All on-campus residents are required to Quarantine-Test-Quarantine prior to arrival at PLU. The PLU community was largely successful in our COVID-19 response measures during the Fall Semester and we are counting on a safe start to January Term and Spring Semester. The process outlined in this flowchart and further explained on this webpage, including a Centralized Check-In for all arriving residents, is designed with this in mind.

The Centralized Check-In location is the exterior of the lower level of the Anderson University Center. Every resident has received a date and timeframe for their arrival. You may arrive at any point during this window. The actual process will take approximately 5 minutes. Waiting students will line up outside, maintaining appropriate distancing, with limited overhead covering – please dress accordingly.

If arriving by car, you may park in the Nesvig, University Center or Harstad Lots. You will access the Check-In location by foot on the South side of the Anderson University Center, where 123rd St South abuts Park Avenue South. Signs will be present to direct you.

After successfully completing the check-in process, you will be granted Card Access to your residence hall and given an Approved to Move-In sheet which you will turn in at your hall to receive your room key.

Important Reminders:

  • You must begin your PLU arrival at the Centralized Check-In. You will not be permitted into your residence hall without this clearance.
  • You must show verification of appropriate Testing or you will not be permitted into your residence hall.
  • If you receive a Positive Test Result, immediately isolate where you are, do not come to campus. 
  • Only residents who are moving in new to campus are allowed to have a Designated Helper in their residence hall. Designated Helpers will complete a Health Check form at the residence hall prior to entering.

If you have questions or concerns regarding this process or your scheduled date/time, email Residential Life as soon as possible.

All students arriving to live in on-campus housing in January or February are required to follow the process on the January/February Arrival Flowchart and explained further below.

Students are expected to monitor their PLU email, including over the Winter Break, for updates. The pandemic is fluid. PLU and Residential Life will adapt in response to changing circumstances and Health Directives, notifying students by email and on webpages such as this one.

OVERVIEW INFORMATION
The CDC recognizes the desires and risks associated with holiday gatherings, and offers the following holiday guidelines: celebrate virtually, limit travel, keep gatherings to small numbers with those already in your household

  • With confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection surging across the country, including here in Pierce County, any travel is seen as carrying risk. Decisions made before, during and after travel will impact the level of risk for you and your family.

At any point in this process, if you are experiencing symptoms or believe you have been exposed to someone who is COVID positive, immediately isolate and contact your healthcare provider, the Health Center (if open) or Lute Tele Health which is available to students 24/7/365 and regardless of location.

INFORMATION FOR THE FLOWCHART DECISION POINTS

    1. Living away from campus during Winter Break?
      1. All residents returning to, or moving into, on-campus housing are required to go through this process.
      2. Students who remain on campus through continuous Winter Break housing will not be required to QTQ at home, but will participate in a Rapid Testing event in early January.
    2. When do you plan to arrive on campus?
      1. Early Arrival
        1. Only pre-approved students with a special need will be permitted to arrive early.
        2. A Check-In date and time will be assigned – requested dates will be taken into consideration, but are not guaranteed.
        3. Monitor your PLU email for communication and updates.
      2. J-Term
        1. A Check-In date and time will be assigned – requested dates will be taken into consideration, but are not guaranteed.
        2. Monitor your PLU email for communication and updates.
      3. Spring
        1. A Check-In date and time will be assigned – requested dates will be taken into consideration, but are not guaranteed.
        2. Monitor your PLU email for communication and updates.
    3. Quarantine – Test – Quarantine before you come to campus
        1. All students are REQUIRED to obtain a PCR COVID-19 test within 72 hours/3 days prior to their arrival on campus.
        2. This website is a resource for identifying potential testing locations near you. Most of these locations will offer no cost testing, your local Costco (and other retail outlets) may provide an option to purchase a test.
        3. It is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that you investigate your options well in advance of your target date. Email the Health Center if you require additional assistance. The University is closed between December 23, 2020 and January 4, 2021, resulting in a delayed response. Please plan accordingly and research options prior to the University closing for Winter Break if you are planning on a January arrival.
        4. 7 days before your arrival
          1. Begin to Quarantine at home.
        5. 72 hours/3 days prior to your arrival
          1. Obtain a PCR COVID-19 test.
    4. Results
      1. If Positive
        1. Immediately Isolate where you are. Do NOT come to campus.
        2. Call the Health Center (253-535-7337) to report this result and seek guidance.
        3. If the Health Center is not open, call Campus Safety (253-535-7441).
      2. If Negative
        1. Continue to Quarantine at home and safely travel to campus at your assigned date and time.
      3. If you have not received results when it is time to travel to campus
        1. Continue to Quarantine at home and safely travel to campus at your assigned date and time.
        2. You will be permitted to check-in, and will be required to continue to Quarantine in your residence hall after moving in, until you receive your results.
        3. If you are in quarantine, Request Quarantine meals if needed prior to 10:00 am of the day of need.
    5. Check-in at the Centralized Location
      1. You will be notified by PLU email of your check-in date and time, and the location of your Centralized Check-in.
      2. You will be REQUIRED to provide verification that you received a PCR COVID-19 Test according to instructions.
        1. IF YOU CANNOT VERIFY APPROPRIATE TESTING, YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO MOVE ON CAMPUS.

          1. You will be required to obtain a test at your own expense and remain off campus until you can report your results.
        2. Once appropriate testing is verified
          1. You will be granted Card Access to your residence hall and receive your room/apartment key(s). (Some students may have their keys; however, no student will have Card Access.)
          2. You will receive instructions and an assigned date/time for Rapid Testing, approximately 3 days after your arrival.
          3. You will receive a completed Approved to Move-in Sheet to take to your residence hall.
    6. Moving in to your residence hall
      1. Residents will not be permitted to return/move into their residence hall without the completed Approved to Move-in Authorization Sheet.
      2. Non-PLU visitors are not allowed in the residence halls. An exception will be made for one Designated Helper, only for students who are completely moving in. Returning students will not be permitted to have a helper enter the building.
        1. Designated Helpers will be required to complete a paper Health Attestation form upon arriving on campus, similar to the electronic form all students are required to complete.
    7. 6’<15 Precautions
      1. Only students who have Tested, but not yet received results will be required to Quarantine after move-in.
      2. ALL STUDENTS will be expected to maintain an extra level of caution until their initial Rapid Testing is completed.
      3. You will be strongly encouraged to wear face coverings and maintain at least 6’ of physical distance when with others, whether indoors or outdoors – even in your residence hall room. Per CDC guidelines, anyone who spends a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period, within 6’ of another person – regardless of whether face coverings are worn – is considered a close contact and will be required to quarantine for 14 days if a close contact receives a positive test result.
    8. Rapid Testing
      1. The PLU community – especially our on campus residents – have done a fantastic job of responding to pandemic concerns and taking appropriate precautions during the Fall Semester, allowing us a term with a small number of positive cases.
      2. In order to start our J-Term and Spring Semester off with a level of confidence similar to how we are ending Fall, every student will take a Rapid Test approximately 3 days after arrival.
      3. You will receive your assigned date and time during the Centralized Check-in process.
      4. Regular rapid testing will be added to PLU’s testing strategy for students who have any reason to be on campus during J-Term or Spring. The schedule for testing will be determined by the on-campus roles that a student holds (e.g., student athlete, student employee, residential student, student in a blended learning setting etc.) and will be communicated to students directly.

All students arriving to live in on-campus housing in January or February are required to follow the process outlined in this January/February Arrival Flowchart. For additional information, refer to the January/February Arrival Process Information above.

If you are a current on-campus resident and would like to cancel your housing for JTerm and/or Spring 2021, please use this Housing Cancellation Form.

Please email Residential Life with any other housing change requests.

All residents continuing in their on-campus housing following the Thanksgiving Break are required to follow the process outlined on the UPDATED Post-Thanksgiving QTQ Flowchart and explained further below.

OVERVIEW INFORMATION

This approach has been updated to reflect recent directives from Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and PLU’s updated guidance communicated on 11.17.2020.

The CDC recognizes the desires and risks associated with holiday gatherings, and offers the following holiday guidelines: celebrate virtually, limit travel, keep gatherings to small numbers with those already in your household

      • With confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection surging across the county, including here in Pierce County, any travel is seen as carrying risk. Decisions made before, during and after travel will impact the level of risk for you and your family.

At any point in this process, if you are experiencing symptoms or believe you have been exposed to someone who is COVID positive, immediately isolate and contact the Health Center or Lute TeleHealth.

      • During the week of Thanksgiving, the Health Center is open Monday – Wednesday, from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm and can be contacted at 253.535.7337. After hours or over the Break/Weekend, the Health Center can be contacted through Campus Safety at 253.535.7441. LuteTelehealth is available 24/7. The Health Center will re-open at 8am on Monday, November 30th.

INFORMATION FOR THE FLOWCHART DECISION POINTS

      • Attending a gathering of more than 5 where face coverings were not worn, and/or physical distancing was not observed?
        • This includes having Thanksgiving dinner with family or friends.
      • Proactive Community Testing on December 2, 2020
        • All on-campus residents remaining in housing following Thanksgiving will be required to participate in our Proactive Community Testing.
        • Follow this link to sign up for a testing time on December 2, 2020.
        • Residents who answer “No” to all other questions will not be required to Quarantine prior to or after Testing.
      • Quarantine-Test-Quarantine (QTQ)
        • Residents who answer “Yes” to any of the questions will be required to QTQ.
        • Where should I do my initial Quarantine?
          • If you travelled away from campus and answered “Yes” in relation to a question, you should Q there (home/off-campus) until your Testing time on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. If you must return to campus prior to your Testing time, you are required to complete your Q in your on-campus residence.
          • If your QTQ results from a “Yes” response on-campus, you should complete your initial Q in your on-campus residence.
        • How will I find out about Testing?
          • Follow this link to sign up for a testing time on December 2, 2020.
        • Where should I complete my post-Testing Quarantine?
          • You should return to your on-campus residence to complete your Q following your Test.
        • How am I cleared from the QTQ process?
          • When you receive your negative results, you must fill out this FORM attaching a screenshot or document showing the test results. If you receive notification of a Positive result, contact the Health Center (253-535-7337) or Campus Safety (253-535-7441) evenings and weekends.
        • How can I get meals while in Quarantine on campus?
          Order meals for delivery through PLU by using this link https://www.plu.edu/dining/protected/q-orders/ and charge your Fall Meal Plan or Dining Dollars. You are not required to order all three meals; order only the meals you want. Residents in Q are permitted to order delivery food, meeting the driver at their residence hall exterior door, if desired.

          • Order meals by 10am for today’s lunch and dinner. Breakfast for the following day will be delivered with the lunch order.
            • Orders placed AFTER 10am will automatically be delivered tomorrow.
          • Breakfast and lunch will be delivered between 12pm- 1:30pm daily. Dinner will be delivered between 4:30pm- 6pm daily. The delivery person will leave the meal in front of your door and knock on your door to let you know it has arrived.
          • Wait two minutes before opening the door to permit the delivery personnel time to leave the wing.
          • After your meals, follow the trash disposal directions so that garbage is removed from your room in a timely manner.

All residents continuing in their on-campus housing following the Thanksgiving Break are required to follow the process outlined on this Post-Thanksgiving QTQ Flowchart. For additional information, refer to the Post-Thanksgiving QTQ Process Information above.

Your Thanksgiving Plans

Residential Life will email a survey to all current on-campus residents on 10.26.2020 who are REQUIRED TO COMPLETE the Survey which will be due no later than 11:59 pm on Sunday, November 1, 2020. The following information is intended to assist in the decision-making process for students and families.

      1. Inform the University if you plan to stay on campus during Thanksgiving Break
        • Campus Restaurants will scale meal plan service to accommodate the number of residents indicating they will be staying over the Break, with The Commons open for a festive to-go Thanksgiving dinner
        • Residents who travel to a COVID-19 “hotspot” and/or gather in groups greater than 5 without physical distancing and/or face coverings (including Thanksgiving Dinner) will be required to Quarantine-Test-Quarantine upon their return to campus
        • For additional information refer to the University’s Thanksgiving/Post-Thanksgiving Communication
      2. Inform the University if you plan to stay on campus after Thanksgiving until the end of the semester, or request a prorated refund of your Room and Board costs if you are not
        • Most classes, with few exceptions, will be fully remote for the remainder of the semester, including Final Exams
        • Residents choosing to leave at Thanksgiving for the remainder of the semester:
          • Will need to take only those belongings they want until their planned return for J-Term or Spring; those not requesting on-campus housing for J-Term or Spring will be required to complete the full check-out process prior to departure
          • Will turn in their room key upon departure and have their LuteCard Access deactivated
          • Will receive the following Housing Refund (right hand table)
          • Students who want to take advantage of the special opportunity to receive a refund without completely moving out of their residence hall must follow the process and depart between Friday, 11/20 and Wednesday, 11/25 in order to be eligible for the refund. Rationale includes:
            • This unique refund opportunity is in direct response to the University’s shift to mostly remote following Thanksgiving, and health and safety recommendations for limiting exposure to the campus community
            • This opportunity will require residence hall staff to manage this special “move out” process; spreading it out over a longer period of time presents an unreasonable impact on these student RAs, particularly as staff sizes will also decrease with the Break
            • Students who cancel their housing and complete the checkout process – completely moving out of the residence hall – will receive a refund adjusted to their move out day – regardless of when this occurs prior to Final’s Week
          • Meal Plan Refund: Students leaving campus on November 25, 2020 to return for Spring Semester will  receive a prorated credit of the Meal Plan Overhead fee of $283.00  Fall Dining Dollars will remain on student LuteCard accounts until they expire May 29, 2021.  Students cancelling housing for the remainder of Fall Semester and not returning Spring Semester will be credited $283.00 of the Meal Plan Overhead fee and remaining Fall Semester Dining Dollars will be credited.  Last Spring (Spring 2020) Dining Dollars are not eligible for credit.
      3. Request housing between the end of Fall Semester and the beginning of J-Term
        • We understand that for some students, remaining in on-campus housing in between Fall Semester and J-Term may be the healthiest and safest option, for them or their families
        • Traditional hall residents will be charged a discounted rate of $20/night
        • This option is only available for the entire break, or in continuous segments starting with the end of Fall Semester or ending with the beginning of J-Term
        • South Hall residents who are continuing on-campus for J-Term or Spring must register, but are eligible for this housing at no additional cost as it is included in their current rate
        • Students required to return to campus prior to the start of J-Term for activities such as employment or Athletics will not be charged for the required time provided a Supervisor or Coach verifies this requirement
        • Please visit our Winter Break Housing page for details.
      4. Reserve your on-campus housing for J-Term (failure to respond will forfeit your housing)
        • The Housing Addendum signed by all current residents does not extend past Fall Semester
        • You must complete the Survey, requesting to continue your housing in order to receive J-Term or Spring accommodations
        • You will be assured of continuing in your current housing provided you complete the Survey on time, are enrolled in coursework, and are otherwise eligible for housing
        • Click here for details regarding return to campus Quarantine-Test-Quarantine expectations
      5. Reserve your on-campus housing for Spring (failure to respond will forfeit your housing)
        • The Housing Addendum signed by all current residents does not extend past Fall Semester
        • You must complete the Survey, requesting to continue your housing in order to receive J-Term or Spring accommodations
        • You will be assured of continuing in your current housing provided you complete the Survey on time, are enrolled in coursework, and are otherwise eligible for housing
        • Click here for details regarding return to campus Quarantine-Test-Quarantine expectations

Housing Refund:
Room TypeThanksgiving Departure Housing Refund
Trad Hall “Single” Room
$585.28
South Studio A
$764.15
South Studio B
$781.13
South Studio C
$809.43
South Loft
$835.47
South 4 Bedroom
$739.25
South 2 Bedroom
$744.90
South 2 Bdr Townhouse
$750.57
South 5 Bdr Townhouse
$742.64

      1. All J-Term and Spring students who are coming to campus for any reason are required to adhere to the following steps prior to arrival on campus, regardless of mode of transportation or location from which they are traveling.
      2. Students are now expected to do the full QTQ process before coming to campus and are required to Quarantine at home for 7 Days prior to their arrival on campus.
      3. During the Quarantine period, and within 72 hours/3-days of their arrival on campus, students are required to complete a COVID-19 Test on your own before arriving on campus.
        1. Click here to locate Community Based Testing near you, or internet search for “COVID-19 Testing Near Me”
        2. PLU will provide a Contact for assistance with obtaining Testing options in your area if needed
      4. Test Results:
        1. Students who receive a Positive Test Result are required to report this result to PLU and contact the PLU Student Health Center for next steps.
        2. Students who receive a Negative Test Result prior to arrival at PLU are required to report this result to [insert appropriate link] and continue in Quarantine until their arrival on campus.
        3. Students who have not received a Test Result prior to their arrival on campus are required to continue to Quarantine in their on campus room while awaiting their result.

Sample Planning Calendars:

Begin 7 Day Quarantine Test within 72 Hours/3 Days Arrival On Campus
Begin Quarantine on Monday, January 11, 2021 Test on
Friday, January 15, 2021
Monday, January 18, 2021 (J-Term Classes Begin on Tuesday, January 19, 2021)
Begin Quarantine on Monday, February 8, 2021 Test on
Friday, February 12, 2021
Monday, February 15, 2021 (Spring Classes Begin on Wednesday, February 17, 2021)

Living on campus remains an important part of the PLU experience for many students, and, like most of the college-going experience this upcoming academic year, it is going to look and feel different than it has in the recent past. The Coronavirus and the risk of a COVID-19 infection is causing us to examine how we live and learn in community.

The information on this webpage has been updated in line with the University’s August 3rd Fall 2020 Opening communication, and will be updated regularly.

Residential Life and PLU are working on multiple approaches to creating safe and healthy living environments, including enhancing physical distancing, in the residence halls. One important directive is to reduce the number of students living in any community with intentional management of how commons spaces, particularly bathrooms, are used. Our aim is to continue to provide for community, while decreasing use of bathrooms and other common spaces.

In recognition of current circumstances in Pierce County and Washington State, and how our present environment has changed from expectations we all held when housing requests were initially made, all current Fall 2020 residential students must complete a survey indicating updated housing plans and requests, no later than 11:59 pm on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.

Please read through this updated guide and then complete the survey you will find linked in the last section. Failure to complete this survey will place your on campus housing in jeopardy.

Our best case scenario for reducing housing density is for every student residing on campus to be assigned a single room, limiting close contact in your designated home space and in shared bathrooms. This will occur through all residential communities for Fall 2020. All residential students are required to complete the August 3rd Survey in the last section of this guide updating their housing plans and requests no later than 11:59 pm on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.

Students applying for housing will be notified by close of business on Monday, August 10, 2020 if their request has been approved. If approved, notice of residence hall assignment will be communicated at this same time. The University’s ability to grant requests will be shaped by CDC, State and local guidelines, and take into consideration our available facilities and the number and type of requests.

Additional Information:

          • Every effort will be made to assign residents to single rooms in their current residence hall. Should this not be possible, Residential Life will make an alternate assignment using the information available to us.
          • Should two continuing students previously assigned as roommates both be approved for on-campus housing, the resident remaining in the room will be chosen randomly and the remaining resident assigned a nearby available room.
          • For Fall 2020, and while multiple occupancy rooms are not provided as an on-campus living option, the double room rate ($2,585 per semester) will be charged for single rooms. 
          • All traditional double rooms used as singles this fall will include 2 beds, desks with chairs, dressers and closets. All furniture present at move-in must remain in the room. As a safety precaution and means of decreasing contact, loft kits and bunk pegs will not be made available and all beds will be expected to remain constructed as they are found at move-in.
          • Should public health conditions permit, some double rooms will be reintroduced for JTerm and/or Spring Semester.
          • The apartments in South Hall will remain as configured with private bedrooms and limited sharing of bathrooms, kitchens and living room areas. Housing rates for these living options will remain as stated.

As a means of decreasing residence hall density and to further assist students in finding suitable alternative living accommodations, the University Residency Requirement has been suspended for the 2020-2021 academic year. 

Confirmation Of Living At Home (COLAH) Forms WILL NOT be required. Housing cancellations received as a part of the August 3rd Survey will result in a full refund of room and meal plan charges, and no cancellation penalty will be incurred. 

As a result of the shift to all single rooms in order to decrease housing density and increase resident safety, no residents will share a room for Fall 2020.

Should public health conditions permit, some double rooms will be reintroduced for JTerm and/or Spring Semester.

The apartments in South Hall will remain as configured with private bedrooms and limited sharing of bathrooms, kitchens and living room areas. Housing rates for these living options will remain as stated.

Visitation and Guests in Residence Halls: Addendum for COVID-19 Response

The following is an addendum to the University Visitation and Guests in the Residence Halls policy. Should campus conditions or local Health Department dictate, additional restrictions may be put in place.
Policy effective 11.19.2020
      • Limited to one guest in resident room/apartment per resident at any given time
        • Maximum number of individuals 
          • The maximum number of individuals allowed in a traditional residence hall room equals two times the number of occupants
          • The maximum number of individuals allowed in a South Hall apartment (shared spaces and bedrooms combined) equals two times the number of apartment occupants
        • Rationale
          • To allow for physical distancing and air flow while recognizing the equitability factor of allowing each resident to host a guest
          • Therefore, rooms designed as doubles but occupied as a single will have a maximum of two individuals in the room at any given time
      • Only PLU Community Members can be guests in resident room/apartment or residence hall
        • Definition of PLU Community members
          • Current students, staff and faculty 
          • Active LuteCard
        • Rationale for PLU Community Members only
          • Expected to commit to the University with the LUTES Care Pledge
          • Required to complete the Daily Attestation with a reporting structure for accountability 
          • Ease of accessibility should contact tracing  be required
      • Residence hall card access is restricted to members of a particular residence hall. Guests will be able to enter the building with their host.
        • Rationale for restricting access
          • As a means for managing unsupervised access to the halls. 
      • Non-PLU Community Members (including family) are permitted on the campus and resident can meet with them outside or in campus buildings approved for guests such as the Anderson University Center
        • Rationale for excluding non-PLU Community Members
          • Primarily an effort to mitigate risk to the campus community by limiting direct contact with individuals outside the campus community
      • Physical distancing is encouraged when possible
      • Face masks/coverings are STRONGLY encouraged, but not required in resident room/apartment
        • Rationale
          • It is expected that such guests will be part of a smaller group with whom a resident chooses to have regular close contact

All residence hall common spaces will be available for use when the university is open for in person learning; however, limitations on how spaces are used will be in place.  Residence Hall lounges will have updated maximum occupancies posted and some lounges may also be converted to classroom space for the Fall. Face coverings will need to be worn and physical distancing maintained. In order for the University to adhere to restrictions on the size of gatherings, the number of residents in a particular space at any given time will also be limited in accordance with the size of the room and the activity.

University custodial staff will increase the frequency of cleaning of residence hall common spaces, including bathrooms. Additional cleaning materials will be provided in such spaces and it is expected that individual users will wipe down surfaces and touch points before and after use.

Residential Life is committed to supporting you and providing a safe place for you to live. As always it takes a community to make a residence hall a safe and healthy place and so by choosing to live on campus during this pandemic you declare that you accept and will adhere to the following community standards:

Community commitments:

          • You will follow all current CDC, State and Local recommendations for slowing and stopping the spread of COVID-19, including, but not limited to:
            • Wear a face covering at all times when in your residence hall, with the following exceptions:
              • When in your assigned resident room or apartment
              • While participating in an activity that would be precluded by the wearing of a face covering such as showering or brushing your teeth
            • Wash hands frequently with soap and hot water, drying hands completely afterwards and cover coughs and sneezes with an elbow or a tissue.
            • Maintain a 6 foot distance between you and others whenever possible.
          • Your ability to have guests/visitors in your residence hall room/apartment will be limited to reflect State, Local and institutional guidance.
          • Resident movement to and from campus is not currently restricted provided all personal health and safety measures listed in this document are followed. Residential Life will follow local and institutional guidance and will restrict movement if deemed necessary. 
          • Respect common areas, area closures, and direction of hall staff.
            • You will honor that some residence hall common spaces have restrictions in place regarding the number of individuals present at a given time, and others are closed, in support of limitations on size of gatherings.
            • While using open common spaces — lobbies, kitchens, and bathrooms — you will clean and disinfect surfaces before and after use.
            • You understand that Residence Hall staff will address any concerns that come to their attention, and refer violation of these Standards to Student Rights & Responsibilities, which ultimately may result in loss of on-campus housing.

Personal health responsibility:

          • Attestation – Personal health screening is required to be completed daily before leaving your residence hall room/apartment.
          • If you develop symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19: (dry cough, fever greater than 100.4 degrees F, shortness of breath, loss of sense of taste or smell, loss of appetite), or believe you have come into contact with someone who has COVID-19 you need to contact the Health Center immediately (health@plu.edu, 253.535.7337) and follow all directives given to you by the staff there.
          • If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you will be tested and required to isolate while waiting for results, and, if confirmed positive, until receiving medical clearance.
            • If your condition requires medical care, you may be moved to a health-care or Tacoma/Pierce County COVID-19 care center .
            • You may choose to leave campus for your permanent residence or other location where you can comfortably and safely isolate.
            • You may be required to relocate to one of the designated isolation rooms on campus.
          • If you may have come in contact with someone who has COVID-19, but are showing no symptoms, you may be required to quarantine.
            • If you do not have a roommate, you may quarantine in your assigned space. If you do have a roommate, a single room will be assigned for this purpose.
            • You should not leave your room for any reason except to use the bathroom, if your room does not have a private bathroom.
            • A system for meal delivery during quarantine is being developed and the process for ordering meals will be shared with you by PLU’s Quarantine and Isolation Care Coordination Team.

Guidelines, expectations and requirements may change over time:

          • PLU’s plans will be aligned and consistent with local orders and ordinances of Pierce County, as well as with the State of Washington’s Phased Reopening Model, “Safe Start Washington.” PLU’s plans will also follow recommendations from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, federal government (Opening Guidelines), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the PLU Emergency Coordination Team.
          • Our knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve, and our policies and plans will be updated as more information becomes available. Refer to the latest updates to the PLU Community section of the PLU Coronavirus web page to stay up to date on announcements and find answers to frequently asked questions.
          • If, at any point of the academic year, PLU should switch fully to distance instruction and learning as a health and safety precaution, all residents will be expected to vacate their campus residence unless otherwise approved to remain.

All on-campus residents will be expected to sign a copy of the above commitments to signify their promise to care for community by practicing compassion and by exhibiting responsible behavior and a clear understanding of the importance of these community standards. Even if the above commitments are unsigned, this list consists of commitments for which all on-campus residents will be held accountable.

The University’s August 3rd Fall 2020 Opening communication outlines changes that will impact who will be moving on campus this fall, steps that will be required as a part of this process and the timing of it all. 

          • Residents have been assigned as a part of the shift to all single rooms. Space is limited and new applicants are being assigned housing only if a room opens up.
          • With Testing in place for all students arriving on campus and scheduled to occur on September 8/9, residential students will be expected to move in a minimum of 3 days prior, regardless of mode of travel. Students will quarantine in their room prior to the test and until results are received if negative, or moved to Isolation if positive. 
          • In order to maintain appropriate physical distancing during the move in process, students have been assigned a check in time over the course of the Labor Day weekend. 

Quarantine Steps and Information

While none of us could have anticipated that you would start your fall in your residence hall room and in quarantine, we hope that through your participation in this public health mitigation measure we will limit the number of positive cases and spread of COVID-19 on our campus and in our surrounding community. Thank you again for contributing to the health and well being of all Lutes!

All residents will be quarantined and tested upon arrival. Following testing, each resident is expected to quarantine until results are received if negative, or moved to Isolation if positive. Students should also expect to be tested periodically throughout the Fall Semester.

Visit the Campus Quarantine Overview page for a complete description of the process, including how you will eat and exercise!

Early Arrivals

Students who receive a housing assignment on August 10th and have a previously registered individual or group need to move in early will receive a separate communication detailing steps related to testing, quarantine and move in.

If you require an Early Arrival check in time and have not yet requested it for travel, please complete an Application for Early Arrival.

Late Arrivals

Students interested in delaying their arrival on campus have two alternatives to the Labor Day Weekend move-in and QTQ process.

          • Follow the parameters outlined by the University in obtaining your own test, or
          • Coordinate your delayed arrival to allow for a QTQ process during one of the University’s scheduled surveillance testing days.
            • September 29, 2020
            • October 12, 2020

Residence halls open and Lute Welcome begins Labor Day Weekend

Move-in is traditionally a time of excitement and celebration, even as you – or a couple of student athletes – are carrying your belongings up multiple flights of stairs. It is still an exciting milestone, but this year we are going to do it a little differently to help keep our community safe.

The following mitigation measures will be in place for move-in, in order to manage the number of people with whom you interact: 

          • Limit the number of people moving in at any given time
            • Residents will be assigned a specific check-in appointment time (an opportunity to share your preferences is available below)
            • No more than two Helpers per student will be permitted  
            • Once unloading is completed, Helpers may assist the student in unpacking; however, Helpers will not be permitted to depart the building and return and re-enter
            • Helpers who would like to shop on behalf of their student may do so, provided the following guidelines are adhered to:
              • Students are required to stay in their building and begin the quarantine process once unloading is completed
              • Delivery of items must occur  at the hall’s main entrance, all must wear a face covering and the student should take extra care to clean any shared surfaces before and after contact  
            • Helpers will need to be registered as visitors and complete a Health Attestation Form
          • Limit the time spent moving in
            • Each resident will be assigned a half hour window and will be expected to check in at the beginning of it, and have all belongings in their room by the end of it
            • Please finish unloading and move your vehicle before starting to unpack
            • Residents are encouraged to keep this timeframe in mind when planning what to bring at the beginning of the year
          • Limit additional points of contact
            • As a safety precaution and means of decreasing contact, loft kits and bunk pegs will not be made available and all beds will be expected to remain constructed as they are found at move-in
            • Access to items left in residence hall storage last spring will be limited to essential items (e.g. refrigerator) and facilitated through hall staff at check-in, until the QTQ process is cleared
            • Access to mail and packages will be limited – a system is being developed that will focus on essential items 
          • Observe basic precautions
            • Everyone moving in or helping must wear a face covering, during the entire process, whether inside or outside the building
            • Wipe down any shared surfaces touched before or after the process – use your own disinfecting wipes or those provided

Dates:

New students (1st Years and Transfers) 

          • will primarily move-into the residence halls on Friday, September 4th, with some overflow times available on the morning of Saturday, September 5th
          • will participate in COVID-19 testing on Tuesday, September 8th

Returning students 

          • will primarily move-into the residence halls on Sunday, September 6th, with some overflow times available on the afternoon of Saturday, September 5th
          • will participate in COVID-19 testing on Wednesday, September 9th

Sharing your preferences for dates/times:

Please complete the Move-In Appointment Preference form no later than 11:59 pm on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 in order to have your preferences factored into the initial assignments which will be communicated by the end of day on Friday, August 21, 2020.

You will be asked to rank order your preference for different blocks of move-in times, and given an opportunity to share any factors that could impact your time. This information will then be used to assign you a check in time and half hour unloading time.

The Terms and Conditions for Housing Accomodations, which is incorporated into the Master Housing Agreement, provides a mechanism for a student to cancel their housing and receive a prorated refund with a cancellation penalty. This option is available to residents at any time during the semester.

The Master Housing & Meals Agreement Addendum, which all Fall 2020 residents are required to complete, provides additional detail. Should a COVID-19 change be experienced in a resident’s individual or family circumstances, causing them to make the individual decision to shift to remote learning only and cancel their housing, they would be able to request an exemption from the cancellation penalty.

Should the University make the health and safety based decision to shift to primarily remote learning at any point during the academic year, residents would be expected to depart from campus and would receive a prorated refund with no cancellation penalty. Students requiring housing would be able to apply to remain and, if permitted, charges would continue as originally assessed.

Every year, Residential Life publishes a list of items you may be interested in bringing with you to your new home, and a few items we ask you not to bring. This year’s version includes a few changes:

          • You are encouraged to bring additions such as: 
            • face coverings and detergent for washing by hand
            • hand sanitizer 
            • disinfectant wipes
            • a Quarantine kit including non-perishable snacks and drinks to supplement university provided resources
          • You are encouraged to limit what you initially bring to campus for ease of
            • moving in during a limited window of time, with limited assistance 
            • moving out should local/campus health conditions suddenly dictate this
            • heightened cleaning to meet the personal safety needs required in these times

As a safety precaution and means of decreasing contact, loft kits and bunk pegs will not be made available and all beds will be expected to remain constructed as they are found at move-in.

With the notion of  limiting the number of items to campus, there is a great option of purchasing Linens for your bed. Residence Hall Association has a partnership with Our Campus Market to order linens and have them delivered to the campus. It is a great opportunity to maintain social distancing and provide funding for community building programs on campus. For additional information, here is the link.

PLU will provide each student with one cloth face covering. Refer to the PLU Return to Learning On Campus Guide for more information regarding proper care of masks and face coverings. Keep an eye out for Lute branded face coverings, available soon at The Lute Locker.

Hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies will be available for use in shared spaces throughout campus. Basic cleaning, including hand washing, is an incredibly important and effective step for keeping yourself and your community safe and healthy. Please come well-stocked to take care of your personal space and needs.