the “system” and having a PLU ID number. The Human Resources phone number is 253-535-7185.

PLU ID Card (Lute Card)

PLU’s ID card, or Lute Card, is used for a range of activities – including entering buildings with card swipe access, picking up keys to your office, checking out library materials, and using the GET App to order food for pick-up at campus eateries. Follow these steps to get your Lute Card and learn about the GET App. You should be able to access the system to order your card once your contract start date has arrived (if not sooner) and Human Resources has fully entered your information in the system.

Access (Keys/Swipe Card)

The Designated Office Access Requestor (DOAR), usually your Administrative Associate, will order your key(s) and you will be notified via email when they are available. You’ll pick up your key(s) at Campus Safety in the Harstad building (please note Campus Safety will be relocating to the first floor of the Martin J. Neeb Center on August 1, 2023). You will need to show your PLU ID card. If you are teaching or have your office in a building that uses a swipe card system, your access to those spaces will be activated automatically on your Lute Card.

Email Address and Password for Computers

Go online to, complete the form and submit it. If you experience any problems with the form contact PLU Helpdesk at 253-535-7525 for assistance. Check to make sure your office computer is operating properly and that it is connected to the appropriate printer prior to classes starting.

Textbook Ordering and other PLU Supplies

The Lute Locker is proud to be the official store of all things PLU, including a large selection of apparel, gifts, accessories, books and supplies. Visit the Lute Locker on the 1st floor of the Anderson University Center. Be sure to pick up something to wear for “Black & Gold Friday”, our weekly campus-wide event.

With some exceptions, TEXTBOOKS ARE NOT STOCKED AT THE BOOKSTORE. PLU partners with Verba for our textbook needs, and textbooks are coordinated through the Center for Student Success. The combination of simple online ordering and accurate on-time shipping means students won’t have to wonder if they’ll have the books they need when class begins. To receive access to the textbook adoption collection program*, please email the Textbook Coordinator Vanessa Bannon, at

* Please note that no matter where students buy their textbooks, the Federal Government has mandated that information about classroom materials that students are required to have in class be submitted to the campus bookstore (the Lute Locker @ PLU) for dissemination to the student population.

Parking Pass

You will need to register your vehicle with Campus Safety at under “Vehicle Registration Information”. The registration process requires you to provide the make, model and license plate information of any car you bring on campus. Parking tickets are issued year-round.


You will need to set up your voicemail message and password. Instructions are available at Contact the PLU Helpdesk at 253-535-7525 if you have any questions.

FERPA Policy

Acquaint yourself with our policies designed to protect the privacy of education records by reviewing the Student Code of Conduct.

Faculty Handbook

Our robust Faculty Governance system is a hallmark of PLU’s educational culture. Bookmark the Faculty Handbook for later (and frequent!) reference.

Banner Web

PLU uses Banneras our integrated information system. Banner Web provides the ability to check on your benefits, pull up class rosters, enter grades, email one or all of your students, and a host of other activities. To access Banner Web, go to and click on “Enter Secure Area”. Your User Name is your PLU ID #. For first time users, your PIN will be your six-digit date of birth (e.g. birth date of December 25, 1950 would be entered as 122550).


PLU uses Sakai as our learning management system. To get started with Sakai, faculty should consult the Getting Started with Sakai for Instructors guide and the Site Setup Tutorial. The latter provides a walk-through of an instructor’s main tasks for setting up a Sakai course site. Workshops and individual consultations are also available.

Google Apps at PLU

The Google Apps at PLU video provides an overview of the common web applications used at PLU, including Google Mail, Calendar, and Drive.

Updated June 2022